Brisbane Kids https://www.brisbanekids.com.au Brisbane for Kids. Activities, Events and Things to do. Tue, 06 Dec 2016 12:29:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6.1 Where Can Families Park in South Bank Brisbane https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/where-can-families-park-in-southbank-brisbane/ https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/where-can-families-park-in-southbank-brisbane/#respond Tue, 06 Dec 2016 03:07:52 +0000 https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/?p=173079 Families can park at many places all around South Bank Brisbane with most parks being underground and secure. South Bank is a wonderful place for families to visit any time of year whether it be for a cool swim in Summer or a market stroll in winter. With a firm focus on family fun, you’ll ...

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Families can park at many places all around South Bank Brisbane with most parks being underground and secure.

South Bank is a wonderful place for families to visit any time of year whether it be for a cool swim in Summer or a market stroll in winter. With a firm focus on family fun, you’ll find activities to suit everyone.

To make it easy to start planning your South Bank adventure, we have gathered all the parking and transport information here.

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Brisbane, Australia – September 26, 2016: View of the entrance of Secure Parking with signage in Brisbane during daytime. Secure Parking is the largest Australian-owned car park operator in Australia.

Parking Options Near South Bank

SW1 – 32 Cordelia St Brisbane

Cost – Maximum cost of $12 if booked online

Located a short walk from the middle of South Bank, SW1 is one of the cheaper parking options. It is part of the Secure Parking group so you can book and pay in advance to get discounts on their usual rates.

There are many parking options for both weekdays and weekends depending on when you are visiting South Bank.

HOT TIP – Check out RACQ’s member discounts for great rates on Secure Parking. $5 for evening or weekend parking. Yes please! (Grab your code from RACQ’s website and book online in advance for these rates).

http://www.secureparking.com.au/car-parks/australia/qld/brisbane/sw1

Cultural Precinct

Cost – Flat rate of $16 per entry, per day.

The Cultural Precinct in South Bank always has something on to suit all ages. You will also find special school holiday activities and workshops here too.

There are three car parks on offer which all require payment on entry.

Car Park 1 – Perfect if you’re seeing a show at Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC)

Car Park 2 – Best for checking out the Queensland Art Gallery, Queensland Museum and the Science Centre

Car Park 3 – Park here for workshops at the State Library or exhibitions at the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA)

http://artsengage.initiatives.qld.gov.au/about-us/our-spaces/550-arts-queensland/4879-visit-brisbanes-cultural-precinct

Southbank Corporation

Cost – Maximum cost of $36 but take a look at the specials below

Parking in the heart of South Bank gives you easy access to the restaurants that line Little Stanley Street and is only a short walk to the parklands and swimming area.

The cost of parking will depend on how long you spend there but you may be able to jag a special offer if you are planning to visit at the times below.

Morning Special

  • Enter after 5.00am and exit before 9.00am
  • Excludes Public & School Holidays
  • $2

Midday Special

  • Enter after 11.30am and exit before 2.30pm
  • Monday to Friday only
  • Excludes Public & School Holidays
  • $5

Earlybird Special

  • Enter before 9.30am and exit before 6.00pm
  • Monday to Friday only
  • Pass must be validated upon arrival
  • $15

http://southbankcorporation.com.au/for-community/car-parking/parking-fees/

Cineplex Southbank

Cost – Free

Cineplex offers their patrons free parking for four hours when you come to see the latest blockbuster. The car park is located below the cinema and can be accessed from Ernest St. More than enough time to have a quick bite to eat before your movie.

HOT TIP – The car park fills up fast but if you miss out, Cineplex also has a special deal for parking at SW1. Evenings, Weekends and Public Holidays are charged at a flat rate of $6. Ticket must be validated at the box office to receive this deal.

http://www.cineplex.com.au/sessions-SB.php

Public Transport to South Bank

Bus

Travelling by bus has never been quicker with busways and dedicated bus lanes set up all over the city. Catch a bus that stops at the Cultural Centre Busway Station to arrive smack bang in the middle of the Cultural Precinct.

Train

Sometimes the journey is as much part of the adventure as the destination. Take a train from your local station and enjoy the ride without worrying about traffic and parking. South Bank is serviced by South Bank Station and South Brisbane Station.

Ferry

There’s no doubt we have the best weather in Brisbane. And what better way to enjoy it than taking a boat ride on the river. Parents and kids alike will love seeing the city from a different perspective. Look for South Bank Stop 1 & 2 for the CityCat and South Bank Stop 3 for the CityHopper. The CityHopper is free and takes you to various points around the city.

www.translink.com.au

 

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Queen of Katwe https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/queen-of-katwe/ https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/queen-of-katwe/#respond Mon, 05 Dec 2016 23:12:38 +0000 https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/?p=173034 Disney’s new film, Queen of Katwe, is an inspirational true story about hope and pursuing your dreams. Queen of Katwe Phiona is a young Ugandan girl whose life changes dramatically after discovering the game of chess. Living with her family in the slum Katwe in Kapala, Phiona can’t read or write and works to help ...

