- Thursday 02 September 2021
Plan your Sunshine Coast spring school holidays here – from workshops to events, and take-home activities to fun days out – there is plenty on offer to keep the kids busy.
Book into a Bloomin’ Marvellous school holiday workshop
Book now for the school holiday workshop Bloomin’ Marvellous from September 22 to October 1, 2021 at Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens, Tanawha.
Celebrate our beautiful spring wildflowers through art. Play with watercolours, printmaking and wearable sculpture.
Bookings are essential on council’s what’s on page with spaces limited. Workshops cost $8.
Meet your cool neighbour at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve
Explore the amazing world of reptiles and amphibians at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve. They aren’t always the most popular of neighbours, but they are certainly very ‘cool’. These amazing cold-blooded creatures, collectively called herptiles, live all around us and are uniquely adapted to Australia’s hot, dry climate. Learn about the frog who carries his tadpoles round in his pockets, the caring snake who cuddles her eggs to keep them warm and the striking lizard who can change its colour.
On now at the Rainforest Discovery Centre, open daily between 9.30am-3.30pm.
Sunshine Coast Art Prize
Try something different these school holidays, visit the free Sunshine Coast Art Prize exhibition at Caloundra Regional Gallery.
Vote for your favourite artwork and complete the survey to go into the draw for your chance to WIN a $100 Caloundra Regional Gallery shop gift voucher.
You can vote in the gallery or online at https://gallery.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/SCAP. Hurry though, voting closes 19 September.
The exhibition is on show 27 August to 10 October and features 40 finalist artworks from across the country.
Winners will be announced on 23 September. Caloundra Regional Gallery is at Omrah Avenue, Caloundra, opposite the library.
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.
Get your walking shoes on and explore the Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Garden
How to catch a duck – a family friendly investigation walk.
- Come and learn: Discover how ducks, fish and yabbies were caught and explore the bush to find honey, possums and koalas. To live in the wild, Australian bush requires great skills! Our beautiful botanic gardens have many clues to finding these wonderful creatures.`
- September 23, 10–11 am. Tickets $5.
- BOOK NOW
Walking with dinosaurs – a bushwalk for families
- Dinosaurs roamed the earth for 200 million years, during a time when plant life and land masses looked very different. Join one of our friendly, knowledgeable guides for a leisurely walk through the Botanic Gardens focusing on the types of plants that existed 100 million years ago during the age of dinosaurs and before flowering plants.
- October 2, 9.30am – 11am. Tickets $5.
- BOOK NOW
Try virtual reality at Bankfoot House
Looking for a day out the whole family can enjoy?
Bankfoot House Heritage Precinct in Glass House Mountains is a FREE family friendly experience that really does have something for everyone. Kids will love the new VR experience and it’s hard not to enjoy a personal tour around the oldest house in the area. The shed restoration project is always hit and with spacious grounds, great views and large games to borrow, it’s a great place to enjoy a picnic.
Bankfoot House is open Wednesday to Sunday 10am – 3pm.
LEARN MORE: heritage.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au
Museum Mystery Madness!
Sunshine Coast Council and Community museums have teamed up to offer a month of mystery madness.
Visit your local museum in September and complete a fun-filled quiz for a chance to win a prize. The special quiz is now available to visitors at Buderim Pioneer Cottage, Landsborough Museum and Nambour Museum.
Your observation skills will be put to the test as you search to fill in the missing gaps. It could be a name of a train, what was used to fuel stoves or finding phones that have no numbers - each museum’s quiz is different.
Enter for a chance to win a $100 Caloundra Regional Gallery Shop gift voucher, plus everyone receives a free pocket magnifier.
Visitors can enter one or all three museum quizzes and become a Museum VIP with a discount card.
Buderim Pioneer Cottage, 5 Ballinger Crescent, Buderim.
Opening hours: 11am-3pm Monday to Saturday
Entry: Adults $5, Children $1
Landsborough Museum, 4 Maleny Street, Landsborough.
Opening hours: 9am to 2.30pm Wednesday to Friday and Sundays.
Entry: Adults $10, Children under 15 free
Nambour and District Historical Museum
18 Mitchell Street, Nambour
Opening Hours 1–4pm Wednesday to Friday, Saturday 10am–3pm
Entry: Adults $5, children $1
Celebrate all things hopscotchy and splendiferous at Sunshine Coast Libraries
Jump online to learn all about the gloriumptious Roald Dahl or how to make Diddly cardboard creations, scrumdiddlyumptious revolting recipes and tell churgle inducing jokes.
Or register for a free Gianormous bubble wand. Bookings essential as resources are limited.
Registration for bubble wands open Friday 17th September at 4.30pm. Check out the whole range of school holiday offerings including online programs from Libraries at https://library.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/Whats-On.
Plant forests for wildlife
Bring the kids out to Kirby’s Road Environmental Reserve, Obi Obi to plant native shrubs, trees and groundcovers for food and habitat for the Elf Skink and the endangered Glossy Black Cockatoo.
Head to the end of Kirby’s Road, Obi Obi on Tuesday, September 28, 2021 from 8.30am to 12.30pm. At this free event, council will provide morning tea and all the equipment you need for the morning’s activities. There also be some talks about the native animals that live in the reserve and guided walks.
Try a new trail on Adventure Sunshine Coast
Adventure Sunshine Coast has over 200 free adventures covering walking, cycling, paddling and riding trails right across the region! From exploring a community playground loop with your toddler to discovering a hidden hinterland trail with an adventurous tween-ager – find your next adventure at adventure.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au today.
Try the ClimateWatch Trail at the Maroochy Wetlands Sanctuary
Become a citizen scientist at the Maroochy Wetlands Sanctuary and contribute to understanding how climate change is affecting our environment. To get started:
- Download the free ClimateWatch app
- Grab a ClimateWatch field guide highlighting the wetland’s indicator species.
- Look for indicator species along your walk
- Using the app, take photos and note seasonal behaviours
- Return your field guide for reuse.
Visit the ClimateWatch website for details. Don’t forget mosquito repellent!