Where is it: 61 Limestone Street, Ipswich
What’s it all about: A lovely and intimate café which champions local produce and is proud of its local community!
Tell me more: With its name coming from a Greek word which roughly translates to a family or community group, Oikos is immensely proud to be supporting its local community by providing healthy and homely meals, a fantastic, friendly atmosphere and by using produce from the local regions!
Oikos’ coffees are just wonderful, but you can also choose from a lovely menu of healthy and tasty meal options, or a range fantastically colourful fresh juices which are hard to pass up! We tried out a couple of the bowls that they have on offer which are packed full of healthy fruit, grains and yoghurt – super tasty and the little guys loved them! And to complement the lovely atmosphere and tasty food, the service was fantastic too! Oikos is a lovely little café in the heart of Ipswich and it’s well worth stopping by!
Where is it: 187 Missigs Road, Haigslea (about 50 mins West of Brisbane).
What’s it all about: Ewe Nique is a lovely little hobby farm where everyone can experience a personal connection with some loved farm animals!
Tell me more: Cities have always relied upon farming, but
sometimes it might seem that this different way of life is so far removed. We have some fantastic farmland close by to our city, and it’s easy for us city-folk to experience a little bit of life on the farm – so important to ensure that we don’t lose that connection and understanding, plus a quick visit to a working or hobby farm is a fantastic little getaway! Ewe Nique Hobby Farm is a small little farm that is home to sheep, goats, alpacas and chickens – all lovingly looked after and all very friendly to their visitors! In order to not stress the animals, Ewe Nique only cater for a small number of visitors per day, which is great not just for the animals, but also for the visitors because you can be assured of having plenty of one-on- one time with the animals, to pat and feed, or simply just relax in this lovely quiet setting. While you are there you can grab a drink and light snack (the coffees and scones are superb!). It’s a beautifully quite and relaxing place to visit, and it’s a perfect introduction to rural life for both kids and adults!
Where is it: 1 Dornoch Terrace, West End QLD 4101. Ph: (07) 3217 2617
Why we love it: Super yummy Turkish cuisine in a lovely relaxed setting!
Tell me more: We love Turkish food! Turkey’s geographical location and seemingly endless history have created a wonderful and varied array of flavours – as such we love visiting Turkish restaurants whenever we get the chance, and Caravanserai didn’t disappoint! The restaurant has a lovely and welcoming atmosphere which immediately transports you from a leafy Brisbane suburb to the crossroads of civilisations. Their share plates are a magnificent sample of flavours and are gaining a reputation of their own – we couldn’t ignore the flavours on offer and tried a share plate for two which consisted of a mouth-watering combination of beef, chicken, seafood, vegetables, rice, cheese and bread which was super tasty and the perfect way to both experience Turkish food and what this restaurant has on offer! Caravanserai is open for dinner on Tuesday to Sunday nights and for lunch on Fridays and Saturdays.
Where is it: 235 Smiths Road, Redbank
What’s it all about: It’s a fantastic and fun way to introduce you little guys to history!
Tell me more: You just can’t go wrong with jumping as an entertainment option for kids! So Just Jump in Redbank, with its fantastic indoor jumping castles and obstacle courses and a wonderful platform of outdoor trampolines is definitely onto a winner! Everyone is bound to have a good time bouncing around – there are a number of different challenges to attack and also lots of games as well. Little cubbies and ride-on trikes and cars provide fantastic entertainment when the kids don’t feel like jumping, or you could also try a bit of basketball or a bit of Nerf-gun skirmish. There’s a café here too, so you can grab a coffee while you watch the little guys burn off their energy, and grab them a feed for when they are finished! The kids will definitely have a blast here at Just Jump!
Where is it: 6 Yoga Way, Springfield Central
What’s it all about: A wonderful and casual family café with fantastic healthy food and a relaxing and friendly atmosphere!
Tell me more: Have you ever struggled to find a café that serves yummy food that the kids will tuck into, but is also healthy to boot? Well, we’re sure that Raw Energy will satisfy both requirements! Offering a wonderful array of meals with a focus on healthy and full of energy foods, Raw Energy in Springfield is a fantastic choice for the kids as well! It has a casual and friendly vibe, super yummy food and heaps of activities for the kids (and adults) while you are waiting and dining – card games, books toys and even a little blackboard will certainly keep the little guys occupied while you relax and enjoy the food! Add to that the wonderful, relaxing views of the Orion Lagoon and it’s no wonder that this is one very popular spot for those in the Springfield area!
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!
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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!
here is it: Koobara Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Kindergarten, 421 Beams Rd, Taigum
What's it all about: More family fun during NAIDOC week celebrations!
Tell me more: NAIDOC Week celebrations are held during the first full week in July and there are lots of events celebrating the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The Northside NAIDOC Community Fun Day has so many fun activities and things to do! There are lots of cultural activities – traditional dancing and music, as well as lots of fun things on for the kids with jumping castles, reptile displays, rides, games, animal farm, facepainting, crafts and storytelling! The lessons in cultural dance were very popular and so much fun! As with other NAIDOC week celebrations, there are a number of community and support services have stalls and information available – it’s a really positive event and lots of fun!
Where is it: Aratula Community Sports Centre, Carter Lane, Aratula
What’s it all about: A fantastic family festival in a rural setting – so much yummy produce and fun for everyone!
Tell me more: The Scenic Rim region, close to Brisbane, produces some of the best fresh food around. They’re rightly proud of their produce, so who can blame them for throwing a festival to celebrate! Part of the Eat Local Week celebrations, the Winter Harvest Festival is a showcase for the local farmers and food producers in the area, and as well as being able to sample the yummy food on offer, there are lots of fun things to get into as well. There were lots of food and cooking displays with renowned chefs, crafts and games for the kids and even a tractor pulling competition! A fantastic day out for the whole family, and a wonderful way to support the local region!
Where is it: Various venues around Brisbane and the South East.
What’s it all about: Play School comes to life in this fun live show!
How can I join in: Check for your preferred venue and purchase your tickets online – but be quick, this is a very popular show!
Tell me more: Little kids will absolutely love Play School Live in Concert – it’s just like being in the studio! Singing and dancing and just having fun is what it’s all about as Big Ted and his friends search for his castle! Our little Play School fans loved the nursery rhymes and stories and loved seeing Big Ted while he adventured through the different scenery! It was heaps of fun – best for pre-schoolers, but even our 6 year enjoyed it!
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