School holiday activities in Brisbane for 2020
Our top picks for things to do during the school holidays in Brisbane to keep your kids busy
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Looking for inspiration to keep your kids happy and occupied during the school holidays? We're here to help. See our top recommendations for outdoor and indoor activities to keep your little ones busy.
Outdoor activities in Brisbane for the summer school holidays
Hang out with Australian animals at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Head to the world's largest koala sanctuary to meet over 100 native Australian animals. Hand-feed kangaroos and watch live shows that will keep your children entertained for hours.
River Cruise and Koala Sanctuary Tour
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary Admission with Brisbane River Cruise
Experience an adrenaline rush with a go-karting experience
If you're short on play date ideas, go-karting is a great activity for your kids and their friends to battle it out on the racecourse to see who crosses the finish line first.
Electric Go Karting - 4 Sessions
Go Kart Racing Experience - 4 Sessions
Kingston Go Kart Racing
See Brisbane from new heights
Kids who have a sense of adventure (and no fear of heights) will love seeing a spectacular bird's-eye view of Brisbane's skyline with the Story Bridge Climb. Make a whole day out of it with an afternoon climb or watch the stars come to life above with a night climb.
Story Bridge Climb - Twilight
Brisbane Story Bridge Climb - Night
Story Bridge Climb - Day
Take to the skies
There's no better way to get out and about with your kids than by seeing Brisbane from the best vantage point. Look no further for the older kids who love an experience, perhaps a hot air balloon ride in the early hours of the morning.
Hot Air Ballooning Over Greater Brisbane with Breakfast
Scenic Helicopter Flight Over Brisbane
Skydiving in Brisbane
Discover the spooky side of Brisbane
Forget scary bedtime stories. Take your children to Brisbane's haunted spots and hear about the history of the city. A ghost tour is the perfect combination of entertainment and education for school holiday fun.
Boggo Road Gaol Ghost and Gallows Tour
Haunted Brisbane Ghost Walking Tour
Brisbane Toowong Cemetery Ghost Tour
Explore the great outdoors
Brisbane is home to a variety of outdoor activities that make for great school holiday adventures. Whether you want to make it a family day out or invite your children's friends along for a play date, it's sure to be a hit.
Brisbane Guided Bike Tour
Summer Sunset Bike Tour
Experience the ultimate adrenaline rush with a flight simulator experience
Have you ever wondered what it feels like to be in control of a plane? Jump into the pilot's seat and choose from thousands of airports for your flight simulator adventure.
737-800 Boeing Flight Simulator Experience - 45 Minutes
60 Minute F-18 Super Hornet Simulator Experience
Boeing Flight Simulator Experience
Zoom around Brisbane City
Looking for a unique way to get your kids outdoors during the school holidays? Make your way around Brisbane City in style with a segway tour. Choose your route and difficulty level for gliding and spinning around the best scenic spots in Brisbane.
Mini-Segway Tour Around Brisbane
Segway Around Brisbane Day Tour
Segway Joy Ride Night Tour
Experience the feeling of free-falling at iFLY
A visit to iFLY is the next best thing to free-falling from a plane during a skydiving experience. Indoor skydiving creates the sensation of free-falling by using an upwards airflow in a glass, vertical tunnel that keeps you floating mid-air. If you've got a thrillseeker to entertain, you'll earn major brownie points by taking them to iFLY.
iFLY Brisbane Indoor Skydiving - 2 Flights
iFLY Brisbane Indoor Skydiving - 4 Flights
iFLY Brisbane Indoor Skydiving
Get out on the water for a kayaking experience
For a relaxing day out, set your sights on a kayaking experience on Brisbane River. See the city CBD from a different perspective as you paddle through the calm waters on a sunny spring afternoon.
Brisbane Evening River Kayak Tour
The Brisbane River Daytime Kayak Tour
Take a trip to the park
Keeping your kids active during the school holidays helps ensure they're on the go and away from their screens. Planning a play date with your children's friends? A small gathering at a park is a great option. Whether you have a park close by or you want to venture out to find a new favourite, bringing a bike, scooter or skateboard along will keep your kids happy and occupied for hours.
At-home activities in Brisbane for the summer school holidays
Entertain the kids with a craft session
The school holidays is the perfect time to try something new. Take a break from Netflix and set up a space in your house for your kids to delve into a creative project.
Make a Wooden Beaded Keyring
DIY Mosaic Craft Box for Kids
Flora and Fauna Earring Making Workshop
Grab the popcorn and settle in for a movie marathon
If you want to set up a cosy movie night with the family or if your child is a movie buff, streaming services including Disney+, Netflix and BINGE give you bang for your buck, with unlimited shows and movies for your children to pick from. You can even set up parental controls on Netflix or set up a Netflix Kids profile to monitor what shows and movies your children can access.
