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!
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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!
Archaeology Family Fun (Sept - Oct 2019)
Medieval Family Fun Week (June - July 2019)
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: St Columban’s College, Caboolture
What's it all about: It’s a family fun day as part of 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 Caboolture Family Fun Day is exactly that – a really fun day for the whole family as the celebrations come to Caboolture! There are lots of cultural activities – traditional dancing and music, as well as lots of fun things on for the kids with rides, games, animal farm, facepainting, crafts and storytelling! 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: 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!
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