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6 things to do these school holidays in Brisbane

Art, science, museums and outdoor adventures … there’s a bit of something for everyone these school holidays in Brisbane. 

1. Art-tastic

QAGOMA | school holidays in Brisbane

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Get cultured at the Gallery of Modern Art Children’s Art Centre.  The gallery works to create interactive installations with an ever-changing range of artists designed to inspire the amateur artist, so check out their current exhibitions on the website. GOMA has even taken art online with a number of creative games. It’s free and open daily (except for major public holidays).  

2. Cute Koalas

The resident koalas of the Daisy Hill Koala Centre, Pound, Claire and Molly 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 this iconic Australian animal. The centre underwent a major refurbishment and re-opened in 2018, and is now open daily 10am-4pm (except major public holidays). Admission is free.

3. Code Camp

Code Camp | school holidays in Brisbane

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What’s this internet thingy all the young ones are talking about? Well, it is revolutionizing the future and what better way to learn the basics of coding than at one of the regular Code Camps held around Brisbane. With over 20 campuses within 30km of the CBD, kids will be building their own iPhone app in no time. Offering 4 different levels catering from 5 – 13 years old you can start the road to being one of Australia’s next tech superheroes!

4. Mad scientist

There is no reason your school holidays have to be as boring as watching paint dry. Erupting onto the scene in spring 2018, much like the classic vinegar to baking soda volcano experiment, is the new Sciencentre main gallery. It’s the first major upgrade in over a decade and with the hypothesis being fun and participation be prepared to get hands on.  Curiosity didn’t kill the cat!

5. All aboard!

The signals are all green to head out to the Workshops Rail Museum these school holidays. Sell the tickets, open the boom gates and steer the locomotive out of the station at the Nippers Railway. Once you’ve finished at the level crossing climb aboard the tilt train for a driver’s perspective of the journey to Rockhampton. If speed thrills learn how the super-fast ‘Maglev’ trains reach speeds of 550 km/hr. Open daily from 9:30 (except major public holidays) and stay alert for special holiday activities.

6. Adventure Club

Head down to the Riverlife Adventure Centre and test yourself on the Segway obstacle course while dodging cones and jumping speed bumps. Master the rock climb up 20-metre cliffs to take in Brisbane’s best views of the city and river. If you’ve still got the energy team up for a game of laser tag in the parkland. Activities can be booked separately or keep an eye out for the Rangers Club deals. Varies age restrictions apply.

How do you balance outdoor play with screen time?

*This post was first published in 2014 and updated in July 2018