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Cairns School Holidays Guide

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

KIDS MOUNTAIN BIKING SKILL CLINICS & HOLIDAY FUN ON THE ATHERTON TABLELANDS Kids MTB Skills Clinics are for 7–15-year-olds. These clinics and holiday programs are fun ...

 SUMMER SCHOOL HOLIDAY PROGRAM 2022/23  Entertain and educate the whole family these summer school holidays with the Cairns Museum holiday program. Book early for our workshops inspired ...

93/105 Lake Street, Cairns City

  Dance Like An Animal Stage Show -Monday 9th January – Australia is home to some of the most unique animals on the planet… and boy do they ...

106 Barnard Drive, Mt Sheridan, Qld 4686

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

ADRIANA's Painting Parties

𝘼𝙧𝙚 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙡𝙤𝙤𝙠𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙖 𝙛𝙪𝙣 𝙖𝙘𝙩𝙞𝙫𝙞𝙩𝙮 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙮𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙘𝙝𝙞𝙡𝙙𝙧𝙚𝙣?
 
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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!

Tumbling, cheerleading, dance and aerial silks! Have you thought about plans for the kids holidays coming up!?   1 DAY SCHOOL HOLIDAY FUN WORKSHOPS  10th & 11th January 2023 Your ...

Meraki Equestrian Centre  THERE WILL BE TWO RIDES A DAY SO DOUBLE THE FUN !! * horse riding * horse care * learning how to feed and ...

5707 Kennedy Highway in Mareeba

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

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

Kids Stay Active XMAS HOLIDAY Programme’ BOOK Now!! 8am-5pm (drop off from 7.30am) Ages 5-15 Years Old Cairns International Tennis Centre (next to Tobruk Pool on ...

356 Sheridan Street, Cairns

4 Day Drama Programs! STEP INTO THE SPOTLIGHT THIS DEC & JAN AT TYC WITH OUR #TYCSuperSummerHolidays Celebrate the end of 2022 with electrifying dramatic ...

169 - 171 Bunda St Cairns City QLD 470

ALL DAY PROGRAM Full of fun, your child will have the best time singing, dancing, acting and swimming all week! School Holiday Programs with The Brain Space, ...

70 Russell Street, Edgehill, Qld 4870

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Creative, ART & CRAFT SCHOOL holiday Activities

There are a lot of various art and creative workshops on these holidays – including MEDIA art

 SUMMER SCHOOL HOLIDAY PROGRAM 2022/23  Entertain and educate the whole family these summer school holidays with the Cairns Museum holiday program. Book early for our workshops inspired ...

93/105 Lake Street, Cairns City

Children’s Gingerbread decorating class Join us at Petals & Pinecones Cafe ATHERTON! Kids Gingerbread decorating class. Kids decorate, you can relax enjoy a coffee. Kids Fun ...

8/6 Herberton Road, Atherton QLD 4883

  These Christmas holidays, the Gallery is hosting an exciting series of awesome hands-on workshops for school age children – there are a few old favourites, ...

40 Abbott St, Cairns City QLD 4870

Kids Cupcake Decorating classes. These will book out quick so if you want some school holiday fun follow the link below to book in while you ...

Shop 57, Mount Sheridan Plaza, Cairns

Who wants to do some Christmas Craft workshops? Starting  Monday 12th Dec and running for two weeks leading up to Christmas 12-24 December All ages 9.30am till 11am $20 ...

Shop 1/220 Toogood Road, Bayview Heights

𝗖𝗵𝗿𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗺𝗮𝘀 𝗖𝗿𝗮𝗳𝘁 𝗔𝗰𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗲𝘀 – School Holiday Program | Bookings open Tuesday, 22 November 2022. • Rock Painting for Adults • Porcelain Plate Painting for Kids 𝗗𝗶𝗺𝗯𝘂𝗹𝗮𝗵 𝗟𝗶𝗯𝗿𝗮𝗿𝘆, ...

This January join us at NorthSite Studios for a series of fun, creative workshops for kids and the whole family! Paper Bead Making – TOTE bags ...

