Brisbane is brimming with child-friendly activities with limitless possibilities to suit every child’s taste. From adventure activities, animal encounters, arts and crafts, to shows and concerts – there’s plenty on offer in the River City.
Here are 10 things to do with kids in Brisbane:
1. CUDDLE A KOALA AT LONE PINE SANCTUARY
Brisbane’s favourite native animal sanctuary, Lone Pine is the world’s first and largest koala sanctuary. Here you can meet more than 130 koalas, hand-feed kangaroos without barriers and encounter other Australian wildlife. Open 7 days a week from 9am to 5pm. Located at 708 Jesmond Road, Fig Tree Pocket. Admission $36 Adults, $22 Child.
2. DISCOVER QUEENSLAND MUSEUM
Queensland Museum is a museum of natural history, cultural heritage, science and human achievement that tells the changing story of Queensland. The Museum houses permanent and changing exhibitions and also provides in-depth education experiences, innovative public programs, early childhood activities and entertaining holiday activities. Open 7 days a week from 9.30am to 5pm. Located at Corner of Grey and Melbourne Streets, South Bank.
3. PLAY AT LITTLE DAYS OUT AT SOUTH BANK
South Bank’s free children’s program is on every Thursday from 9am to 1pm, with locations and activities changing each week, so there’s always something new to enjoy! Held amid the shady trees of the South Bank Parklands. For more information visit Visit Brisbane.
4. SPLASH AROUND AT STREETS BEACH
Australia’s only inner-city, man-made beach, Streets Beach boasts a sparkling lagoon surrounded by white, sandy beaches and sub-tropical plants. Streets Beach is free to use and is patrolled by qualified lifeguards all year round. Located in South Bank Parklands.
5. GET OUT ON THE RIVER
Riverlife Adventure Centre offers a range of exhilarating activities on the river, including rock climbing or abseiling the Kangaroo Point cliffs or take a leisurely kayak on the Brisbane River. For more information and tour prices visit Riverlife.
If you’re into a more sedate river outing, then jump aboard a Brisbane River Cruise. River City Cruises offers a cost effective, relaxing and informative perspective of Brisbane’s distinctive river scene with a full commentary. Cruises start from $29 Adult, $15 Child and depart from South Bank.
6. PUTT PUTT AT VICTORIA PARK
Take the kids to enjoy mini golf at Victoria Park in Herston. The premier golf course has a fantastic 18-hole course that weaves around rocky terrain, swinging poles, sand and water traps and more. A round of Putt Putt costs $20 Adult, $14 Child. Open Sunday to Thursday 6am to 10pm, Friday to Saturday 6am to 11pm. Located at 309 Herston Road, Herston.
7. GAZE AT THE STARS AT SIR THOMAS BRISBANE PLANETARIUM
The Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium is the perfect chance for kids to learn about the stars, planets and what’s out there in the sky. Head along to see re-creations of the night sky in the cosmic skydome, see fragments of asteroids and spacecraft models, and watch short feature shows. Located at Brisbane’s Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens. Admission is $15.80 Adults, $9.60 Child.
8. GET READING AT STATE LIBRARY OF QUEENSLAND
The State Library of Queensland has a special Kids Corner with reading fun and games. With the support of parents and families, kids under 8 years old can explore and engage in the creative hands-on and minds-on experience of a digital exhibition, online games and reading activities. Located at Stanley Place, South Bank. Open Mon-Thu 10am to 8pm, Fri – Sun 10am to 5pm.
9. EXPLORE THE GARDENS
The Brisbane Botanic Gardens at the base of Mt Coot-tha feature a wonderful display of plants and attractions including a Japanese Garden, Tropical Dome, Freedom Wall, self-guided walks, Cactus Zone, Bonsai House and Hide ‘N’ Seek children’s trail, and the Planetarium is right nearby. Roma Street Parklands are also great for kids with the Parkland Explorer, a free motorised train. Run by volunteers, the train cruises through the parkland most days.
10. GO TO A SHOW AT QPAC
Check out QPAC’s broad range of shows, concerts and plays that are suitable for children. Visit QPAC What’s On page for a full program of events. Located at Stanley Place, South Bank.