About us!

The Story

It all comes down to family


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Brisbane Kids is the official guide to child friendly Brisbane- Events, Activities and Things to do.

Our website is AWESOME.. quality over quantity.. we curate rather than list. Hunt and gather.

We have a kick ass social media following of over 100,000 Families.. they’re an engaged group.. wanting to live large, love lots and make memories with their kids often.

We are multi platform. We are listeners, movers, believers, idealists.

The Talent

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Ngaire Stirling. Qualified early childhood teacher once did a marketing/journalism type degree.. SEO and social media obsessed. Sold lots of different things for lots of different people for a long time. All perfect training to run a website and business like Brisbane Kids. A mum with real issues including an inability to appreciate lack of sleep.. wants more. 3 awesome kids under 7 years of age ensuring that Brisbane Kids is full of variety and perspective. Head hunter of cool things to do in Brisbane with Kids as well as social media moderator… . If you want to talk to her or find out about social media consultations then email Ngaire at info@brisbanekids.com.au or call her on 0410381952

brooke powell

Content Editor

Brooke has been writing for Brisbane Kids since 2012, when she submitted a park review for us and was ‘discovered’. Prior to stumbling upon her talent for stringing words together in spectacular fashion, Brooke worked in roles for high profile companies including Allianz Insurance, Marks & Spencer and Westpac. A strong regard for superior customer service, coupled with a passion for discovering awesome things to do and places to visit with her daughters and husband makes her perfect for both reviewing and advocating experiences for Brisbane Kids.

Brisbane Kids Event Manager

Events Manager

Leigh is the Events Manager at Brisbane Kids and mum of two. Before having kids she held a number of event management positions including creating family festivals for Brisbane City Council and managing events at Variety – The Children’s Charity. After being a stay-at-home mum for 7 years, she wasn’t sure if she would ever return to the event world and became a teacher’s aide. However, Leigh is excited to be back in the events arena and even more excited that it’s her job to make sure every Brisbane family knows about all the fun events that are on in Brisbane.

katie forsythe

Political Advisor

Life at Brisbane Kids HQ is not all about unicorns and glitter, there are some serious aspects too. As the BK Political Advisor, Katie’s role is to help steer the Brisbane Kids team away from any foreseeable stormy dramas and provide an objective sounding board. With a degree in Business Communications and extensive media experience Katie is the ideal person to provide support and direction. Even better, with three Brisbane kids under seven of her own, Katie is in touch with the vision and purpose of Brisbane Kids.

marie o'neill

Graphic Designer and Illustrator

Marie O’Neill is a Brisbane based Designer and Illustrator and mum of two. Originally from Sydney, Marie worked in a variety of creative industries before starting a family. After relocating to Brisbane in search of a better work-life balance, Marie started her own business to allow her to work from home and has never looked back. Marie has worked with many fabulous brands around the country and loves to share her creative passion with her clients. Brisbane Kids uses Marie O’Neill Design + Illustration for original artwork and graphic design


Website Development

Karl Thew is Brisbane Kids’ resident nerd. Karl and his team of web designers & developers help to keep the Brisbane Kids website ticking. In his SEO and Web Design companyStatic Shift, he has worked with many small to medium-sized businesses throughout Australia, to build them into credible brands. They understand that building a great website is just the beginning, and they know how to get your business seen and heard across the web.

Brisbane Kids Videographer


With over 17 years professional industry experience, Maurice, our official Videographer, has worked in lead creative and technical roles for production facilities in Australia and the UK. He’s completed high-profile work for some of the world’s best-known and most respected brands, specialising in digital signage and product promos. Dad to two gorgeous girls, Maurice embraces the Brisbane Kids ethos of exploring all that Brisbane has to offer for kids and loves to let everyone know about it through visual mediums.

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In a previous life, Melanie threw the obligatory hat in the air on graduating with a degree in Communications, packed her bags and spent 15 years working for the film and television industry in London and Australia. After years as a VFX Producer though she decided to produce something a little more personal and left to create one of her greatest achievements yet in the labour ward. A few years (and another beautiful daughter) later Melanie discovered Brisbane Kids while searching for things to do locally with her girls and not long after we discovered her. Melanie has a passion for writing and a love for gathering and creating memories with her family – especially while her girls are so young. To her, writing for BK is a dream job.

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Cath loves the new roles that motherhood has brought her way – playgroup coordinator, secretary of the local kindergarten, classroom helper, household cook and cleaner (ok, so she was lying about loving the last two!), and now writer for Brisbane Kids. Exploring our city’s attractions with her three children and then sharing the experiences with the Brisbane Kids’ community is her dream job. (And finally the skills learned from her journalism degree are being put to good use!)

