Now thru to Sunday September 2 // Broadwater Parklands & Owen Park, Southport

It’s finally here! The Gold Coast Show – now in it’s 112th year – kicks off TODAY, and there’s no better place to catch all of your show favourites. Whether it’s equestrian, sideshow alley, wood-chopping, baby animals, arts and crafts, beach camel rides, incredible live music or a stroll through the famous Showbag Pavillion, the Gold Coast Show packs a serious punch this year and is not to be missed. Plus, the incredible LUMINOCITY Festival will also debut at this year’s Show, turning Southport into a gallery of illuminated artworks that will transform some of our most iconic destinations. The best part? This year – in another Show first – entry is FREE. Yep, you read that right! Let’s get this show on the road!

For more info visit www.goldcoastshow.com.au

Now thru to Sunday September 2 // Fortitude Valley, Brisbane

Brisbane’s biggest street party is back! Catch all of the action of the jam-packed five-day program, including live music and performances, fantastic food, insightful workshops and visual arts across three laneways and more than 40 venues in Brisbane’s iconic Fortitude Valley precinct. Head to the Brunswick Street Mall Main Ring for plenty of free entertainment, or jump online to see the smaller events happening throughout the Valley.

For more info visit www.myvalley.com.au

Now thru to Sunday September 2 // Various locations, Event Cinemas

It’s the film that children who grew up with the comforting words and surprising wisdom of Winnie the Pooh and his motley crew of loveable pals have been waiting for, and you have the chance to see it before it’s officially hits cinemas on September 13. Catch the live-action adventure, as well as plenty of family friendly activities, this weekend by signing up to Event Cinemas members club (it’s free to join!).

For more info visit www.eventcinemas.com.au

Sunday September 2

Whether it’s a dad, a granddad, an uncle or a friend, everyone has a father in their life – and this Sunday is the day to celebrate them! Get them a quality gift or try a fun activity, (we’ve got some ideas here and here), or simply spend some quality time kicking back and hanging out with them. However you choose to spend the day, be sure to make this the best Father’s Day ever!

Monday September 3 at 9am // Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School, Terranora & Tweed Heads South

Choosing which school to send your kids to is a massive decision, but a helpful chat with an expert can make all of the difference. Knowing this, Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School are hosting a Principal’s Tour of their Mahers Lane campus for all prospective parents hoping to have a look around. Book your Principal’s Tour on their website.

For more info visit www.lindisfarne.nsw.edu.au

Monday September 3 & Tuesday September 4 at 10am, 12pm & 6pm // HOTA, Surfers Paradise

Kangaroos don’t dance, they hop – at least, that’s Josephine the kangaroo has been told. So, what happens when a determined Josephine decides that she does, in fact, want to dance? A 45-minute musical packed with great songs, fun costumes, humour and a big old dose of optimism, that’s what. Catch the stage-adaptation of the beloved picture book by Jackie French and Bruce Whatley when it plays to audiences at the Gold Coast’s HOTA – but only for two nights!

For more info visit www.hota.com.au

Now thru to Wednesday September 5 // QPAC, South Bank

Hurry, there’s not much time left to catch ‘George’s Marvellous Medicine’ at QPAC! Coming direct from the Sydney Opera House – where he played to a sold-out season – George and his marvellous medicines are delighting Brisbane audiences with a show filled with music, magic and mischief. Be sure to see it before it finishes on September 5!

For more info visit www.qpac.com.au

Friday September 7

It’s Australia’s largest campaign dedicated to preventing child sexual assault, and it returns next Friday, September 7, for its 22nd year. Host a small morning tea with friends or get the whole office involved and organise a donation to help Bravehearts break the silence about child sexual assault.

For more info visit www.whiteballoonday.com.au

Friday September 7 from 6.30pm – 8.30pm // Logan West Community Centre, Browns Plains

The Queensland Blue Light Association are on a mission to enhance the lives of youths under 18-years-old, and their Blue Light Discos are the ultimate kids’ night out! At just $5 entry, your kids (ages 6-14 only) can dance the night away with their friends in fabulous fancy dress and enjoy tasty pizza and items from the canteen, while you can feel confident that they’re in good hands, as the event is fully supervised by police.

For more info visit www.facebook.com/BrownsPlainsBlueLight

Friday September 7 thru to Saturday September 15 // QPAC, South Bank

Be right there in the crowd when Ben Stevenson’s acclaimed production of Cinderella sprinkles magic and fairy dust all over QPAC from September 7. The classic fairy-tale is reimagined with dancers from Queensland Ballet, and music performed by the Queensland Festival Philharmonic Orchestra, and is sure to delight audiences young and old. But hurry – Cinderella must leave Brisbane after September 15, when her magic spell runs out!

For more info visit www.qpac.com.au

Now thru to Saturday September 15 // Brisbane Arts Theatre, Petrie Terrace

We all know the story… girl goes to grandma’s house, girl meets wolf, wolf eats grandma – or, do we? The musical adventure, ‘The Real Story of Little Red Riding Hood’, takes children into the world of Little Red with a new adaptation on the classic story. You can count on music, laughter and a whole lot of fun when you catch this one at the Brisbane Arts Theatre.

For more info visit www.artstheatre.com.au

Now thru to Sunday October 28 // Museum of Brisbane, Brisbane City

Got a budding architect in the family? Give them the chance to create their dream home – Queenslander-style, naturally – at MoB Kids’ ‘Dream Build’ event, on now! With a template designed by the creative brain behind BRISTOPIA, Megan McKean, your kids can give Brisbane’s classic timber and tin homes a whimsical makeover, colouring, cutting and building 3D paper house for them to take home.

For more info visit www.museumofbrisbane.com.au

On the lookout for family-friendly fun around Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Byron Bay? Check out our full list of calendar events…


For all of the best family-friendly events going on this week and aaaall month long in Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Byron Bay, check out what we’ve got on the calendar!

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