Free School Holiday Activities in Brisbane

enchanted garden kids wander through Roma Street Parkland

There are so many awesome kids’ events on in Brisbane these school holidays and the best new is that most of the are FREE!

We have gathered the most exciting school holiday events in Brisbane and put them in one list in order by the date the events are held and have listed the details and suburbs for your convenience. While all the events on our list are free, some events may require bookings, so please click through to the event details for more information.

We will continue to add to this list right up to and including the school holidays.

We hope you and your Brisbane Kids enjoy the School Holidays!

Firstly have you read our magazine which highlights all the best activities over the holidays?

 

Free School Holiday Activities For Kids

Yayoi Kusama The Obliteration Room

Central Brisbane. This event is being held from the 4th October – 4th February from 10am – 5pm daily. Bring your Brisbane Kids along to GOMA where they can have fun in Yayoi Kusama’s  The Obliteration Room. Returning to GOMA , this popular interactive children’s project invites Brisbane Kids to ‘obliterate’ an Australian domestic space by adding colourful dot stickers to white furniture, objects and surfaces in the large-scale interactive installation The obliteration room. . Yayoi Kusama’s  The Obliteration Room

Santa’s Kingdom

Logan This event is being held from the 18th November – 24th December from 9am daily. Say hello to Santa and get your photo taken, write a letter to Santa and post it (don’t forget to add your address so you get a reply), visit Mrs Claus in her bakery and learn how to decorate gingerbread people and watch a Christmas movie on the big screen cinema all at the Logan Hyperdome. Santa’s Kingdom

Christmas Carols

North Lakes This event is being every Friday night from the 1st – 22nd December between 6pm – 7pm.  Bring your Brisbane Kids along to Westfield North Lakes to see the live Christmas Carols show. There will be roaming Christmas characters and a special appearance by Santa & Mrs Claus! PLUS  it will snow after each show. Christmas Carols Westfield North Lakes

Christmas Craft

Mt Gravatt This event is being held from the 2nd – 23rd December from 10am – 1pm. Have some creative, festive fun at the Westfield Garden City Christmas Workshops for kids and make your own Christmas cards, reindeer antlers, snow globes, Christmas wreaths, baubles and more. Christmas Craft |

MoB Sundays @ Museum of Brisbane

Central Brisbane This event is being held every Sunday morning from 3rd December – 29th April between 10am and 12pm daily. Bring your Brisbane Kids along to The Museum of Brisbane  and enjoy fun and engaging story-telling sessions, dance to your own rhythm as part of Anne Scott Wilson’s exhibition Every Day I Wait, and create your own kite as part of the inspiring Kite Wishes Project at the MoB Maker station. MoB Sundays

Enchanted Garden

Central Brisbane This event is being held from the 8th – 17th December between 6.30pm and 9.30pm daily at Roma Street Parkland. Wander through the Spectacle Garden on a warm Summer’s night and be amazed by the twinkling lights, music, decorations and magical festive feelEnchanted Garden

Gold Lotto City Hall Spectactular

Central Brisbane This event is being held from the 8th – 24th December between 7.30pm and midnight daily. Watch in delight as City Hall lights up with a magical light projection show that will entertain all ages, and is guaranteed to put everyone in the festive spirit. Gold Lotto City Hall Light Spectacular

Myer Christmas Parade and Pantomime review

Christmas Movies in the Park

Central Brisbane This event is being held from the 8th – 17th December between 7pm and 10pm daily. Eat dinner from one of Brisbane’s best food trucks while you relax under the stars and watch a Christmas movie classics including Elf, Polar Express and Love Actually. Christmas Movies in the Park

Government House Christmas Lights

Paddington This event is being held from the 8th – 17th December from 7pm – 8pm. Bring your Brisbane Kids along to Fernberg – the official residence of the Queensland Governor since 1910, where they will see more than 1,750m of lights and over 12,000 bulbs which will illuminate Queensland’s historic Government House and gardens for the annual public Christmas Lights display. Government House Lights 

Christmas Craft Workshops

Indooroopilly Shopping Centre held from the 9th December – 22nd April from 10am – 5pm daily. Get creative and make some adorable Christmas craft at the daily workshops that offer a range of cute craft activities that kids will love to make as well as give this Christmas season. Christmas Craft Workshops

Me, Myselfie and I

Central Brisbane This event is being held from the 9th December – 22nd April from 10am – 5pm. Bring your Brisbane Kids along to GOMA where they can have fun at the newest GOMA exhibition just for kids, Me, Myselfie and I . The exhibition features interactive, hands on elements where Brisbane Kids can make their own self portrait with materials supplies and digital technologies. Me Myselfie and I 

