SUNSHINE COAST: School Holiday Guide Winter 2019 - Top pick of things to do!

14 June 2019

Wowsers, it's getting chilly, and that must mean that the winter school holidays are just around the corner!

Luckily there's a bundle of camps and activities to keep kids entertained.

Here's our top picks of school holiday activities for kids on the SUNSHINE COAST!

Looking for more ideas? Check out the FULL SCHOOL HOLIDAY GUIDE HERE!


Kids Eat Free at 'View by Matt Golinski'

14 June to 14 July

View Restaurant, Peppers Noosa Resort, Noosa Heads

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Admire the breathtaking views across Laguna Bay as you dine in style at 'View by Matt Golinski'.

Situated high amongst the treetops of the headland, the restaurant sits directly above the Peppers Noosa Resort & Villas. Matt Golinski and the team will take you on a culinary journey of Noosa and the Sunshine Coast, by creating beautiful cuisine using fresh, local and seasonal ingredients. Child eats free with every adult meal! ... READ MORE 


Winter of Food Festival

Stockland Birtinya, 8 The Avenue, Birtinya

22 June

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Bring the whole family to their Winter of Food Festival on Saturday 22nd June at Stockland Birtinya!

A day packed full of free family fun, warm Winter food ideas and free tastings, hands on master classes like cobb loaf shaping, pasta-making, baby cino's, Winter soup series, Winter table styling, live entertainment and more!

Plus free parking all day so you can bring the kids to play on the indoor play space. ... READ MORE


Mummy and Me Pinup Workshop and Photoshoot

Pinup HQ, Coes Creek

25-26 June & 2-3 July

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Enjoy some unique bonding time with this special hands on workshop and mini photoshoot package.

Learn how to create two simple pinup inspired hairstyles on your little miss, including the correct way to safely tease hair and quick, secure bobby pin placement. Then enjoy a traditional rag curl demonstration so you can start creating heatless, vintage inspired curls overnight. Mum (or aunty, or grandma!) gets a quick pinup makeover before your 30 minute mini photoshoot session, where they will capture all the giggles and fun of a mini pinup photoshoot together with 4 edited digital photos to keep. ... READ MORE


PURR-FECT Fun for the School Holidays

The Cat Retreat Café, Chevallum

29 June to 14 July

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Bring the kids along to this cat themed cafe to enjoy yummy snacks and drinks, not to mention indulging yourself with the fair-trade sustainable coffee and locally produced gourmet treats!

Or why not make an event of it with family and friends, by booking a session in the interactive cat environment, The Zen Zone. It's the ultimate cat lover’s experience! All cats are refuge cats, looking for a furrever home. ... READ MORE 


FREE Martial Arts & Fitness Classes PLUS Ninja Day Camps

Matt Fiddes Martial Arts, various locations - Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast & Brisbane

29 June to 14 July

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Looking for something to keep yourself and the kids occupied these school holidays?

Matt Fiddes Martial Arts is offering free Martial Arts and Fitness classes to new students for the remainder of these school holidays for Gold Coast, Brisbane and Sunshine Coast!

Open to all ages from 4-94 years!! ... READ MORE

Doh Clay Me- Free Clay Play activities for Kids

Stockland Caloundra, Outside K-Mart

1 - 5 July 

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Head to Stockand Caloundra for free school holidays activities where children can enjoy clay, doh and nature-based materials with Doh Clay Me- Clay Play For Kids by Sarah Sheppard, Ceramic Artist.

These unique activities will be available from Monday 1 July to Friday 5 July, 9am - 1pm daily.

Located outside Kmart, this free activity allows children to immerse themselves with interesting natural textures while supervised by their guardian ... READ MORE



The Ginger Factory, Yandina

1 to 5 July

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Award winning children's entertainment group, Kangagang, will be jumping into The Ginger Factory this July school holidays!

Bursting with original songs and dance, join us for this colourful and interactive Australian themed show. ... READ MORE


LEGO City & Sand Art Workshop

Sunshine Plaza, Maroochydore

1 to 12 July 

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Take part in building Lego City!

