The summer school holidays are here, and we are all searching for things to do with the kids, right?
If you are too busy to search, we’ve curated a list of our favourite school holiday activities this summer for Kids on the Sunshine Coast. From shows and camps to free activities for kids, your school holidays are sorted!
Indoor play for kids this summer school holiday
An indoor play centre is the perfect antidote to those hot summer days. Thankfully, there are a few great indoor play centres on the Sunny Coast to enjoy! The Kids’ Playroom at Noosa Leisure Centre is open for casual play sessions for pre-school-aged children every day of the week. Let them climb, jump, swing, bounce and balance in an air-conditioned, safe environment while you relax with a coffee from the café.
Rush Adventureland has unlimited playtime passes for when the kids need to burn off some energy in the air-con. Kids can run, slide and climb around the huge multi-level soft-play indoor playground and challenge their climbing skills on the climbing walls and high ropes course.
Kids World Playland in Sippy Downs is also open daily through the summer school holidays, with adventures and fun for kids of all ages.
Sport and adventure activities for kids over the summer school holidays
Summer school holidays are the ideal opportunity to take kids’ sports to the next level, and the Sunshine Coast has plenty of camps to choose from this summer.
Flying Fish Swim School is running its highly regarded swim-intensive sessions at its purpose-built learn-to-swim facility in Kuluin throughout the school holidays. Whether you want to improve your little one’s safety in the water and swimming technique or help your bigger kids develop endurance and strength, Flying Fish Swim School has a session for you.
For the gymnasts and acrobats, Just Acrobatics in Warana is holding its fully supervised, fun-filled Acrobatics Summer Holiday Camp, offering a day of acrobatics, circus games, arts and crafts and much more! Open to ages 5 – 12 years, children will have a great time with various activities throughout the day in this state-of-the-art acrobatics and aerial facility.
Ninjas are catered for, too, at Ninja Jungle in Forest Glen. This thrilling ninja warrior-style obstacle course will ignite your imagination and awaken your inner ninja. It deserves its reputation as one of the best school holiday activities on the Sunshine Coast.
For those heading south, BOUNCE Morayfield is running its 3-hour holiday sessions on weekdays over summer school holidays. This fun trampoline and adventure park on springs is the perfect venue to learn new skills in a fun and social environment.
Or let your kids fly high these school holidays at Next Level KidZip. Ideal for adventurer climbers with energy to burn, KidZip is a golden opportunity to get kids to try out something new on a high ropes course and be fully supervised by a climbing expert.
All day camps and activities for kids
Working parents can breathe a sigh of relief, as there are several all-day camps that the kids will love this summer.
Bricks 4 Kidz is holding all-day school holiday workshops with LEGO® at Maroochydore Football Club and Noosa Leisure Centre from December 18, 2023, to January 15, 2024. “Build the Magic” and embark on a joyful journey of imagination through hands-on LEGO exploration with special Christmas, Minecraft, Star Wars and Pokémon-inspired LEGO workshops.
The Sunshine Coast Recreation Precinct Summer School Holiday Program returns to Currumundi this summer with a range of thrilling activities suitable for kids aged five and above. Led by highly qualified and experienced staff, your little adventurers are in good hands! Whether they want a challenge or a more relaxed experience, they have something for everyone!
Dance Fitness is also running its Kids Summer Holiday Program – with two dates in store at Mooloolaba State School – 19 December 2023 and 11 January 2024. Enjoy a day of hip hop, tumbling, yoga and games at the ‘funnest dance fitness party in town’!
Well known for its successful holiday programs, Little Seed also returns with its training in acting and musical theatre programs in Noosaville and Eumundi. With eight programs available over these school holidays, these programs are the perfect creative getaway for any performer.
Sunshine Coast Youth Choir is holding a one-day choral workshop in Sippy Downs on January 15 2024, especially for children and teenagers. Conductor Clare Finlayson runs the workshop, ending with a showcase concert for parents at 3 pm.
If you are looking for an activity that is fun but also supports your child’s physical, mental and/or emotional wellbeing, then the Standing Strong program from Bonjour Wellness is for you! This two-day camp for 8-11-year-old girls covers a multitude of things that young girls face including making friends, dealing with friendship changes, being your own BFF, cyber friends safety, wellness and more.
And, of course, the Coast’s go-to daily vacation care program is on again at HYPT, with plenty of activities for boys and girls – from Unicorn Makeover,
Slime Factory, Mermaid & Grinch, Messy Play and more.
Free activities for kids on the Sunshine Coast
To get into the festive spirit, kids can enjoy a free Christmas Craft Village at Maroochydore Homemaker Centre, with very cool weekend activities until Christmas. Plus, every family that gets their photo taken with Santa will receive a free Ben & Jerry’s ice cream!
The Ginger Factory, Yandina, is also getting into the Christmas spirit, with Santa having travelled from the North Pole to meet you at The Ginger Factory this festive season. You can meet him in Santaland between 9:30 am and 1:30 pm every day from the 1st of December until Christmas Eve.
Eumundi Square invites families to a free treasure hunt and balloon sculptures at the centre courtyard of Eumundi Square every Friday during the summer school holidays. Follow clues to find five golden coins to collect your pirate treasure. Prizes, balloons and more are up for grabs!
From January 8 – 20 2024 at Noosa Fair, you can decorate and take home your own bag for home, school or recreation. You could earn $50 for your back-to-school supplies thanks to Noosa Fair Newsagency!
Also from January 8 – 20, 2024, head into Kawana Shoppingworld for two weeks of exciting artistic workshops that will spark the kids’ imaginations and bring out their inner artists.
Or head into Sunshine Plaza for free trolls-tastic school holiday activities from January 8 – 19, 2024. Kids can enjoy craft, scavenger hunts and more. Different activities each week!
Fun activities on the Sunshine Coast for the whole family
Love to take in a show? Puss in Boots: A Pantomime is coming to Noosa Arts Theatre this January from January 6 – 21, 2024. This reimagined production of the classic tail is sure to be purrfect family fun for all the family.
Or head to The J at Noosa Heads as Sunshine Coast Youth Theatre takes to the stage with Disney’s rousing musical, Newsies Jr from January 13 – 14 2024
Seahorse Kingdom has arrived at SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast for an underwater adventure – just in time for the school holidays. Discover the majestic world of seahorses in a brand-new exhibit! Home to more than 100 seahorses, this Atlantis-themed, world-class zone will be one of the largest seahorse exhibits in Australia.
And for those where only an island escape will do, Kingfisher Bay Resort, K’gari, has a special deal where kids travel, stay, and eat for FREE. PLUS, all villa stays in January 2024 will receive a bonus $100 room credit to spend during your stay at Kingfisher Bay Resort!
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