Free School Holiday Activities in Brisbane

There are so many awesome kids’ events on in Brisbane these school holidays and the best news 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

Magnificent Makers Exhibition @ State Library of Queensland

South Brisbane This event is being held until 3 June. Discover the lives and works of a group of remarkable Queenslanders who thought outside the box to craft pioneering creations. Their innovations range from the weird and wacky to the functional and philanthropic. For more information click here 

Me, Myselfie and I @ GOMA

South Brisbane This event is being held until 22nd April.  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 explores what a self portrait is and how it can express our emotions, personality, memories and experiences through images, sound, spoken word and movement. The exhibition features interactive, hands-on elements where Brisbane Kids can make their own self portrait with materials supplies and digital technologies. For more information click here 

Easter Colouring In Competition at Robinson Road Marketplace

Aspley This event is being held from the 17th March – 4 April. Explore your creative side with the Robinson Road Marketplace Easter colouring in competition! Simply colour in the Easter Bunny for your chance to win one of three Easter Egg gift packs, valued at $50 each! Plus if you are in the Marketplace on the 31 March between 10am and 2pm you will have the chance to meet The Easter Bunny and Alice in Wonderlandas they hand out free Easter eggs. For more information click here 

Hop into IKEA North Lakes

North Lakes. This event is being held from the 24th March – 13 April. Bring your Brisbane Kids along to IKEA North Lakes where they can have fun creating their own Easter craft, going on a bunny treasure hunt, decorating photo frames. decoareting coookies and much more! Activities change each day. For more information click here 

‘Patricia Piccinini: Curious Creatures @ GOMA

South Brisbane This event is being held from 24 March – 5 August.  BBring your Brisbane Kids along to The Children’s Art Centre interactive project by leading Australian artist Patricia Piccinini which is designed especially for children 8 and under and accompanies the exhibition ‘Patricia Piccinini: Curious Affection‘. For more information click here 

Redcliffe Festival of Sails 

Redcliffe This event is being held on the 30th March. A skydiving Easter Bunny, pop up ice cream fair, markets, Easter egg hunt, kids zone, rides and amusements- sounds like the perfect way to spend Good Friday!  For more information click here 

Bluewater Festival

Sandgate This event is being held on the 30th March. Another cool family-friendly option for Good Friday- The Bluewater Festival features market stalls, carnival rides, gourmet food vendors, fireworks, kids activities and a great line-up of free entertainment and uninterrupted views to the start of the Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race. For more information click here 

North Brisbane Easter Festival 2018

Mitchelton This event is being held on the 30th and 31st March. Bring your Brisbane Kids along to West Mitchelton RLFC for the North Brisbane Easter Festival. The event will be free entry and family friendly, with jumping castles, an inflatable soccer field, a petting zoo, a graffiti wall, face painting, balloon animals, food vendors, crafts, games, competitions, prizes, Easter Egg Hunt and more! For more information click here 

The Queen’s Baton Relay

Various Brisbane locations ending in South Bank.This event is being held on the 30th and 31st March. See the Queens Baton Relay and celebrate with live music, giant games, community stalls, food trucks and sporting celebrities before it makes its way to the Commonwealth Games . On Saturday Cheer on Giann Rooney with the Queen’s Baton at Shorncliffe’s Bluewater Festival or see Susie O’Neill run with the Queen’s Baton at the Sherwood Arboretum. On Sunday, The celebration will feature a performance by Josh Pyke, a Welcome to Country and indigenous performance by Nunukul, African drums by Rwanda Cultural Group and music from young local talent, Felicity Kircher. Come early to meet the GC2018 mascot, Borobi and treat your taste buds with a range of food trucks on offer. Be part of the excitement when the baton-bearer Jeff Horn arrives on site with the Queen’s Baton at 5.30pm! For more information click here 

MoB Kite Decorating @ Museum of Brisbane

Brisbane City This event is being held until the 5th April. Become part of Li’s story by creating your own kite, adding a wish and flying it with friends and family from across Brisbane as part of The Kite Wishes Project. Children will colour in their own kite and create some magic with streamers and sparkles. For more information click here 

Meet The Easter Bunny and Alice in Wonderland

Aspley This event is being held from the 31st March. Come along on Easter Saturday and meet the Easter Bunny!  The Easter Bunny will be bringing his friends Alice in Wonderland to meet all the Brisbane Kids walking around the Centre and helping to hand out free Easter eggs.For more information click here 

Easter Family Fun Day

Bribie Island This event is being held on the 31st March. Join in some Eggstra special Easter fun with an Easter egg hunt for the kids, hosted by no other than the Easter Bunny! Pus enjoy the jumping castle, face painting, balloon twisting, and kids music. If you want to make a family day of it, you can book a table for lunch in Charlie’s Bistro! For more information click here 

