What’s on during the school holidays

Entertain the kids over the winter school holidays with Thomas, animals, skating, art and much more...
13 Jun 2022
Discover Ipswich, Staff Writer
These school holidays are shaping up to be bigger than ever with special wildlife shows, workshops and Thomas the Tank Engine coming to town.

Day out with Thomas

A Day out with Thomas is returning to The Workshops Rail Museum these school holidays!

All aboard for a great day out with entry to the museum included in your ticket price.

You’ll get to meet Thomas and Sir Topham Hatt in person.  Find Thomas and friends around the museum, dive into the Thomas play pit, get crafty with Thomas activities, watch a Thomas movie and more!

Reptile Day at Brothers

Meet some cool new friends at a Reptile Day on Sunday July 3 at 3pm at Brothers Leagues Club.

Heritage train trips

The Celtic Flyer QPSR Photo: Lance Castle

The Queensland Pioneer Steam Railway will be running on Sunday July 10.

Book in for a one-hour return train ride from the historic Swanbank Station at 9am, 11am and 1pm.

Bunkasaurus

Bunkasaurus at the Ipswich Art Gallery

Award-winning Bunk Puppets, creators of ‘Swamp Juice’ and ‘Sticks Stones Broken Bones’, present this raucous, new, all-ages adventure! Forget what you think you know about shadow puppets, buckle-in and tear open your imagination for an epic journey with two brothers…

Bunkasaurus runs from Wednesday June 29 – Friday July 8 with performances starting at 10.30am and at 2pm.  Cost is $7 per person.

Monster Seige

Monster Seige is coming to SPARK Ipswich

Monster Seige is a fictional quest where kids are the stars.  It’s a show. On a sportsfield. There are rubber ducks. The dastardly King Slobber will stop at nothing to have them. The Game Master and the young defenders will do whatever it takes to protect them.

Monster Seige is a sport for the non-sporty and arts for the non-arty and runs from Friday July 8 – Sunday July 10.

SPARK on tour

SPARK on tour A Bee Story with Arc Circus Company

SPARK Ipswich hits the road taking the festival to small halls across the region. In A Bee Story we find ourselves in a sticky situation. Queen Bee and Worker Bee need to work together to rebuild their hive, but things never quite go to plan… 

See SPARK on Tour at Ripley Valley State Secondary College on July 7, Goodna State School on July 8, Bundamba State School on July 9 and Rosewood State High School on July 10.

Pop up skate park

Join in some free Street Fest fun at Riverlink these school holidays!

The pop-up skate park outside The Reject Shop, will have six obstacles including ramps, rails and a half pipe.  Kids can enjoy eight 25 minute daily sessions with Chiggy’s Skateboarding which includes helmets, skateboards and safety gear.

There will also be a pop up Basketball Court outside iPlay, play, test out your skills and WIN prizes!

Street Craft workshops are being held in the food court just bring your street cred and creativity!

Tulmur Place daily stage shows

Meet your favourite characters, Peppa Pig, Fireman Sam, Octonauts and more at Tulmur Place for daily stage shows and meet and greets.

Shows run June 27 – July 2.

Kids art classes

School holiday art workshops at The Soul Nook Collective

These school holidays the kids can book into Sip ‘n’ Dip classes at Marburg and Karalee.

On Monday June 27 at Chapters Book shop, cafe and wine bar kids can learn Tape ‘n’ Paint from 10.30am and on Monday July 4 primary and high school aged kids can make a water-based resin board.

Then on Tuesday June 28 kids can learn to paint Firefly from 10am at the Goodna studio and from 12pm make polymer clay earrings.

At Marburg on June 30 kids can make alcohol ink clocks from 11am and then on July 1 Tape ‘n’ Paint at 11am.

 There’s Crystal Bracelet Making on Saturday July 2 and Thursday July 7 at 10am (no tickets required) and a kids’ alcohol ink pot workshop on Friday July 8 at 11am.

More details can be found on the Sip ‘n’ Dip website or The Soul Nook Collective Facebook page.

Ewe Nique Hobby Farm reptile and koala morning

Reptile Day Photo: D'Aguilar Wildlife

The Ewe Nique Hobby Farm will be open two sessions a day (9am and 10.30am) during the school holidays and to make things a little bit special they’ve got a reptile and koala day on Wednesday June 29.

Enjoy patting and feeding the alpacas, sheep, goats, mini goats and chickens and on their special days see reptiles or a cute koala which you can pat and have a photo with.

The reptile and koala days cost a little bit more than regular pricing at $16.50 per person – but totally worth it!  (Regular pricing is $6.50 for entry and $3 for animal feed.)

The coffee cart will be open for a delicious brew or cold drink, scones with jam and cream or why not try the new sheep cheese and ice cream!

Little children’s humpty day

Summer Land Camels | Ipswich

Head down to Summer Land Camels on Tuesday July 5 for their Little Farmer Humpty Day and don’t forget to dress like a farmer!

Your children will enjoy a farm tour and be introduced to the friendly camels. Make sure you bring a camera to get the perfect shot with your favourite camel!

The Little Farmer Humpty Day costs $10 and includes a 30 minute farm tour, a bag of camel feed and the chance to pet and feed the camels as well as some kids activities.  Camel rides can be booked for the day for $20.  Bookings essential.

