Top 10 Places to go on a rainy day in Brisbane with Kids

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This follows on from our world famous Best Rainy Day Ideas List in Brisbane for Kids which has over 100 rainy day ideas.. This is a shorter list just in case you are feeling overwhelmed.

If your plans of spending a day outside at the park or beach with the kids has been rudely interrupted by a turn in the weather, don’t be disheartened.  For whilst our beautiful city shines when it is sunny, it also contains a flood of amazing things that you can do with your kids when the weather isn’t its usual cheery self.

Below is a list of our top 10 things to do with kids in Brisbane when it is raining.


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One of the best ways to engage the whole family on a rainy day is to grab some socks and head out for a game of tenpin bowling.  Suitable for all ages to have a go, bowling is a bit of retro fun that the whole family can enjoy together.  Not only can you partake in a spot of competitive fun with the kids, but most venues in and around the city offer additional entertainment too – and all UNDER the same roof!  Whether that is laser tag or arcade games, you can go for just a quick game until the showers pass or you can settle in for the whole day if the rain has too.

You can check out the Best Places to go Bowling in Brisbane here.


Strathpine rollerskating. roller skates

Another fantastic indoor activity that has been entertaining families since we were little kids ourselves is a visit to the local ice skating or rollerskating rinks.  I think people forget just how much fun can be had as you glide (or attempt to) around the rinks with music and lights adding to the overall party atmosphere.  You don’t have to be a superstar on skates either to have fun, with assistance gliders and different times allocated for different ability levels, the kids will get active, learn some new skills and have a ball all at once.


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A short 30 minute drive from Brisbane lies the city of Ipswich, which is home to some brilliant wet weather venues.  First up, is the ever-impressive and family friendly Ipswich Art Gallery.  Home to some impressive exhibitions, this gallery is one of our team’s favourites as it regularly hosts activities, workshops and exhibitions that are focussed on children.  Not too far down the road is the Workshops Rail Museum, which is home to home to a vast collection of vintage trains, an impressive miniature railway and the newly created Sciencentre. Long standing and hugely popular, this museum is a must see for any little railway buff – and even those that aren’t.  For those of us coming from Brisbane, you might want to take note of a drive-thru coffee place in Brisbane and swing past on your way to Ipswich. 


Why not combine a bit of educational history and culture into your family rainy day outing by checking out the latest offerings at the Queensland Museum and GOMA?  Both are situated alongside each other in South Brisbane, they are an easy train or bus ride away (or a park if you want to drive) and combined offer up a complete visual feast that kids will adore.  Kids can learn all about our native flora and fauna, can get up close and personal with dinosaur bones and can actually handle some local animals at the Queensland Museum.  GOMA, on the other hand, is reknowned for its fascinating exhibits and at the Children’s gallery kids will be able to get hands on and creative with activities that usually compliment the main gallery exhibition.

Finally, situated between both the QLD Museum and GOMA is the Queensland State Library, offering multiple levels of books and home to ‘The Square’, a fun and interactive space for children to enjoy reading and playing.


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A firm wet weather favourite for kids (and parents) who love to paint, Plaster Fun House in Belmont offers families the chance to pick out their favourite plaster character, paint it and then take it home afterwards.  With some drinks and food available on site, you can settle in for a few hours – depending how dedicated your little artists are.  Pieces start from only $3.00.


Rainbow City Children's Playcentre

One of the more popular and well-known hangouts when the weather turns sour is, of course, your local play centre or indoor entertainment venue.  Popular with kids because it can provide hours of entertainment and popular for adults who can enjoy a warm beverage and meal while they sit down and watch the kids – the only downfall is how busy these places can get on a rainy day.  Our advice – call ahead to check how full the venue is and plan to head in early!  The plus side is that there are quite a few to choose from and you are sure to have a couple of choose from in your local area.  For more information you can check out our list of Indoor Fun Centres here.


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If your kids are more like teenagers and looking for something a little more challenging to pass their time, then consider checking out one of the escape room venues that have popped up in and around Brisbane.  With increasing popularity, these rooms challenge a small group to find clues and solve a puzzle that will enable them to exit a room they have been locked into.  The puzzles are not as simple as they seem and with a time limit on how long you have to solve them it makes for a great bonding session and much excitement when (if) you manage to get out.

Check out our list of the best escape rooms in Brisbane here.


When the weather turns sour and the kids are starting to climb the walls then head out to a venue that actually allows them to do that, literally.  No longer limited to the infamous Kangaroo Point Cliffs, indoor rock climbing is hugely popular and it’s not hard to see why.  Not only is it a great way for kids to challenge themselves and have fun it is also an excellent way for them to get fit.  With so many rock climbers turning out to be fantastic Ninja Warriors – many of the rock climbing venues also have Ninja Warrior courses in house that the kids can have a go on too.  I dare you all not to get hooked!

For some more information on rock climbing venues check out our article on rock climbing with kids in Brisbane.


Recommending go-karting for kids on a rainy day may seem a little bit dangerous but not when I am talking about the INDOOR go-karting track, Slideways Go Karting.  With a massive, multi-level drift track featuring 425m of adrenalin pumping action, a pair of second level structures and an all-weather outdoor loop, this is the rainy day idea for those families with older kids looking for a bit of an adrenalin hit.  If your children are 11 years of age or older and at least 145cm tall – definitely consider this incredible track when next you are stuck for rainy day ideas.


Yep, another one that people assume needs to wait for the sun to come out, but in and around Brisbane there are many venues that offer indoor putt putt and golfing facilities if the rainy weather sets in. Smack bang in the heart of the city is Holey Moley, an indoor putt putt venue with a difference.  With venues in both the Wintergarden and Fortitude Valley, the courses here include shark infested waters and pop culture references like The Sampsons couch and the Nine Iron Throne.  Another great option is King Tutt’s Putt Putt a little south at the Gold Coast.  With two 18 hole indoor putt putt courses to choose from, kids will be able to decide whether they want to go the Ancient Egyptian course, complete with mummies and glow in the dark caves or the Jurassic Putt – with moving dinosaurs!

Regardless whether the sun is out or not, Brisbane offers families a bevy of exciting and fun adventures to help keep everyone entertained.

It wouldn’t be an ultimate list without referring you to the Official Guide to Child Friendly Brisbane with our What’s on in Brisbane Calendar which you can find on our website.

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