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School holiday activities in Brisbane for 2022

Here are our top picks for things to do during the school holidays in Brisbane to keep your kids busy.

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Outdoors or indoors, these are our top recommendations for keeping the kids busy these winter school holidays.

If you're thinking of taking a day trip, we've also picked the top spots worthy of a visit that aren't far from Brisbane.

Outdoor activities in Brisbane for the winter school holidays

Hang out with Australian animals

Meet native animals, hand feed kangaroos and watch live shows on a day out at the zoo, farm or marine park.

Australia Zoo Admission with Transfers from Brisbane
Australia Zoo Admission with Transfers from Brisbane


Half Day Animal Tour at Trevena Glen Farm
Half Day Animal Tour at Trevena Glen Farm


See Brisbane from new heights

Kids with a sense of adventure (and no fear of heights) will love seeing a bird's-eye view of Brisbane with a Story Bridge Climb. Finish the day with an afternoon climb or watch the stars come to life above with a night climb.

Story Bridge Adventure Climb - Day
Story Bridge Adventure Climb - Day

Klook Australia

Try abseiling

Looking for a new way to see Brisbane? Add abseiling down Kangaroo Point. It's a 20-metre-high cliff overlooking Brisbane and Brisbane River. If they've mastered that challenge, up the ante with an abseil in a nearby national park.

Take to the skies

Keen to see Brisbane from the best vantage point? Look no further than a hot air balloon ride or helicopter in the early hours of the morning. This one's best for older kids.

Hot Air Ballooning Over Greater Brisbane with Breakfast
Hot Air Ballooning Over Greater Brisbane with Breakfast


Experience the ultimate adrenaline rush with a flight simulator experience

Ever wondered what it feels like to fly a plane? Jump into the pilot's seat and choose from thousands of airports for their flight simulator adventure.

737-800 Boeing Flight Simulator Experience - 45 Minutes
737-800 Boeing Flight Simulator Experience - 45 Minutes


60 Minute F-18 Super Hornet Simulator Experience
60 Minute F-18 Super Hornet Simulator Experience


Zoom around Brisbane City

For a unique way to get your kids outdoors during the school holidays, make your way around Brisbane by segway. Choose your route and difficulty level for gliding and spinning around the best scenic spots.

Sail down the famous Brisbane River

Spend the day on the water relaxing as the rest of Brisbane floats by. The kids will adore the adventure and being able to spot the city's icons from their unique vantage point on the water.

Indoor activities in Brisbane for the winter school holidays

Entertain the kids with a craft session

Take a break from Netflix and set up a space in your home for your kids to delve into a creative project.

Get creative in the kitchen

Kids love hands-on activities and cooking is not only fun, it teaches them a new skill and gives them an edible treat at the end of it.

Give them a creative outlet

Artistic expression can come in many forms, from learning circus tricks to creating artworks and collages.

Paint the town red

Unleash the artists within with a paint class that can teach them all the basics of creating a masterpiece. There are stacks of classes geared towards children – some you can even livestream at home. Stroke of genius, right?

Happiness Stone Painting Class (Age 5+)
Happiness Stone Painting Class (Age 5+)


Get singing

Little one can't stop singing "Let It Go" or "We Don't Talk About Bruno"? Make them a star with a singing class where they can learn vocal techniques and sing as a choir.

Camp under the stars

Set up a camping experience in the backyard these school holidays to enjoy quality family time. Or, invite the kids' friends for a sleepover to build their social skills.

Grab the popcorn and settle in for a movie marathon

If you want to set up a movie night with the family or if your child is a movie buff, Disney Plus, Netflix and BINGE offer unlimited shows and movies for your children. You can set up parental controls or a kids profile on these services to monitor what they can access.

Day trips you can take from Brisbane during the school holidays

If you want to explore more of Queensland these school holidays, there are loads of family friendly getaways and epic road trips in Queensland to choose from.

Bribie Island

Distance from Brisbane: 1 hour and 40 minutes.

For a change of scenery a day trip to Bribie Island is hard to resist.

Tamborine Mountain

Distance from Brisbane: 1 hour and 10 minutes.

Thrillseekers and nature lovers aren't short on choice with a wealth of outdoor activities available at Tamborine Mountain.

Tiny Tot's High Rope and Zipline Adventure
Tiny Tot's High Rope and Zipline Adventure


Natural Bridge, Skywalk and Mt Tamborine Adventure
Natural Bridge, Skywalk and Mt Tamborine Adventure


When are the 2022/23 school holidays in Brisbane?

Term 1 school holidays2 April – 18 April 2022
Term 2 school holidays25 June – 10 July 2022
Term 3 school holidays17 September – 3 October 2022
Term 4 school holidays10 December – 22 January 2022/23

Free activities in Brisbane for the winter school holidays

  • Kick a ball or climb the play gym at your local playground.
  • Set up a teepee in the backyard for a camping trip that's close to home.
  • Cook up a storm in your kitchen with the little ones.
  • Pack a picnic lunch and spend the day at Daisy Hill Koala Reserve.
  • Transform the lounge room into a fortress – throw in some snacks and you've got a winner.
  • Be a tourist in your city by visiting Queensland Museum and Queensland Gallery of Modern Art.
  • Give the kids some canvas and paintbrushes and watch their creativity run wild.

Need more ideas? Check out our 50 free activities to keep the kids busy these school holidays.

School holiday events in Brisbane in July 2022

  • Imaginaria @ Queensland Maritime Museum: 15 June – 29 January 2022. The beautiful world of Imaginaria will have your children gazing in wonder. It's a dazzling display of sculptures, inflatables and lights that they can wander through and explore. Tickets available through Ticketmaster.
  • World Science Festival presents 'Jump, Jiggle, Twist' @ Flowstate Pavilion, South Bank Parklands: 30 June 2022. As part of the larger World Science Festival, little ones have the chance to get on the dance floor with their parents. Get ready to wiggle. Tickets are free. Pre-registration is through Eventbrite.
  • Makerspace @ Inala Library: 25 June – 10 July 2022. Pop by for a little creativity with DIY activities running all day, every day this school holidays.
  • The Great and Grand Rumpus @ State Library of Queensland: Until 10 July. Cardboard art doesn't get more impressive than this. Expect 4.5 metre high creations and digital projections to really make them come to life. Entry is free.
  • Disney: The Magic of Animation @ Queensland Museum. 24 June 2022 – 22 January 2023. Disney fans young and old can marvel at the magic at Queensland Museum. On display are over 500 sketches and artworks from the days of Steamboat Willie through to Frozen. Tickets on sale through Queensland Museum.
  • Carnival of the Animals @ Queensland Performing Arts Centre: 29 June – 2 July 2022. Circus antics meet fantastic creatures on-stage in the production of Carnival of the Animals. It's suitable for kids aged 3+ and if they're up for it there are also workshops where they can learn a few circus moves of their own. Tickets available from QPAC.
  • Little Gems Tour @ Museum of Brisbane: 25 June – 10 July. Do you have a budding geologist on your hands? They're sure to love this sparkling tour of real life gems. They'll even get to design their own piece of jewellery. Tickets available at Museum of Brisbane.
  • Teen In Situ Drawing Sessions @ Museum of Brisbane: 29 June and 6 July 2022. There's no better place to learn to draw than in a museum surrounded by world famous artists. These sessions will walk you through the skills to draw your own masterpiece. Tickets available at Museum of Brisbane.

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Frequently asked questions

What should I keep in mind with COVID-19 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 open for business these school holidays. The kids can 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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