What’s on during the Winter school holidays

Entertain the kids in the school holidays
11 Jun 2024
Discover Ipswich, Staff Writer

The June/July school holidays are a great time to explore the Ipswich region.  The days are warm but the mornings are crisp, a great time of year to explore by hiking or biking.

Here you can take to the skies in a hot air balloon, visit the birthplace of rail, (Queensland Museum Rail Workshops), cuddle some adorable farmyard animals or catch a live show.

Here are a few of the top activities that need to be on your family’s holiday checklist from 22 June to 7 July.

What’s on in Ipswich Central

Play On

Play on in Ipswich these school holidays

Bring your family and dive into the fun at Play On, the Nicholas St Precinct’s winter school holidays activation! From Monday 24 June to Friday 28 June 2024, 10am – 2pm daily, kids can enjoy a range of exciting learning experiences and activities designed to boost their health, fitness, and wellbeing.

Meet a star from the Brisbane Lions AFLW/AFL on Monday 24 June and Friday 28 June from 1pm to 2pm.

Highlights include learning new skills in various sports, engaging in sporting activities and improving health and fitness.  Find a schedule of activities here.

Breakfast with Libby and Georgie Trickett

Olympian, Libby Trickett and kids coach, Georgie Trickett

Join Olympian, Libby Trickett and kids coach, Georgie Trickett, as they share their passion for playing and staying in sport.

Enjoy a light breakfast at Dandiiri Room (Level 1) as Libby and Georgie unpack the reasons why kids and teens are dropping out of sport.

Learn tips and strategies to help teens and kids navigate everything from lack of motivation and self-confidence, to difficult coaches and embarrassing parents.

For tweens and teens, with parents and/or carers, Auslan interpreted.

Bookings limited. Please book for every single person attending, regardless of age.

Soft Tip Archery

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These school holidays head to 1 Nicholas St for a soft tip archery drop in session.  The session will be held on Monday 24 June 9.30am-10.15am, 10.30am to 11.15am and 11.30am to 12.15pm.

Sessions will also be held at the Rosewood Library on 24 June 2pm to 2.45pm, Springfield Central Library on 25 June 9.30am to 10.15am, 10.30am to 11.15am and 11.30am to 12.15pm and Redbank Plains Library 25 June 11.30am to 12.15pm and 2pm to 2.45pm.

Active Kids

Active Kids

During the school holidays an Active Kids program is running at Tulmur Place, Bob Gibbs Park in Springfield, Evan Marginson Park in Goodna and Tofa Mamoa A Samoa Park, Redbank.

Sports include athletics, yoga, scooter tricks, netball, basketball, boxing, gymnastics and more.

To learn more or book a class click here.

Ipswich Libraries school holiday activities

Book Bingo

Ipswich Libraries are embracing all things sport and movement with an Olympic themed reading challenge.  Win at Bingo by completing all the crazy activities. 

There will also be a holiday music production program, a Celebrate Philippines event, busy builders and a game of Eye Spy.

Find out more about the holiday programs here.

Circus Skills drop in

Kids doing circus acrobatics

Drop in and learn new skills, make new friends and build your confidence and coordination with Circus Ipswich at the Ipswich Children’s Library on 3 July 10am to 1pm.

Discover the art of juggling, hula hooping, twirling, tumbling, balancing and more with expert coaches. 

No booking is required but if the event is full you might need to come back for the next one.  Find out more here.

Other sessions will be held at Rosewood, Springfield and Redbank Libraries.  Click here for more locations and dates.

Magic Show and Workshop

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Get ready to laugh and gasp during this incredible performance. Enjoy being baffled by illusions, amused by a giant balloon and energised by the magician’s infectious energy. Impress your friends and family with the four magic tricks you will learn following the performance.

The 30-minute show is suitable for children aged 6-17 and is followed by 1-hour workshop at 1 Nicholas Street.  Registrations are essential.

*There will also be sessions at the Springfield Library.

