Where is it: It's international!
What's it all about: A day just for kids to be kids! It aims to connect kids across the world through the medium of mud!
How can I join in: Check with your local schools, kindys and even National Parks to see if they have activities planned! Otherwise, get out into the backyard and make your own mud-pies!
Tell me more: International Mud Day started in 2008 and is based on a traditional celebration held in Nepal - and it shows that it doesn't matter whether you are in Nepal, Australia or anywhere else in the world that kids plus mud equals lots of messy fun! On this day the parents have to turn a blind eye to the mess that the kids make and forgive them for the mess they make of their clothes! It also means scheduling in a bit more time washing clothes as you normally would! It's a simple concept - find or create some mud, then jump in and get muddy! The more mud the better! Some of the little guys are can be a bit reluctant to get dirty (our oldest boy is a little bit like this), but ease them into it and we're sure that soon they will be covered from head to toe! Just don't forget to bring an extra set of clothes for the trip home!
Nudgee Beach 2017
International Mud Day Event, Bald Hills 2016
Where is it: King George Square, Brisbane CBD
What's it all about: An ice-skating attempt to set a new Australian record!
Tell me more: Brisbane isn’t really the first place that you think of when you think ice skating (especially with the beautiful weather of late!), but Australia’s first ever Winter Olympic gold medallist did train here! We joined a very keen group for an early morning ice skate in Brisbane’s King George Square for an attempt to break the Australian record for the longest ice skating conga line! Yes, we know that this record is a little obscure, but then to a lot of locals here think that ice skating in Brisbane is a bit obscure! But this event was for a great cause – raising money for Variety – the children’s charity and it was heaps of fun – it was the first time our little guys had tried skating and they loved it! And after all that we’re still not too sure if we broke the record – we were having too much fun to take notice!
Where is it: The Big Top - Mitchell Park, Southport
What’s it all about: A high-energy circus filled with magic and illusion!
How can I join in: Book on line and head along to the Gold Coast for this wonderful experience!
Tell me more: Circus of Illusion brings together a talented troupe of world-class international performers for this amazing circus! Amazing performances from circus artists including clowns, acrobats, mimes, magicians and illusionists kept the whole crowd engaged, from the littlest guys through to the adults! The magic was truly world class and really entertaining - and the final act is definitely one not to be missed!
The big-top is fully seated and it includes other magical experiences to get involved in including a small Museum of Magical Arts, Magic Workshops where kids get hands-on and can learn (or at least try) magic and even a small gift shop where you can purchase a magic gifts! So much fun and a great event to put on your school holiday to-do list!
Where is it: Apple Store, Westfield Chermside
What’s it all about: Try your hand at a little basic coding at Apple Store's Sphero Maze Challenge!
How can I join in: Book on line for the free hour long session and head along to Chermside's Apple Store!
Tell me more: This fun little event is awesome for primary school aged kids, but even some of the younger guys will be keen to give it go! The Apple Store will provide you with a loan Sphero Sprk+ robot (or you can bring your own if you're lucky enough to own one!) and iPad and will teach you some basic coding as you try to program the robot to make its way through a maze! It's heaps of fun and it's amazing to watch how quickly the kids pick it up! Such a great introduction to coding and programming and a really fun way to learn!
Where is it: Pine Rivers Park, Strathpine
What's it all about: As a car show it's an opportunity for the car enthusiasts to show off their efforts and for everyone else to admire some magnificent vehicles, but this day out has so much entertainment for the whole family perhaps it should be called more than a car show!
How can I join in: On over two days at Pine Rivers Park! Buy your tickets online or at the gate, check out the website for more information!
Tell me more: This car show provided us with such a fun day out - we weren't really expecting a car show to have so much entertainment for everyone! Of course there were cars - the Show and Shine was the place to see the classic and exotic cars looking their best - plenty of typical Aussie and US muscle cars in both original and show condition, as well as a few less well known examples! There were some amazing stunts and tricks from some of Australia's best and up and coming ATV riders at the Thrills and Skills Park and there was also live music over the 2 days, Miss Motor Show Pin-up competition and Little Greasers - an area just for the little guys with jumping castles, face painting and games! There was even a roaming Bumblebee Transformer - the whole event was well laid out so there was plenty of room to move and something to see in every location! A great day out and heaps of fun for the whole family!
Main Stage / Man Cave
Show and Shine
Motor Talks Pavilion
Thrills and Skills Park
Where is it: Leaving from Bundamba Racecourse, Ipswich.
What’s it all about: Another one of Ipswich’s excellent rail experiences! Get to ride on a vintage train - either steam or diesel powered – and learn a little about Queensland’s rail heritage!
How can I join in: Buy your tickets online or at the station (we recommend online so that you are assured of your spot)! They run a number of different experiences so check their website for details!
Tell me more: A surprisingly easy to access experience is the Queensland Pioneer Steam Railway (QPSR) which runs its heritage rail from Bundamba Racecourse - right in Ipswich! The sight of the old steam engine with smoke and steam billowing out is almost too good to resist, and we're sure that they have collected a few passengers who until they saw it, probably weren't planning on a heritage train trip!
