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Easter School Holiday Activities for the Kids

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by Elaine (subscribe)
Impromptu adventuring, exploring our backyard and then putting pen to paper, hoping to entice you to try one, if not all, of our escapades, is my true reward!
Published March 31st 2021
Discover hidden worlds, the Gruffalo and chocolate making
Easter School Holiday Activities for the Kids, free to low-cost, Easter Bunny, Great Botanic Race, self-guided orienteering challenge, Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Garden, Tanawha, aged 10 and older, Operation Botanica at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, Maleny, Junior Ranger Detective, go undercover, observation skills, document their evidence, complete the mission, Easter at The Ginger Factory, Ginger Factory Explorers, budding explorers, Ice Creamery, FREE compass and map, adventure of discovery, The Farm House, colouring-in station, kids table tennis, story book corner, giant Jenga, twister, jig saw puzzles, hopscotch, The Carrot Patch, The Gruffalo's Child movie, Gruffalo Spotters Club, collect and win, DIY Gingerbread Man, decorate, creative, KOKOPOD Mini Chocolatier Workshops, gluten free, The Chocolate Lab, class sizes limited, Happy Easter, every-bunny
The Easter Bunny has your holidays sorted! Image: Alexas_Fotos to Pixabay License


The Easter school holidays commence on Friday 2 April and what better way to kickstart the holidays than with an abundance of Easter school holiday activities for the kids. Ranging from FREE to low-cost to something a bit more up there, this Easter Bunny has your holidays sorted.

🐰 Friday 2 April to Friday 16 April | 7.00am to 5.00pm
Great Botanic Race - FREE school holiday activity - self-guided orienteering challenge
Great for ages 10 years and older
Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens
51 Palm Creek Road, Tanawha
Registration and ticketing is not necessary for this activity


Easter School Holiday Activities for the Kids, free to low-cost, Easter Bunny, Great Botanic Race, self-guided orienteering challenge, Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Garden, Tanawha, aged 10 and older, Operation Botanica at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, Maleny, Junior Ranger Detective, go undercover, observation skills, document their evidence, complete the mission, Easter at The Ginger Factory, Ginger Factory Explorers, budding explorers, Ice Creamery, FREE compass and map, adventure of discovery, The Farm House, colouring-in station, kids table tennis, story book corner, giant Jenga, twister, jig saw puzzles, hopscotch, The Carrot Patch, The Gruffalo's Child movie, Gruffalo Spotters Club, collect and win, DIY Gingerbread Man, decorate, creative, KOKOPOD Mini Chocolatier Workshops, gluten free, The Chocolate Lab, class sizes limited, Happy Easter, every-bunny
A FREE self-guided orienteering challenge for aged 10 and older - Image: Sunshine Coast Council FB


Looking for an unusual fun activity for your children, that are aged ten and older? The self-guided orienteering Great Botanic Race challenge is perfect for older kids, giving them mapped points in and around the Botanic Gardens, all aimed at solving the Great Botanic Race puzzle along the way.

Grab a map from the front entry to the Maroochy Bushland Botanic Gardens and set off on your own trip of discovery!

🐰 Friday 2 April to Friday 16 April | 9.30am to 6.00pm
Operation Botanica at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve - FREE activity
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, Maleny
Registration and ticketing is not necessary for this activity


Easter School Holiday Activities for the Kids, free to low-cost, Easter Bunny, Great Botanic Race, self-guided orienteering challenge, Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Garden, Tanawha, aged 10 and older, Operation Botanica at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, Maleny, Junior Ranger Detective, go undercover, observation skills, document their evidence, complete the mission, Easter at The Ginger Factory, Ginger Factory Explorers, budding explorers, Ice Creamery, FREE compass and map, adventure of discovery, The Farm House, colouring-in station, kids table tennis, story book corner, giant Jenga, twister, jig saw puzzles, hopscotch, The Carrot Patch, The Gruffalo's Child movie, Gruffalo Spotters Club, collect and win, DIY Gingerbread Man, decorate, creative, KOKOPOD Mini Chocolatier Workshops, gluten free, The Chocolate Lab, class sizes limited, Happy Easter, every-bunny
Become a Junior Ranger Detective at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve in Maleny - Image: Sunshine Coast Council FB


Keen on becoming a Junior Ranger Detective for FREE these Easter school holidays? Go undercover in the Mary Cairncross rainforest to solve the Operation Botanica mysteries, where you will find some of the plants in the rainforest are under threat or are slowly but surely, strangling each other!

Children will get to use their observation skills to answer questions and document their evidence, to prove that they have completed the mission.

