21 unmissable winter school holiday activities on the Sunshine Coast

Looking for events and activities for your Sunshine Coast kids this winter school holiday? Here are 21 of the BEST winter school holiday activities that your little ones are sure to love!


Fun family activities

There’s plenty of fun for the family at Eumundi Square this school holiday. Head along on a Friday for creative activities, a free treasure hunt and more. Stay and play in the fenced kids’ cubby play house, grab a coffee and enjoy the leafy surroundings.

Or get ready for a journey into art, nature, and the human condition during these Winter school holidays with Floating Land: Us and Them.  This captivating premier “art in the environment” event is on throughout the Noosa region this June/July.

Love the ocean? SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast is busting some serious ocean myths this winter school holiday. Head into the Sunshine Coast’s only aquarium where kids can test their knowledge and uncover the truth on an interactive journey busting myths about sharks, stingrays, moray eels, the mighty megalodon, and more!

Mermaids are making a splash at Kawana Shoppingworld this school holidays. Let the kids unleash their inner mermaid or merman as they enjoy underwater mermaid shows and meet a real-life mermaid.

Kawana Shopping World Shg

For a baa-rilliant adventure, head over to The Ginger Factory as it transforms into Old MacDonald Farm during these school holidays! In week one, meet a variety of udderly adorable farm animals at the free petting zoo. In week two, grab your tickets and saddle up for unicorn and pony rides around the park gardens.

Or for a truly elevated adventure, KidZip at Next Level High Ropes Adventure Park is a must-do. Let your little climber put their nerves to the test and climb high above the rest, as they battle aerial challenges and obstacles at Next Level, Maroochydore.

Whilst at Sunshine Plaza, jump into VR Hero for some virtual reality fun – there is plenty of challenges to keep the kids busy!  And make sure you check out the Sesame Street adventures also happening inside Sunshine Plaza during the Winter school holidays. All your favourite Sesame Street characters will be visiting Sunshine Plaza from Tuesday 27 June, to Saturday 8 July.

Sesame Street Comes to Sunshine Plaza for Fun Winter School Holiday Activities

Kids shows this Winter

Perfect for pet lovers, The Pet Show 2023 is on at Brisbane Showgrounds July 1 – 2. There will be educational presentations, entertainment, products to try and buy, meet and greet sessions, face painters, food trucks and more to keep the kids entertained!

Or for the aspiring gardener, head to the Queensland Garden Expo at Nambour Showgrounds. This annual event attracts the country’s gardening royalty to the speaker program. With three full days of talks and workshops covering a wide range of topics, there’s something for everyone!

Love magic? The whole family can take a wild ride at The World’s Craziest Science Show on June 28 at Venue 114. Multi-award-winning entertainer, scientist and teacher Richard Scholes (B.Sc., B.Ed) leads this unique show that incorporates science, magic, comedy, mime and music.

Or for a simply magical performance, head to the J on July 7 or 8 for Peter Pan Jr. From the company that presented ‘The Little Mermaid Jr’ and ‘Fame’, Little Seed Theatre Company is excited to present the illuminating Disney classic, ‘Peter Pan Jr.’ Fly to a place where dreams are born and no one ever grows up!

The little ones certainly won’t want to miss Play School Live in Concert “Humpty’s Showtime” on stage across Queensland throughout the winter school holiday. In this 40-minute performance, Humpty and the Play School toys help with the big spectacular featuring starring roles for Jemima, Big Ted, Little Ted and guest appearances from other Play School favourites.

Play School Live in Concert humpty's Showtime"

The Events Centre in Caloundra has a feast of fun shows for kids this school holiday too. ARIA Award Winning Children’s Artist, Teeny Tiny Stevies are coming to Caloundra as part of their most comprehensive National Album Tour to date! Sunshine Coast Youth Theatre brings the abridged version of the Disney Classic Frozen to the stage with Frozen Jr., making the a perfect outing for the whole family. And, if you are wondering what to do with your Thing One and Thing Two these holidays, The Cat in the Hat is live on stage on June 30.


Winter school holiday camps and workshops

Junior Engineers returns this winter with its exciting range of full-day and half-day coding and robotics courses. Held at convenient locations across Queensland, there’s something for all ages and interests. They have online sessions too!

The saviour for all working parents, HYPT is running its very popular school holiday program again this Winter. This daily vacation care program for girls and boys offers a different activity each day. From a mermaid makeover to a slime workshop, kids love their days at HYPT.

And Noosa Fair Shopping Centre at Noosa Junction is running FREE school holiday workshops this June/ July. The first week of the school holidays will be badge-making workshops, and the second week will be tie-dye workshops.

For the little groms in the tribe, Bike On is running its fab mountain bike camps throughout the winter school holidays. Catering for beginners through to advanced, choose from Noosa, Gympie or Nambour.

Bike on School Holiday Camps

If you are looking for something different, the Karate Academy of Power is offering FREE karate classes for kids of all ages! This is a great way for kids to try a new activity that’s great for them. You never know; they might just love it!

For a fun-filled day of acrobatics, circus games, arts & crafts and much more, Just Acrobatics is running daily fully supervised school holiday acrobatics camps at its studio in Warana.

Or, for those kids that love to dance and tumble, join the school holiday fun with the Dance Fitness for Kids Crew at Mooloolaba State School on June 30. Enjoy a day of hip hop, tumbling, yoga, games and the funnest dance fitness party in town! Just $75 for the day!

Kids Having Fun at Dance Fitness 4 Kids Summer Holiday Camp


For more school holiday activities, head to our Events Calendar!


Servicing Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and beyond, Kids on the Coast is an online guide for parents with kids events, attractions & things to do with kids, schools and education, school holiday guides, health & wellbeing for families, parenting and lifestyle news located on Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast & Brisbane, QLD.



By Claire Gilligan
WITH A FIFO HUSBAND WHO WORKS AWAY WEEKS AT A TIME, CLAIRE ENJOYS FINDING FUN, LOCAL THINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO VISIT TO OCCUPY HER AND HER TWO GIRLS' TIME. ORIGINALLY FROM SYDNEY, CLAIRE AND HER FAMILY LOVE ALL THE THINGS THE SUNSHINE COAST HAS TO OFFER AND ENJOY SHOWING IT OFF TO VISITING FAMILY AND FRIENDS. Kids on the Coast is 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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