Searching for the best things to do in Brisbane with babies and toddlers? Whether you’re looking for fun family activities or ideas for the next play date, here’s a list of free things to do in Brisbane with a baby or toddler.
Best Free Things to do in Brisbane with babies and toddlers
Want to find a playgroup? Playgroup Queensland is a great place to learn about fun activities for parents, babies, and toddlers. Queensland parents who register by their child’s first birthday receive a free 12-month family membership. Find a playgroup in your area here.
Baby Swim Classes
Free Swimming Classes – Baby Splash classes are free for parents and babies 2-6 months old. Rackley Swimming has several locations with indoor heated pools in Brisbane. The classes are 20 minutes long and help your bub get used to being in the water for the first time.
1 Free Swim Class – Aquatic Achievers offers “one free starter session” swimming lesson. I took my son when he was four months old, and we did our first submersion in the pool.
visit the library
First 5 Forever babies, books, and rhymes – Visit your local library to sing songs, nursery rhymes and meet other parents. Learn action rhymes to nurture your baby’s pre-literacy, communication, language, and social skills. Book in advance because these events fill up fast.
Chermside Library – Visit the reading caravan, check out board books for your baby, and explore the campfire reading nook complete with flame graphics. There is also an indoor park bridge, an interactive video display on the ground, and plenty of space for your little crawler to explore.
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Moora Park + Shorncliffe Pier – Walk on the pier, play on the sand and visit the playground featuring several slides, swings, and sandpits.
Boondall Wetlands – Spend some time outdoors in this pram-friendly destination. Visit the Boondall Wetlands Environment Centre to learn about the area’s flora and fauna and the interactive display. There are also family-guided walks in the wetlands. If you have toddlers, check out Bush Kindy.
Nudgee Beach – Bring baby in a carrier and enjoy an afternoon walk along the shoreline at Nudgee Beach. There are also two playgrounds and lots of green space for a picnic. Don’t miss a spectacular sunrise here.
Mt. Cooth-ha Botanic Gardens – Roam through the beautiful gardens and enjoy days out with your baby. Visit the world’s largest collection of Australian native rainforest trees, natural wildlife, and the Tropical Dome.
Daisy Hill Conservation Park – Spot koalas and other wildlife in this popular bushland retreat. The Daisy Hill Conservation Park is open Monday–Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm.
Music + Art Activities for Babies and toddlers in Brisbane
Music Beat – Free music and movement groups for babies and toddlers. Enjoy time outside while you help your little ones learn and grow through musical play and movement.
Koala Joey’s – This free family program hosted by Pregnancy Counselling Link (PCL) features nursery rhymes, songs, dance, and stories. (In Nundah & Upper Mount Gravatt.)
Powerkids Art Lab – A free interactive event at Brisbane Powerhouse featuring storytelling, music, and visual arts for 0-5-year-olds.
Free kids Activities in the City
Plan a City Tour – Play tourist for a day and enjoy a scenic stroll with your baby along the Brisbane River, through The Arbour, Streets Beach and take a selfie at the Brisbane sign.
City Botanic Gardens – Visit the Bamboo Grove and enjoy views of the river as you push your little cutie in the pram.
Rainforest Walk – If you’re in South Bank, enjoy a relaxing walk through this rainforest in the city. It’s next to the Nepalese Pagoda.
Visit a Museum – Check out the latest art and exhibits at the Queensland Museum and Gallery of Modern Art in South Brisbane or the Museum of Brisbane in the CBD.
Roma Street Parkland – Take a stroll through the beautiful gardens in the city with your baby. There are two playgrounds and lots of picnic space. Roma Street Parkland is open seven days a week.
What’s your favorite place to visit or thing to do with babies and toddlers in Brisbane? Let me know in the comments and I’ll add it to the list!
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