If you are searching for a comprehensive list of indoor activities in Brisbane, then look no further. Catering for all ages, types and interests, our list below details the range of varied indoor activities you can get involved in locally.
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Whether it’s a fun activity sheltered from the weather, something to keep active teens moving, an indoor team-building activity or just a cultural or creative escape, below is our list of all the best indoor activities you can enjoy in Brisbane.
Popular Indoor Activities
Not so much an activity but a pretty awesome way to experience some chill time together as a family indoors. Think salt-sprinkled buckets of butter popcorn, sweet-filled candy bags and large cushioned recliners housing all of you favourite people close by – it really is no surprise a day out at the movies is such a popular indoor option for Brisbane families.
Escape the heat and head to one of Brisbane’s indoor ice-skating rinks. Don’t worry if you have never tried it before, Iceworld at Acacia Ridge and Boondall offer skate school classes for beginners to help get you started.
Indoor Go Karting
Indoor go karting is taken to the next level at Slideways in Eagle Farm. This hugely popular, multi-level indoor go karting venue boasts an impressive 425m track and have a range of karts catering for children 7 years and older. This one will be popular with your kids, regardless of their ages, and promises some serious, fast-paced indoor fun.
Indoor Laser Tag
When it comes to indoor activities in Brisbane which are guaranteed to get your kid’s hearts racing, a game or two of laser tag is hard to beat. Popular because kids love to work in teams and addictive for the heart-pumping fun it provides, even the adults love to get in on this one. Laserzone at Lawnton is just one of our favourites to enjoy a game of laser tag at.
Indoor Putt Putt/Mini Golf
Trying to score a hole in one while avoiding obstacles and having fun never gets boring. With indoor putt putt courses, popping up all over Brisbane there is no reason why you can’t work your way around all of them to see who can get the best score.
Indoor Rock Climbing
If you are climbing the walls with boredom, then why not do that at your local indoor rock climbing centre? Brisbane is home to some amazing venues which cater for people of all ages and abilities, with places like Crank Indoor Rock Climbing offering not just rock climbing but also indoor bouldering and ninja warrior course areas.
Indoor Roller Skating
A retro trend from the past which is still very much adored today, indoor roller skating is an activity the whole family can enjoy together. With general skate sessions, Learn2Skate, club sport, vacation care and even birthday parties on offer, you are spoilt for choice when it comes to skating options to choose from.
Another popular indoor activity for families is tenpin bowling. Numerous venues around Brisbane offer lanes to strike on, with bright lights, music, food and stylish footwear just a few of the additional highlights you can enjoy while there.
Brisbane’s many indoor trampoline adventure parks, including the ever-popular BOUNCE franchise, are the perfect indoor activity if you have a kids with extra energy to release. With wall to floor trampolines, kids can bound off and onto every surface while you casually relax in one of the cafes that are usually found there too…unless of course you choose to join in too!
Indoor Activities for Younger Kids
Indoor Craft Activities
Craft is an activity almost all children enjoy and a creative indoor activity which caters for younger kids is painting your own plaster or pottery ornaments. Indoor venues like Plaster Fun House and Colour My Pot will allow kids to select a ready-made character or object, paint and decorate it. And the best bit, you get to take it home, leaving all the creative mess behind. That’s a win-win situation for everyone!
For Brisbane families with young children, play centres are possibly one of the most popular indoor activities. Bright, colourful and with a variety of different play spaces designed for small children to navigate safely, play centres offer parents the perfect indoor playground for their children to enjoy.
Bop and sing along to some catchy tunes at one of the many baby or toddler music classes in Brisbane. Aside from the well-known fact music classes motivate and enhance children’s cognitive, physical, emotional, social, behavioural and musical development, it is just a whole lot of fun too!
While most indoor trampoline parks cater to the older children, we love miniBOUNCE at Carindale as it is specifically designed for pre-school kids. If you have an adrenalin-hunting child under 6, this is where they will want to be.
Indoor Activities for Older Kids
Family fun at places like 1UP Arcade is guaranteed. Featuring an array of arcade games, pinball machines, skill testers and more, arcades provide hours of indoor entertainment for the whole family.
A great skill to learn and something most kids love to get involved in is cooking, so why not enrol your kids in one of the many kids cooking classes in Brisbane? You can go to them or even have a talented chef come to your own home to teach the kids to cook. Not only will they learn valuable life skills, you may even get a night off cooking!
Escape Rooms hit Brisbane with force a few years ago and have only grown in popularity – especially amongst tweens and teens. Working in small teams to solve puzzles and escape the room before the timer runs out, this indoor activity offers mystery, suspense and some serious problem-solving skills.
Gaming and eSports
With gaming and eSports becoming a preferred pastime for many children, finding an indoor venue which supports their passion while providing a social and community environment is a must. Places like EndGame’s facility at Sumner offer state-of-the-art facilities, knowledgeable staff and a fun atmosphere to boot!
For an indoor experience unlike any other around, Brisbane’s Hologram Zoo features more than 50 holographic animals, including elephants, giraffes, and even a massive 25-meter hologram whale. As the animals are made of laser light, the Hologram Zoo is even able to bring back dinosaurs!
Indoor Adventure Parks
Urban Xtreme, Area 51, and Revolution Sports Park are just some of the indoor adventure parks in Brisbane which have facilities older kids will get excited about. With trampoline spaces, high ropes courses, ninja warrior areas, basketball courts and even indoor ski slopes, they are the go-to venues for families looking for some indoor fun for their tween or teen.
