The nutbrown hare has been a favourite in our home for a number of years now, so we were super excited to see that ‘Guess How Much I Love You’ was hopping onto the big screen for the first time this year – just in time for Easter! Based on the gorgeous books from the 90s, SLR Productions ‘An Enchanting Easter’, is a 26 minute Easter special and will be showing (along with two other episodes) in Event and Village cinemas from 11 April – the perfect cinema outing for the little guys this Easter! And it’s only $10 per person – great value!
Science as kid's entertainment gets a little bit overlooked in our opinion. Obviously, a lot of science can be overwhelming for little minds, but we think that there are a number of fail-safe options that will always get them engaged. Fire, slime and bubbles will always get the kids entertained! So of course when the World Science Festival came along to Brisbane, there was no chance that we were going to miss it! Our oldest (at 5 years old) is really starting to open his mind to try and understand how things work, so we think that bringing him along to events like this will be invaluable to his development!
Getting into South Bank is pretty easy from most areas in Brisbane. It is well serviced by public transport and generally speaking, there will be plenty of parking. On event days, however, this can be a slightly different story. The parking can fill up reasonably early so best to get in quickly. We didn't have too much trouble finding a park at the museum carpark in the morning, but it was getting quite busy as we were leaving at around lunch time.
There was so much going on that we didn't know where to start, Some of the experiments and exhibitions were limited in their capacity, so the first thing that we did was to check out the program and register for the events that we thought would be fun! This has become pretty much a standard practice for us when we go out now. We booked a few sessions but for the most part we just wandered through, checking out the exhibits as we passed and stopping at the ones that really grabbed us (with was just about everything!).
The exhibitions were generally set up in marquees all along the path, which was good for squeezing a lot of different things in, but as more and more people came in through the day, it did become rather crowded at times. There were plenty of hands on exhibits, lots of things for little kids and heaps of more detailed information for the older kids!
Well, we did manage to find lots of slime and bubbles, we had a look at some different types of robots, had a turn on a swing that generates electricity and met Dr Karl. All of this in a just few hours, and we were only scratching the surface of this amazing exhibition! It did look like the kids were soaking up lots of information but even if they weren’t, they did have lots of fun! There were a few food options available there as well. We packed our own food and picnic rug and just had a picnic luch in the shade of a tree. We wern't the only ones - this was a popular option for a lot of the visitors!
This event was lots of fun and we can't wait for the next one! The kids loved the hands on activities and there were also a few little craft-y activities. Our only gripe about this event is that it seemed to be condensed in a small area, and it was so popular that it did become a little crowded. Perhaps next time they might be able to spread it out a bit and disperse the crowd? And maybe some more fire!
Cultural Forecourt, South Bank 2019
The Hatchery 2018
Queensland Museum, 2017
Cultural Forecourt, South Bank 2017
Cultural Forecourt, South Bank 2016
Where is it: Tallebudgera Creek Road, Upper Tallebudgera (Gold Coast)
Why we love it: We love it when the journey is as fun as the destination - and this easy trek is fantastic!
Tell me more: Our National Parks here are fantastic - beautiful natural areas and many of these great spots have awesome facilities so that everyone can get in to see the best spots! But we also love finding some of the 'hidden' gems that are not so easy to get to. The Gorge Falls fits somewhere in between these - it's not that well known and there's no direct path or map to the falls, but it's not restrictively difficult to get to! The Cream Track sets off from the very end of Tallebudgera Creek Road. There's a small car park that no doubt will fill up quickly on a warm weekend in summer but there is are a few spots on the side of the road that you will be able to park.
From the car park it's a walk of only about 2 kilometres to get to Gorge Falls - about half on a rocky track and the other following the creek. It's not signed but it's not too difficult to find. The kids love rock hopping so they were more than happy with this walk! After about 20 minutes of walking we came across the falls - emptying into a lovely swimming hole! While not swimming, there are a few spots to sit down and enjoy the view (no amenities here), but it was difficult to stay out of the water. A few hanging ropes allowed the more adventurous to climb up the falls, however this was a little out of reach for our little guys.
A visit to the Gorge Falls was a lovely day out for us - it was a bit of an adventure but extremely satisfying when we reached the falls! The walk itself was lovely and the kids had so much fun!
