Things to do on Easter Sunday in Brisbane

Easter Sunday in Brisbane

As we are all aware by now, this year Easter Sunday will be different. The Coronavirus outbreak has caused, and will continue to cause, many businesses and events to cancel events they had planned. Please check with event organisers before heading along to any events or venues to ensure they are still open. We will continue to update this page as we receive information from event organisers. 

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!

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, the 12 April 2020! Here are our top picks for places to go on Easter Sunday for whole lot of family fun.

Easter Sunday Family Fun | Victoria Park

PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. HOWEVER VICTORIA PARK WILL BE OPEN FOR GENERAL DINING BREAKFAST, LUNCH AND DINNER ON EASTER SUNDAY. 

A wonderful selection of activities for families will be offered at the Victoria Park Bistro between 10am and 2pm on Easter Sunday including jumping castles, petting zoos, face painting and other giant games.  On Easter Sunday Mr and Mrs Easter Bunny is set to visit and will be roving every 30 minutes from 11am to 2pm in the Bistro with their basket of goodies. There will also be live music all day.  The Bistro is offering a Chocolate drinks Menu for the entire Easter weekend as well. 

Sandstone Point Hotel

Join in the biggest Easter egg hunt in Brisbane with over 6,000 eggs up for grabs at The Sandstone Point Hotel.  This family friendly event also includes  live music and children’s rides .  Enjoy giant inflatable pools and slides to cool you down after the big egg hunt! This event is being held on 12 April from 10am–5pm and entry is FREE (you need to register for the egg hunt). Rides  are an additional cost.

Colour- See The World in a New Light @ The Ipswich Art Gallery

Engage with more than 25 interactive experiences, ranging from coloured bubbles to iridescent insects to colour illusions. Explore how light influences colour, and compare your perception of colour with your family and friends. ‘See like a bee’ with the ultraviolet camera; take a high-resolution image of your eye; and see glowing quantum nanomaterials that change their colour with crystal size. The exhibition will show the power colour has on the choices we make every day, and on our responses to our environment For more information click here 

How Cities Work @ The Workshops Rail Museum

This spectacular exhibition has been developed in collaboration with illustrator and city fanatic James Gulliver Hancock, and is adapted from the bestselling book How Cities Work from Lonely Planet Kids. See and hear the city come to life with interactive animations, bustling sounds and something new to uncover on every street corner. Pop on a hard hat and step onto a lively construction site, design your ultimate building of the future or make the city move from day to night at your fingertips. For more information click here 

Big Day Out With Thomas @ The Workshops Rail Museum **CANCELLED**

Day out with Thomas is back at the Workshops Rail Museum! Everyone’s favourite little blue engine and The Fat Controller will be at the home of trains, The Workshops Rail Museum, this Easter with carriage loads of holiday fun and entertainment for the whole family.  Thomas isn’t making the trip to The Workshop Museum by himself.  Douglas, Donald, Annie & Clarabel, D199, Trevor the Traction Engine and George the Steamroller will all be there to join in the magical fun. Of course the the Fat Controller will also be there and performing daily shows with songs and storytelling with Thomas. The Fat Controller and Thomas will happily pose for family happy snaps after the show. For more information click here 

Below the Tide Line @ GOMA

Presented in conjunction with GOMA’s ‘Water’ exhibition (7 December 2019 – 26 April 2020), ‘Below the Tide Line’ has been developed in collaboration with Erub Arts, Marion Gaemers and Lynnette Griffiths. In their work the artists create sculptures made out of ghost net as a way to raise awareness about ocean pollution. ‘Ghost net’ is a term that refers to fishing nets that have been abandoned or lost, causing great harm to marine life. ‘Below the Tide Line’ features a spectacular artwork display as well as a drawing activity and an interactive screen-based animation exploring ocean conservation issues. For more information click here 

Water @ GOMA

‘Water’, features an enticing combination of large-scale immersive experiences and tiny quiet artwork treasures that will refresh visitors of all ages. Visitors will be invited to walk across a vast rocky riverbed, and over a flowing stream, see a snowman, watch animals drink from the lake and walk through William Forsythe’s cloud of suspended gymnastic rings. For more information click here

Spiders @ Queensland Museum

Spiders – The Exhibition will showcase the amazing lives of spiders from their unique diet, morphology and venom to their adaptions, reproduction and growth strategies in different habitats, as well as the chance to enjoy some hands-on fun with interactive displays. Some of the highlights of the exhibition include the chance to challenge a colourful peacock spider to a dance-off, the opportunity to ‘hold’ a virtual wolf spider in your hand, take a peek into the insides of a spider using 3D scanning technology, see some spider feeding and step into the web of a net-casting spider for a photo. Plus just for Brisbane Kids, there is a dedicated children’s area where kids can become an Arachnologist for a day.  For more information click here 

Australian Street Entertainment Carnival

Head to the Gold Coast to see performers of all ages and of all skill levels with everyone from local street entertainers, professional performers and even industry newcomers invited to pick their position on the streets of Surfers Paradise to prepare to dazzle, amaze and inspire onlookers. From the ever-popular dare-devil feats like knife and fire juggling to outrageous acrobatics, energetic dance, amazing music, and mysterious magic acts, there will be plenty of performances to keep the whole family entertained. For more information click here

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 12 April- though be aware a lot of events have now been cancelled or postponed. 

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

At South Brisbane, there are the Sciencentre and Discovery Centre exhibitions on display at the Brisbane Museum. At the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) you can check out Water, while at the Museum of Brisbane there is still a chance to visit the High Rotation exhibition.

In Ipswich, you can see Colour- See the World in a New Night at the Ipswich Art Gallery or visit The Workshops Rail Museum.

things to do at Easter

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!

Fun at Easter

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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