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

05 December 2019

The evenings are getting longer and the end of the school year is almost upon us. 

Thankfully there is a stack of fun activities happening on the Sunshine Coast these school holidays to keep the little ones busy. 

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!


Holiday Fun at the Mary Valley Rattler

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A blast of the whistle and you’re off on a journey back in time aboard the historic Mary Valley Rattler. Sit back, relax and enjoy a nostalgic heritage rail experience through the stunning Mary Valley, one of the most beautiful parts of Queensland.

Leave plenty of time to explore the beautifully restored Gympie Station, reputed to be the largest timber railway building owned by Queensland Rail during the 20th Century.

The station is home to a historic display dedicated to sharing the stories of the century-old Mary Valley Railway line and its people, along with a gift shop and the Platform No. 1 Café.

The Mary Valley Rattler is more than a train ride; it’s a magical trip into living history. ... READ MORE


School Holiday Fun at Noosa Civic

Noosa Civic Shopping Centre, Noosaville

2 December to 24 January

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There are plenty of activities happening at the Noosa Civic these School Holidays to keep the kids entertained!

Visit Santa in his enchanted rainforest to get your Christmas photos and capture memories that will last a lifetime. Each child photographed will receive a special gift! Sensitive Santa and Santa Paws sessions are also available. Bookings are essential.

Join Santa as he shares the story of ‘Santa is coming to Queensland’ and other special Christmas stories in his Enchanted Rainforest in Centre.

Fill in the ‘Letter to Santa’ provided and let him know the nice things you have done this year, along with your postal address (for Santa to reply). You can find Santa’s letterbox near Santa himself on the other side of his Enchanted

Join in all the pawesome fun these holidays with a free PAW Patrol craft village, and a meet and greet with Marshall!  
Plus, get creative at home and download the colouring competition, a PAW Patrol prize pack is up for grabs!


The Magic Of Christmas comes to life at The Ginger Factory

The Ginger Factory, Yandina

4 to 24 December

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From the moment you enter The Ginger Factory you will be transformed, the scent of gingerbread lingers in the air as you are greeted by the giant Santa installation in the piazza.

Follow Santa’s giant footsteps to visit him in his very own Workshop. Capture this special moment for free by bringing your own camera. Santa has a gift for all the children. See Santa every Wednesday to Sunday from 4th December to 22nd December between 9.30am and 1.30pm. PLUS he will be staying a couple of extra days this year which means you can also see him Monday 23rd and Tuesday 24th December.

Bring the whole family and sing along with the Noosa Chorale to classic carols and popular Christmas songs at the inaugural Twilight Christmas Carols on Friday 20 December at 5.00 pm. Late night shopping and dining options available for that last minute Christmas shopping rush. We have something for everyone with our range of beautiful, distinctive gifts across five unique shopping boutiques.

All the food and fun the Ginger Factory is famous for will also be on offer. Try the free activities including children’s playground, Giant Snakes & Ladders, Oversized Checkers and Rainforest Walks. Or decorate your own gingerbread man, grab an ice-cream, and take a ride on Moreton the Ginger Train and Overboard boat ride (fees apply). ... READ MORE


Summer Horse Riding Camps for Kids

Kiah Park Horse Riding Camp, Beenham Valley

7 December to 18 January

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Looking for a great horse adventure for your child these holidays?

Kiah Park is running 7 Day Riding Camps and Day Riding Camps and is a horse lover's paradise for school-aged children. Situated on the Sunshine Coast hinterland, with a horse for every child's riding ability, whether they are new or experienced riders.

Each child adopts a horse to pamper and care for and enjoys arena lessons, trail rides and a fun gymkhana, besides lots of camp 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


FREE Martial Art classes! Plus Ninja camp available!

Matt Fiddes Martial Arts, Various locations

8 December to 27 January

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

Matt Fiddes Martial Arts are offering free (new students only) Martial Arts and Fitness classes for the remainder of these school holidays.

Open to all ages from 4-94 years, bookings essential.

Fun filled Ninja Camps also during the Holidays, full of Ninja activities, games, arts & crafts and so much more! ... READ MORE


Gear up for a sizzling summer of entertainment at Event Cinemas!

Event Cinemas across the Sunshine Coast

14 December to 27 January

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See the big family movies and fill your holidays with fun!
Venture into the unknown with Disney’s “Frozen 2”, get kooky with The Addams Family, enter the magical realm of Playmobil™: The Movie, uncover a world of mystery in Spies in Disguise, start your engines with teen go-karting drama ;Go!, meet the adorable Queen’s Corgi, see these Fire Fighters get more than they bargained for in Playing with Fire or explore new mysteries in The Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon.

Event Cinemas is also hosting arts and craft activities across the holidays ... READ MORE


Summertime Playscape

14 December to 26 January

Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Garden, Tanawha

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Explore, create, and connect with nature through the summer holidays. Summer in the bushland will be muddy, musical, crafty and colourful!

