6 Of The Best Things To Do With Toddlers And Babies In Brisbane

  • Mums & Bubs

That saying about time when it comes to babies and toddlers is extra true: “the days are long but the years are short”. When you’re at home with a wee one, some days can seem to go on forever. But never fear, there are plenty of things to do in Brisbane that will help you fill your day and get out and about. 

Next time you’re wondering what to do with your baby or toddler, why not try:


No matter what you feel like doing, Southbank has got it going on. You can take your children to the lagoon, where there is baby and toddler-friendly water features and a shallow pool for paddling. Or you can go for a walk with the pram along the river, take them for a ride in the Brisbane Eye, grab morning tea or lunch in one of the many cafés or restaurants, hit the massive playground, or just spread out a blanket on the grass and wile away the hours. 

Website: Southbank Parklands
Where: Southbank Parklands, South Brisbane
Cost: Free


The Gallery of Modern Art is wonderful any time with babies and toddlers. If you have a young baby, push the pram around and enjoy the art made for grown ups, but if you have a curious toddler, check out the activities and special exhibits for children. And don’t miss Toddler Tuesdays, where staff use games, storytelling and interactivity to teach young kids about art in a fun way.

Website: GOMA
Where: Stanley Place, South Brisbane
When: Daily 10am to 5pm
Cost: Free.

Art made fun for little ones!

Lone Pine Koala Sancuary

Your littlies will abslutely fall in love with the animals at Lone Pine Koala Sancuary. There's koalas, kangaroos and platypus as well as experience habitats where your kids an connect with nature. Did you know Lone Pine is actually the largest koala sancuary in the world? It's a great day out for the family with plenty to do, in a venue that is a great size and not overwhelming for small children. Along with daily shows and wildlife excursions, there's a coffee shop for that much needed boost when you're a mum of toddlers. Although you can also bring a picnic lunch which is a bonus for those fussy little ones.

Website: Lone Pine Koala Sancuary
Where: 708 Jesmond Road, Fig Tree Pocket
When: Daily 9am - 5pm
Cost: See ticket prices section on website for details

Lone Pine is actually the largest koala sancuary in the world?

Queensland Museum

There are all sorts of exhibits that will thrill children at Queensland Museum, with some offering hand-on experiences and exploration. Life-sized whales and a dinosaur greet you as you arrive, and then you can spend hours making your way through the floors of animals and historical displays. The café is super-kid friendly too, with great kids meals. The other thing we love about it is that you can let your toddler run around without worrying about them bothering anyone. One child on the ellaslist team spent a lot of time here when she was learning to walk because it is so toddler-friendly.

Website: Queensland Museum
Where: Corner Grey and Melbourne streets, South Brisbane
When: Daily 9:30am to 5pm
Cost: Free (some exhibits may incur a charge)

Hands-on experiences and exploration at the Queensland Museum.

The Corner, State Library

There are libraries that frown upon children turning up and disturbing the peace, and then there’s The Corner, at the State Library. A beautiful little retreat, children can relax and play here, with ever-changing themes led by the wonderful library staff. There is always someone there to show you around, and you will find computer games, books to read, and a load of craft and other activities. The library café also does great kids’ meals (and they’re licensed). 

Website: The Corner
Where: Level 1, Info Zone, State Library of Queensland, Stanley Place, South Brisbane
When: Daily 10am to 3pm
Cost: Free

Roma Street Parklands

Roma Street Parklands are a wonder for toddlers. Start the day with a coffee and a snack at the very kid-friendly Melange Café, and then wind your toddler up and watch them go! There is so much to explore, with playgrounds, gardens, grassy areas, and fish ponds (watch little ones around the water though, of course). One thing to be aware of is that some paths are pebblecrete, and if your toddler has still got their L plates on, long pants will save a lot of skinned knees. 

Website: Roma Street Parklands
Where: 1 Parkland Boulevard, Brisbane City
Cost: Free

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