Students will be diving into the school holidays with the city’s pools opening longer from this weekend and Brisbane City Council launching more than 500 activities to bust boredom during the break.

Deputy Mayor Adrian Schrinner said Council’s 22 pools were more popular than ever and Council was expecting hundreds of school kids to beat the heat at Brisbane’s pools and aqua parks while on vacation.

“Our city is internationally renowned for our fantastic climate and great outdoors and Council is committed to creating more for people of all ages to see and do,” Cr Schrinner said.

“It’s no secret that Queenslanders love to swim and Council is expecting to see a wave of school students diving into the spring break at our pools and aqua parks.

“Pool patronage has grown by more than 285 per cent over the past decade and more than 3.1 million people have visited our pools over the past year.

“This is only expected to grow with Council investing more than $1.45 million to refresh our pools during the winter season and more major upgrades on the way.”

Lifestyle and Community Services Chairman Cr Peter Matic said school kids would be treated to a blockbuster fortnight, with more than 500 free and low-cost activities hosted by Council.

“Forget the computer, Snapchat or video games. Council has you covered with everything from aqua aerobics and coding, to abseiling and pizza making workshops,” Cr Matic said.

“Stay cool in the air-conditioned comfort of Brisbane’s libraries, with more than 350 free activities including 3D printing, edible garden classes and illustration workshops.

“You haven’t seen a screen until you’ve been to the Planetarium Cosmic Skydome, so why not head along and see one of the 70 intergalactic shows on the 12.5-metre projection dome.

“Teenagers will also be able to chillout as part of a dedicated program of more than 120 activities such as mountain biking, circus skills, clay modelling, theatre sports and bubble soccer.

“September is also when the city’s biggest cultural event is in town, with more than 600 performances being held across the city as part of Brisbane Festival, which will spectacularly culminate on the 29 September for Riverfire.

“Parents can also rest assured that Council’s school holiday program won’t hurt the hip pocket, with activities ranging from free to no more than $12.50.”

To find out what’s on these school holidays or to secure a spot, visit or call Council on (07) 3403 8888.