Monday, December 12, 2016, 1:30 – 3pm
Drop into the library these school holidays for some great craft activities. Different projects will be available each day. Ideal for those aged 8-15 years.
Venue: Chermside LibraryVenue address: Chermside Library, North Regional Business Centre, 960 Gympie Road, Chermside 4032Age range: Kids, TeensCost: FreeEvent type: Craft
- Sunday, December 11, 2016, 3:30 – 5:30pm
Christmas carols will be floating in the air during this late afternoon/twilight concert with all your Christmas favourites being performed by Brisbane Symphonic Band and Brass and a visit from Santa. Bring a picnic rug and enjoy delicious food from food trucks and then stay on for the family Christmas movie - Arthur Christmas.Location: Amphitheatre stage
Event type: Christmas, Family events, FreeAge range: Infants and toddl
- Monday, December 12, 2016, 5:30pm
Get in the mood for Christmas with a week of festive movies in the Roma Street Parkland Amphitheatre. Tonight's movie is one for the adults - Love Actually. This movie is rated M.Bring a picnic rug and a camping chair. Food trucks will be on site from 5.30pm. The movie will start at 7pm.After the movie, visit the magically lit Spectacle Garden.
Event type: Christmas, Family events, Films, FreeAge range: Infants and toddlers, Preschool k
- Sunday, December 11, 2016, 5:30pm
Get in the mood for Christmas with a week of festive movies in the Roma Street Parkland Amphitheatre. Tonight's movie is Dr Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas. This movie is rated PG.Food trucks will be on site from 5.30pm. The movie will start at 7pm.Bring a picnic rug and a camping chair.After the movie, visit the magically lit Spectacle Garden.
Event type: Christmas, Family events, Films, FreeAge range: Infants and toddlers, Preschool
- Monday, December 12, 2016, 10 – 10:45am
Join three-piece live children's band, Red Rocket 3 for a high-energy performance. Enjoy live music, sing-a-longs, interactive games and a whole lot of fun. Ideal for children aged 3-10 years. Bookings essential.Presented as part of Brisbane City Council’s Summer Reading program.
Venue: Indooroopilly LibraryVenue address: Indooroopilly Shopping Centre, Level 4, 322 Moggill Rd, Indooroopilly 4068Age range: Preschool
- Sunday, December 11, 2016, 6 – 9pm
Bookings essential. Bring along the family or friend and come and explore Brisbane's waterways.
Cost: FreeEvent type: Fitness & well-beingBookings: Bookings essential. To book visit Queensland Canoeing or for more information phone 3899 1667.Meeting point: Lota Boat Ramp, Cnr Esplanade and Cobar Sts, LotaRequirements: Wear closed in shoes, clothing suitable to paddle in and get wet, sun protection and bri
- Monday, December 12, 2016, 10am – 12pm
NAO robot is visiting the library and looking forward to meeting you. See how
this amazing humanoid robot can sense its environment and interact with people using surprisingly lifelike gestures and movement. Drop in any time between the listed times. Ideal for all ages.
Venue: Brisbane Square LibraryVenue address: 266 George St, BrisbaneBookings: Not required.Cost: FreeEvent type: Classe
- Monday, December 12, 2016, 11am – 12pm
Create your own out of this world cartoon characters from a banana munching, pineapple juggling, surfing monkey to the first elephant in space, Neil Trunkstrong. All the tips and techniques of how to be a great cartoonist are explained. Ideal for children aged five years and older. Bookings essential.Presented as part of Brisbane City Council’s Summer Reading program.
Venue: Toowong LibraryVenue address: Toowong Village
- Monday, December 12, 2016, 10am – 1pm
Inspired by Brisbane’s sub-tropical landscape, children can make their own Christmas cards and decorations to take home to hang on the tree.Using collage techniques children can learn how to create images using a mixture of objects, cut outs and their own drawings.Optional: bring photos of your family to include in your Christmas collage.
Event type: Arts & culture, Christmas, Classes & workshops, CraftAge range: KidsC
- Monday, December 12, 2016, 3:30 – 5:30pm
Visitors of all ages are invited to get creative and help make a bamboo lantern to be added to a wonderful lighting installation in the Enchanted Garden. Suitable for all ages, although younger children may need assistance from adults.
