Brisbane: Events and activities for kids this weekend

Another long weekend has arrived and we couldn’t be happier! There is plenty happening in Brisbane for kids from Friday, April 29 to Monday, May 2. Read on for ideas on how you and the kids can spend the next few days …

For lovers of the arts

Groove along to the tunes of homegrown music legends

Among the many music festivals happening at the Gold Coast this weekend, The Long Sunset is sure to have some scenic flair. Having rescheduled from earlier this year (because #floods and #COVID19), this brand-new live music and camping event will finally take place on Saturday, April 30. The grounds of Elysian Fields at Canungra, Scenic Rim, will showcase local food and art while you kick back and listen to some crowd-pleasing acts. Among them, Angus and Julia Stone, Ball Park Music, The Babe Rainbow and Jack Gray, to name a few. There are still tickets available, so be sure to grab yours today!

Gold Coast What's On

Lose yourself in these outstanding shows and performances

There are a bunch of ‘last chance’ performances happening in Brisbane this weekend. We recommend you set aside some time to check them out. The Queensland Symphony Orchestra’s flagship concert for movie lovers, Cinematic is a coming to a close this weekend. Relive the epic fanfares of Star Wars, the magic of Harry Potter, the adventures of Indiana Jones, and so much more until Saturday, April 30. The Brisbane run of Disney’s latest hit musical, Frozen The Musical! is in its final weeks. The tale of sisterhood and true love is being performed at QPAC’s Lyric Theatre until Sunday, May 8.

Check out these interactive exhibitions for curious minds

The Redcliffe Museum’s exhibition Patterns in Nature will finish on Sunday, May 1. This is an opportunity for you and the kids to marvel at the world around you, playing with scales, feathers, stripes and spots. See what is invisible to others and become a pattern detective. This is a free event. Having recently opened at the Pine Rivers Heritage Museum at Old Petrie Town, the Minibeasts exhibition is sure to excite. Learn about the hidden world of creepy crawlies with this hands-on display. Kids will especially love a myriad fun activities including examining and classifying specimens, creating patterns using natural materials, posing in front of the butterfly wing mural and observing insects at work.

Check out the Museum of Brisbane’s newest exhibition, Making Place: 100 Views of Brisbane. Museum-goers can treat their peepers to more than 100 artworks depicting some of Brisbane’s most iconic scenes. The dazzling exhibition features works from renowned artists including Vida Lahey, Judy Watson and Margaret Olley, and an atmospheric soundscape by Artist in Residence Lawrence English, leaving you with a much-needed dose of culture.

Making Place

For the active and adventurous

When you go down to the woods today…

Join volunteers from the Karawatha Forest on a discovery walk on Saturday, April 30. You can relax and learn with your Little Ones, while the guides share their knowledge of the local flora and fauna along the way. It’s a delightful family friendly adventure. While you’re here, check out the architecturally designed Discovery Centre. The nature play space includes water play, climbing features, discovery trails and sculptural artworks, an interactive floor projection of a frog habitat, a sculptural forest discovery area, a night-time audio visual experience room and a virtual reality experience.

Natural attractions in and around Brisbane

Source: Brisbane City Council

Looking for an adrenaline charged weekend?

Planes, Trains and Autos is for you. Head to The Workshops Rail Museum at Ipswich for a celebration of all things aviation, rail and automotive. Special guests include Autobots, Bumblebee, Optimus Prime and action sports athlete Matt Mingay. Get your photo taken!

Putt amongst all of your favourite sugary snacks at a candy land-themed mini-golf course

Just in time for Easter, Victoria Park has transformed its putt putt course into a sweet-tooth’s wonderland. Say hello to Candyland Putt Putt, a mini-golf course that’s set to give you one heck of a sugar rush. Popping up from April 1 until May 8, this golf course will feature a host of delectable delights including classic holes like Fairy-floss Fairway, as well as brand-new holes like Ice-cream Court, Candy Shoppe, Sugar Shack on Sugar Slopes and Bunny Hop. The best part of this candy-laced adventure? The putt putt course is fully licensed. You can order drinks and snacks as you play via the QR codes located at each hole. Online bookings are essential so hop over here to secure your spot.

Try the pop-up immersive experience

In case you weren’t aware, Imaginaria extended its Brisbane run. This stunning immersive play experience combines audio-visual art, inflatable architecture, light installations and futuristic gamification suitable for all ages. Visitors are invited to step inside, slip off their shoes and engage with AI projections, sensor-triggered LED waves, giant silk parachute canopies, cosmic gardens, an anti-gravity sunset, an electronic hall of mirrors and a digital wishing well that whispers your greatest desires.

Grab yourself some fresh produce

Grab your mask and your shopping bags and head to one of the many markets around Brisbane for some fresh fruit and vege. You’ll find amazing produce, plants, food and wares at Brisbane’s Saturday Fresh Market, Rocklea; Riverside Markets, Brisbane CBD and City Botanic GardensKelvin Grove Village Market, Kelvin Grove; Jan Powers Farmers Market, New Farm; Davies Park Market, West End; Carseldine Farmers & Artisan Markets, Carseldine; and the Redcliffe Farmers & Artisan Markets, Redcliffe.

Get that community spirit

The Greater Springfield Community Festival is on this Saturday, April 30. Enjoy kids amusement rides, a live DJ, multicultural performances, a range of food stalls, carnival games and, of course, fireworks!

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, events may be postponed or cancelled at the last minute. We do our best to ensure our events are up to date, but be sure to check the organiser’s own event page for the most current updates.

You can find more at our comprehensive What’s On page for all the kid and family fun around Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast. 

 


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Written by Calista Bruschi

When she’s not moulding Play-Doh or dancing in the living room with her children, Calista Bruschi is an editor and writer. She has oodles of experience working on newspapers, magazines and websites. Calista likes to organise and be organised. She loves being a mum, Italian food, wine, sport and stationery. She hasn't sleep a full night in more than five years and is powered by coffee.

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