Things to do
Ipswich school holiday fun in April
The kids are free and now it’s time to keep them busy! Ipswich has got you covered this April with plenty of free and inexpensive ways to amuse, educate and treat the little ones. Check out this list of ideas for the holidays.
The Workshops Rail Museum
The Workshops Rail Museum is THE place to be during the school holidays this April. The historic rail museum will be putting on Outback Safari, for hands-on animal themed activities, and the new exhibition A Room for Wild Animals. Outback Safari features activities inspired by the 20 taxidermy specimens and is a fantastic way for young visitors to engage with the exhibition.
Kids can colour and collage their favourite Australian animal at Creation Station, make a wild animal pencil topper and binoculars to take on safari and follow the animal trail by locating and identifying animal tracks throughout the museum. Parents can get a discount, with adults at kids prices ($21 down to just $12) for Outback Safari. The promo code is valid for tickets purchase via QTIX on or before 17 April, 2017.
History and train buffs can also recreate Queensland’s first rail journey to historic Grandchester Station, with the Grandchester Express. Passengers will board one of three special steam trains for the 2.5 hour round trips, departing from The Workshops Rail Museum at 10am on 8 April, 1 July and 30 September 2017.
Passengers can move between the carriages, take in the sights from the petite balconies and relax with the gentle sway of the steam train, and may disembark at the heritage listed Grandchester Station prior to their return trip. The trips appeal to passengers of all ages.
Ipswich Art Gallery
Towers of Tomorrow at Ipswich Art Gallery runs from March 25 until July 9, featuring the much-loved LEGO® Bricks. The exhibition is where architecture meets creative play. Twelve iconic mega towers from Australian and Asian cities have been astonishingly replicated at 1:200 scale, including Malaysia’s Petronas Twin Towers and Brisbane’s own Infinity Tower.
The constructions by Ryan McNaught, one of only 12 LEGO® Certified Professionals worldwide, and his team of builders used well over 1.5 tons of LEGO® over more than 2,000 hours to build the structures featured in the exhibit! Marvellous! Kids can add their own mini architectural wonder to the skyline. Four sessions run daily, bookings are essential.
While you’re at the Gallery, check out the historic War Time Quilts, made by active soldiers and prisoners of war as far back as the 1800’s! The exhibition includes quilts dating from the Napoleonic Wars (1803-15), the Crimean War (1853-56) and World War I and World War II. The very rare collection was curated by leading quilt historian Dr Annette Gero.
This exhibit is open daily from now until June 25.
The Didgeridoo Jam is held on the first Thursday of every month from 7-10pm and will fall on April 6 of the Easter break. Have a jam or bring a blanket and relax, kick back and listen to a mix of instruments combined with the Didgeridoo. They are a didgeridoo community with a unique gathering of instruments surrounded by gum trees and friendly wildlife.
The three day Didgeridoo Bush Camp event on April 7 features didgeridoo workshops and a live performance from Wild Marmalade’s Didgeridoo Virtuoso Si Mullumby. The unique experience includes accommodation facilities on camping grounds, firewood, parking, security, all meals including filtered water, tea and freshly brewed coffee, stage, equipment hire, Didgeridoo workshops and performers fee.
Ipswich Civic Centre
Grab some tickets to Untapped, a high-octane dance, music and comedy for the whole family at Ipswich Civic Centre. Untapped serves up a mix of funk, hip hop, flamenco, African and jazz, paired with percussive a capella numbers showing the dancers amazing synchronicity. A rhythmic extravaganza of dazzling sight and sound, overlaid with a healthy dose of Aussie humour – Untapped is strong, contemporary, and highly virtuosic.
Ipswich has a bunch of markets, and not just your usual stalls either! Take the kids out and enjoy the family fun feel of the Springfield Markets at Robelle Domain on Friday, April 7 from 3-8pm. These popular markets are on the first Friday of every month and feature hours of music, live entertainment, crafts, food stalls and more! Make a day of it by spending the day at Robelle Domain or Orion Lagoon if the weather permits and pack a picnic to enjoy in the spacious park area.
Switch Bricks is back! Ipswich’s pop-up play and display centre will be open from Monday, April 3 until Saturday, April 8 at 25 Cothill Road, Booval. Two sessions will be held daily for three hours of fun! Tickets are inexpensive, at $5 for 1-3 year olds and $10 for 4-13 year olds. It’s so popular that bookings are recommended.