What to do on Ekka Wednesday according to Brisbane Kids
What’s open for the Wednesday Ekka Show Holiday in Brisbane?
Looking for somewhere to take your Brisbane Kids as Brisbane celebrates the Ekka Show holiday on Wednesday 14 August this year? We have put together a list below of awesome activities that you and your Brisbane kids can do on this mid-week public holiday.
Remember that there will be things open in shires that don’t celebrate the Brisbane show holiday like Redlands, Ipswich and the Moreton Bay Region and you will find most shopping centres open as well. As with all events, regardless of their regular Wednesday scheduling, you should check with the link provided in our Event Calendar to ensure that nothing has changed.
Get excited as the country makes its way to the city for the Royal Queensland Show! Look forward to the ever popular baby animal farm, wood chopping, horse jumping and whip cracking plus all the excitement of sideshow alley, carnival rides, live entertainment, show bags and the EKKAnites fireworks spectacular. The Ekka runs from the 9 August though util the 18 August with Wednesday 14 August being People’s Day.
● Where: Brisbane Showgrounds, Bowen Hills
● Cost: From $20 per person, $80 per family and FREE for kids aged 4 years and under
● Visit: www.ekka.com.au
Cleveland Central Crazy Day
If you want an alternative to Ekka this year, head to Cleveland Central shopping centre for the exciting Crazy Day festivities on Wednesday August 14, 2019! The main attraction of this annual family-friendly event is Pinkfong and Baby Shark who will be appearing at the North Mall (Coles building) outside Noni B for free photos and hugs. There will also be free face painting and balloon bending in the South Mall (Woolworths building) outside Rockmans between 10:00am – 2:00pm. Plus, in the spirit of Crazy Day, Cleveland Central retailers will be holding one day only special offers.
● Where: Cleveland Central
● Cost: Free
Capalaba Park’s annual Showday Funday is a great (and inexpensive) alternative to the Ekka! Come along and join in with lots of fun activities for the whole family with rides* (free with in Centre spend), showbags, face painting (free), animal farm (free), retailer specials and games.
● Where: Capalaba Park Shopping Centre
● Cost: Free
Come and play with the drawing machines at the Ipswich Art Gallery. From swinging pendulums and spinning discs, the drawing machines will take your Brisbane Kids drawing to the next level, not to mention they will have lots of fun experimenting with all the machines.
Make a frenzy of marks with wind-up mice and chickens, swing the pendulum table and see magic spirals appear and experiment with a giant Spirograph to create large geometric designs. Every drawing made by these mesmerizing machines is one of a kind and Brisbane Kids have the choice to take their drawings home or hang them in the exhibition.
- Where: Ipswich Art Gallery
- Cost: FREE
- Visit: https://www.ipswichartgallery.qld.gov.au/allevents/drawing-machines-2/
Grand Avenue State School EKKA Fun Day
Bring the whole family along to Grand Avenue State School for a day full of fun. There will be rides, showbags, an animal farm, face painting, games, over 50 market stalls, a reptile show, amazing food, fireworks display and much more.
- Where: Grand Avenue State School, Forest Lake
- Cost: FREE entry
- Visit: https://www.facebook.com/GASSEkkafunday/\
Ben Quilty: Family Portrait
Brisbane Kids will be able to have fun as they draw a portrait of a family member or a friend following an instructional video with tips from Olivia, play with colour and distortion to create a digital self-portrait, and experience Ben’s work in a new way through painting replicas that you can touch.
- Where: GOMA
- Cost: FREE
- Visit: https://www.qagoma.qld.gov.au/whats-on/kids/ben-quilty-family-portrait
NASA – A Human Adventure
Bring your Brisbane Kids along to The Queensland Museum to discover the the largest exhibition ever hosted at Queensland Museum. Come face to face with NASA’s remarkable achievements in human space flights and space exploration – the greatest adventure that humans have ever undertaken. Discover the exciting history of rocket science and space flight, and learn about some of the most extraordinary accomplishments in space technology.
While you are at The Queensland Museum checking out this awesome exhibition, you could make a whole day of it and check out Wild State, the Discovery Centre, Lost Creatures and more all for FREE!
- Where: Queensland Museum
- Cost: FREE entry to the museum- NASA Exhibition costs $58 per family of 4, $21 per adult, $12 per child (3-15 years)
- Visit: http://www.qm.qld.gov.au/Events+and+Exhibitions/Exhibitions/2019/03/NASA+-+A+Human+Adventure#.XC7BdVwzZil
In addition to these events, for other ideas on things to do on Ekka Wednesday, you should check out:
- Fun activities in Brisbane
- 50 bucket list ideas for childhood
- Indoor ideas (in case you don’t want to leave home)
Remember – you don’t have to go anywhere at all to have a brilliant day with your kids. They just want your company, your attention and lots of cuddles. We wish you a wonderful day building memories with your kids.