Keeping the kids entertained on a budget

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School holiday activity ideas with Skygate

It's about this time every school holidays when we're absolutely struggling to think of new things to do with the kids – you’ve been to the park, the movies, sent them for a sleepover and had more kids running through the house than you could keep count of.

Well, we’re here to save the (holi)day! Here are five ways to keep the kids entertained that won’t break the bank (or your sanity). Buckle the kids into the car and head to Skygate, just 25 minutes from Brisbane CBD.

Kid activity 1

Feed them! Kids eat free at Skygate Dining these school holidays!* Simply purchase one full priced adult meal at participating food retailers including Burger Urge, Burrito Bar, Café Cherry Beans, Asian + Kitchen and Bar, Transit Tavern, Bahn Mi House, The Coffee Club and Magical Rice, and receive a kid’s meal free. It’s win-win really!

*Ts&Cs apply. Visit Kids Eat Free.

Kid activity 2

Mad science! Whether you checked out our Science Lab in week one of the school holidays or not, we’ve got some rad ideas for experiments you can safely do at home. From homemade slime and bouncy balls to making your own sherbet, you can find all the ingredients you need in your pantry and at Woolworths at Skygate. Plus, did you know Woolworth is open 24 hours? Perfect for late night snacks, emergency toilet paper, nappies and more…

Skygate science lab with Street Science

Kid activity 3

Putt putt! Located just across the road from Skygate, Golf Central BNE’s putt putt course has been designed with every level of player in mind – perfect for school holiday fun. The whole family can putt their way through a series of water holes, undulating greens and ricochets off the beautiful quartz granite rock work. Travel through 18 destinations and don’t forget to complete your scorecard passport. Best of all, no bookings are required so you can ‘swing’ by at any time.

Early risers in your family? No worries! Golf Central’s mini golf course is open 7am-10pm Sunday to Thursday and 7am-11pm Friday and Saturday, plus there’s a café on site offering a kid’s breakfast and lunch menu.

Plus, if you love playing your first round, enjoy a second round for just $5! The perfect reason for a rematch.

Kids under 5 are free (when accompanied by a full paying adult)
Kids aged 5-17 years $12
Adult $19
Concession $12.50
Family (2 adults and up to 4 kids) $45

Kid activity 4

Shop it! Let the kids crack open their money box or give them a tenner and let them go crazy at DFO Brisbane within the Skygate precinct. From a cool hat at Billabong, some new stationery from Typo, inflatable fun at Sunny Life and sweet treats at Worldwide Lollies and Lindt, to all things that glitter and glow at Smiggle and Spencil, your kids will have so much fun managing their money to shop for a bargain (while mum and dad can enjoy some retail therapy too!)

Kid activity 5

Go run! After you’ve enjoyed a feast at Skygate Dining, or finished up your shopping, let the kids run off some energy at our giant outdoor Great Barrier Reef-inspired playscape. The child-friendly artwork by Cairns artist Brian Robinson is believed to be the largest of its kind in Australia. Entitled ‘Woven Wonders of the Reef’, the artwork provides an interesting structure for children to interact with – without getting their feet wet! Located opposite Skygate Dining.

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