Friday March 15 thru to Sunday March 17, from 9.30am ‘til 4pm // Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, South Bank

Enjoy a fantastic day out for the whole family at Australia’s favourite parenting event. Supporting parents, new and expectant mothers with education and free advice to assist with the parenting journey, the show will feature the hottest new products from around the world where you can discover and compare baby brands. Shop from more than 150 fantastic pregnancy, baby and toddler brands including Love n Care, Silvercross, Redsbaby, Icandy, Jalna and Baby and Toddler Town – Bugaboo, just to name a few. There will be an Advice Hub for personalized, one-on-one consultations with the Australian Doula College, Gidget Foundation, Parentline QLD and more, as well as Beginners Guide Live Forums cover a wide range of topics, including A Healthy Body & Mind, Birth Plans, Breastfeeding, Safe Sleeping, Travelling with Kids and more. Guest expert speakers include breastfeeding expert Pinky McKay, industry leading experts and everyday parents. Enjoy live performances all weekend from popular children’s entertainers Peppa Pig, Ben & Holly and Bob the Builder, then head to the Meet & Greet area after each show for a happy snap! There will also be a limited series of First Aid courses by Mater Mothers’ available. Seriously, this event is not one to miss.

Friday March 15, from 6am ‘til 9am & 11am ‘til 2pm // Queen Street Mall, Brisbane City

Assemble your superheroes and sign up to the Leukaemia Foundation’s World’s Greatest Shave and join thousands of Australians shaving their hair and raising money for the 60000 Australians living with a blood cancer, and their families. If you’re not game enough to shave yourself, make sure you support your local ‘Be Brave and Shave’ participants for this amazing cause.

Friday March 15 thru to Wednesday April 3 // Various locations, Brisbane

Brisbane will come to life with a myriad of curious encounters with Science, Technology and the Arts. From the South Bank Cultural Precinct to the creative Hub centred around the Brisbane Powerhouse in New Farm, the city will be transformed by a fully-immersive, sensory experience for everyone. Touch, see, hear, taste, learn, play and wonder.

Friday March 15 thru to Saturday October 19 // Queensland Museum, South Bank

Come face to face with NASA’s remarkable achievements in human space flights and space exploration – the greatest adventure that humans have ever undertaken. Discover the exciting history of rocket science and space flight, and learn about some of the most extraordinary accomplishments in space technology. NASA – A Human Adventure is the most comprehensive and extensive touring space flight exhibition in the world, featuring an extraordinary collection of more than 250 historically significant artefacts from the United States and Soviet Union space programs.

Now thru to Saturday March 16 // Elanora Skatepark, Elanora

An awesome platform for the future of Australian skating, Bowlzilla creates opportunities for local skaters to celebrate all that makes skateboarding great with art, music and the competitions is the goal. The unique skateboard festival on the celebrates the end of summer and brings the skating world to the Gold Coast with a unique combination of music and skating. It is part of the International Skateboarder’s Union bowl world skating series and the Australian Skateboarding Federation national bowl skating series. A showcase of the most dynamic and fastest growing discipline in skating; park and bowl.

Saturday March 16, from 1.30pm // Queen Elizabeth Park, Coolangatta

Exemplifying the great Australian outdoor summer, By the C with John Farnham – and special guests Daryl Braithwaite, Jon Stevens, Vanessa Amorosi and Ross Wilson – is a celebration of live music, food and community on iconic coastal locations around Australia. Fans of Australian music and good vibes won’t want to miss this event.

Saturday March 16 // Brisbane CBD

Clear your calendar and get ready to paint the town green! There will be picnics, live music and food stalls in the Botanical Gardens after the parade so make sure you stick around. Last year’s parade attracted 30,000 onlookers, and this year the addition of bigger, better floats and displays is sure to draw even more!

Saturday March 16 thru to Saturday April 13 // Dust Temple, Currumbin

Sylva has been painting for 20 years. Always big, always expressive. Having studied and exhibited near and far – we’re talking the Gold Coast to New York – Sylva has been back in Australia since 2015 but has not shown her work publicly since leaving New York. Now, she is presenting her new show ‘Triggered’ – her first show in Australia since 2001 – at Dust Temple until mid-April.