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Disney’s new film, Queen of Katwe, is an inspirational true story about hope and pursuing your dreams.

Queen of Katwe

Phiona is a young Ugandan girl whose life changes dramatically after discovering the game of chess. Living with her family in the slum Katwe in Kapala, Phiona can’t read or write and works to help support her two brothers, sister and mother.  One day Phiona and her brother Brian meet Robert Katende who runs a sports missionary program as well as teaches local children to play chess. Robert believes that chess can teach his young students valuable life lessons about problem solving, planning and strategy.

Phiona is curious about the game and her natural ability soon shines through. Robert recognises Phiona’s talent and the opportunities it offers her so he coaches her as she is succeeds in competitions and tournaments, to become a top player. With the support of her community Phiona takes part in bigger competitions and experiences the world outside of the slums.

Phiona’s dreams of escaping poverty for herself and family eventually come true as she pursues an education and her chess career. After her performances at World Chess Olympiads, Phiona becomes a Woman Candidate Master, a title awarded by FIDE, the World Chess Federation.

Based on the real life events of Phiona Mutesi, the movie is directed by Mira Nair and written by William Wheeler. Walt Disney Pictures and ESPN Films produced the film and it stars newcomer Madina Nlawanga is Phiona. Lupita Nyong’o plays Phiona’s mother, Nakku Harriet and David Oyelowo plays Robert Katende. Queen of Katwe was filmed in the slums of Katwe in Kampala and Johannesburg South Africa.

Queen of Katwe is a feel-good biopic that is full of surprises and will inspire viewers to pursue their talents and follow their dreams.

Queen of Katwe was released in cinemas nationally 1st December 2016.

YOU CAN CHECK OUT THE OFFICIAL TRAILER FOR QUEEN OF KATWE:

This year sees a host of great family movies come to the big screen. You can find out all about them in our Movies We Love section.

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Keeping Our Kids Safe In A Digital World | Tips For Online Safety For Kids https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/keeping-kids-safe-digital-world-online-safety-for-kids/ https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/keeping-kids-safe-digital-world-online-safety-for-kids/#respond Sat, 03 Dec 2016 01:28:51 +0000 https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/?p=172485 For today’s kids, the Internet is full of endless promise and potential, an exciting place to explore, learn, create, and share. For parents, however, the Internet can be a place full of threats to children’s safety and privacy. It’s tempting to set up blocks and filters to stop children from exploring, but it won’t be ...

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For today’s kids, the Internet is full of endless promise and potential, an exciting place to explore, learn, create, and share. For parents, however, the Internet can be a place full of threats to children’s safety and privacy. It’s tempting to set up blocks and filters to stop children from exploring, but it won’t be long before these blocks are circumvented. Some of the best “hackers” I know are my 10 year old nephews who constantly find new ways to subvert the family firewall to get access to blocked content. The more it gets locked down, the more interested they are in finding ways around it!

So should we panic? Absolutely not, because even though the internet presents some risks, the internet also represents a place to explore, play, share and, most importantly, learn. With a few basic steps you can balance your child’s safety while developing their online life.

online safety for kids

  1. Start  a Discussion

With a full 95% of teens aged 12-17 now online it’s important to realise the internet is here to stay. The best way to deal with this, as with many parenting challenges, is through open and consistent conversation. With the internet being such an important part of our own adult lives, it shouldn’t present too much of a challenge to get things started – merely mention something you saw of note today and steer the conversation around to what your child might be doing online and anything they might’ve seen or heard which they’d like to discuss.

Technology has created something of a role reversal for parents, it is one of the few areas in life where kids are often more skilled than their parents. Let’s face it, when it comes time to set up that new Apple TV, it’s usually the kids we turn to for help.

  1. Be Involved

One pillar of good internet parenting is to be involved. Treat screentime in the same way you would, say, reading a book or playing in the backyard – don’t merely toss the iPad to your child for some peace and quiet, sit down with them and explore what interests them. Not only is this a great way to bond over your child’s interests, it’s also a great way to ensure the content they’re viewing is appropriate. Indeed, studies showed the vast majority of kids would change their internet behaviour when their parents were watching.

  1. Talk to other parents

Good cyber-parenting isn’t a solo undertaking. Kids are viewing internet content on an ever-growing number of devices, and while most use still takes place at home, increasing numbers are using technology at school and at a friends’ house, away from direct parental supervision. This means you should chat through challenges, ideas and concerns with your child’s friends’ parents to make sure you’re all on the same page. Truth is, bad internet practices can quickly spread amongst a group of friends.