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For over thirteen years Paula has worked as an editor and writer of educational books and support materials for secondary school students, working in England, Hong Kong and Brisbane. Now a fully-fledged Australian with two Brisbane Kids of her own, she works part-time so she can enjoy the huge privilege of spending more time with her children, discovering new places together, making things and getting grubby! … and sharing it all with our readers!! She loves the fun and creativity of writing for Brisbane Kids and how it allows her to combine her two greatest passions — writing and mummying!

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Emma is a Brisbane broadcast journalist who has a newfound love of her home town since having a baby. She enjoys riding the highs and lows of parenthood with the Brisbane Kids community.

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Holly is a qualified psychologist, with close to a decade of experience working with adults and children. She is now focused on her passion of writing, allowing more time at home with her expanding family. You can also find Holly blogging at her site Simplify Create Inspire, or busy creating something crafty, as an avid memory keeper. Writing for Brisbane Kids gives her lots of inspiration for making even more great memories with such endless possibilities for fun nearby.

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Caroline is a science writer and mother of one (so far). She holds PhD in developmental biology from the University of Queensland and has worked as a research scientist at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. She currently lives in Cambridge, UK where she is also an editor for the internationally renowned scientific journal Development.

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Toni is a mum to a very cheeky little girl who keeps her on her toes. She discovered her passion for writing via her blog Finding Myself Young and is currently working as a freelance writer and blogger while navigating the ups and downs of parenting. Along with writing she has also discovered a new-found love of nursery rhymes, peek-a-boo, fisher price toys and finger painting.

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Education Writer

Lisa is a teacher and a mum of two teenagers and has been involved in education for well over 20 years. She is passionate that every child has the right to a good education, and also believes that some of the best teachers are parents. She loves writing with a passion, as well as enjoying time spent with her own family, but has a major dislike of homework!!!!

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Education Writer

Angela is an experienced teacher and mum. She has a passion for literacy, building capable little people and encouraging families to ‘Just Eat Real Food‘.

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Sarah Wills is a freelance writer and Brisbane Kids columnist following on from the success of her popular light-hearted blog, Pearls of Willsdom. Currently drafting her first book, Sarah is married with two daughters, would rather give up air than sugar, hates hanging clothes on the line, and continues to fight a losing battle to stop laughing at her own jokes. Visit her Facebook Page.

kellie kruger

Graphic Design

Mum of two teenagers and step mum of two more, Kellie has a background in finance and PI work but she couldn’t help but gravitate back to her first love Graphic Design. Finally Kellie decided to give up the industries she never felt fulfilled in to concentrate on doing what shewas truly passionate about. Working with BK is a dream come true for Kellie as she strives to learn and create with the unwavering support of the Brisbane Kids team.

Brisbane Kids Administration

Financial Controller

After years of working as a manufacturing and warehousing manager Michelle ventured blindly into the world of parenthood. After the arrival of her little princesses she worked as a swimming instructor for babies, you know the one…singing nursery rhymes in the pool. Now that her eldest has started school Michelle has thrown herself into the world of virtual administration to be able to work freely around her children. It’s hard to believe but she gets even more excited about a spreadsheet than Marissa!

Brisbane Kids All-Rounder

Administration & Sales

Hired for her versatility and personality, Sue has joined the BK team as resident all-rounder. Sue comes from a strong corporate background in Management and HR so her strong business acumen and lovely supportive nature is well suited to our amazing Brisbane Kids Team. As a well-seasoned traveller, Sue believes Brisbane is one of the best cities in the world and the only place to live and make memories with her adorable little Brisbane Kid.

Brisbane Kids Bookkeeper


Rebecca Russell is a Certified Bookkeeper and Registered BAS Agent. She helps to keep BK’s Financials in order. Rebecca created her company Encompass Bookkeeping because she wanted to give clients an exceptional bookkeeping service so that their focus could remain on running their Business! She prides herself on being innovative and being able to support clients so that they can achieve a better performing business. Also having two daughters has brought her time management and efficiency skills to a whole new level – If there is a way to save time or to do things better she will find it!!!

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Business Development

With a background in sales, business development consulting and coaching Sal was the perfect companion for us in relation to supporting the growth and direction of Brisbane Kids. Having relocated north from Sydney in 2012 she had our website on hand to assist her with her own little ones and things to do in and around Brisbane. Sal brings ideas and a structured, results driven approach in growing Brisbane Kids. She can also be found juggling her own business as well as a husband, two little people and some crazy fitness goals!

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