Saturday March 16 thru to Saturday June 1 // Brisbane Arts Theatre, Petrie Terrace

Roald Dahl’s classic book about the 24-foot-high Big Friendly Giant and a little orphan called Sophie comes to life on stage in The BFG. In one of Dahl’s most outlandish stories, the BFG and Sophie must team up to save the children of England from the child-eating giants, ably assisted by the Queen of England and the heads of the army and air force.

Sunday March 17, from 11am ‘til 3pm // Kombumerri Park, Mermaid Waters

Roll up, roll up! The coolest family St Patrick’s fun day is on this weekend to celebrate St Pat’s Day and raise money for the Broadbeach Robina Junior Cricket Club. It’s free entry and the day includes a Parade at 11am followed by Irish dancers, as well as live music, green beer, bouncy castles, food trucks, balloon twisters, face painters, a one-hour magic show, cricket games for kids and much more entertainment.

Now thru to Sunday March 17 // QUT Gardens Theatre, Brisbane City

After sell-out seasons across the world, including London’s West End & Broadway, The Gruffalo returns to Australia! Join Mouse on a daring adventure through the deep, dark wood in this magical, musical adaptation of the classic picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. Searching for hazelnuts, Mouse meets the cunning Fox, the eccentric old Owl and the party mad Snake. Will the story of the terrifying Gruffalo save Mouse from ending up as dinner for these hungry woodland creatures? After all, there’s no such thing as a Gruffalo – is there?

Monday March 18, from 3.30pm ‘til 6.15pm // All Saints Anglican College, Merrimac

Score two workshops for one great price! ‘Learning Differences’, led by Marion McMahon, will dispel myths and misconceptions to ensure that every parent, child and affected adult and teacher can succeed. Then, Lois Letchford will share the story of Nicholas, who went from having the worst learning difficulties his diagnostician had ever seen to earning a PhD at Oxford University.

Wednesday March 20 thru to Friday March 22, from 9am ‘til 5pm // Somerset College, Mudgeeraba

The writers’ festival for the Gold Coast, this annual three-day event is part of the long-running event that delivers a series of literary experiences along with workshops, masterclasses and featured authors throughout the year. Storyfest nurtures emerging writers and provides opportunities for readers and writers alike, offering over 130 events to the wider community.

Wednesday March 20 thru to Sunday March 24 // Various locations, Brisbane

Presented by Queensland Museum the festival brings some of Australia’s and the world’s most eminent scientists and educators out of the labs and into Brisbane’s Cultural Precinct and regional Queensland. Be prepared to be amused and amazed as Australia’s favourite science communicator Dr Karl Kruszelnicki returns for Extreme Moments in Science. One of the most popular attractions back again at the festival is ‘The Hatchery’, showcasing and supporting turtle conservation, where visitors will have the opportunity to view baby loggerhead turtles hatching from eggs that are incubated onsite and timed to emerge during the festival. The popular and FREE Street Science! extravaganza, will also return and change Brisbane’s Cultural Forecourt into a massive science experiment for two days (23-24 March), with free hands-on activities for everyone, including robots, drones, and explosive science shows on the Osmosis Stage.

Friday March 22, at 12pm & 1.30pm // QPAC, South Bank

Catch radio’s favourite scientist when he takes the stage at QPAC, presenting two special sessions for school kids! In the ‘Q&A with Dr K’, students will get to ask their burning science questions – no matter what they are. And, in ‘Future Careers in Science’ Dr Karl will share why science is the best mental toolbox for endless career possibilities. It’s all part of the World Science Festival.

Saturday March 23, from 4pm // Skyline Rooftop Bar, Surfers Paradise

Book a babysitter and fill your cup with a night dedicated to friendship and guilt-free self-care! Make new friends and run into old ones, whilst having a tonne of fun enjoying fun experiences, delicious eats and a glass of bubbles (or two, who’s counting?). Your ticket includes optional pre-event speed friending and buddy system (arrive at 4pm), a special guest speaker, a luxe goodie bag, grazing table and a complimentary glass of wine or non-alcoholic beverage on arrival.

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