What’s on for kids and teens these holidays?

Will you visit beautiful Double Island Point these holidays? No wonder we have been listed as the "best winter beach in Australia"!  Image courtesy @rainbowgetaway on Instagram

Will you visit beautiful Double Island Point these holidays? No wonder we have been listed as the “best winter beach in Australia”! Image courtesy @rainbowgetaway on Instagram

The holidays are here – and we have our beautiful backyard to explore!

This winter holiday, as well as the Fishing Classic, there are even more activities thanks to the team at the Cooloola Coast Youth Activity Project Inc., (CCYAP). And it is free!

CCYAP’s new Chair, George Parkyn, said, “We want to put some fun into the holidays for the local youth.

“We want to make it free so that all families can participate in the program. It is so important that parents can afford to give their children time in a supervised situation.”

They also worked with local groups and Gympie Regional Council with their fantastic school holiday program. So here is what is on offer – make the most of it!

Learn to fish

Calling everyone who loves fishing or wants to try it for the first time! Learn how to tie knots, rig your rods and fishing techniques.

The Tin Can Bay Fishing Club are hosting the day on Wednesday, July 6 at Norman Point from 8am to 1pm, and providing rods and bait.

Bus departs Cooloola Cove Shopping Centre bus stop at 7.30am and IGA at 7.45am returning at 12.30pm and 1.00pm. BBQ fish and salad lunch provided. Bookings are essential.*

Free fun activities at the libraries

Make sure you are in town on Wednesday, July 6 for the Library activity. You can watch on whilst your children are entertained with stories, craft and a yummy snack! Turn up at the Tin Can Bay Library 10.30-11.30am or Rainbow Beach Library 2.30-3.30pm for some fun!

Kids day at the Fishing Classic!

Kids Day is on the first Sunday of the event, July 3. Jumping castles, face painting and balloons are all free for the kids after 3pm. Every child on the day entered into the competition will receive a gift bag.

Perfect for families; kids, parents and grandparents can fish and compete, July 1 to 9. Visit the Sports Club to find out more.

Storytelling and craft

If your under 5s like stories, songs and fun, take them to the First 5 Forever story-time programs in the library. They’re free, interactive sessions that include stories, songs, rhymes and craft.

F5F sessions will be held every week at the Rainbow Beach Library on Mondays 10 to 11am and the Tin Can Bay Library on Thursdays 9.30am to 10.30am.

Mary Poppins in the Park

Nearby Maryborough’s riverside parks and heritage streetscapes will come to life just like scenes from Mary Poppins.

See pop up performances and live music, nanny races, chimney sweep challenges, chalk drawings, street theatre, and circus shows.

Children’s workshops involving storytelling, puppets, circus acts, kites, yoga and umbrellas add to the fun of this famous annual celebration, 10am to 3.30pm, Saturday, July 2.

Music, Laughter and Cooking

A fun day on July 4, 10am to 1pm, starting with a laughter workshop followed by music and karaoke. Then for those budding cooks who want to enter the QCWA Cooking Competition, the opportunity to bake some amazing treats.

BBQ burger lunch provided. Held at Cooloola Cove Veteran’s and Community Hall. Bookings are essential.*

Council Fun Day

Fun for the whole family, visit Billabong Park, 10am to 1pm on July 7! Featuring a jumping castle, bungee basketball, giant games and a tie dye workshop with all materials supplied.

All children must be accompanied and supervised by an adult. Old clothes or a coverall recommended. Sausages and drinks will be available for purchase. No bookings required.

Pizza and outdoor games

Enjoy a fun afternoon outdoors, starting with a warm-up fitness session followed by volleyball, touch football, Frisbee throwing and tag. Pizza’s provided.

Be at Cooloola Cove Veteran’s and Community Hall on Saturday, July 9 – 3pm to 6pm. Bookings are essential.*

* To book please email: ccyapfun@gmail.com or phone or text 0434 240 368. Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by a carer or parent.

Discover online resources for kids

Our libraries provide access to great learning sites for kids. Go to: https://www.gympie.qld.gov.au/library and click on Activities and Games under the Kids & Youth tab. Then click on each link and type in your Gympie Regional Libraries card number to start playing.

Busythings is a wonderfully quirky online educational resource! Filled with fun, humorous characters and lively colourful settings, children love to play the educational games and activities.Proven to Educate AND Entertain – it is trusted by thousands of schools, nurseries and homes in the UK and across the world!

The Big Bus 2.0 provides the very best in engaging, interactive learning activities that reinforce classroom teaching in reading and writing, maths, and science. Designed for children from 3 to 11 years old and to make the journey of learning fun, teachers and students explore one of three worlds, based on age-range and ability. The 40+ interactive modules help students develop basic to advanced skills.