Brisbane Kids https://www.brisbanekids.com.au Brisbane for Kids. Activities, Events and Things to do. Mon, 27 Mar 2017 12:47:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6.4 Star Wars Immersive Zone at Capalaba Central | April 2017 https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/star-wars-immersive-zone-capalaba-central-april-2017/ https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/star-wars-immersive-zone-capalaba-central-april-2017/#respond Fri, 24 Mar 2017 23:55:49 +0000 https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/?p=184222 If you are looking for some fun, interactive and action packed activities from a galaxy far, far away for your Brisbane Kids during the Easter school holidays then look no further than Capalaba Central who have a two week holiday program that is sure to entertain little and big Star Wars Fans of all ages. Star ...

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If you are looking for some fun, interactive and action packed activities from a galaxy far, far away for your Brisbane Kids during the Easter school holidays then look no further than Capalaba Central who have a two week holiday program that is sure to entertain little and big Star Wars Fans of all ages.

Star Wars Immersive Zone

When: Monday 3rd April to Saturday 15th April

Please note that Capalaba Central will be closed on Good Friday , the 14th April and so the Star Wars Immersive Zone will not operate on that day.

Time: 10am – 2pm daily

Where: Centre Court, Capalaba Central

Price: FREE

Bookings: Not required

Capalaba Central’s Centre Court will be a hub of excitement as the Star Wars Immersive Zone opens to the delight of Star Wars fans for the entire duration of the Easter school holidays.  Brisbane Kids will get a chance to use their imagination as they navigate their way through an asteroid field constructed just for the Immersive Zone. But the fun does not stop there! The Star Wars Immersive Zone is an interactive experience that will enable the children to completely immerse themselves in the world of Star Wars with lots of other activities including hanging out in the space tech hub and having a photo in the giant Star Wars blister pack. However, make sure your Brisbane Kids do not leave before they participate in the highlight of the zone where they will get to learn some new Jedi skills from the best and take part in Padawan training with a Jedi Master.

For more information click here.

Star Wars Immersive Zone : The Competition

Everyone who visits the Star Wars Immersive Zone throughout the Easter school holiday period will have the chance to win a $100 Capalaba Central Gift Card. To enter all you have to do is simply share a photo of your Brisbane Kids having fun in the Star Wars Immersive Zone which won’t be hard with so many awesome things to do!

TO ENTER: Step 1: Snap a photo at the Star Wars Immersive Zone Step 2: Upload to Instagram or Facebook Step 3: Hashtag #CapalabaStarWars Step 4: Keep an eye out to see if you have won.

For more information click here.

The Venue: Caplaba Central

Address: Capalaba Central, Moreton Bay Road, Capalaba, Queensland 4157.

Conveniently located in the Redlands Shire, Caplaba Central is only 25km from Brisbane. The best bit about these awesome school holidays activities taking place at Capalaba Central (apart from the fact they are all FREE) is that there is ample parking onsite and since all the activities are held in the shopping centre the fun can continue rain, hail or shine!

For more information on Capalaba Central, The Star Wars Immersive Zone and competition click here 

 

To find out more about what you and your Brisbane Kids can do during the school holidays check out our Brisbane Kids Event Calendar. To find out more about what is happening beyond the school holidays, take a look at the Brisbane Kids Upcoming Shows page or sign up to the Brisbane Kids Weekly Newsletter.  

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10 things you must see at the World Science Festival Brisbane https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/10-things-you-must-see-at-the-world-science-festival-brisbane/ https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/10-things-you-must-see-at-the-world-science-festival-brisbane/#respond Fri, 24 Mar 2017 01:04:32 +0000 https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/?p=184070 Brisbane is the only Australian city to be hosting the 2017 World Science Festival, exclusively offering five days of discovery, exploration and entertainment for Brisbane families. With a range of free and ticketed events, including the opportunity for kids to interact with the world’s leading scientists, here’s 10 festival highlights you won’t want to miss: ...

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Brisbane is the only Australian city to be hosting the 2017 World Science Festival, exclusively offering five days of discovery, exploration and entertainment for Brisbane families.

With a range of free and ticketed events, including the opportunity for kids to interact with the world’s leading scientists, here’s 10 festival highlights you won’t want to miss:

World Science Festival Brisbane 2017

  1. The Hatchery

The popular (and free!) hatchery program of 2016 returns with more eggs, more turtles… and jellyfish! Under the supervision of Queensland Museum’s Reptile Curator Patrick Couper, Brisbane Kids can watch as Loggerhead Turtle hatchlings break free from their shells and take their first breath of air.

Don’t miss out on the excitement of The Hatchery – check out our video below!

