THINGS TO DO: Free family activities Brisbane

28 September 2017

Check out these great family-friendly activities that are easy on the pocket in our beautiful city. From browsing the markets, to playing with the latest technology, and singing and dancing to getting crafty, there are lots of options here.

The Collective Markets

Fridays 5pm to 9pm, Saturdays 10am to 9pm, Sundays 9am to 4pm

Stanley Street, Southbank

A great market in a great setting, with plenty for the kids to take in. The market is always bustling – grab the kids a chocolate-filled banana and get exploring! You will find arts and crafts, homewares, photography, vintage and pre-loved clothing, accessories and even a snazzy bow tie for your furry friend. It’s also a wonderful place to people watch – relax with a coffee or juice at one of the cafes as Brisbane passes you by.

Digital Futures Lab

Daily 10am to 5pm

State Library of Queensland, Stanley Place

Discover this free interactive experience at the State Library of Queensland. Part studio, part game space, part exhibition, the Digital Futures Lab will make you think and maybe even look twice. Learn about smart cities, real-life robots, digital bodies and risky algorithms. You can also have a virtual reality experience, control a computer with your mind, check out the latest in technology and share your predictions for the future.

Northside Flower Market

Daily – times vary, see website for details

27 Windorah Street, Stafford

The kids will be amazed at the jaw-dropping array of flowers on display here – the colours and perfume create a wonderful sensory experience. Open to the public, you can pick up a bunch or two, or speak to the trained florists if you are looking for something in particular.  It also stocks a selection of candles and skincare. Get there early, then grab brunch at one of the cafes in the area.

Little Days Out

Thursdays 9am to 1pm

South Bank Parklands

With a new activity each week, there is bound to be something here to keep you and your little ones entertained. Dance to favourite songs, take part in colourful sand craft workshops, relax with storytime sessions and much more! Suitable for children five year and younger, the sessions will ensure your little ones have a good time learning, playing and exploring new and exciting things, all in the picturesque South Bank Parklands.

Lone Pine Outdoor Cinema

First and third Friday of the month 6pm

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, 708 Jesmond Road, Fig Tree Pocket

Head to Lone Pine Markets and enjoy a family friendly movie under the stars for free! Previous movies have included Finding Dory, Frozen and Zootopia. Bring a blanket or chair and grab a bite to eat from the Lone Pine Markets (open from 4pm to 8pm). A good range of meals is available, as well as refreshments and sweet treats. You can also bring your pooch, but they must remain on a lead at all times.

Ipswich Art Gallery

Various days and times, see website for details

d’Arcy Doyle Place, Ipswich

Ipswich Art Gallery always has a good range of free kid-friendly activities available. In Make a Soft Sculpture or a Shiny Splat, for example, children can experiment with colourful craft materials to make a bright soft sculpture or a shiny splat wall piece. They can take their creations home or display them in the gallery! In Light Play, they can play with overhead projectors and light boxes and see what happens when they cast a light on different things. Lots of hands-on activities mean families can create artworks together using a wide range of interesting materials.

Toddler Tuesday GOMA

Tuesdays 10am and 11am

GOMA, Stanley Place, South Bank

Take the kids to Toddler Tuesday at GOMA for some great games, storytelling and hands-on activities that encourage a love of art. Each session discovers an artwork in the Gallery's Collection. Suitable for ages 18 months to 4 years. Bookings are essential and only one session can be booked in each 8-week cycle.

Baby Rhyme Time

Various days and times, see website for details

Various libraries

Baby Rhyme Time teaches you and your baby rhymes, finger plays and action songs to share together again and again at home. These all help to develop the skills needed to communicate and to learn to read. Don’t forget to check out the toy libraries and the great selection of picture books available at your local library while you are there. Ideal for babies up to one year old.

Rainy day? Check out our pick of the best indoor play centres here.

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