As any parent will be able to tell you, finding ways to keep your little ones occupied can be a difficult ask. Thankfully though, Brisbane is home to all manner of activities and experiences that even the toughest little critics will love – and here are 10 of the best.
The first official NBA exhibition has begun its tour in Australia, with its first stop in Brisbane. This extensive look into the world of basketball is now open at Queens Plaza.
Over 50 pieces of rare and autographed NBA merchandise are on display throughout the exhibition. Fans will also have the unique opportunity to get up close and personal with items that have played a significant role in shaping the league’s history.
Price: $23 – $32 per personSecure your spot here
Archie Brothers Cirque Electriq doubles as both a circus-themed arcade and bar – in other words, it’s perfect for kids, teens and adults, with more than enough activities for an enjoyable time.
The dazzling Bowen Hills space features plenty of old-school arcade games such as Mario Kart, Hungry Hungry Hippo and Connect 4 Hoops, as well as ten-pin bowling lanes, karaoke, virtual reality experiences, party rooms and more.
Price: $30 for arcade games, $12 for bowling.
If you’re looking for somewhere to take your LEGO-loving kids on a rainy day these school holidays, be sure to check out BrickResales, which is home to Brisbane’s first and largest showroom of pre-loved LEGO.
Located in Coopers Plains, BrickResales is a place where you can dig through the many tubs of pre-loved and brand-new LEGO, and also look at some awesome LEGO displays.
4. Museum of Brisbane
Museum of Brisbane hosts a bunch of free activities for kids, including child-friendly guided tours of the museum, crafts and more.
5. Area 51
Underwood’s massive indoor family entertainment centre Area 51 is wildly popular among families who want to keep their kids occupied for hours at a time. So if parkour, rock climbing, mega slides, ropes courses and trampolining sounds like it will keep the little ones occupied, Area 51 has you covered.
Price: from $15
Area 51 also hosts adults-only nights
6. Hijinx Hotel
Hijinx Hotel is an immersive entertainment space comprising of challenge rooms, making it a perfect activity in Brisbane for kids.
Each of the eccentric and wild escape rooms is designed for a physical or mental challenge, plenty of games to test your skills. The rooms are designed for both kids and adults too.
Price: from $20
7. DIY Invasion
If your kids like to get messy, the Splatter and Splash Room in Stapylton is a choice place to do just that.
You and the kids will start by choosing the music to soundtrack your paint splatter experience. Then, prepare to throw paint bombs at the walls and at blank canvases.
Price: from $40
8. Lyell Deer Sanctuary
Tucked away in a serene hideaway just thirty minutes north of Brisbane, Lyell Deer Sanctuary is the perfect spot to get up close and personal with adorable rescue deer of all sorts, from red and rusa to fallow deer.
The sanctuary, usually open to the public on weekends, is a family-run animal rescue service, home to not only deer but also goats, cows, chickens, guinea pigs, peacocks and more.
Price: from $3
9. Mountview Alpaca Farm
Located just an hour north/south/west of Brisbane at O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards, Mountview Alpaca Farm is home to herd of alpacas so friendly that you can get up close and personal to them.
As for the encounters, you can choose between 15, 30, or 60 minutes of quality time with an alpaca of choice. You’ll take a stroll around the farm with your new furry friend, feeding them along the way.
Price: from $24
10. Dinosaurs Unearthed
If you’re looking for something free and fun to do with the kids, Queensland Museum has a permanent gallery dedicated to dinosaurs.
Learn more about prehistoric times through geological treasures, cutting-edge palaeo technology and ground-breaking research from the museum’s scientists.
You’ll also get to discover Queensland’s own dinosaurs, giant marine reptiles, supersized megafauna, and more.