Offscreen and unplugged holiday activities


DIY Slime Workshop

Tuesday, April 3 at 10am

Avid Kitchen + Garden is hosting this slimey workshop, where kids can learn how to make their very own pot of slime from scratch, squish it, squeeze it, stretch it and then pocket it with a shopping list and step-by-step instructions to make more at home!

For all ages.

Cost: $7.50

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The Bear in our Backyard: Live performance and mask-making

Thursday, April 5 at 11am

Join author Emma Middleton as she performs with puppets the story of "The Bear in our Backyard". It's full to the brim of audience participation, including singing and dancing and you can make your own bear mask! The story of bear and her friends explores friendship and co-operation. 

Special puppet guests include bear and her friends; rabbit, puppy and mouse. Featuring a musical composition tailored for The Bear in our Backyard. Ticket includes a cupcake, puppetry performance, and craft where we will make our own bear masks!

Ages: 3-7 (parents attend for free)

Cost: $7.50

Book here.

Dinosaur Story Time and Drawing with Lachlan Creagh

Monday, April 9 at 10am

Join Lachlan Creagh for a hands-on story time where he will read his story "Over is Out" and show you how to draw your own dinosaurs!

About "Over is Out": Dinosaurs! Cricket! Adventure! Prepositions! So many great things in one fun story. When two friends are playing cricket in their backyard, one hits the ball over the fence into the neighbours' yard. Everyone knows the rules - over is out, and you have to go get the ball back. But these aren't just any neighbours - they are dinosaurs!

Ages: For all the family

Cost: Free, but registration is essential

Register here.

"World of Stories" Trivia

Monday, April 9 at 3pm

Consider yourself a bit of a trivia buff? Does your literature knowledge reign supreme? Come test your knowledge in at Wild Things for an afternoon of Young Adult, children’s and classic fiction and book-related cultural facts and trivia.

Ages: 8-14

Cost: $7.50

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Cartoon Workshop with Dave Hackett

Tuesday, April 10 at 10am

Join Dave for a super-fun interactive cartooning workshop, where you’ll learn to draw your own awesome cartoon animals and read his latest hilarious book "Time for School, Daddy". 

About "Time for School, Daddy":

'Wake up, Daddy, it's time for school.'
'But I'm tired,' says Daddy.

How can a little girl get her daddy ready for school when he has to wake up, find a sock and eat his breakfast? In every household with children, from the moment the sun rises, the morning time ritual is full of fun and frustration, mess and missing socks. From getting out of bed to eating breakfast to packing your lunch, "Time for School, Daddy" flips the fun on school time, celebrating the special relationship that fathers share with their children.

Ages: 5-105

Cost: Free, but registration is essential

Register here.

Yummy in my Tummy!

A story time event for little foodies

Thursday, April 12 at 10am

Hungry for delicious stories, craft, and treats? We have a foodie story time event planned for kids who love to eat, cook and explore the wonders of food. Join our resident picture book and storytelling specialists Anna and Kasia who will read a selection of our tastiest books followed by a range of making activities that will equip you for the kitchen and make you lick your fingers!

Avid Kitchen + Garden will have a special morning tea deal available. 

Ages: 2+ with parental supervision

Cost: $12.50

Book here.

Wild Things Reading and Writing Day Camp

Friday, April 13 from 9am to 5pm

Spend Friday the 13th between our two bookstores (Where The Wild Things Are Bookshop and Avid Reader Bookshop) and have all sorts of bookish and ill-fated fun on this freaky Friday!

Meet Samantha Wheeler and hear about her latest book "Turtle Trackers". Do a workshop with the awesome illustrator, author, and designer Shannon Horsfall. Test your Harry Potter trivia & create your own wand! Race to complete the book scavenger hunt. PLUS games, a surprise book, and lunch!

Ages: 9-12

Cost: $50

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Harry Potter Trivia + DIY Wand-making

Friday, April 13 at 1pm

Do you know the world of Harry Potter better than you know Brisbane? Then come along, make your own wand, and prove your Harry Potter knowledge.

This trivia event is for all Harry Potter fans, whether you're old enough to be a Hogwarts professor, you're in the midst of your Auror training or have just crossed the lake with Hagrid for your sorting ceremony and first year.

Ages: 9-12

Cost: $7.50

Book here.

Treehouse Book Club with Samantha Wheeler

Friday, April 13 at 4pm

Come and climb into the Treehouse - a book club for 7 to 10-year-old readers that meets at Where the Wild Things Are. This month we are reading "Turtle Trackers" by Samantha Wheeler. Samantha will be joining us to talk about her book!

From the beloved author of "Wombat Warriors", "Mister Cassowary" and "Smooch & Rose" comes another thrilling adventure about Australia’s endangered animals.

Ten-year-old Isaac is flat out. Helping his mum run a caravan park on the Queensland coast means no time for fun. So when he finds a sea turtle nesting on the beach, he’s disappointed that he can’t volunteer as a turtle tracker to watch over her eggs and hatchlings. To make matters worse, famous travel blogger Eddie Eastwood and his mischievous dog come to stay. Isaac must pull out all the stops because a zero-star review from Eddie would spell disaster for his mum and the park. How can Isaac find the time to protect the turtles and make a difference?

Ages: 7-10+

Cost: Free, but registration is essential

Register here.