Wondering how to keep yourself and the kids entertained these summer school holidays? Well, whip out a pen and paper, we’ve got a school holiday bucket list of activities for you to start checking off!
#1. Unleash your inner bohemian as ancient cultures converge into a sensory experience like no other! Woodford Folk Festival is an eclectic annual six-day event held from 27 December to 1 January and it’s a Queensland institution.
#2. Experience the ancient world through hands-on activities at the Abbey Museum’s Egyptian Family Fun Week. Activities include Mummification DIY, making an Egyptian Death Mask, digging up ancient artefacts, building a pyramid and more! Monday 13 January 10:00 am – Friday 17 January 3:00 pm.
#3. Have some fun in the sun and celebrate this multicultural land many now call home. Play by the seaside, enjoy some true-blue Aussie snacks and have a fair dinkum time this Australia Day in the Moreton Bay Region.
#4. Bring the family to the foothills of the D'Aguilar Range on the second Saturday of every month, to get up close and personal to an alpaca, donkeys, chickens, guinea pigs, goats, pigs, sheep, cows, and horses at the Trevena Glen Farm Open Day.
#5. On the first and third Sundays of each month, you can take a ride on a historical train. This unique experience runs along the Woodford Railway, or locals know it as “Durundur Railway”. Enjoy taking in the sights of Woodford as you travel along the historical railway to Storey Brook.
#6. As a family-fun day out for everyone, get ready for the time of your life at AquaSplash Redcliffe! Hosting a large number of aquatic infrastructure from slide to ladders, climbing domes to runways, the watercourse contains hours of entertainment.
#7. Straight out of some picture book, the Bribie Island Butterfly House is always in bloom and surrounded by fluttering butterflies year-round. If you’re lucky enough, a butterfly may even land on you to create that picture-perfect moment.
#8. Want a chance to try wildlife photography without a day of bushwalking? Looking to learn about sustainability and the environment in a fun and engaging space? Take a day trip to Osprey House Environmental Centre in Griffin, and get back to nature in suburbia’s backyard.
#9. Bellthorpe Stays is a great place for you, your family or your friends to stay and enjoy the big outdoors. Accommodation options are still available for the summer holidays and it’s a great chance for everyone to take a break from the digital world and reconnect with nature!
#10. Kick-back and relax as you are chauffeured around in a kitted-out four-wheel drive to experience and sightsee all the natural wonders, historical wartime remnants, and iconic native Australian wildlife Bribie has to offer from the safety of a comfortable 4WD all-terrain vehicle thanks to G’Day Adventure Tours.
#11. Flip Out Strathpine is the number one trampoline park for all ages and skill levels. With hours of fun, all you need is one bounce and you'll 'Flip-Out' with excitement!
#12. Experience a fun-filled, futuristic adventure at Brisbane’s leading laser tag arena, Laserzone! Featuring a remarkable multi-level laser tag arena, an exhilarating drifting and sliding bumper cars track, Australia’s first jungle safari laser train and an enormous video arcade and prize redemption, it’s fun for the whole family!
#13. Caboolture Bowl & Mini Golf is the next best local entertainment centre for a family fun day out. This centre near Brisbane offers customers an exciting tenpin bowling, laser tag, mini-golf and putt-putt experience.
#14. Bring your little one for a foray into the animal kingdom at White Ridge Farm, a Brisbane animal farm in Elimbah. From goats, sheep, ducks, and chickens to alpacas, a camel and even miniature horses and pigs – all the Brisbane animal farm residents happily roam free across 20 acres of lush green lawns and paddocks.
#15. There’s a flying fox and climbing frame nestled amongst the mature Norfolk Pine trees, and a garden maze surrounded by a pedal train track means there’s plenty to keep big kids amused. There’s also plenty of barbeques and shaded picnic shelters. Where is it, you ask? Pine Rivers Park, of course!
#16. Set on absolute beach frontage, Pirate Park boasts plenty of car parking spaces as well as barbeques, toilets, green space for kicking a ball and sandy shores for building a castle. But the most popular feature is the creative, fenced playground including traditional play equipment, train and pirate-themed attractions and a cluster of stunning trees for climbing.
#17. There’s nothing like enjoying a nice, refreshing swim. One great place to go for a fun (and free) swim is the Settlement Cove Lagoon in Redcliffe. Located in front of Redcliffe Parade, this 95m long paradise beside the sea is the perfect place to have a fun day out.
#18. The perfect opportunity for families to enjoy a day in the sun, the North Harbour Mountain Bike Trail offers a minimum loop distance of 2.5km. The mountain bike trail parking and set off point is a great place to start or finish your day, fitted out with picnic shelters, water fountain and BBQs.
#19. Samford Conservation Forest is a pleasant and easily accessible spot for outdoor gatherings, horse riding, bushwalking and mountain bike riding. Ironbark Gully picnic area, in the centre of the park, features wood fire barbecues, wheelchair-accessible toilets and undercover picnic tables.
#20. As one would expect, Pelican Park is home to many...you guessed it, pelicans! At 10 am daily, these local, feathered friends fly in to be hand-fed by the volunteers at the Clontarf Visitor Information Centre.
Grab your checklist and start ticking off these must-do school holiday activities near Brisbane now!
Looking for more things to do and see? Pop into one of the region's Accredited Visitor Information Centres. The volunteers have a wealth of local knowledge.