Entertaining the kids on a budget is a lot easier if you know where to go. There are a number of children's activities throughout the Sunshine Coast that are both affordable and enjoyable for the whole family. After all, why should kids have all the fun?
Parents can chill and chat at the café whilst your kids play on the giant slide, ball pit, ride on toys or one of the other many interactive games available. Entry prices are only $8.80 for children one to four and $11 for children aged five to twelve (babies under one year old are free). Parents are free when they accompany a child. Further discounts apply if you buy a prepaid visit card. Open seven days per week and located at Unit 6-7, 10 Capital Place, Lake Kawana. Visit the website or telephone (07) 5493 4690 for more information.
For only $3 a ticket or four for $10 the whole family can ride the Mini Steam Train at the Model Railway Park, 1 Florence Street,
Nambour. Train rides are held on the fourth Sunday of every month from 10am to 3pm and it's open to all ages, not just children.
The best part about this activity is the location. Set on parklands with sheltered areas and plenty of room you can pack a family picnic and make a day of it. Additionally, it's a great location for a kid's birthday party. It won't cost you a fortune and you can hold it on the same day as the train ride operates which will definitely prove to be a hit with the kids. For more information visit the website or telephone (07) 5450 8340.
There are three Swim Fit Aquatic Centres in the Sunshine Coast area and they are nothing like the boring local swimming pools I knew as a kid.
Located at Buderim, Cotton Tree and Nambour, all centres have heated pools and a great range of facilities and fun activities including:
• Toddler pools and fountains/play area Learn to Swim program (all ages and special needs) Aqua Aerobics Parent and Baby Program Poolside Cafe
• Child Minding Service
• Pool Party Packages
• BBQ Facility (on request)
• Disabled facilities
(Each centre has different facilities so make sure you check the website for individual centre facilities before you go.)
Entry prices are so cheap kids can use their pocket money. Special discounts apply when you purchase a 10 visit, monthly, 3 monthly and 6 monthly pass and if you're a swim fanatic, a yearly membership pass.
You'll save dollars by visiting The Ginger Factory which offers free admission 7 days a week from 9am to 5pm. There are plenty of fun activities for the whole family, including train and boat rides, chocolate factory, Superbee Honey Shop, Ginger Cafe, tours and more. They also have special activities for kids during the school holidays.
Located at 50 Pioneer Road, Yandina, there's plenty of parking and a bus stop close by if you're catching public transport. For more information telephone 07 5447 8431 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.