School holidays are here, as parents already know. Fortunately, there are now lots of fun activities for kids of all ages in Brisbane.
Some great school holiday activities in Brisbane include:
Beginner Rock Climbing at Mt. Barney Lodge Retreat
The retreat has three climbs specifically designed for children ages 3-12 years old, and it’s a great way to introduce kids to exercise in the outdoors. Not only that, but the journey to the climbing site has some spectacular views along the way. All equipment is provided, and trained professionals will be able to help you and the whole family enjoy your rock climbing experience. All you need to bring is some sunscreen, a hat, a water bottle and comfortable closed-in shoes.
Story Bridge Adventure Climb
Experience some of Brisbane’s best views and get some good exercise on one of the city’s most unique attractions. One of the best options for both locals and visitors, the Story Bridge Adventure Climb is perfect for all ages and fitness levels. The activity is suitable for those ages 10 and up and, during the climb, you’ll be able to hear some fascinating facts about Brisbane city and the bridge. Being one of only three bridge climbs in the world, this experience is available for dawn, day, twilight and night climbs.
Family Fun at Riverlife
Riverlife at Kangaroo Point offers a wide variety of activities, including biking, rollerblading, kayaking, rock climbing, and abseiling. You can take on your adventure but not before you have a good feed. If you go on Sunday, they hold a traditional Aussie barbeque brunch, which includes all of the good foods such as eggs, tomato provencal, chipolatas, toast and hash browns. Of course, tea and coffee are also available. Breakfast is served on the riverside deck and provides some stunning views of the city, river and gardens. No experience is necessary for the activities and all safety equipment is provided by qualified instructors.
Haunted Brisbane Ghost Tours
Walking and coach tours of some of Brisbane’s historic sites including the Queen Street Mall, Parliament House, the Council Chambers, and Toowong Cemetery. Come and see why Brisbane is known as the world’s second most haunted city, according to National Geographic Magazine. You can either take a walking tour or a coach tour. Walking tours take approximately 1.5 hours where you visit 5 haunted sites in the Brisbane CBD. The coach tour takes around 2.5 hours and the tour takes you to 4 of Brisbane’s eeriest sites. This is a great tour for ages 10 and up.
NIDA Spring Drama Courses
NIDA (The National Institute of Dramatic Art) is one of the most prestigious and well respected drama schools in Australia. They are known for providing some of Australia’s leading actors and actresses their training before hitting the big screen. NIDA provide excellent short courses for young people to help them to begin to understand the art of acting. Industry professionals lead the workshops and help with skills in acting as well as auditions and techniques. These courses provide a great stepping stone for young people interested in acting and where it can lead them through their studies.
Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo
Between 3-18 January, Cremorne Theatre at QPAC becomes home to some pre-historic creatures. Following some sell-out shows in both 2012 and 2013, the Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo is perfect for families, aged 5 and up. There are cute, life-like baby dinosaurs through to some of the largest carnivores and herbivores that ever walked the planet. The dinosaur puppets are a real hit with both adults and kids and look very lifelike. The magical performance can be seen right here and Brisbane and shows run for approximately 50 minutes.
As a part of MELT: A Festival of Queer Arts and Culture, Melt Picnic is available for all ages and all backgrounds. On the Performance Lawn at Brisbane Powerhouse on Sunday 7th of February, you can grab your picnic basket and join the community for a great day out in the sunshine. There will be events such as the Dog and Owner Costume Parade, Hot Boi Contest and creating live art sessions. There will also be free performances with the picnic running between 12pm and 6pm. This all-inclusive event is also free to attend.
Summer School Holiday Children’s Art Workshops
Running between 7th of December and 22nd of January, the kids can get super creative at RAW Art Workshop during the school holidays. If your kids are the creative kind, they’ll be able to let their creative juices flow while they make some great pieces. Workshops are divided by age groups and there are a wide variety of classes to choose from. The workshops focus on a particular type of skill or technique and some of the classes include drawing, sculpture and printmaking. Prices start from $15 so is quite affordable for all families to enjoy during these upcoming holidays.
Brisbane Teenage Photography Course
If the kids are aged between 12-18 and have an interest in photography, the intensive school holiday program run by professional photographer Francis Keating, is a great opportunity to hone in on their photography skills. Starting the 16th of January 2016, the 3 hour course in the Brisbane CBD will help teenagers to understand all of the functions of a DSLR camera, how to give your photos a professional quality and how to get started on your portfolio. Classes are kept small so that there is more opportunity to spend more one-on-one time with Francis. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes as the workshop will be held in the CBD with a substantial amount of hands on activity.
YMCA Camp Warrawee Adventure Vacation Care
For kids between the ages of six and thirteen, Camp Warrawee is a great place to be. YMCA Brisbane runs the YMCA Camp Warrawee and provides a great place for kids to enjoy fitness, challenges and be inspired. The care program is designed to help gets to get moving and provides fun and exciting experiences for them to enjoy outdoors. They can make new friends, take part in the activities on offer and discover new interests. There are plenty of activities such as indoor climbing, archery, canoeing, pool games and geocaching. As well as these activities, the camp also holds special activity days, bringing in third party activity providers. PAst activities have included a petting zoo, reptile show and go-karting. Overall, it’s a fantastic opportunity for kids to spend time with other kids and away from the electronics that so many of them are used to these days.
There is always a great deal of fun to be had in Brisbane. The city is still one of Australia’s best destinations for family fun and school holidays, with plenty to see and do for all ages. There is not a dull moment to be had here, so be sure to check out all of the events in your local area to keep them occupied these holidays.