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!
Media launch 2019
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!
HUMPTY'S SHOWTIME 2019
Where is it: Abbey Museum, 1/63 The Abbey Place, Caboolture
What’s it all about: It’s a fantastic and fun way to introduce you little guys to history!
Tell me more: The Abbey Medieval Tournament is a very well-known event here in Brisbane (check out our review here), and it’s clear that the guys at the Abbey Museum know how to put on a spectacle! So you just know that if they put on an event for kids, you just know that it’s going to be fun! Kids Dig It! is a week of family fun with history in mind – lots of fun old-time games, dress-ups, archaeological digs and heaps more, all entertaining and engaging and even if your little guys are not into history, chances are they will be after visiting! It’s a fantastic school holiday event that will keep the whole family engaged!
Medieval Family Fun Week (June - July 2019)
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: Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast
Why we love it: It’s a really interesting marine park set in wonderful Mooloolaba!
Tell me more: A family trip to the Sunshine Coast is not complete without visiting Sea Life Sunshine Coast (formerly Underwater World) - an awesome little aquarium and marine park! For almost 30 years Sea Life Sunshine Coast has been educating and entertaining with their magnificent collection of marine animals - there are a number of different tanks which house all sorts of different creatures – from star fish, jelly fish, all sorts of marine and freshwater fish, seals, otters, crocodiles and sharks. There are so many different things to see in the range of different aquariums and the magnificent glass-covered walkway underneath the shark tank - including 3 very impressive grey nurse sharks called ‘Pallas’, ‘Patchy’ and ‘Huey’! And it’s not just looking, you can also touch some of the star fish, feed a seal or even (if you’re game), go diving with sharks!
The park always plays host to lots of special and school holiday programs like that will keep everyone (not just the little guys) engaged with lots of immersive and interactive exhibits! Our little guys loved exploring the aquarium with a pirate-themed treasure hunt and there was much excitement searching the aquarium for mermaids and pirate artefacts, and the daily pirate and mermaid performances were really fun! On previous visits we've enjoyed fun themes such as Octonauts, Dory and Nemo, and SLIMED!, where we got feel and learn about some of the slimy creatures in the sea! And we still have still have very fond memories of the now closed exhibits of Creatures of the Deep with its weird and wonderful creatures that inhabit the deep seas - and Jurassic Seas which showcased some of the living fossils found in our oceans.
We love aquariums, and this one is great fun for all the family - it’s always a lovely and fun atmosphere, and it’s definitely worthy of a visit!
Amenities: Good amenities as expected, including a couple of food options! 👍👍👍
Parking: Parking available but this place (especially during the holidays) gets busy! 👍👍
Access: Good access throughout the facility! 👍👍👍👍
Best for: It's great for the whole family – the little guys will absolutely love the themed exhibits! 👍👍👍👍
Summary: One of our favourite places to visit – great for sparking an interest of marine life in the minds of our little guys! 👍👍👍👍
Hints: Plan your visit – the layout could be a little confusing and you don’t want to miss anything!
Media launch: The Lego Sea Explorers (June-July 2019)
Peppa Pig's Aquarium Adventure April -2019
Finding Dory and friends Official Opening
National Tooth Fairy Day Feb-2019
The Sea Creature's Secret Dec 2018 - Jan 2019
Slimed (Sept - Oct 2018)
New Sharks at Sea Life (April 2018)
Paw Patrol - Sea Patrol (March - April 2018)
Where is it: Westfield Carindale, 1151 Creek Rd, Carindale
What’s it all about: Australia's very first Spotlight Creative store opening right here in Brisbane!
Tell me more: Because of their huge variety of fabric, craft supplies and homewares (plus a few toys as well!) Spotlight stores have been a go-to store for Australian families for over 4 decades. As you might expect, it’s kind of a big event when they decide to open a new store, it's definitely reason for celebration - even more so when it's the first of its kind! Spotlight Creative has just opened its doors in Westfield Carindale, and as its name suggests, this store has a focus on getting crafty and creative!
We enjoyed a fantastic and fun filled morning for Spotlight Creative's grand opening celebration - Live music all day long, a visit from Paw Patrol, balloon creations and face painting were all part of this party! And the store itself has more than enough to keep us occupied - the little guys were more than happy checking out the craft and party supplies and managed to find a few toys as well! It was a really fun day and it was great to be part of their special event! We will definitely be back again to stock up on supplies!
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