29 summer school holiday activities in Brisbane 2017

Here’s how to keep the kids busy over the school holidays in Brisbane.

Much of Queensland breaks for the Christmas school holidays from 10 December 2016 until 22 January 2017. If you have little ones, you’ll want to fill that mammoth six-week break with as many activities as possible to entertain them and tire them out. As this is the Christmas school we're talking about, you have more than a handful of seasonal activities available to kickstart the holiday. Here are a few that take minutes to book but give hours of fun:

When are the 2017 school holidays in Brisbane?

Term 1 school holidays1 April until 17 April
Term 2 school holidays25 June until 9 July
Term 3 school holidays16 September until 2 October
Term 4 school holidays9 December until 21 January

Best family friendly activities to keep your kids busy during school holidays in Brisbane

These jam-packed, hands-on activities and adventures will capture and amuse them to no end. Your kids might even learn a new skill while they’re at it.

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School holiday events in Brisbane to attend

Searching for something fun to do that only comes around once a school holiday? Organise your days around events happening near you. Here are our top picks for what to do around town during the school holidays.


Image: Woodford Folk Festival

  • Oh What Fun it is to celebrate Christmas in Brisbane is the city's big Christmas event. It kicks off on 9 December and features the Gold Lotto City Light Spectacular, Lord Mayor's Christmas Carols, Christmas Parade, Enchanted Garden, Christmas Movies in the Park, Christmas Beach Cinema and four nights of Christmas fireworks at South Bank.
  • Get artsy at QAGOMA as it celebrates turning 10 with its Sugar Spin - You, Me, Art and Everything exhibit. From 3 December 2016 through to 17 April 2017 this contemporary artwork exhibition will be showcase. Kids can join interactive hands-on art making and multimedia activities in the Childrens Art Centre. Queensland Art Gallery Gallery of Modern Art, Stanley Place, South Brisbane
  • Check out Brisbane and Gold Coast’s hottest attractions. Grab an iVenture card and tackle the fun of attractions like Aquaduck Safaris, Dracula’s Haunted House, kayaking and glow worm hunting.
  • Step inside the world's largest experiment AKA the Hadron Collider at Queensland Museum. On loan from the Science Museum in London, this recreation of the powerful particle accelerator that's buried beneath the Swiss-French border lets you get up close and personal with the experiment. It will be available to view from 9 December 2016 to 25 April 2017. Queensland Museum, Corner of Grey and Melbourne Streets, South Bank, South Brisbane
  • Have fun with science at a holiday science theatre show where you'll watch demonstrations with rockets, explosions, sound, electricity and space. Sciencentre at Queensland Museum, South Brisbane
  • Have a ball at the Woodford Folk Festival. This iconic arts and music festival offers a family-friendly environment and features the works of over 2,500 artists over six days. Woodfordia.

9 free school holiday activities Brisbane

  • Marvel at Australia's biggest gingerbread house at Rydges South Bank. Made of 170kgs of dough, they won't believe t when they set their eyes on this creation. 6-25 December.
  • Catch a free Christmas movie in the park. As part of its summer program, Roma Street Parkland becomes an outdoor movie cinema playing stacks of Christmas movies for the whole family including Arthur Christmas, Dr Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas and Santa Clause.
  • Splash around at the urban Streets Beach in the South Bank Parklands
  • Spend the afternoon browsing the produce and boutique wares at the Carseldine Farmers and Artisan Markets
  • Follow along the kilometre-long Aboriginal Art Trail at Mt Coot-tha to see contemporary art works, tree carvings and rock paints
  • Explore the nearby D'Aguilar National Park's rainforests and hills
  • Stroll around the Brisbane City Botanic Gardens and find the perfect spot for a picnic
  • Check out the views of the city from the Kangaroo Point Cliffs Park
  • Go to The Corner at the Queensland State Library and check out what children's activities are on

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