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6 things to do these school holidays in Brisbane

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The sun is shining and the September school holidays are just about to kick off, so get prepped with this downloadable list of activities to keep the kids entertained.

1. Instameets

Got a smartphone? Got an Instagram account? Great. Let the iPhoneography begin! On Saturday 4 October, Queensland is holding the biggest Instameet. Ever. That means people like you, all around the state, are going to meet up in groups to snap away and upload their pics to Instagram in the biggest show-and-tell about their hometown or holiday spot. Find out where you can get in on the action here. Confused? Get the lowdown on Instameets here.

2. Fun and flames

Riverfire is ready to set the Brisbane skyline alight with massive fireworks on Saturday 27 September. The big event starts at 7pm but stake out a spot early so you don’t miss the Super Hornet roar by. Before the fire hits the sky, pop on some zinc and check out South Bank’s Streets Beach. It’s just undergone a $1.72 million facelift and is looking better than ever.

3. Delve the depths

Take a trip to the deepest parts of the ocean, but don’t grab your snorkel just yet – it’s all at Queensland Museum’s Deep Oceans exhibition, on until 6 October. See the creatures that have inspired mythical monsters, including a real specimen of a giant squid! Experience what the pressures of the deep feel like on your arm and see how colours change at different depths. Prepare to get your mind blown. Adults $12. Children $12. Family pass $42.

4. The Lion King

Can you feel the love tonight? It’s coming from the Queensland Performing Arts Centre. Over 70 million people have seen The Lion King musical – that’s three times the population of Australia – so to say it’s good would be an understatement. See Simba, Timon, Pumba and Scar come to life in front of you these holidays. Hakuna Matata! Opens 21 September. Tickets $50-150.

5. Cute koalas

The resident koalas of the Daisy Hill Koala Centre; Celeste, Elsa and Faith, are all waiting to meet you. They’re here to teach you all there is to know about their habitat and most importantly how to keep them and their friends healthy so everyone can enjoy these cuddly little critters. Get into their world by climbing the observation tower to see how koalas view the world. Open daily 10am-4pm. Admission is free.

6. All aboard!

A time-travelling professor? Check. Hands-on Invention Workshop? Double check. The Bright Sparks event at the Workshops Rail Museum in Ipswich will keep the kids entertained for hours. Running from 20 September to 6 October, 2014, it’s like giant Lego mixed with trains. Awesome. There’s even an option to travel the whole museum by miniature train or be an engineer in a real train simulator. Adults $20. Children $11.50. Family Pass $59.

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