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: 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!
Brisbane Family Explorers