31 Dec 2018 – 27 Jan 2019 | Throughout SLQ | For all ages | Free and ticketed activities
Make your summer a story to remember at State Library of Queensland!
Boasting a choose-your-own adventure program of free activities and our popular Story Lab workshop series, Summer Festival is bursting with fabulous imaginative fun for children, young people and families. View our full program and book early to avoid disappointment. Add multiple sessions to your cart to book in one transaction.Book Now
Enquiries: Young People and Families Service | 07 3840 7927 | email@example.com
31 Dec – 27 Jan, 10am–3pm | Knowledge Walk, level 1 | For all ages
Right at the centre of the action our Home Base is the ideal place to start your Summer Festival adventure. With an interactive art installation, free creative activities, and information on what’s on across the library, this is where you can join the fun, be inspired and get creative.
31 Dec – 27 Jan, 11am–3pm | The Infozone, level 1 | For all ages
Open the door to an amazing world of words and pictures in the Story Salon, a creative space to let your imagination soar. With daily artist-led sessions, free play installations, and comfy spots to share stories, this is a space where the whole family can kick back, explore, and imagine.
7 – 27 Jan, 12pm–6pm (closed Mondays) | The Edge | For ages 8–16 | Free, no bookings required
Explore incredible creations made by young people at The Edge, State Library’s space for creativity, ideas and experimentation. On show will be digital dioramas, touch-trigger interactive stories, 360° films and more. New content will be added weekly, so come one, come all, come often!
7 – 27 Jan, 12pm– 6pm (closed Mondays) | The Edge | For all ages
Visit the Play Publishing Hub at The Edge, an open-studio space full of potential! Boasting a community library, machines that print and copy, and a design space where new books are being created, come and check out just a few of the ways books are created at Summer Festival!
31 Dec – 27 Jan, 10am–3pm | The Corner, level 1 | For under 8s
Come down to The Corner and play your way through our interactive environment carefully prepared for children from birth through to eight years. Through art making, facilitated play, sharing stories and creative conversations, children and families can interact with artists and each other to creatively engage in the serious business of play.
Tue, Thu & Sat, 11am–12noon | Queensland Terrace | For under 8s | Free, no bookings required
Tim Jackman is hickory dickory rocking the Terrace! Join him for a Woodstock-like ride of nursery rhymes.
Please Note: All children under 12 must be supervised by a parent/carer.
Enjoy imaginative and creative family time with these free, bookable workshops.
Spaces are limited so secure your spot to avoid disappointment.
Tue 15 Jan – Sat 19 Jan, 10.30am & 1pm | Meet at Welcome Desk, level 1 | For all ages | Free, bookings required
Every family has their own library of stories to share and the Drawing Room is the place for families to create, publish and bring these stories to life. With our friends from Kids’ Own Publishing, you will imagine, write and illustrate a very special picture book to be published by State Library as part of the Summer Festival. Morning sessions will welcome all but have a special focus for families with children under five.Book Now
8 – 12 Jan & 22 – 26 Jan, 10.30am & 1pm | Meet at Welcome Desk, level 1 | For all ages | Free, bookings required
Our Digital Story sessions combine super simple technology with your supersized imaginations to make a book that is easy and fun. Morning sessions will welcome all but have a special focus for families with children under five.Book Now
Mon 7, 14 & 21 Jan | 11.30am & 1pm | Meet at SLQ Gallery, level 2 | For ages 7+ | Free, no bookings required
Home: a suburban obsession is a State Library exhibition about the allure of home and the stories found within, inspired by one of the largest digitised photographic collections of Queensland houses.
On this special guided tour for families, experience incredible artworks, immerse yourself in a Brisbane virtual reality streetscape and listen to a soundscape and imagine what the suburbs may have sounded like.
For ages 8–16
The ever-popular Story Lab program is happening at The Edge for Summer Festival, with a series of mind stimulating workshops at the frontier of creativity, storytelling and technology. Places are limited and tickets sell fast, so be quick to book! Bookings essential.
Workshops are fully supervised, with all equipment and materials supplied.
Please download the Story Lab workshop information guide and consent form here.
Mon 7 – Wed 9 Jan, 9am–2pm | For ages 8–16 | $120
Take a leap into the virtual in this three-day workshop with Immerse Academy! Develop, build and explore a virtual reality environment for the HTC Vive using Industry-standard software, Unity 3D.Book Now
Mon 14, Tue 15 & Wed 16 Jan, 9am–2pm (for 8–11 years) & Thu 17 Jan, 9am–2pm (for 12–16 years) | $35
Write a series of ultra-short stories inspired by the evocative photography of Frank and Eunice Corley as featured in the exhibition Home: a suburban obsession. Work alongside a professional writer to explore the flash fiction format and let your imagination run wild.Book Now
Thu 10, Mon 21, Tue 22 Jan, 9am–2pm (for 8–11 years) & Fri 11 Jan, 9am-2pm (for 12–16 years) | $40
Using the Sketches app for iPad, re-colour and remix photography featured in the Home: a suburban obsession exhibition along with other digital materials from the Heritage Collections. Then, using the Tagtool app, arrange and animate a digital diorama.Book Now
Wed 23 – Fri 25 Jan, 9am–2pm | For ages 8–12 | $40
Using images from Home: a suburban obsession exhibition, and original stories created in the Flash Fiction workshop, craft a streetscape collage then wire it up to interactive electronics and conductive materials.Book Now
Tue 15 – Wed 17 Jan, 9am–2pm | For ages 8–12 | $40
Using a custom-made robotics kit designed by volunteers at The Edge Fabrication Lab, engineer a robot racer using Arduino circuits, motors, and Lego. Once your racers are complete, design and fabricate a large scale race track.Book Now
Tue 8 – Fri 11 Jan, 9am–2pm | For ages 8–12 | $40
In this workshop, design a contemporary architectural creationand work with a professional architect to build a scale model of a home fit for the future.Book Now
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