Wed, Jan 24


Things to do in Brisbane this school holidays

Not too hot, not too cold. The spring school holidays are just right for getting out and being creative with your kids. From time-travelling dinosaur adventures to steam train voyages and craft workshops, these are the things to do in Brisbane this school holidays.

Dinosaur Time Machine

Experience life among the giants that roamed the land in prehistoric times. Dinosaur Time Machine is a fun and educational performance that was awarded best children’s show at last year’s Adelaide Fringe. With science, circus, cool dinosaur facts, fossils and two time-travelling scientists, this show will keep curious young minds engaged.

16–22 September at Brisbane Powerhouse | Ticketed

Brisbane Festival

The family program at Brisbane Festival will infuse your September with theatre, circus, magic and comedy. Highlights include Grug and the Rainbow, circus antics from The Chipolatas, magic tricks by Paul Dabek and US children’s entertainers The Mudcakes (pictured). While you’re at South Bank for the festival, make sure you track down all the ‘humanoids’ that have popped up.

Until 30 September | Free and ticketed

Open Stage Youth Workshops

This week-long workshop is a chance for participants aged 11–17 to immerse themselves in performance. Led by professional OperaQ artists, the Open Stage Youth Workshops explore choruses and characters from the operatic world of fantasy and fairytales, and it all culminates with a free public performance where participants get their moment in the spotlight.

18–22 September at OperaQ Studio | Ticketed

Gladiator School
Interactive exhibition

Learn how to fight like a gladiator at Gladiator School. As part of its Gladiators exhibition, Queensland Museum will give your kids the chance to burn off their energy in a mini training bootcamp. This is followed by time for dressing up in costume, where little warriors will also get to make their own helmet to take home. Evening event A Night at the Museum will also take place over the school holidays.

18–29 September at Queensland Museum | Ticketed

MoB Kids

There are a number of events and craft workshops happening at Museum of Brisbane this school holidays, many of which are inspired by the museum’s new exhibition Tastes Like Sunshine. The program includes a Whacky Food Feast, Fruiti Bunting workshop and the Sunshine Food Explorer Workshop, where kids will create a seasonal and creative snack from start to finish.

18 September to 2 October at Museum of Brisbane | Free and ticketed

Kate Beynon: Friendly Beasts
Interactive exhibition

GOMA’s Children’s Art Centre has been transformed into a fanciful world at the hands of artist Kate Beynon. At Friendly Beasts, Kate has created four hybrid figures that have inspired a range of interactive activities. Children can make their own mask, dance with beasts in an interactive video installation and add to the magical world that’s evolving in the collaborative drawing activity, The Lotus Garden.

Until 22 October at GOMA | Free

Happy Birthday Play School: Celebrating 50 Years

We all have memories of Play School, whether watching it as child, tuning in with your own children, or both. Now you can take a daytrip to Toowomba to see memorabilia from the beloved show at Happy Birthday Play School: Celebrating 50 Years, which has been extended until October. The exhibition features toys, props and costumes from the show – giving you the chance to come face to face with the famous Rocket Clock, Flower Clock and Play School Windows in person.

Until 15 October at Cobb+Co Museum | Ticketed

Grandchester Express

On the last weekend of the school holidays you can take a ride on a steam train. The 2.5-hour Grandchester Express trip takes you to historic Grandchester station and back, stopping at the station so you can wander the grounds and see the locomotive being prepared for the return leg of the journey.

30 September at Workshops Rail Museum | Ticketed




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