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Cairns School Holidays Guide

19th September to 5th October

Cairns School Holiday Guide

Kids About Cairns brings you The BEST school holiday programs and activities in Cairns and surrounds, for kids and teenagers.  

From all day programs, ideal for working parents, to fun activities for all of the family, we are sure you will find something here to keep the kids entertained these school holidays.

School holiday Guide thanks to Bad Fishy Jet boating

Featured School Holiday Programs and Activities

Cairns Ice Skating Rink

School Holiday Sessions
Running Daily
9:30am to 11:00am
11:30am to 1:00pm
1:30pm to 3:00pm
3:30pm to 5:00pm

Friday Night
7:00pm to 9:00pm

No bookings necessary
Bring Long Socks

Cairns Childrens Museum

Tiny Town – An Interactive Road Safety Experience

The current experience “Tiny Town” educates young children on safety and awareness on our roads.

Cairns Children’s Museum (CCM) is a not for profit organisation set up to provide a hands-on, interactive, STEAM-focused (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) museum where children can feel comfortable to explore, take chances, make mistakes, and learn, all while sparking a curiosity about the world around them.

Located at Stocklands Shopping Centre upstairs by the Cinema.  

Awesome 35min jet boat adventure on the stunning Trinity Inlet in Cairns

Locally owned and operated

Daily departures during school holidays and weekends

Local rates available.  Use promo code LOCAL when booking online to get 20% off adult and child tickets or 10% off family tickets

Perfect for self-drive fishing or sightseeing on the Cairns Trinity Inlet

No licence required

BBQ pontoon boats offer a fun family day out

Locally owned and operated

Local rates available on half and full day tinny or pontoon boat hire. Use the promo code LOCAL when booking online to get 20% off half day or full day options

Holiday Activities

Meet the Easter Bunny 28 March

The Easter Bunny is on his way; to try and brighten up your day. With a basket full of chocolate treats; he brings a smile to all he meets!

Easter Egg Hunt

Eggs-tra special Easter Hunt! March 28th Looking for something fun to do this Easter?   Guess the clues, follow the trail map and journey through the centre to find the hidden eggs.

Easter Craft Workshops 6-9 April

Get Creative this Easter!  Looking for something fun to do these school holidays? From 6th April, entertain the little ones with our FREE immersive Craft Workshops.

Zoo to You 12-16 April

An up-close Wildlife Experience Educate and engage the kids these school holidays with live Reptile shows at Smithfield Shopping Centre.

Newley Added

Hartleys Crocodile Adventures: Wildlife Festival 

Starry Night Cinema
We have a couple of great family films to add to your calendar, make a night of it and grab pizzas to share with friends.
🎥 SHREK – SAT 25 Sept
📍 Cairns Botanic Gardens
🚛 Food van onsite
🧺 BYO Picnic allowed
 

School Holiday Programs and activities

School holiday ideas in Cairns

All Day or half day programs - Ideal for working parents

The Brain Space

School holiday program 20th to 24th Sept.
Full or half days

Education, drama, dance, singing, swimming and a musical production

TYC
The Young Company Theatre

Full Day Drama Programs

Get ready for non-stop adventures these school holidays with TYC’s Super Spring Drama Programs (5yrs-12yrs). Participate in our 4-day programs.

Wk 1: The Secret Life of Toys
Wk 2: Night at the Library

Cairns International Tennis Centre.

Kids Stay Active Holiday Programme’ 🎾⚽️🏀🏉🥎🏓
⏰ 8am-5pm (drop off from 7.30am)
👍Ages 5-15 Years Old
☔️Wet Weather Facilities
☀️Air Conditioned Room
🤝Fully Insured & 1st Aid Trained Staff
😎Full & Half Day Options
💰Cost is $30 (Half Day), $50 (Full Day) or $200 (Full Week, therefore only $40 Per Day)

Cairns Wake Park

School Holidays Wake Squad 🌟
TUES  WED  THUR‼️
🔹Wakeboarding progression sessions ➕
🔹Off water activities
• Fully supervised
• 9am – 4pm
• Lunch included 
• Wakeboarding instructional lessons
• Goal setting
• Progression charts
• Extra activities eg basket ball, table tennis, swimming, wakeboarding films, games
 
Scuba kids

Divers Den

Half Day 3hr
Scuba Kids Program

Sundays 1pm to 4pm or by arrangement with 4+ kids

  • Try scuba diving in the shallow end of our pool, supervised by our professional PADI instructors
  • Snorkel, swim and try our underwater scooters

Sugarworld Adventure Park

Prepare for bucketloads of fun these school holidays as we reopen the Super Slides, Splash Town and aquatic facilities!
Round up your bathers and mark the day in your calendar. We’re kicking off the fun with a special Night Sliding and Twilight Movie event on Friday 17th September, 5pm.
kick Accademy

Kick Academy FNQ
AFL

Wk 1: Mon – Wed
Wk 2: Wed – Fri
8.30 to 2.30pm

School Holiday Clinics boys and girls ages 6 and over. packed full of fun games, skills & personal development!

Golf clinic

Cairns Golf Club

  • June School Holiday Program Monday 28th &Tuesday 29th June.
    Two days of coaching with our PGA professionals.
    Open to kids 5+ and for all abilities.
    During the two days we will cover chipping, putting, full swing and on course play.
JGFA Holiday Clinics

Jamie Gosling Football Academy
Holiday Clinics @ Holloways Beach

Second week only!
Half Days 9am – 12pm Tue, Wed, Thur
Ages 5 -15

Football skills and techniques, as well as team games, competitions, World Cups, joke competitions, penalty shoot outs and much more.  ⚽️❤️

Education or Craft Type Activities

Cairns Museum
School Holiday Program. Bookings Essential.

