GALLERY: Free family activities on the Sunshine Coast

16 June 2017

If you are looking for something family-friendly on the Sunshine Coast that won’t break the bank, we have you covered! From hiking, to swimming and bopping with your baby, you’ll find something to keep you occupied – for FREE! – here.

Eumundi Markets

Every Wednesday 8am to 1.30pm and Saturdays 7am to 2pm, Eumundi

A market to awaken the senses! Great food, great wares and great music. Whether you are searching for a present, something for the home, skincare, jewellery, fashion or accessories, Eumundi markets won’t disappoint. Grab something to eat from the food stalls, wander through the bustling stalls and treat the kids to face painting or the jumping castle. +READ MORE

Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanical Gardens

Open every day, 7am to 5pm, Palm Creek Road, Tanawha

Take the kids to explore these gorgeous gardens. There are lots of different walks to choose from, including the 1km lagoon walk and the 2km creek walk. Be sure to explore the sculpture garden and the whipbird walk, where children can discover fantasy creatures such as a giant spider and exotic butterflies. +READ MORE

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Ginger Factory

Open daily, 9am to 5pm, Pioneer Road, Yandina

Explore the lush gardens of the Ginger Factory and let the kids have a play on the undercover playground while you relax with a coffee and scone in the café. There are a range of unique shops to browse and you can pay extra to ride the train, watch the bee show or ride on the Bubbleworks water ride. A great all-weather attraction. +READ MORE

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Open daily, 9am to 5pm, Pioneer Road, Yandina

Marvel at the range of great nut products available and watch the factory workers making some great treats (the factory viewing area is open from 9am to 2pm daily). There is a café in store too, and free tasters. Nutworks is just opposite the Ginger Factory, so you could easily combine a trip to both for a great morning or afternoon out. +READ MORE

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Kings Beach Swimming Pool

Open all day every day, Kings Beach, Caloundra

It’s easy to spend the entire day at Kings Beach without spending a penny. Take the kids swimming in the saltwater beachside swimming pool and then walk them further along the esplanade to enjoy the water park. Pack a picnic and enjoy the day at the beach, or walk about 1km along the front to the fantastic Happy Valley playground. +READ MORE

Caloundra Street Fair

Every Sunday, 8am to 1pm, Bulcock Street, Caloundra

Winner of the Best Market 2016 on the Sunshine Coast, Caloundra Street fair features over 200 unique stalls. There is something for the whole family with activities for kids, handcrafted locally made products and art, live entertainment and street theatre. Enjoy fresh local food and flowers, fresh juices, tasty breakfasts, coffee, lunch and delicious sweet treats. +READ MORE

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Mount Coolum

Open daily, Tanah Street West, Mount Coolum

A great climb that is achievable with kids. Take it slow and make the most of the vantage points on the way up to the top. The views from the summit are spectacular and it’s much easier on little legs going down. Bribe the kids with a smoothie from the van in the car park afterwards if you have to! +READ MORE

Move With Me

Every Monday or Friday at most Sunshine Coast libraries (see website for details), 9.30am

Get your toddler moving and grooving at your local library. The sessions are part of the First Five Forever initiative that promotes physical, social, emotional and intellectual development. Suitable for ages 0 to 5 years. +READ MORE

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Written by

Kerry White

Kerry is the Senior Writer for Kids on the Coast and Kids in the City. Kerry moved to Australia from England in 2013 with her husband and two daughters. She worked as a sub-editor in London for seven years before she had her girls. She now calls the Sunshine Coast her home and is making the most of its glorious weather and beaches. She enjoys baking, especially when she has a glass of wine in hand, and is a part-time Psychology, Criminology and Justice student. She also shares her home with two cats and her daughters' imaginary dogs.

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