Set up jigsaw puzzles, board games and card games
Completing jigsaw puzzles, board games and card games keeps your children entertained and their minds active during the school holidays.
Get creative in the kitchen
Kids love hands-on activities. Not only is it fun, they also learn a new skill out of it. Purchasing a children's baking kit is a great place to start if your little ones are cooking for the first time. If your kids have had some cooking experience, there are plenty of kids' cookbooks available so your mini chefs can take the reins in the kitchen.
Kids’ Cook Books
The Book Depository
Kids D.I.Y Chocolate Art Party Kit
Play video games
If you have a gamer on your hands, it's likely they'll want to spend some time gaming with their friends during the school holiday break. Whether their console of choice is a Nintendo Switch, Xbox or PlayStation, there are plenty of classic and exciting new games for your kids to get their hands on. Just remember, it's important to take frequent breaks to give your eyes a rest from staring at a screen for long periods of time.
Day trips you can take from Brisbane during the school holidays
Distance from Brisbane: 1 hour and 40 minutes.
If you're looking for a change of scenery, a day trip to Bribie Island is hard to resist.
Bribie Island Jet Ski Ride - 60 Minutes
Bribie Island Jet Ski Ride - 90 minutes
Distance from Brisbane: 1 hour and 10 minutes.
Thrillseekers and nature lovers aren't short on choice when it comes to outdoor activities available at Tamborine Mountain.
High Ropes and Flying Fox Adventure
Tiny Tot High Rope Zipline Adventure
Canyon Flyer Guided Zipline Tour
Free activities in Brisbane for the summer school holidays
- Take lunch outside by setting up a teepee in the backyard and having a picnic.
- Create a cooking class in your own kitchen for the little ones (who doesn't love tacos?).
- Set up some canvas and paintbrushes outside so the kids' creativity can run wild.
- Transform the lounge room into a fortress – throw in some snacks and you've got a winner.
School holiday events in Brisbane for the summer school holidays
- School Holiday Workshops in Bowen Hills: Let them embrace their creative side with LEGO stopmotion, heroes and villains filmmaking, stage combat introduction and SFX at Laughing Goat Productions.
- Flipside Circus - School Holiday Workshops: If your little ones are the active type then you can't go past the Flipside Circus workshops. They'll learn all sorts including the trapeze and hula-hooping.
- Jets Ipswich School Holiday Art Workshop: Have an artist in the family? Look no further. Enjoy lunch, a full class and all the materials you need to tape and paint.
See the latest Brisbane school holiday activities deals
Up to 85% off domestic activities
Available on select dates for activities including skydiving, hot air balloon flights, quad biking, scuba diving, whale watching, bridge climbing, high tea and more. Destinations include Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Canberra, Melbourne and more. T&Cs apply.
Extra $10 off site-wide with code
Valid on all dates, including over Christmas, on activities like skydiving, quad biking, bridge climbing, canyoning, hot air ballooning, helicopter scenic flights, abseiling, scuba diving, cruises, high tea and more. Destinations include Darwin, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane, Hobart and more. Minimum spend of $80 required. T&Cs apply.
Extra 10% off Australia activities with code
Valid on all dates on activities like skydiving, bridge climbing, canyoning, hot air ballooning, helicopter scenic flights, abseiling, cruises, tours, high tea and more. Minimum spend of $100 applies. Destinations include Darwin, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane, Hobart and more. T&Cs apply.
Australia experiences for 2 from $38 + Extra $10 off with code
Available on select dates for experiences like tours, zoo and wildlife interactions, hot air balloon flights, skydiving and more. Destinations include Sydney, Hunter Valley, Melbourne, Brisbane and more. Minimum spend of $80 required. T&Cs apply.
Australia activities from $10
Available on select dates for activities like sightseeing tours, attraction passes, river cruises, hop-on hop-off tours and more. Destinations include Sydney, Brisbane, Launceston, Melbourne, Cairns, Hunter Valley, Perth and more.
Up to 93% off things to do in Australia
Available on select dates and activities like classes, spas, getaways, dining experiences and more. Destinations include Sydney, Perth, Melbourne Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Gold Coast and more. T&Cs apply.
Up to 30% off Australia experiences + Extra 10% off with code
Available on select travel dates when you buy 2 or more experiences such as sightseeing cruises, hot air balloon flights, day tours and skydives. Destinations include Brisbane, Adelaide, Hunter Valley, Gold Coast, Sydney and more. T&Cs apply.
Up to 50% off things to do in Brisbane
Available on select travel dates for activities like driving experiences, helicopter flights, jet boat rides, skydives, dinner cruises, cooking classes and more. T&Cs apply.
