Brisbane has an endless selection of fantastic outdoor playgrounds and parks to enjoy in the sunshine, but when it rains in Brisbane, it really rains. So where are the best places to take children for fun in wet weather?
Jump in Puddles at Hawthorne Park Between Riding Road and Hawthorne Road
Why not embrace the rain, get the gumboots on and go splashing in puddles? Hawthorne Park arguably collects the best selection of puddles in Brisbane to jump in. There is also an excellent playpark if the weather clears.
Swim at Colmslie Pool 400 Lytton Road, Morningside
The indoor pool at Colmslie iis always warm and great for all ages. There is a two-level ramp which is shallow enough for toddlers to have fun wading along and a deeper area for more advanced swimmers.
Opening hours: Daily from 08.00 until 18.00 with some earlier openings and later closings.
Cost: Adults $4.60, children over 2 $3.30.
The Indoor Pool at Colmslie (picture: Brisbane City Council)
Learn about Dinosaurs at Queensland Museum Queensland Museum at Southbank
Fun and free, the Energex Playasaurus Place exhibit at Queensland Museum, Southbank is a good place to hide from the rain for an hour. There are life-size replicas of a T-Rex and a Triceratops as well as some fun dino-themed activities including a cinema screen playing dance-along videos and a dressing up corner.
Opening hours: Daily from 09.30 - 17.00.
Getting there: By bus, train or Citycat to Southbank. There is $15 carparking under the Museum.
Go Scrambling, Sliding and Bouncing at Lollipops Playcentre Homemaker City, 1881 Creek Road, Cannon Hill
You can guarantee that the children will leave Lollipops exhausted whilst the parents leave refreshed and rested, making this a favourite for everyone on a rainy afternoon. With a bouncy castle and a multi-storey climbing maze with slides and ball pit, not to mention spinning tea-cup rides, there is plenty to keep the children active for hours. The separate under-4's area and baby zones ensure that there are safe play areas for little ones. Children are tagged on the way in and cannot leave without the matching security ticket, so parents can relax with a coffee with extra peace of mind.
Opening hours: 09.30-16.00 on Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs and 09.30 - 18.00 on Fri, Sat, Sun.
Cost: varies (up to $11.90 for children and $3.50 for adults including coffee).
Where are your favourite places to take children in the rain? Add your suggestions in the comments section.
Some really helpful suggestions- especially given the forecast in Brisbane! The local library always gets a visit in the rain- the kids have fun choosing the books and then they are occupied at home with their selections.
Where are the Best Places to Take Children when it's Raining in Brisbane?
Most of the posted activities for children are for younger children. Older children may still enjoy some of these activities however they are looking for more challenging adventures. Whatever the activity, the trick is to take a friend or two along. This seriously cuts the whining and bumps up the fun, making a huge difference to the enjoyment level for everyone.
Ask them and they choose a movie at the cinema, an amusement arcade or Laserforce; valid options for many. My choices include roller skating (or inline skating) at the Stafford Skate Centre, challenging for all ages, and the Gallery of Modern Art. GoMA is consistently engaging, but amazing during school holidays when children's activities run. The Queensland Museum has had a make over and is worth a visit. The Science Centre below the Queensland Museum is interesting once or twice. Iceworld ice skating rinks at Boondall and Acacia Ridge both promise to be appealing sensory experiences (read, cold), just the thing in summer.
Climbing at Rocksports Indoor Climbing Centre at Fortitude Valley and Logan City is appealing anytime and Brisbane Table Tennis Centre at Windsor welcomes social players, is very affordable and accessible by bus. Ten pin bowling in the suburbs is fun and includes a selection of arcade games, but Strike Bowling in the Wintergarden shopping centre, Brisbane, is the place for older children. It is sophisticated with dim light, glowing lanes, and strobe lighting reminiscent of the disco era, cool music and video clips at the end of each lane. Pool tables and a small selection of arcade games are available. Caters for children and families during the day. Book ahead and remember your socks.
The Brisbane Aquatic Centre at Chandler is undercover and arguably Brisbane's best public pool with a fantastic water-slide in the kids pool (yes, adults slide too). It has a terrifying inflatable slide and an exceptional floating obstacle course during the summer school holidays.
For all children who enjoy reading or being read to, large city council libraries are another world, especially if the children have their own library card and borrow up to 20 books of their choice to take home. Libraries also have electronic games to play in the library and the city branch has a dedicated children's area with electronic games.
A stand-out fabulous activity is to walk through misty ancient trees and lush forests to see, and even walk under, utterly spectacular waterfalls after good rain. Believe it or not, this is even more exciting and dramatic during light rain with a raincoat, grippy runners and a good coating of anti leach insect repellent over the shoes, socks and legs. Purling brook circuit and Twin Falls circuit at Springbrook National Park are excellent waterfall walks. Take warm clothes and a thermos for hot chocolates afterwards, or drop into the Springbrook Fudge Shop (check opening times).
For a good water park - try Albany Creek Leisure Centre or Chermside Water Park both are reasonably priced but I would recommend taking your own food as the food choices were limited on the days we went.
As for indoor play centres - Geckos in Brown Plains is good for older kids as is WriggleIt at Kingston. My 12yo, 10 yo and 2yo love both of these. We are yet to try Lollipops but that is suppose to be great for older kids as well.
Geckos also offer LaserTag, Balltronics and Geckos puttputt (all indoor) but these can get expensive after a while.
Laser Skimish is good at Loganholme but not suitable for littles.
The Queensland Museum offers form good activities throughout the year and if you add a swim at Southbank this makes for a good day out for young and old.
We are yet to visit the Gold Coast for activities ideas but that is on the agenda for the next school holidays