LAST WEEKEND // Now thru to Sunday May 7 from 10am – 5pm // GOMA, Foyer, Stanley Pl, South Bank

The free Pip & Pop ‘Rainbow Bridge’ exhibition from ‘We Miss You Magic Land’ in 2011 is here at GOMA. Discover four glittering, imaginary worlds by Pip and Pop, dotted with artificial flowers, plastic trinkets, crystals and sequins. These luminescent dioramas inject make-believe into reality!

For more info visit www.qagoma.qld.gov.au

Now thru to Saturday May 6 at 10am & 12pm // QPAC, Studio 1, Cnr Grey & Melbourne St’s, South Bank

With their puppets of flying chickens, brain transplants and sneaky ninjas – Bunk Puppets have captivated international acclaim for their inventive approach to shadow puppetry. In Sticks Stones Broken Bones a dozen shadow puppet characters are assembled on the spot out of household items, old toys, bits of fluff and bits of card, and then transformed into live cartoons on screen. With all of the puppetry performed in front of the screen, the audience gets a cheeky peek into how the magic is made. It’s like watching a live cartoon show get made up right before your eyes.

For more info visit www.qpac.com.au

Saturday May 6 from 11.30am // Queens Park, Brisbane City

The Brisbane CBD will come to life this Saturday with the Festival of Chariots. Meet in Queens Park at 11.30am to participate in this unique and jubilant street parade. From there, the massive hand-drawn chariot will traverse Elizabeth, then Creek and Adelaide Street’s amidst a fanfare of song and dance. Awaiting in King George Square from 12.30pm until 4pm will be a colourful cultural fiesta. Step back in time to experience the culture of the East, with live music, yoga, market stalls, kids’ activities and face painting, henna, stage plays, cooking demos, and delicious, food and sweets. Bring your whole family for an exciting and colourful day.

For more info visit www.festivalofchariots.com.au

Saturday May 6 from 1.30pm // Lanham Park, 75 Sellheim St, Grange

The Lanham May Fair in Lanham Park is back for its 9th year and will be a family-friendly day packed with activities for the young ones as well as the young at heart. Activities and entertainment include a baby animal farm, pony rides, a jumping castle, face painting and entertainment throughout the afternoon, concluding with a movie in the park at 6.30pm.

For more info visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au

Sunday May 7 at 9.35am & 11.20am // Roma Street Railway Station, Roma St, Brisbane City

All aboard! Grab Dad this Father’s Day and travel through Brisbane on an historic steam train and relive the splendour of a bygone era. Pass through city stations and enjoy river crossings on your journey aboard vintage carriages. A fun and educational morning out and about!

For more info visit www.theworkshops.qm.qld.gov.au

Wednesday May 10 from 9.30am – 10.15am // South Bank Parklands, Little Stanley Street Lawns, South Bank

The Medibank Feel Good Program has been designed to suit all fitness levels, with classes ranging from low impact to high energy options. Bubacise is a class to strengthen and tone new mums as well as introduce movement and motor development in bubs. All classes are free and bookings are not required – just turn up and join in on the fun! All weekday classes take place at the southern end of the Little Stanley Street Lawns

For more info visit www.visitbrisbane.com.au

Thursday May 11 from 9am – 1pm // South Bank Parklands, Little Stanley Street Lawns (northern end), South Bank

Spend a morning playing, creating and discovering with your child at Little Days Out, South Bank’s free children’s program. Held amid the shady trees of the South Bank Parklands, Little Days Out is a series of free children’s workshops designed to suit all interests and skill levels. It’s on every Thursday, with locations and activities changing each week, so there’s always something new to enjoy!

For more info visit www.visitbrisbane.com.au

Now thru to Sunday May 14 // Various locations, Ipswich

The Ipswich Festival is the city’s annual art and cultural celebration showcasing nationally acclaimed artists and emerging local talents through the presentation of specialised community activities and diverse cultural and artistic programs. Festivities commence on Thursday 4 May and continue with a 10 day program of theatre, exhibitions, visual and public art, music, and family focused entertainment until Sunday 14th May.

For more info visit www.ipswichfestival.com.au

Now thru to Sunday September 3 from 9.30am – 5pm // Sciencentre, Level 1, Cnr Grey & Melbourne St’s, South Bank

Families can count on a fun day out with the opening of the new Mathamazing exhibition at Queensland Museum’s Sciencentre. Playfully connecting maths to everyday life, the 22 interactive activities — designed to inspire mathematical curiosity and confidence — add up to a whole lot of fun. Visitors will be able to challenge their lateral thinking and topology as they untangle themselves from handcuffs in the Manacle, solve giant floor puzzles, work their way through mazes, test their reaction time, work out the mass of an unknown object, build an arch that won’t collapse, and explore fractals on a touchscreen.

For more info visit www.sciencentre.qm.qld.gov.au

Now thru to Sunday October 22 // GOMA, Children’s Art Centre, Stanley Place, Cultural Precinct, South Bank

Kate Beynon draws on multiple visual traditions as the foundation for her artworks, including Western and Eastern comic books, mythology, animation, film, graffiti, calligraphy and fashion. In ‘Friendly Beasts’, Kate Beynon brings to life four hybrid figures who are inspired by mythological figures, deities, theatrical masks and supernatural creatures. Young visitors will meet these benevolent friends – Blue Shaman, Lotus Monkey, Tu-Dao Dog and Gorgon Girl – who each have their own traits and personalities and aim to promote imagination, creative expression and fun.

For more info visit www.qagoma.qld.gov.au

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