Family Holiday Fun Activities for Kids of all Ages

Coming to Moreton Bay Region for a family holiday, a weekend escape, or a day trip away from the city? No matter how long or short your stay, there’s plenty to see and do for a family day out Brisbane north of the city sure to please all your loved ones.

We’ve sectioned together a bunch of fun activities for kids of different age groups ideal for bubs, teens and all ages in between. Some suggestions cross age groups so feel free to mix and match to suit your family’s preferences.

Trundle to Woodford for a Family Train Ride

Chug over to Woodford Railway for an approximate 20-minute historic train ride in the hinterland. Train trips take place on the first and third Sunday of each month at 30-minute intervals from 10am to 3:30pm.

If your little one can’t get enough of all things railway related peruse the fascinating historical train memorabilia, educational displays, and railway-themed books & DVDs for sale after your choo-choo trip.

Before leaving, spread out a picnic blanket or take a seat at one of the outdoor tables to enjoy a family picnic or BBQ using the facilities available. For more railway fun check out Bribie Island’s miniature Melsa Train Rides!

Enjoy a Farm Animal Family Day Out Brisbane North

Your little one will love getting up-close to farm animals great and small at the Trevena Glen Farm recurring open day event held on the first Saturday of each month.

Bring your family to Mt Samson for a lovely morning petting and feeding a wide range of animals including an alpaca, chickens, pigs, sheep, cows, guinea pigs, goats and horses. A few new residents have recently joined the farm family including 2 boisterous baby goats, a cheeky donkey foal and a gorgeous little lamb.

Other fun activities for kids include family tractor bed rides and horse rides. A coffee van and sausage sizzle are also on-site to get your morning started right. Online pre-purchase of tickets is recommended.

For more animal open day farm amusement visit White Ridge Farm near Caboolture every Wednesday and Sunday.

Bounce Around in a Large Indoor Playground

Make your outing a little more action-packed with a day at BOUNCE, an incredible indoor adventure playground and trampoline park in Morayfield.

The kids can test themselves on the X-Park ninja course, the slam dunk court, or experience the exhilaration of high-performance trampolines.

Why not try their hand at wall running, launching themselves into a giant airbag or take the plunge off the cliff jump?

Or if you're around the North Lakes area, stop in at Revolution Sports Park for a similar experience.

How About Water Play beside the Bay?

Introduce your little one to water wading and splash play in the safe surrounds of the wheelchair accessible Settlement Cove Lagoon. The large swimming pool features wading areas along with shallow and deep spots making it beloved by kids of all ages.

BBQ and picnic facilities are in the area, while cafes and restaurants are just a short walk away, making the lagoon the perfect base for a sun-drenched family day out Brisbane north of the city.

Fun Activities for Kids in Local Parks

  • John Scott Park – Samford’s best park complete with playground is right across the road from must-do dining venues.
  • Pirate Park – The Scarborough Beach park features a playground. It’s found right across the street from numerous dining options.
  • Pelican Park – The large Clontarf waterside park is within walking distance of 3 others (including Crockatt Park) and a few cafes.
  • Town Park Lake Eden – Home to waterbirds and a playground, this park is located near a few cafes and North Lakes Westfield Shopping Centre.
  • Pine Rivers Park – This huge Strathpine park consists of playgrounds, pathways and wide open spaces for active, all ages play.
  • Boundary Park – Bring some sausages for a BBQ lunch in this Everton Park, or bring your bicycles for a family cycle along Kedron Brook Bikeway.
  • Kumbartcho Sanctuary – This peaceful nature reserve is home to a magical fairy garden. Bring your young one to search for this hidden imaginative hideaway.
  • Leis Park – Launch a kayak into the river from the Lawnton side for a family paddle, or head across to the Petrie side for playground fun in Wyllie Park and Sweeney Reserve.
  • Centenary Lakes Park – This sprawling, picturesque Caboolture park features playgrounds, lengthy walking paths and beautiful lakes home to duck families, just a 12-minute drive from Caboolture Environmental Education Centre.

Fun Activities for Kids 6 to 12 Years Old

Have a Whale of a Time in Redcliffe

Captain Kerry will take you for an ocean adventure you’ll never forget aboard her eco-certified, luxury catamaran ‘MV Eye-Spy’ with Brisbane Whale Watching tours.

During humpback migration season between June and October you can introduce your child to the gentle giants of the deep as you journey across Moreton Bay Marine Park in search of majestic humpback whales. Pre-bookings essential.

Teenagers 13 to 17 Years Old

Explore Pumicestone Passage by Jetski

Take your family to Spinnaker Sound Marina on the mainland opposite Bribie Island for an adrenaline-pumping Moreton Bay Jetski Hire & Ride adventure. These guided Pumicestone Passage jetski tours are suitable for ages 12 and up.

Younger teenagers will enjoy the 1-hour ‘Up the Creek’ tour, while older teens will love the thrill of the ‘Flinders on Jet Ski’ 90-minute tour and heart-pounding ‘Circumnavigating Bribie’ 3-hour tour. Pre-bookings essential.

Get Splash Happy Boating on the Bay

Coastal Boat Hire can get your family out onto Moreton Bay skippering across the calm blue waters as far as Moreton Island. Whether you’re after a day trip outing, weekend-long hire, or week-long rental, Coastal Boat hire can accommodate your family’s boating needs.

Whether your family day out Brisbane north of the city adventure involves fishing, whale watching, cruising, diving or action-packed water sports, Coastal Boat Hire has you covered.

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Acknowledgement of Country - We would like to acknowledge the traditional owners of the lands and waterways of the Moreton Bay Region, the Kabi Kabi/Gubbi Gubbi, Jinibara, and Turrbal people and pay our respects to their Elders, past, present and emerging. We recognise the ongoing connection that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have to this land and recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the original custodians of this land.