Swap your kids screen-time with green-time with Ipswich City Council’s Active Kids program.

Active Kids is a series of free, outdoor sport and recreation activities held during the June, September and April school holidays across different Ipswich based parks and reserves. The sessions are perfectly designed to get your kids up off the couch and outdoors having fun running, jumping, skipping, stretching, and more.

Check out the calendar and book your kid in for some school holiday fun at Ipswich.qld.gov.au/activekids

Types of Holiday Activities

Active Kids offers a wide range of free sessions to appeal to all different types of kids.

For the sports obsessed there are a variety of classic sporty sessions including cricket, AFL, soccer, netball, NRL, hockey and tee-ball. Kids can learn the basics, practice their skills or develop cool new tricks.

Adventurous kids who are keen to do some exploring can try orienteering, a guided bushwalk or zoom through some of Ipswich’s best reserves and estates with mountain biking sessions.

If your kid loves water based recreation, sign them up for some fishing or canoeing along the Brisbane River.

For the high-energy kids looking to go a little wild, there is circus fun where they’ll learn new tricks like juggling, balancing and hula hooping. There’s also kid friendly bootcamps or athletics sessions where kids can run off some of that energy.

Or, if you’re looking for something with a slightly slower pace, kids can enjoy yoga or birdwatching.

There’s no limit to the fun they can have, and kids are welcome and encouraged to be involved in as many sessions as they like during the school holidays!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Are the sessions suitable for all kids?

Unless otherwise specified on council’s website, Active Kids sessions are suitable for all experience levels and abilities. The friendly trainers will ensure everyone can have fun and enjoy the activity. 

How long does a session go for?

Depending on the specific session, they typically run for between 1-2 hours. 

What age group does Active Kids cater to?

There are a range of activities available each school holidays that are suitable for ages 5-16 years. Check the calendar of upcoming events for specifics.

Are parents required to stay during the session?

Yes, parents are required to stay and supervise their child during the session. 

Do I need to register/book?

Yes, bookings are required. You can book via the calendar of sessions at Ipswich.qld.gov.au/activekids 

Is there anything I need to bring along?

Please bring water and practice sun safety by wearing sunscreen and a hat. Some sessions, such as mountain biking, may require you to bring your own gear but this will be clearly stated on the calendar listing when you book.

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About Ipswich City Council’s Active and Healthy program

Getting your kids involved in an active lifestyle from a young age, through Active Kids, helps develop healthy and positive habits that they’ll carry through into adulthood.

Active Kids is part of Ipswich City Council’s wider Active and Healthy Program which promotes a healthy and active lifestyle by offering over 120 different free fitness activities suitable to all ages and abilities. Other Active and Healthy programs include:

  • Active Mums and Bubs
  • Active Seniors 
  • Active Parks
  • Active Wellbeing
  • All Abilities 
  • Active at Home 

You can find out more about all these programs at Ipswich.qld.gov.au/activeprograms