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
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.
Meet Thomas and the Fat Controller
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
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
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
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
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
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…
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
Pack a picnic, grab a rug and try somewhere new – here are seven perfect spots to try around the Ipswich region.
Hit the trails
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 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!
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.
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
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!
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 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.