BRISBANE: School Holiday Guide Summer 2018/19 - Top pick of things to do!

03 December 2018

Summer holidays are so close, can smell the mojitos?!

Let's pack away the school bags, put down the family planner and get set for some sandy days and Christmas fun.

With the kids on the long school break it's time to fill up that calendar with camps and activities to keep kids entertained.

There's stacks of great things happening across the region these school holidays for the kids. Here's our top picks of school holiday activities for kids in BRISBANE!

Happy holidays x

Looking for more ideas? Check out the FULL SCHOOL HOLIDAY GUIDE HERE!


Brickman Awesome

Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre

1 to 22 December

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Queensland LEGO® fans, prepare to be awed, because Ryan ‘The Brickman’ McNaught is bringing his latest exhibition, Brickman Awesome, to Brisbane this December.

Brickman Awesome marks Ryan’s fourth exhibition made entirely from LEGO® bricks. It features 39 models – none of which have ever been seen in Brisbane before – and is made from more than two million LEGO® bricks, taking over 5,000 hours to build.

Featuring a record-breaking 7.5m high NASA SLS rocket model, a full-scale LEGO® brick Toyota Camry, life-sized Australian animals, our life-sized TARDIS from Doctor Who, the only life-sized LEGO® Harley-Davidson motorcycle ever made and a light-up Back To the Future Delorean, all made from LEGO® Bricks!

There's also interactive zones where visitors can build their own motorcycles, DUPLO penguins, animals, trucks or anything else they want to add to the displays! PLUS need your help to build Australia's longest LEGO® model- a giant snake! ... READ MORE


Christmas in Brisbane

Various venues around Brisbane

3 to 24 December 

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A sparkling program of free events will bring festive cheer to Brisbane this Christmas.

While cities across the globe are welcoming in dreary skies and chilly days, Brisbane is gearing up for Christmas our way – a cavalcade of free, festive fun in our gorgeously-warm outdoors.

Christmas in Brisbane events are suitable for all ages and entry is free. From enchanting lights to carols and fireworks ... READ MORE


MoB Makers: Moki Bands

Museum of Brisbane

3 December 2018 to 22 April 2019

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Inspired by Easton Pearson’s famous runway shows, design your own fashion headband using playful templates created by Brisbane artist and long-time Easton Pearson collaborator Stephen Mok.

Let your imagination run wild with Stephen’s creative shapes and make your own adornment fit for the catwalk, a stroll in the city, or your own living room, in this fun activity for the fashionable of every age. ... READ MORE


Playing with Light

Ipswich Art Gallery

3 December 2018 to 28 April 2019

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Let there be light!

Step out of the darkness and into this hands-on, interactive exhibition where visitors can play with light.

Can you sneak past a laser light security block? Why not step inside a giant kaleidoscope! You can even “draw” with infrared “paint”, or make your own powerful telescope!

Playing with Light explores our big bright world and the many ways in which science and physics create light! ... READ MORE


Save Every Day with Family Saver Sessions

Event Cinemas across the region

15 December 2018 to 27 January 2019

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Simply join Cinebuzz to save on a great range of family films these Summer School holidays on select sessions before 5pm. Best of all – membership is free. Join now at
Take the family to see The Grinch, Disney’s The Nutracker and the Four Realms, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse, and Elliot the Littlest Reindeer! Just look for the Family Saver Sessions on the website.

Upgrade to Gold Class for a luxury family experience. Look for Family Saver sessions available on select sessions before 5PM Monday – Friday. There is even a dedicated Kids menu in Gold Class. Or you can upgrade to Vmax Family Saver Sessions to see movies BIG!

After Christmas and in the New Year you can save when you see the Family Saver Sessions of Disney’s Ralph breaks the Internet, ‘Mary Poppins Returns’, How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World and Storm Boy. So many movies to see these Summer Holidays! ... READ MORE


Summer Days at the Museum

The Workshops Rail Museum, North Ipswich

15 December 2018 to 27 January 2019


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Make tracks to the Museum these summer school holidays for Summer Days at The Workshops Rail Museum.

Run away with the circus, see real life steam trains, diesel locomotives and more.

Make a day of it with entry to the Museum and all exhibits included in your ticket. Ideal for ages 3 – 10 + activities for under 3s ... READ MORE


BRICKS 4 KIDZ LEGO® and LEGO® Robotics Workshops

Various locations across Brisbane

17 December 2018 to 29 January 2019

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With unique BRICKS 4 KIDZ® models and Imaginative Play, the kids are always having fun at these School Holiday Programs with LEGO® and LEGO®Robotics! Workshops are designed for children ages 5–11, staffed by trained and screened BRICKS 4 KIDZ® instructors, and have the best child : staff ratio around!

BRICKS 4 KIDZ® provides three different types of workshops that deliver an opportunity to experience a range of LEGO® building techniques and development. Creator/Technic workshop students use their imagination, LEGO® building skills and immerse themselves in exciting LEGO® based activities inspired by the theme of the day. Themes include Star Wars™, Pokemon™, Harry Potter™, Super Hero Academy,Ninjago™, Minecraft™, LEGO® Batman Movie, Brick City and of course some seasonal specials.

Junior Robotics offers all the fun of building with LEGO® bricks, PLUS the challenge of computer programming with LEGO® WeDo®!

Advanced Robotics students experience the cutting edge of technology with LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3. ... READ MORE


The Sea Creature’s Secret

Sea Life Sunshine Coast

26 December 2018 to 27 January 2019

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These school holidays, get ready to jump ship because it’s all hands on-deck as the pirates of the coast swashbuckle their way into Sea Life Sunshine Coast for a brand-new adventure.

Don the captain’s hat and go on an underwater treasure hunt with the help of a marine-inspired Treasure Map, featuring creature clues which accompany hidden treasure points around the attraction. Simply match the creature in the attraction to the map and become one step closer to sinking the treasure!

Bonafide pirates can practice hitting the ‘High C’s’ through daily live shows and meet and greets led by ‘Pirate Trevor’, ‘Ethel the Mermaid’ and their marine friends. But never fear, ye’ shall not be made to walk the plank if your singing isn't in tune!

Once the treasure is found and guests have said “Ahoy, me hearties” to their new pirate friends, they can give their new found pirate status the seal of approval by snapping a shell-fie in the ‘Underwater Throne’. ... READ MORE


Deadly 60 Downunder

Concert Hall, QPAC

4 January 2019

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Star of the hit TV series Deadly 60, Steve Backshall is back by popular demand this summer school holidays!

After multiple Australian tours and sold out shows from Broome to the Sydney Opera House, don’t miss Steve’s most exciting show ever – Deadly 60 Down Under, featuring some of Australia’s deadliest animals live on stage! ... READ MORE


BrisKids Cabaret

SunPAC Theatre

18 January 2019


A smorgasbord of funny, jaw dropping, seriously astonishing acts by some of Brisbane’s leading circus performers. A 45-minute cabaret suitable for the whole family! 

An action-packed program, BrisKids brings together a monster-sized range of free circus activities and entertainment at SunPAC. Hosted by Cluster Arts, the program guarantees all-round good fun for ages 5 to 12 years. ... READ MORE

For our FULL SCHOOL HOLIDAY GUIDE - CLICK HERE!Packed with all the school holiday events happening in your area!


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Kids on the Coast/Kids in the City
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