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Fun Ideas for the School Holidays

on 15 June 2021 in Travel & Lifestyle

When it comes to entertaining children during the school holidays, the only way to do it right is to help them burn their energy with fun and exciting activities that will keep both mind and body busy.

Tune in for our top fun ideas on keeping your kids busy and entertained these school holidays in Bowen. Note that these activities are suitable for the whole family to join in on the fun.

Horseshoe Bay

Grab a picnic and head to Horseshoe Bay in Bowen. With a beachfront swing set that will be hogged by the little ones, bask in the sun and enjoy the stunning views of the ocean and white sandy beach ahead. There are public facilities and amenities nearby.

Lions Park

Walk a bit further down Horseshoe Bay headed to Grays Bay to find Lions Park. Tucked away from the main access points, this park is lovely as a stop during your stroll up and down the beach, especially to watch the sunset. Let your kids have a go at the new park facilities, and don’t forget to bring a ball along to kick around in the large grassy area of Lions Park.

Hansen Park

Situated on the beachfront of Horseshoe Bay, Hansen Park is great for kids who love big grassy spaces to throw a ball or kick one around. Whether you like flying a kite, or grouping together some friends for a cricket match, this is the park to be in. With additional play equipment suitable for all ages, you can anticipate hours of fun for the little ones in Hansen Park. Play equipment ranges from cubby houses for the younger children to spider web climbing for the older kids.

Gideon Park

A great park for parents with little explorers, Gideon Park has a fully fenced area allowing your kids to explore within safe boundaries. Featuring a range of slides, walking bridges, climbing spots, and swings all over, Gideon Park is quite large and even has its own full sized netball, basketball, and hockey courts. There’s also a bike path around the park, making it a great way for the kids to practice their riding skills. With free to use barbecues and plenty of shaded seating areas, feel free to cook up a feast and make a day in Gideon Park a full fledge outing.

Bowen Water Park

One of the best family fun parks that is equipped for hours of playtime, the Bowen Water Park is free for all and open all year round. From safe non-slip areas for babies and toddlers to play in to slides, a big water bucket, and plenty of water features and sections to keep the bigger kids busy, this is one place you won’t want to miss visiting this coming school holidays. There are many free barbecue tables and seated areas to enjoy an outdoor meal with your loved ones too. 

Bowen Front Beach Park

Offering fantastic views down from the water, this park features a fully covered area to protect the kids from the sun. It’s a great place to enjoy the views, have a barbecue, while letting the kids have fun, and is also wheelchair friendly with a wheelchair accessible swing. 

Bowen Marina Park

The Bowen Marina Park is the latest addition of parks in Bowen, incorporating the latest playground equipment guaranteeing lots of fun. 

The Summergarden Theatre

Dating back to 1948, the Summergarden Theatre is the place to be for all movie buffs. Offering modern technology integrated with a rustic charm, this cinema establishment isn’t just for movies, but also for those looking to snap some beautiful photos of buildings in Bowen. With twin screens that show the latest blockbusters, as well as some favourite classics, pop by the Summergarden Theatre for a magical movie time with the stars. 

Friday Night Outdoor Skating

Happening at Bowen PCYC, come along for an outdoor skating experience at night. Starting from 5.30pm all the way through 8.30pm, entry is $7 for PCYC members and $10 for non-members. Skates can be hired for just $3 and there’s also a full canteen that serves both hot and cold food and beverages. Fun, music, and games will run throughout the night, hosted by Bowen PCYC’s R.U.B.Y crew youth group.

Those under 12 will need to be accompanied by an adult guardian, and children above 12 must be collected by a responsible adult at the end of the event. This is a cash only event, so be sure to bring cash for entry, skate hires, food and drink. 

Salty Dog Sea Kayaking

For these school holidays, experience fun a little differently by paddling out to sea in a kayak. Join the Salty Dog team on one of the guided tours for an unforgettable adventure as you explore the Whitsunday Islands.

If your kids aren’t up for following a tour, why not just rent a kayak instead? Explore the Whitsundays at your own pace with a rental kayak from Salty Dog Sea Kayaking.

Dine at the Grand View Hotel in Bowen

For a hearty meal that will satisfy the appetites of your kids, head to the Grand View Hotel in Bowen. Featuring classic delights that will entice even the stubborn eaters, the kids menu is simply indulging. And if there isn’t anything of fancy on the kids menu, a quick glimpse at the full menu will certainly please everyone. 

Premium steaks grilled to perfection, pasta and pizzas that will have your mouths watering, perfectly crumbed schnitzels, and an irresistible range of desserts, a visit to the Whitsundays simply isn’t complete without a meal at the Grand View Hotel.

Booking now on (07) 4786 4022 to avoid disappointment.

Banner image credit: Salty Dog Sea Kayaking 

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