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Looking for fun ways to spend the school holidays and give the kids a culture fix at the same time? We’ve done the leg work for you!

HOTA

When it comes to culture hubs on the Gold Coast, you can’t go past our literal Home of the Arts, HOTA!

  • ‘Dumpling Dreams’ // Now through to April 18, 2022: A whimsical dumpling dreamscape full of fun, discovery and adventure.
  • ‘Kids Imagine: Cities of the Future’ // December 13: Calling all aspiring architects, designers and urban planners…
  • ‘Pick N Mix’ // December 10 through to January 23, 2022: Sprinklers on the lawn, 80’s concerts, roller nights, giant games, outdoor concerts, open-air cinema, sunset cocktails and more.

Head here for the full lineup of cultural events on at HOTA this summer: www.hota.com.au

QAGoMA

From the modern art on display at GoMA to the unmissable classics in the Queensland Art Gallery, this is one spot you’ll happily spend an entire family day out.

  • ‘APT10 Kids’ // Now through to April 25, 2022: Seven projects by artists from across the Asia Pacific region that celebrate inclusion, diversity, collaboration and community.
  • ‘Roy and Matilda’ // Permanent: Discover paintings with Roy and Matilda, two friendly mice who live behind a tiny door in the Queensland Art Gallery.
  • ‘Kids Trail’ // Permanent: Discover a wild and wonderful menagerie of animals hiding in the Australian Art Collection.

Head here for the full lineup of cultural events on at QAGoMA this summer: www.qagoma.qld.gov.au 

Queensland Museum and SparkLab

Giant dinosaurs, flying whales and a live ‘science bar’ are just a few of the wondrous sights and experiences you’ll discover here.

  • ‘Brickman: Wonders of the World’ // Now through to January 30, 2022: Go on an interactive trip throughout history, no passport required (though bookings are essential).
  • ‘Lost Creatures’ // Permanent: Be introduced to some of Queensland’s long-lost inhabitants, including dinosaurs and megafauna.
  • ‘SparkLab’s Maker Space’ // Now through to December 31, 2021: Ignite your imagination in this interactive science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) space.

Head here for the full lineup of cultural events on at Queensland Museum and SparkLab this summer: www.qm.qld.gov.au

Museum of Brisbane

Not to be confused with the Queensland Museum on the south side of the river, the Museum of Brisbane in Brisbane City Hall offers a world of wonder and learning just waiting to be explored.

  • ‘Teens Behind the Scenes’ // December 17: This exclusive summer workshop answers the question: What goes on behind locked doors in a Museum?!
  • ‘Full Bloom Sunflower Wall’ // December 17 through to December 24: Make your own plush sunflower to add to the wall, or take it home to brighten up your room.
  • ‘Ibis City’ // January 3 through to January 9: Birds of a feather flock together when you transform part of this exhibition into a bin chicken bonanza.

Head here for the full lineup of cultural events on at Museum of Brisbane this summer: www.museumofbrisbane.com.au 

QPAC

The state’s home of performing arts, there’s always an amazing play or musical to catch with the kids at QPAC.

  • ‘A Christmas Carol’ // December 2 through to December 24: The award-winning stage spectacle returns to lift your spirits and get you into the festive mood.
  • ‘Queensland Ballet’s The Nutcracker’ // December 16 through to December 23: Be captivated by an enchanting Christmas Eve story, featuring a dance by the Sugar Plum fairy and a Waltz of the Flowers in the Land of the Sweets.
  • ‘Guess How Much I Love You’ // January 5 through to January 9: Join the enchanting adventure of Little and Big Nutbrown Hare as they discover the magic and colour of the seasons.

Head here for the full lineup of cultural events on at Museum of Brisbane this summer: www.qpac.com.au

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