SUNSHINE COAST: School Holiday Guide Summer 2018/19 - Top pick of things to do!

27 November 2018

Summer holidays are almost HERE!

Let's pack away the lunchboxes, put down the family planner and get set for some sandy days and festive fun.

With the kids on the long school break it's time to fill up that calendar with camps and activities to keep kids entertained.

There's stacks of great things happening across the region these school holidays for the kids. Here's our top picks of school holiday activities for kids on the SUNSHINE COAST!

Happy holidays x

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


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Stockland Caloundra

24 November to 24 December 2018

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Head to Stockland Caloundra for your Christmas snap with the jolly man – available every day until Christmas Eve; 10am to 4pm Monday to Saturday and 10am to 2pm on Sundays.

AND Santa’s elves are there too helping out with family story time sessions from 9am on Wednesday 12th and 19th.

Packages start at $18.95 PLUS receive a free gift!! It’s your place for Christmas! ... READ MORE


Christmas at The Ginger Factory

The Ginger Factory, Yandina

5 to 23 December 2018

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Come & see Santa at the Ginger Factory every Wednesday to Sunday from the 5th to 23th of December, between 9.30am-1.30pm and then again on Christmas Eve. Santa will have a free gift for all the good children who visit this Christmas.

Don’t forget to bring your camera, smartphone or tablet so you can capture this special moment with Santa in his wonderful Christmas setting! 

This is a completely FREE activity, with no admission costs to the park or gardens. Why not make a day of it. Explore the rainforest where you will find the giant checkers board. Jump on board Moreton (ticket prices apply) the 117 year old ginger train and discover hidden corners of the park ... READ MORE


Create Handmade Workshop

Noosa Civic Shopping Centre

8 December 2018 to 15 January 2019

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Create Handmade Workshop is a creative space bringing the excitement of sewing to kids of all ages with our bright + fun classes and cool craft parties.

Learning to sew gives kids life-long confidence to create, repair + re-purpose. Important life skills, learnt in a colourful, social + creative way! Plus, they’ll take home their own handmade creations. Ages 7+, all skill levels welcome. ... READ MORE


Summer Horse Riding Camps for Kids

Kiah Park Horse Riding Camp, Beenham Valley Road, Beenaam Valley

8 December 2018 to 19 January 2019

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Kiah Park is a horse lover's paradise for school-aged children. Set on 315 beautiful acres of rolling valleys in the Sunshine Coast hinterland. There is a unique horse to suit every rider, whether your child is a beginner or has had many years of riding experience.

Each child adopts a horse to pamper and care for and enjoys arena lessons, trail rides, a gymkhana and lots of fun activities all throughout the week. It is a place where beautiful new friendships are formed in a fun and safe environment, doing what every horse-crazy child loves best.

Horse camp is a healthy outdoor, technology-free holiday with lifelong memories to take home. It is one adventure your child will not soon forget ... READ MORE


Solar Nights

University Sunshine Coast

14 to 23 December

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Experience the power of light at USC Sunshine Coast these school holidays with Solar Nights – an ethereal, interactive light trail that celebrates an agreement to make USC Sunshine Coast a solar-powered campus with energy partner Veolia.

Suitable for all ages. Because USC Sunshine Coast is a wildlife reserve, we ask attendees to stick with the trail to avoid disturbing wildlife. ... READ MORE


Save Every Day with Family Saver Sessions

Event Cinemas across the region

15 December 2018 to 27 January 2019

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Simply join Cinebuzz to save on a great range of family films these Summer School holidays on select sessions before 5pm. Best of all – membership is free. Join now at
Take the family to see The Grinch, Disney’s The Nutracker and the Four Realms, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse, and Elliot the Littlest Reindeer! Just look for the Family Saver Sessions on the website.

Upgrade to Gold Class for a luxury family experience. Look for Family Saver sessions available on select sessions before 5PM Monday – Friday. There is even a dedicated Kids menu in Gold Class. Or you can upgrade to Vmax Family Saver Sessions to see movies BIG!

After Christmas and in the New Year you can save when you see the Family Saver Sessions of Disney’s Ralph breaks the Internet, ‘Mary Poppins Returns’, How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World and Storm Boy. So many movies to see these Summer Holidays! ... READ MORE

Light up Christmas Show

Sunshine Plaza

17 to 22 December

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Bring the little ones along to soak up the Riverwalk dining precinct, shop longer during extended hours and enjoy the festive light show display at the Riverwalk on Cornmeal Creek!

The Riverwalk Christmas light show features a mash-up of Christmas tunes and laser lights. Shows run for 5 mins every half hour. Best viewing is recommended from 7pm onwards. It's Christmas Fun for the family! ... READ MORE


BRICKS 4 KIDZ LEGO® and LEGO® Robotics Workshops

Various locations across the Sunshine Coast

17 December 2018 to 29 January 2019

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With unique BRICKS 4 KIDZ® models and Imaginative Play, the kids are always having fun at these School Holiday Programs with LEGO® and LEGO®Robotics! Workshops are designed for children ages 5–11, staffed by trained and screened BRICKS 4 KIDZ® instructors, and have the best child : staff ratio around!

BRICKS 4 KIDZ® provides three different types of workshops that deliver an opportunity to experience a range of LEGO® building techniques and development. Creator/Technic workshop students use their imagination, LEGO® building skills and immerse themselves in exciting LEGO® based activities inspired by the theme of the day. Themes include Star Wars™, Pokemon™, Harry Potter™, Super Hero Academy,Ninjago™, Minecraft™, LEGO® Batman Movie, Brick City and of course some seasonal specials.

Junior Robotics offers all the fun of building with LEGO® bricks, PLUS the challenge of computer programming with LEGO® WeDo®!

