Below is our guide to activities and fun for the kids these October school holidays in Cairns. There are so many things to do and places to go, the kids will never get bored!
Edu-Kingdom specialise in tutoring services for students from Year 1 to 12 for any topic, from calculus to power writing. The professional tutors have years of experience as well as a range of teaching styles, ensuring your child will leave prepared for school and a life of learning. Visit the website for all of the information you need regarding courses, assessments and more.
A 343 Sheridan St, Cairns North
P 0439 897 776
Classes are available for ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, hip hop, acrobatics, and singing! Suitable from two years of age to adults. They have great classes for beginners, including Playdance for 2 – 3 year olds, Babies Ballet for 3 – 4 year olds, and a junior class for budding male dancers.
Cost: From $11.50 (30 min class). Family discounts are available: 50% off third child, 4th child free.
A 168 Draper St, Cairns City
P 4051 4888
Experience two and a half hours of action-packed fun on TEN massive jumping castles, inflatable obstacle courses, and games. Use the sports court and ball pit to get out all your child’s energy for the day – they’ll have the absolute best time!
Cost: $10.00 for children aged five and under and $17.00 for children six and over. Online bookings will save 10% OFF entry price. Don’t forget your socks!
A 164 Mayers St, Manunda
P 4032 2844 Inflatable Kingdom
Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures offers great family fun activities for everyone to enjoy. They are open from 8.30am to 5.00pm daily, with presentations starting from as early as 9.00am. The ‘Slither and Slides’ Adventure playground is now open.
Cost: $41.00 Adults, $20.50 Children, $102.50 Family (2A + 2C)
A Hartleys Crocodile Adventures – Captain Cook Hwy, Wangetti
P 4055 3576
Cazalys FREE Kids Club is Open! The room is unsupervised but a great escape to enjoy a coffee or a meal while watching the kids enjoy what’s on offer. The room is decked out with PlayStation and Nintendo stations for the older kids and with large tv screens and a playground which will keep the little ones busy for hours.
A 344 Mulgrave Rd, Westcourt Cairns
P 4054 1464
Monday 28 September – Friday 2 October, 4pm daily
*Bookings required, keep an eye on the DFO Facebook page for the link.
Frozen Wonderland Ice Skating
Open 7 days, 9:30am, 11:30am, 1:30pm & 3:30pm daily
*No bookings required. BYO long socks. Visit www.frozenwonderland.com.au for pricing & session times.
A 274 Mulgrave Rd, Westcourt
P 4051 7444
Your young performer will discover their electrifying creative abilities through the four-day, fun and explorative school holiday programs. They will leave with new confidence, problem solving skills, improved acting skills and knowledge on the essentials of stage performance. Teachers are enthusiastic and passionate.
You can view the timetable for 2020 online and email them for any questions.
A 169 Bunda St, Cairns City
P 4041 4066
Little Pearls Swim School has passionate and caring instructors ready to guide your baby and child through their swimming journey. Offering uniquely small class sizes, an award-winning program and a gentle filtration system perfect for sensitive skin. The swimming program is developed around child development principles and gentle techniques.
Contact the Little Pearls Swim School team for information on pricing.
A 1 Cumberland Ave, Smithfield
P 4038 1241
Your one-stop-shop for all things sweet. With delicious custom-made birthday cakes, cupcakes and more, what’s not to love?
Keep an eye on Jackley’s Bakehouse’s Facebook page and website to discover what they’ve got happening for kids these school holidays (but pop in whenever you want a sweet treat of course!).
A Shop 57, Mount Sheridan Plaza, 106 Barnard Dr
P 4036 0694
Head on down to Cairns Indoor Sports for a game of cricket, netball, soccer, beach volleyball or dodgeball. It’s the perfect way to revisit an old sport you loved or get into a new one, get exercise and have fun. Bring your friends along and form a team, or make new friends along the way. Game on!
A 164 Mayers St, Manunda
P 4032 2844
Check out Baby Rhyme Time, a recurring event, for song singing, action rhymes, the opportunity to explore books and nurture your baby’s language, literacy, social skills and more.
