Where is it: Bulimba Memorial Park, Bulimba
What's it all about: Another fun Halloween party aimed at the little kids!
How can I join in: Completely free to come along to so all you have to do is get into your scariest costume and head along! And don't forget your trick or treat basket!
Tell me more: There are so many great Halloween activities and parties on across Brisbane - it's hard to choose which one to go to, but we'd heard about this one and we couldn't miss it! Lots of space in the park to get around and all the usual fun activities - rides, crafts, costume competitions and lots of lollies! A really nice and relaxed party that's really well suited for families and little kids! It was return of the mummies for us - our little kids looked very scary in their home-made mummy costumes!
Where is it: Cambridge Parade, Manly
What's it all about: Possibly the biggest Halloween party in Australia, this free annual event sees Manly taken over by thousands of costumed party-goers and is scary fun for the whole family!
How can I join in: Make sure that you've got scariest costumes on and head along to experience an awesome day of Halloween fun! Even pets can get into the spirit!
Tell me more: The main street of Manly is shut down and taken over by all sorts of scary characters for this really fun event - one of Brisbane's most well-known and certainly one of the scariest! Lots of entertainment - rides, stage and roaming performers, market stalls, competitions and more monsters, zombies, ghosts and ghouls that you can poke a stick at! The highlight of the event is most definitely the street parade, where anyone in costume can join in and parade down the street! There's even specially created Halloween themed cars! And of course it wouldn't be Halloween without a little trick or treating - there's plenty of opportunity for the little guys to try and scare a few treats out! We have always had heaps of fun at this party!
Where is it: Roma St Parklands, Brisbane City
What's it all about: Stemming from a celebration of Mexican Independence Day (16 September), the Brisbane Mexican Festival aims to bring a little bit of Mexican culture to the people of Brisbane!
How can I join in: Put on your sombrero and dancing shoes and get ready to get dragged into Mexican spirit! Everyone is welcome and can join in the fun!
Tell me more: There's so much to see, hear and taste at the Brisbane Mexican Festival! Heaps of authentic Mexican food, live mariachi bands and folkloric dancing, piñata breaking and Mexican wrestling - lucha libre and a vibrant crowd make this a really fun festival to attend! As a Mexican Australian family, this festival is really important to us and we love to see the touches of Mexican culture being presented to our city! We had our boys dressed smart in their mariachi suits and our little girl in a traditional Mexican dress - they had heaps of fun, but they couldn't tear themselves away from the piñata breaking! The prospect of smacking something with a stick until lollies came out was just too much for our little guys! A great day out for the whole family, and whether you understand Mexican culture or not, we're sure that you will be swept up in the noisy and fun atmosphere that is thrown up at you when you visit the Brisbane Mexican Festival!
Where is it: Kalinga St, Clayfield QLD 4011
Why we love it: A really big park, heaps of shade and an awesome playground!
Tell me more: Kalinga Park is really nice park in the northern suburbs of Brisbane. Only 20 minutes’ drive from the city, this park has so much space to run around in and has a really great fort-style playground that will keep the kids entertained for ages! Make sure that you pack your picnic rug so once you are done with the playground you can relax a little on the lawns, or even go exploring by Kedron Brook which runs through the park! There's heaps of shade, barbeques and tables (and wi-fi) on offer too, so there's no problem making a day of it at Kalinga Park!
Amenities: A very well appointed park! 👍👍👍
Parking: Plenty of parking available! 👍👍👍
Access: Very easy to get around with lots of pathways throughout! 👍👍👍👍
Best for: Kids will love the playground and open spaces, parents will love the tranquillity and room to move! 👍👍👍👍
Summary: A really nice park with heaps of space (and shade!) and a great playground. Having a creek running through the park is an added bonus! 👍👍👍👍
Hints: Take some bread so that you can feed the ducks down by the creek!
Where is it: Caboolture, about 1 hours’ drive north of Brisbane
What's it all about: An incredible collection of historical buildings and memorabilia, most of which have been sourced from the local area!
How can I join in: Come along and wander through the village or take part in some of the many organised activities that they have on!
Tell me more: A really nice spot for the kids to connect with Queensland's heritage is Caboolture Historical Village. The village has a number of original buildings on site, heaps of vintage vehicles and memorabilia and plenty of planned activities for school holiday fun! We went along for the school holiday activities to check out what they had on offer! The little ones had a great time getting involved in the art and craft programs, marvelled at the blacksmith displays and really enjoyed the period games! The volunteers had a wealth of information and really engaged with all of the kids! But by far the most popular aspect of the village (at least for our kids) was the miniature train ride! We love to think what must be going through the little ones' minds as they see all of the displays!
Amenities: A gift shop, café and toilets available on site! 👍👍👍👍
Cost: Fees apply, but great school holiday deals! 👍👍👍
Parking: Plenty of space for parking! 👍👍👍
Access: Well laid out and easy to get around! 👍👍👍
Entertainment: The activities had the kids engaged! 👍👍👍
Best for: School aged kids and adults will get the most out of this one! 👍👍👍
Wildlife: Not too much in the way of wildlife, but a great little memorial to the animals that served our military through previous wars! 👍👍
Summary: A really nice museum to let the kids connect with their heritage past! 👍👍👍
Hints: Make sure that you book ahead for the school holiday activities!
School holidays' activities:
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