Event type: Arts & culture, Classes & workshops, Craft, Family events, FreeAge range: Infants and toddlers, Preschool kids, Kids, Teens, Young adults, Adults (30+), SeniorsCost: F
- Saturday, December 10, 2016, 10am
Throughout the summer school holidays. Help Ashgrove Library staff to create the imaginary world of ‘Amarinia’. Add beasts (from your favourite books and your imagination), stories about where you dream of living and the homes you would love to live in. ‘Amarinia’ will feature in a mural growing along the wall near the junior area in the library. Ideal for the whole family.
Venue: Ashgrove LibraryVenue address: Ashgro
- Saturday, December 10, 2016, 6:30pm
The Spectacle Garden will transform into the Enchanted Garden in the lead-up to Christmas with a spectacular lighting display taking visitors on a wonderful, magical journey from one garden room to another.The Enchanted Garden is a brand new feature of the Christmas program and will appeal to all members of your family.Entry is free. During busy times, access may be limited.
Event type: Christmas, Family events, FreeAge range: Infants and toddlers, P
- Saturday, December 10, 2016, 7:30 – 8:30pm
Roll up, roll up! Grab your tickets now for the biggest show in the Festival!Fresh from their hit ABC TV show, Sammy J & Randy have borrowed three million dollars and opened a theme park. What could possibly go wrong? A brand new theatrical adventure from everyone’s favourite skinny/purple duo.
Event type: Arts & cultureCost: $34-$42 - An additional fee applies to each booking transaction. Single tickets $3 / Mult
- Saturday, December 10, 2016, 11:30am – 12:15pm
Be blown away by an energetic and explosive science show with the Street
Science team! Presenters will ignite your imagination and show you out of this world demonstrations that will leave you cheering for more. Ideal for children aged 6-12 years. Bookings essential.Presented as part of Brisbane City Council’s Summer Reading program.
Venue: Chermside LibraryVenue address: Chermside Library, North Regional Business Cen
- Saturday, December 10, 2016, 5:30pm
Get in the mood for Christmas with a week of festive movies in the Roma Street Parkland Amphitheatre. Tonight's movie - Arthur Christmas - is a movie the whole family will enjoy. This movie this G rated.Food trucks will be on site from 5.30pm. The movie will start at 7pm.Bring a picnic rug and a camping chair.After the movie, visit the magically lit Spectacle Garden.
Event type: Christmas, Family events, Films, FreeAge range: Infants and toddler
- Saturday, December 10, 2016, 10 – 11:30am
Buddy was a baby in an orphanage who stowed away in Santa's sack and ended up at the North Pole. Later, as an adult human who happened to be raised by elves, Santa allows him to go to New York City to find his birth father, Walter Hobbs. Hobbs, on Santa's naughty list, had no idea that Buddy was even born. Buddy, meanwhile, experiences the delights of New York City (and human culture) as only an elf can. When Walter's relationship with Bu
- Saturday, December 10, 2016, 12 – 1:30pm
Robert Forster met Grant McLennan at the University of Queensland in the mid-1970s; two undergrads with a shared passion for music, film, poetry and popculture, and a reputation for duelling sword-fights across the city traffic. After a bizarre audition and early rehearsals into a cassette player, they formed The Go-Betweens whose bohemian pop music full of literary allusions and local reference
- Saturday, December 10, 2016, 5 – 9:15pm
It's time to ring in some Christmas joy! The Lord Mayor’s Christmas Carols is a much-loved free family event in support of Mater Little Miracles.Special guest performers include musical theatre icon Rhonda Burchmore, Luke Kennedy, Naomi Price, six-time Golden Guitar winner Melinda Schneider, ABC KIDS band Lah-Lah, Marika Aubrey from the hit musical Matilda, Opera Queensland star Rosario La Spina, Anna-Maria La Spina, The 7 Sopranos, T
- Saturday, December 10, 2016, 7pm
Graeme just wants to recreate his favourite fantasy saga on stage. He doesn’t quite have the same budget as the TV show, or as many cast members, or the performance skill required, but he’s sure George RR Martin would approve – and that’s what matters. But when news reaches him that an influential theatrical producer is in the building, Graeme decides that this could be his big break – as long as nothing goes wrong…
- Saturday, December 10, 2016, 10am – 12pm
In this craft activity children will design and make Christmas cards and decorations out of natural and recycled materials. Imagination and creativity are all that is required to make treasured Christmas pieces.All children must be accompanied and directly supervised by an adult carer during the activity.
