Brisbane on a Budget with Under Fives

Children under five like to be entertained, but how do you do it cost effectively?

Playgroup Queensland offers babies, toddlers and young children a chance to play in a stimulating environment, and provides their parents and carers with the opportunity to meet and share their experiences with other families. There are over 1000 Playgroup Queensland-affiliated sessions around the state each week. There’s a small annual fee to become a member, and then it costs $2-$4 a visit, to cover the cost of crafts and activities.

Little Days Out is a FREE outdoor activity program for children from 6 months to 5 years old that runs every Thursday from 9am to 1pm in South Bank Parklands. Weekly activities vary between the creative, active and cultural. The Boppin’ Babies music early learning program is a very popular session, and it’s a great way for parents and children to bond. Little Days Out takes a break in December and January, but there is a Little Elves Day Out program at Christmas.

Brisbane City Council Libraries hold FREE children’s events on a weekly basis. Drop into your local to get creative with FREE craft activities and interactive displays. First 5 Forever is an early literacy program for kids up to the age of five, and its sessions include “Babies, books and rhymes,” “toddler time,” and “Children’s storytime”. There’s a full schedule available online.

Brisbane City Council Libraries

Cultural Precinct at South Bank always has something FREE and interesting going on for tiny tots, including the return of Obliteration Room at GOMA. The popular interactive children’s project developed by Yayoi Kusama encourages little ones to add colourful dot stickers to white furniture, transforming a room of the art gallery. It runs until February 4, 2018.