Keep the kids entertained this summer holiday with activities from Sunshine Coast Council – from acrobatic shows to book clubs, garden adventures and festive fun there’s something for everyone over the summer break.
1. Master the elements with art in a garden adventure
Get the kids outside to rediscover the elements at Elemental Kids at the Maroochy Bushland Botanic Gardens, Tanawha
Art workshops exploring Showcasing the five elements – Earth, Fire, Water, Air and Wood – will delight and inspire for ages 5-15 years old.
Elemental Kids will run from January 11–15, 2022, at the Maroochy Bushland Botanic Gardens, Palm Creek Road, Tanawha.
2. Head to the theatre and catch A Bee Story
Take the family to A Bee Story for an Australian physical theatre extravaganza that combines circus, acrobatics, dance and live music.
Follow our heroes, Queen Bee and Worker Bee, who must work together to rebuild their hive after being destroyed by a bushfire. An unmissable show for the whole family.
When: 10-10.45am, Friday, January 14, 2022 at Venue 114, 114 Sportsmans Pde, Bokarina.
Tickets are $15 each or $12.50 for a group of 10 or more.
Suitable for children 3-13 years old.
3. Get reading for your chance to win a prize!
Hit the books because Sunshine Coast Libraries’ annual Summer Reading Club is back from Wednesday, December 1, 2021.
Register now for free and read for the chance to win great prizes including book, game or toy vouchers.
Keep everyone’s mind active over the school break.
Entries close 5pm Monday, January 21, 2022.
Winners will be announced on Wednesday 2 February 2022.
4. Try the great botanic race
If you’ve got older kids, head to the Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Garden to try the great botanic race. Grab a map at the entrance and explore the gardens on this self-guided orienteering challenge. Kids will need to find mapped points to solve the puzzle along the way. Great for ages 10 years and older.
DETAILS: Grab a map at the entrance to the gardens.
5. Become an Agents of Discovery
Agents of Discovery is back these school holidays for your kids to enjoy. Agents of Discovery is an educational mobile gaming platform that uses augmented reality to get youth active. Head to your app store to download the free game and try new missions at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve or Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Garden.
6. Step back in time at Bankfoot House
Seize this chance to travel back through time to 1868 and see the wonders of yesteryear at Bankfoot House Heritage Precinct.
Give the virtual reality First Nations app a try or enjoy a free-guided tour of the house and discover the ingenuity and adaptability of early settlers. Bring a picnic and make a day of it!
Located at 1998 Old Gympie Road, Glass House Mountains.
Entry to Bankfoot House is free and open to the public from 10am to 3pm, Wednesday to Sunday (excluding public holidays).
7. Check out 200 FREE adventures on your doorstep
Your school holidays are covered thanks to Adventure Sunshine Coast – your number one way to find 200 FREE walking, cycling, mountain bike riding, paddling and horse-riding trails right across the region.
So, whether you’ve got teens who are up for a challenge or preppies who might need something gentler – visit Adventure Sunshine Coast and find your perfect adventure to explore today.
8. Get to the Gallery
Stroll through the Caloundra Regional gallery and view The Art of Marking: art in public spaces, a collaboration with Urban Arts Projects (UAP). The exhibition heroes finished public artworks alongside conceptual processes and celebrates 28 years of UAP creating and advocating.
The exhibition runs from December 10, 2021 to January 30, 2022. Entry is free but registration is required for the floor talk and exhibition launch.
9. Farewell 2021 and Countdown to 2022
Say see you later to 2021 and take advantage of the many New Year’s Eve events that are around the Sunshine Coast this festive season. There’s fun for the whole family with fireworks at Caloundra, Mooloolaba and Coolum at 8.30pm and a midnight display at Mooloolaba. Check out council and community events online now.
10. Unearth Invertebrates at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve
Bring the family along to see the Spineless Wonders display in the Rainforest Discovery Centre at the Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve.
Get up close and personal with the unsung heroes of the animal world, invertebrates!
The Rainforest Discovery Centre is open 9.30am-3.30pm daily (closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day).