50 things to do on the September School Holidays

The Spring School Holidays in Queensland is the best time of year! The weather is warm enough for kids to venture into the water but cool enough so the whole day can be enjoyed outside. The Brisbane Kids website is filled with walking trails, playgrounds, places to swim and day trip ideas if you want to head out and about! You will also find events on the “What’s on” part of the menu. 

Below is a featured list of things to do in Brisbane these school holidays. You can find all of these ideas on our website by using the search bar or click here. Remember this is not an exhaustive list, just some fun events and ideas the Brisbane Kids team found when planning their own holidays for their kids. 

September School Holiday Ideas

September school holidays 2020

  1. Book the kids into a school holiday workshop or program
  2. Look at the Brisbane Kids Events Calendar to see what’s on. Because of COVID, some events require bookings so best to look now! 
  3. Day trip to Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, pack a picnic or enjoy a bite to eat in their cafe. Take a 1.7km walk through the rainforest and end up at their famous discovery centre where the kids can look at the natural world in more detail. 
  4. Visit the rescued deer at Lyell Deer Sanctuary on Brisbane’s Northside. Just past Samford, the kids can enjoy hanging out with and feeding a very lucky group of much-loved deer. It is only open on Saturday and Sunday’s with $10 entry for families and $1 for some deer treats. lyell deer sanctuary 
  5. Pack the bikes and enjoy at morning riding at Bracken Ridge BMX course. This sits directly next to an awesome skatepark. 
  6. Challenge the kids in the climbing park section Of Revolution Park contains over 16 unique Rock Climbing Walls, a Boulder Alley and 3 Ninja Ramps!
  7. Walk to King Island on low tide. King Island (accessed via Cleveland) awaits with lots of low tide discoveries to be made on your walk! 
  8. Spend a day at Maleny. Visit the Maleny Botanic Gardens and Bird World. Grab a bite to eat at a local cafe and take a tour of Maleny Dairies or a bushwalk to Kondalilla Falls
  9. Climb Mount Coolum at sunrise
  10. Day trip to the Gold Coast for the Swell Sculpture Festival (only until September 20th) 
  11. Discover the fairy penguins at Sealife Sunshine Coast blue penguins at sealife
  12. Design and make a possum box or bird box (Bunnings has lots of DIY videos for this) 
  13. Grab a butterbeer at the Store of Requirement
  14. Get lost at Bellingham Maze 
  15. Wear the kids out on the trampolines at Skyzone
  16. Sign up to a geocaching app and head out on a treasure hunt (read our beginners guide first) 
  17. Take the Gruffalo Trail at the Ginger Factory
  18. Bake a spring-themed cake. Help the kids make some fondant flowers. Teach the kids how to follow a recipe. 
  19. Visit an escape room with your older kids and see who can solve the clues
  20. Buy some big chalk from a dollar shop and draw happy designs on your driveway 
  21. Visit some op shops and plan Halloween costumes now
  22. Go the Redcliffe Museum for free and check out their Mini Beast Exhibition
  23. Make a family time capsule
  24. Meet up with some friends for a game of laser tag at Laserzone
  25. Book in a session at the Queensland Museum and marvel at the live finches  
  26. Declutter the kids’ toys and have them choose 5 to give away to a charity
  27. Book in for Cosmic Skydome show at the Planetarium
  28. Make a booking at Collie and Co Cafe in Samford to cuddle all the puppiesCollie&co Samford
  29. Picnic and Play at New Farm Park followed by a City Cat ride down the Brisbane River
  30. Head to Old Petrie Town for their Sunday Markets
  31. Play some Putt-Putt at Gold Central or Victoria Park Gold Course
  32. Spend a day at the Mount Coot-tha Gardens. Take the kids on the Hide’n’Seek Trail, for a play in the Kuta playground and a picnic on the lawn. 
  33. Head to Sandgate on the low tide for fish and chips followed by a stroll out on the flats to spot the soldier crabs
  34. Escape the heat and head to ice world for some ice skating
  35. Unleash the ninja within at Urban Xtreme Ninja courses
  36. Plant some giant sunflowers
  37. Visit Kumbartcho Sanctuary on the Northside for a play in the playground, visit to the fairy garden and take home some super cheap native seedling
  38. Get ice cream at the Drive-Thru Dessert Festival at the location of Eat Street Northshore
  39. Picnic and koala spot at Daisy Hill Koala Centre
  40. Enjoy over 200 original Arcade and pinball machines at Australia’s Largest Freeplay Retro Arcade 1upArcade
  41. Head to Roma Street Parklands for their kids collective holiday workshops
  42. Spend the day at the multi-storey super playground Flagstone Adventure Park flagstone adventure park
  43. Visit the chickens and goats (Albany Creek Produce Centre, Capalaba Produce Centre or at the Samford Lifestyle Centre)
  44. Smell the blooms at the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers (on until September 27th)
  45. Go bowling at Archie Brothers at Toombul
  46. Take a clocktower tour in the Brisbane CBD and finish with a slice cake at the Shingle Inn
  47. Find some local pine trees, collect pine cones. Paint and hang to bring some nature inside. 
  48. Book a whale-watching day cruise with Tangalooma Island Resort 
  49. Take the kids indoor rockclimbing at Crank Indoor Climbing
  50. Spend a day at Springbrook National Park – choose one that finishes at a waterfall. 

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