Where is it: South Bank Parklands!
What's it all about: A multicultural festival that commemorates and celebrates the birth of Buddha!
How can I join in: Check out the program and head down to South Bank to experience this enlightening festival - there are numerous events running across the weekend!
Tell me more: Brisbane's Buddha Birth Day Festival runs every year to commemorate the birth of Gautama Buddha. It's a significant celebration throughout a lot of eastern Asia and given our proximity to the region, it's little wonder as to why it remains such a popular event on Brisbane's calendar - and it's been running for over 20 years! As well as a celebration for the Buddhist community, the festival promotes itself as being a multicultural event, open to people of all ages, backgrounds or religions. There are a number of events on including singing, dancing, meditating and heaps more - even fireworks at night! It's certainly a festival with a difference and one not to be missed!
Where is it: Brisbane Powerhouse, New Farm
What's it all about: It's a festival promoting, maintaining and exposing Tibetan culture through music, food and art!
How can I join in: Check out the website to see the different events and activities scheduled for the week. There are lots of different experiences, some paid and some free, so see what looks best for you and head along!
Tell me more: For 9 years now, Brisbane's Festival of Tibet has been running and opening up Tibetan culture to Brisbane! Through music, conversation, art and food presented at Brisbane Powerhouse, Brisbane's Tibetan community is providing a gateway into their region! We went along to join in and although our little guys couldn't really grasp the concept of meditating (sitting still and being quiet is generally not their thing!), they did have fun checking out the photo gallery and sand mandala, coloured in some really cool mask pages and all while we enjoyed the sounds of Tibet! Have a look to see what's on and try and catch some of the action!
Where is it: off Old Northern Road, Everton Hills
Why we love it: It's a State forest right in the suburbs - and so relaxing too!
Tell me more: Bunyaville State Forest (or Regional Forest, or Conservation Park as it is sometimes called) is such a lovely and quiet piece of bushland right in the north-western suburbs of Brisbane! Walking trails (and also horse and mountain bike tracks) criss-cross the park so it's a great place to get back to nature and unwind! You might be lucky enough to spot some of the local wildlife - wallabies, koalas and echidnas all reside in the park, and there's lots of birdlife too! Trees to play on, in and around, a nice little picnic area and there are also a few little creeks in the park! And although they are not really suitable for swimming they do add to the charm of this little (it's not really that little - it's 640ha) patch of bushland! It's a really great way to get away from it all without actually getting away! The Bunyaville Environmental Education centre completes this parkland - although this is a fully endorsed educational facility run by the Department of Education they have lots of programs on for kids to get involved (just check their webpage) including one of our favourites for the little guys - Bush Kindy!
Website: http://www.bunyavileec.eq.edu.au/ and https://www.npsr.qld.gov.au/parks/bunyaville/index.html
Amenities: BBQs, picnic tables, toilets and water on hand! 👍👍👍
Parking: Limited parking but finding a spot shouldn't be too much of a problem! 👍👍👍
Access: It's natural bushland but paths through the area provide that access is not too much of a challenge! 👍👍
Best for: We think everyone would like the serenity of Bunyaville - but the under 5s will love Bush Kindy! 👍👍👍👍
Summary: Another piece of natural bushland so accessible for us here in Brisbane! There are no spectacular views, but the peace and quiet here in the park make it such a valuable asset! 👍👍👍
Hints: Bring your hiking boots and get ready to explore!
Bunyaville Environmental Education Centre
Where is it: Wynnum Plaza, 2021 Wynnum Rd, Wynnum
What's it all about: A bit of craft, some lunch and an Easter egg hunt through the shopping centre! Which little kids wouldn't love to get involved in this!
How can I join in: Booking are essential and it's bound to be popular so get in early and book your spot!
Tell me more: We have been really spoiled for choice this year for Easter activities with the kids! So many fun things to do in so many different places - we think that the difficulty for the organisations putting these on is to do something a little bit different so that they stand out. This one is certainly up there as one of our favourites! A little bit of Easter craft - making our own fabulous Easter bonnets! Followed by a quick lunch from Donut King and then straight into an Easter egg hunt through the shopping centre! A really fun event and the limited numbers makes a big difference!
Where is it: Redbank Plaza, Collingwood Drive, Redbank
What's it all about: Go behind the scenes and see how these wonderful Easter treats are made!
How can I join in: It's on the week leading up to Easter and it's free - make you booking and head along!
Tell me more: This was a really fun event for the little guys! We all got to head along to the other side of the counter at the Coles Bakery and see how hot cross buns are made! The kids got their special baking clothes and prepared to get their hands messy! We got help out making the dough, shaping the buns and of course the main part of any hot cross bun - making the cross! And as much fun as this was, it wasn't the best part of our day - the best part was that we got to keep our hot cross buns! Yummy!
Where is it: Brennan Park, Bongaree, Bribie Island
What's it all about: It's a fun and free scavenger hunt-style Easter egg hunt put on by Moreton Bay Regional Council!
How can I join in: No need to book or register - just head on down to the park and pick up your Easter egg hunting card!
Tell me more: There are so many Easter egg hunt events on around Brisbane in the lead up to Easter that it's hard to decide which one to head along to! We love this one at Bongaree because it's well organised, everyone gets a good little supply of Easter eggs and it's easy - just find the printed eggs hidden throughout the park and match them on your card! It's great because the you can see that the little kids get really excited as they find the eggs! There is a fundraising barbeque breakfast available, a jumping castle and the Easter bunny also pays a visit! And all of this happens right by the beach - a really fun morning out!
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