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20 Must-Do School Holiday Activities

Posted: 2pm 08 May 2020

Besides video games and mobile devices, how else can you keep the kids entertained? This list of school holiday activities near Brisbane is sure to make the kids put the screens down and enjoy the natural surrounds of the Moreton Bay Region.

Outdoor Adventures

1. Animal Kingdom

Bring your little ones for a foray into the Animal Kingdom at White Ridge Farm, a Brisbane animal farm in Elimbah. Interact with friendly and sweet-natured animals such as goats, sheep, ducks, and chickens to alpacas, a camel and even miniature horses and pigs. All these animal farm residents happily roam free across 20 acres of lush green lawns and paddocks and the NEW putt-putt golf course!

Address: 130 Hamilton Road, Elimbah

Opening Hours: Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

2. Caboolture Historical Village

A history lesson for the whole family with interactive displays, the Caboolture Historical Village is a fun-filled day of fun and learning. Children can get up close with old water pumps, butter churns, typewriters and sawmill machinery, in a safe environment. They’ll love playing teacher in the one-room schoolhouse and riding the rails at the local train station. Why not test their strength, by attempting to lift a ball and chain at the prison? If that doesn’t grab their interest, a trip to the morgue and hospital might do the trick. Explaining dentistry devices and technics from sixty years ago, it’s sure to get them brushing their teeth without complaint.

Address: 280 Beerburrum Rd, Caboolture

Opening Hours: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

3. Pick Your Own Strawberries

Does anything taste better than a warm and juicy strawberry freshly picked from the fields? Enjoy a day out in the spring sun with pick your own strawberries at Rolin Farms. Strawberry picking has long been a great activity for family bonding, where children can participate and parents can encourage healthy eating habits in a fun and exciting activity. Stop by the shop to pick up your wooden basket for picking before heading out to the fields either with children in tow or occupied in the playground.

Address: 124 – 190 Rutters Road, Elimbah

Opening Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm, Saturday & Sunday 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

4. Splash into Fun

Our local waterpark near Brisbane is re-opening just in time for school holidays! From Saturday 21st September, your little one’s can run, jump, bounce, slide and swing their energy into exhaustion at AquaSplash Redcliffe. The inflatable obstacle course in Brisbane north features slides, ladders, climbing domes, runways and more.

Address: Pelican Park, Hornibrook Esplanade, Clontarf

Opening Hours: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

5. Butterfly House

Knowing that kids and adults alike are often enamoured by the colourful, winged beauties, the Bribie Island Butterfly House is open to visitors. With a guided tour of the facility by the volunteers, you can step into the butterfly haven and interact with them in their natural environment, even getting to see the breeding lab! If you’re lucky enough, a butterfly may even land on you to create that picture-perfect moment.

Address: 208 First Ave, Bongaree

Opening Hours: Wednesday & Sunday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

6. Marine Adventure

Enjoy some fun in the sun before the summer heat hits and explore our beautiful Moreton Bay Marine Park these school holidays with Dolphin Wild. Spend the day spotting dugongs, turtles and dolphins. If you book before October, you might even spot some passing humpback whales as they make the last leg of their migration back to southern waters. Want to take it one step further for a memorable experience? Cruise over to Moreton Island and book a snorkelling tour to swim with the fish among the Moreton Island wrecks.

Address: Newport Marina, 158 Griffith Rd, Newport

Opening Hours: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

7. Outdoor Skirmish

In the bayside or the hinterland of the Moreton Bay Region you can enjoy a game of skirmish near Brisbane. Chuck on some protective gear, grab a blaster and head out into the bunker or field for a game of paintball. Whether you opt to verse your friends or be in a team together taking down the enemy, paintball skirmish near Brisbane is always a hit…literally.

Mango Hill: 60 Richard Road, Mango Hill | (07) 3203 1647 | http://www.mangohillskirmish.com/

Samford: 321 Mount Samson Rd, Samford | 0427 220 009 | https://www.skirmishsamford.com.au/

8. Fun on the Lake

Playgrounds, picnics, swimming and kayaking – all can be done in one convenient location! Grab your swimmers, pack a lunch and don’t forget the paddlecraft for a day out on Lake Samsonvale. Open public access for paddle craft is available on Lake Samsonvale seven days a week in the designated zone (Zone 2). Paddle craft can only be launched from the launch point at Forgan Cove, off Forgan Road.

Indoor Fun

9. Jump, Flip, Soar

Get your little ninjas learning agility, coordination and balance, all while participating in a family fun school holiday activity near Brisbane at Flip Out Trampoline Park in Strathpine. Throw in some props like hula hoops, parachutes and balls to really test their skills and see what tricks they can learn.

Address: 130-134 Gympie Rd, Strathpine

Opening Hours: Monday – Thursday 9:00 am – 7:00 pm, Friday 9:00 am – 9:00 pm, Saturday 9:00 am – 9:00 pm, Sunday 9:00 am – 7:00 pm.

Please note these are school holiday operating hours.

10. Bowling, Mini-Golf & Laser Tag

Have a game of ten-pin bowling, mini-golf or laser tag all in the one location! Caboolture Bowl and Mini Golf offer an affordable 9-hole Wild West theme mini-golf course, 18 laser tag vests and several lanes for bowling with a revolution disco on Friday & Saturday nights!

Address: 207 Morayfield Rd, Morayfield

Opening Hours: Monday – Thursday 9:00 am – 10:30 pm, Friday & Saturday 9:00 am – 11:00 pm, Sunday 9:00 am – 10:00 pm

11. Harry Potter Shopping

For everything Harry Potter, Store of Requirement is your one-stop Harry Potter Brisbane shop. Offering officially licenced Harry Potter products, Store of Requirement is the answer to the dreams of Potterheads!

Address: 22 Station Street, Samford Village

Opening Hours: Wednesday – Sunday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

12. Rainy Day Activities

Even as the Sunshine State, we tend to get quite a few rainy days throughout the year, rendering a visit to our beautiful natural attractions out of the question. So, if you’re looking to keep dry and stay entertained, these indoor rainy-day activities near Brisbane may be your cup of tea (which is a delicious treat on a rainy day just FYI).

Feeding the Gremlins

13. Delicious Street-Food Eats

Indulge your senses at the northside’s biggest foodie adventure – Bite Markets at North Harbour. Featuring over 40 permanent flavour makers, this food market is sure to hit all the sweet, spicy and savoury spots! Almost 20 Flavour Markers have each created a dedicated Kids Dish, with some starting at $2.50, making Bite the perfect flavour destination for families.

Address: Nolan Drive, Morayfield

Opening Hours: Friday & Saturday 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm

14. Kid-Friendly Restaurants

From petting zoos to soundproof playgrounds, we are truly lucky to have such wonderful family-friendly restaurants in the Moreton Bay Region. The array of restaurants in the region means never running out new, fresh, and locally-sourced dishes to try. Find out our favourite hot spots here.

Family Fun Events

Send the kids off to wear out their energy while you get some peace and quiet or get the family together for some bonding time with these great school holiday activities near Brisbane.

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