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Cairns School Holidays Guide

Christmas 2023

Christmas 2023 / 24 School Holiday Guide

School holiday guide Cairns

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.

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Featured School Holiday Programs and Activities

Packed full of ideas, programs, activities and events happening over the school holidays in Cairns and FNQ

🐰 Food Trucks

🐰 Live Music

🐰 Stunt jumps by the Easter Bunny!

🐰 Free Face painting

🐰 Discounted $50 Kids Giant Swings

FREE Kids Christmas Cookie Workshops 9 – 13 December It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas with FREE Kids Christmas Cookie & Bauble Decorating this Christmas! Let your kids get ...

Corner Captain Cook and Kennedy Highways. Smithfield, Qld 4878

Skypark Cairns AJ Hackett is the ultimate adventure destination for families with kids looking for a thrilling and unforgettable experience. Our park is nestled in the ...

Lot 2, McGregor Rd, Smithfield QLD 4878

The White Wizard will be appearing at Mt Sheridan Plaza for 2 FREE shows during the school holidays in January to delight families with his ...

106 Barnard Drive, Mt Sheridan, Qld 4686

FREE Kids Christmas Bauble Decorating Workshops 14 – 17 December It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas with FREE Kids Christmas Cookie & Bauble Decorating this Christmas! Let your little ...

Corner Captain Cook and Kennedy Highways. Smithfield, Qld 4878

Cairns South School Holiday Program A range of FREE activities for children 0 to 12 yrs Limited spots are available! Register your child today to join in ...

240A Spence St, Bungalow, Cairns

Take a trip through Queensland with Storytime Steps! Children can learn about Queensland’s most fascinating places and animals by finding and exploring pages of The Little ...

106 Barnard Drive, Mt Sheridan, Qld 4686

Christmas SCHOOL HOLIDAY PROGRAM Immerse yourself in the festive spirit at Cairns Museum’s upcoming school holiday program. Create your own diorama of a Christmas scene, or ...

93/105 Lake Street, Cairns City

Beat the boredom at the Historic Village Herberton these holidays. Open every day, there is lots to keep the big and little kids entertained.  – SCHOOL ...

6 Broadway Street, Herberton Queensland 4887

January School Holiday Programs at Artisan Bay Workshops. They have Soap Making, Make a Gnome, Magical Door Sign, Water Colour Painting Crazy Critters, Sodt Paste Art ...

Orchid Plaza at 58 Lake Street Cairns

𝗦𝗖𝗛𝗢𝗢𝗟 𝗛𝗢𝗟𝗜𝗗𝗔𝗬 𝗦𝗘𝗦𝗦𝗜𝗢𝗡 𝗧𝗜𝗠𝗘𝗦 𝗡𝗢𝗪 𝗢𝗡! 𝗦𝗘𝗦𝗦𝗜𝗢𝗡 𝗧𝗜𝗠𝗘𝗦: Running 7 days 9:30am to 11:00am 11:30am to 1:00pm 1:30pm to 3:00pm 3:30pm to 5:00pm 𝗣𝗥𝗜𝗖𝗘𝗦: 15 years & over $23 14 years & under $20 0 ...

DFO Cairns

Sat and Sun Jan 13th & 14th.  Learning to dance is a great way to help children get accustomed to the way their body moves through ...

106 Barnard Drive, Mt Sheridan, Qld 4686

Join us for some Easter fun at the Plaza!  We have 3 hours of free entertainment for kids on April 3, 4, 5 & 6 from 10am-1pm including:

The Easter Bunny – have your photo taken with our special guest against the Easter photo wall
Flip Ripley’s Eggcellent Easter Balloon Show
Jumping Castle (in Centre Court)
Easter Egg Guessing Competition – correct/closest guess wins it all!
Easter crafts and activities
Gather eggs from the hen house to take home
Ride the mini horse carousel and more!

ADRIANA's Painting Parties

𝘼𝙧𝙚 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙡𝙤𝙤𝙠𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙖 𝙛𝙪𝙣 𝙖𝙘𝙩𝙞𝙫𝙞𝙩𝙮 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙮𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙘𝙝𝙞𝙡𝙙𝙧𝙚𝙣?
 
