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This season trade the classroom for a theatre or gallery and let the kids learn a few cultural lessons instead! We’re looking forward to these events in Brisbane and on the Gold Coast.

HOTA

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

  • Hiccup | September 8 and 9: A sleepy camper, cheeky quokka and inventive emu awake to discover a koala has come down with a loud case of the hiccups.
  • Kids Take Over | September 27 to October 1: HOTA’s school holidays mini fest will deliver a program bursting indoors and out, just for kids.
  • Rainbow Story Hour | Third Friday every month: Little ones can listen to a story read by a member of our LGBTQIA+ community.

Head here for the full lineup of cultural events on at HOTA this spring: 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.

  • The Castles of Tarragindi | From September 9: Children are invited to explore the imaginative artform of the ‘grotesque’ through hands-on and multimedia interactives. 
  • The Alien Others | Now to October 2: Young visitors can see insects and create a postcard inspired by what they see.
  • Gods and Monsters | Now to October 2: Children can learn about Greek mythology through an animation inspired by ancient Greek pottery.

Head here for the full lineup of cultural events on at QAGoMA this spring: 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.

  • Dinosaurs of Patagonia |Now to October 2: Discover sixteen life-sized skeletons from South America’s Age of Dinosaurs.
  • Insect Agency | From September 15: This brand new exhibition, developed by Queensland Museum, will explore the surprising variety of ways insects do good – for the planet and humanity.
  • Little Learners | Thursdays and Fridays: Get hands-on with real museum objects and specimens and explore galleries and collections through play.

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

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.

  • BYO Baby Tour | Tuesdays: Perfect for parents and their babies, head to MoB for a baby-friendly guided tour of the Museum.
  • Bilingual Storytime | Every other Wednesday: Enjoy a charming picture book read in another language and stay on for a craft activity.
  • Little Artist’s Eye Spy | Permanent: With this free MoB Kids activity sheet, transform your visit into an exciting game of Eye Spy.

Head here for the full lineup of cultural events on at Museum of Brisbane this spring: 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.

  • Hide the Dog | September 21 to 23: Intrepid explorers of all ages will delight in this heart-warming, family-friendly celebration of true friendship, big adventure and the power of First Nations cultures.
  • Disney Princess – The Concert |October 1: The music of Disney’s princesses has been the soundtrack to our lives – now these beloved songs will come to life on stage!
  • Bubs and Cuzzies | November 10 to 12: From face painting to colouring in, explore, play and discover in the Festival Ground during Clancestry 2023.

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

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