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18 Sunshine Coast winter school holiday activities you can’t miss
With a huge range of school holiday activities for the kids, Sunshine Coast families are spoilt for choice this winter school holiday.
Don’t have time to sift through all the school holiday events? We’ve done the hard work for you! Here are some of our favourite winter school holiday activities on the Sunshine Coast.
Indoor school holiday activities
Noosa Civic has the par-fect activity to beat the freeze this winter with its Tropicana Putt Putt. Head into the centre and putt your way through six holes. Fruity objects, interesting obstacles and fun props will make this a fun challenge.
If you need reliable and super-fun school holiday care, HYPT has a fab school holiday vacation care program in store. Activities include Slime Time Fun, Mermaid Makeover, Dinosaur/Unicorn Festival and a LOL/Minecraft Party. There are so many activities planned for the winter break, your kid’s boredom is surely busted.
Also indoors, kids can visit the Eco Sanctuary at Sunshine Plaza. Kids will enjoy colouring-in craft activities and getting eco-educated by learning about the life cycle of a plastic bag. Be sure to collect your take home gift from the seedling station, which kickstarts a ‘grow your own’ adventure at home.
Rush Adventure is keeping things adventurous these school holidays, wall-to-wall indoor fun in air-conditioned comfort! Kids can run, climb and slide their way around a huge multi-level soft-play indoor playground, fly around the room on the Rush Coaster, or challenge themselves on the ninja and high ropes course.
And Kawana Shoppingworld is bringing the outdoors in this school holiday, with two weeks of FREE kids’ workshops! There will be nature-inspired craft workshops, Minions ‘Meet & Greet’, and NAIDOC kids’ painting with the Gubbi Gubbi mob.
Feel like a show? The Sunshine Coast comes alive these winter holidays when Sunshine Coast Youth Theatre presents the youth edition of the all-time classic, The Sound of Music! From the company that brought you Oliver!, Grease and The Wizard of Oz, this abridged version is a perfect outing for the whole family.
For the Disney fans, Little Seed presents The Little Mermaid Jnr, July 8-9 at The J, Noosa. Sing along to your favourites and enjoy a mesmerising underwater adventure with Ariel the mermaid.
School holiday special events
It might be chilly, but winter also (usually!) means clear blue skies for south-east Queensland. To make the most of these glorious sunny days, Mary Valley Rattler has a special deal these holidays. Ride the Mary Valley Rattler during the June-July holidays and kids receive a take home toy and a free ice cream in Rusty Rails Cafe! No matter what the weather, the Mary Valley Rattler is a fun, memorable and educational journey the kids will love.
Speaking of specials, Next Level High Ropes Adventure Park is running special twilight climbs during the school holidays. Clamber by the light of the moon and brave challenges more than 10 metres high. It’s a truly unique experience for the family!
Celebrating the release of the movie Jurassic World Dominion, Australia Zoo is hosting a zoo-wide dinosaur treasure hunt! The Irwin family will also feed the crocs every day from Saturday, June 25 to Thursday, June 30. Don’t miss their famous croc show when you visit.
For budding gardeners, Queensland’s premier gardening event comes to Nambour on the Sunshine Coast from Friday, July 8 to Sunday, July 10. At the Queensland Garden Expo 2022 you will find more than 360 exhibitors including free workshops, free kids playground and craft activities, dozens of nurseries with rare and new release plants and more.
Educational and sporting activities
Taking a break from school, doesn’t mean kids should stop learning! Why not spark your child’s imagination with fun and engaging holiday STEM camps? Junior Engineers delivers fun, creative, engaging and educational programs in coding and robotics to provide children with the fundamental 21st century skills in digital technologies.
Exclusive to Kids in the City / Kids on the Coast readers: Use the code WINTERKC10 for 10 per cent off!
The Australian Cycling Academy is running its Wheely Fun Bike Camps this winter. These awesome bike camps are a great environment for kids to start their riding journey and learn some new skills in a traffic-free environment. Run by fully accredited coaches, this program is the perfect way to boost your little one’s confidence on the road and improve their bike handling skills. Plus it’s wheely fun!
Got a little netballer in the family? They won’t want to miss Sunshine Coast Lightning’s netball clinics. These are several clinics, designed for different ages and abilities. Kids can work on their skills and knowledge with Lightning athletes and have fun along the way!
School holidays are also the perfect time to fast track your child’s swimming ability with an intensive swim program. Goodlife in Buderim is offering its quality accelerated swim program during the winter school holiday. The pool is heated, so it’s toasty and warm!
Holiday intensives are also back at Sunshine Coast Grammar School Aquatic Centre. Advance your child’s swimming skills with a 4-day program from June 27 – 30. You don’t need to be a Grammar student to attend!
Just need to burn off some steam? Gather the kids for a playdate this school holidays at Kids World Adventure Playland and Cafe. With a state of the art play centre and full service cafe, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Their play areas include a designated under 5’s area (0-4 years) and an over 5’s zone (5-11 years) which means kids can play and interact on activities with kids of the same age.
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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.