FAMILY FAVOURITE: A scene from the animated movie Zootopia, which will screen as part of Movie Night Under The Stars.
FAMILY FAVOURITE: A scene from the animated movie Zootopia, which will screen as part of Movie Night Under The Stars. Disney

10 unexpected school holiday events to get in to

1. Bellingham Maze

Where: 247 Tanawha Tourist Drive #25, Tanawha

When: Open 7 days, 9.30am-4.30pm (last admission 3.15pm)

Cost: Family of 2 adults and 2 children: Mazes Only: $59 Mazes and Mini Golf Combo: $79

Info: 5445 2979

It's aMAZEing fun for all the family at Bellingham Maze with the 80m x 80m hedge maze, a timber maze, rope maze, tyre maze and brain-teasing ground mazes; 18-hole mini golf course; magic waterfall entrance; and a relaxing garden cafe. All set in a lush tropical rainforest environment. The place to enjoy some outdoor brain teasing fun these holidays.

2. Maleny Botanic Gardens and Bird World

THE gardens are set against the backdrop of the spectacular Glasshouse Mountains on a 44ha former beef cattle farm. Explore more than 6ha of floral displays. The bird aviary features birds of the world. Guided walks are conducted daily.

WHERE: 233 Maleny-Stanley River Rd (corner Mountain View Rd), Maleny

WHEN: 9am - 4.30pm, 7 days a week

COST: $16 adult and $13 for concession card holders. Children under 16 years are free. Entry including the aviary is $26 adult, $21 concession, children's entry (3 years plus) is $7 to visit the gardens, aviary and miniature animal enclosure. A family pass (two adults, up to three children) is $59.

3. Craft Village

Where: Noosa Civic, opposite Ella Bache

When: Monday 26th to Friday 30th September, 10am until 2pm

Kids can get creative in the free craft village with workshops held daily.

4. Green Screen Photography

Where: Noosa Civic

When: Monday 26th to Friday 30th September, 11am-2pm


Your chance to be transported to the Ice Age with Green Screen photography. Customers will be requested to donate a gold coin which will go to Sunshine Butterflies.

5. ArtsCool Workshop: Contemporary Sculpture Tile

When: Today 10.30am-noon or 1-2.30pm

Where: Caloundra Regional Gallery

Age: 9-12 year olds

Cost: $12

In this workshop participants will capture impressions of contemporary objects in a clay mould, then from this they will create a low relief sculptural tile using plaster.

6. Kids DIY Workshop

Where: Bunnings Warehouse Caloundra, 54 Caloundra Road, Tel: 5490 5000

When: Today, 10am-1pm

Holidays Fun Workshops 10.00-11.00am, Ocean Life 10.00am-11.00am, Face Painting/Glitter Tattoos 11.00am-1.00pm.

7. All Ages Open Mic with Circle of Sound

Where: The Yacht Club, Mooloolaba

When: Thursday 29th September, 7pm 'til late

Circle of Sound Entertainment's Debbie Parsons holds an All Ages Open Mic Night from 7pm on the last Thursday of every month at The Yachtie. Each month will have a local feature artist. Go on down and show what you can do.

8. Movie Night Under the Stars

Where: Palmwoods Cricket fields, 76 Jubilee Drive Palmwoods

Movie: Zootopia (PG)

When: Friday 30 September, 5.30pm for 6.30pm start

Entry: $21 per family or $5.50 pp


A fundraiser to help allow Chaplains to continue to do their great work in schools. Take a rug or chair for a great movie night under the stars. Food available and pre-movie family entertainment.

9. Ocean Ranger Program

Where: SEA LIFE Mooloolaba

When: September 28 & 30

Cost: Full-day ($75) or half-day ($50) per child

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

10. Sleep Under the Sea

Where: SEA LIFE Mooloolaba

When: September 30th and October 1st.

Cost: $90pp

Stay even longer at SEA LIFE with the ultimate sleepover these school holidays - where families can explore the depths of SEA LIFE Mooloolaba with a night in the aquarium. The overnight experience includes a night tour of SEA LIFE, your very own seal presentation, a behind-the- scenes tour as well as dinner, supper and breakfast.