Ideas for affordable school holiday fun


If you’re fortunate enough to have some time with the little ones these school holidays, you’re probably looking for activities that are: a) cheap, b) away from their iPads and gaming devices, and c) doesn’t involve a long car trip to get there. Luckily, we’ve done the research for you!

Haigslea Ewe Nique Hobby Farm
As the sun sets later during the summer months, now is the perfect time for you and the kiddies to join Farmer Dave and help him with the twilight feeding of his animals leading up to Santa’s arrival! From Monday the 10th to Saturday the 22nd of December, the farm will be opening from 4pm to 6.30pm (in addition to their normal hours 9am to 1pm). Bookings are essential. Entry $5 per person for everyone, which includes 1 animal feed bucket per child, additional animal feed buckets can be purchased for $3. The animals aren’t the only ones who need a feed, so there is also cold drinks, coffee and snacks available for purchase too! Call 0410 487 263 to reserve a space.

Nippers Railway
The Workshops Rail Museum offers a unique experience for kids and adults alike – a playground area that is an interactive ‘railway’, filled with adventurous and fun things to do and visit. Some of the activities kids can enjoy at the Nippers Railway include:
Climbing aboard a kid-sized train and being a train driver, moving and controlling signals and boom gates at level crossings, selling tickets at central station and moving. goods from the Nippers wharf to the goods yard. Open daily from 9:30am to 4pm, there is no need to pre-book tickets. However, if you’re organised, you can pre purchase tickets at The Workshops website for $14.50 for adults and $11.50 for children aged 3 to 15.

‘Playing with Light’ at Ipswich Art Gallery
Let there be light! Light is intrinsic to our lives, from natural phenomenon like rainbows to advanced technologies in communication, security and medicine, to the simple light bulb. It has a multitude of applications and influences how we see the world. Step out of the darkness and into Playing with Light.
This full-body interactive exhibition explores our big bright, colourful world full of light, lasers and lenses. With over 22 interactive exhibits, Playing with Light explores the role light plays in our life and in our world.
– Sneak past laser light security beams
– Step inside a giant kaleidoscope
– Paint’ with infrared light
– Freeze your shadow on a wall
– Build a telescope
This exhibit will run from the 1st of December, right through to the 28th of April. Whilst bookings aren’t required, the exhibit will cost $5 per person.

Water Park Fun
As the weather warms up, get ready for some splash-tacular FREE fun at the following water parks across Ipswich:
– Bob Gamble Park
– Orion Lagoon
– Providence Ripley Splash ‘n’ Play
Or for a small price, take the kids for a swim at the Bundamba Swim Centre!