Design.it

Design It at the Ipswich Art Gallery

The Ipswich Art Gallery is hosting an innovative all-ages program blending art, design and language to inspire creativity in a hands-on environment these school holidays.

Inspired by Articulation + Elsewhere exhibitions, design.it merges art, design, and language, exploring how they connect and empower creative expression and communication.

Discover the visual storytelling of design, the poetic elements of language, and the beauty of artistic expression, in a program that encourages critical thinking, effective communication, and meaningful creation.

Experiment with different design tools and techniques, drawing inspiration from the surrounding artwork.

Design.it runs until 28 July.

Minions Spy Lab and Scavenger Hunt

Riverlink will be holding a Minions Spy Lab and Scavenger Hunt from 24 June to 28 June where you can put your skills to the test to crack the code.  

From 29 June to 5 July, come along and meet Stuart and everyday they’ll be giving away eight family passes to see Despicable Me 4.  

Let the kids eat free at CSI

Kids eat for $5 at CSI over the school holidays

During the school holidays kids can eat for free at Club Services Ipswich on Sunday and Monday and for $5 Tuesday to Saturday with the purchase of a full priced adult main meal.

Half price kids’ meals at Bakehouse Steakhouse

Bakehouse Wagyu cheeseburger

These holidays you can bring the kids to eat at Bakehouse Steakhouse and their meal will be half price.  The offer is valid for the kids menu, all school holidays for lunch and dinner with the purchase of a main meal.

$15 off pizza at Monte Lane

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Indulge in delicious pizza with a discount at Monte Lane.  Your first pizza through the Mikes Pizza app is $10 and during the holidays you can use the promo code HOLIDAYS to get a further $5 off!

See Dorothy the Dinosaur

Dorothy The Dinosaur spectacular show

This July school holidays, hands will be clapping and toes tapping with Dorothy the Dinosaur’s mega mix of dance hits!

With all The Wiggles greatest hits like Rock-A-Bye Your Bear, Hot Potato and Do the Propeller get ready to have some fun.

Dorothy will be joined on stage by all her Wiggle friends Wags the Dog, Henry the Octopus and Captain Feathersword.

Meet some of Ipswich’s cutest residents

Nature Centre, Spotted Tailed Quoll, Photo: Greg Harm – Tangible Media

Animal lovers are spoilt for choice when it comes to an array of wildlife and farmyard experiences that can only be found in and around Ipswich.

The Ipswich Nature Centre in Queens Park is an unmissable experience for any visitor, as it is home to many animals including bilbies, dingoes, wallabies, a wombat, and also features a walk-through bird aviary.

The Ipswich Nature Centre is the only free zoo in south east Queensland, so you and your family can stay as long as you like, or come back whenever you feel like seeing those cute little faces again. They are open seven days a week during the school holidays.

Put your heads together to solve the clues

Seraphim Escape Rooms | Ipswich

If your children love solving puzzles, then why not let them unleash their inner detective at Seraphim Escape Rooms.  Working together as part of a team, the kids will enter a specially designed themed room where they will need to put their heads together to find the clues, solve the puzzles, and unlock the door in a certain time frame. This activity is perfect for children that are a little older and love a good challenge.

40% off theatre tickets

From Campfire to Stage Light

See From Campfire to Stage Light, an epic journey toward self-determination and Indigenous pride, as told through the life experience of David Bindi Hudson, well-known and loved cultural leader and global ambassador for Indigenous Australia.  

David is the ultimate storyteller, singer-songwriter, dancer, visual artist and actor and the performance is brought to life through storytelling, songs, and extraordinary visual design.

The show is on 30 June and tickets are available from $20, use the code TULMUR to book.

Half price kids meals at Bakehouse Steakhouse

Bakehouse Steakhouse Ribs

Bakehouse Steakhouse is doing half price kids meals for the entire school holidays, with every meal purchased for lunch or dinner.  Enjoy a great meal out with the family and save!