MOB Christmas Craft

Central Brisbane This event is being every day from the 11th – 22nd December from 10am daily.  Brisbane Kids along to the Museum of Brisbane where they can get creative with some recycled materials and make their own Christmas decorations and card or cut, fold and paste using the templates and guides provided by the Museum. MoB Kids: Christmas Craft

Let it Snow

Redbank Plaza Held from 11th – 17th December between 10am and 2pm daily. Visit a winter wonderland with a snow pit to play in for the kids and snow falling from the atrium ceiling between 11am and 12:30pm daily. Let it Snow

let it snow redbank plaza

Festive School Holiday Entertainment

Aspley This event is being held from the 19th – 22nd December between 10am and 1pm daily. Embrace the festive season and enjoy the different free Christmas craft activities on offer each day at Robinson Road Marketplace including gingerbread tree ornaments and Christmas wreath characters. Festive School Holiday Entertainment

Slime, Snow and Reindeer Food

Fairfield This event is being held from 11th – 23rd December from 10am – 1pm. Bring your Brisbane Kids along to Fairfield Gardens where they can make the most of the free Christmas activities for kids. First week is slime and snow making with Street Science, the second week is sparkly, magical reindeer food with the team from Start Kidz Creating. BOOKINGS REQUIRED FOR REINDEER FOOD ONLY. Slime, Snow and Reindeer Food Workshops

LEGO Wonderland Workshop

Stafford This event is being held from the 11th – 16th December from 10am – 1pm.  Make an awesome LEGO creation and then add your Christmas LEGO masterpiece to the LEGO Wonderland in Stafford City Shopping Centre. LEGO Wonderland Workshop 

Christmas Craft

Aspley This event is being held from the 11th – 21st December from 10am – 1pm. get creative and enjoy Christmas Card making during the first week and Stocking Making Workshops during the second week of the school holidays Christmas Craft Aspley Hypermarket

Christmas Stage Show

Aspley This event is being held on the 11th December from 10am – 11am. Watch a free Christmas Stage Show at Aspley Hypermarket that will feature the Starz Production Team, a surprise visit from Santa and heaps of giveaways including Showbags for the kids.  Christmas Stage Show

Christmas Kids Zone

Kippa Ring This event is being held from 13th – 23rd December between 11am – 2pm daily. Enjoy the free Christmas activities that change every few days including ginger bread decorating, mug decorating, snow globes, candle decorating and more all at Peninsular Fair. Christmas Kids Zone

Christmas Beach

Central Brisbane This event is being held from the 15th – 23rd December between 6pm – 10pm daily. Get comfortable on a picnic rug under the stars or dive in to the cool waters of Streets Beach at South Bank and enjoy Christmas family favourites including Home Alone and Fred Claus. Christmas Beach Cinema

Christmas cinema series south bank streets beach

City of Logan Christmas Carols

Meadowbrooke This event is being held on the 15th December from 4.30pm – 9.30pm. Bring your blankets along to this must see Christmas carol event with Samantha Jade, Paw Patrol and Alexa Curtis taking to the stage to entertain the masses at Griffith University Logan Campus. City of Logan Christmas Carols

South Bank’s Christmas Village

Central Brisbane This event is being held from the 15th – 23rd December between 3pm – 10pm daily. Enjoy amazing food while watching the Christmas trees sparkle as you wander through the cobble stoned streets adding to the festive ambiance of the Christmas Markets. There will be Christmas Carols each night at 7pm at the Arbour View Cafe Lawns and free kids craft and dance activities from 3pm – 7pm daily at Stanley Street Plaza. And because Christmas just isn’t Christmas without seeing the man in red, Santa will be onsite daily in South Bank to see all the Brisbane Kids from 4pm – 8pm daily. South Bank’s Christmas Village

Christmas Parade presented by David Jones

Central Brisbane This event is being held from the 15th – 24th December from 7pm – 7.30pm. See Santa as he is joined by his reindeer, elves, a nativity scene, dancers and musicians in this must see Brisbane City Christmas event that has become a Brisbane tradition through Queen Street Mall. Christmas Parade presented by David Jones|

Sandstone Point Christmas Carnival

Sandstone Point This event is being held on the 16th December from 12pm – 8pm. Soak up the festive spirit as the whole family is entertained with  live music, Christmas Carols, markets stalls, kids rides, fireworks and of course a visit from Santa at Sandstone Point Hotel. Sandstone Point Christmas Carnival 

