Family fun in the Brisbane Botanic Gardens

It’s sometimes easy to forget that just over seven kilometres from the Brisbane CBD is a great green space with all sorts of all-natural activities.

For more than 40 years, the Brisbane Botanic Gardens at the base of Mt Coot-tha has provided a haven for flora, fauna and of course, families.

Families make up a large portion of visitors to the Gardens, and according to curator Dale Arvidsson, it’s the younger family members who often get the most out of the experience.

When you’re done exploring the gardens, right next door, the kids can jump into space at the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium.

During the holidays, the Cosmic Skydome stories are all kid-friendly and the brand new digital projector system offers a whole new perspective of the universe.

The Planetarium is a highlight to visit, whether you have lived in Brisbane all your life or are here for only a few days. Thanks to the brand new system, you’re now viewing shows with state-of-the-art technology and world-class quality. As well as the new digital projector system, the Planetarium is thrilled to launch two new shows that will take patrons on astronomical adventures.

The new shows are Edge of Darkness — which features amazing scenes from key space missions — and Experience the Aurora, giving viewers an immersive all-sky viewing experience of the Aurora Borealis.

If you are looking for things to do with your little ones these school holidays, there are plenty of kids’ shows to enjoy. Aliens, stars and the solar system are just a few of the exciting topics children and families can learn more about.

Shows on offer at the Planetarium these school holidays that are perfect for children include:

The Little Star That Could: The story of Little Star, an average yellow star searching for planets of his own. Along the way, he meets other types of stars, learns what makes each star special, and discovers that he has his own family of planets. Recommended for children from three years old. Approximately 35 minutes, inclusive of night sky tour.

Perfect Little PlanetChildren will love this show as they learn about our solar system through the eyes of a family of aliens on vacation from another solar system.

Recommended for children from five years old. Approximately 40 minutes, inclusive of night sky tour.

We Are Aliens!: Narrated by Rupert Grint. The human race is connected better than ever before, but could we one day be part of a galactic community sharing our knowledge and ideas? Or is Earth the only planet with life? This show takes you on an epic ride in the hunt for evidence of alien life. Approximately 45 minutes, inclusive of night sky tour.

For more ideas of things to see and do, head to the Brisbane City Council’s website!