6 things to do these school holidays in Southern Queensland Country
From spring flowers and face painting to bush damper-making and cookie decorating, there’s plenty of hands-on activities on the calendar these September school holidays!
1. Kids day out
The Carnival of Flowers is one of the biggest events on Toowoomba’s calendar each spring but on Sunday 28 September, the focus shifts from the blooms for the Kids Day Out! With baby animals, face painting, jumping castles, storytelling, and a rock-climbing wall there will be barely enough hours in the day to get through it all! Bring a picnic rug and meet ABC’s Dirtgirl while you’re there.
2. Bush tucker
Head to Millmerran for the Australian Camp Oven Festival on 4-5 October – an entire weekend dedicated to Australian bush heritage. Get hands-on with damper making, damper throwing and a billy boiling competition. Watch the horseshoeing and sheepdog demonstrations or just check out the old working machinery. Adult weekend pass $40 (online price). Children under 17 years enter free.
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 in their hometown or holiday spot. Find out where you can get in on the action here. Confused? Get the lowdown on Instameets here.
Calling all wannabe Jack Sparrows! Collect your treasure map and loot bag then follow the clues to search for Captain Curly’s booty! The swashbuckling school holiday program at the Cobb & Co Museum gives you all you need to make your own pirate hat, eye patch and hook, discover your pirate name and navigate your way around the museum to solve the mystery. Running Thursday 18 September to Monday 6 October. Cost $5 per child.
5. Yee haa
Saddle up for a horseback trail ride, roping lesson or whip-cracking lesson and set your inner cowboy or cowgirl free at Cowboy Up. The friendly quarter horses are well trained and love stretching their legs through the working cattle property. As you ride, you might be lucky enough to spot wallabies, wild deer and native birds. The hardest part is handing back the reigns at the end of the ride! One hour ride: $60 per person. Whip cracking and roping lesson: $5.
6. Mini chefs
Pop on an apron and head into the kitchen at Sauce in Toowoomba on Wednesday 1 October. They’re holding special kids cooking classes for three age groups (4-6 years, 6-10 years and 11-14 years) teaching you how to decorate a delicious fruit flan and bake some pretty flower biscuits. The best part is the taste testing afterwards! Cost: $30 (4-6 years), $60 (1-14 years).