Think you’re going to be stuck inside when the rain hits? Think again! More than just beautiful natural attractions, the Moreton Bay Region is home to a wonderful amount of family fun tourism operators, shopping districts and art centres. Check out our list of rainy-day activities near you!
Opened in 2010, the Bribie Island Seaside Museum is located in a park with views over Pumicestone Passage, making it a real treat for nature lovers and historical nerds. Offering interactive activities for youngsters, programs of art and craft, insightful documentaries showing in the microcinema and temporary exhibitions, Bribie Museum is something you can constantly come back to for a rainy-day activity near Brisbane.
One of Australia’s largest and busiest community art centres, this space is dedicated to everything arts and crafts. Hosting workshops and studios, selling locally made art pieces, and rotating through exhibitions, the Bribie Community Arts Centre near Brisbane is home to such groups as quilters, painters, photographers, garden clubs, playgroups and more. Check out their displays on a rainy day.
History comes alive at the Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology. A true treasure trove of the world’s history, the Abbey Museum near Brisbane houses artefacts from over 500,000 years of human civilisation. Cast your eyes over 4,000 objects on display and learn how ancient people lived, from lords and ladies to clergy and peasants.
Abbey also hosts themed family fun days such as Squire Academy or Archaeological Antics and don’t forget the most popular event of the year, Abbey Medieval Festival.
Birch Carrol and Coyle Morayfield is the perfect place to catch the latest blockbuster. With a vast range of food and drink (including the trusty choc-top), the latest flicks and plenty of discounts and promotions, BCC Cinemas Morayfield brings together all the best things about going to the movies.
Whether you’re an artist, an art lover, or just wanting to see something new, there’s always something on offer at the Caboolture Regional Art Gallery, making it the perfect north Brisbane day trip for a rainy day. With each exhibition running for a month, this is the perfect place for up-and-coming artists to display their work.
Home to over 150 speciality stores, plus 6 major retailers and 6 mini-majors, you can expect to shop at some retail giants for your rainy-day trip to Morayfield Shopping Centre. Hit up K-Mart, Target, JB Hi-Fi, EB Games, The Body Shop and more! If you need to do some groceries, the shopping centre has big guns Woolworths and Coles. Don’t forget to catch the latest flicks at Birch, Carol and Coyle or spend a few hours in the arcade, Intencity.
More than just their name, the Caboolture Bowl and Mini Golf centre on Morayfield Road offers 18 bowling lanes, 9-hole mini-golf (voted best putt-putt north Brisbane), 14 amusement machines and an all-weather laser tag course. Catering for all ages, Caboolture Bowl & Mini Golf is the perfect destination for date nights, birthday parties and rainy-day activities near Brisbane.
Formed in 1988 to promote the local talents in Caboolture and surrounding districts, the Artisans Guild of Caboolture is now a hub of artwork and inspired crafts. With an exhibition always on, entry to the air-conditioned gallery is FREE and perfect for tour groups, those looking to brush up on their artistic abilities in an art class, and a family-fun rainy-day activity in north Brisbane.
Who doesn’t love curling up and watching a movie on a rainy day? North Lakes Event Cinemas is home to four traditional cinema, two huge Vmax screens and two luxurious Gold Class theatres. With ultra-modern comfortable seating designs, the latest in audio technology and a myriad of movie genres to choose from, this cinema is the ultimate destination in modern entertainment.
Though offering plenty of outdoor walking and wildlife photography on a sunny day, the Osprey House Environmental Centre in Griffin also makes for a good day-trip from Brisbane. If the weather is looking a little sad, the Environmental Centre where you can watch, through a live feed, the seasonal Osprey’s land and nest. With volunteers on hand, you can learn all about the local ecosystem and sustainability on a family rainy-day activity trip.
Westfield North Lakes is one of north Brisbane premier shopping centres, with over 60 speciality stores and several major chains including K-Mart, IKEA, JB Hi-Fi, Cotton On and more. It is also home to a beautiful dining precinct known as Laneway and a large food court for those looking for a quick feed. Don’t forget to drop into Event Cinemas to catch the latest blockbuster.
The perfect indoor entertainment and rainy-day activity for big and little kids alike! With hours of fun, all you need is one bounce and you’ll ‘Flip-Out’ with excitement! This north Brisbane trampoline park boasts many facilities including the main arena, mini arena (under 10s only), Slam Time (basketball), Wall runners, foam pit & Olympic trampolines, mini foam pit, party rooms and a café!
Address: 130-134 Gympie Road, Strathpine
Opening Hours: Sunday – Thursday 9:00 am to 7:00 pm, Friday & Saturday 9:00 am to 9:00 pm
A dynamic north Brisbane gallery exhibition space with a strong commitment to representing local arts in the Moreton Bay Region, the Pine Rivers Art Gallery is the perfect rainy-day activity for art lovers. Hosting a diverse range of contemporary art exhibitions from solo to large collaborative events, there’s always a new and exciting display. Over 100 artists are represented in the gallery shop and the holidays bring several creative workshops to keep the kids busy while parents admire the local talent.
