Where is it: Heaps of locations all over the country! See the website for more details!
When: 31 July (schools might have activities earlier)
What's it all about: Promoted by PlanetArk, Tree Day encourages people of all ages and walks of life to get outside, enjoy nature and give back by planting a native tree!
How can I join in: There are lots of community or school events planned. Find out more by checking out the website. If you can't join in to any of the planned events, there nothing to stop you from planting a native tree in your own backyard (or even in a pot!).
Tell me more: National Tree Day is a great initiative to promote a healthy environment by holding tree planting activities!There are lots of organised activities which will give you plenty of help in properly planting our native trees. Some of the things that we have learnt - first pull out the weeds - you can't have weeds growing over your little trees! We have also learnt about the animals that will be attracted to the trees - great for encouraging a healthy ecosystem! And finally planting our trees, making sure that they are native and that they had lots of water for a good start! Hopefully all the trees we have planted grow up to be big and strong and create lots of habitat for our native animals! It's a really fun day for little kids!
Where is it: 1 – 63 The Abbey Place (off Old Toorbul Point Road) Caboolture, Queensland
What's it all about: Spend a weekend transported back in time and see history brought back to life when you attend Australia's largest medieval event!
How can I join in: There are a number of events on so check what best suits you and get your tickets! Or better yet, join a re-enactment organisation and get involved in the event!
Tell me more: Billed as Australia's largest medieval event, the Abbey Medieval Festival spans over a number of days during the winter school holidays, culminating in the Tournament Weekend - 2 days of non-stop reenactments, displays, entertainment and even a real and competitive jousting tournament! There really is no end to the experiences that you will have when you attend this festival - the costumes and the displays are authentic and the smells of the open fire roast cooking are amazing! It is a really well supported and run event and it's hugely popular! There is also a medieval banquet held at night which from all accounts really needs to be experienced, as well as some fun days through the week prior to the tournament just for the little guys! This is yet another of the 'must see' events in Brisbane!
Where is it: There are two racecourses side by side in Ascot – Eagle Farm (230 Lancaster Rd, Ascot) and Doomben (75 Hampden St, Ascot), they are separated by Nudgee Rd
What's it all about: Race days are always fun and great for the kids to get up close to the horses - they're even better when they have a family focus!
How can I join in: Put on your best fashions (or as the theme of the day would call for) and head along to enjoy a day out at the races!
Tell me more: A day at the races is always a fun and social day out and every time that we have been, our little guys just marvel at the horses - there's just something about them, the kids could watch them for hours! So add in a few family and kid-friendly touches and you're on to a sure fire winner! There are a couple of Brisbane Racing Club family-focused days that we have been to - Superhero Saturday and Teddy Bear's Picnic - both at Doomben Racecourse (BRC also manages Eagle Farm Racecourse, just across the road). Superhero Saturday is also a fund-raising event for the Starlight Foundation with a portion of the entrance fee going directly to this great organisation.
The days themselves are proper race days, just with a specially designated area for families. There are rides and activities, special guests, family food packages and even junior fashions on the field! Best of all, there are heaps of like-minded families there to socialise with, and plenty of other kids to play with! But the best reaction that we get from the kids is when the horses race past - the little guys are completely amazed at these awesome animals! You can also go for a wander past the stables and check them out in a more peaceful state! Overall, these days are lots of fun, and are a great way to get out as a family!
Amenities: Full amenities and lots of different food and drink options! 👍 👍 👍
Cost: Check the website for entry fee, and keep an eye out for the family entry packs which include a meal!👍 👍
Parking: Plenty of free parking available as well as public transport options! 👍 👍 👍 👍
Access: Good access throughout the racecourse! 👍 👍 👍
Entertainment: With horse-racing, fashions, games and rides on offer, there's heaps here to keep you entertained! 👍 👍 👍 👍
Best for: It's great for the kids as well as the parents! 👍 👍 👍 👍
Wildlife: The horses are magnificent! 👍 👍 👍
Summary: A day out at the races is a really fun way to get out and socialise - both for the kids and adults!👍 👍 👍👍
Hints: Take the kids for a wander past the stables - it's a great way to get up close to the horses
Teddy Bear's Picnic
Where is it: Musgrave Park, Cordelia Street, South Brisbane
What's it all about: It's the biggest NAIDOC celebration in Australia and it's heaps of fun!
How can I join in: Get down to Musgrave Park in South Brisbane and join in on a celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture!
Tell me more: NAIDOC (National Aboriginal and Islanders Day Observance Committee) Week runs during the first full week each July and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements! Here in Brisbane, the Musgrave Park Family Fun Day is a huge celebration and lots of fun for everyone! There are performances, rides and games for the kids, as well as lots of information booths and a real carnival atmosphere!
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