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  1. Set boundaries

Screen time has benefits, such as encouraging kids to write more, however, like many things in life you need to be careful of too much of a good thing. For example, a 2015 Cambridge University study found that an extra hour over and above the average amount of screen time for teenagers could lead to their GCSE results falling by 2 grades. Some examples of healthy boundaries to set could be; set times where devices are/aren’t acceptable, certain devices only allowed to be used in certain rooms (communal living spaces for example) or no devices during meal times.

  1. Screen free time before bed

This is so tempting for kids and adults alike. One last email, one last check of Facebook, one last journey through the wonder which is Minecraft. In fact, one poll found 95% of Americans use technology within an hour of bed. This causes issues in three distinct ways, firstly it encourages kids to go to bed later. Secondly, it excites them close to bedtime. And finally, the light emissions can disrupt the body’s natural rhythms.  So when bedtime comes near read them a book or tell them a story, their body clocks will thank you!

  1. Lead by example

Watching your child develop is one of life’s great thrills. And truthfully, most of what they learn they learn from you, their parents. The same goes for their use of technology. If you tune them out to reply to a text or check Facebook, they’ll learn that too. Indeed, one sad fact is that many kids feel they need to compete for attention with their parents’ devices, so be sure to lead by example.

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  1. Stay informed

The internet is always changing, and that means you’ll probably need to constantly make efforts to educate yourself about what’s available to your kids, who they’re talking to and what they’re talking about it. Acronyms are a good place to start, ever seen “POS” come up on your child’s chat screens? If so, you should know it means “parent over shoulder”.  Yep, they’re onto you. But don’t worry, let them know you know what it mean and they’ll have a whole new respect for their “cool” mum or dad.

  1. Use technology as an opportunity to connect

Get your child to show you things that they find fun or engaging on technology or the Internet. Be open minded and genuinely interested in what they are doing (even if you find it somewhat baffling), learn about their world and explore it with them. The more your child is comfortable engaging with you on the fun stuff, the more they’ll be open to discussing with you some of the more challenging things they discover online.

Whether it’s the digital world or the physical one, children are always going to explore, experiment and push boundaries. That’s part of the job description of being a kid. Our job is not to stop them from exploring, but to give them the opportunity to explore safely, and to help them build the knowledge and experience so they can safely make their own decisions.

Daniel Zwolenski, author of this article, is co-founder of Code Camp and has taught 10,000 children from ages 5-12 to code around Australia as part of holiday camp programs. Code Camp’s mantra is #infinitepossibilities.

Sources:

  1. http://www.pewinternet.org/fact-sheets/teens-fact-sheet/
  2. http://www.growingwireless.com/get-the-facts/quick-facts
  3. http://www.kidsmatter.edu.au/health-and-community/enewsletter/kids-online-statistics
  4. http://literateforlife.org/screen-time-benefits/
  5. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-34139196
  6. https://sleepfoundation.org/media-center/press-release/annual-sleep-america-poll-exploring-connections-communications-technology-use-
  7. http://www.kidsmatter.edu.au/families/enewsletter/screen-time-and-sleep
  8. https://www.commonsensemedia.org/blog/be-a-role-model-find-a-healthy-balance-with-media-and-technology#
  9. http://www.guardchild.com/statistics/

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School Holiday Coding for Kids from Prep to Year 7 | Code Camp https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/school-holiday-coding-for-kids-from-prep-to-year-7-code-camp/ https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/school-holiday-coding-for-kids-from-prep-to-year-7-code-camp/#respond Wed, 30 Nov 2016 04:07:21 +0000 https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/?p=171840 Could your child be the next Zuckerberg? Do you want them to have fun while learning skills for their future development? Then Code Camp has you covered! Way more than simply teaching kids how to write computer code, Code Camp is about computational thinking, logic, fun, creativity, user experience, confidence building, app development and game ...

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Could your child be the next Zuckerberg? Do you want them to have fun while learning skills for their future development? Then Code Camp has you covered!

Way more than simply teaching kids how to write computer code, Code Camp is about computational thinking, logic, fun, creativity, user experience, confidence building, app development and game building. With two, three and four day coding camps held at multiple school-based locations across Brisbane these summer holidays, there is something to suit every child from as young as five years old.

What is Code Camp?

Code Camp is a successful operator of coding camps that has already launched more than 10,000 students on their coding journey. With an emphasis on fun and creativity, they focus not only on learning and developing computer and programing skills but also creating tangible outcomes that they can take pride in sharing with others and gain a desire for further learning. For example, they can create their own game or app.

Co-founder of Code Camp, Dan Zwolenski, says learning to code is about more than becoming a developer.

‘When you’re 8 years old, creating your own game is one step short of getting into Hogwarts. Code Camp allows students to be creative with technology, develop logical thinking, problem solving skills and an understanding of computational thinking,’ he says.

Summer holiday coding camp

Why Do We Need a Code Camp?

While experts recognise the growing importance of coding and programming knowledge and skills in the future careers of our children’s generation, this is not yet a comprehensive part of many schools’ curriculum.

