In place of our weekly ‘What’s On’ listings, we’re excited to share ‘What’s O(pe)n’ in the coming weeks!

If we could, we’d high five (that’s so pre-corona) to celebrate a few of our favourite places opening. It’s time to bring back the calendar – here’s the update.

AFL returns
The footy returns this Thursday, and while the stadiums will remain empty for the time being, don’t expect a lacklustre performance from the players. Our local teams will both play on Saturday, with the Brisbane Lions up against the Fremantle Dockers and the Gold Coast Suns playing the West Coast Eagles. We may not be able to cheer them on in person, but you can bet we’ll be tuning in from the comfort (and safety) of our own home. Let’s go!

Drink and dine
Have you hit up a local restaurant since restrictions have eased? It’s practically an out-of-body experience. Most – if not all – of your favourite bars and restaurants are now open, meaning you can finally tee up (Zoom-free) drinks with the girls or that romantic date night you’ve been dreaming of. We’re keen to eat at Same Same in Brisbane and hit up the Howard Smith Wharves, and the likes of The Collective and Burleigh Pavilion on the Goldy.

Get your game on
Pack up your puzzles and topple that Jenga tower – you can officially get your game on at some of the many arcades around town! With the relaxing of restrictions, we’re seeing a number of local game spots throw open their doors and we couldn’t be more excited to hit up our old favourites like Oche in Fortitude Valley, Archie Bros. at Toombul and Level Up Arcade at The Oasis, Broadbeach. It’s officially game on!

Gym junkies, rejoice!
Missed your frequent F45 sessions, or your regular reformer Pilates? Chances are, it’s back open – and trainers are ready and waiting for you to join them! If you’ve grown tired of YouTube workouts or are sick of your local walks, you’ll be chomping at the bit to head back to your old gym or try something new. Just be sure to take your own towel (and maybe some hand sanitiser, too) and follow their strict hygiene practices.

Go wild
We’ve still got a little while to wait, but theme parks and zoos look set to open in the coming weeks. The Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary has announced it will reopen on June 26, and Sea World is offering an unbeatable package for the upcoming school holidays. 

The Gold Coast’s literal Home of the Arts reopened their cinemas last weekend, to much public excitement. While their other offerings – including exhibitions, performances and workshops – are still on hold, there is plenty of HOTA content to enjoy online. Don’t miss the audio-led theatre experience Mountain Goat, Mountain Home Theatre, the unique theatre experience taking families with young children step into their own magical, imaginative world.

It’s been a long time between drinks for the Queensland Art Gallery and the Gallery of Modern Art, but they’re finally opening their doors to be public from Monday June 22 (QAG) and Friday August 7 (GoMA). They’ll be sharing new exhibitions, refreshed galleries and safe and comfortable spaces to explore with your family.



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