Where is it: Pelican Park, Hornibrook Esplanade, Clontarf
What's it all about: A fantastic way to see out the end of winter! Redcliffe KiteFest gets you close to the water with a wonderful carnival of flying colour and fun! It's one of Moreton Bay Region's biggest annual celebrations!
How can I join in: On annually around the end of winter / start of spring, keep an eye out on Moreton Bay Regional Council's website for more details!
Tell me more: KiteFest is a truly amazing and colourful event with an amazing carnival atmosphere! Not only are there so many awesome kites from the international and professional kite artists, but there is also an incredible entertainment line-up - like aerobatics, jet ski and flyboard shows, carnival rides, kids zone, and main stage entertainment shows always have some great shows planned. Little kids and big are equally well catered for in the entertainment area! It's also right by the beach which just adds to the atmosphere, and lots of food and market stalls make this a complete event for the whole family!
The very popular public kite flying area lets you join in on the action, and if you can avoid getting your line crossed with the others in this area, you could stay in here for ages! It is a really popular event, so take note of the public transport and parking options - you will be very lucky to find parking around the area. Kitefest is great value too with both family passes and all-day rides passes available, and is a really fun day (or weekend) out by the beach at Redcliffe - we think that it's one of the best family events in the region!
And just when we thought that it couldn't get any better - in 2018 KiteFest added their 'KiteFest after Dark program - the rides and stall continue to operate into the night, illuminated kites fly high and a fantastic fireworks display, including pyrotechnic jetskis, provides the perfect finale!
Where is it: Brisbane Powerhouse,119 Lamington St, New Farm
Why we love it: An amazing fusion of electronic art and contemporary dance - it's such an immersive experience!
Tell me more: Hakanai is a wonderful performance combining fantastic three dimensional and interactive visuals perfectly with a wonderful contemporary dance performance and a soundtrack to match! The stunning visuals and sound morph from the delicate to the startling and boldly intense throughout the performance so it was impossible to predict what was coming up next! The dance was beautifully choreographed and perfectly suited to the sound and visuals! And just to cap off a wonderful show, everyone was invited up at the end of the show to experience the interactive display for themselves! Such a fun night!
Where is it: Brisbane Showgrounds, Bowen Hills, generally starting in the second week of August (2018 dates are from 10 Aug 2018 – 19 Aug 2018).
Why we love it: One of Brisbane’s most popular events – how could we not love it!
Tell me more: The Ekka, or Royal Queensland Show as it is formally known (Ekka comes from previous name, the Brisbane Exhibition) is a 10 days of celebration and sharing of experience between the people of the city and the country! It’s a very traditional event which has run since 1876, and I’m sure that everyone attending 100 years’ ago were having just as much fun as we do today – the rides may have changed but the fun, excitement and atmosphere probably has not!
It’s a big event and possibly a bit daunting to tackle for the first time, so planning is definitely recommended. For the kids there are heaps of rides, games, shows and toys in Sideshow Alley – so some time here is a must! The rides and atmosphere here rival the theme parks and it would be easy to spend your whole visit here, although if you were to do that, you would miss out on a big part of what the Ekka is all about!
There are a huge range of agricultural and livestock displays – cattle, sheep, pigs, goats, poultry – you name it, if it’s farmed you will be able to see it here at the Ekka! It’s a fantastic way for the kids who have grown up in the city to connect with the rural industry which supports us! The animal nursery is really popular and the kids can pat and feed the animals themselves! It’s also really impressive to see the fantastic displays of produce – fruits and vegetables galore!
And if you are still searching for something else to see, there are so many shows on as well! Dancing, singing, fashion parades, animal shows and judging – wow! So much going on! And it doesn’t stop when the sun goes down either with fireworks and stunt car shows – even monster trucks! It really is a fantastic event and if you are here in Brisbane over Ekka week, you really do need to get along and experience it for yourself!
