Cairns – perfect one day, stinking hot, humid and wet the next

Cairns indoor activities for kids.

Looking for some ideas on indoor activities to keep the kids entertained when it’s too hot or too wet to be outside?

Look no further.

We love Cairns and wouldn’t want to live anywhere else, but for those days when it’s too hot or too wet to be outside, we’ve put together a list of indoor activities to keep you cool and dry.

Cairns indoor activities for kids

Featured indoor Activities for kids

Wet weather ideas and activities for kids in Cairns

Historical Gem in Herberton’s Hills. Australia’s mining, timber and farming heritage lives again at the Historic Village Herberton – one of Australia’s most regarded outdoor pioneer ...

6 Broadway, Herberton Queensland 4887

Currently closed and Operating at Pop Up Locations An Educational Playspace: CCM is a not for profit organisation set up to provide a hands-on, interactive, STEAM-focused ...

School Holiday Specials! Whether it’s a birthday party, a company social or just a desire to go have some fun, Go Bowling Cairns is the place to ...

93-95 Pease Street, Manoora, Cairns 4870

 – Large Indoor Ice Skating Rink – 𝗜𝗖𝗘 𝗦𝗞𝗔𝗧𝗜𝗡𝗚– 𝗧𝗢𝗕𝗢𝗚𝗚𝗔𝗡𝗜𝗡𝗚 – 𝗕𝗜𝗥𝗧𝗛𝗗𝗔𝗬 𝗣𝗔𝗥𝗧𝗜𝗘𝗦– Open 7 days a week during school holidays with extended sessions 5 days outside of ...

DFO Cairns

Discover something new at the Cairns Museum! Located in the heart of the city, Cairns Museum is the perfect place for children and families to learn, ...

93/105 Lake Street, Cairns City

Cairns Indoor Activities for kids

Inflatable kingdom - Photo Credit: Every Moment Photography

Inflatable kingdom

Large Inflatable Playground

Tiny Tot Zone

All Ages Zone

Cafe and hot food

Located at 164 Mayers Street, Manunda

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Earlvile Shopping Town

Indoor All Inclusive Playground

Which features reefs, rocks and rainforests as well as a big dugong and stingray. It’s innovative design allows children of all abilities to paly together  including those with physical disabilities, vision, hearing and mobility impairments, or spectrum disorders such as autism

Stocklands Shopping Centre Earlville



School holiday Programs


First 5 Forever
and Storytime

including Saturday story time!

Picture books and collections available for loan

Cairns City| Manunda | Stratford | Earlville | Smithfield Libraries

Defy Gravity Cairns

Ninja | Bouldering | Trampoline Park

Ages 4 and up (recommended)

Cafe and hot food

Located behind Raintrees Shopping Centre

An Aquatic World Awaits!

The Cairns Aquarium is a world class venue for seeing and interacting with the incredible plants, animals and habitats found in two adjoining World Heritage listed areas, The Wet Tropics Rainforest and The Great Barrier Reef

Ten Bin Bowling
Family Entertainment

Automatic Scoring

Go Bowling Cafe & Bar

Amusement Machines

Cosmic Glow in the Dark Bowling

Located at 93-95 Pease Street, Manunda

Phone 07 4053 3497

Cairns ice skating rink

Ice skating and indoor Tabogganing

Wed – Fri
Two hour sessions 3.30pm to 5.30pm

Sat and Sun
1.5 hour sessions
 9.30 / 11.30 / 1.30 / 3.30

Located in the DFO Shopping Centre

Cairns Skating Centre

Roller skating / Roller blading and rock wall climbing

Fri 10am -12pm
Sat 10 -12pm / 2-4pm / 7-10pm
Sun 2-4pm
Mon -Thur Closed except School holidays 10-12 / 2-4pm

Located at 44 Behan Street Manunda

Interactive map at the Cairns Museum

Lots of kids activities  at the Cairns Museum

Explore the history of tropical life at the Cairns Museum.
Family friendly, air-conditioned and free wi-fi

Located in the historic School of Arts Building corner Lakes and Shield Street Cairns CBD

Visit the website



Movie cinemas

Three Great Locations to choose from

Cairns Central shopping Center

Smithfield Shopping Centre

 Stocklands Shopping Centre in Earlville

Australian armour & Artilery Museum

Exhibits – largest private collection of tanks, armoured vehicles and artillery in the southern hemisphere

Armoured Vehicle Rides

Shooting Gallery (12yrs and older)

Located at Smithfield

X Golf Cairns

X-Golf is a state of the art indoor golf and entertainment venue unlike anything you’ve seen.

Get the kids out of the house, and into X-Golf for some family golf fun ⛳

Located by DFO

Laserfun Cairns

Family Entertainment Centre

Laser Tag

Laser Maze

Virtual Reality

Arcade Games

Located at the far end of the DFO shopping Centre

Lasertag & Escape rooms

Ultimate Adventure Destination

Laser Tag

Escape Rooms

Go Karting (Outside) 

Located on the Captain Cook Highway near Yorkeys Knob Beach


The Games Station

Challenge Yourself Arcade Gaming Centre

Credit or Time Play

Tickets and prizes

Laser Tag 

Located in Earlville Stocklands 


Timezone Cairns

Cutting Edge Arcade Games – Huge choice

Credit or Time Play

Prize games / tickets

Bumper Cars

Air Hockey and skill games

Located 109-115 Abbott Street, Cairns CBD


I Play Cairns

Arcade Games and Family Entertainment 

Credit or Time Play

Prize games / tickets

Icecream Cafe

Air Hockey and skill games

Located at Cairns Central Shopping Centre


the wicked Goblin

An independent games retailer and coffee lounge where you don’t just buy the game, you also play the game.

There are events and tournaments held weekly for all ages and game types including tabletop, board games and both collectable and living card games.

90-92 Lake Street

Heated / Indoor Pools

Boys in a swimming pool

Tobruk Pool and Smithfield Pool both have reasonably large, heated undercover pools with some seating to watch the kids.

When you don't mind getting a bit wet

Take a drive trip up to Kuranda – visit the indoor markets, explore dinosaurs and fossils at the Kuranda Fossil and Gem museum, or go on a fairy quest at The Magical Lane.

Please note the markets are only open Thur – Sun at present due to Covid-19.  

For more to see and do in Kuranda visit the website:  Kuranda Information Center 

Kurnada Markets
kuranda indoor markets
Kuranda Indoor Markets
Fossil and Gemstone Museum
Inside the Fossil and Gemstone Museum
The magical lane

If there’s been recent heavy rain the Barron River falls look out near Kuranda is very spectacular to view.

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