Climbing Web

Ipswich Art Gallery This event is being held from 31st March – 25 April. Climbing Web features a hand crocheted climbing tunnel by artist Evelyn Roth that fills the entire Children’s Gallery! The Climbing Web is a large-scale multi coloured crocheted net suspended from the gallery ceiling. Complete with energetic music and spinning disco lights, it’s an exciting and safe environment where kids can climb, tumble, dive and spin while safely suspended off the ground. For more information click here 

Easter at Sirromet Winery

Mt Cotton This event is being held on the 1st April. Enjoy Easter Sunday with family and friends at Sirromet Winery, where you will find plenty of space to bring your picnic rugs there will be additional onsite food trucks, a cheese bar, kids rides, Ice creams, live music on 2 stages and a visit from the Easter BunnyFor more information click here 

Easter Sunday at Sirromet Winery

 MoB Sundays

Central Brisbane This event is being every Sunday until 29th April. Bring your Brisbane Kids along to The Museum of Brisbane every Sunday morning and enjoy fun and engaging story-telling sessions with the talented Museum team, dance to your own rhythm as part of Anne Scott Wilson’s exhibition Every Day I Wait, create your own kite as part of the inspiring Kite Wishes Project at the MoB Maker station and beat the crowds to our family-friendly summer show Mao’s Last Dancer the exhibition. For more information click here 

Easter Sunday Family Fun @ Sandstone Point Hotel

Sandstone Point This event is being held on the 1st April.  Bring your Brisbane Kids along to Sandstone Point Hotel to celebrate Easter Sunday with the Easter Bunny, Australia’s largest Easter egg hunt, live music and kids rides.For an extra fee you can also have fun at Water World Central  – Australia’s first mobile waterpark and enjoy giant inflatable pools and slides to cool you down after the big egg hunt! Tickets are required to enter Water World Central. Registration is required for egg hunt. For more information click here 

Easter Sunday Family Fun @ Victoria Park ***THIS EVENT IS NOW AT CAPACITY***

Herston This event is being held on the 1st April. Bring your Brisbane Kids along to the Victoria Park Bistro for an eggs-citing Easter Sunday! There will be plenty to keep the entire family entertained with free activities, Easter treats and special chocolate menu on offer. For more information click here 

Easter Eggstravaganza

Sanctuary Cove This event is being held on the 1st April. Enjoy Easter Sunday  at The Marine Village for a day choc-o-block with free family fun! Snap a selfie with the Easter Bunny and explore Sanctuary Cove with the interactive Easter Egg hunt. For more information click here 

Nickelodeon at The Hyperdome – Slime Cup Auditions, Craft Village and TMNT Meet and Greet

Loganholme This event is being held from the 1st – 15th April. The free activities also include a Cartoon Masterclass Workshop from April 1 to 8, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles meet and greets from April 1 to 15 at 11am until 2pm each day, a Paper Puppet Workshop from April 9 to 15, Live auditions for SLIMECUP will be held on Saturday, April 14 and Sunday, April 15 from 9am until 4pm and much more!. For more information click here

Redlands Easter Family Festival

Cleveland This event is being held on the 2nd April. Spend Easter Monday at the free and fun Redlands Easter Family Festival where there will be rides, live entertainment kids activities and more that promotes the true meaning of Easter. For more information click here 

Snow Slingers Virtual Reality

Capalaba Central. This event is being held from the 3rd – 15th April. Capalaba Central’s Centre Court will be a hub of excitement as the Snow Slingers Virtual Reality simulator has everyone throwing snowballs in the ultimate snowball fight (without the chill factor!). This free activity will entertain the whole family as everyone gets to throw snowballs at their opponents and battle it out to win the title of Snow Sling Champion. For more information click here 

Indro Games

Indooroopilly This event is being held from the 3rd – 15th April. Kids aged five and over can immerse themselves for hours at Indro Gamescompeting in virtual and augmented reality sports including basketball, archery and rugby union. Featuring an in-centre sport arena fit with astro turf, podiums and a cheering crowd (virtually and in reality), participants can step into the shoes of their favourite sports stars. PLUS, enjoy hands-on craft at the Medal Making Workshop. For more information click here

Disco Weave

Ipswich Art Gallery.  This event is being held from the 3rd – 13th April. Weave and decorate a recycled compact disc using groovy neons, metallic wools and quirky plastics. Want to make it pop? Why not purchase a bag of funky beads to bedazzle your creation available for $2 at the Gallery Shop. For more information click here

Smurfs Live Show

Redbank Plaza.  This event is being held from the 3rd – 8th April. Watch one of two daily live Smurfs show starring Papa Smurf and Smurfette and their friends plus have the chance to meet them each day. For more information click here