Cost: FreeEvent type: Free, GreenBookings: As this is a drop in activity, no bookings are required. Meeting po
- Saturday, December 10, 2016, 11am – 12:30pm
Get creative and see what creatures you can make with natural materials! This session was developed by Karawatha Forest Discovery Centre’s inaugural Artist in Residence, Simone Eisler. Now finished her residency, this activity lives on so that you can continue to enjoy making your very own critters to take home!Drop in anytime during this session and Environment Centre staff will guide you in your designs and provide insights into
- Saturday, December 10, 2016, 10:30am – 12pm
Learn more about the wonderful range of stunning foliage and flowering plants suited to subtropical Brisbane gardens. Find out what grows well locally with little maintenance but still gives your garden the wow factor! Presented by Paul Plant, editor of subTropical Gardening magazine. Bookings essential.
Venue: West End LibraryVenue address: West End Library, 178-180 Boundary St, West EndAge range: Young adults, Adults (3
- Saturday, December 10, 2016, 10 – 11:30am
Learn basic crochet stitches to make a very cool cactus. This is the perfect craft project to add to your home or give away as a handmade present, while learning crochet. This workshop is facilitated by Crave for Crafts. No previous experience necessary. Bookings essential.
Venue: Bulimba LibraryVenue address: Cnr Riding Rd & Oxford St, Bulimba 4171Age range: Adults (30+)Bookings: Bookings required. Phone Bulimba L
- Saturday, December 10, 2016, 10 – 11am
Learn how to expand the vision for your story, develop plot lines that are interesting, consider unique and unusual settings and write the unexpected. This is a super fun and fully interactive workshop where participants will learn that anything is possible in creative writing. Ideal for children aged eight years and older. Bookings essential.Presented as part of Brisbane City Council’s Summ
- Saturday, December 10, 2016, 7:30pm
With its enchanting narrative and creative flair, The Gold Lotto City Hall Light Spectacular has fast become a highlight of the festive season.Running nightly from 9-24 December, the Light Spectacular features an exquisite, animated Christmas story beaming brightly onto City Hall every 15 minutes between 7:30pm and midnight.This year’s story is a playful, Aussie take on The Night Before Christmas. Set in a suburban backyard during a hot, Brisbane summer,
- Ferny Grove State Primary School, 28 Finvoy Street, Ferny GroveSaturday, December 10, 2016, 5 – 8pm
A free family event for the community to join together and celebrate Christmas, featuring live entertainment, an animal farm, rides, kids craft, carols and fireworks.
Event type: Concerts & music, FreeAge range: Infants and toddlers, Preschool kids, Kids, Teens, Young adults, Adults (30+), SeniorsCost: FreeAge: All ages
- Saturday, December 10, 2016, 11am – 12pm
A ‘choose-your-own-adventure’ is a kind of book where the reader decides which path to take. During this fun workshop, internationally published author of the Stinky & Jinks series, Dave Lowe, shows how to plan and write one.
Ideal for children aged 8-13 years. Bookings essential.Presented as part of Brisbane City Council’s Summer Reading program.
Venue: Stones Corner LibraryVenue address: Stones Corner Libr
- Saturday, December 10, 2016, 10 – 10:45am
With Christmas celebrations underway, everyone is super excited about the festive season. Everything stops when Cheeky Monkey receives a message from Santa saying that Frosty the snowman is missing from the North Pole! Can Cheeky Monkey and his friends find Frosty and get him back to the North Pole before he melts? Ideal for children aged eight years and younger.Presented as part of Brisbane City Council’s Summer Reading program.
- Bulimba Creek BikewaySaturday, December 10, 2016, 9:30am – 12:30pm
Explore sections of the fantastic Bulimba Creek bikeway as it hugs the creek and meanders through suburbs including Mansfield, Carindale, Cannon Hill and Murarrie. This ride is mostly on bike paths and a flat ride of just over 20kms. There will be rest breaks to suit the group.
Cost: FreeEvent type: Fitness & well-beingBookings: Not required - Just be at the meeting point 15 minutes before the r
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