55 Greenslopes Street, Edge Hill

Driftwood Mobiles for Kids Workshop Driftwoods Mobiles are a great gift idea for Christmas. This workshop is a great opportunity for kids to make a handmade, unique present for someone ...

113 Old Smithfield Rd, Freshwater

IT’S ALIVE! GREEN SCREEN ANIMATION WORKSHOP… These school holidays, flex those creativity muscles and learn the magic of the green screen, a special effects technique used ...

38 Abbot Street, Cairns

Wreath making, Cookie Jar Designs, Cookie Decorating! Join us on Tuesdays to participate in some holiday festive fun! All materials are provided by headspace, and these activities ...

42 Grafton Street, Cairns

Are you looking for FREE school holiday events? Cairns Libraries have got you sorted! Check out our Circus Workshop with CYCAS Circus, come along to the ...

151 Abbott Street, Cairns, 4870

Let your kids creativity shine with art! Taking bookings for school holidays! Please contact me now to secure a spot https://www.facebook.com/artclasswithcarly

Art and Craft Workshops – December School Holiday Program  Artisan Bay offers daily activities for children aged four years and over. We take care of ...


ACTIVE & Sports - SCHOOL holiday Activities

Stand Up Paddle Boarding – Ages 8 -16 Xmas Holiday program. Run over 3 weeks –  once a week I have your kids for 6 hours and ...

BUCHANS POINT

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 $20 14 years & under $16 Parent ...

DFO Cairns

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

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

Summer Holiday Clinics. Football Queensland Holiday Clinics will be delivered around the state this summer and is a great opportunity for boys and girls aged 4 ...

Endeavour Park, Manunda 4870

KIDS MOUNTAIN BIKING SKILL CLINICS & HOLIDAY FUN ON THE ATHERTON TABLELANDS Kids MTB Skills Clinics are for 7–15-year-olds. These clinics and holiday programs are fun ...

Little Lifesavers, supported by Kumon, is a great introduction to surf lifesaving for children aged 5 to 11. It is a fun way for kids to learn ...

Tumbling, cheerleading, dance and aerial silks! Have you thought about plans for the kids holidays coming up!?   1 DAY SCHOOL HOLIDAY FUN WORKSHOPS  10th & 11th January 2023 Your ...

Holiday fun for the kids! Come along and meet our kid dancers, see what we get up to and have a go at the variety ...

Kids Stay Active XMAS HOLIDAY Programme’ BOOK Now!! 8am-5pm (drop off from 7.30am) Ages 5-15 Years Old Cairns International Tennis Centre (next to Tobruk Pool on ...

356 Sheridan Street, Cairns

JANUARY NINJA HOLIDAY PROGRAM OPEN FOR BOOKINGS KindaNinja for 2-5 years: Friday 6th January 9.00-10.00am Friday 13th January 9.00-10.00am Friday 20th January 9.00-10.00am One Adult per child permitted ...

93-99 Robert Rd, Bentley Park, Qld 486

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

PCYC Cairns are offering FREE holidays sports program and activities to keep your kids entertained. Age 12 – 17 What’s on offer? Free activities will include Basketball, Traditional ...

Meraki Equestrian Centre  THERE WILL BE TWO RIDES A DAY SO DOUBLE THE FUN !! * horse riding * horse care * learning how to feed and ...

5707 Kennedy Highway in Mareeba

CYCAS Kids Circus classes for ages 6-17. School Holiday Classes We are running School Holiday classes Tue to Thu each week during the holidays at 4:45pm. As ...

74 Telford Street, Earlville, Qld

JGFA CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR HOLIDAY CLINICS!!  REGISTER YOUR CHILD NOW AND JOIN US OUT ON THE FIELD FOR THE HOLIDAYS  Enrol your child now at www.jgfa.com.au Looking for ...

84-100 Wistaria St, Holloways Beach

Shopping Centres

  Dance Like An Animal Stage Show -Monday 9th January – Australia is home to some of the most unique animals on the planet… and boy do they ...