The Rainforest Discovery Centre will be closed until 5.00pm on Thursday 1 April
Rainforest Walk is OPEN, 7 days 7.00 am to 6.00pm
Mountain View Cafe is open 7 days a week, offering breakfast and lunch

Easter School Holiday Activities for the Kids, free to low-cost, Easter Bunny, Great Botanic Race, self-guided orienteering challenge, Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Garden, Tanawha, aged 10 and older, Operation Botanica at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, Maleny, Junior Ranger Detective, go undercover, observation skills, document their evidence, complete the mission, Easter at The Ginger Factory, Ginger Factory Explorers, budding explorers, Ice Creamery, FREE compass and map, adventure of discovery, The Farm House, colouring-in station, kids table tennis, story book corner, giant Jenga, twister, jig saw puzzles, hopscotch, The Carrot Patch, The Gruffalo's Child movie, Gruffalo Spotters Club, collect and win, DIY Gingerbread Man, decorate, creative, KOKOPOD Mini Chocolatier Workshops, gluten free, The Chocolate Lab, class sizes limited, Happy Easter, every-bunny
Easter entertainment at The Ginger Factory starts on Friday 2 April - Image: The Ginger Factory FB


🐰 Friday 2 April to Sunday 18 April | 9.00am to 4.30pm
Easter at The Ginger Factory - FREE Entry
The Ginger Factory, 50 Pioneer Road, Yandina


Starting on Good Friday - for every day over the Easter long weekend - and then continuing throughout the Easter school holidays, The Ginger Factory are inviting families to visit, to enjoy tempting fun-filled fabulous Easter entertainment.

*Ginger Factory Explorers
- calling all budding explorers, who love to hunt for hidden treasure. Start at the Ice Creamery, where you will receive your FREE compass and map to get you on the road of adventure and discovery.

Easter School Holiday Activities for the Kids, free to low-cost, Easter Bunny, Great Botanic Race, self-guided orienteering challenge, Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Garden, Tanawha, aged 10 and older, Operation Botanica at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, Maleny, Junior Ranger Detective, go undercover, observation skills, document their evidence, complete the mission, Easter at The Ginger Factory, Ginger Factory Explorers, budding explorers, Ice Creamery, FREE compass and map, adventure of discovery, The Farm House, colouring-in station, kids table tennis, story book corner, giant Jenga, twister, jig saw puzzles, hopscotch, The Carrot Patch, The Gruffalo's Child movie, Gruffalo Spotters Club, collect and win, DIY Gingerbread Man, decorate, creative, KOKOPOD Mini Chocolatier Workshops, gluten free, The Chocolate Lab, class sizes limited, Happy Easter, every-bunny
Pick up your FREE compass and map at the Ice Creamery! Image: The Ginger Factory FB


*The Farm House
- this is the perfect hang-out for kids, with a range of fun activities, including Easter colouring-in station, kids table tennis, the storybook corner, giant Jenga, Twister, jigsaw puzzles and even hopscotch!

*The Carrot Patch
- the Carrot Patch is the ideal corner for kids and their parents to relax and take-a-break, whilst watching The Gruffalo's Child movie, that will be playing all day in The Carrot Patch.

Easter School Holiday Activities for the Kids, free to low-cost, Easter Bunny, Great Botanic Race, self-guided orienteering challenge, Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Garden, Tanawha, aged 10 and older, Operation Botanica at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, Maleny, Junior Ranger Detective, go undercover, observation skills, document their evidence, complete the mission, Easter at The Ginger Factory, Ginger Factory Explorers, budding explorers, Ice Creamery, FREE compass and map, adventure of discovery, The Farm House, colouring-in station, kids table tennis, story book corner, giant Jenga, twister, jig saw puzzles, hopscotch, The Carrot Patch, The Gruffalo's Child movie, Gruffalo Spotters Club, collect and win, DIY Gingerbread Man, decorate, creative, KOKOPOD Mini Chocolatier Workshops, gluten free, The Chocolate Lab, class sizes limited, Happy Easter, every-bunny
Join the Gruffalo Spotters Club - Image: The Ginger Factory FB


*The Gruffalo Spotters Club
- did you know that the Gruffalo is still visiting The Ginger Factory? If you're a frequent visitor to The Ginger Factory and absolutely love all things 'Gruffalo', now may be the perfect time to join the Gruffalo Spotters Club to start collecting animals every time you visit! Collect all five and WIN a Gruffalo Activity Booklet!

*DIY Gingerbread Man | Only $6.50 each
- Check in at the Ice Creamery for your Gingerbread Man kit that will include the gingerbread man, all ready for decorating, icing and lollies. An awesome activity for children to experiment and showcase their imaginations and creativity.