  1. Street Science

The team at Street Science will be performing their explosive and inspiring live science show in the South Bank Cultural Forecourt on Saturday and Sunday. This is another free event.

  1. Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors

The Queensland Museum will be hosting this free event, led by staff from Australia Zoo. Check out their crocodile trapping equipment, and find out more about the largest crocodile study in the world.

World Science Festival Brisbane 2017

  1. Star Gazing

Another free event on the calendar, and coinciding with Earth Day, the lights will be turned off to allow for some guided stargazing (South Bank, between 6.00pm and 9.00pm, Saturday).

  1. The Future is in Good Hands

Four of the brightest young scientific minds from around the world, aged between 13 and 16 years, are taking on global challenges in a conversation with Nobel laureate Professor Brian Schmidt. This is a ticketed event.

World Science Festival Brisbane 2017

  1. Dr Karl

Dr Karl, Australia’s favourite science guru, will answer your medical, chemical, physical and astronomical questions in a way that your kids (and you!) will understand. This will be held over two free sessions on Saturday.

  1. Water Talks

Join The Age science journalist Peter Spinks and special guests for your daily dose of water wisdom in celebration of World Water Day. This is a ticketed event.

World Science Festival Brisbane 2017

  1. Queensland Museum free events

In addition to The Hatchery, the Queensland Museum is running a number of other free activities for kids, including: Behind the Scenes, The Art Lab, Colour our Coral and Turtle Time.

  1. Full Steam Ahead

Travel on a historic steam train, departing from South Brisbane Station for a one hour return trip through Brisbane, with pocket sized science surprises on board.

World Science Festival Brisbane

  1. Events for adults

The World Science Festival is not just for kids; there are many fascinating events that you won’t want to miss, including the Festival Lab “Happy Hour”, hosted by ABC’s Bernie Hobbs.

For more information about the World Science Festival, including the schedule of events, please visit their website.

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Things to do on Easter Sunday in Brisbane https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/things-easter-sunday-brisbane/ https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/things-easter-sunday-brisbane/#respond Thu, 23 Mar 2017 01:57:53 +0000 https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/?p=183970 Easter is such a special and magical time for kids. The Easter holidays, however, can be a bit more of a challenge for adults! Finding fun things to do to keep the kids entertained (and not going completely bananas) for two weeks while our usual activities are suspended and schools are on holiday can be ...

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Easter is such a special and magical time for kids. The Easter holidays, however, can be a bit more of a challenge for adults! Finding fun things to do to keep the kids entertained (and not going completely bananas) for two weeks while our usual activities are suspended and schools are on holiday can be difficult. Fear not though, because we’ve pulled together so many ideas of things to do this Easter to make your day awesome and memorable!

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Things to do on Easter Sunday

There are loads of great Easter events happening in and around Brisbane, and lots of places to visit that are open this Easter! Here are our top picks for places to go on Easter Sunday for whole lot of family fun.

Aussie World, Palmview

Head to Aussie World this Easter, and kids can experience a fun Easter Egg Treasure Hunt, which is FREE with entry on Easter Sunday. Plus, for any ticket bought in April, you also get unlimited entry to Aussie World until 30th June!

Museum of Brisbane, South Brisbane

At the Museum of Brisbane this Easter, kids can experience Easter in the Olden Days. There will be olden-day activities such as decorating Easter bonnets and Easter eggs, as well as a brilliant Easter egg hunt searching the museum for hidden treasures!

This event is being held from 11th–17th April (excluding Good Friday) from 10am–4pm daily, and the cost is FREE.

Victoria Park Bistro, Herston

The Victoria Park Bistro has a whole day of fun lined up this Easter Sunday. There will be free activities, Easter gifts and special menus on offer. There will be jumping castles, giant slides, sack races, tug of war, petting zoos and other giant games, and the new kids’ playground will also be open. There will be live music all day, as well as a very special Easter Sunday visit from the Easter Bunny!.

This event is being held on 15th and 16th April from 10am–4pm, and the cost is FREE.

Cultural Forecourt, South Bank

Head to the Live Large Festival at South Bank this Easter! This is a free festival featuring awesome music, food, entertainment and the arts. It will have a packed main stage with entertainment, a collection of market and food stalls, as well as activities for kids, adults and teens.

This event is being held on 15th and 16th April from 10am–3pm daily, and the cost is FREE.

Others Events on Easter Sunday in Brisbane

Other fun events on this Easter Sunday include:

Sugar Spin @ GOMA

Sugar Spin @ GOMA

What is open on Easter Sunday in Brisbane?

There are also lots of other places and events that you can still enjoy on Easter Sunday! Head over to our Events Calendar to see our full listings for Sunday 16th April!