Take the kids to Hardcore Blasters

Hardcore Blasters

Let the kids take aim at Hardcore Blasters these holidays with mask hire for $5 and unlimited balls for $5.  Join a public session for $35 if you’re bringing your own blaster, or hire one for $60 (price includes the session, blaster, mask and unlimited balls).

You could also organise a private session, prices are $440 up to 10 and $660 up to 20 people.

What’s on further afield…

25% off kids ghost tour tickets

Ipswich Cemetery Ghost Tour

For the school holidays Historic Australia are offering 25% off child and teen tickets across all three of their Ipswich tours.  Tours include the Goodna Cemetery tour on 22 June and 6 July, Hunted Ipswich CBD Tour on 28 June and the Ipswich Cemetery tour on 29 June.  While they are called ghost tours, the experience is more haunted histories with an eerie guide exploring the stories behind the pioneers of the region.  To book use the code 25SCHOOLHOLS, book here.

Visit the school holiday fun day at The Soul Nook Collective

School holiday fun days at The Soul Nook Collective

These holidays, The Soul Nook Collective are celebrating with a School Holiday Fun Day on Thursday 4 July from 10am-2pm.  On the day there will be free face painting, fun craft activities, a mini pancakes food truck, Mums of May will be doing play fundamentals and you can make your own crystal bracelet in a workshop – as well as specials in the coffee shop!

Pet and feed the animals 

Haigslea Ewe Nique Hobby Farm

The Ewe Nique Hobby Farm will be open every day during the school holidays (except for Tuesdays) for you to feed and pet the farm animals and have a coffee in the Baa Baa Cafe.  Enjoy two sessions each day, either 9am or 10.30am and meet the gorgeous baby lambs and goats!

Bookings are essential.

Kids eat free at La Parrilla

These holidays South American barbeque restaurant La Parrilla is offering kids eat free on Wednesday and Thursdays during the holidays!  Terms and conditions apply.

Kids tea brewing workshop

teenage tea workshop

Tranquil Tea House is offering a children’s tea brewing workshop on 6 July. The session will include an introduction to black, white, green and herbal tea with fun and hands on tea brewing and serving as well as creating a tea gift.

The workshop will be held at Watercress Creek Olives and Limes farm from 11am-12.30pm and costs $30pp or get two tickets for $50.

Book online through Tranquil Tea.

Kids eat free at Brothers 

Kids eat free at Brothers these school holidays

These school holidays kids eat for free Mondays to Thursdays for lunch and dinner at Brothers with the purchase of a full priced adult main meal!  So enjoy some time off cooking and dishes and treat the family for lunch or dinner.

Knock down pins at iPlay Ipswich

If you have a competitive spirit, challenge the kids to see who can get the highest score at the eight-lane bowling alley at iPlay Ipswich. Afterwards, reignite your love for old-school games in the arcade by introducing the newest generation to your favourite games. Try your hand at the hugely popular Daytona Racing, or the classic air hockey table. 

Family night at the Drive-In

Tivoli Drive-in

Load up the car and take everyone to the Tivoli Drive-In for a night of Hollywood blockbusters, popcorn and ice creams. 

Take to the skies in a big balloon

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If you’re looking to take your school holiday fun to new heights, why not take a hot air balloon flight over the city of Ipswich with Floating Images Hot Air Balloon Flights? Granted, you do have to get up super early, but once you are in that basket and watching the sunrise, it will be a holiday memory you will treasure always.  

Visit The Llama Farm

The Llama Farm ponies

You can visit Queensland’s largest herd of llamas these holidays.

The Llama Farm is not only home to llamas, but also giant rabbits, donkeys, goats, chickens, peacocks, ponies and camels.

Meet the animals on a Faces of the Farm tour at 9am on tour days or book in for a llama walk at 3pm on tour days.

A Little Llama Farmers day will be held.  It’s a chance for kids to learn about llamas and the other farm animals, help with chores and take home some llama goodies.

Bookings are essential, book online.

