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!
Science as kid's entertainment gets a little bit overlooked in our opinion. Obviously, a lot of science can be overwhelming for little minds, but we think that there are a number of fail-safe options that will always get them engaged. Fire, slime and bubbles will always get the kids entertained! So of course when the World Science Festival came along to Brisbane, there was no chance that we were going to miss it! Our oldest (at 5 years old) is really starting to open his mind to try and understand how things work, so we think that bringing him along to events like this will be invaluable to his development!
Getting into South Bank is pretty easy from most areas in Brisbane. It is well serviced by public transport and generally speaking, there will be plenty of parking. On event days, however, this can be a slightly different story. The parking can fill up reasonably early so best to get in quickly. We didn't have too much trouble finding a park at the museum carpark in the morning, but it was getting quite busy as we were leaving at around lunch time.
There was so much going on that we didn't know where to start, Some of the experiments and exhibitions were limited in their capacity, so the first thing that we did was to check out the program and register for the events that we thought would be fun! This has become pretty much a standard practice for us when we go out now. We booked a few sessions but for the most part we just wandered through, checking out the exhibits as we passed and stopping at the ones that really grabbed us (with was just about everything!).
The exhibitions were generally set up in marquees all along the path, which was good for squeezing a lot of different things in, but as more and more people came in through the day, it did become rather crowded at times. There were plenty of hands on exhibits, lots of things for little kids and heaps of more detailed information for the older kids!
Well, we did manage to find lots of slime and bubbles, we had a look at some different types of robots, had a turn on a swing that generates electricity and met Dr Karl. All of this in a just few hours, and we were only scratching the surface of this amazing exhibition! It did look like the kids were soaking up lots of information but even if they weren’t, they did have lots of fun! There were a few food options available there as well. We packed our own food and picnic rug and just had a picnic luch in the shade of a tree. We wern't the only ones - this was a popular option for a lot of the visitors!
This event was lots of fun and we can't wait for the next one! The kids loved the hands on activities and there were also a few little craft-y activities. Our only gripe about this event is that it seemed to be condensed in a small area, and it was so popular that it did become a little crowded. Perhaps next time they might be able to spread it out a bit and disperse the crowd? And maybe some more fire!
Cultural Forecourt, South Bank 2019
The Hatchery 2018
Queensland Museum, 2017
Cultural Forecourt, South Bank 2017
Cultural Forecourt, South Bank 2016
Where is it: Parks all around Brisbane!
What's it all about: A great idea for those looking for a family outing with a little difference!
Tell me more: Looking for something different to do with the kids? Well pack up your folding chairs and blankets and head out to one of the many parks around Brisbane for Movies in the park! While you might not always find regular sessions, it seems that you can find a movie in the park somewhere in the region pretty frequently! Special occasions are always a safe bet with many parks having screenings over Mothers and Fathers Days, Easter and Christmas! Such a great idea to get out and enjoy a movie as well as a bit of socialising with other families!
Movies in the Park, Roma Street Parkland
Christmas Movies at South Bank
Movies in the Park, Manly
Where is it: Cnr of Grey and Melbourne Streets, South Brisbane!
What's it all about: An excellent and very comprehensive museum which hosts fantastic touring exhibitions! It’s one of Brisbane’s favourite places!
Tell me more: The Queensland Museum one of Brisbane’s (and Queensland’s) most loved destinations! It showcases a wide range of exhibits and millions of specimens and artifacts of natural history, cultural heritage and human achievement to give visitor’s a glimpse of the history of Queensland – everything from dinosaurs through to contemporary events! It’s part of the South Bank precinct and it’s a ‘must-see’ for both those visiting Brisbane as well as the locals. General admission to the museum is free as well so it’s a fantastic way to have a look at and learn about the history of Brisbane! For a fee you can also have a look at the Sciencentre (temporarily closed at the moment) which is housed within the museum and is heaps of fun for the kids as they can get hands-on while they learn about the science that impacts them daily – it’s always a fun visit!
Queensland Museum also plays host to amazing, world class temporary exhibitions as well – ‘Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives’ (a collaboration between the British Museum and the Queensland Museum) features more than 200 amazing artefacts (some over 4000 years old!) from ancient Egypt – telling the stories of those living in Egypt many years ago and of course as with anything featuring the word ‘mummies’, it’s super popular with the kids!
The museum always caters for the younger visitors by having specific programs on and activities to make it more engaging for the little visitors – our little guys always love a visit to the museum! Check out their website to see a full program of their current activities!
Amenities: This is a fantastic facility and the amenities are great – as expected! There is a café and gift shop here as well!
Parking: Paid parking is available which is relatively good value compared to other city parking options!
Access: Good access throughout and lifts from carpark to museum levels!
Best for: There truly is something for everyone here!
Summary: We spend a lot of time here at the Queensland Museum – it’s one of our favourite places and it is definitely a great option for an easy family day out!
Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives
Where is it: Musgrave Park, South Brisbane
What's it all about: A super colourful and vibrant celebration of Holi and Nepali culture right here in Brisbane!
Tell me more: Holi is a really important celebration in Hindu and South Asian culture and with a number of South Asians now calling Brisbane home, we are lucky enough to be able to experience this wonderful celebration here in Brisbane! The celebration is definitely one of the most colourful festivals that you will experience as part of the celebration involves throwing vibrantly coloured powder and water over everyone! Music (including international acts directly from Nepal!), food, dancing and a friendly, welcoming atmosphere rounded out a lovely and energetic festival!
Where is it: Podium Level, Rydges South Bank Cnr Grey & Glenelg Streets, South Bank .
What's it all about: Christmas spirit in sight and smell to support the Lady Cilento Children's Hospital in spreading some Christmas cheer to sick kids!
Tell me more: Bacchus Restaurant loves to spread Christmas cheer by creating some amazing gingerbread masterpieces! You will fall in love with these creations - not just because they are so impressive, but the smell is fabulous! Be sure to pick up the recipe when you visit so that you can make your own (smaller! 😉) version at home.
2017: This year Bacchus have outdone themselves with a spectacular, life-size gingerbread Santa sleigh – with even more gingerbread than last year! Taking over three weeks to prepare, the whole sleigh weighs in at almost 500kg and it is strong enough to hold sitting passengers! Wow! Once again Rydges South Bank have created this masterpiece not only to add some Christmas cheer but also support kids at the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital!
2016: The guys at Bacchus were hard at work this year designing and baking a magnificent gingerbread house! Teaming up with the Lady Cilento Children's Hospital to encourage the donation of presents for sick kids, you really need to get along and see this wonderful piece of baking and artistry! At over 250kg and covered with lollies it really is impressive - the looks on the kids' faces when they saw all those lollies is just priceless! And the smell is simply amazing!
Gingerbread Sleight, 2017
Ginberbread House, 2016
Where is it: South Bank Parklands, Brisbane
What's it all about: A whole weekend of food, wine and more! Queensland's premier food celebration!
Tell me more: Regional Flavours is a celebration of food, cooking, produce and more, held over 2 days and incorporating cooking displays with renowned chefs (including a few from Masterchef!), kids activities, a huge marketplace of local food (over 80 stalls) and more! And all of this is spread out over the awesome South Bank Parklands, so you can be sure that a day out at Regional Flavours won't disappoint! There a two specific areas for the kids which have crafts and games as well as the chance to plant and grow your own plants! Just make sure that you come ready to eat!
Where is it: South Bank, Brisbane
What's it all about: A whole weekend celebrating and learning about France and French culture!
Tell me more: For over 7 years now, Brisbane has been able to forward to a weekend of enjoying and experiencing the sights, sounds and perhaps more importantly the tastes of France with the Brisbane French Festival, or Le Festival! as it is now known. South Bank transforms into a sea of the tricolours of red, white and blue for the festival, and although there are lots of different things to experience - the food is definitely a highlight! Live music, dancing, roaming performers and even a dedicated kids area -'le mini Festival' round out a great day's entertainment! Another really popular aspect (and with good reason) of this festival is the wine tasting pavilion, where you can browse or sample from a large range of French wines by river! Je m'amuse tellement!
Where is it: Cultural Forecourt, South Bank Parklands!
What's it all about: A parade of the most amazing lanterns - all in the interest of promoting a welcoming and multicultural Queensland!
How can I join in: Get on down to South Bank to show your support to our new Queenslanders and marvel at the awesome lanterns! You could even bring your own lantern!
Tell me more: Multicultural Development Australia puts on a really fun event in the Luminous Lanterns parade! It's part of the 'Create Welcome' celebrations (MDA also has a number of events on during Create Welcome Week which runs a week or so after Luminous Lanterns) and you will see many different cultures and groups parading their lanterns! They look great as they meander through South Bank just on dusk! And as this is a multicultural event, you are sure to find plenty of different food options and heaps of cultural performances! But we think that the best thing about this event is the atmosphere - it's such a supportive, fun and friendly feeling in the crowd, so hopefully some of this spirit passes on to the marchers and those that have just arrived in Queensland!
Where is it: South Bank Parklands!
What's it all about: A multicultural festival that commemorates and celebrates the birth of Buddha!
How can I join in: Check out the program and head down to South Bank to experience this enlightening festival - there are numerous events running across the weekend!
Tell me more: Brisbane's Buddha Birth Day Festival runs every year to commemorate the birth of Gautama Buddha. It's a significant celebration throughout a lot of eastern Asia and given our proximity to the region, it's little wonder as to why it remains such a popular event on Brisbane's calendar - and it's been running for over 20 years! As well as a celebration for the Buddhist community, the festival promotes itself as being a multicultural event, open to people of all ages, backgrounds or religions. There are a number of events on including singing, dancing, meditating and heaps more - even fireworks at night! It's certainly a festival with a difference and one not to be missed!
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