January fun for kids and teens on the Coast

Ocean, Hannah and Indigo discover a clue in the scavenger hunt - the CCYAP are hosting a family fun day day, team events and more in January

Ocean, Hannah and Indigo discover a clue in the scavenger hunt – the CCYAP are hosting a family fun day day, team events and more in January

Movies in a pool, competing with Lego, card games and even stand up paddleboarding. For more holiday fun, check out our Visitor Guide and explore the great outdoors!

January 1-4 Rainbow Beach Holiday Program

It is now 41 years of the Rainbow Beach Community Outreach, for years fondly known as “The Tents”. Held until January 4, there are daily children and youth programs with craft, bible stories and themed games on the beach. You can look forward to themed evenings and a big New Year’s Eve party.

Run by the Scripture Union Queensland, Rainbow Beach has seen a dedicated team of volunteers visiting each year with the goal of connecting and serving the community.

January 1-20 Villains and heroes!

Gympie Regional Libraries invites children and families to discover heroes, villains, sidekicks and more by participating in the Summer Reading Club this school holidays.

Young readers will be encouraged to engage with a variety of traditional and non-traditional heroes and heroines by exploring a variety of genres.

Registered participants may also enter the SRC iPod Registration Prize draw to win 1 of 8 iPods.

SRC Club members can also meet new Australian authors and illustrators online, read their helpful creative hints and tips and preview their newly released titles.

A break-up party is scheduled for January 20. Gift packs can be picked up from the six Gympie Regional Libraries branches when registering. Additional games and competitions available online at www.summerreadingclub.org.au

January 6 Movie under the stars

Come along to a free family event from 6pm, January 6, and watch the family friendly movie, Oddball. Bring your togs and towel or chair or picnic rug to Rainbow Beach swimming pool and sit back and enjoy the movie. Snacks and drinks available for purchase or BYO dinner.

If weather is uncertain, visit facebook.com/gympieregionalcouncil for cancellation advice. For further information, please head to gympie.qld.gov.au/moviesinthepark.  Movies in the Park is an unsupervised event.

January 9 to 12 Discover Sailing

Tin Can Bay Yacht Club offer a four day learn to sail course during the summer school holidays, starting at 0900 for registration. Call 0408 472 187 to find out more.

January 9 to 13 Learn to swim

Come to a five day intense learn to swim program, 10.30am daily. All welcome to book in! And during every 1pm to 2pm, Saturday and Sunday in the holidays have fun with ball games, treasure hunts, water sports and whatever our friendly staff has planned for the day in our kid’s activity hours!

January 11 Lego competition

Bring your own LEGO along to compete for prizes at the Rainbow Beach Library from 2.30 to 3.30pm. This is a fun-filled 45 minute race against the clock to construct something fantastic.

The competition is open to children of all ages. Bookings are essential on 54810 859 and BYO Lego.

January 14 Family Fun Day

Held 3-6pm, Cooloola Cove Veterans and Community Hall by CCYAP (Cooloola Coast Youth Activity Program). An afternoon of inside and outdoors activities for all ages to enjoy.

Just remember that for all CCYAP events all participants under the age of 12 must be supervised. For more information please contact Jess on 0411 218 254 or Ronnie on 0413 135 867.

With Council, the team from Epic Ocean Adventures are offering Stand Up Paddleboarding at Pelican Bay on January 16

With Council, the team from Epic Ocean Adventures are offering Stand Up Paddleboarding at Pelican Bay on January 16

January 16 Stand Up Paddleboarding

The perfect way to spend a morning on the water! Run by the Epic Ocean Adventure team, it is sure to be fun!

Practise your balance skills while spotting turtles, stingrays and sea birds in this flat water location. Instructors will teach you basic SUP techniques and guide you through the tour.

Bus will depart from Gympie Civic Centre, Mellor Street, Gympie at 8am sharp for Pelican Bay, Inskip Point.

There are only 18 spots for 13 – 17 years ($15 includes bus) and participants must be able to swim. Please bring a water bottle and snacks. Participants will also need to bring a towel, sunscreen, togs and change of clothes.

Book at: www.holidayfun.com.au or for further information contact Council on 1300 307 800.

January 16-20 Swim Squad

Join a five day swim clinic, with the first session run by world champion Jade Edmistone, 1-2.30pm. A record holder for breaststroke, Jade is now inspiring others to focus on skill and technique. Each swimmer’s stroke will be filmed on the first session, followed by core training, skills and drills for each stroke. Suitable for all squad levels, there are limited spaces available. Please see staff at the Rainbow Beach Aquatic Centre for prices and bookings.

January 17 Music jam session

Play, listen, chill 9-11am at Cooloola Cove Veterans and Community Hall. Bring your own instrument and join in or have a go on a loaner. Presented by CCYAP.

January 18 Summer holiday activities

Mark your diary now to make sure you take the kids to the free school holiday activities at Tin Can Bay Library on Wednesday 18 January from 10.30am to 11.30am, and at Rainbow Beach Library from 2.30pm to 3.30pm.

Children will be able to make their very own sock animal or sock monster to keep.  All materials are supplied, so just come along and have some fun.


January 19  Games and gaming

Cooloola Cove Veterans and Community Hall is the location from 3 – 6pm for board games, card games and computer games galore, all thanks to CCYAP.

January 21 Team Challenge

Head to Federation Park Cooloola Cove for a CCYAP Team Challenge 3-6pm. Complete a series of activities for clues to the winning answer.

January 21-22 Artfest

Brushes by the Sea Annual Art Festival is on again. Kids can check out their own creations (due earlier in the month), and vote for their favourite artwork.

On display are the Coast’s finest paintings, photos, quilts and mixed media creations. Entry on the day is a gold coin donation.

For more January art creating charcoal portraits, personal totem animals and clay dogs, drive to Gympie Regional Gallery. Bookings can be made by phone with a credit card on 5481 0733 or by visiting the Gallery front desk.