Things to do in Brisbane with kids

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Brisbane sure packs a punch when it comes to attractions and activities for kids. From petting koalas in their natural habitat to water sports on the Brisbane River, the city is a bustling family-friendly hub.

Start your school holidays check list or plan your next weekend activity with our list of things to do in Brisbane with kids:

South Bank Parklands

South Bank Parklands is a haven for kids with rumbling tummies and colourful imaginations. Get them active with a swim in South Bank’s man-made beach or lagoon, or let them splash around in the new Aquatic water park. With the launch of a South Bank Kids Club, kids can giggle and play every Tuesday and Thursday from 9am to 1pm.

South Bank beach in Brisbane
South Bank beach in Brisbane

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

Cuddle a koala, hand feed kangaroos and spend time with some of Australia’s most loveable species within a beautiful bushland setting. With daily shows, including lorikeet feeding, koala meet-and-greets and platypus feedings, each visit to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary opens up a world of new wildlife experiences.

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, Brisbane
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary in Brisbane

Sciencentre at the Queensland Museum

The Sciencentre in the Queensland Museum offers hours of interactive fun and science thrills and spills in a number of hands-on exciting exhibitions – perfect for the young (and young at heart). With activities to suit kids of all ages and abilities, you’ll be wowed by the huge array of learning experiences on display such as science demonstrations, ancient artefacts and fossils at your fingertips.

Sciencentre Museum in Brisbane
Sciencentre in Brisbane

Ipswich Art Gallery for Kids

The Ipswich Art Gallery has a great reputation for its family-friendly activities, hosting many kid friendly exhibitions and events throughout the year. From wind tube toddler programs to hands-on construction classes where kids will draw, design and create using pipes, funnels and styrofoam in every colour imaginable.

Queensland Museum, Brisbane
Queensland Museum

Riverlife Adventure Centre

Riverlife is Brisbane’s premier adventure centre in Kangaroo Point and is just a short walk from South Bank Parklands. With plenty of hire equipment, kids can skate, rock climb, kayak, abseil, mountain bike, kick scooter, rollerblade, stand up paddle board or just run around this riverbank setting. The sky’s the limit at this stunning waterfront adventure playground.

Riverlife on Brisbane River, Brisbane
Riverlife kayaking on Brisbane river

Powerkids at Brisbane Powerhouse

Brisbane Powerhouse is one of the best family-friendly attractions in Sydney, rife with fun activities all year round. With kids arts and crafts programs, live shows, circus workshops, ribbon twirling classes, rock climbing and more, there’s never a dull moment at Powerkids.

Powerhouse Museum in Brisbane
Powerhouse Museum in Brisbane

See Brisbane by bike

Brisbane is a great place to cycle, with many bikeways and shared pathways available across the city. A particularly enjoyable trail to cycle is located along the Brisbane river starting from Teneriffe Ferry station to Brisbane CBD.  The CityCycle initiative allows you to hire a bike at 150 stations across Brisbane’s CBD.

Cycling in Brisbane
Cycling in Brisbane

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