Many museums and galleries are open at Easter, with several special exhibitions or events happening.

At South Brisbane, there are the Wild State Gallery and Hadron Collider exhibitions on display at the Brisbane Museum. At the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) you can choose from the family-friendly Mirror Mirror, Enchanted Spaces, Sugar Spin and Friendly Beasts displays. And Mathamazing at the Sciencentre will round out your Easter Sunday at South Bank.

In Ipswich, you can see A Room for Wild Animals and Outback Safari at The Workshops Rail Museum in Ipswich. Plus, Towers of Tomorrow at the Ipswich Art Gallery.

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Fun things to do at Easter

Be sure to check out our Easter page here, which is jam-packed with resources and ideas to make your Easter super special. Our 10 Fun Things to Do at Easter with Kids is the perfect starting point for Easter inspiration!

Easter egg hunts

Of course, Easter wouldn’t be the same without a traditional Easter egg hunt! Make yours extra fun this year, with our Egg-citing Easter Egg Hunt Ideas.

And fear not, Easter egg hunts are not just for little kids — now everyone can get in on the action! How about some of these awesome Easter Egg Hunt Ideas for Older Kids?

Easter crafts

Whether it’s making cards or decorating eggs, kids love to get involved in Easter crafts. Here are a few cool crafts to get your kids’ creativity flowing!

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More Easter Fun

There are many other awesome ideas for things to do on Easter Sunday with kids. Telling Easter Jokes for Kids and reading Easter Books for Kids are lovely pastimes.

It is also lovely to think about beginning some family Easter traditions to make this time of year extra special for kids. We have loads of ideas for you in our inspirational article Creating Easter Memories — Ideas and Tips.

And Easter doesn’t have to be all about chocolate and lollies! For other ideas, be sure to check out our 30 Awesome Non-chocolate Easter Gift Ideas.

Wishing you all a very HAPPY EASTER from everyone here at Brisbane Kids!

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School Holiday Writing Camps for Kids | Write Like an Author https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/write-like-an-author/ https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/write-like-an-author/#respond Thu, 23 Mar 2017 00:46:53 +0000 https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/?p=183393 Write like a Boss Write like a Champion Write like an AUTHOR! Write Like an Author is the internationally acclaimed writing course for middle-grade students that shows them how to write stories the way professional authors do. On a four day, school holiday writing camp, international, award winning author and writing coach Brian Falkner will ...

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Write like a Boss

Write like a Champion

Write like an AUTHOR!

Write Like an Author is the internationally acclaimed writing course for middle-grade students that shows them how to write stories the way professional authors do.

On a four day, school holiday writing camp, international, award winning author and writing coach Brian Falkner will take your young writer on a journey of fun and discovery, learning how to create, develop and write awesome stories, with Brian right alongside them, guiding them every step of the way.

The Write Like an Author programme has been developed and proven for over eight years in classrooms in Australia, New Zealand and the USA.

If you’d like to have a book published there are more opportunities for you now than ever before and this course will give you the skills and techniques you need to write awesome stories, perhaps even a novel.

Write Like an Author

Who is it for?

This course is for students aged 10 to 14 who are enthusiastic about writing. It is also suitable for older students, and younger, if they are already confident writers.

What is it about?

Write Like an Author will teach your child the skills they need to construct well-crafted, imaginative stories.

Through course-books, workshops and writing camps your child will be taken on a guided journey at the end of which is a story they have created.

Each day consists of instruction, focussed writing time and one-on-one mentoring, along with some fun activities and games.

Students focus on their goal of producing a story to the very best of their abilities, along the way learning all the skills they will need.

Write Like an Author

Author: Brian Falkner

Internationally acclaimed author Brian Falkner will run the writing camp.

Brian is the award-winning author of seventeen books for children and young adults, published in over twelve countries.

His first book “The Flea Thing” was published in 2003 and since that time he has won many awards for his work. In 2016 his novel “Battlesaurus: Rampage at Waterloo” won the Young Adult Book of the Year in the New Zealand Children’s Book Awards. It was also nominated for the New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards, and is a Junior Library Guild selection in the United States.

For the last eight years Brian has also been touring the world teaching and coaching students in creative writing. His energy and humour make his workshops a fun and rewarding experience for young writers and his sessions are in high demand.

What Students say

the best fun ever!” – Jamie, 12

I learned things I never expected to learn.” – Rebekah, 11

It expanded my understanding of myself as a writer.Grace, 15

I loved the games! It was hard work but I loved every minute.” – William, 11

What Teachers Say

it was a pleasure to see such joy on the faces of the students…

engaged and inspired our students…

the improvement in our students’ writing was real and measurable…

motivating and inspiring…

Our annual writer’s camp is the highlight of the school year.

