The line-up of creative events happening in Brisbane over the winter school holidays ranges from craft workshops to laugh-out-loud theatre and children’s festivals. There’s plenty of fun in store (a lot of which is educational too – bonus!). Here are the things to do in Brisbane over the school holidays.
The 78-Storey Treehouse
It’s the treehouse that just won’t stop growing. The 78-Storey Treehouse is the latest in this fun series of stories. In this show, the treehouse now has a Sribbletorium and a high-security potato chip storage facility, and it’s about to be the setting for a new Hollywood blockbuster. There’s the drama of filmmaking, plus the mystery of spy cows that keep turning up.
30 June to 5 July at QUT Gardens Theatre | Ticketed
Out of the Box
QPAC’s children’s festival is back. Out of the Box is curated to provide children with cultural stimulation from a young age. Indigenous and migrant stories form part of the program, which also has dance parties, self-portrait drawing and DIY theatre. As part of this year's festival, there is also a free program of WE ARE events happening at Flowstate in South Bank.
26 June to 1 July at QPAC and Flowstate | Ticketed + Free
Day out with Thomas
Thomas and his friends have arrived at The Workshops Rail Museum for Day out with Thomas. Meet Thomas and The Fat Controller in person, sit down for story time with The Fat Controller and get involved in Thomas-themed craft activities. Access to all other exhibits at the museum is also included with your ticket.
30 June to 15 July at The Workshops Rail Museum | Ticketed
Winter Holiday Fun
State Library of Queensland has created a special school holidays program full of free activities (but do book in advance). Children can head along to a special NAIDOC week sports day, experiment with making their own audio and video recordings, and take design challenges. Winter Holiday Fun incorporates events for young ones as well as teens.
1–15 July | Free
The Magic Toyshop
See this magical ballet of a toymaker who brings his toys to life to cheer up a young gypsy girl. Full of dancing toys, the heartwarming ballet tells the story of the young orphan girl, who finds a new family when the toymaker and his wife decide to adopt her. The Magic Toyshop is performed by Brisbane City Youth Ballet.
4–5 July at Brisbane Powerhouse | Ticketed
Give your children a taste of French culture at Le Festival. This year the festival is running a children’s program with French cooking demonstrations, live performances, dance workshops, French classes and games. Entry to the children’s section of the festival is included with general admission.
6–8 July at South Bank | Ticketed
Alice in Wonderland
Madness is guaranteed in this hilarious production of Alice in Wonderland. Actors and puppeteers recreate this beloved childhood tale that’s replete with masterful sets and lavish costumes. The whole crew will be there, including the Tweedle twins, White Rabbit, Queen of Hearts and the Mad Hatter.
10–14 July at Brisbane Powerhouse | Ticketed
Disney’s Mulan Jr
Disney princesses don’t come much braver than Mulan, who disguised herself as a man so she could fight in the army in place of her father. This children’s stage show is based on the 1998 Disney film – and it wouldn’t be Disney without a sing-a-along. Songs including ‘Reflection’ and ‘I'll Make a Man Out of You’ are all par for the course in this adaptation of Disney’s Mulan Jr.
Until 21 July at Brisbane Arts Theatre | Ticketed
Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives
Go beyond textbooks about Ancient Egypt at Queensland Museum’s exhibition, Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives. This massive exhibition introduces you to six mummies and features more than 200 ancient artefacts from the British Museum. A Night at the Museum will kick off the school holidays on 29 June, with science experiments, a disco party and pharaoh mask making.
Until 26 August at Queensland Museum | Ticketed
We Can Be Heroes
This children’s art project invites kids to create their own superheroes. We Can Be Heroes (pictured) is an extension of Tony Albert’s newly opened Visible exhibition at Queensland Art Gallery, which saw him collaborate with children for a series of works. Kids can make their own digital superhero, assemble a monster and bring creatures to life.
Until 7 October at GOMA | Free
The MoB Kids winter school holiday program features a range of workshops inspired by Museum of Brisbane's current exhibitions. As part of the BRISTOPIA exhibition, your kids can create a three-dimensional paper Queenslander home or cityscape. There's a also a science lab and LEGO stop motion workshop, and a gamified theatrical experience exploring the Life in Irons: Brisbane’s Convict Stories exhibition.
Until 28 October at Museum of Brisbane | Free + Ticketed
If you fancy a trip to Toowoomba this school holidays, Cobb+Co Museum will send you falling down the rabbit hole. Alice’s Wonderland is a colourful hands-on exhibition that brings science together with the curious world of Lewis Carroll’s famous story. Optics, illusions, word play, physics and maths invite children to better understand the way they perceive the world around them.
Until 28 January at Cobb+Co Museum | Ticketed
Image courtesy of GOMA Children’s Art Centre: Tony Albert, David C Collins and Kieran Lawson Warakurna-Superheroes #12017
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