We’ve found ourselves based on the Sunshine Coast for a few weeks – and we have been looking for the best events and activities happening during the September school holidays.
Here are some of the activities that caught our eye – we might see you there!
The world’s biggest inflatable waterslide will be spending the September school holidays at Mooloolaba Beach – from Sep 17th – Oct 7th – grab more info on their website here
Visit the Sunshine Castle in Bli Bli and take part in loads of fun – from medieval craft, storytelling, challenges and games. Their resident Knight Sir Justyn will be in attendance and entry also includes the self guided treasure hunt. We recently spent a day there and can’t recommend it highly enough (read the full post here). See below for their school holiday program and check out their website for more info. During school hols your entry ticket is valid for 2 days instead of 1.
The Caloundra Regional Gallery have a program of free events led by Melbourne-based artist and Sunshine Coast Art Prize 2017 finalist, Samuel Condon. The inspiration behind the school holiday program is Samuel’s Pineapple artwork. Find more info on their website here.
Eckersley’s in Minyama are having a school holiday fun day on Wednesday 20th with free craft, face painting, activities and goodie bags. See their website for more details.
Sealife Sunshine Coast is being taken over by Captain Barnacle and his crew this school holidays!
From Saturday 16th September get ready for an adventure as the Octonauts take over SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast with the brand NEW Octonauts ‘Octo-Glow Explorers’ Interactive Trail AND the Octonauts Zone is back by popular demand. In an Australian first, guests will embark on an underwater adventure to complete fun experiments and become a member of the Octonauts’ Crew.
Collect the exclusive Octo-Glow Explorers hat at the start of your journey and set off to work with all your Octonauts favourites, including Professor Inkling, Shellington, Tweak, Peso, Dashi and Kwazii, to learn about the wonders of bioluminescence, camouflage and colour in our oceans.
PLUS! The interactive Octonauts Zone has also returned, and has seen the Billabong area of SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast transformed into GUP mission vehicles, featuring dynamic displays of beautiful aquatic animals, complete with 3D talking Octonauts crew members.
Join the ocean’s heroes as they dive into action for the ultimate Octonauts mission and experience the Gup-E with the Octonauts crew while learning about the new animals on display in a special edition of the TV show’s celebrated Creature Report.
Talk like a pirate!
Ahoy me hearties! Set sail to the Ginger Factory these school holidays and discover Captain Ginger Beard presents Talk Like a Pirate Week. From Monday 18th to Friday 22nd September at 9.30am and 11am daily for the very first time, the Ginger Factory will be hosting Captain Ginger Beard.
Let your young ones learn the lingo of a sea dog, as Captain Ginger Beard teaches them about life sailing the seven seas in search of treasure. A lively and interactive performance, the kids are sure to love it!
Admission is free but spaces will fill up fast, so make sure you get in early for a front row seat.
The best part is the fun doesn’t have to stop with the school holiday program at the Ginger Factory this September. Hop on board Moreton*, the 116-year-old ginger train. Be sure to keep an eye out for the chooks, they love to chase Moreton up at the Old Farm. If a classic game of hide and seek is more your thing, then don’t miss out on the Overboard* boat ride. Jump aboard your very own lifeboat and see how many gingerbread men you can spot on this water adventure.
*Ticket Price Applies
Read our full review of the amazing Ginger Factory here
Caloundra RSL have some great kids’ shows on over the holidays – the headline act is on Sep 23rd when Lah-Lah and her band will be Having Fun (tickets on sale). There are also other free shows – Aaaron the Pirate looks like a barrel of fun for all the family and if you like magic then Nickleby the Magician looks like a winner. You can find more info on their website.
Lake Kawana Community Centre are also hosting the Monkey Baa Theatre Company Production of Diary of a Wombat on Tuesday 19th September –
Based on the book by Jackie French and Bruce Whatley
“The beloved, award winning children’s book comes to the stage.”
Get into Nature!
The weather is perfect here on the Sunny Coast so make sure you spend lots of time in the fresh air – a brilliant way to learn more about the great outdoors is with Nature Weavers – who run all sorts of programs for kids that bring them closer to nature.
‘They do this by inviting children to engage with their local landscape through play that is rewarding, risky and real. It allows them to achieve wondrous feats, marvellous creations and epic journeys, and at other times to fall from trees, shake their confidence and head home with a gumboot full of soggy mud.’
During the school holidays you can learn how to make bows and arrows, bangalow palm bags, natural weaving and sculpture, learn about plants as medicine, have a tea party under a big fig tree, make a seed bomb and a worm tower!
For the full details check out the event on Facebook
Shopping Centre Fun
Sunshine Plaza are holding kids’ healthy cooking workshops, build a bear sessions and a Lifeflight Bear’s picnic.
Kawana Shopping World will have an immersive Playdoh zone as well as a chance to meet Spiderman and Ironman!
Noosa Civic Shopping Centre will have a Lego Nexo Knights Play Zone then a Shopkins Immersive Zone!
Please let us know in the comments if there is anything else not to be missed over the next few weeks!