Storytime is another recurring event for pre-school aged children to encourage a love for books and help develop their early social and literacy skills. The sessions usually have themes and can involve movement and rhymes along with the stories.
Visit the website for times, locations and more.
Smithfield, City, Earlville, Stratford, Manunda,
These school holidays, Lake Tinaroo Holiday Park will be abuzz with all the excitement of Spring. We’ll have Crazy Bron return for Saturday morning face painting for guests, as well as live music by the camp fire on Saturday evenings. Come Stay & Play for some good old-fashioned holiday fun.
Cost: FREE (for guests) from $95.00 / night accommodation
A 4-28 Tinaroo Falls Dam Road, Tinaroo
P 4095 8232
Build a Bear Workshops, 29 September – 3 October – A FURbulous experience at Mt Sheridan Plaza where you can bring to life your very own Lil Cub by participating in a fun heart ceremony! Clothes and accessories will also be available and sold separately. Once you’ve customised the look of your new teddy bear, you can bring it to life with scents, make a wish and add a heart – a Build-A-Bear Workshop trademark.
Cost: $7.00 (clothing and accessories sold separately from $5.00 – $25.00). Sessions run for one hour, every 30 minutes from 9.00am – 3.00pm. Places are limited so book online now!
A 106 Barnard Dr, Mt Sheridan
P 4036 3150 Mt Sheridan Plaza
The Pamagirri Mini Mob
The Pamagirri Mini Mob is on at Rainforestation Nature Park at 10.30am and 12.30pm daily. Learn the secrets of didgeridoo playing with your guide, then paint your own PVC didgeridoo to take home. Experience a rainforest walkabout with your Pamagirri Guide learning about local food plants, tools and weapons. Learn how to throw a boomerang & enjoy the Pamagirri Dance Show.
Cost: $45.00 per child (must be accompanied by adults). Accompanying adults free. Please call to make a booking.
Parents and children can join a professional photographer to learn how to take better photos on their digital camera, then photograph animals in the Koala & Wildlife Park. Cameras are available for hire at $10.00 per camera. From 10:00 am to 1:00 pm on October 1, 6, 8.
This family event is a great opportunity to learn new skills, have fun, and is perfect for beginners and budding photographers alike!
Cost: $50.00 per adult/child. Minimum 8 years old.
A 1030 Kennedy Hwy, Kuranda
P 4085 5008
Be surrounded by 1500 colourful butterflies in the magical Australian Butterfly Sanctuary in Kuranda Village. Enjoy a guided tour, see butterflies in all life stages in the laboratory and explore the fairy garden! Open daily from 10.00am-3.00pm.
Cost: Adults $20.00, Children $10.00, Family $50.00. Suitable for all ages.
A 8 Rob Veivers Dr, Kuranda
P 4093 7575
This program allows children aged 3-13 to step into the shoes of a Wildlife Keeper. Takes place every Saturday and Sunday, 9.00am – 10.00 am for 3 -7 year olds (with 1 adult companion) and 11.00am – 1.00pm for 8-13 year olds.
Cost: ONLY $40.00! Includes photo with an animal. Call to book.
A The Reef Hotel Casino, 35-41 Wharf St, Cairns City
P 4031 7250
Wildlife Habitat is Australia’s leading wildlife experience providing visitors with the opportunity to observe and interact with a huge range of Wet Tropics Wildlife up close. A leader in eco-tourism with 5 distinct habitats including the revamped rainforest habitat with the all new Licuala Tower and Birdseye bridge opening from late September 2020. Locals enjoy 20% discount all year round!
A Port Douglas Rd, Port Douglas
P 4099 3235
Coding – Thursday 1 October and Saturday 3 October, at 10.00am and 1.00pm (all 40 mins in length). Suitable for ages 9 – 12. Students learn how games and computer programs work and can learn how to code their own games.
Animation – Friday 2 October at 10.00am, suitable for ages 5 – 8. Workshop suitable for ages 9 – 12 at 1.00pm (both 40 mins in length). Students will learn what animation is along with how famous cartoons are animated. They can then imagine and create their own cartoon animation on paper.