Tonia Lassman, Deputy Dean of Primary – Teaching and Learning at Clayfield College explained that it was paramount for schools to be able to provide a platform for students to engage with coding.

‘We do offer coding in some classes already but what we didn’t have was something with a targeted focus,’ she said. ‘Being primary teachers we’re jack of all trades. The great thing about Code Camp is they’re experts able to take kids with real interest in coding and expand on our classroom activity.’

Summer holiday coding camp

What Code Camp Programs are on Offer in Brisbane?

This summer holidays, there are two, three and four day coding camps being held from December 5 2016 at multiple locations around Brisbane, catering to children from five years old and up.

Code Camp runs four programs in Brisbane:

  • Code Camp Little League (Years K–1)

Combining a perfect balance of iPad based coding tools with physical, offline activities to promote collaboration, creativity and teamwork, this camp is the perfect starting point to get your child interested and involved in coding.

  • Code Camp Spark (Years 2–7)

This is the beginner’s course for students in Years 2 to 7. However, it is not just basic background information that participants will be learning, they will be getting stuck in to actual coding and will even create and build their very own iPhone/Android app!

  • Code Camp Ignite (Years 2–7)

After learning the basics in Code Camp Spark, students can now build on that knowledge to create more apps with more complex logic, code, problem-solving and more.

  • Code Camp Leap (Years 4–8)

This camp is for students who have mastered the Spark and Ignite camps. Kids learn free-type coding by writing free-form code and creating their own coding instructions.

Summer holiday coding camp

What Happens During Code Camps?

As Dan Zwolenski explains:

‘During the camps, as kids create and build their own game, they learn about user design and the psychology of user experience, too. These skills can be adapted to any role in any industry. The end result is an app that works on multiple devices, so every kid is walking away with their own self-created game no matter what.

‘It is sort of like a big craft session watching the kids build their own game world. And it is great to watch them interact to help each other, make new friends and share in the process.’

Zwolenski says their focus is on making the experience as fun as possible for the kids and giving them tangible results as soon as possible to encourage further development of their coding skills.

Summer holiday coding camp

What do we Need to Know About the Camps?

Here is some more information about the Code Camps suitable for your child this coming summer holidays.

When: Various dates from December 5, 2016 to January 20, 2017.

Where:

  • Anglican Church Grammar School, East Brisbane
  • Brisbane Christian College, Salisbury
  • Citipointe Christian College, Carindale
  • Clayfield College, Clayfield
  • Holy Spirit Primary School, New Farm
  • Moreton Bay Boys’ College, Manly West
  • Moreton Bay College, Manly West
  • St Peter’s Lutheran College, Indooroopilly.

Cost: Code Camps start from $230 for a two day camp, to $440 for a four day camp. Camps run from 9am to 3.30pm (drop-off from 8.30am and pick up by 4pm).

Bookings: Booking is essential, and you can secure your spot now by visiting codecamp.com.au/brisbane.

What to bring: Kids need to bring a hat, food (lunch and morning tea). However, all devices and software is provided by Code Camp.

To find out more about Code Camp, visit codecamp.com.au/brisbane or call 1300 CODE CAMP.

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Rainbow City Children’s Playcentre & Cafe in Underwood https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/rainbow-city-childrens-playcentre-cafe-underwood/ https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/rainbow-city-childrens-playcentre-cafe-underwood/#respond Wed, 30 Nov 2016 02:40:24 +0000 https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/?p=171995 Rainbow City Children’s Playcentre and Café is the newest indoor play centre in Underwood, Brisbane. Rainbow City is a city themed indoor play centre specially designed and catered for children from 0 – 8 years old. With an expansive area of soft lay mats and huge play structures, your children will be engaged in an ...

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Rainbow City Children’s Playcentre and Café is the newest indoor play centre in Underwood, Brisbane. Rainbow City is a city themed indoor play centre specially designed and catered for children from 0 – 8 years old. With an expansive area of soft lay mats and huge play structures, your children will be engaged in an exciting and imaginative play zone from the minute they step inside.

Rainbow City Children's Playcentre

Rainbow City Children’s Playcentre

The equipment at Rainbow City Children’s Playcentre has been designed to stimulate children and encourage group socialisation, whilst actively entertaining them. Any season of the year is the right time to visit Rainbow City – from hot summer days to miserable and rainy winter days.

Rainbow City Children's Playcentre

Rainbow City Cafe

Fully air-conditioned and with free Wi-Fi, why not let the little ones have fun while the parents/carers can catch up with friends or just relax with a light meal from the Rainbow City Café? The café serves healthy light meals and refreshing drinks for everyone, including those with allergies and special dietary needs.

Rainbow City Children's Playcentre

Kids’ Parties at Rainbow City Children’s Playcentre & Cafe

Rainbow City Children’s Playcentre is available for private hire (e.g. Christmas parties, farewells, baby showers, baby christenings, birthday parties and more). They have two party rooms to host an awesome range of birthday parties, with various options and packages to suit all budgets and special requirements. Parties can be tailored to your requirements – all you need to do is ask!

