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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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