Conquer the School Holidays with these Activities

get by with a little help from your friends at THE FIELD GUIDE


We’ve rounded up all the workshops, shows, exhibitions and freebies we could find!

School holidays are great and all, but how are you supposed to get anything done?! Thankfully there’s plenty on, ranging from family film screenings to drop-them-and-go workshops.



Grand Central is hosting Botanical Buddies, an interactive lab that allows children to play, feel, touch, smell and admire nature. It’s completely free, open every day of the holidays, and everyone can take home their own plant. Clifford Gardens Shopping Centre is hosting a free pencil case decorating session with Spendless Shoes, and Drakes Supermarkets is hosting live cooking demonstrations. Vapiano is opening up their kitchen to allow children to learn how to knead dough, garnish with fresh ingredients and send pizzas to the oven. BCC Cinemas Grand Central have a range of activities including making friendship bracelets, paper pumpkin lanterns, bookmarks, and Winnie the Pooh ears.

Your Inner Child is hosting pottery workshops, where kids can learn to throw on a wheel. There’s several days and times to choose from, and they’ll come away with a few creations of their own. Tinker is also hosting a whole variety of art classes, including watercolours and paper flowers.

If the kids are more into sport, the City Golf Club is offering a two-day workshop. Or if you really need them to expend some energy, try laser tag and archery. Or drop them at the bowling alley for a few hours. Camp Cooby is also offering a school holidays program full of rock-climbing, canoeing and high ropes.

The library is hosting a STEM workshop, where participants will program a drone, as well as several stop-motion animation workshops.

Glennie Junior School is hosting a hands-on fairy wonderland, that’s free to attend (gold coins will be donated to the Toowoomba Hospice). There’s everything from jewellery to toys to candles to painting.

Childspeak is offering children’s workshops on topics such as managing fear, managing sadness and managing anger, as well as a general emotional wellbeing session.

The Empire Theatre is hosting a musical adaptation of bestselling book, The Gruffalo. Or you may prefer to see Charlotte’s Web come to life. As part of the Carnival, there’s a free screening of ‘Life in the Undergrowth’, a David Attenborough documentary, at Laurel Bank Park. There’s also a free screening of Trolls at Walton Stores.

The Cobb + Co is hosting the Alice’s Wonderland exhibition, including the very fun Spring School Holiday Trail, which will keep kids busy for hours. They also have a free display of 60 hanging baskets that local schools and community members have designed on the Alice in Wonderland theme. Teenagers can also take part in a blacksmithing workshop.

Take the kids on the Hogwarts Express (well, the steam train to Spring Bluff) and pack a picnic for a beautiful spring day out.

If we’ve missed something, please let us know! And keep an eye on our calendar for updates.


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Phoebe Tully