Today is the official start of the school holidays here in Brisbane, and for those of us with kids it is a welcome change from lunchboxes, uniforms and the punishing school schedule.
It marks the start of relaxed sunshine-filled days where everyone gets along, and nobody fights or argues with each other and….
Aaah there it is. Reality. As much as we love the school holidays there’s no denying that it can be bloody hard work! And when the cry of “I’m bored” echoes throughout the house it strikes fear into the hearts of the staunchest parent.
So how do you cope with a “bored” attack?
In my experience getting out of the house is the key to surviving through the holidays so I’ve rounded up some awesome activities to keep the troops entertained – and you sane!
One of GOMA’s most popular interactive installations is back! The concept behind Yayoi Kusama’s Obliteration Room is simple – the room and everything in it is completely white creating a blank canvas. Then children are given sheets of coloured sticker dots and can go nuts sticking them anywhere they like in the room – “obliterating” it with colour! Kids of all ages will enjoy getting busy with the stickers and making their mark on this collaborative art experience.
WHEN: 10.00 am – 5.00 pm daily
WHERE: GOMA – Children’s Art Level
Children 8 and under will love The Corner at the State Library of Queensland! Purpose designed as a creative play space for children from 0 – 8 years, The Corner invites children and their carers to become monsters and throw themselves into guided imaginative play, story-telling and craft activities. Let the wild rumpus begin!!
WHEN: 10.00 am – 12.00 pm daily
WHERE: Level 1, State Library
Discover the human body through a series of mind-boggling experiments! “Humanoid Discovery” is the new interactive exhibition at the Science Centre, and gives visitors the chance to learn about the mysteries of the human body from the inside out. Experiments include testing your pain receptors on a real-life bed of nails and “Pull my Finger” where kids can combine food and drinks and measuring how much gas they will create!
WHEN: 9.30 am – 5.00 pm daily
WHERE: Science Centre, Level 1, Queensland Museum
COST: Family Pass: $40 / Adults: $14.50 Children $11.50
Journey through space and time, explore black holes and experience the cosmic collisions that formed our universe… These are just a few of the amazing shows you can see at the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium! Lie back in the specially designed seats and watch the cosmos unfold above you on the massive domed ceiling. Shows are approximately 50 minutes plus you’ll also get a tour of Brisbane’s night sky presented by one of the Planetarium’s astronomers.
WHEN: Tue – Fri 9.30 am – 4.00 pm / Sat 10.30 am – 6.30 pm / Sun 10.30 am – 4.00 pm
WHERE: Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha Road
COST: Family Pass: $41 / Adults: $15.00 Children $9.20
Want to try something totally different? Why not take the kids to one of the last Brisbane Bandits home games of the year! Located at AFA Stadium in Newmarket its a fast paced action-packed night out for the sports nuts in the family. Food and drink are available from the club too so you can grab dinner while you’re there.
WHEN: 19 – 21 December (game times vary – see the website)
WHERE: AFA Stadium, Holloway Field, Vivienne Street, Newmarket
COST: Family Pass: $30 / Adults: $15.00 Children $13.00
So there you go! Plenty of cool activities to keep the bored to keep the bored at bay before Christmas.
Do you know about a school holiday activity that Our Town Brisbane readers (and their sprogs) would enjoy? Drop me a line in the comments or post a link on the Facebook Page.