See the alpacas

Mysteria Alpacas

Mysteria Alpacas will be open Saturday and Sunday for the first weekend of school holidays.  And Sundays during the holidays.

Go gold panning and see farm animals at Spicers Hidden Vale

Gold and gem fossicking at Spicers Hidden Vale

Spicers Hidden Vale awaits to make your family break unforgettable. Here, you and your kids can dive into a plethora of exciting activities. Whether it’s feeding the friendly farm animals, taking a tour of the market garden, or conquering the giant jungle gym outside The Barn, the options are endless.

For those seeking adventure, the world-class bike trails of Hidden Vale Adventure Park are at the Spicers doorstep.  Plus, there is also gold-panning experiences and half-day 4WD tours across the extensive 12,000-acre property, ensuring that there’s never a dull moment in sight.

Have a camel ride, take a tour and enjoy a discount

Summer Land Camels Christmas markets

During the school holidays, Summer Land Camels will be running camel rides every day.  The farm will open 9am to 3pm daily, there is no entry fee and visitors can pat and feed the camels for just a few dollars per bag of feed.

If you’re visiting during the holidays you can get a half price farm tour and taste for the kids.  Use the code HOLIDAYS when booking online!  After your tour enjoy a delicious lunch, brunch, camelcino or award-winning camel milk Gelato at the cafe.

A Little Farmer Humpty Day will be held on 26 June from 9am to 2pm.  Kids are encouraged to come dressed as a farmer.  Tickets are $10 (under 4s are free) and include a 30 minute farm tour, chance to pat and cuddle the camels, activities and miniature goats

Visit the farm’s booking page to secure your place.  

Hit the bike trails over the holidays

If you like to stay active, grab your bike and explore more than 110km of world class trails at Hidden Vale Adventure Park. Operating out of the luxurious Spicers Hidden Vale getaway, the various tracks are suitable for beginners right up to experienced riders. The property is open from 7am-3pm daily and can be accessed for $20 a day. Upon sign in, everyone will be issued a map to ensure they stay on the right track.

Let the kids run wild at one of Ipswich’s great parks

Sometimes all you need for a great family day out is the sun shining and a good playground to entertain the little ones.

Lucky for you, Ipswich has lots of great parks, playgrounds and open spaces where you can easily spend a full day! Why not check out or revisit Queens Park in the middle of Ipswich, Lobley Park in Churchill, Robelle Domain in Springfield, Joseph Brady Park at Barallen Point, Sutton Park in Brassall, Rotary Bicentennial Park in Redbank Plains, Discovery Park in Springfield Lakes and Spring Lake Park, also in Springfield Lakes.

There’s lots of fun climbing apparatuses, swings, slides and space to throw out a picnic rug or kick a ball around – the choice is yours! 

Ride the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail

Take a leisurely bike ride with the whole family from Ipswich to Fernvale along the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail. The trail traces the old Brisbane Valley rail line that commenced at Wulkuraka and continued to Yarraman, west of Kilcoy.

The 20km trail from bustling Ipswich out to the rural township of Fernvale is suitable for all riders, taking you on a fun family adventure through farmland, forest and picturesque settings away from the busy traffic.

The trail features various surfaces, including sand, grass, gravel and rough stretches of rocky ballast.

By using the Brassall Bikeway, riders can easily connect to Queensland Museum Rail Workshops in North Ipswich, and then travel via the road network to the historic Ipswich Central precinct, which is full of eateries, quirky shops and attractions like Queens Park and the Ipswich Art Gallery.

Where to stay…

Urban Getaway, Ipswich

Stay in the heart of town with Urban Getaway, or book a family-friendly farm stay at Pocket Retreats, or Tallavalley Farm B&B.  Stay in Ipswich Central with Quest Ipswich and Oaks Ipswich Aspire Suites.  Stay in Springfield at Quest Springfield and the Springfield Lakes Hotel.

For more options see our Accommodation Page.

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 showing tourists around, blogging or hanging out with his cute and fluffy mates at the Nature Centre, 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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