Head to Sunshine Plaza for free school holiday fun and let your imagination play with LEGO, featuring a number of challenges to showcase your building skills.

Sand Art Workshop 8-12 July: Celebrate NAIDOC Week with this colourful and creative Sand Art workshop. Your little ones will create and make their own Indigenous Art work to take home. ... READ MORE


Build a Lego Creation these School Holidays!

Cooroy Library & Noosaville Library

1 - 14 July

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Get creative these School Holidays with Noosa Library Service!

Build a spectacular creation or join in our LEGO-inspired games.

This free drop-in session is for ages 4+. ... READ MORE


Winter school holiday fun at Australia Zoo!

Australia Zoo, Beerwah

1 - 14 July

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Join Australia Zoo these school holidays for loads of winter fun! Tackle the giant inflatable obstacle course, take on Robert's prehistoric treasure hunt and grab your entry ticket for a chance to win a Jayco CrossTrak Hybrid Camper valued at $36,990*!

Kick off the school holidays by exploring the Zoo as your favourite animal with free face painting on weekends from 9:00am-11:00am. You get to be part of the wildlife for a day!

Make sure you stop by Bindi's Pony Trails to saddle up and take our cheeky ponies for a ride between 11:00am - 3:00pm every day (closed for lunch 12:00pm - 12:45pm) - they would love to meet you. Then test your luck with our colouring competition to win awesome Australia Zoo goodies! ... READ MORE


Winter School Holiday Fun at Kawana Shoppingworld!

Centre Court, Kawana Shoppingworld, Buddina

2 to 5 July

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Come on down to Kawana Shoppingworld for some free Winter School Holiday Fun at the Secret Life of Pets Activity Zone!

Visit the Dog Bark Activity Zone to create your own Secret Life of Pets 2 keychain! ... READ MORE


Splash Test Dummies

Venue 114, Bokarina

5 July

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Rub-a- dub-dub, The Dummies are back with some splish splashing circus set to drown you in tears of laughter.

From the makers of hit show Trash Test Dummies comes a new production of oceanic proportions! Splash Test Dummies are here, ready to roll out their beach towels and spring into a brand new hour of circus-filled hilarity for the whole family. See a brilliant array of catch-your-breath stunt work, acrobatics, juggling and the side-splitting, slapstick comedy for which the dummies are famous.

Join the Dummies and come diving from bathtubs to beaches in this new aquatic adventure! ... READ MORE


LEGO® Sea Explorers

SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast, Mooloolaba

To 14 July

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Get ready for a bricktastic adventure this winter with the arrival of The LEGO Sea Explorers at SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast!

Kids are invited to join The LEGO Sea Explorers on an interactive mission to record discoveries about the spectacular sea creatures at SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast. Kids can discover five interactive pods positioned around the aquarium where they will be challenged to build, draw, colour and create with LEGO!

Drawing inspiration from their deep-sea surroundings, kids can enjoy hands-on LEGO fun while learning about SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast’s magnificent marine creatures including sharks, seals, seahorses and sea stars. ... READ MORE


Family Savings with Family Saver Sessions!

Event Cinemas, Sunshine Coast

29 June - 14 July

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Step into Family Savings with Family Saver Sessions at BCC Cinemas Maryoochydore, Noosa and Event Cinemas Kawana on the Sunshine Coast!

Get movie tickets for $12.50 across the Family Saver Sessions during the school holidays for the big family films – Disney’s “Toy Story 4” and The Secret Life of Pets 2!

Join Cinebuzz to access these Family Saver prices! Best of all – membership is free! Cinebuzz will keep you up to date with all of the special school holiday free activities in the foyer and special screenings. Feeling creative? Pick up the Toy Story 4 colouring competition entry form from your local Event Cinemas to win a prize pack! ... READ MORE


Build-A-Bear Workshops

Noosa Civic Shopping Centre, Noosaville

1 - 12 July

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Take home a cuddly new friend or gift it to a child in need at the Ronald McDonald House.