LEGO Ninjago and Nexo Knights Immersive Zone

Brookside Shopping Centre.  This event is being held from the 3rd – 13th April. Brookside will be hosting two weeks of LEGO entertainment and character meet & greets. Make your way through the Ninja obstacle course, build the tallest LEGO tower, practice your nunchuck skills, snap a pic with a LEGO character, plus take part in many more exciting LEGO challenges. The LEGO Immersive Zone will take place daily from 10am until 2pm from Tuesday 3 April until Friday 13 April. Take part in the fun at our LEGO Ninjago Zone in week 1 and LEGO Nexo Knights Zone in week 2. Meet a LEGO character on the hour every day during the two week period.  For more information click here

Festival 2018 Brisbane

Gold Coast Held from 4th – 15th April. During the Commonwealth Games make the most of the free arts activities presenting a spectacular line-up of more than 1,000 performances that will light up Brisbane throughout the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018). Showcasing world-class music, theatre, circus, dance, ideas, visual art and more, Festival 2018 is set to surprise, delight and entertain. For more information click here 

Festival 2018 Gold Coast

Gold Coast Held from 4th – 15th April. During the Commonwealth Games make the most of the free arts activities presenting a spectacular line-up of more than 1,000 performances that will light up the streets, beaches and waterways throughout the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018). Showcasing world-class music, theatre, circus, dance, ideas, visual art and film, Festival 2018 is set to surprise, delight and entertain. For more information click here 

360 allstars festival 2018 Commonwealth Games

Sprouts in the Park Holiday Activities at Roma Street Parkland

Roma Street Parkland.  Held from 4th – 15th April. Enjoy a range of free activities as part of the Sprouts in the Park holiday program. Chose from Yoga, Arts, craft and gardening activities, soccer and drama workshops as well as music for the littlies. . For more information click here 

Portside Bunny Pop-Up

Roma Street Parkland.  Held on the 5th and 7th April. To celebrate the release of Peter Rabbit, Portside Wharf has invited a few furry friends to entertain you and your family across two magical days of live bunny patting, face painting and colouring-in at the Portside Bunny pop-up . For more information click here 

Lone Pine Outdoor Movies- LEGO Ninjago

Fig Tree Pocket.  Held on the 6th April. Bring your Brisbane Kids along to Lone Pine to see a free movie on one of the three outdoor cinema screens.  Remember to BYO blankets and pillows  for the grassy amphitheatre, or take advantage of the comfortable seating at Riverside Cafe. For more information click here 

MoB Cute as a Button Badge Making Workshops @ Museum of Brisbane

Brisbane City This event is being held from the 7th – 13  April. Museum of Brisbane’s popular hands-on badge-making workshops for kids are back, so come along and create a badge that tells the world who you are. Inspired by the stories of participants in 100% Brisbane, children can create a work of art which will then be turned into a badge to proudly wear home. For more information click here 

Koala Community Planting

Victoria Point.  Held on the 8th April. Help out your local koalas, by joining us for our annual Koala Community Planting along the Eprapah Creek Corridor. Join in the fun as we put 2000 plants in the ground to expand the bush for our furry friends in Victoria Point. There will be kids’ activities, a sausage sizzle and a free native plant for participants to take home. For more information click here 

Dinosaur Adventures @ Westfield Carindale

Carindale.  Held from the 10th – 15 April. Complete with 2 life-sized animatronic dinosaurs kids can see these prehistoric creatures in their natural forest environment before digging for fossils at the FREE fossil finding workshop.  For more information click here 

tyrannosaurus rex roaring in the jungle

Ipswich Festival

Various Ipswich Locations.  Held from the 12th – 22nd April. Get ready for eleven days of free entertainment, rockin’ fireworks, creative fun for the kids, Parade of Light the Heritage Bank Street Party featuring Mental as Anything and lots more.  For more information click here

Twilight Vibes featuring Demolition Derby

Mt Gravatt PCYC.  Held on the 13th April. Come along and climb the rock wall, watch live music, enjoy a free BBQ and see the Demolition Derby, run in conjunction by the Australian Skateboarding Community Initiative and PCYC.  For more information click here

Nusantara Playground

Spring Hill.  Held on the 14 April. This family friendly program has been designed for children to learn about Indonesian culture while playing. This year’s highlights include Indonesian Puppetshow (Wayang Kulit) and Gemu Famire flash mob Dances workshops. For more information click here 

Ipswich Festival : Parade of Light

Ipswich.  Held on the 14 April. .Themed “From the pages of a storybook” spectators will be treated to a vibrant display of colourful characters, giant lanterns, marching bands and members of the spirited Ipswich community. For more information click here 

RAAF Amberley Aviation Heritage Centre Open Day

Amberley.  Held on the 15 April. Bring your Brisbane Kids along to the RAAF Amberley Aviation Heritage Centre to check out the amazing display including a World War II Boston Bomber, Caribou airlifter, Sabre and Mirage Fighter jets, F11’s, Iroquois helicopters and even an immaculate WWII Jeep. For more information click here 

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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