A day with the kids in Brisbane

For families looking for things to do in Brisbane with kids, there’s plenty to keep the whole family happy. Take advantage of the idyllic climate and explore the great outdoors, have a cultural experience that entertains as well as educates and wear them out with a day of play.

Roma Street Parklands – Parkland Boulevard, Brisbane CBD
This inner-city oasis offers a relaxing way to spend a few hours wandering the tracks winding their way through the lush subtropical landscape and past duck ponds teeming with birdlife, turtles and lizards. The upper parkland is home to the children’s playground, well positioned under the canopy of surrounding trees. Pack a picnic to enjoy on the beautifully manicured lawns.

Roma St Parklands Roma St Parklands

Travel secret: Time your visit to hop on the Parkland Explorer train. The trackless train offers a guided tour of the gardens and is a hit with the kids. It operates Wednesday to Friday 10am to 12.30pm and on weekends from 10am to 3pm. Cost is a gold-coin donation.

Walkabout Creek – 60 Mount Nebo Road, The Gap
For a hit of nature and up-close animal experiences, you can’t go past Walkabout Creek located just 12 kilometres from Brisbane’s CBD at the entrance to the D’Aguilar National Park. At the wildlife centre, kids can meet a platypus, quoll and wombat, or even pet a reptile during the ranger guided talks and tours held every weekend. Afterwards, go for a bushwalk and cool off with a dip in the Enoggera Reservoir.

Brisbane Botanic Gardens – Mount Coot-tha Road, Toowong
Learn more about the flora and fauna that inhabit this 56-hectare botanic garden with a walk along the Hide ‘n’ Seek Children’s Trail. The whole family will enjoy following the map and looking out for surprises and plant facts along the way. Once you’re done, navigate your way back to the Botanical Cafe for a bite to eat and sit by the large pond to spot turtles, frogs and ducks.

Brisbane Botanic Gardens Brisbane Botanic Gardens

South Bank Parklands – South Bank
South Bank really is a children’s wonderland and offers activities for the whole family. Taking a dip in the man-made Streets Beach is a rite of passage for every Brisbane kid and the water park is particularly popular with toddlers. The adventure playground will challenge children of all ages and there’s even the community garden Epicurious, encouraging exploration of homegrown produce.

Cultural Centre – Grey Street, South Brisbane
Whether your kids love art, books or science, the Cultural Centre boasts a wealth of exhibits and activities to educate, enthral and entertain. View dinosaur artefacts and reef displays at the Queensland Museum, get interactive at the Sciencentre, have a play at the State Library of Queensland’s The Corner and let the creative juices flow at the Gallery of Modern Art’s Children’s Art Centre.

Queensland Museum and Cultural Centre Queensland Museum and Cultural Centre

The Cube, QUT Gardens Point – 2 George Street, Brisbane City
It’s never too early for the kids to hit university with a visit to The Cube at QUT’s Science and Engineering Centre at the Gardens Point campus. The Cube boasts 48 multi-touch screens over two storeys, encouraging scientific and digital exploration. Hands-on exhibits include the popular Dino Zoo featuring life-size dinosaurs and interactive dinosaur fossil digs.

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By Belinda Peters

When she’s not kid wrangling two energetic boys, Belinda Peters lives for trying out the ever expanding array of cafes, restaurants and bars in her home town of Brisbane. While her caffeine addiction remains strong, she also finds her Zen with yoga and attempts to find her balance by stand up paddle boarding.

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