Craft, reading, superheroes, a teddy bears’ picnic and a paper plane race are all happening at your local library – and all free!
You know there is so much to do at the Cooloola Coast – just have a look at our two page visitors guide – whether you like surfing, sailing, riding, diving, walking, swimming, shopping, eating or drinking – the Cooloola Coast has it all. Enjoy our region!
Free fun at your local Library
Dinosaur Roar! At Tin Can Bay everyone is invited to share in some roarsome activities and craft inspired by our favourite prehistoric creatures. Bookings essential through Eventbrite. Friday 10 January, Tin Can Bay Library, 10 – 11am, ages 5-8, free.
Thumbprint Tales at Rainbow Beach. Inspired by the picture book I Am Henry Finch by Alexis Deacon, create your own mini book filled with adventure, excitement and thumbprint illustrations. Bookings essential through Eventbrite. Friday 10 January, Rainbow Beach Library, 2 – 3pm, ages 5-8, free.
Calling all superheroes! Build your strength and knowledge of the Marvel universe with fun games, trivia and craft. Costumes welcome and bookings essential through Eventbrite. Tuesday 14 January, Tin Can Bay Library, 2.30 – 3.30pm, ages 8-12, free.
Build a Bug Hotel at Rainbow Beach. Delve into the world of bugs and insect identification. Children will get to make and take home their very own bug hotel made out of a combination of recycled materials and natural items. Bookings essential through Eventbrite. Friday 17 January, Rainbow Beach Library, 2 – 3pm, ages 5-12, free.
Teddy Bears’ Picnic Storytime at Tin Can Bay. Bring your favourite teddy and enjoy some fun stories, songs and craft to celebrate Winnie-thePooh and Paddington Bear. Bookings essential through Eventbrite. Friday 24 January, Tin Can Bay Library, 10am – 11am, ages 5-8, free.
Great Paper Plane Race! @ Rainbow Beach Can you design and build a winning plane? Learn the history of human flight and participate in a paper plane race. Bookings essential through Eventbrite. Friday 24 January, Rainbow Beach Library, 2pm – 3pm, ages 5-12, free.
Get on board The Rattler this January for special holiday trips
Holiday Fun on the Mary Valley Rattler
The summer is well and truly here and with that comes the old question – What activities can we do with the kids?
“Here at the Mary Valley Rattler, we love kids and kids love trains!” General Manager Mike Green said. “Our holiday periods are an exciting time for our team as we welcome families from all over Australia and overseas to get on board our trains. Our volunteers love the special event trains where we get dressed up and theme our trains.”
The January holidays are a great time to reconnect with family and explore the beautiful Gympie region. In addition to the regular service schedule which sees trains depart the historic Gympie Station six days a week, there are special holiday trains scheduled as well.
New Years Day kicks off 2020 with a holiday express train departing at 10am. Later in the month, the popular Aussie Express Train rolls out of Gympie on Monday January 27 with a BBQ at Amamoor, family games and a best dressed competition. With adults travelling at kids’ prices this is an Australia Day event not to be missed!
“We find that extended families are all enjoying their day out on the Rattler. It’s a great nostalgic experience that grandparents can share with their grandchildren who love the toot and whistle of the half day train trip through the picturesque Mary Valley.” Mike said.
Check out the website for pricing and timetables at maryvalleyrattler.com.au
Enjoy Movies in the park at Rainbow Beach on Friday, January 10 at 7pm
Movies in the Park
This summer, the Rainbow Beach ‘Centre Block’ will be transformed into an outdoor cinema! Council is partnering with the Community Centre to host this free activity. Bring a chair or rug and enjoy a movie under the stars with neighbours, friends and family on Friday, January 10 at 7pm.
All movies are rated G or PG to ensure they are suitable for all ages. Food and drinks will be available for purchase from the local not-for-profit community organisation co-hosting the movie.
If the weather is unsuitable – the event will be screened in the Community Hall. Movies in the Park is an unsupervised event.
Learn the basics of sailing in this supervised sailing course over the holidays
TCB Yacht Club is holding another Sailing Course
The Tin Can Bay Yacht Club have their next ‘Learn the basics of sailing’ course at the Tin Can Bay Yacht Club for seven-to-16-year-olds on January 13, 14 and 15. Everyone who has attended this course has loved it – parents and students alike.
The cost is $200, and includes the Yachting Australia fee (insurance) and membership to the TCB Yacht Club until the end of June 2020.
Vouchers for $150 are available to cover the cost (conditions apply) from: qld.gov.au/recreation/sports/funding/getinthegame/getstarted
For further information go to the Tin Can Bay Yacht Club website or facebook page or phone Kay 0447 631 479 or Russell 0405 063 894 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Austen Tayshus plays at the Rainbow Beach Sports Club on Australia Day
Australia Day celebrations
What could be more Australian than a swim at the beach, and some snags on the barbie wrapped in bread and smothered in sauce.
So many of our visitors bring their own gear and take it up the beach for a day out with the family and friends but there are lots of free barbeques in the area in the parks around town and a great butcher or IGA.
After you leave the beach there is another big Australia Day celebration at the Rainbow Beach Sports Club with The Hooligans performing from 12 – 4pm, Destiny’s Plan from 4 – 8pm and the legendary Austen Tayshus from 8pm. The club will have huge Australia Day celebrations with the Biggest Oz BBQ, raffles, games and prizes so head to your favourite club after the beach!