QPSR runs their vintage steam an diesel locomotives, pulling retired Queensland Rail carriages generally once a month (they also do longer special trips at times - check out their website for more information) along a short section of track, before looping back and returning from the original departure point and taking about half an hour to complete the trip. There's no stopping or hopping off on the journey, so we think the half an hour is a good length for little kids. The train leaves for each trip every hour.
While the ride on the old carriages was fun and well worth taking, for us we probably enjoyed being on the platform more! Seeing the old steam train up close is truly impressive, and it's something that is a little hard to appreciate when you are sitting on the train. So we loved being on the platform for the half hour before the train departed again with the smoke and steam, the hisses and whistles, and the heat of the fire box! We could have watched it for hours! The volunteers are also really friendly and passionate about the train, and more than happy to have a chat and provide some more information about the train.
This is a really fun and authentic experience! The locomotive and carriages are well maintained and very comfortable for the short journey. There's an added bonus of coordinating with the Handmade Markets which is on at the same time across the road at the racecourse. The markets have lots of great products so they're great for doing a bit of shopping or even just browsing. You can also grab a bite to eat and there's always a few things going on for the kids - plus you can see the train pull in across the road every hour!
Websites: http://www.qpsr.net/ and http://www.thehandmadeexpo.com.au/ipswich.html
Where is it: Queen Street Mall, Brisbane CBD
What's it all about: Former Olympic swimmer and gold medallist Libby Trickett attempts a new world record!
Tell me more: Prior to her current, important role of helping thousands of Queenslanders drive home with Luke Bradman and Dobbo from TripleM, Libby Trickett used to do a bit of swimming for Australia. She collected 24 gold medals from international meets and held the odd world record. Sadly, she no longer swims for Australia and her world records are no longer. Not one to give up her world recognition, she has embarked on a new world record challenge – The Most Number of Hugs Given Within 60 Seconds! We were there to cheer her on as she was successful in smashing the world record! Well done Libby!
Where is it: Strathpine Community Centre, 199 Gympie Rd, Strathpine
What's it all about: An expo of Lego with awesome constructions, displays, vendors and characters! There's even a spot to build your own creations!
How can I join in: Book your tickets online (no tickets available at the door) and head on down to get involved! Tickets are sold by session to manage the crowds so you're sure to get a good view!
Tell me more: Brisbricks is a not-for-profit group, staffed by volunteers who love Lego! They love to show off their amazing Lego creations through their Lego fan expos and through these days they raise money for charities! Their Pine Rivers Expo is really cool - heaps of amazing creations (we could watch the trains for hours!), lots of Star Wars (both Lego and characters) and plenty of Lego items for sale - from single bricks through to full sets and lots of Lego themed accessories! Some of the displays are interactive as well - like the remote control 4WD track which was hard to get the kids away from! There's also an area for the kids where they can sit and make their own creations - so much Lego fun! You might even get drawn back to your childhood - like we did when we found a full table of complete sets from when we were kids! We know that much has change in the world of Lego over the years, but the basis of the standard bricks remains! Yay for Lego!
Where is it: Cultural Forecourt, South Bank Parklands!
What's it all about: A parade of the most amazing lanterns - all in the interest of promoting a welcoming and multicultural Queensland!
How can I join in: Get on down to South Bank to show your support to our new Queenslanders and marvel at the awesome lanterns! You could even bring your own lantern!
Tell me more: Multicultural Development Australia puts on a really fun event in the Luminous Lanterns parade! It's part of the 'Create Welcome' celebrations (MDA also has a number of events on during Create Welcome Week which runs a week or so after Luminous Lanterns) and you will see many different cultures and groups parading their lanterns! They look great as they meander through South Bank just on dusk! And as this is a multicultural event, you are sure to find plenty of different food options and heaps of cultural performances! But we think that the best thing about this event is the atmosphere - it's such a supportive, fun and friendly feeling in the crowd, so hopefully some of this spirit passes on to the marchers and those that have just arrived in Queensland!
Where is it: Old Petrie Town, Whiteside
What's it all about: A day for the steam engine restorers to show off all their hard work!
How can I join in: Just head out to Old Petrie Town with a gold coin donation and be amazed at some of these spectacular pieces of machinery!
Tell me more: This little event took us a little by surprise as we didn't think that we would enjoy it as much as we did! It's always an interesting visit out to Old Petrie Town, but the prospect of seeing a display of vintage stationary engines and a parade of amazing steam powered rollers and tractors and we had to get out to see it! There's more on offer as well with vintage bus rides, machinery displays, jumping castles for the kids plus all the regular attractions from Old Petrie Town - one our favourites was the steam museum which has some huge working engines that you can't help but be impressed by! Sunday at the Steam Fair has the added attraction of the markets, so you'll definitely have an enjoyable day out!
Brisbane Family Explorers