Best Things To Do In Brisbane With Kids At Night Time

On the weekends it’s sometimes nice to extend the bedtimes of Brisbane Kids and head out for some evening fun. It needn’t be expensive or a long trip but memories are made by the different and the unusual.

There are so many things to do in Brisbane even at night when Brisbane Kids should be sleeping. Before you read this list, you might want to check out the Brisbane Kids calendar which will list any one-off night festivals and other popular Brisbane evening events 


Bowling is a great family sport and bowling alleys even have bumpers they can put up to ensure your game is a successful one. Setting your Brisbane Kid up for success almost guarantees a tantrum-free outing, and you can sit back with a coffee and grab a hotdog for dinner. For older kids check bowling alleys for disco nights where bowling alleys will be alight with disco lights while pumping out disco tunes.

Mt Coot-tha

Head up to Mt Coot-tha with some takeaway and eat it on the hill or grab a snack from the cafe. Plan ahead and go on a Saturday night when the Brisbane Astronomical Society is there with their telescopes and you can have the chance to look through a scope and check out the spectacular planets that surround us. (We list them on the Brisbane Kids calendar)

Skating (Roller or Ice)

Skating might feel out of your comfort zone but it is a whole lot of fun for the entire family and ensures some memory making bonding time. There are roller skating rinks dotted throughout Brisbane and Iceworld at Boondall and Acacia Ridge.

South Bank and Hot Chocolate

There are a range of desert places in Brisbane but none more iconic than Max Brenners at South Bank. Once again, check the Brisbane Kids Calendar to see what is happening in at South Bank, who are known to play host to an increasing number of night festivals and seasonally hold markets in their main area. Otherwise, take an evening stroll along the riverside, ride the Brisbane Wheel and grab some Hoki Poki Icecream from the New Zealand shop at South Bank.

Go to a local tavern with a playground

Local Taverns are impressively family friendly these days with the majority of them featuring kids zones that boast everything from playgrounds to games rooms. Entries typically bypass the public bar and instead you can expect a restaurant facade and a limited private bar area with the public bar generally via another entrance. They frequently have kids eat free nights and kids meals come with colouring-in activities. Better still, in our experience, they serve food quickly to ensure kids are kept happy and content. Some of our favourites include the Mango Hill with an inside playground, the Albany Creek with its outdoor and indoor play area, The Everton Park with a massive fenced playground and the Pineapple Hotel which features an impressive kids area.

Tavern with a Playground

The Everton Park Hotel


What better time to go fishing than the evening, even better if it is a full moon. Rug everyone up, fill a thermos with soup or hot milo and head out to one of the many fishing places in Brisbane. Now while we can’t guarantee you will catch any fish, we can assure you it will be a whole lot of fun.


There are a range of movie options in Brisbane for families. Event Cinemas offer their movie discounts under Cinebuzz, Hawthorne Cinemas are known for their affordable tickets and Stafford have recliner seating in all their movies just like Gold Class. If you would prefer a drive-in then you are in luck because Yatala and the Tivoli play popular new release movies every weekend! Community groups and schools often hold outdoor movie nights which we will list on the Brisbane Kids Calendar as they come up.

Seaside Picnic

Regardless of the time of year, coastal communities still light up the foreshore so why not pick up some some fish and chips and head down and listen to the waves and have some quality family conversation. We recommend Redcliffe, Shorncliffe, Manly and Sandgate.

Eat Street Markets

eat street markets for brisbane families

Eat Street at Northshore is open every weekend of the year, Fri and Sat 4pm to 10pm, Sunday 11am to 7pm. The range of food is incredible and they often have live entertainment. The biggest tip we have for you is to get there as it opens so you can get a table and get food for your family without having to line up for too long.


With laser games, arcade games and bumper cars, Laser Tag in Brisbane | Laserzone Family Entertainment Center at Lawnton is open late every night but Sunday and is closed Mondays. Their laser games are played indoors over multiple levels and are a great fun evening activity for active kids.

Playtime Chermside

Playtime Chermside, (located within Westfield), is open until atleast 11pm every single night. With over 100 arcade games, this place is jam-packed with the classic games and the latest in arcade technology. This is probably the most expensive experience but you can pad it out with games like air hockey which can involve the whole family.


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