Where is it: Murarrie Recreation Ground, 1182 Wynnum Road, Cannon Hill
What's it all about: An extremely colourful and fun festival where flying kites is the aim!
Tell me more: Kites have been always been a super fun activity for kids - so we just knew that a kite festival would be a really popular choice for our little guys! But not just for the kids - there really is something magical about watching the colourful kites floating in the breeze! Some of the kites are just amazing and huge too! It’s hard to believe that they can lift off the ground! And along with the kites, there are plenty of other things to keep the little guys entertained – jumping castles, face painting and heaps more! But there just doesn’t seem to be anything as rewarding as watching your very own kite rising up into the sky!
Where is it: Corner of Grey and Melbourne Streets, South Bank, South Brisbane
What's it all about: A fun and educational program aimed at children!
Tell me more: The Queensland Museum is one of our favourite spots – little kids are so inquisitive, sometimes it seems that it’s impossible to quench their thirst for learning, so a museum is the perfect place to satisfy their curiosity! But sometimes a museum might seem a little intimidating for our littlest explorers – so the guys at Queensland Museum have come up with a super fun program for the little guys – Discovery Day, aimed at ages 2 – 6! There are heaps of things to get involved in to give the little guys a different view of science, engineering and the museum, including dancing and crafts, and as well as that the museum is always entertaining and intriguing! Plus it’s free!
Where is it: Limestone Park, Ipswich
What's it all about: A festival of mud for the kids!
Tell me more: There's just something about getting muddy that kids find irresistible! Perhaps it's because it can by slippery and slimey and sticky all at the time, or perhaps it's because kids are generally told to stay out it, but it just seems that everytime there's mud on offer for kids - they go crazy for it! Mudworld was a fantastic event for kids 0-12 yrs (although we did see a lot of parents getting muddy and having fun!) where five specific mud 'realms' were set up and the kids were encouraged to get as muddy as possible! Mud slides, mud villages, mud kitchens and mud soccer were just some of the fun muddy activities that could be experienced here at mud world, and the smiles on the faces of the kids said it all! Such a fun event!
Part of the Chermside Hills Reserves, Raven Street Reserve is part of a network of environmental reserves set aside by Brisbane City Council - they are a great way to get back to nature right in the middle of suburbia and are a relaxing and easy-to-access escape from the city! Situated within Raven Street Reserve is The Downfall Creek Bushland Centre - another one of the great, council operated facilities that you will find in Brisbane (another to visit is the Boondall Wetlands Centre).
You can come along to the reserve at any time - it's essentially parkland and open to all. In order to visit the Downfall Creek Bushland Centre, check the website for opening hours. There's no fee required to come in and the rangers and staff are more than helpful and will certainly help you find your way around or offer some great environmental advice!
The nice little displays will provide some great information about the stresses that our environment faces, as well as suggesting easy ways to change our behaviour (that we all can follow) that will make a positive impact on the environment. We spent some nice time in the Bushland Centre before heading out to explore the bush outside - although we did have to release a bit of energy at the playground that's on site!
After a quick play, we found that there's a boardwalk running through the bush - great for pushing a pram or for those with mobility difficulties - the toilets are also similarly pram friendly. It's a really easy place to wander around and explore and there are plenty of opportunities to spot some wildlife - even if it is only a bug! We spotted a number of different birds, but we think that there must be heaps of kangaroos and wallabies jumping around out there.
We really enjoy having access to these areas of bushland and recommend that everyone try to get along to visit these great areas! For further information check out Brisbane City Council's website: https://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/environment-waste/natural-environment/environment-centres/downfall-creek-bushland-centre
Amenities: Picnic area, bbq and toilets available on site! 👍👍👍
Cost: Completely free to visit! 👍👍👍👍
Parking: More than enough parking - might get a bit busier on the weekends! 👍👍👍
Access: Some nice wooden boardwalks throughout the reserve make it easy to get around! 👍👍👍👍
Entertainment: More of a place to relax than to be entertained! 👍👍
Best for: Anyone who wants to get away from the hustle and bustle! 👍👍👍
Wildlife: Plenty of birdlife around and we're sure that there would be some kangaroos (maybe even a koala or two?) in there! 👍👍👍
Summary: A great little spot to relax and get back to nature and so easy to access for those on the north-side!👍👍👍
Hints: Don't forget to come prepared for the playground!
Where is it: Cnr of Grey and Melbourne Streets, South Brisbane!
What's it all about: An excellent and very comprehensive museum which hosts fantastic touring exhibitions! It’s one of Brisbane’s favourite places!
Tell me more: The Queensland Museum one of Brisbane’s (and Queensland’s) most loved destinations! It showcases a wide range of exhibits and millions of specimens and artifacts of natural history, cultural heritage and human achievement to give visitor’s a glimpse of the history of Queensland – everything from dinosaurs through to contemporary events! It’s part of the South Bank precinct and it’s a ‘must-see’ for both those visiting Brisbane as well as the locals. General admission to the museum is free as well so it’s a fantastic way to have a look at and learn about the history of Brisbane! For a fee you can also have a look at the Sciencentre (temporarily closed at the moment) which is housed within the museum and is heaps of fun for the kids as they can get hands-on while they learn about the science that impacts them daily – it’s always a fun visit!
Queensland Museum also plays host to amazing, world class temporary exhibitions as well – ‘Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives’ (a collaboration between the British Museum and the Queensland Museum) features more than 200 amazing artefacts (some over 4000 years old!) from ancient Egypt – telling the stories of those living in Egypt many years ago and of course as with anything featuring the word ‘mummies’, it’s super popular with the kids!
The museum always caters for the younger visitors by having specific programs on and activities to make it more engaging for the little visitors – our little guys always love a visit to the museum! Check out their website to see a full program of their current activities!
Amenities: This is a fantastic facility and the amenities are great – as expected! There is a café and gift shop here as well!
Parking: Paid parking is available which is relatively good value compared to other city parking options!
Access: Good access throughout and lifts from carpark to museum levels!
Best for: There truly is something for everyone here!
Summary: We spend a lot of time here at the Queensland Museum – it’s one of our favourite places and it is definitely a great option for an easy family day out!
Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives
Where is it: Focused on the Gold Coast, but events are also on in Brisbane, Cairns and Townsville!
What's it all about: 12 days of free cultural events running in conjunction with the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games!
Tell me more: The Commonwealth Games is a huge sporting event involving the best athletes from across the Commonwealth, and in 2018 it's on here in Queensland at the Gold Coast. And while that's fantastic news for sports-lovers, arts and cultural events are not being ignored! Festival 2018 runs for the duration of the Games and there are some fantastic events on! We were lucky enough to catch a number of different events like 'Arboria - Architects of Air", an amazing inflatable maze of lights and colour, "360 All Stars" and their incredible tricks and stunts, the wonderful indigenous dancing storytellers "Our Corka Bubs" as well as some fantastic theater and craft! And that was just scratching the surface - it's a fantastic event and works so well running alongside the Games!
Brisbane Family Explorers