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Write Like an Author writing camps in Brisbane

The following camps will be taking place in Brisbane in 2017:

  • John Paul College, Logan, from Monday 3rd to Thursday 6th April 2017, 9am to 4pm.
  • Somerset College, Mudgeeraba, from Monday 10th April to Thursday 13th April 2017, 9am to 4pm.
  • Bethany Lutheran Primary School, Raceview, from Monday 26th June to Thursday 29th June 2017, 9am to 3pm.
  • Nudgee College, Brisbane, from Monday 3rd to Thursday 6th July 2017 , 9am to 4pm.

What else do I need to know?

The number of places on the camp is strictly limited and is open to students from all local schools, so register early if your child is interested in attending the camp.

The camp is non-residential, and runs from 9am-4pm each day.

Students will need to bring their own device (a laptop or tablet to write their stories on).

The course fee is just $195.00 with early registration.

This is a wonderful opportunity for budding young writers who would like to learn how to turn their wonderful ideas into wonderful stories.

To find out more about the Write Like an Author writing course for children, please visit www.writelikeanauthor.com.au.

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Autumn adventure activities in Moreton Bay in 2017 https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/autumn-adventure-activities-in-moreton-bay/ https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/autumn-adventure-activities-in-moreton-bay/#respond Wed, 22 Mar 2017 03:34:51 +0000 https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/?p=183299 Living here in Brisbane and its surrounds, we are lucky to have access to all sorts of fantastic parks, beaches and playgrounds for our kids to enjoy. But sometimes you just want to try something different, to break out of your everyday activities and have a go at something new and fun, and perhaps a ...

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Living here in Brisbane and its surrounds, we are lucky to have access to all sorts of fantastic parks, beaches and playgrounds for our kids to enjoy. But sometimes you just want to try something different, to break out of your everyday activities and have a go at something new and fun, and perhaps a little out of your comfort zone. With the weather cooling down, now is the perfect time to head into the great outdoors and connect with your adventurous side.

Whether it’s abseiling the tower in Baden-Powell Park in Samford Valley, experiencing weightlessness as you SCUBA off Bribie Island or trying your hand at land kiting on Suttons Beach, Moreton Bay Regional Council has you covered this autumn with their Adventure program, with more than 220 low-cost or free activities running from March to June 2017. Although some activities are aimed at adults, others are specifically designed for families or communities, but all require children to be aged at least 7.

Win a GoPro Hero5!

Mayor Allan Sutherland said participants could take a snap of their adventure and upload it to Facebook or Instagram for the chance to win a GoPro Hero5.

Not only is Adventure a great way to take part in some incredible activities, it’s also an awesome way to get out and explore what our region has to offer – that’s why we want you to share your best shots!” Mayor Sutherland said.

For your chance to win this great prize, take a photo of your adventure and share using the hashtags #MBRCAdventure, #Captureyouradventure and #Moretonbayregion.

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Bookings are open and filling fast, but at the time of writing there were still spaces available in some amazing experiences, including:

  • Abseiling – descend the tower at Baden-Powell Park in Samford Valley the adventurous way
  • Canoeing – build strength and fitness while having fun with outrigger canoeing; or explore the stunning scenery of Lake Kurwongbah
  • Cycling – explore the Moreton Bay region and increase your cycling confidence and skills at the same time in this four-week program
  • Orienteering – learn how to read a map and navigate without the aid of an app; both walking and biking experience are available
  • Mountain biking – learn key riding skills while exploring local mountain biking areas
  • Kayaking – discover the beauty and marine wildlife of Ningi Creek from up close; or enjoy a spot of fishing from your kayak
  • SCUBA diving – experience the weightlessness of SCUBA diving and play some games in the safety of shallow water off Bribie Island or in the Caboolture Pool
  • Geocache bike ride – use a GPS to locate hidden caches set up by the Bribie Island Bicycle Users Group
  • Slacklining – test your balance on the slackline, which is similar to a tight rope but bouncier
  • Archaeology – get hands-on with a recreated excavation of an Imperial Roman villa
  • Dragon boating – get to grips with this ancient style of boat racing, which has been practised for over 2000 years, in local canals
  • Disc golf – have a go at this fun sport, which is a cross between golf and frisbee
  • Land kiting – fly across Suttons Beach using wind power: land kiting is the first step to learning kitesurfing and an awesome activity in its own right
  • Historical and environmental tours – experience mangrove wetlands at Osprey House Environmental Centre; turn back the clock at Samford Museum; enjoy animal encounters at the Caboolture Regional Environmental Education Centre; learn about the history of Moreton Bay by following in the trails of Matthew Flinders and Bungaree in a guided tour on Bribie Island; discover Aboriginal culture through an art workshop and more on the Dolphin Calling Point Heritage Trail or the Fish Traps Cultural Heritage Trail; immerse yourself in the native flora of Redcliffe Botanic Gardens on a guided walking tour, learn more about our wartime heritage with a guided walk through Fort Skirmish; walk along the South Pine River, SEQ’s longest undammed river; explore the Riparian Rainforest at Kumbartcho Sanctuary Environmental Centre

To book your Moreton Bay adventure, head to https://www.moretonbay.qld.gov.au/adventure/.