Amenities: Nothing here past the car parking area! 👍
Cost: Completely free but you will need your own car to get here, and your own food and water! 👍👍👍👍
Parking: Very limited parking but there is room to park on the side of the road! 👍👍
Best for: Active and adventurous kids and those who love the outdoors! 👍👍👍
Summary: It’s a lovely spot but not the easiest to get to – perfect for an adventure! 👍👍👍
Hints: Do some research before you head off as there are no directions on where to go!
Where is it: Muller Park Road, Moogerah
Why we love it: It’s a multi-use reservoir – perfect for a summer dip!
Tell me more: An ideal spot for camping and boating, Lake Moogerah is great for a summer picnic and swim! It’s about an hour and a half’s drive south west of Brisbane, so it’s great for a day-trip to escape the city, however it’s probably better known for its camping and boating facilities. We visited the caravan park area which provides great facilities for day-trippers – fees apply for campers but you can get a free pass into the facility as a day trip. The water is fresh and can be a bit muddy but the kids didn’t mind that in the heat of the day – just be sure to stay in the designated swimming areas as it can get quite busy with boats and skiers!
Amenities: As a caravan park they have typical facilities and a small store! 👍👍
Cost: Camping fees apply but it’s free for day trippers! 👍👍👍
Parking: Plenty of room for park, although it’s a very popular spot on summer weekends and holidays! 👍👍👍
Best for: Active kids and families looking for a spot to cool down! 👍👍👍
Summary: This is a great dam for boating and a swim – and it’s close to home! 👍👍👍
Hints: Make sure to stay in the swimming areas – it can be busy out on the water!
Where is it: Numerous locations throughout the Darling Downs region, just to the west of Brisbane!
Why we love it: Amazing fields of magnificent flowers – how could we not love this!
Tell me more: The Darling Downs region is one of the most fertile farming areas in Australia, and every summer the fields are lit up by thousands of beautiful sunflowers! There are a number of different locations where you can see sunflowers but we chose a drive that took us to through the towns of Pilton, Clifton and Allora before heading back with a quick stop for a dip at Lake Moogerah! Heading south west from Brisbane, these small towns are all closely located in a picturesque region and are about 2 hours’ drive away.
We headed off not knowing exactly where the sunflowers were and we had plenty of time allowed so that we could explore and take in the sights of this lovely farming area. There were lots of colourful sorghum crops around which looked really nice, but not exactly what we were looking for. It wasn’t long before we came across our first sunflower field at Clifton! There were some beautiful flowers there but we might have been a couple of weeks late as a lot of the flowers looked a little past their prime. We kept driving to the little town of Allora and just on the outskirts of town we found another field – this time looking a lot better! So beautiful!
Sunflowers bloom throughout summer, but like all flowers they don’t last forever – so time your drive. When visiting the sunflowers, please be mindful that these crops belong to the property owners, so don’t do anything that could damage the crops. Some farms welcome visitors, so keep an eye out on social media or contact any of the local information centres to find out where to go. And don’t forget to drop in to the local stores and have a look around while you are out there!
Where is it: Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, South Brisbane
Why we love it: This festival provided so many different aspects that no matter what you were seeking, you had a good chance of finding your direction here!
Tell me more: Over 3 full days, the MindBodySpirit Festival is Australia's largest festival of its kind! Wellness workshops, meditation, yoga, cooking, musical performances and even psychic readings were all available to ensure that this health, wellbeing and spirituality festival made you feel well and truly revived and spiritualised! There were also guest speakers discussing and advising on health - both mental and physical, spiritual guidance and heaps more - over 180 displays! So much to see here and so many positive ideas that I was able to pick up - such a positive experience!
Where is it: Rocks Riverside Park, Seventeen Mile Rocks
What's it all about: This amazing tradition of colours which you are able to experience right here in Brisbane!
Tell me more: Part of the BrisAsia Festival, this vibrant festival is one of our favourite experiences! It's such an important celebration throughout South East Asia, the most distinguishable feature of this event is the throwing of brightly coloured powder and water over everyone! As you can imagine, the kids absolutely love this! But it's more just throwing colour - live music and DJs, traditional dancing and of course a super fun atmosphere make this one of our favourite events!
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