Keep the kids entertained with family fun activities

holiday program 3 (Large)Our beach and waterways create lots of fun activities for children of all ages and their families. After you’ve climbed the sand blow, seen a sunset at Carlo Point, fed the dolphins and walked to Poona Lake, here are some more things to give parents a break:

Rainbow Beach holiday programme

Scripture Union Qld will again be running their annual beach mission from 28 December to 2 January at Laurie Hanson Park from 10am – 12pm and 2pm – 4pm each day with craft, games and fun, tailored to suit primary aged children.

Evening activities open to the whole community will include a movie night on Sunday January 28, starting at 6.30pm, a trivia night on Tuesday January 30 starting at 6.30pm, a New Year’s Eve kids’ party and free BBQ on December 31, starting at 5.30pm and a church service followed by dinner on Friday January 2, also starting at 5.30pm.

Each event is at the Rainbow Beach Community Centre.

holidays jan 15 (3)Teams of volunteers from Brisbane and surrounds have been running the holiday programme in our beautiful town since 1975, making next year the 40th year. Philip Thomson, the programme leader, says that his team is excited about being part of the Rainbow Beach community again this year.

Many local children have been involved over the years, including Sarah Speirs who has attended the activities for the last seven years, since she was five years old. Sarah says, “The programme is great fun and the volunteers make you feel very welcome and take good care of you.”

All activities are free of charge. Families come back to Rainbow Beach every year so that their children can attend and Sarah met one of her best friends at a previous beach mission.

For further information, please contact Chappy Ronnie on 0413 135 867.

holidays jan 15 (1)Challenge a surf lifesaver!

Saturday January 17, from 11.30am, head to the beach for the Summer Surf Girl family fun day.
Surf Girl, Emily Simpson says, “There will be lots of outdoor activities like touch footy, ultimate frisbee, races, egg and spoon relays and baton relays. Plus we’ll have smaller games such as bocce, giant jenga and finska.”

“You can challenge lifesavers in feats of strength – with prizes on offer. Enjoy a BBQ whilst the kids have their faces painted.” With only a gold coin donation to participate, the funds help keep our beach safe.

Cool down with a movie in the pool!

This summer, come along to one of Gympie Regional Council’s free movies in the park events. Your local park, or pool, will be transformed into an outdoor cinema, thanks to the council.

We’ll provide the movies which have been selected specifically to appeal to a wide audience, so grab a chair or rug, bring a picnic and enjoy an evening with your whole family.

Friday January 16 – Rainbow Beach pool – How to Train Your Dragon 2, at 7.30pm

Friday January 23 – Lake Alford (duck ponds) – Maleficent, at 7.30pm

Check out more movie dates and times around the region and for the month of February at: https://rainbowbeachcommunitynews.com.au/

Please note: If weather is uncertain, phone 1300 307 800 or visit www.facebook.com/gympieregionalcouncil for cancellation advice.

Game hour at the aquatic centre

Have some fun with game hour at the Rainbow Beach Aquatic Centre. There are loads of activities from relays to ball games and much more! $3 pool entry only!

Times: Mondays and Thursdays 5 – 6pm, Wednesdays 4 – 5pm, Saturdays and Sundays 10 – 11am. Ages: 5 to 15. For enquiries, phone our friendly staff: 0467 970 619.

Holiday craft

Mark your diary now to make sure you take the kids to the free school holiday activities at your local library on Wednesday, January 14.

Join in the fun at 10.30am – 11.30am at Tin Can Bay and from 2.30pm – 3.30pm at Rainbow Beach. Children will be entertained with stories, craft activities and games.