6 Things to do in Brisbane with kids
I can’t be everywhere to discover new things to do with my kids, no matter how much I wish I could. I’ve asked a few friends to jump in with what they love to do in their cities. Jeska from Flights.com is sharing her favorite spots around Brisbane and the best things to do with kids around the city.
If you are planning a trip to Queensland, Australia with your children, you can’t go wrong spending a few days in the state’s biggest city, Brisbane. While it’s the capital of what is known as the “Sunshine State,” Brisbane not only serves up great outdoor activities, but lots of cool museums, galleries, exhibits, and educational facilities. Whether you’re looking to spend your time indoors or outdoors, there are plenty of child-friendly attractions to check out in Brisbane. Read on for six top spots to add to your family’s itinerary.
1. Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA)
One of the most well-regarded art galleries in Australia, the Gallery of Modern Art is situated in the inner-city suburb of South Bank. GOMA features the country’s only purpose-built children’s activity center that is situated within an art gallery. Although adults can spend hours browsing the ever-changing exhibits, the Gallery also caters extensively to kids. The Children’s Art Centre features two whole floors of interactive projects and activities. Little ones can take their time engaging in multi-media artistic activities that help to encourage and expand creativity. The Gallery of Modern Art has been educating and entertaining children with dedicated exhibits since 1998, and has worked with over 170 artists from around the world to do so.
2. QLD Maritime Museum
Children that love to picture themselves as pirates or seafaring adventurers are sure to love a trip to the Queensland Maritime Museum. Located in South Bank as well, the Museum sits on the Brisbane River and educates children and adults alike on many of the Australia’s historical maritime stories. Kids can view displays that depict adventures and unfortunate incidences that have happened along the Queensland coast, as well as spend time exploring a restored 1944 navy frigate, the HMAS Diamantina. A map in the venue points out the location of over 1,500 shipwrecks that have occurred in Queensland since 1791. The museum is also home to the yacht Ella’s Pink Lady that record-setting teen Jessica Watson sailed solo around the world.
3. Mount Coot-Tha Botanic Gardens and Lookout
To get back to nature, take a trip to the beautiful Mount Coot-Tha Botanic Gardens. The Lookout at this peaceful spot provides not only great views of the built environment of the city proper and surrounding suburbs, but also showcases picturesque sights of Moreton Bay and the winding Brisbane River. The Botanic Gardens is a perfect spot for a picnic lunch, and there is a cafe on site if you don’t come prepared. Kids are also sure to love some exploration time at the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium that is on-site.
4. Ipswich Art Gallery
Situated about 25 miles outside of the state’s capital, the Ipswich Art Gallery is well-worth a visit any time you’re holidaying in Brisbane. The venue features a dedicated Children’s Gallery and regularly serves up specifically-curated exhibitions that help kids to learn, explore, and engage all of their senses, especially touch. Interactive exhibitions are hosted year-round that encourage young ones to develop an interest in art, to foster creative play, and to build self-esteem through the arts. The Ipswich Art Gallery is one of the most popular regional galleries in Australia and also draws crowds with live performances, art workshops, and a variety of family-friendly events.
5. State Library
Although you might not think a state library is a common place for children to spend time, the Brisbane venue is a great spot to take your kids. Located in South Bank, this library features a permanent child-friendly space known as The Corner. This area is designed especially for little ones (in particular the newborn to 8-year-old age group), and provides a wide variety of free activities, online games, digital exhibitions and reading options. Kids can have fun using their minds, bodies and hands as they participate in creative play. Classes include puppet-making and performances, stage play, singing, reading, cooking, yoga, and paper crafts.
6. Queensland Museum and Science Center
Another South Bank destination not to miss is the Queensland Museum and Science Centre. Housing over a million different specimens, artefacts and objects, the venue is the place to learn about science, natural history, human achievement and Australia’s cultural heritage. The Museum is spread over five levels and hosts a number of exhibitions, public programs, and displays. Kids can have fun checking out Australian animals such as spiders, snakes, and sharks; they can also experiment with gravity, be awed by large dinosaur displays, or learn about other areas of science.
Jeska is a North American traveler who is dedicated to seeking and exploring her very own continent to find all the hidden treasures it has to offer. Featured image courtesy of darkday/Flickr.