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Never fear… we hear and feel you, fellow parent! So, to help you on your way to your happy place, we’ve taken the guess work out of what to see and do with kids under five on the Sunny Coast.
Let’s find out some fun family activities!
1. Head to the Ginger Factory
The Ginger Factory, Yandina
Lush sub-tropical gardens, a historic ginger train trip, a thrilling boat ride featuring animated puppetry, an exciting Gruffalo Trail, a buzzing live bee show and an epic jumping castle – oh my! Your kids will want to stay here for a while (and you will too). Yandina’s iconic Ginger Factory is a must-do for young families, not only because of the vast array of fun things to do for little ones, but it’s also easy and enjoyable for parents too. A win-win!
See your kids’ eyes light up as they take a trip around the world on Overboard – a water adventure with the Gingerbread Man. Tour around the sub-tropical gardens on Moreton, a 116-year-old retired ginger train. Sit back and relax with a ginger-flavoured handmade gelato in hand as you watch the kids climb in dedicated play spaces. If you’re still hungry, pop into the Ginger Kitchen for a gourmet lunch starring everyone’s favourite root vegetable. Need an easy access change table? Tick. Highchair for your toddler? Tick again. The Ginger Factory is made for family fun.
2. Venture to Terella Brewing
Family at Terella Brewing
About six minutes up the road from The Ginger Factory, you’ll find one of the Sunshine Coast’s spectacular craft breweries, Terella Brewing. Nestled on rich farming land at the foot of the Blackall Range, Terella balances family needs like a pro. Your kids will delight in the abundance of farmyard animals available to pet every weekend, while you’ll find plenty to quench your thirst from the array of signature brews available. The spacious setting with a gorgeous rural outlook will set the tone for an afternoon of laughs, new memories and a relaxed atmosphere.
Even better, there’s plenty to feel good about at Terella – be it their emphasis on sustainability, or the fact that their rescued farmyard animals are now living their best life after a difficult start.
3. Maroochy River Mini Golf
Putt Putt at Maroochy Golf Club
Unlock your competitive side and compete against the kids at this 18-hole mini golf course with picture-perfect views towards Mount Coolum. Channel your inner Adam Scott or Minjee Lee as you putt through rocky obstacles and down tricky slopes. With bubbling streams running between the holes and plenty of bright flora framing the course, Maroochy River Mini Golf is an ideal place to spend an hour or two during the day. For young kids looking for something a little easier, there’s two challenges levels available on each hole to match everyone’s skills.
Plus, if hunger starts to bite at the end of an intense game, there’s always the Cane Cutters Bar and Bistro at the clubhouse, where the family can tuck into a parmigiana, pizza or some hot chips.
4. Amaze World
Brace yourself for a full day of wonderous distractions at Amaze World, where hide-and-seek takes on a whole new meaning. Put your puzzling cap on and try to unlock the correct pathway through the Bellingham Hedge Maze, without being distracted by the additional riddles and clues scattered within. You’ll know you’ve made it when you reach the timber viewing deck at the centre of the Maze, the perfect platform for you to triumphantly declare victory!
Hold up… did we mention Amaze World has two mazes?
For those in need of another challenge, try navigating your way through the timber maze, where every turn looks the same.
But the fun doesn’t end there.
Amaze World has another challenge up its sleeve for you and the kids… an 18-hole mini golf course designed to put your sporting strategy to the test. If your kids are tech-minded, they’ll also love jumping into the one-of-a-kind augmented reality world of Mazey, one of Amaze World’s cheeky characters, via iPads.
Situated in close vicinity to Mooloolaba and Caloundra, Amaze World is the perfect central hub of fun on the Sunshine Coast.
5. Maleny Botanic Gardens and Bird World
Maleny Botanic Gardens and Bird World
Be immersed in idyllic wonder at the Maleny Botanic Gardens and Bird World. The Sunshine Coast truly comes out to play here, with breathtaking views down to the Glass House Mountains and the presence of encompassing lush flora that creates a vibrant haven of natural life. Feel free to stroll along the walking tracks, or even hire a golf buggy if your kids start getting sore legs! There’s plenty of stunning locations around the grounds to set up a picnic blanket and enjoy lunch overlooking the rainforest.
But your kids will find the real wow factor in exploring the five walk-through aviaries onsite. Home to more than 700 native and exotic birds (that are not at all shy about landing on your head!) both you and the kids will learn new facts as you meet some feathered friends.
Best of all, with the sweeping views and colourful backdrop, the gardens are the perfect opportunity to capture that all-important family holiday photo.