Painting pARTy is perfect for your kids! They will enjoy painting and learn to have fun without using any gadgets. They just might find a hidden hobby or extraordinary talent at a very early age. You never know, we just might find the next little Picasso!
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School Holiday Programs and activities -

School holiday ideas in Cairns for kids, teens and families.

Including All Day and Half Day Programs – Ideal for working parents!

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

Full Day Programs

For busy parents of kids who are too old or too cool for vacation care, you might find some of these all day programs a great help. 

Let the kids enjoy an active program while being fully supervised – they will never know its a form of vacation care!

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Usually offer school holiday programs for ages 5+ Keep the kids busy and having fun this school holidays! Our popular workshops fill quickly so book in ...

Meraki Equestrian Centre Usually offer School Holiday Programs and Pony Camp * horse riding * horse care * learning how to feed and what to feed * lots ...

5707 Kennedy Highway in Mareeba

Usually offer ALL DAY PROGRAMS – Wakeboard Progression Classes or KIDS CLUB 1.5hours for ages 7 -12 years. Aqua Park – water Park and Barra Park also ...

Cairns Wake Park Lot 5 Captain Cook Hwy Smithfield, 4878, QLD

Usually offer Kids Stay Active HOLIDAY All Day Programs Ages 5-15 Years Old Cairns International Tennis Centre (next to Tobruk Pool on Sheridan St) Wet Weather Facilities Air ...

356 Sheridan Street, Cairns

 4 Day Drama Programs! Ages 5 -12 yrs Throughout our 4-Day Drama Camp Program, students develop the essentials of stage performance through improvisation, role-play and characterisation activities. They ...

169 - 171 Bunda St Cairns City QLD 470

ALL DAY PROGRAM Fun & Learning Await at our School Holiday Program!  Our programs are designed to be fun for kids of all ages and include a ...

70 Russell Street, Edgehill, Qld 4870

Arts & Craft workshops

Kids will enjoy the large number of school holiday Arts and Craft programs on offer!

Christmas SCHOOL HOLIDAY PROGRAM Immerse yourself in the festive spirit at Cairns Museum’s upcoming school holiday program. Create your own diorama of a Christmas scene, or ...

93/105 Lake Street, Cairns City

SCHOOL HOLIDAY WORKSHOPS Illustration Basic | Green screen Join our Green Screen Animation workshop where participants, working in pairs will create captivating animations inspired by the ...

Tanks Art Centre Cairns

Offering various school holiday workshops! 4-14yrs.  The Gallery is hosting an exciting series of awesome hands-on workshops for school age children Classes are suitable for children ages ...

40 Abbott St, Cairns City QLD 4870

 Kids Workshops at Limberlost. Usually offer various kids art and craft workshops, a couple of times during the school holidays. Suitable for ages 6 and up. Information can ...

113 Old Smithfield Rd, Freshwater

Our classes are designed to help children aged 6-12 to explore their creativity and develop their skills. – Holiday Workshops – Our workshops are a great opportunity ...

Satinash Close, Redlynch

Let your kids creativity shine with art! Usually offers school holiday art classes for kids. https://www.facebook.com/artclasswithcarly

January School Holiday Programs at Artisan Bay Workshops. They have Soap Making, Make a Gnome, Magical Door Sign, Water Colour Painting Crazy Critters, Sodt Paste Art ...

Orchid Plaza at 58 Lake Street Cairns

Are you looking for FREE school holiday events? Cairns Libraries have got you sorted! We have so many activities to keep your child occupied…. plus we ...

151 Abbott Street, Cairns, 4870
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ACTIVE & Sports - SCHOOL holiday Activities

Futsal, Dodgeball, European Handball, Netball Holiday Clinics are happening again on Tuesday the 12th & 19th and Friday the 15th & 22nd of December. Contact the Stadium ...

Redlynch Central Sports Stadium, Cairns, Qld

Cairns South School Holiday Program A range of FREE activities for children 0 to 12 yrs Limited spots are available! Register your child today to join in ...

240A Spence St, Bungalow, Cairns

School Holiday Specials! Kids Happy Hour & Great Family Deals! Open 7 Days a Week 20 Bumper Lanes Fully Automatic Scoring Go Bowling Cafe & Bar Amusement Machines The Best Deals are ...

