INSIDE: Roam the Gnome’s Epic Guide of all the fun things to do in Brisbane with kids and family. Updated 2019.
Brisbane is the most family friendly city in Australia.
There’s NO doubt about that.
The weather is warm, the people are generous of spirit, there’s LOTS of open space and parkland in the city, and plenty of room to walk (or run) by the river.
The SPACE in this city is one reason people move here.
Brisbane is a relaxed, soul reviving place with enough city vibe, events, shows, art and culture to satisfy the most die-hard city dwellers.
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Getting around Brisbane
Here’s our monster guide to getting around Brisbane.
Ride a city cycle bike around Brisbane CBD for FREE! (Well, so long as you swap bikes every half hour. There is also a daily subscription fee of $2. But it’s worth it.)
Eating in Brisbane with Kids
Roam the Gnome loves Sushi Edo Brisbane. The boys do too. Especially ordering by ipad! Super fun.
Check back soon for more yummy places to eat with Kids in Brisbane.
Things to do in Brisbane with Kids
- Visit GOMA (Gallery of Modern Art) with kids. There’s new hands-on exhibitions every few months, so you can call in again and again. They also run Toddler Tuesday at GOMA too.
- The Brisbane Science Centre on the ground floor is full of hands-on games and activities for kids. Visit the Whale mall while you are there, and then head into the Queensland Museum to see all the stuffed taxidermy animals. It’s weird but wonderful.
- The Cube at QUT (QLD University of Technology) usually has school holiday tech activities and digital showcases. We loved the Dino Zoo at the Cube QUT.
- Look out for the next MUDWORLD event in Brisbane. SO. MUCH. FUN.
- Check out what’s on for kids at QPAC. We buy tickets for shows (such as the Mad Hatters Tea Party by Funatorium or Steve Backshall’s Deadly 60) every school holidays.
Epic Playgrounds in Brisbane for Kids
Brisbane has the BEST playgrounds around. Visit these ones for yourselves!
- Be enchanted by the magical New Farm Park playground in amongst the Moreton Bay figs.
- Walk down from Queen Street Mall to find this all-abilities playground in the Brisbane Botanical Gardens.
- Riverside Green playground at Southbank
- Picnic Island Green at Southbank is just a bit further along too
- The Lobley Park Ipswich Airport themed playground is fun for kids
- We ADORE the whimsical FUNderwood Hollow Playground in Underwood Park, Priestdale. And you will too!
- Here’s another playground with a cute backstory! Hidden World playground in Fitzgibbon.
- Frew Park Milton playground in Brisbane is the best one for older kids and teenagers. It’s cool!
- Visiting Ikea in Logan? Stop by this playground afterwards. It’s just across the highway.
Special events in Brisbane
Held yearly, the Christmas Carols in Brisbane held in the St Johns Cathedral will send shivers up and down your spine. What a place to immerse yourself in the Christmas spirit!
Take the kids to see a Musical at QPAC. Roam the Gnome, the kids and I LOVED the Wizard of Oz
Oktoberfest in Brisbane has a family day, specially for families and kids.
Out of the Box festival for kids is great fun and happens once a year, with bucketloads of art events, shows, and creative things to do for kids in Brisbane. Our favourite Out of the Box festival experience so far was definitely the Bubble Show!
Farm Stays near Brisbane
Lillydale Farm Stay tops our list of Brisbane farmstay experiences. We made a video. Check it out here.
Things to do in Ipswich with Kids
Here’s a quirky one. Take the kids in the early evening to try to spy the mysterious Bremer River creatures in Ipswich.
Make a day of it by visiting the Queens Park playground in Ipswich , the Ipswich Nature Centre (it’s FREE!), and the Ipswich Art Gallery has ever-changing exhibitions for kids. Don’t forget to stop by the Bob Gamble Park Waterpark (it’s FREE too!).
More Things to Do Around Brisbane
The Goomeri Pumpkin Festival has a pumpkin rolling contest. Plus pumpkin scones!
Did you know there’s a Mary Poppins Festival in Maryborough each year? This festival celebrates all things Mary Poppins. They even have a Chimney Sweep competition!
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