Council launches into the summer school holidays

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has unveiled a suite of more than 650 free and low cost activities to help kids bust boredom over the summer school holidays.

Cr Quirk said parents would be able to rely on Council to help keep kids off the couch, with a range of activities at Brisbane’s libraries, parks and pools.

“We are committed to creating more to see and do right across the city, and there’ll be plenty of lifestyle and leisure opportunities for the whole family to enjoy these school holidays,” Cr Quirk said.

“Whether it’s shopping for presents at the Christmas Twilight Markets, getting a taste of a white Christmas at South Bank Piazza, splashing around in the new Ferny Grove Aqua Park or 3D printing in our air-conditioned libraries – there’s something for everyone in Brisbane this summer.

“Thousands of people participated in last year’s school holiday program and this summer there will be more than 140 activities dedicated for Brisbane teens, from indoor rock climbing to laser tag, to kite surfing and circus skills.

“Our 22 Brisbane pools are always a hit over summer, with more than 3.1 million people diving into them last financial year.

“With the addition of the Ferny Grove Aqua Park, there are now even more water playgrounds to keep the kids cool in this warmer weather, including at the Sandgate Aquatic Centre, Rocks Riverside Park, Newmarket Olympic Swimming Pool and along the Wynnum Esplanade.

“It’s also a great time for kids to try their hand at a new hobby, with classes on how to cultivate a garden or start your own bee hive, as well as BMX, skateboarding and windsurfing lessons.”

Lifestyle and Community Services Chairman Cr Peter Matic said the summer school holidays, which officially kick off on 14 December, could also become a launch pad for Brisbane’s newest scientists.

“Our city’s youngest rocket engineers could soon discover the wonders of rocket flight and space, with a rocket science program set to entertain curious children in aerospace adventures,” Cr Matic said.

“The Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium will also offer the best seat in the house for children who are wanting a chance to catch a glimpse of a comet passing by Earth, with ‘Comet 46P’ expected to pass by Earth in mid-December.

“Council is committed to creating more to see and do, so whether you’re seeking an adventure or some well-earned rest, there’s something for kids of all ages and abilities to kick boredom to the kerb these school holidays.”