You’ve already forked out for airfares, possibly accommodation and eating out can break the bank – wherever you go. So when it comes to entertaining your kids in Brisbane, it’s nice to know you don’t have to spend a dime. In this city, you can get your kicks for free. Rebecca Sparrow reports …
Queensland Art Gallery / Queensland Museum / State Library of Queensland
I know, I know. You hear the words “art gallery” and all you can think of is lots of shooshing. And adults standing around staring at paintings they don’t really get muttering “blah blah blah sympathetic” and “rhubarb rhubarb rhubarb evocative”. Art galleries hardly seem kid-friendly. But that’s probably because you haven’t visited the Queensland Art Gallery. This world-class gallery offers internationally acclaimed children’s programs – allowing kids to engage with the galleries’ collections and visiting exhibitions. There are special Kids’ Tours for kids aged 4-10 where a handful of paintings are explored through storytelling and clues. And on certain Sundays, local Queensland artists host free creative workshops for kids. Trust me, it’s nothing short of brilliant and worth checking out.
If you’re kids are obsessed with dinosaurs and bugs and other cool stuff then right next door to Queensland Art Gallery is the Queensland Museum.
There are always different exhibitions happening with great activities for kids. As I write there’s an Insectarium Exhibition happening. Kids get to look up close at butterflies and beetles and bugs, make their own butterflies using paper and patterns and Insect Match Up – a giant insect memory game.
While you’re there, why not stroll five minutes down the road to the State Library? It has a fabulous space called “The Corner” specifically designed for children under eight. The area offers hands-on exhibits, interactive games and reading activities for kids. Then there’s “The Parlour” which is stacked with board games. It’s all totally free and perfect for kids who prefer to find their fun indoors. If you’re going slightly bonkers with a toddler, the State Library also offers weekly activities like Rhyme Time and Yoga for littlies. Check out the website for times.
Where: All of them are at Stanley Place, South Bank
Distance from Brisbane CBD: 10 minute walk from the Queen Street Mall (across the Victoria Bridge)
When: QAG: 10am – 5pm weekdays (9am – 5pm on weekends)*
Queensland Museum: 9.30am – 5pm every day *
State Library of Qld: Every day 10am – 5pm (The Corner is open 10am-3pm every day)*
* Except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and Good Friday
Cost: Free Free Free
For more info: http://qag.qld.gov.au/kids/