Christmas by Starlight

Redland Showgrounds This event is being held on the 16th December between 3pm and 9pm. Enjoy a jam-packed afternoon of entertainment, activities, rides, rock climbing and carols with a line-up of local, national and international acts for Redland’s biggest Christmas event. Christmas by Starlight

Caboolture Christmas Carols

Caboolture This event is being held on the 17th December between 3pm – 8pm. Join Santa on a special festive night with free craft workshops for the kids, a Santa village, giant snow globe, twilight markets, performances by local community groups and firework lighting up the sky. Caboolture Christmas Carols 

Summer Festival – Tech+Stories+Play

Central Brisbane This event is being held from the 18th December – 21st January between 9am – 5pm daily. Bring your Brisbane Kids along to the State Library of Queensland these school holidays and join in the fun of the Summer Festival – Tech+Stories+Play. Boasting a choose-your-own adventure program of free activities and our popular Story Lab workshop series, Summer Festival is bursting with fabulous imaginative fun for children, young people and families. Summer Festival- State Library of Queensland

VR goggles Summer Festival SLQ

Holly Jolly Christmas

South Bank This event is being held from the 19th – 23rd December between 9am – 1pm. Get into the spirit of Christmas by creating a colourful reindeer crown to take home and wear while joining in with the songs, craft, storytelling and games all based on festive themes. Holly Jolly Christmas

Christmas Fireworks at South Bank

South Bank This event is being held from the 20th – 23rd December from 7.45pm -8pm. Add a big bang to your Christmas celebrations and bring everyone along to see the festive fireworks over the Brisbane River that will light up the city sky and instill a little Christmas spirit in everyone. Christmas Fireworks South Bank

Joy to the World- Christmas at the Shed

Burpengary This event is being held on the 22nd December between 4pm – 8pm. Attend a festive family event with Christmas Carols, a petting zoo, jumping castle,  face painting for the kids, twilight markets, FREE sausage Sizzle 6pm and a visit from Santa. Joy to the World Christmas at the Shed 

New Year’s Eve Fireworks Spectacular

South Bank This event is being held on the 31st December from 8.30pm – midnight. Bring your Brisbane Kids along to celebrate the New Year with Brisbane’s biggest fireworks display lighting up the Brisbane River and celebrating the start of 2017 with fireworks at the kid friendly time of 8.30pm and of course again at midnight. New Year’s Eve Fireworks Spectacular

Bribie Island New Year’s Eve Fireworks

Bribie Island This event is being held on the 31st December between 12pm and midnight. Bring your Brisbane Kids along to ring in the New Year with some family fun at the Sandstone Point Hotel. There will be food stalls, kids rides, live music, entertainment and more. Of course the highlight will be the 2 fireworks shows-  a family fireworks show at 8:30pm will be synchronised from the Sandstone Point Hotel jetty and the Bongaree jetty plus  the traditional NYE fireworks will go off at midnight from the Sandstone Point Hotel jetty. Bribie Island New Year’s Eve Fireworks

Foreshore Fireworks

Scarborough This event is being held on the 31st December from 4pm – 11pm. Bring your Brisbane Kids along to the Scarborough Beach Park to celebrate New Years Eve for a fun family event including live entertainment, food trucks, rides, animal farm and of course fireworks. This will be a Hawaiian/Beach Summer Party so make sure you come along all dressed up in your best Hawaiian shirt and join in the fun at one of Brisbane’s best family friendly New Years Eve Parties. Foreshore Fireworks

Lakeside New Year’s Eve 2017

Victoria Point This event is being held on the 31st December from 5pm – 9pm.  Bring your Brisbane Kids along to celebrate the start of 2018 with free entertainment, kids activities, fun and fireworks! Plus there will be High Street Markets (thanks to The World Food Markets!) with fantastic stalls of food, shopping and fun for all.. Lakeside Year’s Eve 2017

Draw It. Code It. QUT Summer Holiday Program

Cebtral Brisbane This event is being held from the 6th – 14th January from 10am – 4pm daily. Bring your Brisbane Kids along to QUT Gardens Point campus for the Draw It. Code It. QUT Summer Holiday Program, offering  free arts, craft and robotics activities for Brisbane Kids aged over 5 years. Booking required for some workshops Draw It. Code It. 

