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8 FREE things to do on the Sunshine Coast this weekend

As everyday costs are spiralling and the family budget has to stretch further each week, we are all feeling the financial pinch right now. *Strikes iceberg lettuce off the shopping list.*

Well, put your wallet away, as we’ve rounded up eight completely free things to do with kids this weekend on the Sunshine Coast.

Free creative workshops

Wildlings Workshops at Horizon Festival

Horizon Festival sadly comes to an end on Sunday, August 28 but there’s still plenty of time to take advantage of their free Horizon Kids: Family Hours.

Every morning the Wonderland Spiegeltent at Cotton Tree will be commandeered by kids and their parents or carers. Imagine a garden full of paint, glue and beanbags, and a tent full of circus, music and comedy. A space thoughtfully curated for the Sunshine Coast’s little artists to have a laugh and dirty their fingernails. Create a coastal collage in an activity designed by The Butiner or get messy making clay animal figurines. Colour, make music, or just chill out in the reading nook.

There are also free visual art installations in Cotton Tree Park to explore.

Free dinosaur play

Aura's Fathers Day Dino Park Opening

Get set for some roar-some free family fun on Sunday, September 4, at the opening of the brand-new Dino Park in Nirimba. Kids will be entertained by a family-friendly DJ and two lifelike baby dinosaur puppets – Bill the Baby T-Rex and Kylie the Ankylosaurus.

A series of mini dino-eggs has been creatively placed for younger children to explore, while older kids can uncover unique fossil designs in the archaeological digging pit. Plus Hunter, a 14-foot-long roaring Tyrannosaurus rex puppet will be handing out lollies!

Free mystery to solve

Sunshine Coast Museums Mystery in September

Love a little mystery? Be a detective for the day at the Museum Mystery Madness! Visit one or more of the Sunshine Coast’s six regional museum during September and answer quiz questions for your chance to win a $100 voucher.

Enjoy free entry to Bankfoot House Heritage Precinct, Eumundi Museum and Landsborough Museum. Entry to Buderim Pioneer Cottage, Kenilworth Museum and Nambour Museum is $5 per adult and $1 per child. (Still cheaper than the lettuce.)

Free art

Caloundra Regional Gallery Kids Art Trail

The Sunshine Coast Art Prize exhibition is now open, with 40 stunning artworks. Explore the exhibition with the Kids Art Trail and check out the gallery website for cool activities to create at home. Entry to the gallery is free!

Free animal encounters

Night Creatures

Get up close and personal with local species of flying foxes with Jeannie from Bat Rescue Inc.

Night Creatures allows you to discover the secret life of flying foxes and the native animals who depend on them for survival. Learn how they enhance the environment by pollinating and spreading the seeds of important trees. Find out more about our local night creatures and what to do if you come in contact with them. Tours are free, registration essential.

Free indoor play

Tuesday Playday at Noosa Civic

There’s free fun every Tuesday for toddlers and their grown ups at Noosa Civic’s Kid’s Mornings. Each week the morning is themed. Held near the play space.

Free biking and walking trails

Free Bike Trails on the Sunshine Coast

From exploring a community playground loop with your toddler to discovering a hidden hinterland trail and swimming hole with an adventurous tween-ager, Adventure Sunshine Coast has more than 200 free adventures covering walking, cycling, paddling and riding trails right across the region!

Free music

Toddler Tuesdays Caloundra Shopping Centre

Perfect for children under five years old, there’s free music and sensory play activities for toddlers on Tuesday, September 6 at Caloundra Shopping Centre. Families are encouraged to dress up to theme and join in on the fun! There’s also one complimentary coffee card for parents/guardians per participating child. Bookings are essential.

You can find more things to do with kids on our comprehensive What’s On page for all the kid and family fun around Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast. 

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By Angela Sutherland
After spending many years hustling stories on busy editorial desks around the world, Angela is now mum of two little ones and owner/editor at Kids on the Coast / Kids in the City. She is an atrocious cook and loves cutting shapes to 90s dance music. Angela is the editor of Kids on the Coast - a free family magazine whats on guide for Kids: things to do, school holiday fun and free activities for kids... Fun attractions, family food & travel, kids health & wellbeing, kids parties venues, parenting, pregnancy & babies, guide for parents. Servicing Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and beyond, Kids on the Coast is an online guide for parents with kids things to do with kids, schools and education and lifestyle news located on Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast & Brisbane, QLD.

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