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How to score affordable parking in the Brisbane CBD https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/how-to-score-affordable-parking-in-the-brisbane-cbd/ https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/how-to-score-affordable-parking-in-the-brisbane-cbd/#respond Wed, 22 Mar 2017 03:18:49 +0000 https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/?p=183539 The Brisbane CBD is packed with activities for families: shops, dining, movie theatres, museums, parks and more. And while our city centre is serviced by great public transport options, let’s face it, there are times when it’s easier and more convenient to drive. But taking the car can become very expensive depending on when and ...

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The Brisbane CBD is packed with activities for families: shops, dining, movie theatres, museums, parks and more. And while our city centre is serviced by great public transport options, let’s face it, there are times when it’s easier and more convenient to drive. But taking the car can become very expensive depending on when and where you park, so avoid hurting your hip pocket by using the tips below to score great parking deals.

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Choose your day and time wisely

The CBD sees greatest demand for parking from commuters and CBD workers, meaning prices are at their peak Monday to Friday during business hours. If you’re planning a family trip into the CBD, chances are you are going on the weekend or perhaps in the afternoon/evening. This is good news for saving money on parking, as many places have special off-peak deals, making CBD parking much more affordable for a family outing.

Afternoons and Evening Parking in Brisbane City

The Myer Centre offers excellent parking rates when you pre-book online. Enter after 4pm on weekdays for $5 or after 2pm for $10. Brisbane City Council’s King George Square & Wickham Terrace car parks both offer $5 flat rate parking when you enter after 4.30pm on weekdays and exit before midnight.

A number of Secure Parking and Wilson Parking carparks offer $10 flat rate evening parking. Check their websites for rates carpark locations.

Weekend and Public Holiday Parking

The Myer Centre’s $10 flat rate weekend and public holiday rates halve to just $5 when you book ahead online.

You can also park for $5 for the whole day at the King George Square and Wickham Terrace car parks. There’s no pre-booking required but the King George Square car park can be very popular, so best to get in early!

Both Secure Parking and Wilson Parking offer flat rate weekend parking deals from $10. Check their websites for further information.

Early Bird Parking Deals

If you’re wanting to make a day of it in the Brisbane CBD during the peak weekdays, early bird parking is a great option. These offers can be a little more restrictive, as you’ll generally need to enter before and leave after a certain time, but there are significant cost savings to be scored! Check out Secure Parking and The Myer Centre.

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Parking Tip: Book a carpark online

If you do need to head to the CBD during the week, you can still access more affordable prices by planning ahead and booking a spot online, with savings to be made on both regular casual drive-up rates and also the flat fees listed above for evening and weekends. There’s also the added advantage of peace of mind knowing there’s a guaranteed place waiting.

If you need to park during peak time, you can save up to $20 at The Myer Centre car park by booking online. As outlined above, you’ll save 50% on evening, public holiday and weekend rates by pre-booking online.

Secure Parking’s Secure-a-Spot offers rates up to 60 per cent cheaper than drive-up prices, with discounts generally increasing the longer you stay, while Wilson Parking offers its Book-a-Bay service with special rates at selected car parks. With multiple car parks around the CBD, these providers are a great option for people wanting to park as close as possible to a particular venue.

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Be quick!

OK, this tip might not work if you’re planning a day out with the kids. But if you’re on your own and just have a quick appointment or a few items to pick up, you can save money by using the following deals.

Brisbane City Council offers free parking at King George Square and Wickham Terrace if you can be in and out in up to 15 minutes. Secure Parking’s MacArthur Central and 140 Elizabeth St carparks have evening and weekend ‘Quickie’ deals, where you can park for up to an hour for $5.

It may seem overwhelming at first, but the logistics of navigating the CBD as a family are not as difficult as you may think. We’ve researched the best options for public transport, car parking and tips for families using prams to ensure that your next trip into the big smoke is a pleasure for the whole family in this article.