Address: 7/199 Gympie Road, Strathpine
Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
In the lush grounds of Old Petrie Town, set on the banks of the North Pine River, the Pine Rivers Heritage Museum is a beloved treasure trove of the shire’s rich history. From past to present, all exhibitions delight visitors and engage curious minds in a jaunt down memory lane. Dating back to pioneering times, when the shire was first settled in the 1800s, displays such as dioramas can show you just how much has changed.
Address: 901 Dayboro Road, Whiteside
Opening Hours: Tuesday – Friday 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, Sunday 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, Monday CLOSED.
Experience a fun-filled, futuristic adventure at Brisbane’s leading laser tag arena, Laserzone! Featuring a remarkable multi-level laser tag arena, an exhilarating bumper car track and Australia’s first jungle safari laser train and an enormous video arcade, there’s plenty of rainy-day activities to do all in the one place!
Address: 561 Gympie Road, Lawnton
Opening Hours: Tuesday – Friday 12:00 am to 8:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 am to 8:00 pm, Sunday 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, Monday CLOSED.
Filled with over 140 speciality stores to keep the teens and adults happy, Strathpine Centre also plenty of rainy-day entertainment for the kids. From the cinema to the arcade and even the bowling alley, the whole family can have a ball at Strathpine Shopping Centre.
Address: 295 Gympie Road, Strathpine
Opening Hours: Monday – Wednesday and Friday 9:00 am to 5:30 pm, Thursday 9:00 am to 9:00 pm, Saturday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Sunday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Comedy shows, movies, musicals, touring productions and more await at the Redcliffe Entertainment Centre! A nationally recognised space catering to a wide range of performances and functions, this premier entertainment venue near Brisbane is sure to have something to entertain the family during a rainy day.
Address: Downs Street, Redcliffe
Opening Hours: Monday – Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
The Redcliffe Museum and its collections offer an intriguing insight into a unique region; its European history since 1799; its heritage as Queensland’s first European Settlement in 1824-25; its much older indigenous culture; its rich maritime history; and the pleasures and surprises of bayside life. Discover more through the permanent and temporary exhibition of the Redcliffe Museum for a fun, family activity on a rainy day.
Address: 75 Anzac Avenue, Redcliffe
Opening Hours: Tuesday – Friday and Friday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Saturday & Sunday 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
The Redcliffe Art Gallery is proud to present a rotating roster of exhibitions by local, emerging and nationally significant artists as well as touring and collection-based exhibitions. Art enthusiasts will always find something here to entertain them on a rainy-day whether it be a practical workshop or a program of talks to just looking through the beautiful displays and purchasing an item at the gift shop.
Address: Oxley Avenue, Redcliffe
Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Peninsula Fair is a family-friendly convenient centre located on Anzac Avenue, Kippa-Ring. Major stores include Kmart, Coles, Best & Less and Hoyts Cinemas. Complemented by 82 specialty stores including a food court, fashion, jewellery, health and beauty, banks services, professional and general traders.
Address: 272 Anzac Avenue, Kippa-Ring
Opening Hours: Monday – Wednesday and Friday 9:00 am to 5:30 pm, Thursday 9:00 am to 9:00 pm, Saturday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, Sunday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
For all Harry Potter fanatics, the Store of Requirement is the place to be. Selling officially licenced Harry Potter products, every Potterhead will instantly fall in love with this boutique store in the Moreton Bay Region hinterland. In an old brick church, the atmosphere is set from before you even walk in the door where the talking Sorting Hat will offer its judgements on which house you belong. After that, you’re free to peruse the trinkets, odds and ends to your delight.
Address: Station Street, Samford Village
Opening Hours: Wednesday – Sunday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
From very humble beginnings, the Samford Art and Craft Association has proven to be an enduring social and cultural centre for local artisans. Displaying and selling unique handmade gifts designed and made by over 60 local artists, you could spend hours perusing this quaint art centre near Brisbane on a rainy day.
Address: John Scott Park, Main Street, Samford Village
Opening Hours: Every day 10:00am – 4:00 pm.
First settled in the mid-1850s, Samford is a culturally rich suburb just north of Brisbane with historic depth. Officially opened in 1986, the museum has served as a flashback to the late 19th and early 20th centuries ever since. Get the family together for a rainy Sunday activity learning about the heritage of this beautiful Moreton Bay Region Hinterland township.
Address: 21 Station Street, Samford Village
Opening Hours: Wednesday 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, Sunday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Whether you’ve got kid’s or you prefer to explore on your own, there’s plenty of indoor rainy day activities in the Moreton Bay Region.
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