Amenities: Well planned amenities for the event – lots of food and drink options! 👍👍👍👍
Cost: There are costs involved, but a number of package options can make it a bit easier on your wallet! 👍
Parking: Private paid parking options are available, however this is a very popular event and using public transport is advised! 👍👍
Best for: Everyone! 👍👍👍👍
Summary: There is so much to see and do here at The Ekka, just come along prepared for some crowds and enjoy – it’s only here once a year so make the most of it! 👍👍👍👍
Hints: Weekends and the show-day public holiday are busy so if you don’t like the crowds try heading along on a different day!
Where is it: Powerhouse, New Farm
What's it all about: A really nice arts facility on the bank of the Brisbane River (and adjacent to New Farm Park!) that exhibits both art and theater and also runs really fun and interactive sessions just for the little (0-5yrs) kids!
How can I join in: Just turn up, get involved and have fun! Check the website to see what's on, or simply stop by and have a relaxing cuppa while looking out over the river!
Tell me more: Brisbane Powerhouse in New Farm is housed in an old power station building right next to New Farm Park. Here they hold a number of different exhibitions and performances as well as a great, weekly exhibit for kids, aptly named Powerkids! We've been to a number of these exhibits and they are presented really well and in a way that immediately grabs the attention of the little ones - and the atmosphere is really relaxed and casual so there's no pressure on the kids or the parents! The exhibits change every couple of months or so, but they really get the kids thinking and they really like being able to contribute in a small way! Plus, once you are finished, you can wander straight into New Farm Park for a play! A great day out!
Amenities: Very well appointed - you can even get a coffee and babycino! 👍👍👍👍
Cost: Free! 👍👍👍👍
Parking: On-site parking can get busy at times! 👍👍
Access: Easy access for prams and wheelchairs! 👍👍👍
Entertainment: Heaps of fun for the little ones! 👍👍👍
Best for: Aimed at 0 - 5 year olds, however it is probably best for those under 4! 👍👍
Wildlife: Nothing much to see here! 👍
Summary: Always well-presented and organised, this event has been popular with all three of our kids - particularly while they were younger! 👍👍👍👍
Last exhibition visited: Bird Brain
Let's be robots!
Ję Ká Jo: Let’s Dance!
Where is it: 4/370 Nudgee Rd, Hendra, Brisbane (close to the airport). Opening hours Mon-Thu 9am-8pm, Fri & Sat 9am-9pm, Sun 9am-6pm
Why we love it: So much active fun for the kids! And indoors out of the weather too!
Tell me more: There is absolutely no way for the kids not to have fun in a place like this! So many fun things to get into, and they all keep your little guys active! How’s this for a selection: a three-story indoor adventure playland, climbing walls, jumping castles, trampolines and laser tag! And if that’s not enough, how about indoor snow sports (not real snow, sort of like a running machine for skiing!) and a ninja warrior course (opening September 2018)! Parents (or burnt out little ones) can sit back and enjoy a snack and drink at the café which also caters for parties. Make sure that you book your session ahead of time to ensure that you don’t miss out, and check out the special programs and discounts that they offer as well – you’ll get great value for money for the little guys weekdays between 9am and 2pm! Our little guys couldn’t believe it when they got in there – they had the best time and they were still on a high 24 hours after and we can’t wait to go back!
Amenities: Great amenities and all easy to access – a café as well! 👍👍👍👍
Cost: Different packages available starting from $10! For a full park pass it will only cost $19/hr! 👍👍👍
Parking: Lots of off street parking is available! 👍👍👍
Best for: Active kids of all ages! 👍👍👍👍
Summary: We love places like this where the kids have so much fun, challenge themselves and keep fit and active while they are doing it! And it’s all weather as well – the summer here can be quite hot the sun is very unforgiving, so this will be a fantastic place to keep out of the sun! 👍👍👍👍
Hints: Keep an eye on the website for deals and special offers – and take advantage of a bit more space by visiting outside of peak times!
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