Advanced Robotics students experience the cutting edge of technology with LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3. ... READ MORE

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Sunshine Coast Recreation Centre, Currimundi

17 December 2018 to 25 January 2019


Looking for an adventure these school holidays?
 During the school holidays the Sunshine Coast Recreation Centre will be running 3 & 6 hour Adventure Activity sessions for children aged 8 and over. Parents and families are welcome to also join in the fun with activities such as canoeing, caving, climbing, archery, kayaking, stand up paddleboarding and pool games.

The Rock Climbing wall is open extended hours over the holidays! The 10 metre high artificial rock climbing wall offers 10 different climbs of varying degrees of difficulty, for ages 5 and over. The automatic belay system means that you don’t need a partner to climb.

Or for some extreme fun, try Climbing After Dark! Experience the thrill of a 10m high rock wall, pumping music and disco lighting! You won't want to miss all the action and excitement ... READ MORE


School Holiday Fun at Glitter & Goop

Glitter & Goop, Buderim

17 December 2018 to 26 January 2019

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Keep the kids busy these School Holidays with a fun and creative workshop at Glitter & Goop.

There's loads of workshop themes to choose from, including: Christmas craft, Christmas soap, fairy gardens, tie dye socks, teddy bear picnic, unicorn/superhero pots, mermaid keyrings and pencil case, soap and bath salts, dreamcatchers and ceramics. Cost includes materials required. 

Glitter & Goop is a fun, creative, hands-on, messy experimental all inclusive space for out children to enjoy and create some amazing art work. Children of all ages will have the opportunity to get their creative self engaged at their own pace ...  READ MORE 


Kids & Teens Dance Workshops with a Latin Twist

Let's Dance Latin Studio, Maroochydore

17 December 2018 to 23 January 2019

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Step into the Sunshine Coast's award-winning Latin Dance Academy and introduce your child to an extraordinary world of dance.

The program covers ballet, jazz, Latin dance, music and craft and is a super fun way to boost your child's confidence, coordination and cultural appreciation.

Children are welcome to attend any number of the all-day workshops or all five. Limited spaces so bookings essential. Term 1 2019 commences from 29 January 2019! ... READ MORE


The Sea Creature’s Secret

Sea Life Sunshine Coast

26 December 2018 to 27 January 2019

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These school holidays, get ready to jump ship because it’s all hands on-deck as the pirates of the coast swashbuckle their way into Sea Life Sunshine Coast for a brand-new adventure.

Don the captain’s hat and go on an underwater treasure hunt with the help of a marine-inspired Treasure Map, featuring creature clues which accompany hidden treasure points around the attraction. Simply match the creature in the attraction to the map and become one step closer to sinking the treasure!

Bonafide pirates can practice hitting the ‘High C’s’ through daily live shows and meet and greets led by ‘Pirate Trevor’, ‘Ethel the Mermaid’ and their marine friends. But never fear, ye’ shall not be made to walk the plank if your singing isn't in tune!

Once the treasure is found and guests have said “Ahoy, me hearties” to their new pirate friends, they can give their new found pirate status the seal of approval by snapping a shell-fie in the ‘Underwater Throne’. ... READ MORE


Put the dirt back into childhood!

Wildlings Forest School, Young Ave, Burnside

29 December 2018 to 25 January 2019

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Come and join us in the wild for our Wildlings Summer Holiday Workshops! Based entirely outdoors on the banks of the idyllic Petrie Creek, our holiday workshops encourage children to get off the screens and back outdoors into nature.

From building rafts and sailing them down the creek and whittling primitive weapons with pen knives, to eco-dyeing and making your own crystal dream catcher; adventures with ropes and basket making to building our own cubby town and making Kokedama balls to take home; we have something for the adventurous, something for the arty, something for the builders and something for the fun-lovers.

Bring your creativity, bring your ingenuity, bring your imagination and bring your sense of adventure as we explore, run, climb, jump, build, create and get wet in the creek. Children have (fully supervised) access to our tool box, including bow saws, hand saws, pen knives, hammers, hand drills, wood planes, ropes and much more to create any project their imagination desires ... READ MORE


How To Train Your Dragon

Kawana Shoppingworld

7 to 13 January 2019

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Enjoy FREE entertainment these school holidays at Kawana Shoppingworld!

Visit the How To Train Your Dragon zone from the 7th – 13th January to complete the craft challenges, and meet Hiccup and Astrid! 11am – 2pm daily, Centre Court. ... READ MORE


Apex Camps School Holiday Program

Apex Camps, Twin Waters

7 - 28 January 2019

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Apex Camps Sunshine Coast’s School Holiday Program gives parents a small break, and kids an adventure to remember for a lifetime!

Based entirely outdoors, nestled in the Maroochy River Conservation Park and just a short stroll from North Shore beach and Maroochy River, the outdoor adventure activities are designed to get your kids enjoying the outdoors while providing them with an opportunity for personal growth and to make new friends!

From climbing on our outdoor rock climbing tower, to running through our army-commando style mud pit challenge course, to building rafts and catapults and launching themselves off one of our flying foxes, we offer more than 20 activities that are bound to get your kids putting their full bodies to use and to put a great big smile on their faces. Whether your child is a fun lover, or an adventure seeker, there is something to suit everyone aged 5 and up, and our highly qualified and experienced instructors are committed to ensuring that everyone has an amazing time. ... READ MORE


Noosa Fit Kids Holiday Sessions

Noosa Leisure Centre, Noosaville

8 & 15 January 2019

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Join us for some high energy fun activities, games and sports on the 8th and the 15th January!
For kids ages 5-10 years old. Cost $13 per child, bookings required ... READ MORE


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




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