106 Barnard Drive, Mt Sheridan, Qld 4686

Join us in centre for some delicious Christmas Cupcake decorating during this festive season! This is a chance to get creative with your Christmas decorating skills ...

Earlville Shopping Town

FREE KIDS FOOD WORKSHOPS Enjoy FREE 30-minute healthy food workshops daily from the 16th – 20th January. Each child will walk away with their own Breakfast ...

274 Mulgrave Road, Westcourt, Cairns

Free Kids Bauble Decorating this Christmas! Let your little ones brighten up your Christmas tree with their very own Christmas Bauble! Get creative using coloured markers, ...

Corner Captain Cook and Kennedy Highways. Smithfield, Qld 4878

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.

Girls and Boys Programs: Strong girls’ intensive program for autistic girls’ (12-16 years) Psycho-education, art therapy and games See below message for interest in under 12 programs Strong boys ...

3 Jensem Street, Manoora,Cairns

EXCITING NEWS! We have a school holiday program coming up at Hambledon House Community Centre! This program is aimed at developing the skills, understandings, and capacities ...

Hambledon House Community Centre

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 – 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

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

  These Christmas holidays, the Gallery is hosting an exciting series of awesome hands-on workshops for school age children – there are a few old favourites, ...

40 Abbott St, Cairns City QLD 4870

𝗖𝗵𝗿𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗺𝗮𝘀 𝗖𝗿𝗮𝗳𝘁 𝗔𝗰𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗲𝘀 – School Holiday Program | Bookings open Tuesday, 22 November 2022. • Rock Painting for Adults • Porcelain Plate Painting for Kids 𝗗𝗶𝗺𝗯𝘂𝗹𝗮𝗵 𝗟𝗶𝗯𝗿𝗮𝗿𝘆, ...

IT’S ALIVE! GREEN SCREEN ANIMATION WORKSHOP… These school holidays, flex those creativity muscles and learn the magic of the green screen, a special effects technique used ...

38 Abbot Street, Cairns

Children’s Gingerbread decorating class Join us at Petals & Pinecones Cafe ATHERTON! Kids Gingerbread decorating class. Kids decorate, you can relax enjoy a coffee. Kids Fun ...

8/6 Herberton Road, Atherton QLD 4883

Art and Craft Workshops – December School Holiday Program  Artisan Bay offers daily activities for children aged four years and over. We take care of ...

Who wants to do some Christmas Craft workshops? Starting  Monday 12th Dec and running for two weeks leading up to Christmas 12-24 December All ages 9.30am till 11am $20 ...

Shop 1/220 Toogood Road, Bayview Heights

Let your kids creativity shine with art! Taking bookings for school holidays! Please contact me now to secure a spot https://www.facebook.com/artclasswithcarly

Wreath making, Cookie Jar Designs, Cookie Decorating! Join us on Tuesdays to participate in some holiday festive fun! All materials are provided by headspace, and these activities ...

42 Grafton Street, Cairns

  These Christmas holidays, the Gallery is hosting an exciting series of awesome hands-on workshops for school age children – there are a few old favourites, ...

40 Abbott St, Cairns City QLD 4870

Are you looking for FREE school holiday events? Cairns Libraries have got you sorted! Check out our Circus Workshop with CYCAS Circus, come along to the ...

151 Abbott Street, Cairns, 4870

 SUMMER SCHOOL HOLIDAY PROGRAM 2022/23  Entertain and educate the whole family these summer school holidays with the Cairns Museum holiday program. Book early for our workshops inspired ...

93/105 Lake Street, Cairns City

Kids Cupcake Decorating classes. These will book out quick so if you want some school holiday fun follow the link below to book in while you ...

Shop 57, Mount Sheridan Plaza, Cairns

This January join us at NorthSite Studios for a series of fun, creative workshops for kids and the whole family! Paper Bead Making – TOTE bags ...

55 Greenslopes Street, Edge Hill

Driftwood Mobiles for Kids Workshop Driftwoods Mobiles are a great gift idea for Christmas. This workshop is a great opportunity for kids to make a handmade, unique present for someone ...

113 Old Smithfield Rd, Freshwater

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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