With the Christmas excitement behind us, there are still a few weeks of school holidays to go … and thankfully there are plenty of ways to have fun this summer! From free workshops to epic magic shows and interactive science exhibitions, we have found 14 creative things to do in Brisbane over the school holidays.
State Library of Queensland invites you to choose your own summer adventure with its massive program of activities and workshops running over the holidays for kids of all ages. Designed to ignite the imagination, Summer Festival features everything from robotics workshops to free picture book making workshops. Creations including digital dioramas, interactive stories and 360° films made by kids will also be on display.
31 December to 27 January at State Library of Queensland | Free and ticketed
The massive APT9 exhibition has taken over Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art for the summer, and that means there are plenty of creative events for kids happening these holidays. Both galleries have interactive artworks created just for kids and families, as well as free creative art activities.
All holidays at QAGOMA | Free
Mary Poppins Returns
A classic film, revisited. Mary Poppins Returns is a new musical and sequel to the original tale, starring Emily Blunt, Meryl Streep and Colin Firth. Out on New Year’s Day, the film sees Mary Poppins return to help the next generation of the Banks family find joy and wonder, and her trusty sidekick Jack is also back.
From 1 January in cinemas across Brisbane
Dr Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat
The original words of the magnificent Dr Seuss remain untouched in Katie Mitchell’s entertaining adaptation of Dr Suess’s The Cat in the Hat. The uninitiated will be just as chuffed as the Seuss purists, as that mischievous feline takes Sally and her brother on a remarkable adventure.
2–25 January at Brisbane Arts Theatre | Ticketed
The Gruffalo's Child
See a favourite picture book come to life on stage! The sequel to the popular production of The Gruffalo that played in September, The Gruffalo's Child combines physical theatre, music and puppetry. There are songs, laughs and scary fun that will forever change the way you read the book at home.
3–13 January at QUT Gardens Theatre
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Deadly 60 Down Under
If your little adventurer would get a kick out of wild stunts, audience participation and an impressive cast of some of Australia’s deadliest animals, then Deadly 60 Down Under is sure to thrill them. Deadly 60 TV star Steve Backs will share stories and videos of his wild adventures while educating his audience about Australia’s unique wildlife.
3–4 January at QPAC | Ticketed
Seven world-class illusionists will astonish you (and your kids) with levitation, mindreading, disappearances and grand illusion, teamed with sophisticated sets and costumes. The Illusionists is a jaw-dropping show spectacular that is coming to Brisbane direct from Broadway.
9–19 January at QPAC | Ticketed
Every school holidays, Museum of Brisbane curates its MoB Kids programs with a range of experiences inspired by current exhibitions. Once you’ve ridden to the top of the clock tower, stay for t-shirt screen printing, costume making and softie sewing. Ticketed workshops include entry into The Designers’ Guide: Easton Pearson Archive.
Until 11 January at Museum of Brisbane | Free and ticketed
The Sleeping Beauty
Queensland’s premier youth ballet company will bring the classic tale of The Sleeping Beauty to life with incredible dancing, stunning costumes and gorgeous sets that every aspiring ballerina will adore. Some of the state’s best young dancers will fill the QPAC stage as the music of Tchaikovsky plays.
16–19 January at QPAC | Ticketed
The 91-Storey Treehouse
When a treehouse reaches a ridiculously mammoth 91 storeys, it’s bound to come with a few hiccups. Think babysitting woes, fortune tellers and big red buttons. If your kids loved the comical book series by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton, then Richard Tulloch’s play adaptation of The 91-Storey Treehouse will have them in stitches.
23–27 January at QPAC | Ticketed
Monkeys! A Primate Story
Though there is lots of fun to be had at this exhibition, it teaches kids the very important lesson of how we can ensure our closest relatives continue to survive in the wild. From the tiny mouse lemur to the gorilla, Monkeys! A Primate Story introduces you to 60 species and our shared evolutionary history. There are special activities for kids and adults enter at children’s prices.
Until 28 January 2019 at Queensland Museum | Ticketed
Summer Days at the Museum
If you have a train-lover to entertain, Summer Days at the Museum is the destination for them. See new exhibition Circus Train about the circuses that travelled Queensland by train and then get creative with circus-themed craft activities. You can also drive a train simulator, explore indoor adventure playground Nippers Railway and see the model railway while you’re there.
Until 28 January at The Workshops Rail Museum | 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 Lewis Carroll’s famous story. Optics, illusions, word play, physics and maths invite children to better understand the world around them.
Until 28 January at Cobb+Co Museum | Ticketed
Queensland Museum’s popular Sciencentre has reopened as Sparklab. The new experience features 40 fun and interactive exhibits for curious young minds. Visit to discover some of the fascinating connections between science, technology, engineering, maths and our everyday world.
Ongoing at Queensland Museum | Ticketed
Pictured: Gary Carsley, Purple Reign, 2018, site-specific installation for APT9 Kids at QAGOMA. Image courtesy of Josef Ruckli and © the artist.
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