Kids can get their hands dirty playing in mud-cubbies, create bushland marimba music, and do some painting, weaving and creating all in one place.

There are activities aplenty celebrating childhood, imagination and nature until January 26 - with both innteractive installations for kids and families to enjoy, and programmed activities. ... READ MORE


Apex Camps Summer School Holiday Program

Apex Camps Sunshine Coast, Twin Waters

16 - 24 December 2019
6 - 24 January 2020

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Apex Camps Sunshine Coast is running an exciting school holiday day program this Summer school holidays, for kids aged 5 to 17 years.

Drop your kids off for a thrilling day of outdoor adventure activities, including morning tea, lunch and a late 4pm pick up if you wish. 

From the famous mud pit challenge course to skating the skies on our high ropes course, exhilarating flying foxes, beach games and fishing, archery, canoeing, rock climbing and much more...there is something for everyone.

All activities are run in small groups of no more than 20 kids, led by  qualified, accredited and experienced activity instructors who aim to ensure that everyone has a fabulous time! ... READ MORE


Adventures at the Sunshine Coast Recreation Centre

Coast Club - Sunshine Coast, Currimundi

16 December 2019 to 17 January 2020


Looking for an adventure during the school holidays?

Sunshine Coast Recreation Centre has got you covered! Take advantage of the amazing summer programs listed below or just come down to visit the beautiful beaches of Tallebudgera.

Each day at Coast Club offers a range of exciting and activities led by our professional and friendly staff. Choose a morning, afternoon or full day experience that could involve anything from canoeing, caving, surfing, stand up paddle boarding, archery tag and much, much more!

Perfect for kids 8 years and over, with parents and adults welcome to join in the fun. ... READ MORE


Master all things LEGO® with BRICKS 4 KIDZ®!

Various locations acoss the Sunshine Coast

16 December to 24 January

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Master all things LEGO® this Summer with a unique BRICKS 4 KIDZ® experience that encourages imaginative play and STEM based learning.

Designed for children who love LEGO®, a BRICKS 4 KIDZ workshop provides an extraordinary environment for students to learn new building techniques and focus on their creativity. Using models designed inhouse inspired by popular themes such as Star Wars, Minecraft and Minions, there truly is something for everyone. All you need to provide is a nut free lunch, snacks, water bottle and a hat for our active break times. ... READ MORE


School Holiday Workshops

Noosa Regional Gallery, Tewantin

17 December to 17 January

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Get arty these school holidays at Noosa Regional Gallery! it's not just about art observation- it's all about art creating!

Explore new ways of drawing, painting and making. From clever paper sculptures, wax wraps and lanterns, to mini clay plant pots and geometric tea lights. Make a gift to give or something awesome to keep.

Expand your creativity while making new friends!

Creative workshops available for ages 6 to 17 years. ... READ MORE


Tunnel Ridge Ranch School Holiday Camps!

Tunnel Ridge Ranch Association Inc, Landsborough

17 December to 24 January


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Looking for ways to keep your kids entertained this coming School Holidays?

Tunnel Ridge Ranch in Landsborough is offering 4 different Summer Camps for 10-16 year olds this coming December and January. ... READ MORE


Summer Holiday Fun at Kawana Shoppingworld

Kawana Shoppingworld, Buddina

18 to 24 Decmeber

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Shop when it suits you at Kawana Shoppingworld with extended trading hours and plenty to do and see in the lead up to Christmas for the family.

Book the kids into the Shopping Nanny Christmas Craft Workshops whilst you do the Christmas Shopping. Let the professional child minders care for your kids in a fun and safe environment. Christmas craft includes DIY Little Golden Books, decorating Christmas Sacks and creating decorations for the Christmas Tree.

Roaming the centre in the lead up to Christmas will be the Naughty Christmas Tree, Snowman & helper, Carollers Trio, Hip Hop Snow Girls, Mrs Claus and more!

Create special memories at the human size snow globe - it's the ultimate Christmas experience and the perfect photo moment, located in the Centre Court. Or have fun posing for fun and whacky photo-booth style photos at the Candy Cane Photo wall located near Woolworths ... READ MORE


Sunshine Plaza Holiday Entertainment

Sunshine Plaza, Maroochydore

6 to 17 January

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Keep your little ones busy these school holidays at Sunshine Plaza with loads of free entertainment!

From 6-10 January witness hilarious comedy, incredible circus stunts and tricks that are out of this world at the Comedy Circus Stunt Show! Plus learn how to spin plates, juggle, make an animal balloon and much more! Strictly 40 spaces per workshop – first in best dressed.

From 13-17 January the kiddies can immerse themselves at the Sunshine Beach Club with free colouring-in, games and the chance to capture a unique photo! Plus, the kids can enjoy free art & craft with Mini Aquariums and Under the Sea Sand Art! ... 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 on the Gold Coast and Top Picks of Things to Do in Brisbane

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