School holidays: The things you’ll find in Ipswich

Discover something cool in Ipswich these school holidays!
Discover Ipswich, Staff Writer


What you’ll find in Ipswich these school holidays…

There’s plenty to see, do and find around the Ipswich region these school holidays – catch a free show, go digging for treasure, check out some incredible native animals, delve into a huge pile of lego or trying your hand in the kitchen! Here are a few suggestions to get you started.

Dig for treasure

Treasure Hunt, Ipswich Art Gallery #discoveripswich

Experience the thrill of discovery these school holidays at a special event at the Ipswich Art Gallery. Kids can start by creating their own treasure bag then digging for treasure in a massive ‘Treasure Hunt’ sandpit – and they can keep what they find! This activity is for children aged 3 to 8. It will be open Monday-Saturday from 10am-4pm and cost is $5 per child.  Full details here.

Freestyle Kings live shows

Catch the Freestyle Kings live at Orion

Catch some wild action at Freestyle Kings Motorcross Live Shows in the Main Street at Orion Springfield Central on Friday, June 29 (at 4pm, 5.30pm and 7pm) and Saturday, June 30 (11am, 1pm and 3pm). Check the shopping centre’s Facebook page for show times.

Meet Thomas and the Fat Controller

Day Out With Thomas at the Workshops Rail Museum

It’s all about Thomas the Tank Engine at The Workshops Rail Museum. Day Out with Thomas features a whole day’s worth of activities for littlies to get busy with including story time and performance with The Fat Controller and miniature train rides around the museum grounds. There’s even a sensory-friendly version of activities on the morning of July 2 where the sounds will be quieter for kids with sensory processing difficulties.

Take the ultimate family adventure

Floating Images #discoveripswich

Let Floating Images whisk you away on a trip your family will remember. Passengers enjoy glorious views whilst floating over the heritage city of Ipswich, the Scenic Rim and Somerset countryside.

Spot a quoll or a wombat

Spotted-tail quoll at Ipswich Nature Centre #discoveripswich

A range of native animals can be spied in this fascinating centre, including rock wallabies, quolls, a wombat, bilbies, lace monitors and many others. The Ipswich Nature Centre is open daily during school holidays  from 9.30am to 4pm (outside school holidays it is closed on Mondays). Admission is free – but gold coin donations are gratefully accepted. While you are here, you can explore the gardens and play areas of beautiful Queens Park. There’s a café too.

Go to a country show

Rosewood Show is June 29 & 30, 2018

Soak up all the fun of a country show – the annual Rosewood Show runs on June 29 and 30 with all-day entertainment, traditional ring events and competitions, classic cars, live music, displays and all the fun and colour of sideshow alley.

Take a ride on a steam train

Get into some Lego Building at Ripley Town Centre

Take a ride on a steam train with Queensland Pioneer Steam Railway. One of their packages perfectly melds old and new worlds with the romance of steam rail and the modern era of food trucks.

Catch the Food Fair Express from Bundamba Racecourse Station on July 8 and ride to historic Swanbank Station where there’ll be a gathering of food trucks waiting. This journey takes an hour and a half return, with a break in the middle for relaxing – or you may choose to come back on a later train.

Feed your passion for flying

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Did you know Pterodactyl Helicopters offers a Junior Aviation Program? This program is designed to give boys and girls hands-on experience in preparing the helicopter – and there’s flying involved too!

For lovers of Lego…

Get into some Lego Building at Ripley Town Centre

Ripley Town Centre turns on the fun with lots of Lego from July 4-7. This Bricks 4 Kidz event is a free activity running from 10am-1pm opposite Eco Shot Cafe, Ripley.

Find the perfect picnic spot

Colleges Crossing #discoveripswich

Pack a picnic, grab a rug and try somewhere new – here are seven perfect spots to try around the Ipswich region.

Hit the trails

R&R Behind Red Doors runs craft workshops

For bigger kids this winter, there’s two days of mountain biking competition on offer in Hidden Vale Adventure Park’s latest event. The world-class mountain biking destination – home to 130km of trails for all levels, hosts the Giant 3PLUS3 on July 7-8.  For more places to ride a bike around the Ipswich region, check out this list from Sons of Adventure.

Get cooking

Fun at Grill'd Burgers

Get busy with food at two special holidays cooking sessions at Orion Springfield Central.

Grill’d Kids Burger Making Classes are hour-long hands-on classes where kids can try their hand at assembling their own creations.

Classes are $10 per child, and include a burger, chips and a drink. Sessions available 10:30am Monday through to Thursday during the July school holidays. Book online in advance with payment made on the day at Grill’d Orion.



Meanwhile at Gelatissimo, children can get into some icecream sundae decorating with $8 classes available at 11.30am and 2pm. Book online to secure your spot!


Watch out for Terrance!

Terrance the T-Rex will be at Redbank Plaza

Watch out for Terrance at Redbank Plaza – he’s a four-metre T-Rex and he’ll be roaming through the centre from 10am to 1pm each day of the school holidays. There’ll also be a cool ‘Dino Discovery’ attraction where visitors can used their mobile phones to see dinosaurs come to life.

And two free children’s activities are planned: A ‘Dinosaur Train’ Live Show at 11am and 1pm from July 2 to 7; and learn-to-draw workshops at 10am and 1pm from July 9 to 14. Check the website for full details.

Be crafty

R&R Behind Red Doors runs craft workshops

The vintage and furniture restoration and upcycling specialists at R&R Behind Red Doors have set aside three whole days of workshopping fun for the school holidays. Partiticpants will tackle srapbooking, candle-making and bottle-painting and more, and take their creations home with them. It’s happening on July 9, 10 and 11.

Check out the Animatronic Dinosaurs

Battye Park, Brassall #discoveripswich

Check out the Animatronic Dinosaurs in both malls from 10am-1pm daily, July 10-14 at Riverlink Shopping Centre. The centre is also hosting free ‘Make Your Own Plush Toy’ sessions in the East Mall from 10am-1pm, July 3-7.

Discover new places to play!

Battye Park, Brassall #discoveripswich

Ipswich is blessed with some impressive play areas that are well known and loved – but here’s a round-up of the lesser-known playgrounds to explore. How many can you cross off?


Join the circus

Circus Ipswich workshops are run at the Ipswich Showgrounds

Circus Ipswich is running holiday workshops on various dates of the school holidays. The sessions are run in a large pavilion at the Ipswich Showgrounds and participants tackle all kinds of juggling, tumbling, hula hoop and acrobatics fun. Check the Eventbrite listings for full details.


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 blogging or hanging out with his bestie Windora the Bilby, 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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