Located outside Red Rooster, the workshop runs daily during school holidays with three one-hour sessions per day: 9am, 11am, and 1pm (20 spaces per session)

Bookings are essential. Cost is $5 donation the Ronald McDonald House. Clothes and accessories will be available to purchase separately at the workshop... READ MORE


Coast Club - Sunshine Coast

Sunshine Coast Recreation Centre, Currimundi

1 - 12 July

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Get the kids out and about these school holidays with Coast Club adventure activities on the Sunshine Coast!

Located on the beautiful beaches of Currimundi, our Sunshine Coast Recreation Centre is perfectly suited for keeping the kids warm during the winter holidays. Why stay indoors when you can dive into sun, surf and sensational experiences?

They offer 3-hour morning and afternoon sessions, or a 6-hour full-day adventure led by trained instructors who provide a safe, caring and fun learning environment while kids participate in new experiences. 

Available for kids 8 years and over, with parents and adults welcome to join in the fun. Full-day session goers are provided with lunch. ... READ MORE


Dr Seuss's The Cat in the Hat

The Events Centre, Caloundra

6 July

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Two bored kids. One rainy day. And one crazy cat wearing a red-striped hat.

The Cat in The Hat interrupts this rainy afternoon with his unexpected visit to Sally and her brother’s cosy home. Their outspoken and outraged pet Fish is astounded and concerned, but this cat will not be deterred. He will teach us all to make our own fun with nothing but a little imagination. “It’s fun to have fun, but you have to know how.” Along with Thing One and Thing Two, the cat will fill the theatre with mischievous humour and madcap style.

Young and old alike will delight in this faithful adaptation of a classic book come to life before our very eyes. Spoiler alert: Things run amuck, and quickly! ... READ MORE


Open Cockpit Weekend

Queensland Air Museum, Caloundra

6 - 7 July

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Come along and be a pilot for a day!

Take a seat in the cockpit of historical planes including the F-111 & The Mirage. There will be more than 20 aircraft open to the public and heaps of family fun.

Visit the JOYCE MAYNE Virtual Reality and Flight Controller display.

Engine runs on the hour between 11am & 2pm

Coffee & Food Vans on site, and aviation models and model kits available in memorabilia shop and many more attractions. ... READ MORE


Aladdin JR

The Events Centre, Caloundra

7 July

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All your wishes will come true when Disney’s all time classic musical takes to The Event Centre stage these winter holidays.

From the company that brought you Legally Blonde Jr, Sunshine Coast Youth Theatre is back this July with Aladdin Jr! A cast of 50 talented performers, all under the age of 18, will bring to life Disney’s beloved musical.

This value-for-money production will delight young and old, featuring Disney’s all time favourite characters Aladdin, Jasmine & the Genie! So grab your magic carpet, make a wish, and come and experience a whole new world with SCYT these holidays ... READ MORE


Queensland Garden Expo

Nambour Showgrounds, Nambour

12 - 14 July

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Queensland Garden Expo is a ‘must see’ in 2019 for your little green thumbs!

This three day event is chock-full of workshops, demonstrations, activities and lots more with something for green thumbs and novice gardeners alike.

There will be a fab kids’ playground with giant slide, tea cup ride and jumping castle. This is all totally free and runs for the duration of the event.

On Saturday and Sunday, head to the terrace area for the make your own Fairy and Ninja garden workshops and other nature-inspired craft activities. Here you’ll also find a sandpit for kids to explore and a kids’ potting area. In the kitchen garden the Bli Bli State School Courage Garden will have craft and gardening activities based around the theme of gardening in small spaces. There will be things kids can make and plant for free, and then take home to treasure. Don’t forget kids 15 and under are FREE! ... READ MORE


For our FULL SCHOOL HOLIDAY GUIDE - CLICK HERE! Packed with all the school holiday events happening in your area!

Looking beyond the doorstep these holidays? Check out our Top Picks for things to do in Brisbane, and Top picks for things to do on the Gold Coast. 


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