Wondering how to keep your kids occupied over the summer holidays? Here are our top 10 family friendly summer holiday activities in Brisbane!

Check out some of Brisbane’s new “street libraries”

Street libraries are starting to pop up all over Brisbane. They are “open” in peoples’ front yards and street corners. You and your child are free to take from it whatever tickles your fancy and even contribute a book or two that you would like to share with the world. Little Scholars Street Libraries are popping up slowly but surely, so keep an eye out.

Cedar Creek Falls

A beautiful location at Tamborine mountain. A quick dip in the beautiful, freshwater rock pools will surely cool you off. Pack yourselves a picnic lunch or stop into the Cedar Creek Estate Restaurant when you’re feeling peckish.

Go to the cinema

A timeless option that can be fun for the while family. Head down to your local movie theatre and check out the latest releases. Some upcoming flicks to keep in mind are Mary Poppins Returns, which will be released New Years’ Day, the new How to Train Your Dragon, which is out on January 3rd and Storm Boy, out January 17th.

Southbank Christmas Cinema

For a change from your local cinema, check out the Southbank Christmas Cinema. Operating until December 23rd, the Christmas cinema is located in Southbank Parklands and screens your favourite throwback holiday flicks. Bring a picnic blanket, some snacks and share some of your childhood favourites with the family.

Brisbane’s Mini Farm

Located at Greenbank, the mini farm is open every day from 8am-4pm during the school holidays. The kids will be exposed to all creatures great and small. Arts, crafts, pony rides, a mechanical bull and playground are just some of the activities on offer and are sure to keep everyone entertained all day. Entry is $5 per person

Christmas parade in Queen Street Mall

Presented by David Jones, the parade occurs every night at 7pm until Sunday 23rd December and it’s free to attend.


For an easy and cheap day of family bonding, pack up a picnic mat, some snacks and perhaps a Frisbee and head to your favourite local picnic spot to soak up some sun. Popular locations include New Farm Park, Wynnum-Manly foreshore or the city’s botanic gardens. You may even take this opportunity to teach your little ones how to make certain foods for themselves! Some easy options to start with may be sandwiches or a classic chocolate cake.

Flipside circus workshops, Alderley

For the young ones that are more physically inclined, Flipside circus runs workshops during December and January. They have something for all ages and at all experience levels. Sit back and relax as they are taught to balance, flip, fly and tumble. This is also a great, unique option to keep in mind for future birthday parties!

Bunnings workshops

Bunnings warehouse offer fun holiday workshops for the kids every weekend. The activities are ever changing and may include planting, woodworking and painting. Alternatively, you can visit their website and complete some of their DIY projects from home!


Running from January 18th – 20th and again January 25th – 27th, Slideapalooza is “Australia’s largest waterslide festival”. The event is at Sirromet Winery in Mount Cotton and will be filled with single-lane slides, sky-high slides and kids’ zones. Tickets must be purchased in advance and there is a maximum capacity so get in early. Check out their website for all essential info.