QUT Summer program Draw it code it

Movie in the Park- A Night at the Museum

Manly This event is being held on the 6th January from 6pm – 9pm. Bring your Brisbane Kids along to Little Bayside Park to see A Night at the Museum under the stars for free. Movies in the Park 

Active Holidays

Various North Brisbane locations This event is being held from the 8th – 19th January. Get your Brisbane Kids moving these school holidays with the MBRC Active Holiday Program. There are lots of activities to choose from including soccer skills with Ginger Sport, Canoeing, T20 cricket, rock climbing, hip hop and lots more.Bookings required for some activities. Active Holidays 

Let’s Go to the Circus

Capalaba Central This event is being held from the 8th – 14th January at 11am and 1pm daily and 15th – 21st January from 10am – 1pm daily. During the first week, enjoy a free Circus Spectacular Show with trapeze, aerial silks, contortionists, juggling, hula hoops and much more and during the second week Brisbane Kids can join the circus with a hands on circus skills workshop. Let’s Go to the Circus 

Tolls Live Show

Redbank Plaza This event is being held from the 8th – 13th January with shows at 11am  and 1pm daily plus a meet and greet and 12pm. Bring your Brisbane Kids along to Redbank Plaza where they can join Princess Poppy and Branch from Trolls in a fun filled musical adventure stage show plus have the chance to meet them each day! Trolls Live Show

LEGO Play Zone

Westfield Chermside This event is being held from the 8th – 12th January from 11am – 2pm daily. Brisbane Kids can take on a range of activities and challenges that are suitable for Brisbane Kids aged 2 – 12 years including the speed challenge, blindfold challenge, imagination free play, technology and LEGO display.  LEGO Play Zone

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Westfield North Lakes This event is being held from the 8th – 19th January from 10.30am – 1.30pm daily. Cost is FREE. Bring your Brisbane Kids along to Westfield North Lakes where they can have fun in The Very Hungry Caterpillar Storytelling, Craft and Scavenger Hunt zone. The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Smurftastic Holiday Fun

Strathpine Centre This event is being held from the 8th – 21st January from 11am – 2pm daily.  Bring your Brisbane Kids along to the Strathpine Centre where they can have fun at the Smurfs Interactive Craft Zone and create their very own Smurfy sensation to add a little Smurfiness to your bedroom. Smurftastic Holiday Fun

Dinosaur Adventures

Skygate, Brisbane Airport This event is being held from the 8th – 12th January from 10am –  1pm daily. Bring your Brisbane Kids along to Skygate at Brisbane Airport these school holidays where they can have fun at Dinosaur Adventures. Brisbane Kids can immerse themselves in a free virtual reality experience these school holidays and walk with dinosaurs. Dinosaur Adventures

You Can Draw It

Brookside Shopping Centre  This event is being held from the 8th – 12th January from 10am –  2pm daily. Cost is FREE. Bring your Brisbane Kids along to Brookside Shopping Centre these school holidays where they can have fun and learn to draw with the talented Tom Grant. The drawing workshops will allow Brisbane Kids to learn basic drawing techniques with step by step instructions and the guidance of self taught artist Tom Gant. Each session will run for approx 5 – 10minutes, no bookings are required and it is  recommended for Brisbane Kids age years and over. You Can Draw It

Eric’s Magic Den

Capalaba Park Shopping Centre  This event is being held from the 8th – 13th January from 10am –  2pm daily. Cost is FREE. BOOKINGS ARE REQUIRED. Bring your Brisbane Kids along to Capalaba Park Shopping Centre these school holidays where they can have fun and learn magic at Eric’s Magic Den. The magic workshop will allow Brisbane Kids to learn some fun and easy magic tricks to entertain their friends and family. Workshops are on at 10am, 10:45am, 11:30am, 12:15pm, 1pm & 1:45pm daily. Eric’s Magic Den

LEGO Ninjago Play Zone

Orion Springfield Central . This event is being held from the 9th – 14th January from 10am – 2pm daily.  Bring your Brisbane Kids along to Orion where they can have fun at the LEGO Ninjago Play Zone with a ninja inspired zone, featuring challenges, building areas, meet & greets and more! LEGO Ninjago Play Zone

Jamboree 50th Anniversary Festival

Jamboree Heights This event is being held on the 13th January from 10am – 6pm. Open to the whole community this events held at Wood Park will include demonstration of skills by scouts, performances by community groups, market stalls, food trucks, billy carts, obstacle course, climbing wall and more. Jamboree 50th Anniversary Festival. 

