It’s the Queen’s Birthday Long weekend in most states this weekend so we have picked our favourite family friendly events happening this weekend in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Newcastle!


  • Join the Australian Fairy Tale Society to celebrate fairy tales featuring mysterious and fantastical plants and gardens at the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney.
  • The annual Transport Heritage Expo returns to Sydney for train lovers of all ages. Jump aboard a steam train, ride Sydney’s vintage electric set ‘F1, take a round trip on a Tin Hare Diesel and see the sites of Sydney CBD aboard a vintage double-decker bus.
  • The Octonauts are landing at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium for exclusive live shows and meet and greets with their Sydney fans commencing this June long weekend! Watch Captain Barnacles in our live shows, participate in Octo-training and learn what it takes to be an Octo-cadet!


  • Bring the whole family to experience the wonder and excitement of Engelbert Humperdinck’s opera version of the timeless fairy tale, Hansel and Gretel at the Arts Centre Melbourne this long weekend.
  • Boneo Maze will be embracing Winter on Sunday 10th June with entertainment, workshops and family fun. Rug up in your Winter woolies and come enjoy everything that Boneo Maze has to offer after dark at Winterglow.
  • The Australian Model Expo returns to Sandown Racecourse showcasing everything that encompasses plastic modelling.
  • Visit Melbourne Zoo this Queen’s Birthday long weekend to experience a special, one-time-only, event – Cat City!  Cat City is an outdoor play zone full of cardboard boxes, where you make your own cat character, and build and explore the world around you. Create tunnels, secret sleeping places, and hidden forts by using the cardboard as a building material. Brought to you by Polyglot.


  • The 11th annual LUMINOUS Lantern Parade returns on Friday 8th June featuring an array of new lanterns and special programs to celebrate 20 years of Multicultural Development Australia (MDA). Some of the larger lanterns include a koala, owl, kangaroo and rainbow serpent, as well as iconic Brisbane landmarks including the Story Bridge and City Hall.
  • History Alive: A Journey Through Time is Queensland’s most unique Living History Event! It is a combination of activities of the Roman, Viking, Medieval, Napoleonic, Colonial, Victorian and Modern Eras that appeal to all ages!
  • LEGO lovers of all ages are invited to the BrisBricks Expo at Strathpine displaying some of the best LEGO displays from the best adult LEGO fans.


  • The Moscow Circus returns with an all new extreme show. Featuring Australia’s top trial riders, “The Flair Riders”, extreme High Wire and the worlds best dare devil motorcycle Cage Riders plus breathtaking Aerial performances and much much more.
  • The Adelaide Cabaret Festival serves up some family fun this long weekend at the Family Gala! Donned in her best glittered shoes and her gown of the finest recycled trash, host Ali McGregor leads a stellar cast of singers, dancers and comics in a night that will have even the grownups squealing.
  • The annual Adelaide Model Railway Show returns over the June long weekend at Greyhound Park for another year of showcasing railway modelling.


  • Whiteman Park and Trillion Trees* invite you all to join us for a huge celebration of the Children’s Forest! After 18 years, the forest will be coming of age, as we plant the final stage of this wonderful community forest on Sunday 10 June. Then to make a big ‘celebration’ of it, there will be loads of free activities for the kids to enjoy!
  • Let your imagination run wild with Saint-Saëns’ delightful classic that introduces the instruments of the orchestra in Carnival of the Animals. Featuring the celebrated puppetry of Spare Parts Puppet Theatre and poetry by Nick Enright this performance will delight children and families with a blend of music, puppets and stop motion animation
  • It is time for the whole family to experience pirate mania at the Horrible Histories Exhibition Family Day at the WA Maritime Museum.


  • The Richmond Vale Railway Museum will host its annual Coalfields Steam event over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend. The display will include passenger train rides on the museum’s railway line, a demonstration coal train composed of the wooden hopper wagons once so common on the coalfields and many other attractions. Visitors can bring their own picnic lunch, or purchase food from the museum’s café and sausage sizzle.
  • Maitland Regional Museum (MRM) explores an eclectic mix of science topics ranging from science oddities and how they work, 3-D Printing, fossils, stereoscopes and engineering LEGO. Children take home a fossil. There will be hands on activities.