Up to 50% off helicopter ride experiences
Available on select travel dates in Townsville, Whitsundays, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sydney, Cairns and more. T&Cs apply.
Up to 85% off land adventures
Valid on select dates and adventures like quad biking, sandboarding, bridge climbing, canyoning, horse riding, abseiling, soccer training and more. Destinations include Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sydney, Canberra, Cairns and more. T&Cs apply.
Up to 65% off activities for kids
Available on select dates, including school holidays, for activities like sandboarding, whale watching, jet boat rides, indoor skydiving, cruises, swimming, go karting and much more. Destinations include Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sydney and more. T&Cs apply.
Up to $30 off skydiving experience
Available on select travel dates in Sunshine Coast, Airlie Beach, Melbourne, Gold Coast, Sydney, Byron Bay, Brisbane and more. T&Cs apply.
15% off Brisbane to Moreton Island day tours
Available on select dates in January 2021. Includes pick up and drop off, lunch and more. T&Cs apply.
Up to 23% off The Wheel of Brisbane tickets
Available on select travel dates in 2021. T&Cs apply.
Up to 23% off Brisbane experiences
Available on select travel dates in 2021. Includes bridge climbs, sightseeing tours, indoor skydives, attraction passes and more. T&Cs apply.
Up to 31% off flying experiences + Extra 10% off with code
Available on select travel dates in Whitsundays, Gold Coast, Perth, Melbourne, Brisbane, Hunter Valley, Sydney and more. Activities include hot air ballooning, skydiving, helicopter scenic flights and more. Minimum spend of $100 applies. T&Cs apply.
Things to do in Brisbane from $28 + Extra 10% off with code
Available on select dates and experiences like bridge climbs, getaways, brewery tours, driving experiences, cooking classes, spa treatments and much more. Minimum spend of $100 applies. T&Cs apply.
Up to 18% off sightseeing cruises + Extra 10% off with code
Available on select travel dates in Melbourne, Sydney, Cairns, Gold Coast, Brisbane, Whitsundays, Perth, Broome and more. Minimum spend of $100 required. T&Cs apply.
Australia high tea experiences from $75 + Extra $10 off with code
Available on select dates across Melbourne, Broome, Sydney, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Adelaide and more. Minimum spend of $80 required. T&Cs apply.
Up to 16% off Croc Express to Australia Zoo from Brisbane
Available for travel until 31 March 2021. T&Cs apply.
5% off first time experience
Available on select dates on activities like tours, sightseeing cruises, skydiving, hot air balloon experience, zoo and animal interactions and more. Destinations include Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Gold Coast, Adelaide and more.
Brisbane skydiving from $79
Available on select dates in 2020. T&Cs apply.
Brisbane activities from $35
Available on select travel dates and activities including tours, zoo entry tickets, cruises and much more. T&Cs apply.
Croc Express to Australia Zoo from Brisbane from $139
Available on select travel dates. Includes transfers, Glasshouse Mountains scenic drive and zoo admission with daily shows and presentations. T&Cs apply.
Things to do in Brisbane from $20
Available on select dates for activities like river cruise, sightseeing tours, zoo and animal interactions, abseiling and more.
Things to do in Australia from $5
Available on select travel dates across Brisbane, Perth, Sydney, Melbourne, Gold Coast and more. Activities include day tours, zoo and animal interactions, tandem skydives, hot air balloon flights and more.
Up to 42% off Australia activities
Available on select activities best as birthday gifts like skydiving, hot air balloon flights, quad biking, off road v8 race buggies and scuba diving. Destinations include Sydney, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and more. T&Cs apply.
$91: Croc Express to Australia Zoo from Brisbane
Available for travel on select dates in 2021. Includes hotel pick up and drop off, zoo admission and more. T&Cs apply.
Noosa midweek skydive from $319
Available on select dates for an up to 15,000ft jump over Noosa, Coolum beach and the Sunshine Coast. Includes return transfers from Noosa or Brisbane CBD and a $20 merchandise voucher. T&Cs apply.
Byron Bay skydive from $359
Available on select travel dates for up to 15,000ft jump. Includes return pick-ups from Byron Bay, Brisbane and Gold Coast, and a $20 merchandise voucher. T&Cs apply.
Up to 70% off things to do in Brisbane
Available for activities like wine tasting, tours, rock climbing, cruises and more. T&Cs apply.
Frequently asked questions
What should I keep in mind with COVID when going out during the school holidays?
When planning activities over the school holidays, parents and caregivers are reminded to maintain good hygiene practices and social distancing to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
Are all of Brisbane's attractions open?
Brisbane is back open for business these school holidays. The kids can now enjoy trips to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, Museum of Brisbane, Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium, Boggo Road Gaol, Queensland Maritime Museum, Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre and the Wheel of Brisbane.
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