11 educational kids activities for your Sunshine Coast family holiday
When you go on a family holiday one of the biggest things to work out day-to-day is what ‘activity’ you’re going to do to keep everyone occupied.
You want your holidays to be fun for the little ones but you also want them to take a little bit away from their experience in a different place. After all what’s the point of traveling somewhere different if you’re not going to seek out different experiences? (You know, apart from the amazing weather)
We’ve put together a list of 11 educational activities on the Sunshine Coast that will entertain your kids and provide something new and interesting to their life-experience.
Lake Alford Recreational Park
Located near the southern entry to Gympie, the Lake Alford Recreational Park has a lot to offer families travelling the Sunshine Coast. The region’s history is celebrated with features like the Gympie Gold Mining Museum and the Goldminer’s Monument. The park also has playgrounds, a dog park, barbecue facilities and there is ample parking for caravans and RVs.
Arts Connect Inc
With Arts Connect Inc, families can experience local artwork and a range of arts-related events in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. The Studio Trail connects a range of studios associated with the program, and it takes drivers across the Blackall Range. You have the Hinterlands and the arts, and if you plan ahead, you could enjoy events like Open Studio or Sculpture on the Edge.
Sunshine Castle Bli Bli
Families can get a medieval times experience with a visit to Sunshine Castle Bli Bli. You can enjoy the castle at your own speed by taking the self tour, but the site is also home to different events and activities that can be educational and fun. With the history shields tour, visitors can learn about medieval history and the castle. The treasure hunt can also be a fun learning experience for kids of all ages.
Art on Cairncross
Located near Mary Cairncross Park, Art on Cairncross is an art gallery that features original art from Australian artists. The gallery is open Tuesday to Sunday, and it features a range of 2D and 3D art. Families can enjoy a range of different exhibitions when they visit Art on Cairncross, and the gallery offers a diverse selection of art in different styles.
Artisans Gallery Eumundi
At Artisans Gallery Eumundi, families can experience a unique arts experience in the Noosa Hinterland. The gallery is home to a range of modern and contemporary art exhibits, including David Suters Timbercraftsman. On visiting the Artisans Gallery Eumundi, visitors can also find one of the best collections of aboriginal fine art at the Red Desert Gallery.
The Opalcutter Opalschleiferei
The Opalcutter Opalschleiferei is for the appreciation of the opal. With gemstones sourced from fields all over Australia, Opalcutter features rough cut and polished stones that range from light to black. You can find a unique range of opal jewellery and opal artwork, with most pieces being individually handcrafted.
Located in Montville, QLD, Illume Creations is an art gallery that celebrates colour and light. The gallery is home to a range artistic glass, and it features a variety of different pieces from local artists. In addition to the colourful artwork, Illume Creations also offers fragrant oils and the Aura Light collection of colour essences.
Gympie Gold Mining and Historical Museum
The Gympie Gold Mining and Historical Museum is a great stop for families that want to take in some history on their trip through the Sunshine Coast. Beyond learning about the region’s historical connection to gold mining, it has exhibits that feature steam machinery, agriculture, and there is a collection of gemstones from the region. You can test your hand at gold mining while you are at the museum, and the site is also home to the historical Andrew Fisher House.
As an art gallery that is dedicated to raising human consciousness and uplifting the spirit through sound, light and art, Lift offers an experience that is unique to the region. The gallery is home to a wide range of fine art, and it also hosts a various workshops and live events. Along with the art, Lift also features services like light, colour and sound therapy.
Caloundra Regional Art Gallery
The Caloundra Regional Gallery offers a range of exhibitions and workshops that showcase art in a variety of styles. The gallery is home to a number of different events, and it is a great destination for people that want to experience and learn about art that is local to the Sunshine Coast. Visitors can also buy handcrafted artistic items, books and clothing at the gallery store.
Queensland Air Museum
For fans of aviation and history, there is no better place than the Queensland Air Museum. It is the largest historical air museum in Australia, and it is home to more than 65 restored aircraft. The museum features aircraft from every era of Australia’s aviation history, and families can come to experience special events like the Open Cockpit Weekend in July or the Engines Alive Days that are held in January, April and September.