Things to do on the Sunshine Coast this weekend for kids and families

Wondering what’s on for kids this weekend? School holidays are in full swing! There are stacks of fun activities for the kids in store on the Sunshine Coast!

What’s on at the main attractions

Woohoo, the Sunshine Coast’s main attractions are back to pre-COVID activity levels, and we couldn’t be happier!

Australia Zoo has come back with a bang, with heaps of winter holiday fun. Celebrate the release of the movie Jurassic World Dominion with a zoo-wide dinosaur treasure hunt! Or join the dinosaur dig for the chance to discover your very own dinosaur to keep! Roll up the sleeves and keep your eyes peeled for the special dinosaur egg to get an egg-cellent prize.

The Zoo is also hosting Giant Obstacle Course, where you can bounce your way through tunnels, walls and slides! This free activity is suitable for children aged four to 15 years.

Winter Holiday Fun @ Australia Zoo

SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast also has a bunch of school holiday activations in place. Its Junior Penguin Keeper program is on this school holidays. Kids can take on the role of a Junior Penguin Keeper and learn about the incredible work the keepers do to care for the beloved colony of little blue penguins. Or go behind the scenes to experience what it’s like to be a Marine Biologist for a day.

Whilst there, make sure you check out the LEGO Brickman Cities exhibition at the Wharf opposite SEA LIFE. There are incredible structures of famous landmarks from around the world built by Ryan ‘Brickman’ McNought.  More than 2,500 hours and more than 1 million LEGO bricks make up this remarkable exhibition. Loads of bricks means your little master builder can create and build, too.


Let’s get creative

Winter school holiday means there’s always plenty on for the artistic kids!

Noosa Regional Gallery is holding its Imaginate 2022 Children’s Interactive Art Festival throughout the winter school holidays. This interactive children’s art festival and exhibition is designed to ignite the senses. Children of all ages are invited to discover, play and create their own experience through art!

Imaginate Festival Noosa regional Gallery

Peregian Digital Hub is running an action-packed program of creating, inventing and fun for tech-loving youngsters. Take your pick from robotics to 3D design and printing to making digital design to learning how to program.

What’s on that is free?!

Oh yes, our favourite category … Where can you take your kids for FREE!

From scavenger hunts to spheros, Sunshine Coast Libraries has a fab range of free activities and workshops for kids. See its full list of activities here.

Kawana Shoppingworld is bringing the outdoors in with a series of free nature-inspired craft workshops.

For a gold coin donation, you can putt putt your way through six fruity challenges at Noosa Civic’s Tropicana Putt Putt.

Tropicana Putt Putt @ Noosa Civic

There’s roar-some fun at Caloundra shopping centre with dino-themed craft and a roaming raptor.

The marvellous Miss Donna will be doing a free magic show and balloon art workshop at The Ginger Factory.

While at Sunshine Plaza you can enjoy two weeks of eco-themed fun where kids can learn about the life cycle of a plastic bag, take home their own vegetable seedling, get up close with Sunshine Coast flora and fauna from Wildlife HQ, and more.

Phew! Have a fab school holiday!

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, events may be postponed or cancelled at the last minute. We do our best to ensure our events are up to date, but be sure to check the organiser’s own event page for the most current updates.

You can find more at 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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Written 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.

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