Keep the kids busy these school holidays
Summer is here and so are the holidays! The heat, combined with free-roaming children, means there’s a need for plenty of activities to keep them busy and entertained over the break. Check out this list of how to keep your kids occupied in Ipswich over the school holidays without breaking the bank.
Day out with Thomas
The Workshops Rail Museum has so much to do to keep you entertained. A Day Out With Thomas features hands-on Thomas activities where children can meet and get photos with Thomas & The Fat Controller in person, enjoy the indoor adventure playground and expansive grounds and the huge model railway. Fun for the whole family with Museum entry includes driving a train on a simulator and access to genuine locos & vintage carriages. It’s an entire day’s worth of activities in one historic spot.
Ipswich Art Gallery
The Ipswich Art Gallery is renowned as a fantastic spot for kids to learn and play with interactive and interesting exhibits. In an Australian first, this summer brings TapeScape to Ipswich! It’s a two-storey, 20 metre square, creative play space for kids. Explore the tunnels and slides made entirely from 56,000 metres of packing tape designed and created by artist Eric Lennartson direct from the US! The exhibit is exclusive to the Ipswich Art Gallery this summer. Don’t forget your socks! Socks MUST be worn on the TapeScape.
Construction Site is on this summer for an awesome hands-on experience the whole family can enjoy. Be your own architect and build your dream cubby house! Use giant foam blocks to build whatever you can imagine. Construct a castle or a sky-scraper, or work together as a team to build a whole city.
Also during the holidays is Ball Run. Unleash your inner engineer with the return of the popular hands-on activity included in your entry to Construction Site. Create your own run using tubes and recycled materials to send a rolling ball on its way. See if you can make the best, longest or most gravity-defying ball run ever!
The gallery is closed 24 Dec to 2 Jan inclusive.
New Year’s Eve
Celebrate New Year’s Eve 2016 and enjoy free family entertainment, including kids rides, food stalls, face painting, ball artistry, a spectacular firework display and more at North Ipswich Reserve. Entertainment includes Paw Patrol character stage show, Boogie Woogies Superhero Band, Troll character stage show, fire-dance show and Lure (dance-band).
Celebrate the beginning of 2017 with the food truck event, Ipswich CBD Food Fair in the Square New Year’s Eve Spectacular. Live entertainment, live on-air countdown from the Square. These monthly food truck events have been hugely popular throughout the year so come early and grab a spot.
Ipswich Christmas Lights Tours
There’s plenty of holiday-themed activities in Ipswich for Christmas. The stunning light and decoration displays of the annual Ipswich Christmas Lights Competition help to bring the festive season alive. View a selection of the best displays from the 2016 competition from the comfort of an air-conditioned coach. Tours include commentary from one of our friendly guides and a light supper.
Mayor Paul Pisasale’s Carols By Candlelight, a free event. Enjoy the Ipswich festive favourite, presented by Sekisui House. This year’s event offers free family entertainment, spectacular fireworks courtesy of IGA and the music of Troy Cassar-Daley, supported by Peter Combe and the ‘Wash Your Face in Orange Juice’ band. The kids can meet Santa, enjoy free rides – food and drink will be available for purchase. This is an alcohol and smoke-free family event.
And don’t forget there’s always plenty of Christmas decorations to check out in a simple drive. Grab the kids and take a drive around Ipswich after sunset for the Christmas Lights Competition Displays.