Boredom busting school holiday ideas

Looking for some boredom busting school holidays ideas? Check out this list of things to do...
17 Dec 2019
Discover Ipswich, Staff Writer

The worst thing about school holidays is the dreaded “mum I’m bored”, well we’re hoping there’s a few ideas on this boredom busting list to keep your kiddlets entertained over the Christmas break.

Animal encounters

Book in for a behind the scenes look at the Ipswich Nature Centre during January.

Animal Encounters are running Monday January 13, Wednesday January 15, Friday January 17 and Monday January 20.  There will be two sessions each day at 9am and 11am.

Animal encounters can also be booked for any Saturday as long as you have a group of eight or more.

Christmas themed escape room

Seraphim Escape Rooms

Take the kids to a Christmas-themed escape room at Seraphim Escape.  Find the clues and escape before time runs out!  Seraphim Escape will be open during the holidays except December 23, 24 and 25, and December 30 and 31.


Feed the animals

Haigslea Ewe Nique hobby farm

Haigslea Ewe Nique Hobby Farm will be open during the holidays, closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day.  Check out the animals, pat and feed them!

Under construction school holiday program

Summer Days at the Museum

These school holidays The Workshops Rail Museum will be hosting Summer Days at the Workshops Rail Museum for kids to get hands on with construction, explore real life steam trains, diesel locomotives and more. 

While you’re at The Workshops Rail Museum check out the Sciencentre exhibit with more than 15 hands on ways to learn about science and have fun at the same time!

Hudson Circus

Hudsons Circus presents a 2 hour traditional style Circus. With a modern twist featuring “Edge of your seat Daredevils, Hilarious clowns and beautiful animal acts” in a fast paced show for the whole family.

All this and more presented by Australia’s foremost Ringmaster Shane Lennon.

Located across from Orion Springfield Central on the corner of Sirius Drive and Southern Cross Circuit from January 2-27.

Cost: Tickets from $15 for children, book online


Wave rider experience


Riverlink is bringing the beach to Ipswich with a Wave Rider Experience.  The whole family can ride an inflatable surfboard – located near the foodcourt.  Also you can visit the workshop and create your own sand art craft to take home.

Available until January 25 from 10am-2pm.

Free things to do at Orion

Dive-In Movie: Toy Story 4

Cool off and catch a movie at Orion Lagoon’s free dive-in movie thanks to Orion Springfield Central. Toy Story 4 is scheduled to play on the big screen from 7pm on Saturday January 18.  Time may vary depending on sunset.

Visit the Library

Enjoy a day discovering new books and enjoying the amazing children’s area the Springfield Central Library has to offer. Open Monday to Saturday each week. 

The Llama Farm

The Llama Farm are offering two Little Llama Farmer children’s workshops over the holidays.

The first one will be on Friday December 20 and then the second on Friday January 17.

They are also are opening extra weekday dates over the school holidays as required via request other than just the regular weekends.

Kids Yoga


The team at Revive Yoga and Wellness Centre will have classes and themes promoting wellbeing, mindfulness, balance, focus, resilience and much more in a fun and encouraging environment.  Workshops available for children ranging from 5 to 16 years old.



US Artist Eric Lennartson has created a unique sculpture of tunnels and slides at the Ipswich Art Gallery, twice as big as the last time he was here in 2016.  TapeScape returns to Ipswich from December 2- February 16, 2020. 

TapeScape is the centrepiece to Construction Site Summer Fun which will take over the whole gallery this school holidays.  Included in Summer Fun is Blue Blocks, Ball Run and Building Blocks.

Bush Mechanics

Bush Mechanics

Based on the popular ABC television series co-created by David Batty and Francis Jupurrurla Kelly, and told through the show’s distinctive brand of humour, this exhibition showcases the ingenuity of outback mechanics whose clever resourcefulness can turn branches, spinifex and sand into tools and spare parts to get cars back on the road.

Bush Mechanics: The Exhibition at The Workshops Rail Museum features a range of items from the series, including two original cars, clay figurines, specially commissioned artwork and interactive displays, it also provides broader insights into Aboriginal life and culture.

Visitors to the exhibition will be able to see original footage from the series and try their hand at some of the ingenious and resourceful nyurulypa, or tricks, by assembling the discarded parts that make up the exhibition’s ‘bush driving simulator’ and operating it.

Tea workshops

Tranquil Tea are hosting two workshops for children 11 years and older at The Workshops Rail Museum one on January 16 and one on January 11.

The interactive workshops covers hands on traditional tea brewing and serving, tea education and a take home tea gift.

Tickets cost $25 and include museum entry.

Contact 0413 096 441 to book.

Discover Ipswich Staff Writer
Rocky the Rock Wallaby is a Sagittarius who lives at the Ipswich Nature Centre and often contributes to Discover Ipswich in his spare time. When he's not busy showing tourists around, blogging or hanging out with his cute and fluffy mates at the Nature Centre, he likes to hit the gym for a leg session, graze on quinoa salad and ponder the possibilities of the universe.

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