Ideas For a Family Packed Lunch & A Day at The Brisbane Museum

Family time is precious and when we have a day when we all don’t have work or Kindy we like to get out of the house and experience different things.

Afghanistan: Hidden Treasures from the National Museum, Kabul

I was lucky enough to be given passes to see the new Afghanistan: Hidden Treasures from the National Museum, Kabul Exhibition on at the Brisbane Museum for these September school holidays until Jan 2014.

Upon entry the boys were given paper gold crowns like the real one on display to wear. There were also these activity books for the older kids to get involved and learn more.

It starts with an 8 minute introduction movie and then you are free to walk through the exhibition and discover the treasures.

I would highly recommend purchasing the audio tour for an extra $7.50 so you can understand the displays. With two little boys this wouldn’t of been possible but I would of loved to have heard the facts behind the beautiful pieces.

I wouldn’t recommend taking children younger then 4 yrs old into the exhibition as there isn’t much for them to interact with and you wont be able to appreciate the exhibit to its fullest. Also, no prams or large bags are allowed, leave these at the Cloak Room on level 2.

There were older children (say 10 yrs plus) that were able to view and ask questions about the pieces.

If you are looking to add to your cultural experience while visiting the Brisbane Museum I would highly recommend viewing the exhibit.

Click here for more details and how to pre-purchase your tickets.


Here are a few snapshots of what we saw in the free admission section of the museum.


Going out as a family can be quite expensive but there are ways you can save. We always lean towards a packed family lunch as this alone will save you a minimum of $40.
This is what we enjoyed in the Playasaurus area on level 0 of the Brisbane Museum. Here they are free to explore dinosaur themed activities and watch a 15 minute music video.

Boys: Ham Sandwiches, Soya Crisps, Biscuits, watermelon, water and a Milky Way.
Mum & Dad: Ham, Coleslaw & baby spinach sandwich, watermelon and a chocolate.
Here are some links to other convenient foods to make for days out.


A trip to the Brisbane Museum is a great day out. Only 45 minutes from the Gold Coast it is a nice easy drive.  A packed lunch is a must and a half time break outside in Playasaurus is advised for littlies to let them run off some steam.  Gone are the days where you need to be quite in a Museum, they are now interactive, colourful and enjoyable for the whole family.


THE WINNER IS KRISSY!! Your description made me hungry even after dinner.

I have one family pass to giveaway. All you have to do is comment below with what is your favourite packed family lunch for days out.  A comment here or on facebook will be accepted. I will announce the winner on Wedneday 2 October at 8.30pm.
Open to Australian Residents Only.

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4 Responses to Ideas For a Family Packed Lunch & A Day at The Brisbane Museum

  1. Anne M October 1, 2013 at 1:44 pm #

    I was there only a couple weeks ago. Was thinking about seeing the Afganistan Hidden Treasures display but we had run out of time. I like savoury muffins or sandwiches. You can go wrong with them. Anne xx

    • Amanda Voisey October 1, 2013 at 2:12 pm #

      You can’t go wrong with them at all Anne. We had a fleeting visit this morning home before 1.

  2. Mum-me October 1, 2013 at 6:02 pm #

    My husband’s work is unpredictable (army) so we don’t get to plan ahead a lot and outings are often spontaneous. With 6 children, we find the quickest and easiest packed lunch is either some cheese & bacon rolls from Woolies bakery, OR wholemeal rolls + 350g ham from the deli + a tub of cheese slices if we have a cooler bag handy. Throw in a bag of apples or a hand of bananas, and maybe a packet of bikkies (everyone is responsible for their own water bottle) and we’re ready to go.

  3. Krissy October 1, 2013 at 6:18 pm #

    You can’t beat fresh crusty bread, thick leg ham off the bone and sharp vintage cheddar cheese. Homemade chewy Anzac biscuits, a fruit salad and of course that sneaky special treat to help keep the kids entertained for the journey home and to help perk mum up after the day out!

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