Easter school holiday activities on the Sunshine Coast
  • Thursday 18 March 2021
Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens

Plan your Easter school holiday activities with Sunshine Coast Council – from workshops to events, and take-home activities to fun days out – there is plenty on offer to keep the kids busy this April.

Book into an Animals Unseen workshop
Book now for school holiday fun at Animals Unseen. Discover a hidden world at the Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Garden this April.
From giant moths, frogs with tusks, wriggly worms, burrowing wombats, insects to stripy snakes who climb trees – explore the masters of hide and seek in awesome workshops for ages four to fifteen.
Bookings are essential on council’s what’s on page with spaces limited. Workshops cost $8.
BOOK NOW: https://www.eventbrite.com.au

Book now for Bat Night
A free event for adults and kids, the 7th Annual Australasian Bat Night at the Maleny Showgrounds, Maleny promises to be lots of batty fun on Saturday 17 April 2021, from 1 – 8.30pm.
Join #frankietheflyingfox and learn about all the amazing things she and our other Little Aussie BAT-tlers do to keep our environment healthy.
Dress up in your favourite batty costume, see native animals up close, go on a guided roost tours, try out the kid’s art activities and aerial workshop, settle down for the free outdoor movie and much more!
BOOK NOW: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/7th-annual-australasian-bat-night-maleny-tickets-142187774461

Try the great botanic race
If you’ve got older kids, head to the Maroochy Bushland Botanic Garden to try the great botanic race. Grab a map from the front entry and explore the gardens on this self-guided orienteering challenge. Kids will need to find the mapped points to solve the puzzle along the way. Great for ages 10 years and older.
DETAILS: https://fb.me/e/cUIXqH0qt

Head outdoors and take your dog for a walk
Did you know we’ve got around 13 kilometres of dog-friendly beach along our coastline, as well as more than 25 fenced and unfenced dog parks across the region?
If you’re heading out with your dog these holidays, check out our handy mobile-friendly website dogs.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au where you’ll find an interactive map to help you locate dog off-leash and on-leash areas as well as places where your dog isn’t allowed to go. The website also includes the locations for dog water bowls so you can keep your pet hydrated. If you are heading out with your dog, please be a responsible pet owner and remember to have doggie bags with you at all times and place them in the bin.
DETAILS: dogs.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au

Get arty at home with free art packs thanks to the Caloundra Regional Gallery
Grab an art-in-a-bag give-away, containing a t-shirt and placard activity from Caloundra Regional Gallery. This includes instructions, materials as well as a set of felt tip pens for creating the works.
There’s also a self-guided activity – a QAGOMA designed “collaborative protest wall” activity in the Caloundra Regional Gallery Artroom.
DETAILS: https://gallery.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/Kids-Programs/Art-in-a-Bag

Step back in time at Bankfoot House
These school holidays, experience the wonder of Bankfoot House and what life was like back then. Check out the latest virtual reality experience, play old fashioned wooden games and explore the old house. Pack a picnic for the best views in the Glass House Mountains.
DETAILS: heritage.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au

Book now for The Owl and the Pussycat at Venue 114
The Owl and the Pussycat is an intimate and charming opera for families. Book now for a magical journey at Venue 114, Bokarina on Tuesday 13 April at either 10am or 1pm.
The show is suitable for children aged four to 10 years old and tickets are $25 each, family of four $90, under two free on knee.
BOOK NOW: venue114.com.au or call 5413 1400.

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.
DETAILS: adventure.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au

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 notes seasonal behaviours
• Return your field guide for reuse.
Visit the ClimateWatch website for details. Don’t forget the mosquito repellent!
DETAILS: https://www.climatewatch.org.au/trails/sunshine-coast-council-maroochy-wetlands-sanctuary

Go undercover with Operation Botanica – LAST DAYS
Head to the Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve to become a Junior Ranger Detective for free these school holidays. Go undercover in the rainforest to solve the Operation Botanica mystery. Some of the plants in the rainforest are under threat and others are strangling each other! Use your observation skills to answer the questions, document your evidence and find the answers to complete the mission.
On now at the Rainforest Discovery Centre, open daily between 9.30am-3.30pm.
DETAILS: https://mary-cairncross.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/See-and-do/Whats-on

Grab a school holiday pack from Sunshine Coast Libraries
Register to secure an “At Home Holiday Camping Activity Pack” that includes cool resources like a paddle ball, miniature puzzle cube or slinky, activity book from Queensland Fire and Emergency Services, paper airplane and chatterbox templates.
Age limits apply for these packs as they’ve been designed to suit specific age groups and respond to children’s motor and literacy skills, as well as their developmental age.
To book your activity pack visit the Library website: library.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au – bookings will be taken from 5pm Monday 22 March. The packs will be available for collection from Saturday 27 March.