A 537 Mulgrave Rd, Earlville
P 4054 3066
The adventure begins at Cairns Aquarium. The only aquarium in the world exclusively dedicated to the habitats and species of Tropical North Queensland. It’s a great way to keep the kids learning these school holidays in the most fun way possible. The best part? Locals receive a 20 per cent discount year-round on general admission prices!
There are tickets available for adults, children, families (2A + 2C) and even an annual pass for 12 months admission.
A 5 Florence St, Cairns City
P 4044 7300
Treat the family to 18 holes of fun for all ages on their mini golf course, or let the kids run free on the amazing 2-acre adventure playground, complete with slippery slide, climbing frame and the hugely-popular 21-metre bouncing pillow!
A Paradise Palms Dr, Kewarra Beach
P 4059 9922
If you’re looking to revitalise in paradise, gather the family and head to the gorgeous King Reef Resort at Kurrimine Beach. Explore all day, swim in the tranquil ocean or pool, build sandcastles on the beach and return to relax with a gorgeous sunset view from your beachfront shack. You can also hire a family pedal bike, go fishing, and more – the possibilities are endless.
A 75 Jacobs Rd, Kurrimine Beach
P 4065 6144
This small family-run gym teaches a variety of classes for ages 6 years and up, at any fitness level. Classes include, Muay Thai based fitness, circuit based HIIT, yoga, and much more. They aim to make you fit, fast, and can help fighters improve their techniques or learn more about the art of Muay Thai itself. It’s always a good time to start going to this gym!
A Shed 4, 39 Cannon St, Manunda
P 0415 331 262 Laura
P 0449 026 280 Boy
The park is complete with family cabins and camping sites (powered), kitchen and BBQ, and an open campfire to roast marshmallows with the kids while camping. It’s surrounded by beautiful rainforest and the perfect place for a relaxing family getaway as you can go to the lake less than 10 minutes away.
Cost: From $24.00 for two people (unpowered site).
A 198 Lakes Dr, Lake Eacham
P 4095 3730
Bring the family for a delicious lunch available from Fridays to Sundays, 11.00am – 2.30pm, or a weekend dinner on Fridays and Saturdays from 5.30pm. A La Carte Café Style Breakfast is also available daily from 6.00am – 10.30am. Shangri-La loves locals too! Join the #Grasscutters locals’ membership to receive some great exclusive specials, including $10.00 OFF the normal Breakfast Buffet price!
A Pier Point Rd, Cairns City
P 4052 7670
Bad Fishy is back in action and ready to THRILL! With spins, slides, speed and stunts, this activity is extreme, loads of fun, and perfect for the family. Locals can receive 20% off adult and child tickets.
Cost: From $38.00 per child – locals rates.
A Berth A1, The Marlin Marina Cairns
P 0499 490 030
Cairns Boat Hire offer awesome days out on their self-drive tinny and pontoon boats, letting you explore the stunning Cairns Trinity Inlet. Perfect for fishing, relaxing and enjoying the great outdoors!
Cost: From $100.00 for two hour tinny hire.
A Berth A1, The Marlin Marina Cairns
P 4051 4139
Get your adrenaline pumping in Cairns ultimate indoor laser tag arena. Sessions will be running 4 times a day during the school holidays: 10.00am – 1.30pm, 12.00pm – 1.30pm, 2.00pm – 3.30pm, 4.00pm – 5.30pm. Covid-safe plan in place for minimum contact, maximum fun!
Cost: $25.00/player. Book online.
A T1, DFO Shopping Centre, 274 Mulgrave Rd, Westcourt
P 4031 9865
Museum Super Sleuth Challenge – Put your thinking hat on and get ready to solve riddle clues and secret code pieces hidden within the Museum. Will you be able to unlock the secret message? Find out these school holidays, whether testing your own skills or trying the challenge out as a family!
Museum Photography Scavenger Hunt – Snap creative pictures throughout the museum while following scavenger hunt clues. Ask an adult to upload your favourite pics onto Facebook or Instagram and tag the museum with #cairnsmuseumphotochallenge. Your images could be featured on their social media pages!
Cost: Free with entry. Both run Monday to Saturday until October 3.
A Cnr Lake and Shield St
P 4051 5582
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