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Navigating the Brisbane CBD with a family https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/navigating-the-brisbane-cbd-with-a-family/ https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/navigating-the-brisbane-cbd-with-a-family/#respond Wed, 22 Mar 2017 01:22:12 +0000 https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/?p=183470 If you tend to avoid visiting the city with kids because you are unsure of how best to get around, this article is written especially for you. It may seem overwhelming at first, but the logistics of navigating the CBD as a family are not as difficult as you may think. We’ve researched the best ...

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If you tend to avoid visiting the city with kids because you are unsure of how best to get around, this article is written especially for you.

It may seem overwhelming at first, but the logistics of navigating the CBD as a family are not as difficult as you may think. We’ve researched the best options for public transport, car parking and tips for families using prams to ensure that your next trip into the big smoke is a pleasure for the whole family.

Brisbane City

Public Transport within the CBD

Unless you live within walking distance of the city, the two options for getting into town are to drive (in a car, taxi or uber) or catch public transport.

Being a river city, the Brisbane CBD is fully accessible via ferry and city cat, which is always a popular choice for kids. Once you’re in town, the city hopper ferry is a free service that can transport you to and from different parts of the city centre.

Children will also enjoy catching a bus or train into the city, and there are frequent services running seven days per week. Once in the city centre, the free city loop bus service runs through the CBD and Spring Hill, and is perfect if you need to visit different precincts within the sprawling city area.

For more information on using public transport with a family in Brisbane, including everything you need to know about go cards and timetabling, you can read our detailed article.

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Driving and parking within the CBD

Often, the most practical option for families traveling into the city is to drive their own car. This means you can easily bring bicycles, scooters, prams etc. and you don’t have to lug any shopping home on public transport. It also means you can leave quickly, without having to wait around for the next bus/train/ferry if things turn pear shaped!

Secure Parking have numerous car parking locations in the Brisbane CBD, and are a great option if you want to park in a certain area or close to a particular venue. Brisbane City Council operates two car parks in the city, at Wickham Terrace and King George Square. At the top end of Queen Street Mall, with vehicle access from Elizabeth Street, is The Myer Centre car park, which is one of the most conveniently located carparks for access to the mall. Although CBD parking can be expensive during weekdays, a number of car parks in Brisbane City offer $5 flat rate parking on evenings and weekends. It pays to do your research before heading in, with a number of carparks offering discounted rates for pre-booking online.

For more information about affordable car parking in the city, particularly when traveling with kids, you can read our detailed article here.

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Hitting the pavement within the CBD

Brisbane is a very family-friendly city, and there are many, many attractions within the city area that cater for children. Most pavements throughout the central business district are suitable for prams and wheelchairs. The Australian Building Code stipulates that all buildings in Australia must be wheelchair accessible, either by lift or ramp, which means they are also pram accessible. In the central CBD, the walk from the Queen Street Mall along Albert Street to the City Botanic Gardens is particularly flat and enjoyable, and also has the benefit of several casual and alfresco dining establishments to stop at along the way. There are also a number of beautiful walks through the city and surrounding areas that are pram-friendly, including the Riverwalk (which runs between the CBD and New Farm Park), the walk through the City Botanic Gardens, and the boardwalk along the riverfront at South Bank.

To find out more about the fun to be had in Brisbane City with kids, including the best attractions for families, you can read our detailed article.

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Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom – School Holidays in Brisbane City | April 2017 https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/ben-hollys-little-kingdom-school-holidays-in-brisbane-city-april-2017/ https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/ben-hollys-little-kingdom-school-holidays-in-brisbane-city-april-2017/#respond Wed, 22 Mar 2017 00:29:18 +0000 https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/?p=183579 If you are looking for a way to keep your Brisbane Kids entertained these Easter Holidays, then look no further than Queen Street Mall where Ben and Holly from Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom will be appearing live in a stage show spectacular that is sure to have all Brisbane Kids up singing, dancing and ...

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If you are looking for a way to keep your Brisbane Kids entertained these Easter Holidays, then look no further than Queen Street Mall where Ben and Holly from Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom will be appearing live in a stage show spectacular that is sure to have all Brisbane Kids up singing, dancing and having fun!

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Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom Live Stage Show

The Queen Street Mall Stage will be a hub of excitement over the first week of the Easter Holidays as everybody’s favourite fairy princess Holly and her best friend, Ben the Elf, make their way from Little Kingdom to Brisbane City. To the delight of all of Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom fans, Ben and Holly will be taking the stage three times a day with their new live stage show that is all about games and fun. Ben the Elf will be teaching everyone how to play the elf horn while Fairy Princess Holly will be letting everyone in on a little secret – how to make fairy wings flutter. Ben and Holly will have lots more fun games to play and it will be up to Brisbane Kids to decide which game they like best!

