Brisbane City Council is floating a boredom-busting program of more than 200 affordable activities to keep kids off the couch over the Easter school holidays.

Deputy Mayor Adrian Schrinner said Council was leaping into the break with a refreshed holiday program, including a brand new ‘Beats on Boats’ initiative that would transform CityCats into open-air stages.

“Whether you’re after an adventure or a well-earned break, there’s more to see and do over the Easter break with more than 200 free and low-cost activities for kids of all ages,” Cr Schrinner said.

“Council’s popular ‘Chillout’ program will make a return after more than 1300 people participated in activities such as abseiling, rock climbing, BMX workshops and kayaking over the summer break.

“We’ll also have a brand new ‘Beats on Boats’ program that is being delivered as part of Brisbane’s Youth Week festivities, with 32 open-air performances on CityCats over four days.”

The Lord Mayor’s Representative for Youth Affairs Ryan Murphy said the ‘Beats on Boats’ program was initially put forward as an idea by the Lord Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council.

“Brisbane’s youth are the future leaders of our city and, since 2005, the Lord Mayor has regularly met with a Council of students to hear their ideas on how we can make our city a better place to live,” Cr Murphy said.

“The ‘Beats on Boats’ program features 32 free performances from seven different artists between 6 and 9 April as part of the city’s Youth Week festivities.

“Brisbane is renowned for its laid-back riverside lifestyle and CityCat network and I can’t think of a better way to enjoy the Easter break than to cruise down the Brisbane River while being soothed to the tunes of our city’s talented musicians.”

Cr Schrinner said the two-week break would be jam-packed with activities at the city’s 33 libraries, Eat Street Northshore, local parks, community halls and more.

“There’s something for everyone these school holidays, with 60 free Youth Week activities, 100 free library events and more than 60 ‘Chillout’ activities, including laser tag, self-defence classes, long-board lessons and park orienteering,” he said.

“Many of the activities won’t cost a thing, making them an affordable way for parents to keep their kids busy while school’s out.”

Some events may book out. Visit or call Council on 3403 8888 for more information or to secure your spot.