Easter School Holiday Activities for the Kids, free to low-cost, Easter Bunny, Great Botanic Race, self-guided orienteering challenge, Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Garden, Tanawha, aged 10 and older, Operation Botanica at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, Maleny, Junior Ranger Detective, go undercover, observation skills, document their evidence, complete the mission, Easter at The Ginger Factory, Ginger Factory Explorers, budding explorers, Ice Creamery, FREE compass and map, adventure of discovery, The Farm House, colouring-in station, kids table tennis, story book corner, giant Jenga, twister, jig saw puzzles, hopscotch, The Carrot Patch, The Gruffalo's Child movie, Gruffalo Spotters Club, collect and win, DIY Gingerbread Man, decorate, creative, KOKOPOD Mini Chocolatier Workshops, gluten free, The Chocolate Lab, class sizes limited, Happy Easter, every-bunny
Kids love decorating their very own Gingerbread Man - Image: The Ginger Factory FB


*KOKOPOD Mini Chocolatier Workshops - Suitable for children aged five to twelve | $48.56
Chocolate workshop tickets can be purchased online here


With three different time slots on six different days (and workshops selling out pretty fast), children can hop into the world of chocolate this Easter to unleash their inner chocolatier, creating something truly spectacular. These KOKOPOD workshops cater for the young creative, who is eager and ready to learn the art of chocolate making.

Easter School Holiday Activities for the Kids, free to low-cost, Easter Bunny, Great Botanic Race, self-guided orienteering challenge, Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Garden, Tanawha, aged 10 and older, Operation Botanica at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, Maleny, Junior Ranger Detective, go undercover, observation skills, document their evidence, complete the mission, Easter at The Ginger Factory, Ginger Factory Explorers, budding explorers, Ice Creamery, FREE compass and map, adventure of discovery, The Farm House, colouring-in station, kids table tennis, story book corner, giant Jenga, twister, jig saw puzzles, hopscotch, The Carrot Patch, The Gruffalo's Child movie, Gruffalo Spotters Club, collect and win, DIY Gingerbread Man, decorate, creative, KOKOPOD Mini Chocolatier Workshops, gluten free, The Chocolate Lab, class sizes limited, Happy Easter, every-bunny
The Mini Chocolatier Workshops are suitable for ages 5 to 12 - Image: KOKOPOD FB


Students will meet in the KOKOPOD chocolate shop to collect their aprons and hats, before being ushered into the Chocolate Lab with a Single Origin Hot Chocolate.
The workshop will progress with a mini educational briefing followed by a totally delicious tasting of everyone's favourite chocolate varieties, including milk, dark, white and caramel.
Children will then enter the world of chocolate, which is sure to absolutely enthrall and set the junior chocolate makers on their very own chocolate-paved road to decadent chocolate making!
All products are gluten-free; the dark varieties are dairy-free.
Adult accompaniment is not required, parents are welcome to view through the windows of the Chocolate Lab.
Class sizes are limited to twelve students and require a minimum of eight for the session to proceed.

Easter School Holiday Activities for the Kids, free to low-cost, Easter Bunny, Great Botanic Race, self-guided orienteering challenge, Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Garden, Tanawha, aged 10 and older, Operation Botanica at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, Maleny, Junior Ranger Detective, go undercover, observation skills, document their evidence, complete the mission, Easter at The Ginger Factory, Ginger Factory Explorers, budding explorers, Ice Creamery, FREE compass and map, adventure of discovery, The Farm House, colouring-in station, kids table tennis, story book corner, giant Jenga, twister, jig saw puzzles, hopscotch, The Carrot Patch, The Gruffalo's Child movie, Gruffalo Spotters Club, collect and win, DIY Gingerbread Man, decorate, creative, KOKOPOD Mini Chocolatier Workshops, gluten free, The Chocolate Lab, class sizes limited, Happy Easter, every-bunny
KOKOPOD is award-winning handcrafted chocolate on the Sunshine Coast! Image: KOKOPOD FB


With heaps of FREE and low-cost adventures happening throughout the Easter school holidays, bookmark the venues, don your super-sleuthing or Easter Bunny gear and get ready to enjoy and discover the hidden worlds of the wonderful Sunshine Coast.
From my home to yours - HAPPY EASTER, EVERY-BUNNY!


Easter School Holiday Activities for the Kids, free to low-cost, Easter Bunny, Great Botanic Race, self-guided orienteering challenge, Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Garden, Tanawha, aged 10 and older, Operation Botanica at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, Maleny, Junior Ranger Detective, go undercover, observation skills, document their evidence, complete the mission, Easter at The Ginger Factory, Ginger Factory Explorers, budding explorers, Ice Creamery, FREE compass and map, adventure of discovery, The Farm House, colouring-in station, kids table tennis, story book corner, giant Jenga, twister, jig saw puzzles, hopscotch, The Carrot Patch, The Gruffalo's Child movie, Gruffalo Spotters Club, collect and win, DIY Gingerbread Man, decorate, creative, KOKOPOD Mini Chocolatier Workshops, gluten free, The Chocolate Lab, class sizes limited, Happy Easter, every-bunny
Image: AnnaliseArt to Pixabay License


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Why? To discover the hidden worlds of the Sunshine Coast
When: From Friday 2 April to Sunday 18 April | Easter school holidays
Where: Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens; Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve and The Ginger Factory
Cost: Ranging from FREE to low-cost to something a bit more up there
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