It’s coming around again, that time of year when the search is on for the best way to entertain the kids during the school holidays. And while staying in a BIG 4 Caravan Park on the Sunshine Coast is great, we know how much kids like to explore. So to help you make the most of your holiday we have put together our top 10 things to do to keep you and the kids entertained!
1. ZOOKEEPER FOR A DAY
The Wildlife Warriors at Australia Zoo are in full swing and doing free shows throughout the holidays. You even have a chance to meet Bindi, Terri and Robert and of course the crocs. Get up close and personal when you become a Zookeeper for a day. Under the guidance of the zoo’s animal experts you can choose from four different programs, each one offering up close encounters. Don’t miss the free face painting every day from 9-11am!
Where: 1638 Steve Irwin Way, Beerwah
Got a smartphone? Got an Instagram account? Great. Let the iPhoneography begin! On Saturday 4 October, Queensland is holding the biggest Instameet. Ever. That means people like you, all around the state, are going to meet up in groups to snap away and upload their pics to Instagram in the biggest show-and-tell about their hometown or holiday spot.
Find out more at, www.queensland.com.
3. INFLATABLE WORLD
The whole family can bounce on in to Inflatable World. It’s not just for the kids —parents are encouraged to have fun with their children. There will be school holiday entertainment daily. You don’t need to book, just turn up for two hours of jumping, climbing, gladiator-thumping fun. But don’t forget to bring your socks. Sessions are for two hours per single entry fee – you will be tired by then anyway.
Where: 32 Kayleigh Dr, Maroochydore
When: 9am-6pm daily during school holidays
Cost: $7 (under fives) $14 (five and over)
Enquiries: 5479 1913
Baa Baa and Blackie, Maleny Botanic Garden’s resident dorper sheep, will take the kids off your hands while you sit back and smell the roses. BYO picnic and lets the kids frolic around the beautiful grounds and make sure to check out the aviary. Hold a macaw or watch them take flight in over 1000sq metres of sanctuary.
Where: 233 Maleny-Stanley River Rd,
Adults $26. Children $7. Family Pass $59.
5. SWIM WITH THE WHALES
Leave your binoculars at home this whale season, because you’re going swimming with them. The three-hour experience with Sunreef will get you within metres of the peaceful giants as you hold onto a rope off the back of the dive boat.
Cost: $114 per person.
6. JETBOAT EXTREME
If you’re looking for more of an adrenaline rush then Mooloolaba Jetboat will bring out the most screams and make the whitest of knuckles. The high-powered boat will see you ducking under waters and swooshing across the waters at speed.
Cost: $80 per person per hour.
7. ROLLER AWAY!
Whether you’re an accomplished skater or a first-timer, Caloundra Rollerdrome will get you rolling into fun times. Open Monday to Sunday during school holidays from 10am-noon and 2pm-4pm, this is one way to tucker out the kids!
Where: Caloundra Rollerdrome, 19 Caloundra Rd
Cost: $12 plus $5 skate/blade hire.
8. GET LOST
Experience the lilly pilly hedge maze, the timber maze, rope maze, tyre maze and some other fun, outdoor, brain-teasing activities at Belllingham Maze. There are seven maze activities for visitors to enjoy as well as mini golf, picnic areas, a bird aviary and a teahouse where you can buy a light lunch, cold drinks, a coffee or enjoy a Devonshire tea. Open seven days a week during the school holidays, 9.30am-4.30pm
Where: 274 Tanawha Tourist Dr, Tanawha
Cost: Maze only: Child (3-15yrs) $14.50, adult $16.50, concession $15.50, family $59. Maze and mini golf combo: Child (3-15yrs) $19.50, adult $21.50, concession $20.50, family $79.
9. NUTTY WORK
Call into beautiful Yandina and observe the macadamia processing factory, the chocolate room and roasting room in action. You can see a video on how the macadamia nuts are harvested from local farms and check out how they are transformed into products in the retail shop. In the retail shop there are more than 10 types of flavoured macadamias with free taste testing available, chocolate treats and handmade confectionery made on-site every weekday by in-house chocolatiers and confectioners, as well as a café for parents to relax.
Where: Nutworks Macadamia Factory, 37 Pioneer Rd, Yandina
10. THE BEACH
Let’s not forget the most spectacular part of holidaying on the Sunshine Coast — the beach. With so many to choose from, it’s difficult to pick one to see and explore. Mooloolaba is kid friendly with lifeguards on watch, while Kings Beach also features an extensive play area and Noosa, well there is also the national park to explore there.