Where is it: 15 Bunya Pine Crt, Eatons Hill
What's it all about: A really fun environmental-themed festival that's great for the whole family!
Tell me more: Kumbartcho Sanctuary is a lesser known, but lovely little environmental sanctuary in the North of Brisbane (Click here to check out our blog on this fun little spot!), so when we heard about this festival we just had to check it out! The festival has all the entertainment that you'd expect from a community based festival (jumping castles, climbing walls, craft and more!) plus lots more environmentally-themed activities - like animal shows, and tree planting activities! You could even spend some time in a canoe on the lake, or just wander around the gardens! A lovely and free family fun day out!
Where is it: QUT Gardens Point Campus
What's it all about: A chance to see the robotics technology in use today as well as a view into the future world that our kids will inherit!
Tell me more: Ever wanted to see the advances in robotic technology? Or just wondered what robots could do for you? Well Queensland University of Technology’s Robotronica is your chance to see this world of robots! There are all types of robots on show here – from buildable and programmable Lego robots, fighting sumo robots and through to agricultural and aquatic robots! But our favourites are the Nao robots – they are so cute and they so close to what we imagined every house would have when we were kids! Robotronica is a great event for all ages – and especially good to introduce inquisitive kids into technology and programming!
Where is it: Boronia Road, Brisbane International Airport
What's it all about: An opportunity to check out some awesome planes and helicopters and to find out more about the aviation industry!
Tell me more: Aviation has always had such an appeal and drawing power for all ages! Here in Brisbane we have an annual expo that is free to attend which showcases the aviation industry. There are 3 hangers which host a number of presentations, displays, seminars and exhibitions associated with aviation careers, training and education. This side of the expo is really informative, but there is no doubt about the main attraction - out on the tarmac for the Aircraft Experience Zone! There are military cargo planes, jets and helicopters, airliners, heritage warbirds, small planes and emergency service vehicles that you can get up close to and even climb on board for a truly authentic experience! Such a fun day out for the family even though it is a little tough visiting an airport without actually flying anywhere!
Where is it: Sylvan Beach Esplanade, Bellara
Why we love it: Nice sand and gently sloping beaches make the water irresistible for our little kids! We love the parks as well!
Tell me more: Sylvan Beach runs along the western side of Bribie Island, separated from Sandstone Point on the mainland by the Pumicestone Passage. There are a number of parks spread along the beach and are really easily access from the esplanade. We visited a couple of parks - the Pirates Only Park and Crest Park - for a quick play and a splash! Only a short 20 metre walk from the parking areas (Pirates Only Park has off-street parking) and you will be at the picnic tables and playgrounds. The beach areas adjacent to both parks are easy to get to and both have shallow entries into the water - great for the little kids! Be aware that the parks are unfenced so you will have to keep an eye on the little guys! We had heaps of fun alternating between playground and beach, and we loved the fact that both parks have heaps of trees and shade!
Amenities: Toilets, picnic areas and drinking water available - there are also some cafes and shops nearby! 👍👍👍
Parking: Parking along the esplanade and some off street parking as well! 👍👍👍
Access: So easy to access, and only a short walk to the water! 👍👍👍👍
Best for: The playgrounds and calm water make this a great option for young families! 👍👍👍👍
Summary: A really nice option for a quiet and relaxing day by the water! Plenty of shady trees and easy access are big pluses! 👍👍👍
Hints: Keep an eye on the tides! At high tide the water might be a little deep for the little guys!
Pirates only Park
Where is it: Nationwide
What's it all about: Running annually over a week during August, Science Week is an annual celebration and promotion of all things science! It hopes to acknowledge all those achievements in science and also provide an opportunity to encourage involvement in science!
How can I join in: Heaps of events are scheduled throughout the week! You might expect that every university will have something planned, but it would also be worthwhile checking out museums, libraries and schools!
