What's on Brisbane: Events and activities for kids and families this weekend
Rejoice! Another long weekend is upon us. There is plenty happening in Brisbane for kids and families from Friday, April 22 to Monday, April 25 including indoor fun, award-winning stage performances, extraordinary exhibitions and community markets.
Read on for ideas on how you and the kids can spend the next few days …
For lovers of the arts
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. Appearing until Saturday, April 23 at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre, South Bank is Roald Dahl’s The Twits. The Queensland Symphony Orchestra’s flagship concert for movie lovers, Cinematic is also in its last days. 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
Having taken us across the entirety of the Asia Pacific region, The 10th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT10), will soon come to a close. To help bring down the curtain on this eye-opening exhibition, a free two-day festival is on the cards. Happening from April 23–24, the APT10 Festival is a carnival of colour, creativity and multiculturalism that can’t be missed. There will be 140 artists and performers presenting more than 40 free events that celebrate the creativity, diversity and vibrancy of the Asia Pacific region. Event-goers can expect to immerse themselves in art-making workshops, dance and music performances, storytelling, cooking demonstrations, talks and more. Don’t miss your last chance to experience APT10 before it closes!
This is your last chance to get the kids along to Sparklab at the Queensland Museum. Kids aged six to 13 years will love this interactive science, technology, engineering and maths space. 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.
Salute all things vinyl and vintage
April 23 marks Record Store Day and you’ll be wanting to head to Fortitude Valley for the festivities. As a hub for live music in Brisbane, Fortitude Valley’s Brunswick Street will come alive between 10am and 3pm. You’ll hear DJs from the Valley’s Catalog Music, QUIVR and local community radio station 4ZZZ playing the soundtrack to your weekend. The Suitcase Rummage market will reveal treasures alongside art and handmade products. Find yourself a rare piece of vinyl.
For the active and adventurous
BOUNCE into the weekend
BOUNCE opened its newest venue at Macgregor on April 14. This huge adrenaline playground has features and activities to suit all ages and skill levels. Kids are going to want to climb the floor-to-ceiling walls, go head-to-head against their friends on the X-Run, and practise their freestyle moves in the enormous jumping arena. Be one of the first to experience the new BOUNCE Macgregor.
Putt among 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 head here to secure your spot.
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 Gardens; Kelvin 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.
Attend an Anzac Day ceremony
On Anzac Day each year, we remember all Australians who have served and died in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations. Monday, April 25 marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during World War I.
For a full list of Anzac Day ceremonies taking place in and around Brisbane, visit the Brisbane City Council website.
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.
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.