I don’t know about you but sometimes, usually about 9.05am, I’m at a total loss as to what to do with the rest of the day. So to help out all you parents, grandparents, babysitters and nannies, here’s my Top 5 for places to take your littles in Brisbane.
Perfect pretty much any time of year as far as I’m concerned. Yes, it may not always be warm enough to go swimming in your bathers, but there’s so much else to do: Have a picnic by the creek past the Aquativity park; go to the Queensland Museum (their current dinosaur exhibit is spectacular – review coming soon!); the Children’s Art Centre at GOMA, The Corner at the State Library (awesome for letting them run wild whilst you sit back!) or let them run wild in the park by Streets Beach.
Just up past Mount Coot-tha, this hidden gem is perfect for small people. There’s a small wildlife centre which you can walk around in about an hour, with presentations by the rangers, animal feeding and story time. There’s also a café for a treat afterwards and short walks through the National Park. And if you drive a bit further up to Jolly’s Lookout, the view is amazing!
I absolutely adored picking fruit as a child. I’d get bags worth and then cycle home to my Mama and we’d make pie or crumble. Or just eat them straight! If you’re unsure of where to go, there are 2 websites I would definitely recommend. First is Brisbane Public Harvest – type in your address and it will show you on the map all the places you can pick fruit for free – on a public land! The second is Falling Fruit – this is worldwide, so no matter where you are, you’ll always be able to find fresh, in season fruit.
Mount Coot-tha Botanical Gardens
I absolutely love taking little people here. There’s usually plenty of parking, the Dome is a wonderful sight for little eyes and there’s space galore for them to run free with not a care in the world. Particularly well-loved are the Japanese Garden (who doesn’t like stepping stones over a creek?!), the Palm Tree Lawn and the Hide’n’Seek Children’s Trail. Hours of fun, plus its free and you can take all the food you, or your pram, can carry!
Brisbane City Council Libraries
In my opinion, these do not get nearly enough praise. From my experience, libraries of the past are gone. Yes, screaming kids all the time aren’t ideal, but some noise never hurt anyone. Particular favourites are Ashgrove (and the park next door), Bulimba (small but a lovely play area) and New Farm (again the park next door is a God-send). You can also find out about events hosted in each library – story time, tiny tots, singing – on the website here. As a total bookworm, the sooner children learn to love books, the better, in my opinion.
Melbourne, Sydney and Perth – keep your eyes peeled for your Top 5 coming soon!
Is there anywhere you love to take your littles? What’s your favourite place in Brisbane for children?