Indoor Skate Parks
Got an avid skateboarder in the house but the weather outside is not ideal? There are an impressive number of indoor skate parks in Brisbane complete with all the ramps and runs you need under one roof.
Want to experience the thrill of skydiving but from the safety on an indoor venue? Then head to iFly, where kids can float through the air in a controlled environment. They will love the adrenalin rush – and you will love avoiding the stress of watching them attempt the real deal.
Step outside of reality and into a world of make-believe and imagination. Virtual reality venues are fast becoming the newest craze of indoor fun for older kids and Brisbane’s Zero Latency VR experience is one of the best. With no wires or walls to get in the way of their virtual reality adventures, kids will love the feeling of being fully immersed in their gaming experience.
Indoor Activities for Adults
Ever wondered what it would be like to throw an axe with force? Head to an axe throwing venue like Maniax or Lumber Punks where you can find out just what it feels like. Most venues have a fully licensed bar onsite and sell food, making it a unique place to gather for a party or event.
Interested in a slice of our state’s history while enjoying a cold beverage with other adult friends? The XXXX brewery tour takes you through the 140+ year history of Queensland’s most iconic brewery, takes approximately 90 minutes and concludes with a guided 3-beer tasting session.
Looking for an hour or two of complete relaxation? City Cave‘s Float Therapy involves floating in water heated to match your body temperature with a high concentration of Epsom salts. This combination helps your body enter a deep state of relaxation, so your brain can enter a place of rest and repair.
For the avid golf pro, indoor golfing is a big hit for indoor activities which adults can enjoy in Brisbane. The Golf Bunker, xGolf and Golfer’s Paradise are such venues, offering state of the art golf course simulators for those wanting to play golf, practice or compete.
Get your groove on and attend an indoor music venue to listen to some tunes or perhaps even dance the night away. Right on the river, Brisbane Jazz Club offers a night out for parents in a picturesque environment. With a restaurant, bar and, some of the best live jazz music around, it’s the perfect indoor activity for adults looking to chill with friends. The Fortitude Music Hall is also an awesome place to check out live bands.
It’s not only the kids who love to get creative and messy. Brisbane plays host to a number of different ‘Paint and Sip‘ art classes designed specifically for adults. Grab a glass of bubbly in one hand, a paint brush in the other and enjoy an evening with friends painting your next masterpiece.
Performances and Shows
The Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) in Brisbane offers a year-round schedule of theatre, music, dance, entertainment, and comedy shows. Whilst there are always children shows on rotation too, this also makes for the perfect indoor venue for a night out with friends or your partner.
Indoor Team Building Activities
Whilst coffee may be the go-to office beverage for most, a sweet cocktail after hours is also pretty popular when it comes to Friday afternoon drinks. Places like Brisbane Bartenders can guide your team as they shake, stir, mix and taste their way through a mixology class.
Much like cooking classes but with a focus on perfecting the quintessential office beverage, coffee-making classes in Brisbane offer the perfect office team building experience. Barista Basics have a team session where together you will learn to perfect coffee using commercial and domestic machines before vying with other teams to see who can make the best tasting and looking coffees!
Not only for teens and tweens, Escape Rooms are an incredible option when it comes to indoor team-building activities. Having small groups work together in a pressure-filled but fun game of problem-solving gives you the opportunity to bond while also navigating how to find solutions as a team.
Indoor Bouldering/Rock Climbing
What better way to work as a team than to scale great heights with the assistance of a colleague or teammate? Working together to overcome each challenge, places like Wall Walkers in Capalaba have team and group bookings for up to 25 people available.
Team Cooking Challenges
There are a lot of different companies who offer an indoor Masterchef team building experience in Brisbane. Team Building Made Easy is one of them, offering not only the Masterchef Challenge experience but also a relaxed group cooking session too. Cooking in groups offers an opportunity for members to work together, delegate roles and work towards creating a culinary masterpiece together.
Free Indoor Activities
Go behind the scenes to discover some of Brisbane’s famous landmarks. The City Hall and its sky-high clock tower make for an interesting historical indoor activity with the kids. Visitors and locals alike are now welcomed into her glorious rooms with free daily tours which take about 45mins to 1 hour.
The impressive range of free indoor activities offered at local city council libraries is probably a lot bigger than you realise. With STEM projects, story time, toddler and baby sessions and multiple craft and learning workshops for all ages on offer weekly, your main problem will be finding the time to fit them all in!
Local Discovery and Nature Centres
Many local, national parks and reserves in and around Brisbane house free discovery/nature centres on their premises. Places like the Karawatha Forest Discovery Centre and Indigiscapes offer indoor interactive educational experiences centred around environmental and local animal conservation.
Our team at Brisbane Kids love the Daisy Hill Koala Centre. Not only does it provide a sanctuary and refuge for injured koalas on their road to recovery, but their free conservation education centre also offers a wealth of information and interactive fun for visitors.
Museums and Galleries
Stand beside a dinosaur, walk amongst Australia’s native animals and admire the many artworks, antiques and historical monuments which create our country’s cultural backbone. Brisbane’s impressive range of museums and galleries offer visitors a free indoor experience that is both breathtaking and educational all at once. You can find out more about the Museums and Galleries of Brisbane here.
Who doesn’t love looking at the stars? For an amazing indoor activity visit the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium where the majority of displays and activities are free. Take a tour of Brisbane’s current night sky with one of their astronomers or visit the Planetarium’s Display Zone to take an astronomical journey from the present-day Solar System to the time of the Big Bang.