What’s on in the Easter holidays

easter holiday sandcastle picEaster is here – and there is plenty on for young and old. You’ll see much to tempt you get back to nature, be active and crafty!

Sandcastle competition

Following the success of last year’s competition, the 2015 Rainbow Beach Sandcastle Competition will be held on Tuesday April 14, on the main beach near the SLS tower.

Registration will open at 8.30am with the competition starting at 9am. Teams of up to six members will have two hours to create their masterpieces, which will be judged by local artist Peggy Phelan.

Councillor Mark McDonald will be awarding prizes to the winning teams at approximately 11.30am. Categories will be: most creative sandcastle or sand structure, most lifelike animal or bird and an open division.

A sausage sizzle and drinks will be for sale from 10am, with all profits supporting school chaplaincy on the Cooloola Coast.  Entry is $10 per team and there will be great prizes for the winners. Teams will need to provide their own buckets and spades.

Guided walks on the foreshore

Join Cooloola Coastcare on an exploration of our sandy foreshores. Discover a multitude of mangrove species, salt marsh, seagrass and loads of sandy, salty critters that maintain our estuarine ecosystems.

These walks are free, sponsored by BMRG ‘Keeping the Great Sandy Strait Great’ program. They are held 3-4pm, April 7-10; 2-3pm, April 13-17 at Kindy Beach, on the Tin Can Bay foreshore.

Bring the kids for fun activities. No need to book, just turn up!

Cool off at the pool!

Visitors and locals! From April 6 – 9 the Rainbow Beach Aquatic Centre will run a Easter program where parents can drop off and pick up their children.

Held for five-to-twelve years olds (children must be able to swim) at 3pm – 5pm daily. It’s only $30 per child for the 4 days or $10 per visit.

All you need to bring is a hat, drink bottle, snack and rash shirt.(Snacks and drinks available at kiosk.)They provide sunscreen and the fun!

Easter on Mary

Pop down to Gympie’s Mary Street for more FUN than ever this Easter, April 1 5 – 9pm!

Join in the celebrations with street entertainment, horse and cart rides, wine and cheese tasting and our very own cheeky Easter Bunny will be handing out Easter Eggs.

There will also be an Easter Bonnet Fashion Parade at Gold Centre Stage at 6pm. So get busy creating a bonnet with a chance to WIN some fun prizes.

Keep an eye out for our Paparazzi who will be snapping anyone with the most creative Easter Bonnet, if you dare. We will then host an Easter Bonnet parade at 6pm at the Gold Centre Stage.

Shop and pick up a bargain or sit back, dine and watch Mary Street come to life.

easter Holiday FunArt activities

Book in to Rainbow Beach’s Gallery Jilarty for a class – and come away with your own decor art or other treasure. For all ages!

School holidays are a fun-filled time in the Gympie region and through its Holiday Fun programme, Gympie Regional Council provides heaps of activities which are not only exciting, but safe and budget friendly, to allow everyone to join in the fun!

The Easter Holiday Fun programme includes a wide range of activities such as bubble soccer, tie-dying, arts and crafts. New activities for young people of all ages (and young at heart) to enjoy are constantly being sourced.

Find out more at holidayfun.com.au.

FREE library holiday activities

Hop-a-long to the libraries for free craft activities for the kids. On Wednesday April 8, the theme is History: Travel Back in Time. Visit Tin Can Bay Library from 10.30am –11.30am and Rainbow Beach Library from 2pm – 3pm.

April 7, bring your own Lego to Gympie Library from 10.30 – 12pm for a lego competition. Bookings essential on 5481 0859.

Visit Gympie Library for Old time games to make and play on April 16, 10.30 – 11.30am. All activities are free.

To market, to market

Starting with a craft market at the Rainbow Beach Community Hall on Easter Saturday, a special Easter Sunday market at the Sports Club, and the Rainbow Beach craft market every Sunday at the Top Shops – each weekend you can browse the stalls and pick up some local bargains.

If you are here mid-holiday, the Rainbow Beach market on the centre block is on Saturday 11, and the Tin Can Bay market, April 18.

There’s something for everyone!

easter holidayAnnual Coastguard fundraising

As you drive in and out of the Cooloola Coast, be sure to stop at the Coastguard collection points! Their volunteers work hard all year and rely on your donations to keep their vital service operational.

Dawn Easter service

The Rainbow Beach Christian Community will be hosting a dawn service on Easter Sunday April 4, at the propeller from 5.30am.

Everyone is welcome to celebrate Easter with music, a short devotion and refreshments – BYO blanket and torch.

Kick back to live music

Visit the pub and the club and relax (or dance) to some live music. Both venues have a children’s room, so you can keep them entertained whilst you enjoy a quiet one or two.

Two exhibitions

‘Into Paper’ celebrates 30 years of the Papermakers of Queensland. The artwork ranges from sculpture, printing, drawing, deconstruction, collage, artists books, screens, décor, shifu, string and basketry: paper used for a background, a construction, an end result in itself, or a covering.

Amy Carkeek in her latest exhibition “Even our Dreams are Fake” is suggesting that we are confronted with only fragments of reality by using mobile devices and applications such as such as Instagram. Amy says “We are surrounded by images. The consumption of images dictates notions of identity and lifestyle and today.

“We have become so familiar with this artifice that we no longer question it.”

The exhibitions officially open April 11 at 1. 30pm, and are on display March 31 until 24 April at the Gympie Regional Gallery. For details phone 5481 0733, visit gympie.qld.gov/gallery or pop into 39 Nash Street.

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