LOCAL: Brisbane becomes an Open House for kids

04 October 2016
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Children will have the chance to experience life as an architect, archaeologist, fire fighter, dentist, performer and much more, thanks to the Brisbane Open House 2016 Children’s Program.

Part of the Open House weekend on Saturday October 8 and Sunday October 9, the free program is full of wonderfully creative activities for kids of all ages and designed to inspire and educate the next generation about Brisbane’s built environment.

Families will love exploring the passageways, tunnels and gun posts located in the Fort Lytton Historic Military Precinct and enjoy gun-firing re-enactments, can have a go at building 3D designs using geometric shapes at Woods Bagot, meet fire fighters at Roma Street Fire Station, design and construct bridges at Museum of Brisbane, explore the dry dock and a treasure trove of exhibitions at the Queensland Maritime Museum, and much more.

Queensland government architect Malcolm Middleton OAM said the Brisbane Open House Children’s Program is a great way for the next generation to learn about and engage with many of Brisbane’s significant places. “This year we have 100 buildings unlocking their doors to visitors and we want children to benefit from this opportunity to explore the hidden gems of our great city,” he said. “Many participating buildings are offering hands-on activities so children can have fun while learning about design, as well as about Brisbane’s history and culture.

“Some of the city’s oldest buildings such as the Commissariat Store Museum and Newstead House offer children a chance to learn about life in early Brisbane, while state-of-the-art facilities at UQ Oral Health Centre and Hear and Say Brisbane Centre will engage and inspire all visitors,” he added.

Children will also receive a free Brisbane Open House Children’s activity booklet, full of sketches and activities by some of Brisbane’s best architects, landscape architects, artists and companies. The activity book will be available over the weekend at all participating buildings and at the Brisbane Open House Information Hub at King George Square.

For more information visit www.brisbaneopenhouse.com.au.

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