Boredom busting ideas for the school holidays

Published 5:00am 18 June 2023

Boredom busting ideas for the school holidays
Words by Ashleigh Howarth

The school holidays are almost here, and if you are wondering how you are going to entertain the kids, don’t stress because we have got you sorted.

Here is a list of some of the events happening in and around Moreton Bay.

Enjoy a day at the Redcliffe Show

The Redcliffe Show returns to the Redcliffe Showgrounds for three big days from Friday, June 30 to Sunday, July 2.

Highlights of this year’s show include Dinkum Dinosaurs puppet show, Eljay BMX stunt shows, Aussie FMX motocross show, pig races, dog show, mini trotters, Trackskill V8 Ute show, ring events including show jumping, woodchopping, pavilion displays, Sideshow Alley and fireworks.

For more information, visit the Redcliffe Show Society website.

The Redcliffe Showground is at Scarborough Rd, Redcliffe.

Experience good-old country hospitality at the Dayboro Show

Organisers of the 66th annual Dayboro Show have put together a bumper program of family friendly activities, live entertainment and country hospitality from July 8-9.

Families will enjoy The Outback Riders - equestrian drill team known for their precision moves and high-speed manoeuvres - as well as the Eljay Freestyle Motorbike Show, a breakdancer from New York, The Seamstresses, Scoot the stunt juggler, a hula hoop circus performer, plus lots of free activities for the kids such as an animal nursery, rock climbing, a puppet/magic show, face painting and more.

All your show favourites including rides, show bags, animals and ring events will also be there.

For more information, visit the Dayboro Show website.

The Dayboro Showgrounds is at 3512 Mount Mee Rd, Dayboro.

Roll up, roll up for the Woodford Show

Round up the family, gather your friends and head to Moreton Bay Hinterland for the annual Woodford Show, which will be held at  Woodford Showgrounds on June 23-24.

Highlights include a monster truck show, fireworks, bull ride rodeo, animal farm, pig racing, Urban Reptiles and more.

For more information, visit the Woodford Show website.

The Woodford Showgrounds is at 38 Neurum Rd, Woodford.

Boredom busting ideas for the school holidays

Bonfire night at Sandstone Point

This winter family friendly event returns to Sandstone Point Hotel on Saturday, July 8.

From 3pm there will be an array of food trucks, fire twirlers, children's rides, campfire singalongs, live entertainment and more. And of course, the night wouldn't be complete without the Bonfire!

For more information, visit the Sandstone Point Hotel website.

The Sandstone Point Hotel is at 1800 Bribie Island Rd, Sandstone Point.

Experience what life was like in the Middle Ages

Children who are interested in history will love the range of activities on offer during the Kids Dig It! School holiday program at the Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology.

Held from June 26-30, the week will include plenty of hands-on and educational fun including archery, designing their own shield, training like a knight and learning about medieval weapons, uncovering medieval artefacts in the archaeological dig, as well as more craft activities, games and dress-ups inside the museum.

Doors open at 9am for the activities to start at 10am.

Tickets start from $8.50. Your entry ticket includes paper craft, medieval dress-ups and board games. All other activities must be booked in the add-ons section of the website.

Head to the Abbey Museum website to book.

The Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology is at 31 The Abbey Pl, Caboolture.

Par-tee at Strathpine Centre

Children will have the opportunity to tee off on a round of mini golf at the Strathpine Centre these June/July school holidays.

The course begins outside the Coffee Club, and each player will need to follow the butterflies to finish outside of Woolworths.

Mini golf will be available daily from 10am-2pm from Monday, June 26 to Saturday, July 8.

No bookings are required.

The Strathpine Centre is at 295 Gympie Rd, Strathpine.

Boredom busting ideas for the school holidays

Chase your mates for hours at Laserzone

Let the kids use up their energy by chasing their friends for hours on end at Laserzone Brisbane.

The venue has a school holiday program, from Monday to Friday, where parents can drop off their kids between 9am-3pm and get unlimited laser games, unlimited arcade games and three bumper car rides for $59.

To book, visit the Laserzone Brisbane website.

Laserzone is at 561 Gympie Rd, Lawnton.

Cardigras Car Show and Markets

Spend an evening admiring classic cars at the Cardigras Car Show and Markets at the Kallangur Fair Shopping Centre on Friday, July 7.

If you would like to display your car, you can enter the car show, with trophies to be presented to some of the best cars on the night.

The event will be held from 5-9pm.

Entry is $10 to display your vehicle, and a gold coin donation for spectators.

Click here to find out more information.

