AQUATIC PLAYGROUND: Swan Boat Hire helps residents and visitors get out on to the Maroochy River in all manner of water craft.
AQUATIC PLAYGROUND: Swan Boat Hire helps residents and visitors get out on to the Maroochy River in all manner of water craft. Darryn Smith

10 off-beat things to do before school holidays end

1. Children's cycling course

WHERE: Coolum State School, Schools Rd, Coolum Beach

WHEN: Thursday, January 19, 10-11.30am

THIS course is designed for children aged six and over. It will teach bike-handling skills and road awareness to help them to ride safely in low-traffic environments and on pathways. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

2. The Listies 6D

WHERE: Lake Kawana Community Centre, Sportsmans Pde, Bokarina

WHEN: Thursday, January 19, 10am

COST: $20 per person; groups of four (including two children) are $68

INFO: For bookings, call

5413 1400 or visit

AUSTRALIA'S most sought-after kids' comedians are on the road with their award-winning show 6D. The Listies 6D is a sketch comedy show all about the movies. Expect haunted backpacks, ninja nans, toilet paper guns and an actual movie made at every performance on a helmet- mounted GoPro.

3. Kids' Night In

WHERE: Nambour Library

WHEN: January 18, 5.30-7pm

COST: Free. No bookings required

TAKE your family along for another fun-filled Kids' Night In at Nambour library. Enjoy loads of awesome activities and craft. This activity is suitable for ages five and over.

4. Hire a boat

WHERE: Swan Boat Hire, 59 Bradman Ave, Maroochydore

WHEN: Open seven days, 7.30am-5.30pm


FOR a fun and memorable experience on the river (hopefully catching a few fish, too), try the fleet of boats at Swan Boat Hire. There are more than 20 boats - tinnies, runabouts, half cabins, cruisers for seven to 10 people and luxury barbecue boats. Also available are canoes, kayaks, paddleskis and stand-up paddleboards.

5. Kids Dig It! archaeology

WHERE: The Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology, 1-63 The Abbey Place, Caboolture

WHEN: Until Friday, January 20 (excluding weekends), 10am-3pm

INFO: Book online at

COST: Adult $12, concessions $8.50, children (aged five to 15) $7 and children (under five) $3

THERE'S something for everyone with activities including making a Chinese mask, lantern or dragon, Chinese ribbon dancing, clay modelling, Chinese design colouring, archery, and even a workshop that lets kids become an archaeologist for the day and dig up ancient treasures in the Mini and Toddler Digs. Participate in the chopstick challenge and be the fastest person to eat a teaspoon of rice using chopsticks.

6. Ocean Ranger program

WHERE: SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast

WHEN: Today and Friday, January 20

COST: $75 full day or $50 half-day per child

THE kids can join the Ocean Ranger Program where they can feed, touch and meet some of SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast's amazing marine creatures with behind-the-scenes tours, animal encounters, animal feeding and lunch included in full or half-day programs.

7. Make It, Take It

WHERE: Noosaville Library

WHEN: Thursday, January 19, 10-11.30am

COST: Free. No bookings required

LET your imagination run wild in the library's create-your-own craft workshops.

8. Frankenteddies

WHERE: Cooroy Library

WHEN: Friday, January 20, 10-11.30am

COST: Free. Bookings required

TEAR teddies apart and re-sew them into monstrous (or cute) creations. This activity is suitable for ages nine to 12.

9. Winnie the Pooh Kids and Singin' in the Rain Jr

WHERE: The J Theatre, 60 Noosa Dr, Noosa Heads

WHEN: Saturday, January 21, 2-4pm and 7-9pm

COST: $25 adult, $20 senior or student up to Year 12


JOIN Sunshine Coast Youth Theatre's talented youngsters as they bring two favourites. Join Winnie the Pooh and friends in Act I for the classic children's adventure, and then get your umbrellas ready in Act II for Singin' in the Rain Jr.

10. The Reluctant Dragon

WHERE: Yandina School of Arts Hall, cnr Steven and Farrell Sts, Palmwoods

COST: $15 a ticket all ages; free popcorn for all children.

WHEN: This Saturday and Sunday at 3pm

INFO: Bookings on 5472 8200 or at

ALBERT, the little pink dragon, will fight St George the Dragon Slayer for the last time this weekend. The little snow-clad village of Deepdene will once again play host to a wondrous collection of characters.