The show is best suited to Brisbane Kids aged 2- 10 years, but the whole family can enjoy this 25 minute show in the City before heading off for some more family fun in the CBD.

When: Saturday 1st April –  Sunday 9th April

Time:  There are 3 shows each day at 11am, 12pm and 1pm

Where: Queen Street Mall Stage, Queen Street Mall, Brisbane City

Price: FREE

Bookings: Not required

Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom

The Venue: Queen Street Mall Stage

Address: The Queen Street Mall Stage can be found at Queen St, Brisbane City QLD 4000

Conveniently located in the heart of Brisbane’s CBD, The Queen Street Mall Stage is the perfect venue to watch a live stage show. Ben and Holly will make themselves at home on the stage, which is located just outside The Myer Centre, over the 9 day period. The best bit about these awesome school holiday shows taking place at Queen Street Mall, apart from the fact they are all FREE, is that there is ample parking nearby, it is accessible via public transport, and after the show the whole family can go shopping and explore all that Brisbane City has to offer!

Take a look at our guide to Navigating the Brisbane CBD with a Family for more tips and info on making the most out of your trip to Brisbane City.

Getting to the Queen Street Mall with Kids

Trains, buses and ferries all lead to the City, and the journey there can be part of the fun. See Translink for details on how to access the City from your location, or find out our top tips in the Brisbane Kids guide to Public Transport in Brisbane with Kids. There is also on-street and off-street car parking, though you may need to be patient or very lucky to get an on-street park. There is a lot of off-street car parking, but it can be expensive, particularly during the week, so make sure you check out our guide on How To Score Affordable Parking in the Brisbane CBD.

For more information on the Queen Street Mall and the Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom Stage Show – Easter in the CBD, please click here.

 

To find out more about what you and your Brisbane Kids can do during the school holidays check out our Brisbane Kids Event Calendar. To find out more about what is happening beyond the school holidays, take a look at the Brisbane Kids Upcoming Shows page or sign up to the Brisbane Kids Weekly Newsletter.  

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Majer Sports | Sports and Fitness Coaching and Parties https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/majer-sports-sports-and-fitness-coaching-and-parties/ https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/majer-sports-sports-and-fitness-coaching-and-parties/#comments Fri, 17 Mar 2017 03:37:35 +0000 https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/?p=182793 Majer Sports is a sports and fitness coaching company with a difference. Located on Brisbane’s north side, Majer Sports is all about igniting a passion in kids and the wider community to love being active. With sports and fitness coaching for kids from pre-school to high school and even adult classes, Majer Sports has all ...

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Majer Sports is a sports and fitness coaching company with a difference. Located on Brisbane’s north side, Majer Sports is all about igniting a passion in kids and the wider community to love being active. With sports and fitness coaching for kids from pre-school to high school and even adult classes, Majer Sports has all ages covered. They also specialise in kids’ birthday parties, whether it’s a sports and games party or a fun water play party, they can cater for anything!

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The Majer Sports’ Unique Approach

With over 10 years’ coaching experience in Australia and overseas, owner and founder of Majer Sports, Matthew Hilton, has a passion and proven track record for raising participation and building self-esteem amongst kids who need it the most. It is this foundation that gives Majer Sports its unique edge not seen in other kids’ sports programs.

Majer Sports’ mission is to raise participation in sports and physical activity, but it’s not just about getting kids to be more active, it’s about engaging the whole family and fostering a genuine love of being active.

Majer Sports aims to empower all their students and make them believe they can achieve anything they put their mind too. To this end, they encourage participation over competition. While overly competitive sport can make some kids feel they’re not good enough and lose confidence, Majer Sports believes that everyone is good enough, that everyone deserves the chance to have a go, and that there is something for all!

Majer Sports is about having ago and trying your best, allowing kids to be kids and bringing back the enjoyment of being active, having fun and making friends! These values are at the core of the Major Sports’ approach, and by fostering this attitude they know they can drive positive change for kids.

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The Benefits of Majer Sports

When you choose Majer Sports, you know you are choosing an organisation that cares about its students and is passionate about what they do and how they do it. Plus their passion comes through in all their work — they have energy like you wouldn’t believe, which is the key to getting kids to have fun and engage too. On top of this, other benefits of Majer Sports are:

  • Small class sizes — quality teaching allows for positive learning outcomes and also more playing time!
  • Location close to the CBD — they are local and part of the community.
  • Ongoing personal development workshops to ensure they always keep up to date.
  • FREE first class for everyone!

