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!
Samford Parklands 2018
Bunyaville Conservation Park 2016
Where is it: The lawn in front of Old Government House, QUT Garden Point Campus, Brisbane (22 July 2018)
Why we love it: A step back in time for a relaxing weekend garden party!
Tell me more: Held in conjunction with Marion Boyce’s fabulous ‘The Bowerbird and the Bride’ costume display at Old Government House, QUT’s ‘Wedding Garden Party’ is the perfect way to relax the morning away! Aligning with the era of those beautiful costumes in the Bowerbird display (1880s through to 1970s), this garden party was a lovely and fun way to experience some of the fashions and fun of yesteryear! A live band, picnics on the lush green lawns, fantastic wedding-inspired crafts and of course the most magnificent wedding party fashions – including a beautiful parade, all made for a wonderful spectacle, and it proved a hit for our younger generation as well!
Where is it: In the Brisbane area at Logan Entertainment Centre, Perth and Adelaide shows coming up!
What's it all about: Mister Maker is compulsory viewing for parents of kids all over the world – and his live show is just as much fun!
Tell me more: For over ten years, Mister Maker has been entertaining and inspiring kids all over the world to get crafty and get arty! Along with his friends the ‘Shapes’, Mister Maker is responsible for many a glittery and colourful mess as kids recreate his masterpieces! Such a fun show that really engages with the kids and brings out their creative streak. His live show is just as much fun, but without the mess (until you get home that is…)! It’s a very engaging and interactive show with heaps of dancing and singing and of course some making! And as entertaining as Mister Maker is, he is somewhat upstaged by his friends the Shapes as they seem to be everyone’s favourites! A fantastic show for the little guys!
Where is it: Sunnybank Plaza and Sunny Park, Sunnybank.
What’s it all about: Amaze your tastebuds on a delicious and exciting Asian culinary experience right here in Brisbane with a huge selection of $2 mini-dishes!
How can I join in: Just head on down to Sunnybank Plaza and right next door at Sunny Park and choose dishes from over 40 restaurants that are taking part in the $2 Food Trail!
Tell me more: Sunnybank has rightly earned its reputation for being Brisbane’s place to go for authentic Asian food experiences! Not sure what to try? With the $2 Food Trail you can sample as many mini-dishes of cuisines from Chinese, Japanese, Hong Kong Style, Vietnamese, Taiwanese and more as you can fit in! There's also will be loads of live music and entertainment throughout the trail, with heaps of talented local musicians performing, plus traditional roaming lion dancers and a really fun Kids Zone just for the little guys with giant board games, colouring in and face painting! This one is not to be missed!
$2 Food Options (2017)
Kids Zone and Music
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: Old Government House, QUT Garden Point Campus, Brisbane (12 July – 19 August 2018)
Why we love it: A wonderful collection of bridal dresses from the 1880s through to the 1970s!
Tell me more: Marion Boyce is an award winning Australian costume designer who has a love for traditional fashions, and we are lucky enough to be able to see some of her magnificent collection on display! There are 45 bridal gowns (as well as numerous accessories and trinkets) on display in the beautiful old building known as Old Government House, itself a worthy attraction! Add to that lots of stories, information and anecdotes regarding the dresses and it is definitely a display worthy of a visit!
Where is it: QUT Science and Engineering Centre, Gardens Point Precinct, Brisbane City
How can I join in: There are both drop in events and bookings, so check out their website, make your bookings (or just drop in) and head on in - and it's free!
Tell me more: Queensland University of Technology (QUT) is one of the top universities in Australia, and as well as providing a top class education to university goers, it also puts on some great activities to inspire the next generation of learners (as well as tempting their parents back to study)! As its name suggests, QUT has a focus on technology (as well as engineering and science) and their school holiday program provides heaps of opportunity for the little guys to try out many of the areas of engineering and technology, including geology, environmental science, a bit of coding, seeing how robots can operate, building some simple circuitry and heaps more! Such a great program and so much fun, and hopefully it inspires the little guys to reach for bigger and better things!
Winter School Holidays - July 2018
Media Launch - January 2018
Draw it. Code it. QUT Summer Holiday Program January 2018
Where is it: Brisbane Powerhouse, Brisbane (10 – 14 July 2018); The Event Centre, Sunshine Coast (7 July 2018); Home of the Arts (HOTA), Gold Coast (15 July 2018)
Why we love it: This classic story for all ages is such a fantastic show to see on stage!
Tell me more: There are a few timeless classics that just seem to appeal to every generation, and Alice in Wonderland is definitely one of them! This wonderful story has been adapted into countless movies and live performances and now south east Queensland gets to witness a superb rendition with shows in Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast and Brisbane!
We were lucky enough to be able to catch a sneak preview of this super fun performance and its fantastic costumes and if this preview performance is anything to go by – this is going to be a very popular show!
Where is it: All over Australia - here in Brisbane it's on at King George Square in the city!
What's it all about: Ice skating in Brisbane? Yes! That's right! Skating At set up pop-up ice skating rinks in many of Australia's cities, and Brisbane doesn't miss out!
Tell me more: Seeing an open ice skating rink here in Brisbane is definitely not an everyday occurrence, so when one does pop-up in the winter holidays, you just know that it's going to be popular! And for good reason - our winter days here in Brissy are generally beautiful and clear and not to cold, and although it may be a bit of a novelty to most of us here, it is so much fun! For those of non-skaters, it's a fantastic activity for the little kids and with a few pointers they will have picked it up and in no time most likely they will have surpassed us parents! So book in ahead - sessions are 45 minutes and include skate hire. For the little guys there are also 'Kanga' skating aids which they can use for support, or sit on and be pushed around - there's also an awesome ramp - the 'Runway' - that you can slide down in a rubber tube (if you're game), and food and drinks available too! Such a fun activity and a fantastic little change from the ordinary!
Brisbane Family Explorers