Big Scale Art

Shrink Craft Workshop

Colouring In Competition

Activity Trails

Come Pour With Me
School Holiday Acrylic Pouring Classes for Kids.

Unleash your child’s creative side with this fun, exciting and rewarding art form, where every child creates amazing art. 

Cairns Libaries
School Holiday Programs
Lego Mania
STEAM Explorer Stations
Caring for your Pet Pals
Marvelous Minibeasts
The Magic of Bees
Scratch Coding Jr

Limberlost Nursery in Freshwater
School Holiday Workshops

Information coming soon..

Guinea Pigs!
Available for a cuddle every Saturday and Sunday between 9-10am and 3-4pm

Cairns Art Gallery
School Holiday Events

Most sessions around two hours.  Bookings Essential.


Various Art Activities, Stencils, Collage, Ceramics, Graffiti, Spray Paint, Textiles, Water Colors plus heaps more

Cairns Libaries
School Holiday Program
TBA

Active or Adventure Type Activities

Cairns Wake & Aqua Park
Kids Club – wake and knee boarding with reduced cable speed.


Aqua park – inflatable slides and obstacle course

Cairns Zoom & Wildlife Dome
Keepers in Training
 Holiday Program

One hour sessions

Ages 3-7 years
and 8-13 years

South Cairns Gymnastics Club

😇 Kindergym for 2-7 years
🤸‍♀️ Skill Development for Prep-Grade 6
🤩 Trick & Tumble for 8-15 years
🙃 KindaNinja for 2-5 years
😎 NinjaGym for Prep-Grade 6
🙌 All Programs are for both girls & boys
😍 Non members welcome
📲 Bookings essential

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Hornhire & Repairs

Woodwind instrument hire and repairs.
Now taking bookings for instrument repairs over the September school holidays. www.hornhire.com

Go Bowling Cairns
Ten Pin Bowling

Holiday specials

Cairns skating

Cairns Skating Centre
Roller & Inline Skating
Holiday Sessions

10am to 12pm
(Excluding Sun)


2pm to 4pm

7pm to 10pm Fri & Sat

Cairns Ice Skating Rink
Ice Skating & Tobogganing

School Holiday Sessions

9.30am to 11am
11.30am to 1pm
1.30pm to 3pm
3.30pm to 5pm

New Session
Firday Nights
7pm to 9pm

Kids Circus Cairns

CYCAS Circus

Kids Circus Holiday Classes
Wide range of circus activities, unicycle, walk the tightrope, hula hooping, lyra, aerial silks, poi, juggling, stilts – anything we have in the studio, you can learn to use!

South Cairns Gymnastics Club

Kindergym for 2-7 years
🤸🏻‍♂️ Skill Development for Prep to Grade 6
🤩 Trick & Tumble for 8-15 years
🙃 KindaNinja for 2-5 years
😎 NinjaGym for Prep to Grade 6

Shopping Centres - What's on

DFO Cairns

Construction Central
LEGO
Mon 20th – Thur 23rd
10am to 2pm

Mini Putter’s Palace
Sat 25th to Sun 3rd
11am to 2pm
More info on their Facebook page

Smithfield Shopping Centre

Discover Sustainable School Holiday Fun.  

From Monday 20 Sept until Sunday 3 Oct., Smithfield Shopping Centre will be hosting a range of free kid’s craft activities inspired by sustainability

Recycled Butterflies
Terracotta Pot Decorating
Craft Turtles
Rainbow Caterpillars
Coffee Cup Binoculars
Bubble Wrap Art
Tissue Box Monsters

Mt Sheradin Plazza
School holiday activities

GO SEEK! Musical Adventure Show

20th – 24th Sept 10am to 12pm

Roaming Wild!

27th – 1st October 9am to 2pm

Stockland Earlville
Hollywood Workshops
Mon 20th to Fri 24th
10am to 1pm

Get the STAR treatment these school holidays with FREE kids Hollywood themed craft workshops!

Book online recommended

Smithfield Shopping Centre

Discover Sustainable School Holiday Fun.  

From Monday 20 Sept until Sunday 3 Oct., Smithfield Shopping Centre will be hosting a range of free kid’s craft activities inspired by sustainability

Recycled Butterflies
Terracotta Pot Decorating
Craft Turtles
Rainbow Caterpillars
Coffee Cup Binoculars
Bubble Wrap Art
Tissue Box Monsters

Mt Sheradin Plazza
School holiday activities

GO SEEK! Musical Adventure Show

20th – 24th Sept 10am to 12pm

Roaming Wild!

27th – 1st October 9am to 2pm

One OFF OR Special Events

Disclaimer: The above information comes from the individual businesses website or Facebook pages. Sometimes businesses makes changes to times and events.

For other everyday ideas on things to do with kids in Cairns during the school holidays be sure to check out our Indoor Activities for Kids Guide as well as our free Things to Do page

Kids About Cairns Holiday Pick!

Here are our picks for a day out with the kids and the family

The Historic Village Herberton

We can highly recommend visiting this amazing interactive historic village, located in Herberton 1.5 hours from Cairns. Kids will love the train ride and the majority of exhibits here are interactive; meaning they can be touched by little hands!

Plan to spend the whole day here!

Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures

 

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