Things to do
Ipswich school holiday fun in June and July
Wondering how to keep the kids busy during the school holidays? Here are a few inexpensive ways to amuse the younger ones!
The Workshops Rail Museum
The Workshops Rail Museum is always a favourite during the school holidays. The historic rail museum has a popular new exhibition A Room for Wild Animals and is bringing back the Day out with Thomas from June 24! Everyone’s favourite blue steam engine is in Ipswich for the winter holidays until July 9. The Sensory Friendly Day will be held on 5 July.
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 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! 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 until June 25.
Ipswich Nature Centre
Check out the Bilby triplets at the Ipswich Nature Centre before they grow up! In case you missed it, they were born in time for Easter and these rare all-female sisters won’t stay young forever!
The Didgeridoo Jam will fall on July 3rd of the 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.
Treat the kids to a day out at the Rosewood Show, it’s country show season after all! It’s on from Friday, June 30 to Saturday, July 1. You’ll be treated to some great displays of needlework, plenty of livestock and horse shows, old collectables and don’t forget the food!
Ipswich has great markets, in various locations. Take the kids out and enjoy The Handmade Expo Markets at the Ipswich Turf Club on Saturday, June 24. Don’t forget the family fun of the Springfield Markets at Robelle Domain on Friday, July 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!
Switch Bricks is back! Ipswich’s pop-up play and display centre will be open from June 26-July 1 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 4-12 year olds. It’s so popular that bookings are recommended.