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Kids’ Sports Programs

The Majer Sports kids’ sports programs have been specifically created to be inclusive, highly engaging and delivered in a positive environment. The programs include:

  • Pre-School Active Play Programs for children aged 3–5
  • Primary School Multi-Sport Programs for children from Prep to Year 6
  • Majer Sports’ High School Fitness Programs for kids from Year 7 to Year 10
  • Cardio Tennis Programs for adults

Majer Sports offers their programs at various locations that are continually being added to, and also works within schools and kindergartens. Click here to find a location near you.

Kids’ Parties with Majer Sports

Majer Sports are also local masters at delivering birthday parties! Whether it’s a games party, sports party or water party, their parties are like no other. They get to know all of the kids individually, giving everyone a sense of worth and belonging, which in turn boosts their confidence. Plus the parties are full of high energy, FUN, inclusive, positive experiences! They even encourage the adults to participate in some games and they LOVE it!

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How to join

So if you’re ready and eager to LOVE BEING ACTIVE, Majer Sports is for you!

Simply contact Majer Sports on 0404 507 900 or simply enrol online at majersports.com.au.

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The Lowrie Family | An AEIOU Foundation Family Case Study https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/lowrie-family-aeiou-foundation-family-case-study/ https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/lowrie-family-aeiou-foundation-family-case-study/#respond Thu, 16 Mar 2017 03:36:11 +0000 https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/?p=183349 There is no pride quite like watching your child happily march off to their first day at ‘big school’ with the words “I’ve got this Mum, I’m a big boy now”. For retired NRL premiership winner Todd Lowrie and wife Sally, it was a day they had originally envisaged very differently, had it not been ...

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There is no pride quite like watching your child happily march off to their first day at ‘big school’ with the words “I’ve got this Mum, I’m a big boy now”. For retired NRL premiership winner Todd Lowrie and wife Sally, it was a day they had originally envisaged very differently, had it not been for AEIOU Foundation. Todd uprooted his career and family from New Zealand to enable Sonny to attend AEIOU’s Nathan centre in 2014. After just 12 months in the program, Sonny successfully transitioned to a mainstream kindergarten and is now thriving at school.

Being our first child, we did not know what was normal or what to look out for. Sally had some initial indications he was not developing typically in terms of his verbal communication. There were also other tell-tale signs, as we now know, such as not responding to his name or giving eye contact. We could see the frustration in his eyes and, after a lot of research, sought a diagnosis. Hearing the word ‘autism’ was the catalyst for so much uncertainty and change but it also lead to some of the best times of our lives.

At the time of Sonny’s diagnosis, we were living in New Zealand for my work. We exhausted every resource the country had to offer and then we started looking further afield, namely back home in Australia. We stumbled across AEIOU through some friends and realised the service they offered far outweighed anything we currently had access to. We felt strongly AEIOU was going to be the option to give Sonny the best start in life.

We cannot speak highly enough of AEIOU and the staff and facilities there. From the day we flew into Brisbane for our first interview right through to Sonny’s graduation, the support we received was fantastic. I do admit it was difficult for us to adjust to our little boy attending a program full-time at just 2 ½ years old, but lucky for us, he was happy to go along with it and thrived in his new environment.

The biggest achievements we saw during our time with AEIOU were definitely the development of communication, social and toileting skills. When Sonny started, he was barely talking. Also, small things people take for granted, such as saying hello to others when you walked into a room, we struggled with. However, with PECS, he started coming forward in leaps and bounds. We worked hard with our son at home, as well as supporting his learning at AEIOU.

After 12 months with the program, we made a decision in conjunction with the staff that Sonny had obtained enough skills to smoothly transition to mainstream kindy, and we have not looked back. That was at the end of 2014, and now, in 2017, we are successfully navigating ‘big school’ back in Newcastle, NSW. Like all parents, we had our hesitations but Sonny absolutely loves it. He walks into the classroom and talks to the other kids. We are so happy he can go to a mainstream school and just be a little boy. Above all, it has taught us to be confident in our children and echo that confidence to them because they feed off what we think and feel.

For those families just beginning their journey, we wish you all the very best, from the bottom of our hearts. Have faith in early intervention and continue the hard work at home. I know they already spend many hours in the program each week, but to make real progress, you need to be reinforcing those teachings on the weekends as well. Success is very much a team effort.

By Todd Lowrie

A note from AEIOU Foundation: In order to attend AEIOU Foundation, Todd Lowrie left his position with the New Zealand Warriors to relocate to Brisbane. He was signed by the Brisbane Broncos, where he played for the duration of Sonny’s early intervention. As well as working with Todd to maintain his successful career, the Brisbane Broncos are a valued supporter of AEIOU Foundation, helping us create a lifetime of opportunities for children with autism like Sonny.

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