As the school holidays approach and you are looking for something to entertain the kids, and yourself, why not spend some time at Caloundra Music Festival.  

Of course, we have the standard festival face painting and jumping castles for the kids, but we also have a whole lot more:

1.     Live music – Sure you’ve taken the kids to see Peppa Pig, for something completely different, show them real live music.  There are plenty of all age’s bands that kids will love to dance to like no one is watching! 

2.     The Funky Forest – Create, play and explore! Nestled under the shady trees of Kings Beach Park, The Funky Forest offers a program of fun daily workshops, sports and games, like Bucket Drumming, Craft with Petit and even Kids Yoga.

3.     Learn about Turtles – Check out the new TurtleCare and BushCare programs where kids can learn about our local beaches and how they can help to conserve marine turtle nesting habitat. They also get to screen-print their very own reusable, calico bag.

4.     Kerbside Collective – Kerbside is bringing along their suitcase full of circus toys and provide a playful space with circus games. A “Come & Try & Share” space for all ages exploring the flow of hoops, poi, spinning plates, devil sticks & juggling. We then work together to create shapes with our bodies & explore balancing and building human pyramids.  

5.     Paint a pot, plant a seed – Bring out your child’s green thumb with the Little Garden Growers terracotta pot planting activity!


While you are welcome to BYO snacks, we offer some amazing and healthy options in our food courts including The Avocado Hut, Spaghetti Junction and Lush Juice Bar, as well as favourites like the Byron Bay Organic Doughnuts, Potato Slinky and Catch and Kiss Seafood.

Bringing a bubba?  No problem, you can find the Parents Tent in the Funky Forest for a place to feed and change nappies. 

Taking kids to a festival sounds daunting, but the key is preparation. If it’s your first time, consider a day ticket to get the feel. Child (under 12 years) day tickets are $28 (reduced to $18 on Monday), and season tickets are great value at $32 for four days of music and fun. Children are not permitted to enter or leave the festival without an adult accompanying them.

Top three tips for taking kids to a festival

1.     Make sure the kids can roll with it!  Compromise with them – offer to do the kids’ stuff first and then listen to some bands with you.  You can plan ahead by downloading the Funky Forest program and the full Stage program from the website.  Download the CMF Spotify playlist to play in the car in the days before the festival so that the kids can relate to your favourite music. Don’t forget to protect their little ears – bring ear plugs or noise protection earmuffs if you are a mosh pit parent.

2.     Set up a cosy base camp – there’s plenty of green space on the hill in front of the Soul Stage or amongst the trees at the Surf Stage, or beach it in front of the Sand Stage – they can hang you with you there to watch bands…..or take a nap!

3.     Stay safe – Take a picture of your kid each day, so you don’t forget what they were wearing. Tell your kids what to do if they lose you – if you don’t have a base camp, pick a family meeting place. Point out people in event shirts as a safe person to ask for help and write your mobile number on their wristband after you enter the festival (our family-friendly customer service team can help you with that).  

PRE-FESTIVAL SCHOOL HOLIDAY EVENTS – BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL


Get creative
 at the Caloundra Regional Gallery these school holidays

25 Sep – Mono-printing
1 Oct – Making relief-blocks and stamps
2 Oct – Large wood-prints and mixed media

Waste to Art’ workshops at the Arts & Ecology Centre, Tanawha (Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Garden).

23 Sep – from Rags to Rugs
24 Sep – Waste Wallets
25 Sep – Food Wax Wraps
26 Sep – Waste Sculpture Maker Space or Waste Warrior Design Wear
30 Sep – Beautiful Beaches Forever
1 Oct – Musical Funky Junk – Poptars
2 Oct – Bike-tyre Hacks – Wallets and Earring
3 Oct – Zero-Waste Superhero Collage

Swap screen time for green time – check out our top trails for kids with Adventure Sunshine Coast

Chanel your inner secret agent and join in at the Sunshine Coast Libraries these school holidays for a huge range of super-secret spy activities 

Creativity, Community, Culture