We posted this casual question on Facebook last Sunday… “We’re writing another unique piece about things to do with kids in Tasmania, ready for school holidays. What would you suggest?” We got such a great response, we’ve scrapped our first draft, and instead included the fabulous ideas we received from our readers. They’re listed in the order they were posted on Facebook.
This is certainly a popular topic. Much Internet search traffic arrives at our doorstep through terms like “things to do with kids in Tasmania“. We strive to deliver what the people want, so we’ve featured many relevant stories in the past. Some have been individual articles about activities including Go Kart Magic in Latrobe; Wild Thing Adventures in Hobart and Hastings Caves and Thermal Springs in the Huon Valley. We’ve also published several compilations that may inspire…
- Things to Do – Hobart
- Things to Do – Launceston
- Things to Do – Stanley
- Things to Do – Devonport
- Things to Do – Penguin, Ulverstone & Gunns Plains
- Things to Do – Cygnet
- Things to Do with Kids in Tasmania (Statewide)
- Food Experiences for Kids in Tasmania
- What’s On For Kids
It must be said the suggestions in these articles are not strictly limited to kids in Tasmania. Locals and tourists all have different tastes and preferences, and there’s something here to suit everyone regardless of age or gender. Just use the website’s search function or the index pages if you’re looking for something specific.
But back to the baker’s dozen from our recent Facebook post. If thoughts about the nominations were expressed, we’ve included them as well.
1. QVMAG Launceston
We would certainly agree with this suggestion. The Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery in Launceston has much to offer. We’ve been to the Inveresk site several times, and still have more to discover. We’d think most kids in Tasmania would enjoy the Phenomena Factory; and the Planetarium is a place we have marked as a must visit.
2. Go Swimming
A simple but sensible suggestion, and Tasmania has plenty of options in that department. There’s the many and varied beaches around the state, as well as indoor and outdoor pools. Try the Hobart Aquatic Centre or the Launceston Aquatic Centre for indoor heated pools with water-slides and diving boards.
3. Stanley Seaquarium
According to one reader, this is “a fun place for all the family no matter what the weather’s like”. We also have this noted on our list of places to visit, after receiving this message from the Stanley Seaquarium…
Thank you for sharing the shopping in Stanley page. Did you visit us? We not only have a fascinating display of Tasmanian Sealife we also have a marine themed gift-shop and retail seafood outlet. Be sure to visit next time you’re in Stanley!
A very nice invitation to visit, and further incentive for Think Tasmania to return to Stanley again (sooner rather than later). As it happens, we’ve also had a lovely invitation from an accommodation host, but more about that another time.
4. Family-Friendly Launceston
Here’s a comprehensive list, as shared: “Some of our favs around Launceston and all FREE”…
- Walk/ride the boardwalk along Royal Park/Seaport or along the other side of the Tamar River past Tailrace Park
- Visit Cataract Gorge Basin for a walk/play/swim
- Do a ride around heritage forest to the BMX track tucked away in there
- Do a road trip day around the skate parks at Westbury, Hadspen and Longford
- Head to Mill Dam for a BBQ and swim
5. Head to St Helens: East Coast Tasmania
According to another reader, at St Helens “the fishing is fantastic and there’s plenty of jetties for the whole family to to enjoy”. We can’t argue with that. Of course, there’s the Bay of Fires nearby too, with beautiful beaches and sand dunes to explore.
6. Wings Wildlife Park
We’ve mentioned Wings Wildlife Park on more than one occasion. If you visit Gunns Plains ” you can camp or hire a cabin there as well”. If you’re looking for a wildlife experience in another Tasmanian town or region, you could try…
- Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary near Hobart
- East Coast Natureworld near Bicheno
- Trowunna Wildlife Park near Mole Creek
- ZooDoo Wildlife Park near Richmond
- Tasmania Zoo near Launceston
Just to name a few!
7. Tasmazia and the Village of Lower Crackpot
This one is near Sheffield and the international rowing course at Lake Barrington, also a good spot for fishing. Our reader says of Tasmazia and the Village of Lower Crackpot “great maze and pancake parlour amazing!!” and we couldn’t agree more.
8. Enchanted Pony Parties
Here’s a totally new one for us! We’d not heard about this unique experience beforehand. Apparently at “sunny South Arm you can learn all about horses: groom them, love them and ride them”. Considering a recent request for holiday itinerary ideas from a family with two young girls, we’ve already taken action. We’ll be visiting Enchanted Pony Parties during the school holidays to see just what kids in Tasmania can expect from their own equine adventure south of Hobart.
9. Don’t Forget: Adventure Forests
How could we forget the opportunity to explore the Adventure Forests in Tasmania? There’s several activities to choose from, and you’ll find them in every direction…
- Tahune AirWalk near Geeveston
- Hollybank Treetops Adventure near Lilydale
- Eagles Eyrie and the Maydena Railtrack Riders
- Tarkine Forest Adventure at Dismal Swamp
Says another reader about MONA: “it’s free* and the staff will guide you away from any confronting displays. Kids in Tasmania will love the technology of the O device and mine love the Patrick Hall ‘I Love You Cabinets’ and the Madonna room”. If your kids love a boat ride, you could extend the outing by catching a ferry from the Hobart wharf.
11. Waterfall Walks for Kids in Tasmania
This idea would be applicable all over the state, but this particular reader nominated waterfalls near Hobart: “Snug Falls, easy 30 minutes each way, or Pelverata Falls, an hour each way. Both should be roaring these holidays”.
12. Brickendon at Longford
Some kids in Tasmania may appreciate a little history lesson in the school holidays. We did write a feature about touring four historic houses in the Launceston region. One of the estates mentioned was Brickendon.
13. A Free Drawing Festival
And last, but certainly not least, we’re a bit partial to this idea (and when you see the name you’ll know why). The thiNK | BIG DRAW drawing festival is billed as suitable for “all ages with specific ages on specific days”. See all the details online.
A big thank-you to everyone for contributions regarding the activities that kids in Tasmania might enjoy. This article could not have happened without you! If you have further ideas to suggest, feel free to leave a reply below to share with everyone.
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