Best Things To Do With Babies And Toddlers In Brisbane
Finding fun things to do with babies and toddlers in Brisbane is pretty easy because this is a very child-friendly city. Whether you have an hour, a morning, a day or an entire childhood, rest assured that Brisbane will keep evolving and delivering family friendly things to do. You can use our website search function, our mobile app for apple or android, our website events calendar or simply follow us on Facebook to keep updated. If you prefer to get email updates you can sign up at https://brisbanekids.com.au/newsletter/.
GOMA, South Brisbane
The Gallery of Modern Art is full of colour and wonder for little Brisbane Kids. Organised activities for younger children, like Toddler Tuesdays, run at GOMA every week of the school term, with extra special organised activities held in the school holidays. Check out Brisbane Kids’ great run down of GOMA for toddlers.
The Queensland Museum, South Bank
There is so much for Brisbane Kids to see at the Queensland Museum! Download the museum’s manual ‘Enhancing Young Children’s Museum Experiences’ from http://www.southbank.qm.qld.gov.au/Learning+Resources/Kids+and+Families. This book was originally designed for Museum staff and features some great ways to maximise the museum experience for young children. For more on the Queensland Museum, take a look at our review of the Queensland Museum.
The third floor of the museum which is often overlooked is the floor that contains the specimens in cabinets. The bugs, spiders and snakes are sure to impress any wide eyed toddler and give you plenty to talk about on the way home.
The Corner at the State Library, South Brisbane
The Corner at the State Library is a special space for children within the State Library of Queensland, with lots of fun activities online as well. For children 8 years and under and their carers, here Brisbane Kids can enjoy and experience some rare artworks and toys that are both entertaining and educational, as well as some fantastic books and artist-led activities. The Corner is open daily 10am – 3pm. Click here for more great features of the State Library for Brisbane Kids. The great thing about this space is that it offered a relaxed welcoming environment where kids can just be kids in a rich and cultural playspace.
FREE fun at your local library
Many council libraries throughout Brisbane hold regular FREE sessions for young children. Babies, Books & Rhymes for babies, Toddler Time for Brisbane Kids aged 1-3 years, and Children’s Storytime for kids aged 2-5 are entertaining weekly gatherings involving stories, rhymes, songs and dance. Each session is designed to help improve your child’s language, pre-literacy, communication and social skills. Babies, Books & Rhymes, Toddler Time and Children’s Storytime sessions also provide a great opportunity for parents to meet and relax knowing that their children are in a safe environment. Contact your local library in Brisbane for more information or search for all upcoming library events here.
Join a playgroup
Playgroups are the perfect opportunity for parents and carers to meet and relax whilst littlies play and interact with children of similar age. Held in countless homes, community centres and parks across Brisbane, we have an ever-growing list of fantastic playgroups for Brisbane Kids here. It is ok not to settle on the first playgroup you find, some playgroups are play focused, others more relaxed, some more centred on outdoor play. Find the one that suits you!
Living in the sunshine state, Brisbane Kids need to learn to swim, so why not start them early? Not only will your tot be learning valuable skills to last a lifetime, but they will sleep a lot better for you when you get home too! Brisbane Kids has a comprehensive list of learn to swim venues in Brisbane. Many learn to swim venue offer free or low cost introduction to water programs for babies to allow you to start the transition into the water early.
We also have an amazing array of waterparks here in Brisbane, that little Brisbane Kids just love to splash around in and cool off on a hot Queensland day. Check out our list of the Best Free Waterparks in Brisbane here! Some of our favourites include Southbank, Orion Lagoon and Settlement Cove Redcliffe.
Feed the ducks
Providing enjoyment for Brisbane Kids of all ages, there’s nothing simpler than taking an outing to see and feed the ducks, especially for kids under two. Grab some wild duck food and head to one of our recommended spots with your Brisbane baby or toddler today. See Places to Feed the Ducks in Brisbane.
Roma Street Parklands
The beautiful Roma Street Parklands is a great place for little Brisbane Kids to get amongst nature, see fun water features and meet the resident ducks at the lake. There are lovely paths meandering through beautiful floral gardens that are extremely pram friendly, and kids can have a great time exploring the playground, which you can read all about here.
Kids will also love hopping aboard the Parkland Explorer, the trackless train that does hop-on and hop-off loops around the gardens. The train runs on Wednesday to Friday from 10am to 12.30pm and Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 3pm. (Extended hours during school holidays.)
Since toddlers have a tendency to toddle off and not so much road sense, fenced playgrounds are a perfect place for them to play in a secure environment. Luckily, there are loads of awesome fenced playgrounds around Brisbane for your little ones to enjoy! Check out all of our reviews here.
Indoor play centres
Especially on rainy days, play centres can be a godsend. Most centres have safe separate play areas for different age groups and baby-safe areas for under twos. Add to this a café and air conditioning and parents, bubs and kids will all enjoy a fun morning out. Play centres are ideal for parents’ group gatherings and catch-ups with friends. We have a list of great indoor Brisbane play centres on our website.
Little Days Out, South Bank Parklands
The Little Days Out programme is a great activity that is held at South Bank Parklands every Thursday from 9am to 1pm. The activities change each week and are FREE to attend! To check what activities are coming up to see if they are suitable for your little one, click here. You can also read about all the awesome playgrounds on offer at South Bank here.
Baby and toddler cinema sessions
When you have a baby or toddler in tow, watching a movie at the cinema is usually off-limits, but not in Brisbane! Here, we have loads of options for enjoying the cinema with your kids, from babes in arms showings to free screenings for kids. Check out Brisbane Cinemas with Kids for more information.
Little kids love animals, especially when they get up close and personal with them! Brisbane, Australia has some great wildlife sanctuaries and other animal attractions in and around Brisbane. Our Guide to Brisbane Zoos features everything from large venues like Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary where you can pet animals in the barnyard, cuddle a koala and hand-feed kangaroos, to ‘Toddler and Grandma Friendly Zoos in Brisbane’!
See a show
Shows like the Playschool Live show and The Wiggles can be really exciting events to enjoy with your little ones, and a great activity to do with toddlers. To find out about all the exciting new events coming up in Brisbane, check out our Upcoming Shows page.
Classes for kids
If you’re looking for a fun class to join with your baby or toddler, we have a full directory of Classes for Babies and Kids Classes. There are play classes, sports classes, music classes, educational classes and much, much more for whatever your little one loves the most!
For more inspiration for awesome things to do with your baby or toddler in Brisbane, check out our Free Activities and Fun Activities in Brisbane. You may also be interested in our popular post 50 Things To Do With Kids … While Kids Are Kids.