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These school holidays are the perfect opportunity to explore your own backyard, but how many of Brisbane’s iconic locations have you visited lately? 

Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner is encouraging Brisbanites and Gold Coasters to get to know the River City this winter, with the city offering hundreds of free and low-cost local experiences to create an epic holiday at home.

Cr Schrinner says the July to September school holidays are the first time in months kids could celebrate new-found freedoms like going to the pool and visiting a library, and Brisbane City Council attractions, including the Planetarium, are gearing up to debut new offerings.

“Our kids have been extraordinarily patient throughout restrictions and we’ve made sure Brisbane is the best place to be these school holidays as we all embrace the chance to explore our own backyard,” Cr Schrinner says. “Wherever you live in Brisbane – or beyond! – we have something to keep your kids and teenagers entertained, so I encourage all families to make a Brisbane bucket list and join in the fun these school holidays.”

Mt Coot-tha’s Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium
“You can visit the planetarium for a trip to outer space, with 31 shows on offer a week including two brand new ones – Europe to the Stars and The Sun: Our Living Star – featured on its giant, 12.5 metre hemispherical projection screen in the Cosmic Skydome,” says Cr Schrinner.

Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens
Kids can head back to earth to explore the Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens and traipse up the brand new walking trail that leads to the lookout, the Lord Mayor says.

Visit the library
“Book lovers can get stuck into our epic range of free online activities including writing and drawing workshops, gardening workshops, book trivia and home craft and STEM activities,” says Cr Schrinner.

Get lost in nature
“For nature lovers, our environmental centres in Boondall Wetlands, Downfall Creek and Karawatha are excited to welcome back residents and boast interactive ways to learn about Brisbane’s native environment.”

Simply ‘Chillout’
“If you’re looking for activities for older kids, our Chillout program offers more than 80 events free and low-cost including skateboarding, kayaking, cooking workshops, abseiling and cartooning,” says Cr Schrinner. “Bookings are essential as spots fill up fast.”

Or explore a new park
During lockdown, the Brisbane City Council worked to roll out brand-new playgrounds, outdoor gyms, sports parks and bushland outlooks that also make for a great day out.

“These new facilities are spread right across Brisbane’s suburbs, with new playgrounds in Bald Hills, Sinnamon Park and Moorooka as well as upgrades to sports fields and precincts at Nundah and West End,” says the Lord Mayor. “Davies Park in West End features a new multi-use games area with skate facilities and a brand-new multi-use court, while a new volleyball court in Boyd Park at Nundah is ready for a game.

“We also recently upgraded Keperra Bushland Lookout, Mount Gravatt Outlook Reserve and Chermside Hills Reserve which are hidden suburban spots for families and kids to escape the city’s hustle and bustle and get amongst nature.”

You can book events by searching ‘What’s On Brisbane’ at www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or call Council on 3403 8888.

Images courtesy of Brisbane City Council

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