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.

Getting there

Save yourself the hassle of parking and catch a train or bus to the Valley. Download the Translink app and use the Journey Planner to map your route. 

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