Rainbow City Children's Playcentre

Testimonials

“I had my son’s first Birthday party here and it was awesome. The staff are so friendly, and the food was more then generous, our adult platters were scrumptious. Even though I had left it within 48 hours until the Birthday they were able to have us at such short notice. It’s clean and really does cater for the younger children which was perfect as our guest all under 4 had plenty of areas so explore and yet felt confident to go up the big slides alone, and jump on the castle not worrying about being bolded over by bigger kids, because there aren’t any big here! Perfect friendly place and I all our guests LOVED it. Thank you so much!” – Melissa Taufa, May 2016.

“Wonderful environment for our son to play and enjoy himself. Highly recommend Rainbow City to any parent who is looking for a safe fun environment for the children to play in. My only problem is that my son never wants to leave……..” – Brendan Barker, May 2016.

Rainbow City Children's Playcentre

Rainbow City Children’s Playcentre & Cafe is located at Unit F, 5-15 Lapis Street, Underwood. Why not come in for a world of fun – but don’t forget to bring your socks! No outside food is allowed into the play centre for Food Health and Safety reasons, except for baby food and food for those with allergies. Find out more about Rainbow City Children’s Playcentre & Cafe at www.rainbowcplaycentre.com.au.

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Circus Classes for Kids, Teens & Adults | Vulcana Women’s Circus https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/circus-classes-kids-teens-adults-vulcana-womens-circus/ https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/circus-classes-kids-teens-adults-vulcana-womens-circus/#respond Tue, 29 Nov 2016 08:05:17 +0000 https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/?p=170594 Learning to juggle, doing somersaults, swinging on the trapeze, walking on stilts … kids love the joy and challenge of learning the unique and fun skills of the circus. With Vulcana Women’s Circus, they can have fun and develop new skills in an engaging, safe and inclusive environment. With a focus on creativity and empowerment, ...

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Learning to juggle, doing somersaults, swinging on the trapeze, walking on stilts … kids love the joy and challenge of learning the unique and fun skills of the circus. With Vulcana Women’s Circus, they can have fun and develop new skills in an engaging, safe and inclusive environment.

With a focus on creativity and empowerment, Vulcana Women’s Circus runs classes and workshops for kids, teens and even adults, as well as developing community projects within a variety of communities. They also have an upcoming Summer Circus Camp for these school holidays, which you can sign up for today here.

Vulcana Women's Circus

The Benefits of Circus Skills

Through a combination of physical activity and a social setting focussed on play and creative expression, circus therapy can improve physical and mental health as well as general quality of life. Circus sets challenges for kids to master, it encourages trust-building within a group and risk-taking in a safe and supervised environment. Circus can be gentle, non-competitive, fun and foolish, but also rigorous and focussed in order to achieve goals.

Taking part in circus classes or workshops gets kids away from screens and interacting with friends and trainers. They work together to learn skills, which also boosts their self-esteem. Circus can also assist in the development of literacy and numeracy, as well as motor and social skills in a soft and non-intrusive way.

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Why Choose Vulcana Women’s Circus

Vulcana Women’s Circus works with the circus traditions of inclusiveness, strength, excitement and daring, to transform and empower individuals and communities. It encourages participants to be themselves with joy and to push the boundaries of what is achievable as one or in a group.

Vulcana is also becoming recognised as a leader in ‘Social Circus’, creating opportunities for young people, women and communities to take part in physical and creative processes which aid personal development through their responsive and dynamic approach.

Vulcana proudly engages with people of all ages and communities, including women, deaf and disabled people, LGBTIQ communities and CALD communities. Their See Saw initiative provides sponsorships for disadvantaged kids, while their partnerships help to support under-resourced communities.

Vulcana’s unique approach helps to:

  • Develop trust in fellow participants
  • Learn new ways to co-operate
  • Improve communication and leadership skills
  • Cultivate group morale through developing unique skills together
  • Promote social harmony and strengthen cultural identity
  • Challenge comfort zones
  • Encourage an appreciation of the value of diversity in body shapes and sizes
  • Provide an alternative physical activity which caters to individual strengths and interests
  • Build self-confidence and body awareness
  • Strengthen communities by empowering individuals
  • Offer opportunities for individual or community expression and collaboration
  • Offer performance opportunities
  • Provide professional pathways for those who are serious about circus

Vulcana Women's Circus

Vulcana Kids Classes

Vulcana Kids offers stimulating and playful circus classes during term time for children of all genders aged 5 to 12. The classes help kids to learn new skills in a non-competitive, fun way. They help kids to build their core strength, confidence and coordination, while valuing each child’s creativity, individuality and imagination, and allowing them to explore and grow at their own level and pace.

