Get back to nature, books or the kitchen…

Gorgeous Zoe Shaw prepares for a Bat Night at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve Image Kate Hoffmeister

Gorgeous Zoe Shaw prepares for a Bat Night at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve Image Kate Hoffmeister

Holidays are here and it is a perfect time to grow and make for the Maleny Show. Try cheese making, hard and soft or even from a cheese kit. Enter about 100g of cheese,  or whip up some sweets and preserves. You can still plant quick-growing herbs or chillies, or keep the feed up to the chooks so your eggs are plentiful for show time!

Our libraries also host Ozobots, Create stations for 5+, Little people, Big ideas  0-5 and there’s interactive Storytime for the whole family, and here’s more across the Hinterland that council has organised for the Easter holidays….

Wednesday April 5 Fun In The Park

Join in at the park for free kitemaking, scavenger hunts and loads of craft materials to create what you want, 10am-11.30am, Kenilworth Town Park. Activity suitable for ages 5+. No bookings required.

Wednesday 5 April  Fabulous Flora: forest printmaking

Held at 10 – 11.30am, and 12.30 – 2pm at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve. Come and experiment with printmaking techniques with local artist Dorothy Haig.

Inspired by and using treasures from the rainforest, you will make three art-cards using collograph, frottage and monoprint to take home or leave on display. These methods are simple, inexpensive and will have you looking more closely at the patterns and beauty in our native flora. The earlier workshop is for ages 5-9yrs, the later workshop for 10-15-year-olds.

Thursday April 6  Plant, pulp and wildflower seed paper

Held at 10am-12noon at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve. Turn plants into paper to paint! Learn how to make beautiful homemade seed paper from recycled paper pulp and wildflower seeds. For ages 4-7 years.

Thursday April 6  Sploder Game Creation

Learn to program your very own animated retro game using Sploder. Activity suitable for ages 10+, 2pm-3.30pm. Free. Bookings essential: Nambour Library.

Friday April 7 The wild taste of the rainforest

Held at 10 – 11.30am at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve. Come and discover some of the unique fruits of Australia’s native plants with Veronica Cougan from Witjuti Grub Bushfood Nursery.

For ages 7-12 years.

Monday 10 April Fungi Eco-detectives

Held at 9.30am – 12noon at the Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens, Palm Creek Road, Tanawha. How do mushrooms grow and where to they hide? Come along to this hands-on workshop where children explore fairy rings and fungal growth, make spore prints and do a mushroom murder mystery walk and more! For ages 4-8 years.

Tuesday April 11 It’s a circus

Join Sylph Circus at Maleny High School Hall for holiday workshops 4 to 7 years (9am-10am), 8 years to Adult (10am to 12pm).  Try or extend your skills on trapeze, silks and other aerial apparatus, basic tumbling and acro balance. See  sylphcircus.com/program, for bookings contact Cindy sylphcircus@gmail.com, 0412 262 253.

Tuesday 11 April Nature prints

From 10 – 11.30am at Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens. Hammer, stamp, scratch and roll! Explore fun and simple printmaking techniques to make your own Nature Prints. For ages 5-12 years

Wednesday 12 April Painting our local orchids

From 10 – 11.30am at Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens. Discover how easy it is to draw and paint the beautiful and endangered Swamp Orchid which grows in rainforest right here on the Sunshine Coast. For ages 5-9 years.

Wednesday 12 April Stop-Go Animation

Create your own stop-go movie using Lego bricks. Activity suitable for ages 7+, 9:30am-11am at Beerwah Library. Free. Bookings essential: 5475 8989

Thursday April 13 Easter Eggs: Decorating with plants

From 10 – 11.30am at Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens. Learn how to make beautiful, real Easter eggs with natural dyes. Janine Bedros from Ecollaboration will teach you how to use plants, foods and spices to create colourful, patterned works of edible art.  For ages 7-12 years.

Monday April 22 Australasian Bat Night

School is back but there is still more fun to be had with a free afternoon at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve to learn more about bats and the important role they play in our environment.

Check out information stalls, storytelling, BBQ dinner and an outdoor cinema. Bring a picnic and sit amongst the stars to watch the flying fox fly out at dusk.

** Children must be accompanied by an adult caregiver. Registrations essential via Council’s website.