Family Holiday Fun Activities for Kids of all Ages

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Posted 01 November


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.

Bubs to 5 Year Olds

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 patting 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.

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 sundrenched 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. Come early to witness the 10am daily pelican feeding!
  • 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.

Find a park near you to tailor your own family day out Brisbane north of the city.

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’.

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.

Go on a Guided Family Llama Walk

Love llamas as much as we do? Your kiddo will get a real kick out of this unique Dayboro Cottages & Llama Walks experience.

From 9am to 11am on Saturday and Sundays you can bring your young one along on a guided group llama hike in the foothills of Dayboro paired off with your very own llama companion. The walk is followed by a pellet feeding session and a catered morning tea. Pre-bookings essential.

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Cruise Pumicestone Passage & Play a Scavenger Hunt

Explore Bribie Island’s Pumicestone Passage aboard Ferryman Cruises Explorer Family Fun Cruise.

The Family Fun Cruise includes a scavenger hunt component which will keep kids entertained throughout the whole trip. Play as a family or let the children amuse themselves looking for wildlife, shipwrecks and iconic landmarks found in the water and on the channel’s banks. Pre-bookings essential.

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Kids will have a Blast at Laserzone

Looking for fun activities for kids to enjoy on a rainy day? Take the family to Lawnton’s Laserzone Family Entertainment Centre for indoor play. The world-class multi-level laser tag arena offers families hours of competitive fun.

Once the young ones have had enough of the laser gun shenanigans they can hop in the bumper cars, get busy conquering the videogame arcade, and try out Australia’s only Jungle Target Gallery Train.

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.

Enjoy Motorised Bribie Island Exploration & On-Water Family Fun

Loads of land and water based fun activities for kids abound on Bribie Island. Bribie’s shorefront precincts are simply a joy to explore and its calm Moreton Bay Marine Park waters are ideal watercraft playgrounds.

Head into Bribie Island Hire Hut and Tours to rent out a variety of motorised toys and water sporting equipment. Pick from electric bikes & skateboards, power glyders, segways, hover boards, kayaks, SUP boards, and pedal boats.

Instructions are provided and all safety gear is included in your hire. The hut also offers lessons for inexperienced thrill seekers. Small group half day and full day guided kayak tours are also available, as well as SUP tours & segway tours.

Get Splash Happy Boating on the Bay

Boating Planet Redcliffe 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, Boab Boat’s can accommodate your family’s boating needs whether you hold a boat license or not.

All boats can be taken to Moreton Island. Boat delivery and return can be arranged if required. You can also hire out jetskis, snorkelling gear, fishing necessities and water sports equipment.

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

Contact Redcliffe Cruise & Travel to Organise your Family Holiday!

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