Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner is calling on Brisbane residents to tick off their own Brisbane bucket list these school holidays, with the city offering hundreds of free and low-cost local experiences to create an epic holiday at home.

Cr Schrinner said the July to September school holidays would be the first time in months kids could celebrate new-found freedoms like going to the pool and visiting a library, and Brisbane City Council attractions, including the Planetarium, were gearing up to debut new offerings.

“Our kids have been extraordinarily patient throughout restrictions and we’ve made sure Brisbane is the best place to be these school holidays as we all embrace the chance to explore our own backyard,” Cr Schrinner said.

“You can visit Mt Coot-tha’s Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium for a trip to outer space, with 31 shows on offer a week including two brand new ones – Europe to the Stars and The Sun: Our Living Star – featured on its giant, 12.5 metre hemispherical projection screen in the Cosmic Skydome.

“Kids can head back to earth to explore the Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens and traipse up the brand new walking trail that leads to the lookout.

“Book lovers can get stuck into our epic range of free online activities including writing and drawing workshops, gardening workshops, book trivia and home craft and STEM activities.

“For nature lovers, our environmental centres in Boondall Wetlands, Downfall Creek and Karawatha are excited to welcome back residents and boast interactive ways to learn about Brisbane’s native environment.

“And if you’re looking for activities for older kids, our Chillout program offers more than 80 events free and low-cost including skateboarding, kayaking, cooking workshops, abseiling and cartooning; bookings are essential as spots fill up fast.”

Cr Schrinner said during lockdown, Council powered on to roll out brand-new playgrounds, outdoor gyms, sports parks and bushland outlooks that also make for a great day out.

“These new facilities are spread right across Brisbane’s suburbs, with new playgrounds in Bald Hills, Sinnamon Park and Moorooka as well as upgrades to sports fields and precincts at Nundah and West End,” he said.

“Davies Park in West End features a new multi-use games area with skate facilities and a brand-new multi-use court, while a new volleyball court in Boyd Park at Nundah is ready for a game.

“We also recently upgraded Keperra Bushland Lookout, Mount Gravatt Outlook Reserve and Chermside Hills Reserve which are hidden suburban spots for families and kids to escape the city’s hustle and bustle and get amongst nature.

“Wherever you live in Brisbane, we have something to keep your kids and teenagers entertained, so I encourage all families to make a Brisbane bucket list and join in the fun these school holidays.”

You can book events by searching ‘What’s On Brisbane’ at www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or call Council on 3403 8888