22 June, 2023

Budget-friendly school holiday fun

NEED some tips on free and low-cost school holiday activities?

Budget-friendly school holiday fun - feature photo

Moreton Bay Regional Council’s Winter School Holiday program (June 24 to July 9) is jam-packed with fun-filled activities and events across libraries, galleries, museums and environmental centres as well as the ever-popular Active Holidays program.

Mayor Peter Flannery said families can enjoy a budget-friendly break while keeping the kids entertained.

“Our popular school holidays program is back with plenty of cool events and activities for children and teens aged 3 to 17 years,” Cr Flannery said.

“There’s so much to do at our libraries across the region. If you’ve got kids in high school, they can design and 3D print an object, create a character for tabletop roleplaying games, make an inspiration card deck with local artist Chrissy Foreman, and make their own stickers with our Cricut machines.

“Younger kids can meet a baby T-Rex through our Dino Encounters program, write their own choose-your-own-adventure story with author Dave Lowe, make a robot play a song, or discover the science behind music at our Exploratorium.

“For the littlies, they’ll enjoy a puppet show with Bribie Island locals, Larrikin Puppets, dance along with ABC Play School favourite, Lucas Proudfoot, and the parents will enjoy giving them the chance to get messy and explore sensory play - without any of the clean-up - at our Messy Play sessions.

“Visit one of the exciting family-friendly exhibitions at any of our six art galleries and museums including Wheelz - a fun and interactive space for all ages and abilities, now on at the Bribie Seaside Museum until 4 September.

“Or have fun in one of our artist-led workshops including creating an abstract pet portrait with artist Sam Tupou at Caboolture Regional Art Gallery or creating your own installation from recycled materials with artist Libby Harward and learn about the importance of local mangroves and wetland habitats at Redcliffe Art Gallery.

“To keep kids moving with fun activities this winter, bookings are now open for our popular Active Holidays program.

“You’ll find program favourites such as archery lessons in Joyner, trampolining in Kippa-Ring, softball in North Lakes, tennis in Ferny Hills and boxing in Caboolture.

“Plus, there’s fun size hip hop, fishing, drumming, skateboarding, gymnastics, Kinetic Kids multi-sports and mindfulness, offered at multiple locations across the region.

“New to the program these holidays is horse riding at Bribie Island where kids (eight to 17 years) can learn about safety around horses, horse care, building trust and navigating obstacles with their horse.

“Also new this year is emergency awareness workshops for five to 14 year olds and kids can even try their hand at golf for five to 17 years.

“All sessions in the Active Holiday program are run by qualified instructors in our local parks and facilities, giving kids in our region the chance to try something new, develop skills and get active.

“Nature lovers can participate in daily morning activities and crafts at Council’s environmental centres; CREEC, Kumbartcho Sanctuary and Osprey House and explore the nature trails throughout the day.

“Plus, Agents of Discovery, is back these school holidays for kids to enjoy. Head to your app store to download the free game and participate in the missions at Kakadu Beach, CREEC or Kumbartcho.

“There’s so much to see and do these school holidays, so jump on Council’s website and be sure to book in now as spots will fill up fast.”

Start planning your family’s winter school holiday fun today.


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