Where is it: All over Queensland! There are a lot of performances scheduled - check their website for details on the specific event!
What's it all about: For 70 years the Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO) has been bringing music to the people of Queensland! Along with all of their typical orchestral performances, QSO puts some excellent performances aimed at families and young kids!
How can I join in: Visit QSO's website where you can see all their upcoming events! There is a page dedicated to Family Events!
Tell me more: QSO puts on some great events for many different target audiences and there are plenty that welcome kids and families of all ages! The family performances, often called 'Kiddies Cushion Concerts' are a great concept where you can take a seat or sit on a cushion up close to the orchestra - great for restless little kids and even better when you are invited to get up and dance! Throughout the year there are different themed cushion concerts, with themes such as superheros, movies and fairy tales – we even caught a presentation of Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf which was just amazing! But our favourite would have to be ‘Symphonic Santa’ - a really fun Christmas-themed concert with great music and heaps of entertainment – Santa might even pay you a visit!
The Magic Watering Can
Peter and the Wolf
Where is it: Iona Performing Arts Centre, Iona College, 85 North Road, Lindum, QLD
What's it all about: A wonderful presentation of an absolute classic, produced locally here in Brisbane!
Tell me more: Les Misérables doesn't really need any further explanation, the classic novel set in 19th century France has been a theater success since the 80s! But perhaps Savoyards does need a little introduction? Established in the bayside suburbs of Brisbane in 1961, Savoyards are Brisbane's longest continuously running theatre company and are one of the many fantastic community based organisations that make Brisbane such a fantastic place to live!
Savoyards' performance of Le Mis was such a fantastic show and one worthy of bigger accolades than our slightly uninformed review! We may not be seasoned theatre reviewers, but we can say that we had a fabulous time here at this this performance! The choreography, sets and costumes were fantastic, and the performance from the cast left nothing to be desired! Such a fun night out and we will definitely be keeping an eye out for future performances from this wonderful, local theatre company! Bravo!
Where is it: About 30 minutes' drive past The Gap, Brisbane
What's it all about: A relatively easy bushwalk through some amazing forest - and so close to Brisbane as well!
Tell me more: Pitta Circuit at Boombana is one of the many walks throughout D'Aguilar National Park! It's an easy walk but a lovely little break from the city and it's so close, you really do feel like you've left the city for good when you are walking around this short, 1 km trail. It's a small loop which starts in eucalypt bush before slowly the forest changes into a temperate rainforest and it really is a lovely spot. Although it's a short walk and it would not be classed as challenging by any means, it did take us around an hour to complete as we were forever stopping to marvel at the amazing trees, searching for beautiful fungi, or trying to spot some wildlife in the dense forest!
Amenities: Picnic tables and barbeques at the start of the walk! 👍👍👍
Parking: Free parking! 👍👍👍
Access: It's a walk but not too challenging - not for wheeled devices! 👍👍
Best for: A great start for families to experience hiking in this wonderful national park! 👍👍👍
Summary: Pitta Circuit is a great introduction to bushwalking! Not too long or difficult, but great for a bush escape! 👍👍👍
Hints: Jolly's Lookout is not a far drive from here and has some magnificent views over the city!
Brisbane Family Explorers