Vulcana Teens Circus Classes

Vulcana Teens offers challenging and exciting circus classes for teens of all genders aged 12 to 18, who want to take their circus skills to the next level. The teen classes take the same positive and nurturing approach of the kids’ classes while building on each individual’s skills at their own pace.

Vulcana Women's Circus

Vulcana Kids Summer Circus Camp

This school holidays, Vulcana Kids is offering a Summer Holiday Program for kids aged 5 to 12, with 5 days of workshops full of circus fun. The week is packed with awesome activities that are just too big for their regular classes, and builds towards a sharing of work for family and friends! Kids can get super high on the professional aerial equipment (tissu, trapeze, etc.), and tumble to their hearts content in our fully equipped Stores Studio in New Farm.

See Saw Circus

The Vulcana Women’s See Saw Circus provides fully sponsored places in our Vulcana Kids & Teens programs for 5 to 18 year olds who are experiencing social or financial disadvantage. The program offers kids a safe space in which to play, learn and take risks on their own terms, helping to build their confidence, self-awareness and trust, as well as promoting healthy activity and self-care.  To find out more, visit vulcana.org.au or call 07 3358 1888.

Vulcana Women's Circus

Other options

Vulcana also provides community workshops tailored to the needs of your own group. They work with children and adults of all ages and levels of fitness, and bring everything you need to you, or you can visit their Stores Studio space at Brisbane Powerhouse.

Vulcana uses circus as a tool to develop trust, confidence, co-operation and communication skills that will support your group in many areas of their life. You can book them for gigs, workshops or to hire their circus space.

To find out more about Vulcana Women’s Circus and to book a spot for your child in a circus class or the Summer Circus Camp, visit vulcana.org.au.

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Physics Observatory at QUT The Cube – Summer Holiday Program | Brisbane January 2017 https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/physics-observatory-at-qut-the-cube-summer-holiday-program/ https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/physics-observatory-at-qut-the-cube-summer-holiday-program/#respond Mon, 28 Nov 2016 06:46:46 +0000 https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/?p=171598 Explore and experiment with everyday physics during the fun and hands-on Physics Observatory at QUT The Cube – a Summer Holiday Program running from 6th – 15th January 2017. Physics Observatory at QUT The Cube: Physics Fun Day Kicking off the school holiday program at Physics Observatory at QUT The Cube is an exciting day ...

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Explore and experiment with everyday physics during the fun and hands-on Physics Observatory at QUT The Cube – a Summer Holiday Program running from 6th – 15th January 2017.

Physics Observatory at QUT The Cube

Physics Observatory at QUT The Cube: Physics Fun Day

Kicking off the school holiday program at Physics Observatory at QUT The Cube is an exciting day filled with Physics-inspired workshops. At the Physics Fun Day, an engaging range of activities will include live science shows by Street Science, Hula Hooping by Vulcana Women’s Circus, Physics 101 workshops, and the chance to play a 3D flight simulator game! You’ll also be able to join one of the many activities from the holiday program.

When: Saturday 7th January

Time: 10am – 4pm

Where: The Cube, Science and Engineering Centre, QUT

Ages: 3 – 12

Price: FREE

Bookings: Required for some activities

Physics Observatory at QUT The Cube

Physics Observatory Physics Fun Day at QUT The Cube program:

  • Hula Hooping: 10.00am – 2.00pm – Discover the force, motion and friction at play whilst spinning a hula-hoop around your waist in this playful circus class.
  • Street Science: 11.0am – 1.00pm – Explore the science of light and sound with Science Steve in this explosive and funny 30 minute show. Bookings required.
  • Space Flight: 10.00am – 2.00pm – Launch your own spacecraft into the far reaches of the solar system in the realistic 3D space flight simulator game, Orbiter.
  • Physics 101: 10.00am, 11.00am, 12.00pm, 1.00pm, 2.00pm – Have your physics questions answered by QUT Physics Society in this fun-filled demonstration. Each demonstrations runs for 30 minutes.

For more information click here.

Physics Observatory at QUT The Cube

Physics Observatory at QUT The Cube – Summer Holiday Program

The Physics Observatory Summer Holiday Program celebrates the launch of the new Physics Observatory, a game-like environment where you can learn about physics through interactive activities. The holiday program will have kids learning through play with activities such as the Physics Wiz Treasure Hunt, Ball Run, and paper plane crafts. Then take some time out to watch the science short and animated film festival and screenings by MinutePhysics.

When: Friday 6th – Sunday 15th January

Time: 10am – 4pm daily

Where: The Cube, Science and Engineering Centre, QUT

Ages: 3 – 12

Price: FREE

Bookings: Not required

Physics Observatory at QUT The Cube

Daily activities at Physics Observatory at QUT The Cube include:

  • Physics Observatory Digital Project: Learn about key historical figures and their experiments, as you play through different scenarios to discover key principles of physics.
  • Take to the sky with paper planes: Fold your own paper planes and watch as gravitational forces and aerodynamics affect the plane’s flight.
  • Ball Run: Design your own ball run using everyday materials and see how fast the ball can travel.
  • Physics Wiz Treasure Hunt: Grab a map and search for hidden elements around the Observatory.
  • Little Big Shots: Enjoy specially curated science shorts and animations from Australia’s major annual travelling children’s film festival.
  • MinutePhysics: Watch in awe as cool physics is explained in minutes with time-lapsed drawings!

