Skip the Beach

Here’s everything you need to do with the kids this spring.

  • 01 September 2022
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Say goodbye to rainy days and cosy knits and hello to sunshine and bare skin, because spring is finally here. Hurrah!

Run to the beach, dive into the gloriously refreshing water and soak up some Vitamin D. Repeat and then repeat again.

Once you’ve reached your beach quota and are hunting for other things to do on the Sunshine Coast, this sneaky spring hit list is your bible.

• Ready, Set, Action!

Put a spin on your family bonding sessions with a morning spent way above ground, conquering Next Level’s high ropes course. Encourage, cheer and battle each other as you take on a bunch of fear-inducing aerial challenges, with the aim of returning safely back to ground. With seven exhilarating circuits to choose from, there’s different levels for everyone from six-years-old and upwards. Don’t forget the camera for this one!

On the off chance that your spring adventure is sideswiped by rain, Rush Adventureland is here to save the day. Staking claim as the Sunshine Coast’s largest indoor family entertainment centre, this gigantic playground is home to a multi-level soft play, a ninja course, climbing walls, bumper cars and, for the older kids, a virtual reality simulator. So, sit back with a hot coffee and smashed avo if you forgot to have brekkie, and watch on as boredom is given the boot and energy is burned. 

Tired of running around and “doing” activities, but also feel like you need to keep the kids entertained? A buttery box of popcorn and a flick at BCC Cinemas will always deliver. Plus, you get to sit back, relax and tune in or out depending on the movie, and let the big screen keep them occupied for over an hour. Hear that? No-one’s asking for anything. Bliss!

It can be tricky to keep kids away or out of the water, so a paddle up Cornmeal Creek with Plaza Pontoon should float everybody’s boat. Plant this activity between a shopping session and lunch break and jump aboard a mini speed boat. Don’t worry, no previous experience is needed, in fact, even seven-year-old’s can captain their own ship.   

• Easy Eats That Won’t Send You Broke

Looking for an easy lunch that won’t break the bank? Made for spring, rice paper rolls at Roll’d are light, fresh and super tasty, so you’ll have no issues slinging a couple to the ankle biters for lunch. Just don’t tell them they’re healthy. That’s our little secret. From BBQ chicken to barramundi and avocado, these flavour-packed soldiers are known for going down without a fight. For mums and dad, the Goi aka the Vietnamese salad, topped with lemongrass beef is a sure-fire winner.

Got kids who love to graze as much as hinterland cows? We get it. And so do Wara Sushi. Order a rolling list of sushi, and other Japanese favourites, as you go when you grab a seat at this Riverwalk restaurant. Pssst! A robot will deliver the plates to your table, so sit tight and try not to spill the surprise ahead of time. The kids will love it!

Feast on burgers this spring but make it healthy with a visit to Grill’d. Made with zilch artificial ingredients, the Mini Me packs are the way to a grommet’s stomach. Choose between a chicken, beef or veggie burger, then let their thick-cut chips with their delectable signature seasoning fill any gaps.

• Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)

Flaunting what very well could be the creamiest gelato across the region, dropping into House of Gelato is a must if you’re looking to dish out a lip-smacking treat and gain favourite parent/aunt/uncle/ grandparent status. Whilst bribing isn’t ideal, save this till later in the day, so you’ve got some ammunition if you need to do a side of shopping with tots in tow.  

You may know them for their burgers and their scrumptious chicken strips and fries, but Betty’s Burgers are also the bestowers of a beautiful dessert named ‘concrete’. Don’t let the name turn you off, this rich frozen custard ice cream is way better than it sounds and if you can’t decide, go the chocolate hazelnut donut. Or the cookie butter. Or both.

You’ll be swapping sandy pieces of fruit at the bottom of the beach bag for a decadent high tea for you and your little people when you skip the surf and rock up to Shingle Inn. Mums and dads are taken care of with the signature offering including tea or coffee, while the kid’s high tea is sky-high with babycinos, marshmallow sticks, sausage rolls and ribbon sandwiches. Throw on a dress or whack on some shorts for a spring date you’ll remember.