Tell me more: Our little kids love seeing science shows! There are heaps of events on through the week and it's almost guaranteed that museums will have something planned - previously we've been along to great events at Redlands Museum and the Queensland Museum! There are always heaps of hands on activities and experiments (can't have science week without experiments!) and explanation for the kids - through science week activities they've built bridges, kites, giant bubbles, seen some really cool experiments and have even had the chance look at the moon! We always try to get along to see as many events during Science Week as we can - the hardest thing to do is to plan out our week so that we can fit everything in! And while you're not tied up with the science displays museums are always great value for the kids with all their normal displays!
Queensland Museum 2017
Redland Museum 2016
Where is it: Centenary Lakes Park, Caboolture
What's it all about: It's an inexpensive alternative to Brisbane's Ekka for public holiday fun!
Tell me more: Many local communities around Brisbane have family activities planned to coincide with Brisbane's Ekka celebrations and they are a great option for those not willing to brave the crowds, want something a little smaller for their little guys, or simply those looking for something a little different! And often these are events can be enjoyed at a fraction of the cost of a full family day out at the Ekka. Caboolture's Family Fun Day is really enjoyable day out held on Moreton Bay Region’s show day holiday! It has a huge array of entertainment including the expected carnival rides, side show alley and show bags as well as special guest performers, magicians and animal shows! So much fun and amazingly the whole day can be enjoyed for free!
Where is it: King George Square, Brisbane CBD
What's it all about: An amazing, fun and free festival bringing the tastes, the sights and the sounds of South Korea to Brisbane!
Tell me more: Be transported to South Korea through this wonderful festival which displays many different aspects of both traditional and contemporary Korean culture! As with many cultural festivals here in Brisbane there is an abundance of food options offering you a sample of authentic cuisine while you take in traditional dance performances through to modern K-pop! The kids aren’t forgotten either as there are craft activities, taekwondo displays and you can even learn some k-pop dance moves! Lots of fun for the whole family!
Where is it: South Bank Cultural Forecourt
What's it all about: A Queensland University of Technology tradition continues with the running of their annual dragon boat regatta on ther Brisbane River!
Tell me more: South Bank is filled with the sounds of beating drums a their teams of dragon boat racers and their supporters fight to see who is the fastest down the river! The drums beat to synchronise the rowing of these very impressive boats! On shore, music, entertainment, kids activities and food from The World Food Markets make sure that there are things to do in between races! A very interesting and fun day out at South Bank!
Where is it: Churchill – not too far from Amberley
What's it all about: An aviation themed playground that ticks all the boxes in what a fun park needs!
Tell me more: The award-winning Lobley Park is a super fun park with an airplane theme – paying a bit of a tribute to the Ipswich’s connection with the air force! The little guys loved the airplane to play in, an air traffic control tower and the parachute swings! Heaps of space for running about and all the usual playground fare – swings, slides and story time area, as well as barbeques and tables for your picnic or party! And a great network of paths makes it very accessible for wheeled devices! It’s a quality park and its awesome aeronautical theme really defines it!
Amenities: Full public facilities including barbeques! 👍👍👍
Parking: Free parking! 👍👍👍
Access: Great access throughout the park! 👍👍👍
Best for: Your little budding pilots! 👍👍👍
Summary: A really fun themed park that will set your child’s imagination soaring! 👍👍👍
Hints: It would be great to visit after a morning out at Amberley Air Force Base’s open day!
Where is it: Roma Street Parklands, Spring Hill
What's it all about: A whole weekend of fun in the gardens of Roma Street Parklands!
Tell me more: We are so lucky to have so many beautiful public parks and gardens here in Brisbane, and there are also so many great events on! Parks Alive is one of these great events and has so many fun activities to get involved in! Take a walk through the gardens with an expert on Australian bush tucker and discover the amazing plants in the bush (and in the parklands) that are edible, or weave a beautiful crown of flowers, or simply relax on the lawns and listen to the live music – there are lots of great events on the program and it’s a really relaxing and informative day out that will have you keen to get into garden, or if not, just to spend more time in the local parks!
Bush Tucker Walk and High Tea
Make your own soap
Make your own colourful basket
Make your own pizza
Brisbane Family Explorers