For more information about Physics Observatory at QUT The Cube, please click here.

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James An College in Brisbane – A place for academic excellence https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/james-an-college-brisbane-a-place-for-academic-excellence/ https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/james-an-college-brisbane-a-place-for-academic-excellence/#respond Mon, 28 Nov 2016 03:43:30 +0000 https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/?p=167672 The James An College provides tuition for students in Sunnybank, Brisbane, to help them achieve their academic best. While many tuition companies are aimed at helping struggling students, the James An College targets students that are already doing well at school, and provides a learning environment where they can extend themselves and better their results. ...

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The James An College provides tuition for students in Sunnybank, Brisbane, to help them achieve their academic best.

While many tuition companies are aimed at helping struggling students, the James An College targets students that are already doing well at school, and provides a learning environment where they can extend themselves and better their results.

With courses for primary and high school students, including school holiday courses, there is everything on offer from creative writing classes to exam preparation classes.

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Why choose James An College?

Over the past twenty years, James An College has acquired a strong reputation for producing outstanding results in selective school tests, scholarship exams, O.C. Tests, the school certificate and HSC.

James An College courses are specially designed to cater for the specific needs of students from kindergarten through to year 12.

Classes are run in groups of no more than 10 students per class, so that the teacher has more time for assisting each student.

All the teachers at James An College are fully qualified and have had many years of classroom experience in leading schools.

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Learning opportunities at James An College

At James An College, students will gain not only knowledge, but also the skills needed to apply that knowledge.

In addition to their regular programs, they also offer:

  • Brisbane State High entrance exam preparation class (year 5 and year 6)
  • ACER & Edu Test Preparation (year 5 and year 6)
  • Queensland Academy entrance preparation (year 9)
  • Creative writing class
  • One on one tutoring
  • Summer holiday program (January)

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School values at James An College

James An College was established in 1986 by Mr James An, and there are now many branches throughout Australia. Their vision is to be Australia’s leading international coaching college with a reputation for excellence in education, learning and the student experience.

College staff believe that children need to develop perseverance, courage, patience, self-motivation and independence.

Through their curriculum and teaching methods, children are encouraged to take initiative in problem solving, take responsibility for their studies, demonstrate commitment and develop good study habits. Responsive and participatory learning takes place in the classroom and teachers encourage discussion and questions.

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Further information

To find out how to enroll your child, you can visit the James An College Sunnybank Branch at 3A, 18 Torbey Street, Sunnybank Hills. Alternatively, you can email jacc_sea@hotmail.com or phone 07 3345 5373. You can also visit the James An College website or Facebook page to find out more about which course would be best for your child.

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Celebrate Australia Day in the Moreton Bay Region https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/celebrate-australia-day-in-the-moreton-bay-region/ https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/celebrate-australia-day-in-the-moreton-bay-region/#respond Mon, 28 Nov 2016 01:37:12 +0000 https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/?p=171353 Australia Day is fast approaching and as the temperatures start to soar so too does our patriotic excitement for the land we are lucky enough to call our home.  If you are looking for a fitting way to celebrate our island paradise then this year you need look no further than our beautiful Moreton Bay Region. ...

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Australia Day is fast approaching and as the temperatures start to soar so too does our patriotic excitement for the land we are lucky enough to call our home.  If you are looking for a fitting way to celebrate our island paradise then this year you need look no further than our beautiful Moreton Bay Region.  This coastal area complete with sun-soaked beaches and laid back community spirit are gearing up to host some pretty rippa family-friendly Australia Day celebration parties – and they are FREE.  If you are chasing the sun, surf and a snag this Australia Day in the Moreton Bay Region then check out these two great events they are hosting.

Australia Day in Redcliffe

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When: Wednesday 26 January, 2017

Time: 2pm – 8pm

Where: Suttons Beach, Redcliffe

Cost: FREE

The gorgeous Suttons Beach in Redcliffe is the backdrop for this afternoon / evening event which promises to be a memorable celebration that the entire family will enjoy.  With traditional Australia Day activities such as thong throwing competitions, beach cricket and, of course, the good old fashioned Aussie BBQ you can’t go wrong but for those chasing a little more crazy fun then the toilet races, beach activities or giant games are sure to make you smile.  There will also be live stage entertainment to dance along to and an array of market and food stalls to explore. After all the day’s excitement you can well and truly end the celebrations with a bang with the huge fireworks display that will close this Australia Day in the Moreton Bay Region event from 7:30pm.

