Where is it: Events across the state and internationally!
What's it all about: Talk Like a Pirate Day started as a bit of a joke between some mates in 1995 and has since grown into an international event! Here in Queensland, we recognise the day as a day to fundraise the Childhood Cancer Support organisation!
How can I join in: Lots of schools, sporting clubs and other organisations have events on for Talk like a Pirate Day! Here in Brisbane, the big event is at the Queensland Maritime Museum at South Bank! So make sure you've got your got pirate costume, put on your best pirate voice, get into the pirate spirit and come along for special pirate activities and check out the museum too!
Tell me more: The Childhood Cancer Support (CCS) organisation does some hugely important work supporting kids with cancer and their families. Events throughout the year both help CCS raise needed funds and also provides the kids with an opportunity to get out have some fun! The Talk Like a Pirate Day event at the Queensland Maritime Museum is a great event held annually on the 19 September that has heaps of piratey things to see and do! With pirate parades and costume competitions, jumping castles, pirate games (even some sword fighting lessons!) and heaps more, this is always a fun day out! Yarrrr!
Where is it: Various venues throughout the Logan City Council Region
Why we love it: Keeping our kids active and occupied through school holidays with structured and fun events!
Tell me more: Most of the local councils in the Brisbane region have these fantastic programs where kids can get involved in structured programs through the school holidays. Krank is Logan City Council’s program of free and low cost programs and they have some fantastic options available – everything from learning to cook through to go kart racing! As would be expected, these programs are very popular and placements can get snapped up quickly so keep an eye out on the website for opening release dates. And even if you can’t get into your preferred activity it’s a great opportunity to get into something that you haven’t tried before.
Colour Blast Run, Griffith University
Ninja Obstacle Course, Riverdale Park
Little Cheffs, Logan Enterteinment Centre
Go Karting, Kingston Park Raceway
Where is it: 57 - 63 Warwick Rd, Ipswich Qld 4035 Australia
Why we love it: A very welcoming and relaxing apartment hotel for both short and long term stays!
Tell me more: Travelling with kids can be a bit of a handful at times, so anything to help is always welcome. Sometimes the simple things can make the biggest difference – and we’ve found that a little bit of space for the kids can make your holiday even more relaxing! Quest Apartment Hotels are a fantastic choice in this regard, offering studio and multi-room serviced apartments across Australia, New Zealand and Fiji and they are great for a weekend away or and extended stay. And as well as having the extra living space, having your own kitchen and washing machine can make a huge difference to your holiday!
Quest Ipswich is the perfect choice for families visiting Queensland’s Heritage City. It’s a modern facility that’s conveniently located and very welcoming and comfortable. They offer studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments. The studios are a perfect alternative to your typical hotel room and feature a kitchenette while all other apartment types include a fully equipped kitchen. All rooms are serviced daily (except for Sundays) and wi-fi is available all throughout. There is also a swimming pool and barbeque area and although there isn’t an on-site restaurant, there are a number of local restaurant options that offer a charge-back facility.
We stayed in one of Quest Ipswich’s two-bedroom apartments and it was the perfect size for our family. The bedding options can be adjusted to suit your requirements and we also made use of the optional sofa bed in the lounge. All rooms featured reverse cycle air conditioning and we even had a small balcony. It was a lovely stay here at Quest Ipswich and with the kids having their own space we certainly noticed that we felt a whole lot more relaxed when our stay came to end. We can’t wait to visit Quest again!
Where is it: 40 Edward St, Brisbane City
Why we love it: One of Brisbane’s fantastic heritage listed pubs that is comfortable and inviting and maintains is historic charm (plus it has wonderful food)!
Tell me more: Like many old buildings, Brisbane’s Port Office Hotel has seen more than its fair share of ups and downs, most recently in January 2019 when what was thought to be a small fire took hold in the restaurant. This ‘small’ fire turned out to be quite a bit more significant than was first thought – it had found its way into the ceiling and caused a huge amount of damage to the whole building. It took owners Nick and Meagan Gregorski seven months to rebuild, relying on a lot of hard work and all the while still maintaining a small part of the hotel to their loyal patrons. Now all that is behind them and this wonderful pub and restaurant is as magnificent as it has ever been! Tastefully refurbished and comfortably furnished, it still exudes its heritage charm. The Port Office is now fully re-opened with public bar as inviting as would be expected and a new menu awaits (with a few dishes that they couldn’t say goodbye to) in the restaurant. This is a fantastic example of Brisbane’s heritage and is a must visit to get a feel for this city’s culture (and a great meal)!
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