Out enjoying nature for the school holidays - Image by Laine Photos and Film

Out enjoying nature for the school holidays – Image by Laine Photos and Film

Let’s celebrate nature over the school holidays. Here are a few ideas of places to go and things to learn in our wonderful Hinterland.

Listening to Children in Nature (Sept 26 – Oct 8) 10am-2pm daily

This interactive and engaging exhibition reflects on the outcomes of a research project conducted in collaboration with University of the Sunshine Coast where we listened to young children as they engaged with and explored the rainforest at Mary Cairncross. The exhibit provides ideas for parents and carers as to how they might foster an engagement with nature with their young children through the use of scientific and creative tools of discovery.Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, upstairs in the Theatrette, 148 Mountain View Road, Maleny.

Children’s Holiday Program

Spring 2018 Reptile Scales and Tadpole Tales

These Spring holidays explore the fascinating world of frogs and reptiles with the Sunshine Coast Council. The Arts and Ecology Centre at the Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Garden will come alive between September 25 and October 4 with workshops focussed on local amphibian and reptilian characters. Come along and write your own reptile story, paint a frog, learn to etch your favourite local species or make a goanna screen-printed bag. All workshops will be held in the Arts and Ecology Centre at Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Garden, 51 Palm Creek Road, Tanawha.

Go to Sunshine Coast Council’s events page to find workshops and events. Register at  https://events.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/ A $7.50 fee per participant is required at time of registration.

Library happenings

‘Storytime’ features stories, rhymes and songs to enhance language development for children ages 2 – 5 years. The first half of all sessions comprise of stories and songs with the second half an interactive activity. This is a regular occurrence in Sunshine Coast libraries and registration not required. Call (07) 5475 8989 for details of this and other library holiday events.

Outdoors ideas

Why not grab some seedlings and get planting in the garden? Mitre 10 and Town and Country in Maleny have plenty to choose from along with gardening tools and gloves for little hands.

Or take a dip in one of nature’s cool spots: Kondalilla Falls, Gardeners Falls and Baroon Pocket Dam, to name a few.

Bushwalks and trails are also a great way to spend time together and make the most of the fresh air: Mapleton Falls, the Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk, Narrows Nature Trail, the Obi Boardwalk (Coral Street, Maleny) and many more are on our doorstep.

After all that, take the kids to Rosetta Books where they can plonk on colourful stools and browse the latest stories while you grab a coffee! Happy holidays everyone.