Australia Day in Bribie Island

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When: Wednesday 26 January, 2017

Time: 7:30am – 8pm

Where: Brennan and Apex Parks, Bribie Island

Cost: FREE

If you are keen to make the most of your Australia Day then head to Brennan and Apex Parks where celebrations are due to kick off early with a free Aussie breakfast.  The Bribie Island Lions and Cornetts Super IGA will be serving it up from 7:30am and with all the days activities that are planned you may want to make an early start of it.  On top of the usual Aussie Day games and activities, from 2pm there will also be live stage entertainment, market and food stalls and a traditional BBQ as well.  You may be up early but you will definitely want to stick around until the end to see the impressive fireworks display that kicks off from 7:30pm.

If you are after a family-friendly, sun-soaked way to celebrate Australia Day this year and are after more details about what’s on offer then be sure to check out www.visitmoretonbayregion.com.au/australiaday for full details.

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Hobbies for Kids in Brisbane https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/hobbies-for-kids-in-brisbane/ https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/hobbies-for-kids-in-brisbane/#respond Sun, 27 Nov 2016 05:13:28 +0000 https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/?p=169130 We all want to keep our kids active, engaged and entertained. We want them to have fun, learn new skills, discover their interests and their talents, and keep fit and healthy. That’s why taking up a hobby is a great activity for any kid to enjoy. Here are some of the most popular hobbies for ...

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We all want to keep our kids active, engaged and entertained. We want them to have fun, learn new skills, discover their interests and their talents, and keep fit and healthy. That’s why taking up a hobby is a great activity for any kid to enjoy. Here are some of the most popular hobbies for kids in Brisbane.

SPORTS

Swimming

With water play such a big part of sunny Queensland life, learning to swim is not only a right of passage for kids and a fun pastime, it is also a vital safety skill. https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/learn-to-swim/

Horse riding

Check out Horse Riding Brisbane for options for teaching your child to ride a horse.

Sports

Tennis, rugby, soccer, basketball, to name just a few. There are so many sports that kids can play and enjoy, either with friends or in Sports Classes for Brisbane Kids.

Cycling, skating and boarding

In Brisbane we have many awesome parks where kids can cycle, skate and board, plus check out our Skating page for where you can skate in Brisbane and these Family Bike Rides in South East Queensland.

Gymnastics

Gymnastics is great for flexibility, core strength, coordination, fun and more. See here for Gymnastics Classes in Brisbane.

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PERFORMING ARTS

Music and Singing

Whether it’s tinkling on a keyboard and blasting out a tune at home or taking part in Music and Singing Classes for Brisbane Kids, kids get a lot out of this fun activity.

Dance and Drama

Little performers love dance and drama, from dance and play cafes to more formal Dance and Drama Classes in Brisbane.

Circus Skills

Learn to juggle, ride a unicycle and try the trapeze. Circus skills are fun and entertaining. See here for Circus Classes in Brisbane for Kids.

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OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

Nature watching

Kids love spotting wildlife, whether or a nature walk or in your own backyard. There are many amazing creatures to spot! To get started, check out Bird Watching in Brisbane with Kids.

Gardening

Getting outdoors and getting grubby is a great experience for kids. To help you get started, here are Five Must-do Winter Garden Activities with Kids that you can try at home and Community Gardens in Brisbane that you can visit.

Photography

We often think kids are too young to be trusted with our cameras or phones, but often they are eager to take photos and actually capture some unique and beautiful perspectives and images!

Stargazing

Stargazing is a fun activity for kids. We’ve put together this Awesome Guide for Brisbane Kids Who Love Astronomy, as well as a list of Apps to Help Identify the Stars at Night.

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INDOOR ACTIVITIES

Reading

Reading a great book is true pleasure for both old and young. To get your kids into reading, see our Creative Ways to Make Reading Fun for Kids and 10 Great Brisbane Children’s Books.

Art

Colouring, painting, collaging and other forms of making art are really fun hobbies for kids to while away the hours. If you don’t want all the mess at home, why not consider Kids Art Classes in Brisbane?

Building models

From building blocks and Lego to 3D dinosaur skeletons and vehicles, building models is a great pastime to keep kids amused for hours.

Scrapbooking

A scrapbook can be anything kids want it to be — a journal, a travel diary, a nature or wildlife logbook, a collection of pictures or cards or other items — the options are endless. Scrapbooking is fun, creative and mostly free!

Crafts

Many kids love to make things. They can do this at home or Kids Art Classes Brisbane also has some great options for kids who love crafts.

Cooking

Check out our Cooking with Kids page for great recipes to make with kids. For serious mini chefs, you might also be interested in Cooking Classes for Brisbane Kids.

Collections

Coins, stamps, comic books, cards, rocks, seeds, shells, feathers … Kids have been creating collections since forever. It’s fun, easy, often free and great fun for little collectors!

For more inspiration for hobbies for kids, check out Fun Activities for Girls in Brisbane and Fun Activities for Boys in Brisbane.

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