Bored of the same old school holiday activities? Us too. That’s why we’ve compiled ten of our favourite, albeit slightly different places to go and things to do these school holidays into one handy list. You’re welcome.
Days at the museum
Visiting the museum may not be a ‘different’ school holiday go-to exactly, but the Museum of Brisbane’s MoB Kids program does deliver the coolest, freshest activities time and time again. Take their ‘Design your own skateboard deck’ workshop for example. On Sunday September 29 and Sunday October 6, at the Museum of Brisbane’s ‘The Studio’, learn how to spin a skateboard deck into an awesome work of art. Your kids won’t just roll away with the know-how to turn any timber skateboard into an awesome design – they’ll even get to take home their creation! This workshop is perfect for kids aged nine and up, and costs $40 (all materials and equipment are included).
Skate All Day
Once you’ve designed your custom skateboard, you’ll need somewhere to ride it – and you can’t go past Skate All Day at Arundel. The brain child of former pro skater Trevor Ward, Skate All Day was built with the world class skateboarding training facilities of the USA in mind. There are five areas – from a full-size ‘Olympic’ street course to a vert ramp, along with a mini ramp area, flatground and beginners’ area – plus an on-site café for mum and dad. As if all that wasn’t enough, Skate All Day have just opened a brand-new BMX/scooter zone. Check out their school holiday program online now.
Make it a morning tea
Boozy brunches be gone – we’re all about morning tea dates with the little ones in tow these school holidays, and there are two stand-out spots we’re keen to do them in. In the big smoke, Hawthorne’s new Sister Café is the answer to our peachy pink dreams. With dishes like breakfast gnocchi and gingerbread waffles, we can see ourselves returning here time and time again these holidays. On the Gold Coast, Burleigh’s Next Door Espresso has teamed up with the high-end homewares curators at St Barts to bring the beloved Brisbane boutique back to the Gold Coast where it first began. The result? A literal one-stop shop for everything from caffeine to cushions.
The clever crafters at our favourite workshop spot are celebrating school holidays in true Craft Parlour style, meaning you can look forward to plenty of kid-friendly classes these holidays. There’s plenty of crafty fun to be had at the kids’ craft days on September 24, September 26 and October 1, while on October 2 and 3 you can come along for rainbow cushion or shibori making. Oh, and they’re also hosting kids’ cacti painting on September 25. If you need us these holidays, we’ll be at the Craft Parlour.
When the hotly-anticipated Husk Distillers threw open its doors just a few months ago, we knew it was the perfect place for a boozy get-together – we didn’t realise it was going to be an awesome family day out location, too. Let the kids run wild and sip on Husk Farm’s famous Ink Gin, a lá Margot Robbie, or take a tour of the grounds to see how and where their rave-worthy drops are made. At the very least, consider it prime position for some new family happy snaps – the grounds are incredibly photogenic, to say the least.
For a day trip a little further south, why not stop into Brunswick Heads? Brunswick tends to live in the shadow of its more famous southern neighbour, but we think it can totally hold its own. It’s fast become a haven family fave for its quirky charm and awesome food spots. Follow the trail of fairy houses, or pack a picnic to enjoy by the river. And, if you’re feeling indulgent, treat yourselves to a long lunch in the courtyard at the historic Brunswick Heads Hotel. Bliss.
We’re pretty blessed to live halfway between the bright lights and beaches, but if there’s one thing we don’t often get to experience here in metropolitan south-east Queensland, it’s farm life. Luckily for us, two places have changed that. Farm&Co at Cudgen offers breakfast, lunch or coffee, fresh country air and lush farmland galore. Wander the farm, enjoy the sunflowers, feed the pigs or chickens and simply get back to nature – and take a little bit of hit home from the Farm Store on your way out. Further south, the Farm at Byron offers a similar experience – rustic buildings, plenty of plants and animals and the most delicious farm-to-table restaurant if you’re feeling a little bit fancy.
Rediscover Surfers Paradise
From Holey Moley to Infinity, Padlock’d Escape Rooms to the newly revamped Beer Garden, Surfers Paradise screams family fun. But there’s no week it’s more kid-friendly than Surfers Paradise Kids Week, which returns these school holidays. From September 28 until October 4, catch all of your favourite heroes when they fly into town for the city’s ultimate celebration of all things KIDS. Catch the free feature shows, character meet and greets and loads more – and for more Surfers Paradise fun, check out this spread from our sister mag, scout.
Swim in the city
Sure, we’re spoilt with some of the world’s best swimming beaches right on our doorstep, but sometimes we love staying close to the hustle and bustle and dipping our toes in the water while we’re at it. GC-siders will tell you that the Rockpools at the Broadwater Parklands are where spring and summer holiday memories are made. They’ve seriously got everything. If you’re up north in Brisbane, it’s gotta be Streets Beach at South Bank – where else can you browse through markets, enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert and wade through crystal clear waterways? For more ideas, check out our spread on the lesser-known beaches not far from the city.
Saturday morning sport is – hopefully – on hold, so why not make the most of your free weekends and hit the markets? There are so many to choose from, whether you love fresh farm produce, fashion or family-friendly fun… or all three rolled into one! Burleigh’s the Village Markets deserve an honourable mention, as do Hide & Seek children’s markets at Elanora. Brisbanites, why not visit the time-tested Jan Powers markets or the city’s Suitcase Rummage? Check out our full markets listing.