Summer Land Camels will be open daily during the school holidays from 9am to 3pm for rides and tours.  The cafe will also be open for you to sample their award-winning camel milk, camel milk cheeses, and camel milk Gelato before browsing through the store for camel products and their much-loved skin and hair care range.

Skirmish at Hardcore Blasters

Hardcore Blasters, Ipswich

Hardcore Blasters’ indoor gel blaster field will be open Friday to Sunday for indoor skirmish fun these school holidays.

Entry costs $60 and includes equipment and unlimited gel balls.

Suitable to children aged 13 and up, online bookings are required.

Wilbur the Optical Whale

Take the kids to see Wilbur the Optical Whale on Tuesday July 5 and Wednesday July 6.

Wilbur the Optical Whale is a tale about friendship, acceptance and celebrating difference.

Set in an exquisitely crafted underwater world full of stunning circus tricks, digital and visual imagery, music, and interactive play, Wilbur the Optical Whale is an immersive, interactive, accessible performance for children aged 3-8 years.

All of Indelability Arts’ shows have integrated Auslan interpreting and headphones are available so audience members can engage on their own terms. The set includes a quiet space as part of a relaxed performance mode catering to those who may require it.

Showmen – The Ultimate Magic Spectacular

Starring five of Australia’s Best Magicians, Showmen – The Ultimate Magic Spectacular, is a jaw dropping spectacle of live magic, illusions and escapes.

Showmen brings together the biggest names in Australian and international magic – Mike Tyler, Christopher Wayne, Apollo Jackson, Josh Norbido, and Joel Fenton – a supergroup of conjurers, tricksters, comedians, illusionists, daredevils, dancers and more!

Don’t miss this unforgettable night of incredible and astounding fun for the whole family on Sunday July 3.

Book now, adults are $69.90, children $54.90 or buy a family ticket (two adults and two children) for $200.

Kids eat free at Brothers Leagues Club Ipswich

Kids can eat for free these school holidays at Brothers Leagues Club.  Sunday to Thursday for lunch and dinner get a free kids meal with a full priced main meal.

On the menu is Australian crumbed whiting with chips, salad and tartare, grilled chicken with chips and salad, spaghetti bolognese, bacon and cheese pizza, cheeseburger or chicken nuggets with chips and salad.

And all kids menu items come with an ice cream and activity pack.

Figurine painting and YuGiOh tournament

Dark Magician Games is hosting miniature painting sessions these school holidays.

Painting authentic Dungeons and Dragons miniature fantasy figures is an inexpensive hobby and whether it’s your first time painting or you’ve done some miniatures before, you will definitely pick up something new from the experts.

Classes start at 9:30am and finish around 12:30pm on Wednesday June 29 and Wednesday July 6 with a lunch time break at 11:45am – Uber eats is welcome in store.  Choose a character or creature from their selection of miniature fantasy figures that are pre-coated and are ready to paint.

Everything is provided.  Numbers are limited, book now.

Dark Magician is also holding two YuGiOh tournaments, one on Thursday June 30 and Thursday July 7.  It costs $10 to enter and there are prizes for all places.

Queensland Raceway Open Day

On July 2, the newly renovated Queensland Raceway is being launched with a huge Open Day.

There will be kids face painting, balloon twisting and a jumping castle, a 100-car show and shine.

There will also be trade stands and on track displays, including the Hot Wheels Stunt Team, Dick Johnson will re-open the main straight and you can see the only Aston Martin Vulcan in the Southern Hemisphere on the day.

Book in for a V8 Race experience or new on track drift and Superbike experiences.

Kids eat for $5 at CSI

Kids eat for $5 at CSI over the school holidays

Every school holidays kids can eat for $5 at Club Services Ipswich, with the purchase of a main meal.

Snow 4 Kids

Snow4Kids

Orion Springfield Central is set to transform into a winter wonderland for the June/July school holidays, where kids can play in real snow and even make their own snowman! Tickets are strictly limited and must be booked early to avoid disappointment. Click here to book. 

Teen brewing workshop

Tranquil Tea House

These school holidays Tranquil Tea House is holding three teen brewing workshops over July 1, 2 and 3.

During the workshop teens can learn how to brew the perfect cup of tea, about tea culture and more.

The workshop is suited to children aged 11 and older and costs $20.

During the holidays the tea house will be open every Saturday and Sunday for walk-ins to enjoy a brew, however bookings will need to be made in advance if you’re requiring food.

Stroll through the Ipswich Nature Centre

The Ipswich Nature Centre will be open all school holidays and there’s a special book to discover.

Follow the trail to find pages of the book titled Is This Your Egg?  There’s also a special Nature Play Passport you can use, which can be picked up at the Queens Park Environmental Education Centre or any Ipswich Library branch.

Be quick, as this activity finishes on July 31.

Jamie’s Ministry of Food – school holiday program

Book your budding chef into a class these holidays where they can learn basic food education, shopping and money-saving tips and techniques to make delicious and nutritious meals from scratch!

Jamie’s Ministry of Food school holiday courses run over five days starting on Monday June 27 and Monday July 4.

Where to stay…

Pocket Retreats

Enjoy the school holidays in Ipswich by booking a family-friendly farm stay at Pocket Retreats, Keira Farm or Tallavalley Farm B&B.  There’s also great camping spots you can book, find more on them here.

For more accommodation 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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