Let the good times roll at Sunshine Plaza, Maroochydore

Stuck for ideas to keep the whole family entertained? Hitting up Sunshine Plaza and it’s revamped offerings is a no-brainer. Bursting with a plethora of kid-friendly eateries and action-packed fun, it’s time to buckle up and let the good times roll!

Get your game face on!

Fire up your competitive streak with a visit to Timezone. Bursting with arcade games, 10-pin bowling, bumper cars and laser tag, it’ll be easy to while away the hours here.

Just don’t forget to try your luck along the wall of claw machines before leaving.

Timezone sunshine plaza

For a blood-pumping dose of adrenaline, Next Level — Australia’s largest high ropes course on poles — is where it’s at. Take your body to the edge, climbing four levels and tackling endless aerial challenges that’ll test your agility and any fear of heights. If your stomach hasn’t dropped, wait until you’re ziplining over Cornmeal Creek at speed.

Little adventurers will love exploring the unlimited playtime at Rush Adventureland. Choose between five fun passes and then let the kids go wild on the multi-level soft-play playground, ninja course, climbing arena and more!

Sit back and unwind

When the weeks look a little full and frazzled, sometimes the best thing to do for family downtime is to not do much at all.

Convincing your crew to sit still and relax will be a cinch with a captivating flick and a bucket of buttery popcorn at BCC Cinemas.

Until March 24, you can arrive before 5pm on Saturday or Sunday and scoop up savings with Weekend Family Flicks where you can pick a new film from a curated selection for only $7.

Thereafter, during the school holidays, you can save by dropping into the Family Saver sessions.

For the movers and shakers who struggle to stay seated for too long, captain a paddle boat from Plaza Pontoon. It’s the perfect blend, relax up top and party, or shall we say peddle, down the bottom.

Plaza pontoon sunshine plaza


Craving a mealtime where you don’t have to cook or do the dishes? Beeline straight to Wine & Nine. This creekside café is a calm oasis away from the bustle.

The chilled wine, fruity cocktails and culinary masterpieces make this foodie paradise a winner for the whole fam to hit pause and unwind.


Bite into stacks of fluffy pancakes

Here to fill the pancake-shaped hole in the stomachs of Sunshine Coasters, Pancake Pantry is the all-new, sweet-loving restaurant you need to know about.

Flaunting its fluffy mounds of deliciousness, this joint is also home to dessert waffles, delicate crepes and a range of all-day savoury options. Right now though, it’s all about the Short Stack and Shake promotion where you can treat yourself to a delicious pile of pancakes laced with butter and maple syrup, and a thirst-quenching shake for just $12.95. And, for the ankle-biters, don’t go past the Funny Face Pancakes—the marshmallow eyes will be a hit.

Pancake pantry funny face sunshine plaza


Explore virtual reality escape rooms

Bringing together virtual reality and escape rooms, Red Lock Escape Rooms are shaking things up this March with the release of their brand spanking new virtual reality escape room experiences. But be warned, like the traditional room adventures, these immersive virtual worlds won’t be easy to break free from.

Gather your favourite group of puzzle-solvers, get your thinking hats on and lose yourself in the spooky Hospital of Horrors, fierce Dragon Tower or the Laserbots.

Pinkies up for high tea

Anyone who said high tea is an adults-only affair, has obviously never been to Shingle Inn. Tucked along The Riverwalk (right in front of the fun water fountain feature), this café is home to a very special high tea just for kids.

For just $12.50 your little one can snack on their very own platter, which includes a ham sandwich, golden flaky sausage roll, spotty cookie and marshmallow stick. Wash it all down with a choice of shake or babycino.


Load up on cheap and delicious eats

When the hunger pangs strike, there’s nowhere better than Sunshine Plaza to satisfy your cravings. Scoot into Thai Thyme with kiddos under 12, mention Kids on the Coast and they can order the kids special — plain fried rice with two satay sticks and a side of finger licking peanut sauce for just $5. Yum!

On Sundays, kids under 12 eat free at The Bavarian, taking their pick between the likes of crispy chicken schnitzels, German sausages and Mac n Cheese balls.

Fratelli Fresh also brings the bargains with free meals for kids under six years of age every day of the week. From cheesy pizzas to pasta and chicken nuggets, all you need to do is order a main meal to seal the deal.

If ordering from an iPad and devouring an affordable spread of sushi and sashimi is the way to your family’s happy place, then snag a booth at newbie Wara Sushi. No taste buds have ever left disappointed.

House of gelato sunshine plaza

Make every day feel like Friday

Saucy ribs, Long Island ice teas, buffalo wings, plus a smorgasbord of other American favourites are landing at Sunshine Plaza this April with the highly anticipated opening of TGI Fridays. This quintessential bar and grill is family-friendly — with any adult meal purchased there’s a kids eat free deal every Monday to Thursday to prove it!

The TGI Fridays grand opening a big deal. With restaurants in more than 60 countries, we’re thrilled to have one right here on the Sunshine Coast!

Tgi friday sunshine plaza

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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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