What’s On around Ipswich this Easter

Hop into the four day Easter weekend with plenty events for the whole family planned around the City of Ipswich.

Ipswich First has put together a list of things to do between eating chocolate and hot cross buns.

A free pop-up roller skating rink has been set up at Riverlink until Sunday April 21 but will be closed on Good Friday.  Get your skates on from 10am to 3pm at the Gasometer, outside Baskin Robbins. 

Skates are available in a children’s size 9 to an adult size 13 also at no cost. No bookings are required. 

Super Thunder will roar into life at Willowbank Raceway on April 19.

See the fastest drivers in drag racing over 500km/h plus free kids entertainment.  The 400 Thunder Pro Series and 400 Thunder Sportsman Round are national competitions. 

Gates open to spectators at 8am.

Mrs Claus and Santa is hosting an Easter Bonnet Parade at the Top of Town on Easter Saturday (April 20) at 11am.  Bring or make your own hats before the parade, egg painting as well. 

The Easter Bunny will be around to give out some treats.

The Retro Diner in the Top of Town is holding kids craft workshops. 

Kids can make face masks, Easter baskets and colour in on Saturday 20 April and Sunday 21 April from 11am.

The Ipswich Nature Centre in Ipswich’s historical Queens Park offers a magical opportunity to get up close and personal with Australian native wildlife. Stroll through shady walkways and enjoy the cute residents such as wombats, wallabies, emus, quolls, and a nocturnal bilby exhibit.

A vibrant rainforest bird aviary is alive with colour and sound, and youngsters will have a ball in the barn which has calves, lambs and guinea pigs.

Near the Japanese Nerima Gardens within Queens Park, the Ipswich Nature Centre is family-friendly and open every day until school starts on Tuesday except for Good Friday.

Long weekend Easter egg hunts are on daily at Limelight Cinemas before each session of Wonder Park, The LEGO Movie 2 and Dumbo.

There will be interactive activities, themed crafts and colouring in beforehand as well until 22 April.

Grab some last minute Easter gifts at the Springfield Markets on Main St and the Ipswich Showplace Markets, both held on April 21.  The Markets on Main St are a great family friendly venue as they are held right near the Orion Lagoon.  They include arts and craft, local produce, food and music from 9am to 4pm.   

The Ipswich Showplace Markets are also on, plenty of stalls selling everything from kids toys, books, art and craft, hardware and produce.  The Ipswich Showplace Markets are held every Sunday at Ipswich Showgrounds from 6am to 11.30am and entry is a coin donation.

Have some high-tech fun at Redbank Plaza. Join into the Augmented Reality Story as eight furry friends help the Easter Bunny find eight eggs around the world.

Follow all the hints on the Redbank Rewards App and watch the Easter story come to life on your mobile phone until 22 April.

There will be family fun and Easter themed activities at Woodlands of Marburg on Easter Sunday, 21 April. 

The Tommy Smith Café will be open for mums and dads with coffee and snacks and an exciting Easter egg hunt for the kids including a jumping castle and face painting.

The Marburg Pacing Association is holding Easter Races on Sunday April 21.  Gates open at 11am with racing starting at noon. 

There will be kid’s activities and the Easter bunny will hop in for a visit.  Entry is $5, held at the Marburg Showgrounds.  

Check out the interactive exhibition Playing with Light at Ipswich Art Gallery. It’s all about the colourful, intriguing world of light.

Step inside a giant kaleidoscope, freeze your shadow on a wall and ‘paint’ with infrared light – these are just a few of the 22 activities on offer through this rather illuminating exhibition.  

Playing with Light continues until April 28. Cost is $5 per person or $15 for a family pass.

The Inflatable Factory has pop-up at Orion Springfield Central on the corner of Southern Cross Circuit and Sirius Drive these school holidays.  It will be open 9am to 4pm daily until 22 April.  

Whether you want to be a human hamster on the Zorb Ball Ramp, dare to fly on the giant 12m high Superman Slide or take on the Zongo Bongo Mechanical Wipeout Ride, the park has you covered.  There will also be a 20m long obstacle course, Bubble Soccer arena and mechanical bull. 

Two hours of unlimited access for people aged five and over (including adults) costing $19. Two hours access for children aged four and under costs $9.

The Workshops Rail Museum is open every day over the Easter holidays except for Good Friday.  Unleash your inner scientist at the new Sciencentre display.  There’s more than 20 interactive stations for the kids to explore and learn from.

Big Blue Blocks are also included with museum entry. Get building, engineering and inventing with the giant blocks. Children will enjoy an endless variety of play patterns including construction, pretend play, role-playing and creating their own games.

Join in on the Orion Easter Hunt via Facebook messenger. To enter the Easter Hunt, message them on Facebook (Orion Springfield Central) and hit ‘Start’ to play. Follow the clues on an adventure through the centre. Every child who finishes the hunt will receive a chocolate treat.

The scavenger hunt will run until Monday 22 April. Participation is at your leisure, no bookings required. 

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