Wed, May 23


Things to do in Brisbane this school holidays

What happens after the Easter Bunny has skipped town and school’s still out? Plenty of fun! These Easter holidays you can take the kids to an outdoor cinema, steam train rides and hilarious circus shows. From Ancient Egyptian exhibitions to Aladdin on stage, these are the creative things to do in Brisbane this April school holidays.

Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives

See what life in Ancient Egypt was like at this special exhibition curated with assistance from The British Museum. Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives features six mummies who lived between 3,000 and 1,800 years ago, as well as artefacts from The British Museum’s collections. As you make your way through the exhibition, the lives of the mummies are explored in greater detail.

16 March to 26 August at Queensland Museum | Ticketed

Roald Dahl’s The Witches

Who can forget the antics of The Witches? Cleverly plotting to turn all children into mice, they are some of Roald Dahl’s most famous villains. See this captivating story adapted for the stage in a fun family-friendly show that will bring back memories of witty childhood stories.

24 March to 12 May at Brisbane Arts Theatre | Ticketed

Curious Creatures

As part of GOMA’s major new exhibition Patricia Piccinini: Curious Affection, the gallery is presenting Curious Creatures – a tactile, immersive space where children can play with a variety of intriguing creatures designed by the artist.

24 March to 5 August at GOMA | Free 

MoB Kids

Look for the big clock in the middle of the city, and you’ve found your crafty school holiday destination. Museum of Brisbane is presenting a fun-filled MoB Kids program this Easter break, with workshops on kite making, drawing, stop-motion animation and badge making.

31 March to 13 April at Museum of Brisbane | Free and Ticketed

Steam Train Sunday

See firsthand what ‘the good old days’ were really like. Steam Train Sunday is a chance to ride a historic steam train that’s still in perfect condition. Surrounded by vintage splendour, the train offers a unique way to explore Brisbane.

1 April at The Workshops Rail Museum | Ticketed

Sprouts in the Park

Roma Street Parkland is presenting Sprouts in the Park – a series of free workshops over the holidays, including art, craft and gardening activities with Bazil Grumble. There’s also Drama Fun presented by Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble.

4–14 April at Roma Street Parkland | Free

Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature

Heading to the movies is a popular school holiday pastime. But this time around you can shake things up with a trip to Sunset Cinema – an outdoor cinema at Mt Coot-tha’s Botanic Gardens. During the break, the cinema will present a screening of Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature, which sees Surly and his friends try to stop an amusement park being built on their home.

5 April at Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens | Ticketed

The Owl and the Pussycat

A classic poem has been transformed into a playful musical theatre for children up to ten years of age. The Owl and the Pussycat is a playful, interactive production that features puppetry and a troupe of musical puffins, inviting the audience to help the main duo reach their destination.

11–15 April at Flowstate | Free

Children Are Stinky
Circus theatre

Crazy stunts. Acrobatics. Silly antics. What more could you want to keep the little ‘uns entertained? This circus extravaganza is based on the premise that kids are stinky, and two these comedians (pictured) are out to prove it. And for the parents? Children Are Stinky has a ‘90s soundtrack.

12–15 April at Brisbane Powerhouse | Ticketed

Da Vinci Machines

There’s a collection of Leonardo da Vinci’s inventions waiting to be explored at Cobb + Co Museum. On loan from the Museum of Leonardo da Vinci in Italy, these machines were inspired by the original drawings of the artist, scientist and inventor, who was well ahead of his time. Da Vinci Machines features a bicycle, flying machines and a scuba suit, as well as actual-size digital prints of his works including the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper.

Until 27 May at Cobb + Co Museum | Ticketed

Disney’s Aladdin

The songs from Aladdin have formed the soundtrack to many a childhood, but there’s nothing more memorable than seeing them performed live on stage, surrounded by intricate sets and costumes. The dazzling production of Aladdin The Musical continues its Brisbane season right through the school holidays.

Until June 3 at QPAC | Ticketed


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