93-95 Pease Street, Manoora, Cairns 4870

Usually offer school holiday programs for ages 5+ Keep the kids busy and having fun this school holidays! Our popular workshops fill quickly so book in ...

Meraki Equestrian Centre Usually offer School Holiday Programs and Pony Camp * horse riding * horse care * learning how to feed and what to feed * lots ...

5707 Kennedy Highway in Mareeba

The FQ Holiday Clinics are a great opportunity for boys and girls aged 4 to 14 to learn new skills, stay active and have fun ...

Endeavour Park, Manunda 4870

Usually offer ALL DAY PROGRAMS – Wakeboard Progression Classes or KIDS CLUB 1.5hours for ages 7 -12 years. Aqua Park – water Park and Barra Park also ...

Cairns Wake Park Lot 5 Captain Cook Hwy Smithfield, 4878, QLD

Keep the kids active these school holidays with our upcoming clinic! These sessions are FUNctional fitness classes and will focus on skills such as; Strength Coordination Balance Core strength Flexibility Motor skills Concentration ...

4/117 Toogood Road, Cairns

Watch the big screen, answer questions, and win awesome prizes Hosted by the hilarious Mr. Muddlehead, it’s the perfect mix of education and entertainment. Children can come ...

DFO Cairns

School Holiday Camps Wanting your kids to be productive these school holidays? Get your young ones out having fun and socialising with other like minded young ...

Endevour Park Cairns

Offer various holiday programs for kids age 2-12. Skill Development Classes and Ninja programs/ BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL https://www.gymsportsfnq.com.au/bookings/holiday-booking/

93-99 Robert Rd, Bentley Park, Qld 486

Usually offer Kids Stay Active HOLIDAY All Day Programs Ages 5-15 Years Old Cairns International Tennis Centre (next to Tobruk Pool on Sheridan St) Wet Weather Facilities Air ...

356 Sheridan Street, Cairns

  Fancy getting your children out of the house these holidays, where they will learn soccer skills, make new friends, participate in competitions and HAVE FUN? ...

84-100 Wistaria St, Holloways Beach

CYCAS Kids Circus classes for ages 6-17. School Holiday Classes Casual entry $25 per class • School Holiday Class Passes available Our trainers are skilled in a wide ...

74 Telford Street, Earlville, Qld

Stand Up Paddle Boarding – Ages 8 -16 Often offers School Holiday programs and Come and Try days. Teaching SUP skills, technique and more. https://www.whatsupcairns.com.au/  

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FREE Kids Christmas Cookie Workshops 9 – 13 December It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas with FREE Kids Christmas Cookie & Bauble Decorating this Christmas! Let your kids get ...

Corner Captain Cook and Kennedy Highways. Smithfield, Qld 4878

Take a trip through Queensland with Storytime Steps! Children can learn about Queensland’s most fascinating places and animals by finding and exploring pages of The Little ...

106 Barnard Drive, Mt Sheridan, Qld 4686

Details coming soon…

Cairns Central

Watch the big screen, answer questions, and win awesome prizes Hosted by the hilarious Mr. Muddlehead, it’s the perfect mix of education and entertainment. Children can come ...

DFO Cairns

Details to come soon

The Pier Shopping Centre Cairns

Details to come soon

Raintrees shopping centre cairns

ROAMING WILD Join us from 10am to 1pm, Saturday 13th January and get up close and personal to all the animals at EST. Bring the kiddies and ...

Earlville Shopping Town

The White Wizard will be appearing at Mt Sheridan Plaza for 2 FREE shows during the school holidays in January to delight families with his ...

106 Barnard Drive, Mt Sheridan, Qld 4686

Sat and Sun Jan 13th & 14th.  Learning to dance is a great way to help children get accustomed to the way their body moves through ...

106 Barnard Drive, Mt Sheridan, Qld 4686

FREE Kids Christmas Bauble Decorating Workshops 14 – 17 December It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas with FREE Kids Christmas Cookie & Bauble Decorating this Christmas! Let your little ...

Corner Captain Cook and Kennedy Highways. Smithfield, Qld 4878
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specialised programs

This year we’ve added a number of specialised programs to the guide.  There may be more available but these are the ones we are aware of. Please contact us to be included for free as part of giving back to the community.

