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Heading to Queensland’s capital with the kiddies? Keep your wallet in your pocket with our tips on free and cheap things to do in Brisbane with kids. The river city is a perfect place to spend a day, a weekend or a week, there is so much to do and the weather is pretty perfect year round. So pack the clan in the car and head to Brisbane next holidays.
Splash around at Street’s Beach
Take a dip in Brisbane's own inner city beach, complete with sand, sunbathing and lifeguards it's just like a real one. Its located right on the river and in the centre of the city at South Bank. It's surrounded by barbecues, playgrounds, walking paths, restaurants and cafes so bring a towel, sunscreen, picnic blanket and the energy to keep going all day.
Soar to new heights at Museum of Brisbane
Make your way with the family to level 3 of City Hall to find the Museum of Brisbane. The clock tower tours are free and are the perfect way to get an eagle eye view of the city.
Get hands on at Queensland Museum
Explore natural history throughout Queensland and the world. The Discovery Centre on Level 3 is free and open to the public. You’ll find diverse natural and historical collections, the hands-on Activity Zone and live insect and reptile displays in uniquely Queensland habitats.
Listen in to The City Sounds
Love music and free stuff… then kick back with City Sounds in Queen Street Mall or on the green at South Bank. Passionate, talented local artists will keep you and the kids entertained.
Look at the stars at the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium
Take the bus or drive on over to Mt Coot-tha to explore the cosmos at the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium. Learn about the vastness of space and teach the kids how to aim for the stars.
Go for a short hike or grab a bike
Spend a morning, an afternoon or a whole day burning some holiday calories and being active with the kids. Around Brisbane there are a variety of tracks, hills and mountains of all levels to traverse, trek, climb and explore. Or in the city grab one of the Brisbane city bikes for just a couple bucks a day you can explore the many riverside bike paths Brisbane offers.
Interact with The Cube
The Cube is one of the world’s largest digital interactive learning and display spaces. The soaring touch screens provide scientific and educational games and activities that don’t feel dry. The Cube is designed to inspire and engage the next generation of thinkers.
Pack a picnic and head to a park
Settle in to one of the city’s parks with snacks, a picnic blanket and the people you love most. You’ll find Roma Street Parkland in Spring Hill where you can ride the Parkland Explorer trackless train to explore the gardens for free. The City Botanic Gardens are right in the centre of town or jump on the Citycat ferry to the awesome play area at New Farm Park
Walk the South Bank Arbour
One of the most iconic parts of the South Bank precinct, the Arbour covers the walkway of South bank in gorgeous colourful flowers. Why not take the kids for a long meander down the length of the Arbour before a swim in Streets Beach.
Explore The State Library of Queensland’s The Corner
Give the kids to chance to play their way through an interactive environment of music, storytelling, games and activities. The Corner is open daily from 10am to 3pm for free and, if you arrive in the morning until midday, you can join in on a play date with one of the Library’s arts workers.
Adventure north to Settlement Cove
Take a drive half an hour north of the city to the northside version of Streets Beach. This water wonderland in Redcliffe is perfect for relaxing by the bay with a children's playground, wading pools and beachside barbecues. The lagoon is surrounded by grassy picnic areas, playgrounds and bikeways for the true family adventure.
Play at South Bank’s Riverside Green Playground
The Riverside Green Playground is a sprawling play area by Streets Beach. Picnic tables and barbecues are scattered around the play equipment and, even if you don’t get a table, there’s still grass to get comfy on. You can even come down after dark as the area’s kept lit once the sun has gone down.
Learn at Brisbane Square Library
One of Brisbane’s most visually iconic buildings, at the top of the Queen Street Mall, the Brisbane Square Library regularly hosts kids’ events and has a kids’ section featuring interactive games and storytelling activities. Keep an eye on their events calendar for what’s on for kids.
Mt Coot-tha Lookout
Find Brisbane’s best angle from the top of Mt Coot-tha. This Brisbane classic is the perfect place to catch a sunrise or a sunset. There are also plenty of gardens and paths to stroll and spend the day. The drive up and down the mountain is gorgeous and the views from the top are even better.
Cruise the Brisbane River on a CityHopper
Why not discover Brisbane aboard the CityHopper. This ferry service is basically a smaller version of a CityCat with a smaller area of operation and its free. If you’re travelling between the CBD and New Farm, you’ll be able to get a CityHopper for free every 30 minutes, seven days a week. If you’ve got a couple of bucks to spare jump on the CityCat and go as far up and down river as the ferry allows. It's a great way to see the city and do a river cruise at a budget price.
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