Keeping the Kids Healthy and Active in Brisbane

Keeping the Kids Healthy and Active in Brisbane


School holidays are a great time for making memories with your family’s little treasures before they grow up too fast. For active and engaging things to do with your little ones, check our compilation of kids activities to stimulate the body and mind.

Jamie’s Ministry of Food

Mt Gravatt and Ipswich
From $35 per day
Love Jamie Oliver’s recipes? Want to upskill yourself or your children these school holidays? Jamie’s Ministry of Food is on tour right around Australia this summer so if you have a budding chef in the family this might be the opportunity they’ve been waiting for!
School holiday courses run in January in Mt Gravatt and Ispwich, and both adults and children over the age of 12 years are welcome to participate. Groups are kept to a maximum of 12 for plenty of hands-on learning. Book online here and don’t delay, as these are selling out quickly.

Kite Wishes Project

Museum of Brisbane
$30 family pass
This season, the Museum of Brisbane features the life and essence of Mao’s Last Dancer Li Cunxin, in the form of never-before-seen interviews, performance footage and personal artefacts of one of Australia and China’s most celebrated dancers. Alongside this exhibition is the Kite Wishes Project, collaboration between Museum of Brisbane and BrisAsia Festival.
Kites became an important metaphor for Li’s life as his career soared beyond the impoverished commune of his childhood to the ballet stages of the world. Discover one man’s incredible journey from poverty to world-famous artist and take an active part in Li’s story by designing your own kite at the museum.
Then fly your kite high in the kite procession as part of BrisAsia’s Kisaragi-Sai Festival on 24 February. The procession starts at King George Square and concludes at the Roma Street Parklands.

Join the circus

Flipside circus, Alderley
Pricing varies
Tired of your kids clowning around the house? These school holidays, send them to Queensland’s largest youth circus company! Flipside Circus is holding multiple workshops throughout the school holidays for children of all levels of skills and experience aged 2-18 years. This not-for-profit organisation has earned a reputation nationally as one of Australia’s leading youth circus companies.
Flipside promotes confidence and resilience in children, and values key elements of circus activity including to trust, to dream and aspire, to work hard, and to laugh and have fun. More info and the full range of programs are available here.

Adventure park in nature

Thunderbird Park, Mt Tambourine
$180 Family pass
Take your family on its very own group challenge and climb your way to 11 flying foxes along this high ropes course! Harnesses, helmets and gloves are provided as well as all the guidance your family needs to have a safe but exhilarating tree-top experience.
At the park there is more than a full day’s fun with laser tag, mini golf, bird feeding, bush walks and beautiful rock pools for swimming, so you might want to take advantage of the camping and lodging available. Relax in the rainforest restaurant when you’ve worked up an appetite.
The treetop challenge is for ages 7 years and up. As well as age, there are height and weight restrictions. Find the FAQ and booking information here.

Children’s indoor skiing and snowboarding

Urban Extreme, Hendra
$200 for three days
If your kids want to escape the heat and try a different sport this summer, they might like to try their hand at skiing and snowboarding. This is a special experience for those who have never been to the snow, and all without having to leave Brisbane. The course will build your children’s muscle memory and confidence in using snow gear, making it a pertinent course if you’re planning a family holiday in the near future!
The three day course is suitable for children aged 6-12 years and includes drinks and snacks, a progression record and achievement certificate. Commencing Tuesdays in January, book early here as there are limited places.

Modified golf

Supa Golf, Mt Cotton
$60 family pass
If your family loves the fairway, SUPA GOLF is a novel way of including the early starters, as this game is modified for children as young as five years. With oversized gold club heads and a putting hole two and a half times larger than the holes on a traditional golf course, your little Tiger Woods will be improving his handicap before you can say back-swing.
Open Wednesdays to Sundays, this is sporting family fun in the sun at its best. Did I mention it’s also at a winery? You can visit Sirromet Winery’s cellar door, lunch alfresco at the Tuscan Terrance or enjoy Restaurant Lurleen’s fine dining experience, executed by celebrity chef Andrew Mirosch. Book ahead online to secure your timeslot or just turn up if you’re not in a hurry.

Festival of waterslides

Slidapalooza, Mt Cotton
$34 for children (5-15yrs)
$59 for adults (16yrs+)
Slidapalooza – the name says it all. This is a limited-time event with a name to build anticipation in even of the most reticent of children! Also located in Mt Cotton but for a limited time only, there will be over a kilometre of inflatable water slides and a multi-lane slip n slide the size of a football field, with two lanes just for adults.
For the little ones, children 4 years and under attend free and there will be smaller slides perfect for them to get in on the fun. Food and drink stalls will be available too. This is a special event 13 – 21 January book ahead online here to secure your tickets. Look for the school holiday special on Friday 19 January.

Hide and seek children’s trail

Mt Coot-tha
Designed with both children and parents in mind, the Hide ‘n’ Seek Children’s Trail is nestled in the heart of the shady Exotic Rainforest in the Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha. This is a beautiful walk for people of all ages, but children will be entertained by the surprises and fun facts as they follow the trail map and guide. Trail maps as well as audio and written tour notes are all available here.
Trails a big hit in your fam? Visit more children’s trails in Boondall and Downfall Creek wetlands.

These places and projects should keep your little ones’ minds and bodies busy these school holidays and we hope you’ll find some enjoyment in taking part in these activities too.

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Tessa Beechey


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