10 Best Things to do with Kids on the Sunshine Coast
June 20th, 2013
We’re blessed to live in one of the most beautiful parts of Queensland where there are so many fabulous ways to entertain kids of all ages. We’re spoilt for choice but here are our top ten best things to do with the kids on the Sunshine Coast:
1. Beach Time
Of course the beach is at the top of the list of best things to do on the Sunshine Coast. It’s why we live here, and it’s why people visit. The Sunshine Coast beaches are fantastic in summer, but don’t let the cooler weather keep you away; the kids will still find plenty of things to do and have a great time building sandcastles, looking for shells, or just running around in the fresh air.
2. Australia Zoo
Everyone loves the zoo, and we’re lucky to have one of the best on our doorstep. Little ones especially love the petting zoo where they can feed and pat the animals, and the Croc Show is a must for kids of all sizes.
3. Bellingham Maze
Great fun for adults and kids, what’s not to love about a maze? Have a race to see who can make it out first.
4. Noosa National Park
The National Park is stunning and definitely one of the best things to do on the Sunshine Coast with or without kids. Take the kids for a walk and see what creatures you can find lurking in the bush or in the ocean. Make it an educational adventure without the kids realising it.
5. Sunshine Coast Attractions
If you’re stuck for things to do we recommend Underwater World and Aussie World which are great for the whole family. Learn all about the undersea creatures, watch the seal show, or check out the otters at Underwater World. For more adventures head to Aussie World for all the thrills of the big rides right here on the Sunshine Coast. The park is much smaller than its Gold Coast cousins but parents love it because the kids can run free and do their own thing without getting lost.
6. Movie Time
Kids love going to the movies, and during school holidays there’s usually a good selection of age appropriate movies to choose from. Look out for the $6 family movie sessions at Noosa Five Cinemas which often show at the weekends at 10am.
7. Pack a Picnic
Picnics and BBQs are always fun and there are so many fabulous spots to enjoy them around the coast. Choose a park by the beach, or something in the hinterland with a gorgeous view. Take a football and a frisbee and you’re set for a fun afternoon.
8. Water play
There is more to the Sunshine Coast than just the beach for fun in and around the water. There are many public pools and a lot of them have blow up inflatable fun on the weekends or over the school holidays. Or maybe you’d like to try wake boarding at the Sunshine Coast water ski park? You can even hire a boat and head out on the water for a fun day of fishing.
9. Indoor Activities
On rainy days or hot summer days when you just need to take shelter and enjoy a bit of aircon check out the roller skating or ice skating at the Rollerdome in Caloundra which is a fun way to burn off some energy and it even becomes an ice rink during summer for cool indoor fun.
Of course Tenpin Bowling is always popular with the kids no matter their age because we can supply you with a ramp for the wee ones and Laser Tag is a great way for them to burn off some energy. If you need a break just bring them along to Noosa Tenpin and Laser and let them do their thing while you chill out on the comfy sofas and read our magazines or let your inner kid come out to play and join in the fun.
10. Simply Explore
There are so many beautiful places around the Sunshine Coast with plenty of great things to do so take time to explore it. Simply park the car and go for a walk to enjoy the Sunshine Coast at a more leisurely pace and find hidden cafes or great picnic spots. Or go for a drive to the hinterland to take in the magnificent views or browse the quirky stores in Maleny or Montville. The Sunshine Coast art trail is a great place to start with that and as the kids love checking out the different styles of art.
What are your favourite things to do with kids on the Sunshine Coast?