Be a cool mum (or dad) these holidays and cut the clichéd trip to an overcrowded shopping mall. Hit the Valley instead to explore fun, family-friendly and, above all, COOL activities.
We’ve got you covered with a bona fide banger of an itinerary, guaranteed to keep you sane and them out of trouble.
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Cool activity #1
Play mini golf at Holey Moley Golf Club Fortitude Valley.
Whether you’re an experienced putt-putter or not, this old church-turned-retro-carnival-themed mini-golf course on Warner Street is bustling with F.U.N.
- Remember to make an online booking in advance.
- Choose either a 9-Hole or 18-Hole game.
- A round of 9-Holes can take anywhere from 25–40 minutes.
Make a booking here
Address: 25 Warner Street
Hours: Open Monday – Tuesday from 4pm – 10pm, Wednesday – Thursday from 12 noon – 11pm, Friday – Saturday from 12 noon – 12 midnight and 12 noon – 10pm on Sundays.
Cool treat #1
Feast on fat, juicy and mouth-watering fare at Gung Ho! Dumpling.
Chopstick skills are not necessary; fingers and forks are welcome! You can’t go wrong with the huge selection of handmade dumplings, they’re a hit – even with the pickiest eaters.
Address: Bakery Lane, 690 Ann Street
Hours: Open Monday – Tuesday from 11:30am – 2:30pm and Wednesday – Saturday from 11:30am – 2:30pm and 5:30pm – 10pm.
Cool activity #2
Get your game face on at B. Lucky & Sons.
After dark, this is a hustler’s paradise but before the sun goes down, the games arcade for adults welcomes kids. Turn parental supervision into a blood sport by taking them on in the likes of Mario Kart, NBA Hoops, Dance Dance Revolution and Space Invaders.
- Children under 18 are welcome before 7pm daily – pre-teens and younger kids will need to be supervised by an adult at all times.
- Games cost between $2 and $5 to play.
- B. Lucky & Sons also hosts children’s parties with one hour of unlimited arcade games, party food, a gift and a VIP area.
Address: TCB Building, 315 Brunswick Street
Hours: Open from Monday – Thursday 3pm – 10pm, Friday 3pm – 2am, Saturday 12 noon – 2am and 12 noon – 11pm on Sundays.
Cool treat #2
Feast on a classic burger and milkshake for the kids and cold brewski for you at Ben’s Burgers.
You can toast a successful outing with a locally brewed craft beer while the kids are occupied with a delicious diner-style milkshake. We recommend the Chocolate Hershey’s milkshake – it’s hands-down a winner.
Address: 5B Winn Lane
Hours: Open Monday from 11am – 2pm, Tuesday – Thursday and Sundays 11am – 9pm and Friday – Saturday 11am – 10pm.
Cool activity #3
Let your inner-child go wild with your actual child at Netherworld’s mega bounty of retro arcade, vintage pinball machines and board games. Show off your gaming skills and wow your pint-size pros with the likes of Pac-Man, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Frogger.
- Yes, it’s a bar but Netherworld welcomes kids supervised by a guardian until 5pm, after that the venue is strictly 18+.
- FYI: It’s free to play the board games and consoles, which pair perfectly with the moreish vegan diner menu.
Address: 186 Brunswick Street
Hours: Open Tuesday – Thursday and Sundays from 12 noon – 10pm and Friday – Saturday 12 noon – 12 midnight.
Cool treat #3
Top off the coolest day out with a sweet treat from Bubble Tree Valley.
Enjoy a refreshing iced tea with bubbles of fun tapioca pearls. From milky and yoghurt teas to fruity-flavoured specialty iced teas, it’s the perfect way to cool down on the school holidays.
Address: California Lane, 1/22 McLachlan Street
Hours: Open from 11:30am – 8:30pm, seven days a week
– January 2021