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Cairns South School Holiday Program A range of FREE activities for children 0 to 12 yrs Limited spots are available! Register your child today to join in ...

240A Spence St, Bungalow, Cairns

 – 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

Futsal, Dodgeball, European Handball, Netball Holiday Clinics are happening again on Tuesday the 12th & 19th and Friday the 15th & 22nd of December. Contact the Stadium ...

Redlynch Central Sports Stadium, Cairns, Qld

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

Offering various school holiday workshops! 4-14yrs.  The Gallery is hosting an exciting series of awesome hands-on workshops for school age children Classes are suitable for children ages ...

40 Abbott St, Cairns City QLD 4870

Offering various school holiday workshops! 4-14yrs.  The Gallery is hosting an exciting series of awesome hands-on workshops for school age children Classes are suitable for children ages ...

40 Abbott St, Cairns City QLD 4870

Christmas SCHOOL HOLIDAY PROGRAM Immerse yourself in the festive spirit at Cairns Museum’s upcoming school holiday program. Create your own diorama of a Christmas scene, or ...

93/105 Lake Street, Cairns City

Are you looking for FREE school holiday events? Cairns Libraries have got you sorted! We have so many activities to keep your child occupied…. plus we ...

151 Abbott Street, Cairns, 4870

 Kids Workshops at Limberlost. Usually offer various kids art and craft workshops, a couple of times during the school holidays. Suitable for ages 6 and up. Information can ...

113 Old Smithfield Rd, Freshwater

SCHOOL HOLIDAY WORKSHOPS Illustration Basic | Green screen Join our Green Screen Animation workshop where participants, working in pairs will create captivating animations inspired by the ...

Tanks Art Centre Cairns

Let your kids creativity shine with art! Usually offers school holiday art classes for kids. https://www.facebook.com/artclasswithcarly

Our classes are designed to help children aged 6-12 to explore their creativity and develop their skills. – Holiday Workshops – Our workshops are a great opportunity ...

Satinash Close, Redlynch

January School Holiday Programs at Artisan Bay Workshops. They have Soap Making, Make a Gnome, Magical Door Sign, Water Colour Painting Crazy Critters, Sodt Paste Art ...

Orchid Plaza at 58 Lake Street Cairns

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

Learning Tree Tuition
School Holiday Programs
Trinity Brach

Over the 2021/2022 Christmas Holiday Period we have a variety of programs to offer! 

– Math & English Tutoring

– Kids Art & Craft Workshops

– PREPare for Prep sessions

Come Pour With Me
School Holiday Program
For those of you wanting your children to engage their creative minds, have fun and produce stunning artwork. These classes will be on in December and January. The cost is $55 per child.  See the booking link below for details and booking options

Active or Adventure Type Activities

Sports & Physical activites

Keep the kids moving these school holidays!

Cairns Wake Park

Kids Club 
Mon | Wed | Fri | Sat
8:30 – 10am
Suitable for ages 6 – 12yrs
Knee boarding and wakeboarding coaching
Equipment inclusive
Slow speed
Buggy pick ups
‼️Bookings are essential
Scuba kids

Divers Den

Half Day 3hr
Scuba Kids Program
Sun afternoons & Tuesday mornings

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

Little Lifesavers

Cairns and Port Douglas

Little Lifesavers, is a great introduction to surf lifesaving for children aged 5 to 11.

kids Yoga

Get your kids prepared for the new school year with
yoga postures, mindfulness, breathing and relaxation
Thursday 6th, 13th & 20th January
Ages 5 – 11 @ 12.00pm &
12 – 17 @ 1.30pm
(60 mins duration

Early bird special $70 before 15th Dec thereafter $90

Sugarworld

Bring on the FUN!
Join us for a 💦splashing💦 good time these school holidays with holiday fun for the whole family!
Adventure awaits you
 
Sunday 12th December with our Optus truck movie event!
Super Slides 🌊 Mini Golf ⛳ Splash Town 💦 Licensed cafe 🍻 Outdoor Cinema 🙌

Half Moon Bay Golf Course
 Yorkeys Knob

Monday 20th Dec

FREE come and try holiday clinic

For boys and girls 6-14
Plus Girls only holiday clinic

 All equipment is supplied 

For more information contact Graham Bolton on 0435533724 or gbolton@pgamember.org.au

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