Looking for fun things to do with the kids in Brisbane this summer school holiday but don’t have time to scroll? Brisbane is brimming with fab things to do with kids over the summer break. There’s something for every interest, from camps and trampolining to fairytales and crafts.
To make your summer a breeze, we’ve scoured the best activities for kids and put together our top picks of the BEST school holiday activities this summer.
Have a great summer!
Arts and creative activities for kids in Brisbane
Perfect for curious minds, Junior Curators – Mysterious Realms at Ipswich Art Gallery is a must-do for kids in Brisbane this summer. This exhibition disrupts traditional curation with the fresh perspectives of young curators. Also in the realms of the imagination, Fairy Tales at QAGOMA takes visitors on a fascinating journey into a fairy-tale world where folklore, enchantment and tales of caution intertwine with art, design and film. This incredible exhibition highlights how the fairy tales that have entertained us for centuries are explored through art and culture. Both are open daily throughout the summer.
For the brick-heads in the family, head to Jurassic World by Brickman® at Queensland Museum for an immersive adventure like no other. This is Australia’s largest LEGO® brick exhibition, where Ryan ‘Brickman’ McNaught re-imagines Jurassic World, the blockbuster franchise from Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment.
If you want to take in a show, Bluey, Bingo, Bandit and Chilli are coming back to Brisbane for a return season of Bluey’s Big Play after performing all over North America! This is Bluey’s Big Play, For Real Life, on stage from December 30 to January 20 at the Playhouse, QPAC.
Sports and adventure activities in Brisbane for kids
Do your kids love to bounce? BOUNCE Holiday Camps are returning for the summer school holidays! With 3-hour sessions running five times a week throughout the break, it’s the perfect activity to learn new skills in a fun and social environment. Sessions are available at all Brisbane BOUNCE locations: Macgregor, Tingalpa, and Morayfield.
For the little jumpers, miniBOUNCE at Westfield Carindale has you covered. Even better, you can drop your little adrenaline hunter off at miniBOUNCE with their Drop & Shop ticket. Who doesn’t love 2 hours of free time for you and 2-hours of play time for your little adventurer?
For football fans, Ginger Sport Mini Camps (for 2 – 5 years) and Quest Football Academy Camps (for 5 – 12 years) are fantastic fun and a great way to keep your football superstar busy! These are held at Brisbane City Indoor Sports, Coorparoo, on December 14 2023 & January 18 2024
Or why not brush up on the kids’ golf skills with Golf Central Brisbane’s school holiday golf clinics? Held from December 13 2023 to January 18 2024, the clinics are designed for junior players of all levels.
All-day school holiday camps in Brisbane
Working parents rejoice; there are several excellent options for all-day care through the school holidays in Brisbane. Urban Xtreme, Hendra runs full-day school holiday sessions to keep kids entertained. PLUS, get 10% off with code kitc10!
For daily quality care and learning experiences, Australian Early Learning Colleges’ Vacation Care returns this summer – open to kids from across the area. Enjoy excursions every day with the best school holiday program in town!
Free activities for the whole family in Brisbane
Kick off the school holiday by getting into the festive spirit at City of Logan Christmas Carols, Kingston Butter Factory on December 9, from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
The City of Logan Christmas Carols is the city’s biggest annual Christmas event, celebrating the magic and joy of the festive season. Bring your own picnic or enjoy a fantastic variety of delicious food available. Get in the Christmas spirit with a free Santa photo, enjoy free face painting, and get excited for free Christmas crafts.
For a unique day out with lots of family fun, head to Summer Land Camels! They are open from 9 am to 3 pm; entry is FREE! You can feed their friendly camels, check out the farm shop, eat at their cafe and enjoy the stunning scenery.
Another free activity for kids over the summer is the Cross River Rail free school holiday program. From creating with clay, investigating coding, exploring archaeology or having fun with crafts, there is something for every child. Open daily from December 9 2023 to January 21 2024, at the Cross River Rail Experience Centre.
Take a family holiday in Queensland
Need to get away? Why not take a day trip down to Thunderbird Park, where the high viz is shining, and the dozers are ready for their little drivers at DIG IT – Australia’s first-ever mini-excavator park! The park is custom-designed for both children and their parents who love to play (who doesn’t?), featuring a range of activities that are fun, educational and engaging; kids learn about the construction industry, earthworks, engineering, building, the importance of safety, and teamwork. And there’s no iPad or screen anywhere!
DIG IT is at the famed Thunderbird Park, an adventure park with all accommodation levels, from luxury at Cedar Creek Lodges through glamping, cabins, and creekside houses to camping. Even better, Dig It is 100 per cent accessible to all abilities and needs.
Or, if you need an island escape, Kingfisher Bay Resort, K’gari, has a special deal where kids travel, stay, and eat for FREE. PLUS, all villa stays in January 2024 will receive a bonus $100 room credit to spend during your stay at Kingfisher Bay Resort.