IT may be chilly outside but there's plenty kids can do inside to keep busy today.
Check out our top 10 picks for a great school holiday Friday.
TEN to 17 year olds can take part in a photographic workshop and learn how to take great photos of Sunshine Coast animals, plants and landscapes. Workshops will be held in and around the Arts and Ecology Centre at the Maroochy Bushland Botanic Gardens. Participants should bring their own camera a DLSR camera is best but smartphones and other devices are also welcome. Places are limited and bookings are essential. Budding photographers have the opportunity to win prizes that include the chance to be a seal trainer for a day, a family yacht cruise, and vouchers up to $350.
Maroochy Bushland Botanic Gardens, 32 Palm Creek Rd, Tanawha
Today, 10-11.30am and 1-2.30pm. Bookings essential, call 5475 7272
THE fun doesn't stop this school holidays at Kawana Shoppingworld. Ask at Jamaica Blue for your treasure map to start your adventure and receive a free pirate treasure activity pack and go into the draw to win a $50 Jamaica Blue voucher Or cook up a storm at the Mini Chef pizza workshops at centre court in front of The Coffee Club.
Wallabies players Dean Mumm (left) Matt Toomua relac at the Rumba Resort in Caloundra. Photo: Nicola Brander / Sunshine Coast Daily
SUNSHINE Coast Council has welcomed the Qantas Wallabies this week as they prepare for battle against the Springboks next week and start preparations for the World Cup. Coach Michael Cheika and the team have opened the doors to Sunshine Coast Stadium for an open training session, followed by a team signing session.
Sunshine Coast Stadium, 31 Sportsmans Pde, Bokarina
Today, 10am to 11.30am - open training session; 11.30am-12.15pm - team signing session.
Gingerbread men at the Ginger Factory's new shop, the Cookie Jar. Photo: Brett Wortman / Sunshine Coast Daily
CALLING all adventure-seeking explorers to The Ginger Factory this school holidays. Join Jungle George as he scours the rainforest high and low in search of The Lost Secret of the Golden Ginger. Come with your boots and binoculars and get ready for a day filled with mystery, fun and jungle antics.
The Ginger Factory, 50 Pioneer Rd, Yandina
Today, 9.30am and 11.30am daily
IF YOU haven't popped into Nutworks lately, call into Yandina and check them out. Observe the macadamia processing factory, the chocolate room and roasting room in action. You can see a video on how the macadamia nuts are harvested from local farms and check out how they are transformed into unique products in the retail shop. In the retail shop there are more than 10 types of flavoured macadamias with free taste testing available, chocolate treats and handmade confectionery made on-site every weekday by in-house chocolatiers and confectioners, as well as a café for parents to relax. Colouring sheets and pencils for the kids will be available to make an inexpensive and enjoyable morning or afternoon out.
Nutworks Macadamia Factory, 37 Pioneer Rd, Yandina
http://www.nutworks.com.au or phone 5472 7777
EVERYONE'S favourite woolly friend, Shaun the Sheep, is visiting Noosa Civic these school holidays for a special live show. Children will have the chance to meet Shaun himself and take home their own Shaun the Sheep keychain when they spend $10 or more with any participating food retailer. Noosa Civic Shopping has also opened a free playground for children. The Play Retreat is located in the food court.
Noosa Civic, food court
Today, 11am and 1pm
Beau, 6, and Cody, 3.
INSPIRE your kids these school holidays with a full or half day Ocean Ranger Program. The program gives kids the exclusive opportunity to feed, touch and meet some of our amazing underwater animals. The experience includes: admission to Underwater World Sea Life Mooloolaba, animal encounters, animal feeding, seal presentation, beach visit and exploration, behind the scenes tour and activities, lunch and/or snacks, photograph from the day, certificate of participation. Required: drink bottle, hat, rainjacket and enclosed shoes.
Underwater World Sea Life Moooloolaba
Last day today
$50 half day, $75 full day
Market day at the $20million refurbishment of Big Top Market Fresh at Maroochydore Photo: Erle Levey / Sunshine Coast Daily
LOCATED within Big Top Market Fresh these markets present an exciting opportunity for locals as well as visitors to enjoy the freshest local produce direct from some of the finest producers in the region. There are so many different types of market stalls including fruit and vegetables, freshly squeezed juices, sumptuous marinades and sauces, nuts and seeds, olives and tasty tapenades, herbs, fresh seafood, organic meat, freshly baked bread and creamy cheeses. Indulge your senses, relax, taste, wander and unwind as you discover an array of sumptuous and flavour some treats. Grab brekky or lunch and enjoy everything the markets has to offer.
Big Top, Ocean St, Maroochydore
RETRO, artists, designer stalls, pop-up bars, music and gourmet foods.
Ocean St, Maroochydore
EVERY Friday from 4pm visitors can walk amongst The Wharf's twilight community markets. Bursting with fresh local produce and handcrafted gift ideas, visitors can soak up the atmosphere while enjoying a bite from one of the food outlets.
The Wharf Mooloolaba, Parkyn Pde