Kallangur Fair Shopping Centre is at Anzac Ave, Kallangur.

Learn some ‘wheely’ cool facts at the Bribie Island Seaside Museum

With a Formula 1-inspired interactive display, model Camaros and a bigger-than-average fidget spinner, there is fun for both kids and adults at the Wheelz exhibition, which is currently on display at the Bribie Island Seaside Museum.

It is free to attend, and bookings are not required.

The museum is open Wednesday to Friday from 10am-4pm and on weekends from 10am-3pm.

The Bribie Island Seaside Museum is at 1 South Esplanade, Bongaree.

Boredom busting ideas for the school holidays

Mermaids, fairies and unicorns to appear at Old Petrie Town

A festival that celebrates all things magical is coming to Old Petrie Town this June.

Little ones will have the opportunity to see mermaids, fairies, unicorns, wizards and even dragons when they appear at the Fantasy Festival on Saturday, June 24.

With a jam-packed day of entertainment, attendees can expect a fun day filled with stage shows, roving performers, workshops, face painting, festival braids, amusement rides, market stalls, a movie screening, as well as plenty of food and drink options.

There will be two sessions on the day - a morning session from 9am-1pm, and an afternoon session from 4-8pm.

This will be the first time the festival has been held in Moreton Bay.

For more information, visit Fantasy Festival Facebook page.

Old Petrie Town is at 901 Dayboro Rd, Whiteside.

Dive into the waters of Moreton Bay at the Redcliffe Museum

Explore a coral garden and get close to some wild and wonderful sea creatures without getting wet by visiting the Imaginarium at Redcliffe Museum.

Their current exhibition, What Lurks Below, explores the animals that call the waters of Moreton Bay home – some of which are cute and strange, others that are a bit scary.

It is free to attend, and bookings are not required.

The museum is open Wednesday to Friday from 10am-4pm and on weekends from 10am-3pm.

The Redcliffe Museum is at 75 Anzac Ave, Redcliffe.

Caboolture Family Play Day

Enjoy lots of free activities including making your own 3D Australian animal, build a cardboard city, design your own Lego creation, play with robots and hunt for clues to win a prize at the Caboolture Family Play Day at the Caboolture Regional Art Gallery.

All the fun will be held from 10am-1pm on Saturday, July 1.

It is free to attend, and bookings are not required.

The Caboolture Regional Art Gallery is at 4 Hasking St, Caboolture.

Visit Bite Markets

Treat your tastebuds to different flavours and cuisines from all over the world at the Bite Markets.

Featuring an array of restaurants in shipping containers, plus live music and entertainment, Bite Markets has something for the whole family.

The markets are held every Friday and Saturday night from 4pm until late at 9 Nolan Dr, Morayfield.

For more information, visit the Bite Markets website.

Ocean Life workshops

Explore the depths of the ocean during the school holiday workshops that are part of the What Lurks Below exhibit.

Three workshops will be held, including weird and wonderful creatures of the sea and shark discovery.

The workshops will be held on Friday, July 7 from 10-11am, 11.15am-12.15pm and 12.45-1.45pm.

It costs $5 to attend a workshop. Entry into the exhibit is free.

Book to secure a spot for your child as spaces are limited.

To reserve your child’s place, click here.

Test your footy skills and knowledge at new exhibition

If you are a major Dolphins fan, you won’t want to miss out on an exciting new exhibition set to open at the Redcliffe Museum.

From Shellgrit to Dolphins takes you inside the world of the Dolphins. From the players to coaches, to club staff and supporters who have red and white running through their veins.

The exhibition, which was developed by Moreton Bay Regional Council, opens on Friday, June 23 and runs until Sunday, October 8.

It is free to attend, and bookings are not required.

Boredom busting ideas for the school holidays

Activities galore at your nearest library

Council’s school holiday program is jam-packed with lots of free activities and workshops for children of all ages to enjoy over the school holidays.

Activities include playing Minecraft, dinosaur encounters, manga drawing, messy play, board games, story time, a puppet show and more.

To see a full list of events happening at your local library, click here.

Get healthy and active with Council

Ditch the screens for more fun and head outdoors with Moreton Bay Regional Council's Winter Active Holidays Program, which is jam-packed with free and low-cost activities for kids aged 2-17.

A number of activities kids can try include the bouldering and high ropes challenge, stand up paddleboarding, drum beats, bicycle awareness and games, yoga, gymnastics, trampolining and tumbling, freestyle scooter lessons, nature walks, tennis, softball, racquetball, archery, self defence, skateboarding, circus skills and more.

To see a full list of events, visit Council’s website.


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