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August 7: Turn another page with Story Time

Story Time at Ipswich Health Plaza

Injecting a dose of Ipswich Libraries into the Child Health and Immunisation Program. Engage with library staff in nurturing your child’s love of language and reading while you wait.

WHEN: 8.30am-10.30am

WHERE: Ipswich Health Plaza, 21 Brisbane Street, Ipswich

COST: Free

Baby Rhyme Time at Ipswich Central

Share rhymes, songs and stories that support your baby’s early language learning. Meet other parents in a caring and supportive environment. Baby Rhyme Time is suited to children aged zero to six with mums, dads and/or carers. Older siblings welcome.

WHEN: 9.30am-10am

WHERE: Ipswich Central Library, South Street, Ipswich

COST: Free

Story Time at Orion Springfield

Enjoy the magic of picture books and make new friends with stories, songs and movement. Share in the fun of stories, rhymes, songs and games to build important language and reading readiness skills. For children six and under.

WHEN: 9.30am-10.15am

WHERE: Orion Springfield, near JB Hi-Fi

COST: Free

Tech self ed: Basic

This single session will help get you introduced to teach self-education. Check out free online courses available to help you build your skills across a wide range of topics using resources such as GCF Learnfree.

WHEN: 10am-12pm

WHERE: Redbank Plaza Library

COST: Free

Wiggle and Rhyme Orion Springfield

Bounce, clap, wiggle and giggle to fun rhymes, songs and stories with older babies. Suitable for babies aged six to 18 months, with mum, dad and/or carers.

WHEN: 10.30am-11am

WHERE: Orion Springfield, near JB Hi-Fi

COST: Free

Story Time at Bunnings Springfield

Enjoy stories, songs, rhymes and other fun activities at Bunnings Warehouse. Bring the little ones along to the DIY area and join in. Ideal for children aged six and under.

WHEN: 11am-11.30am

WHERE: Bunnings Orion Springfield Central

COST: Free

Reading Circle

Bring a book, enjoy a chat and share your favourite reads.

WHEN: 11am-12pm

WHERE: Redbank Plaza Library

COST: Free

Writers circle

This group is perfect for budding writers wanting to share creative ideas, have a chat and find out about writing resources.

WHEN: 11am-12pm

WHERE: Ipswich Central Library, study room one

COST: Free

Tech time: train your brain

Find new, fun and exciting ways to maximise your brain power. Join this hands-on workshop and learn about free online games and tools that will challenge your intellect. Experience with computers essential.

WHEN: 1pm-2.30pm

WHERE: Ipswich Central Library

COST: Free


Live Life Get Active is suitable for adults of all ages, body shapes and fitness levels and has a ‘go at your own pace’ philosophy to exercise. The boxing class goes for 45 minutes.

Find out what other exercise you can do for free or low cost around Ipswich – Active and Healthy Ipswich – click here

WHEN: 9.15am

WHERE: Soverign Park, Sovereign Drive, Deebing Heights

COST: Free


These new sculptures by Christopher Trotter are created from natural objects and discarded machinery. Drawn to the unique forms and weathered surfaces of these materials, Trotter’s creations appear to have lived a hard life performing the task for which they were invented. Since each creation is made by joining unrelated materials in an illogical yet seemingly plausible combination, we are left to ponder exactly what function they performed.

WHEN: 10am-5pm daily, until 22 July

WHERE: d’Arcy Doyle Place, Ipswich

COST: Free


Silver & Gold: unique Australian objects 1830–1910 showcases exceptional nineteenth and early 20th Century Australian silver and gold objects drawn from the National Gallery of Australia’s significant collection of colonial decorative arts and design. The theme of this exhibition is celebration, with objects marking significant personal, community and professional achievements and milestones, or displays of prosperity and artistic accomplishment.

WHEN: 10am-5pm daily, until August 26, 2018

WHERE: Ipswich Art Gallery, d’Arcy Doyle Place, Ipswich

COST: Free

Learn tribal bellydance

Take an hour out of your busy week and give tribal bellydance a try. Classes are for women 15 and above. Tribal bellydance helps strengthen your core and is great fun. More info on 0409 414 151.

WHEN: 6.30pm-7.30pm

WHERE: Ipswich Masonic Centre, 82A Nicholas Street, Ipswich

COST: $15 per class

Wind Tubes

Design and build your very own flying creation to test in the Wind Tubes. See your creation take flight and soar to the ceiling and defy gravity by hovering high overhead… or just fall to the floor. It’s all about air and invention, with a little bit of mid-air mayhem.

Wind Tubes is a hands-on exhibition that challenges you to make a flying creation out of everyday materials and launch it into large, clear vertical tubes of moving air.

Plastic, paper cups, polystyrene, ping pong balls, propellers and more … all the materials you need are provided. But can your design overcome turbulence, drag, air resistance and gravity?

Wind Tubes is a fun, interactive exhibition for the whole family. There’s a special space for children under two to enjoy.

WHEN: 10am – 5pm

WHERE: Ipswich Art Gallery, d’Arcy Doyle Place (Nicholas Street), Ipswich

COST: Free

Seniors walking group

Find more activites for seniors at Active and Healthy Ipswich – click here

WHEN: Every Tuesday at 4.30pm

WHERE: Limestone Park (meet at entry opposite Central School), 42A Chermside Road, Ipswich

COST: Free

Social cooking group

Do you love to cook? Want to learn new recipes? Have fun cooking with friends at Gailes Community House’s weekly social cooking group. More info on 3879 3004.

WHEN: 9.30am-12.30pm every Tuesday

WHERE: Gailes Community House, 30 Karina Street, Gailes

COST: $5

Paper Craft Group

Try your hand at card making and scrapbooking. Make beautiful greeting cards and gifts. Learn techniques for stamping, embossing and die-cutting. Materials supplied. No experience necessary. More info on 3879 3004.

WHEN: 12pm-2pm every Tuesday

WHERE: Gailes Community House, 30 Karina Street, Gailes

COST: $4

Ipswich House Portraits from the collection

Image: Bruce Buchanan Claremont 2004 (detail) | Watercolour on paper, 67 x 100cm. Ipswich Art Gallery Collection. Commissioned with funds donated by the Friends of the Ipswich Art Gallery, 2005

This selection of ‘house portraits’ examines the city’s significant domestic architectural heritage as seen through the eyes of contemporary Queensland artists.

These house portraits are more than mere pictorial representations of the city’s heritage-listed buildings, instead offering explorations into the architectural design, construction and fabrication methods while also exposing more than a hint of the personal histories and memories of their former residents.

WHEN: 10am-5pm daily, until August 26, 2018

WHERE: Ipswich Art Gallery, d’Arcy Doyle Place, Ipswich

COST: Free

19th & 20th Century Works

View some of the finest pieces from the Ipswich Art Gallery’s collection of 19th and early 20th century fine art and folk art, as well as contemporary works reflecting Ipswich’s heritage.

WHEN: 10am-5pm daily, until October 14

WHERE: Ipswich Art Gallery, d’Arcy Doyle Place, Nicholas St, Ipswich

COST: Free entry

Shapeshifters: 3D Printing the Future

Showcasing works by seven Australian and one international maker, this exhibition explores how 3D printing has revolutionised the way we design and apply products in our everyday lives. Artist creations on display include jewellery, fashion and prosthetics, all created using 3D printing technology. A series of workshops will accompany the exhibition including hands-on opportunities for adults and children to design and print their own 3D objects.

WHEN: Daily, until 2 September, 2018

WHERE: The Workshops Rail Museum, North St, North Ipswich

COST: Free with admission

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