Pongal Festival 2018

Springfield Central This event is being held on the 14th January from 3pm – 9pm. Entry is FREE. Bring your Brisbane Kids along to Domain Robelle Parkland for the annual Pongal Festival, a Tamil cultural event featuring Tamil Arts, face painting, Kabaddi, magic show, multicultural cuisine and much more. Pongal Festival 2018

Smurfs Holiday Fun

Sunnybank Hills Shoppingtown This event is being held from the 15th – 19th January from 10am – 1pm daily. Cost is FREE. Bring your Brisbane Kids along to Sunnybank Hills Shoppingtown where they can make their very own Smufs pencil case to keep in the Smurf’s Lost Village Craft Workshop. Smurf’s Holiday Fun

Rapt In Reptiles – Live Show

Westfield Carindale Bring your Brisbane Kids along to Westfield Carindale these school holidays where they can have fun at the Rapt In Reptiles – Live Show. Brisbane Kids can learn about and experience the wonderful world of reptiles in a fun, friendly and safe environment.The show will be 20-minutes long and  hosted by Rapt In Reptiles Presentations. Following each live show, you’ll have an opportunity to have a photo with the reptiles Rapt in Reptiles

Circus School Holiday Show and Workshop

Westfield Garden City. This event is being held from the 15th – 21st January from 10am – 1pm daily.Bring your Brisbane Kids along to Westfield Garden City where they can see a FREE live circus show daily – watch the experts soar through the air on the trapeze, play along with the crazy clown and be in awe of the amazing acrobats! PLUS kids can learn some fun circus skills like clowning, hula hooping, juggling and more! Circus Holiday Show and Workshop

My Little Pony Play Zone

Orion Springfield Central . This event is being held from the 15th – 19th January from 10am – 2pm daily.  Bring your Brisbane Kids along to Orion where they can have fun at the My Little Play Zone which features a  garden gathering play zone with seed planting, craft, interactive games, meet & greets and more! My Little Pony Play Zone

You Can Draw It

Capalaba Park Shopping Centre  This event is being held from the 15th – 19th January from 10am –  2pm daily. Cost is FREE. Bring your Brisbane Kids along to Capalaba Park these school holidays where they can have fun and learn to draw with the talented Tom Grant. The drawing workshops will allow Brisbane Kids to learn basic drawing techniques with step by step instructions and the guidance of self taught artist Tom Gant. Each session will run for approx 5 – 10minutes, no bookings are required and it is  recommended for Brisbane Kids age years and over. You Can Draw It

Minions Activity Centre

Kippa-Ring Shopping Centre .This event is being held from the 16th – 20th January from 10am – 1pm daily.  Cost is FREE. Bring your Brisbane Kids along to Kippa-Ring Shopping Centre where they can have fun at the Minions Activity Centre. This free school holiday activity includes not only having fun with Minion themed activities but also meeting Jerry from  Despicable Me 3. Minions Activity Centre

Back to School Health Checks

Kelvin Grove QUT This event is being held on the 16th, 17th and 18th January. Bring your Brisbane Kids along to QUT Kelvin Grove campus where the QUT Health Clinics will once again be providing free children’s health checks  including foot checks, vision screening, nutrition assessments and dietary advice, and education and development assessments. Bookings required. Back to School Health Checks

Caboolture Splash and Movie: Despicable Me 3

Caboolture This event is being held on the 20th January from 5.30pm – 8.30pm. Bring your Brisbane Kids along to Caboolture Swimming Pool to see Despicable Me 3 will play on the big screen at 7pm, and there will be plenty of family fun with pre movie entertainment, competitions and kids activities including a climbing wall, jumping castle and inflatable slide. Caboolture Splash and Movie 

Australia Day in Redcliffe

Redcliffe This event is being held on the 26th January from 12pm – 7.30pm. Bring your Brisbane Kids along to Suttons Beach where the whole family can enjoy Australia Day with live entertainment, beach cricket, volleyball, garden games, lamington eating competition and fireworks. Australia Day in Redcliffe

 

Australia Day on Bribie Island

Bribie Island This event is being held on the 26th January from 12pm – 7.30pm. Bring your Brisbane Kids along to Brennan Park where the whole family can enjoy Australia Day with live entertainment, market stalls, beach cricket, volleyball, garden games, lamington eating competition and fireworks. Australia Day on Bribie Island

Remember that your local libraries, shopping centres and even Bunnings will host free activities throughout the holidays, so keep an eye out for them! Also it is free to go along and have fun at your local park plus there are lots of awesome day trips to take throughout the holidays, including the beach during this amazing Summer weather we are so lucky to have in Brisbane.  The School Holidays Ideas for Kids in Brisbane – The Official Guide is also a great read before you plan out your holidays or to give you inspiration on a day you don’t feel like being at home.   

 

Note: We will continue to add to this list as events come up, if you have a free event please go ahead and submit it to our calendar (there is a submit event button on the front page). It’s free to list free events on the Brisbane Kids Calendar.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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