Keeping the kids entertained on a budget

Our top 5 picks to that won't break the bank

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

Give the Kids a good feed at Skygate Dining these school holidays! With options including food retailers Burger Urge, Burrito Bar, Goodfellas Café & Eatery, Transit Tavern, Bahn Mi House, The Coffee Club and Magical Rice. Perfect day out! 


Kid activity 2

Mad science! The perfect way to keep kiddies entertained this school holidays, 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…


If science experiments aren't your thing, check out EB Gaming in the DFO Centre, with a sales across the majority of products, grab the newest Nintendo Switch and Mario Cart - a game the whole family can get involved with. Open 10-6pm EB Games has a variety of games to keep the kids (and you!) entertained this holidays. 

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, sweet treats at Lindt, to all things that glitter and glow at Smiggle, 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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