Get outdoors like these climbers scaling the eastern side of Mount Tibrogargan, Glass House Mountains, 1935. Courtesy Picture Sunshine Coast. Colour treatment added. From the 2018 Heritage Calendar

Get outdoors like these climbers scaling the eastern side of Mount Tibrogargan, Glass House Mountains, 1935. Courtesy Picture Sunshine Coast. Colour treatment added. From the 2018 Heritage Calendar

Get Outdoors

Find a playground: Kenilworth Town Park, Montville’s Russell Family Park, Pioneer Park in Landsborough, Mapleton Lilyponds Park – they are everywhere to enjoy!

Glasshouse Mountains, Mary Cairncross Park, Charlie Moreland Day Use Area, Mapleton Falls, Kondalilla Falls, Gardner’s Falls! Then there are rail trails, dams and lakes, creeks and waterholes. until that school bell rings on January 22, make the most of our natural playground.

January 3-18 Wing It!

Little kids and big kids alike will have plenty of opportunities to explore our Sunshine Coast’s natural environment, get in touch with their creative side and learn from incredible artists this school holiday.

Children’s workshop series Wing It! will bring together local and visiting artists to set children’s imaginations soaring until January 18.

From weaving, carving, paint and print, to sound recording, sculpture and story, this holiday program has something to delight and inspire everyone.

The program will be hosted at the Sunshine Coast’s family-friendly conservation reserves, including the well-known Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve in Maleny, and the treasured, yet tucked away, Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens in Tanawha.

Native plants and birds will be the creative catalyst for this workshop with participants creating both mosaics and ceramic wall plaques, while Michele Knightley’s exhibition Banksias and Beyond (January 3-5 at the Maroochy Bushland Botanic Gardens) celebrates our wallum ecosystems, in particular the iconic Banksias.

For a truly unique experience, take part in our Sonic Explorers session on January 9 at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve and listen to the rainforest like you never have before.

This sonic tour takes children on a journey discovering the world of acoustic ecology: new technology plus science plus creativity.

Places are limited so visit Council’s ‘What’s On’ site and book your spot today.

January 3-31 Summer Reading Club

It is not too late to join the annual reading marathon.

In mid-december they had 743 kids registered for the Summer Reading Club, 273 logs submitted and 1365 books read….and that was only week two!! It’s going to be a big summer of reading.

It is really easy to be part of: Register online or at your local library branch; read five things (books, magazines, graphic novels) and record them in your reading log; submit your reading log online or take it back to the library for a chance to win great prize packs.

Once registered for the Summer Reading Club, you can hand in your reading logs to go in the draw to win one of four prize packs. With every reading log completed, you receive one entry into the prize pack of your choice. The more you read, the more entries you get!

Prizes include: Book prize pack – a voucher to your local bookstore and a bundle of awesome books; Game On prize pack – a toy store voucher to embrace your inner champion; LEGO® prize pack – a stack of bricks and things to help you become a Master Builder, and Superhero prize pack – Is it a bird? Is it a plane? This pack will unleash your inner superhero.

This year there are bonus prizes for the most books read throughout the Summer. Get reading, complete those logs and the bonus prize could be yours: Gold – $25 bookstore voucher; Silver – $15 bookstore voucher; Bronze – $10 bookstore voucher.

Happy reading!

January 4-18 Snakes, puppets and more at the library

Children can immerse themselves in the world of sport, games and fun over the summer break with a huge range of free activities at Sunshine Coast Council’s libraries.

Young tech geeks can become a robot master and learn how to battle EZ robots or outsmart and outplay their friends in a game of Pacman using Ozobots.

There will also be an opportunity to meet Kevin, Sunshine Coast Libraries humanoid NaoBot, and if you are old enough you can even learn how to code him. Younger children can learn to code with Robot Mice.

For those who enjoy games, there will be life-size board games to challenge your friends (and parents), word games, puzzle finds and colour-ins, or come in and take part in the Game On scavenger hunt.

Community Portfolio Councillor, Jenny McKay, said there was something for kids of all ages at Council’s libraries these summer holidays.

“Our libraries have created another exciting holiday program which will definitely interest kids across the Coast,” Cr McKay said.

“They will be entertained by Fuzzy Furry Friends puppet show or they can meet and learn all about snakes from Julia Baker from Animal Planet’s Snake Boss television series.

“We encourage families to take advantage of these free and fun-filled activities to entertain the children throughout the coming holidays.

“These programs are sure to be popular so book early to avoid disappointment.”

Bookings open for the January program at 9am on Tuesday, January 2, 2018. To view the full range of holiday activities, head to Council’s library website or call your local library on 5475 8989.

January 15-19  Dance Holiday Workshop

Heartspace Performing Arts Centre will be holding a generous Holiday Workshop special of a $20 unlimited class pass.

January 15– 19 will see a plethora of classes for students to sample the classes on offer, including boys-only classes taught with a male teacher; Dance Acro accredited syllabus ‘Acrobatique’; cheerleading, ballet, contemporary, jazz, tap, hip hop and more.

There is a range of classes to suit everyone from pre-schoolers, primary schoolers, high schoolers to adults. Call Kirsty on 0403 091 200 to book.

More dates for Wing It! and Library events in our What’s On page!