SHOW THRILLS: Families can enjoy a day out at the annual Laidley Show.
SHOW THRILLS: Families can enjoy a day out at the annual Laidley Show. File

10 things to do in Ipswich on the weekend

1 Laidley Show

  • Laidley Showground
  • All weekend, gates open 8am

THE popular annual event will continue this weekend with circus shows, cheerleader performances, fireworks displays, horse events and much more.

As a special attraction, a monster truck show will be included in tonight's program of events.

Caravans are welcome to park at the showgrounds for $15 per night. For more information visit


2 Wizards Express

  • The Workshops Rail Museum
  • All weekend, 9.30am - 5pm

LITTLE scholars are set to let off some steam with fantasy fun at Wizards Express during these school holidays.

The Workshops Wizard is cooking up whimsical fables of adventure and has a few magical tricks up his considerable sleeves to entertain and delight the young and young at heart.

Visitors are welcome to make their way through the Starlight Labyrinth before getting creative with hands-on activities such as wand and spider making, magical creature plasticine sculpturing, puzzles and games.

And for little wizards that have run out of puff, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone will be showing continuously in the Museum theatrette.

Wizards Express will take place until July 14. For more information phone 3432 5100 or visit


3 Queensland Pioneer Steam Railway

  • Departs Swanbank, Bundamba Racecourse, Swanbank Coal Rd
  • Tomorrow, 10.15am - 3.10pm

Come and take a ride on the Swanbank vintage steam train between Swanbank and Bundamba Racecourse.

Tickets for adults cost $20, concession and children tickets are $10 or a special family price of $45 (two adults and three children) is available.

To make a booking less than 48 hours in advance, call Mark on 3103 0871 or 0439 767 837. For more information visit


4 Sci-art

  • Ipswich Art Gallery, Children's Gallery
  • All weekend, 10am - 5pm

It's your last chance to experience this exhibition and discover the art of invention through the use of everyday materials.

See how artist John Coleman creatively reassembles items to produce imaginative, interactive moving sculptures that combine science, art and sustainable technologies.

Experiment with touch points, sensors and simple electronic circuits to create movement, sound, lighting effects and air flows.

The exhibition is a playful investigation into how things work and celebrates the idea that function is as important as an artwork's form.

Ipswich Art Gallery is on d'Arcy Doyle Pl, between Limestone and Brisbane St. For more information phone 3810 7222. The display will take place until July 7.


5 Family fun day

  • Brookwater Golf and Country Club
  • Today 8am - 1pm

WHETHER your kids aspire to play at Wimbledon one day or you'd like to provide them with a fantastic life skill, bring them to an Aspire Tennis free family open day.

The event will start with a free breakfast from 8am to 9am, followed by a free sausage sizzle from 11am to 1pm.

Various tennis programs will be on display and every youngster who attends will receive a shirt. Children who sign up for term three will receive a free junior racquet.

For more information visit or


6 ABC craft village

  • Redbank Plaza
  • Today, 10am - 1pm

SAY hello to Australia's favourite twins, Bananas in Pyjamas, and take part in a variety of fun activities at the ABC craft centre. B1 and B2 will be on site to meet and greet fans at noon.

The event is on level one of the centre, outside Aldi. For more information visit


7 The wonder of learning

  • Ipswich Art Gallery
  • All weekend, 10am - 5pm

The travelling exhibition recounts experience from infant-toddler centres, preschools and primary schools in the city of Reggio Emilia, Italy. This exhibition is offered as a piazza, calling international attention to the importance of education and schools as places for discussion and mutual exchange

The display speaks to all those involved in schooling and to all members of the public who believe safeguarding educational processes and their evolution is of fundamental importance for society.

Ipswich Art Gallery is on d'Arcy Doyle Pl, between Limestone and Brisbane St. For more information phone 3810 7222. The display will continue until August 4.


8 Weaving with weeds

  • Queens Park Environment Education Centre
  • Tomorrow, 10am - 12pm

USING a number of environmental and invasive weeds, learn how to handcraft your own baskets to take home.

The free workshop is part of the Kids go Wild holiday program. Weeds will be supplied for the activity.

Children must be supervised at all times and bookings are essential. For more information or to book, phone 3810 6666.


9 Junior Rangers community day

  • Woodend Park, Woodend
  • Today, 1pm - 5pm

The inaugural event will feature a variety of free activities including jumping castles, face painting and more.

Visitors will also be able to watch and support the clubs' seniors teams playing their Barber and Pegg Cup games during the afternoon. Food and drinks are available on site.

For more information email


10 Showplace markets

  • 81 Warwick Rd, Ipswich
  • Today, 6am - 11.30am

THE markets feature a range of stalls offering arts and crafts, trash and treasure, fruit and vegies, plants, raffles and prizes.

New stallholders are welcome, with sites available from $8.80 to $15.40

For more information phone 3281 1577.

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