Let The Good Times Roll
Always looking for new ways to entertain the kids? We get it. That’s why there’s a little bit of everything on offer at Sunshine Plaza.
From boat trips and bargain family flicks to heavenly cups of gelato and FREE kids meals, if you’re looking for a list of the best kid-friendly activities on the Sunshine Coast, consider this your bible.
Order pancakes but make them silly at new sweet spot, Pancake Pantry. With loads of fluffy pancake stacks and waffles on offer, you can’t go past the funny face pancakes for your little people. Decorated with marshmallows, ice cream, chocolate sauce and, of course, sprinkles, this dessert is a total day-topper.
When was the last time you locked yourself in a room with your family just for fun? Never? Well, Red Lock Escape Rooms will change that. Step into one of their traditional or brand-new virtual reality escape rooms (coming in March!) and band together with your squad to solve the puzzle and break free! It won’t be easy, but we promise it’ll be damn fun.
Whether it’s a special occasion or just a regular day that you want to make extra memorable for your minis, a high tea at Shingle Inn is the answer. Offering a high tea for both adults and kids you’ll find quaint plates filled with sandwiches, petit sweets, fluffy scones with jam and fresh cream, plus your choice of tea, coffee, sparkling wine or the irresistible lime mint julep. For the kiddos, there’s marshmallow sticks, sausage rolls, cookies and a babycino or shake, all for the taking.
Stuffing faces with delicious forkfuls of pasta and cheesy pizza is easily one of the best things to do with kids on the Sunshine Coast. And Fratelli make it that much more attractive with their kids eat free deal for children under six years old. Available every day of the week, all you need to do to snag this bright bargain is order a main meal, which won’t be difficult when you see their flavour-packed menu.
If there’s anything a parent knows, it’s that little tired legs can halt even the greatest of plans. Rather than tempting fate, bypass the paddle boats for the epic mini speed boats at Plaza Pontoon for a session of guaranteed fun. Custom built with an electric motor, driving one of these is simple—just push the button, start steering and cruise along, either on your own (must be seven years of age or up) or with a co-captain by your side. Land ahoy!
For an activity that’ll keep the whole family entertained, there’s no going past a trip to the cinemas. And, BCC Cinemas, along The Riverwalk, is one of the best in the biz. Time it well, and you can take advantage of their Weekend Family Flick deal, where you can nab $7 tickets to a selection of family films each weekend before 5pm.
The Sunshine Coast is notorious for balmy days and there’s no better way to cool down than grabbing a cold and creamy gelato. For those playing along at Sunshine Plaza, House of Gelato is the Italian dessert bar you want in your address book. Cup or cone, when the staff load ‘em up with one of their gelato or sorbet flavours, the taste will send you into a dessert frenzy.
Little daredevils will meet their match at Sunshine Plaza’s Next Level. Featuring seven thrilling circuits with over 145 aerial challenges, this family-friendly destination is Australia’s largest high ropes course. But don’t let that scare you! The beginner courses are for anyone 6 years and up, but you must be over 13 years old to take on the stomach-dropping, 18-metre-high expert circuit.
Feeding wildlings isn’t cheap, but thankfully there’s places like The Bavarian at Sunshine Plaza that make eating out affordable. Every Sunday, all day long, this German-inspired diner serves up complimentary meals for children under 12 with any full-priced main meal purchase. Coax them to order the kids chicken schnitzel and chips and enjoy complete silence as they demolish every morsel on their plates.
A visit to Timezone is a rite of passage for kids growing up, so do yours a solid and head straight for the gaming powerhouse for hours of fun. Whether you hit the bumper cars and claw machines or battle it out at laser tag, it’s likely you’ll end up in a ball of laughter and leave with a very happy crew. Afterall, the family that plays together, stays together, right?
Wrap your mitts around a spread of classic burgers and chips at the one and only Betty’s Burgers. Not only will you be supporting the Noosa-born business but with beef, chicken, seafood, vegetarian and vegan options, there truly is something to quieten every growling stomach.