Are you looking for some rainy day activities to entertain the family while still exploring the best parts of Brisbane?
Nobody likes going on a holiday and the very next day, it rains.
There are plenty to do in Brisbane on a sunny day outdoors, but what about when the weather isn’t so kind?
We've put together this list of the best places that we think you should visit on a rainy day, and a sunny day too.
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Getting To Brisbane From The Airport
Getting into Brisbane's City from the airport can be done a number of ways and it really just depends on your personal preferences and timing:
- Catching the AirTrain can be a cost-effective and stress-free way to travel if your accommodation is close to a station. Trains depart the airport station every 15 minutes (peak time) and will arrive at the central station within 40 minutes. Make sure you book online prior to travel so you can save 15% on your ticket. The website also offers a journey planner and even helps you compare your fare with cabs, shuttles etc. to help you determine if you've got a good deal.
- Uber is great if you're travelling with your family and you need the convenience of a drop to your door service. (Get a free ride when you sign up using this link). The Uber App offers a handy price estimate on your ride before you book the service.
Once you’re in the city, I suggest you book your accommodation in the Brisbane CBD. Being centrally located will give you many options from Free to paid activities and sightseeing tours.
15 Rainy Day Activities
1. VISIT THE QUEENSLAND MUSEUM AND SCIENCENTRE.
We had the pleasure to visit during the world science week recently and we were amazed at how great it was. I definitely recommend this as a number 1 place to visit because you could literally spend hours and hours here and still feel like there’s plenty to see.
The Queensland Museum is Free but Sciencentre has a fee. I think that this fee is so worth it. You’ll walk out feeling well amused and your kids will have learnt so many great things. In fact, on the following Monday at Lemar’s Kindergarten, his teacher asked the children what a particular animal was in a book and Lemar was the only one to guess it correctly, it was a possum. That was all thanks to what we had learnt from our visit to the Sciencentre.
Here is the Museum's floor map, click here
2. READ, SING, PLAY AT THE LIBRARY.
Head on down to your local city council library for a relaxing read or do a free activity. All of the libraries offer free activities for families to enjoy. During the week, mostly in the mornings, they host Nursery Rhyme and Play Classes for younger bubs and storytime for toddlers.
3. DISCOVER CULTURE AND THE ARTS AT GOMA.
The place that we like to visit every few months is the GOMA. It has so many beautiful displays hidden around every corner. You’ll find yourself being entertained for hours and you’ll forget all about the rain.
4. ICEWORLD™ OLYMPIC ICE RINKS.
Take the kids Ice Skating. It’s something different to the usual hot weather activities and an experience that is challenging but creates great memories. The Iceworld™ Olympic Ice Rinks are open 7 days a week and offer many different session times. They have an Ice Rink in Acacia Ridge (20kms South of Brisbane) and another in Boondal (20kms North of Brisbane). If you want to be a ‘cheap skate’ (pun intended), you can save up to $80 with an Iceworld™ chill-deal, skate for only $11 plus $1 skate hire every Tuesday night at Acacia Ridge. Don’t forget to brrrrring your winter clothes….
5. DISCOVER IPSWICH WORKSHOPS RAIL MUSEUM.
The Ipswich Workshops Rail Museum will give you a step back in time. The first train to steam from here was done so over 145 years ago. It was Queensland biggest employer during the period of World War II with more than 3000 staff working on rail construction, maintenance and technology for Queensland’s burgeoning rail industry.
Paul and I took Lemar here back in 2015 when I was pregnant with Leon. We came for the Thomas and Friends expo and it was a great event. The whole place is amazing, every corner has something interesting to look at. You’ll find a massive miniature train model display that will keep yourself and the kids amused for a very long time. Take the kids on the train simulator or let them pretend to run their own train town setting in the Nippers Railway Station.
6. JUMP FOR THE SKY AT SKYZONE.
The perfect place to take your kids if they have a lot of energy to burn. There are so many things for them to do. They can either just on the massive trampoline, dive into the foam pit or shoot some air hoops. I took our almost 4yo and 1 yo sons on a Thursday during the Little Leapers program which was nice and quiet and cheap. Check out this page for the prices and additional details.
7. GO BOWLING AT STRIKE, WINTERGARDEN.
Fun for the whole family 7 days a week. Strike bowling alleys have screens that play the latest video clips, creating a party atmosphere and keeping you rocking out between turns. Enjoy a spread of delicious food and drinks from their gourmet kitchen. They also have a few more activities such as Karaoke and Laser Tag.
8. PLAY AT AN INDOOR PLAYCENTRE OR GO SHOPPING.
Check out this massive Indoor Playground that is situated inside the popular Carindale Shopping centre. Just don’t forget to pack some socks for the kids or you can purchase some at the reception desk upon entry. This is such a great activity if you need to please a few people at once. Perhaps half of the family want to do some shopping and the other half just wanna play, all of this can be done in the same building.
9. DISCOVER SPACE AND LEARN ABOUT THE PLANETS.
If you’re looking to do an activity that is educational and fun, you should definitely check out the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium. Entry into the Planetarium’s Display Zone is Free of charge but there will be a fee if you’re wanting to watch the Cosmic Skydome shows that they have available. I highly recommend that you book into seeing a show in the Cosmic Skydome as it is a fascinating experience for both the children and adults. I especially recommend doing it during the school holidays as they do great kids space experiences for the little ones.
10. Cuddle a cat at Brisbane’s first and only Cat Cuddle Cafe.
11. Find a local Cinema and watch the latest movie.
12. Play Laser Tag at Laser Force in Woolloongabba.
13. Get last season’s fashion and homewares deals at DFO (Direct Factory Outlet) Jindalee or Brisbane Airport, Skygate.
14. Build a city of Lego at Bricks’n’fun and let your imagination run wild.
15. Play A Game At Brisbane’s first Boardgames Cafe.
You can find much more activities to do in this beautiful city but these are just to name a few.