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Is it just us or did the last term of school fly by? While the region’s beaches and parks will be beckoning these summer holidays, for busy parents it can be challenging to keep the kids entertained for six whole weeks of schoolfree time. We are here to help. My Weekly Preview’s regular holiday guide offers lots of ideas to keep the kids occupied. There’s Christmas fun and high-flying activities plus unusual adventures, and lots more. Enjoy!

GIVEAWAY Our friends at Lake Kawana Community Centre are giving away a family pass (two adults and two children) to the 12.30pm performance of Chores on December 17. To enter, visit and click on the Win tab. Full terms and conditions are also available online.

WHEN CLEANING UP IS NO LONGER A CHORE Every parent knows the pain of trying to get the kids to clean their rooms. And every child knows how annoying it is to be asked to clean their rooms every day. When you look at this dilemma through the comedic eyes of Julian Roberts and Patrick Heilmann in the hilarious show Chores, you may never have the same argument again. In fact, tidying your room might become a lot of fun. Mr Roberts, who has been devoted to slapstick comedy and circus arts since the age of 14, is a dynamic entertainer and when his energy and creative mind combined with Mr Heilmann’s, Chores instantly became a hit with audiences of all ages. “Chores is the return to the good old days of pure entertainment, where bringing joy is

priority number one,” he says. “Operating at an extremely high LPM (laughs per minute), the show gives you a handful of moments to take a breath, but those moments will be filled with gasps in awe at the variety of top shelf circus acrobatics on display. “This show is unique because it doesn’t matter if you’re two years old or 99 years old, nothing is written to go over your head or to be just for kids; everybody gets it. We all posses an inner child. We have performed for adults and children our whole lives and adults really are just big kids when you allow them to be. But put them in a room full of the contagious and uninhibited laughter of children, adults leave elated and telling their friends that they must see Chores. Not for their kids, but for them.”

Mr Roberts says Chores takes a look at the funny side of trying to get your kids to clean their rooms. “When children watch Chores, they relate directly to the characters on stage and the injustices they face as a messy room stands between them and their fun,” he says. “Whereas the adults relate the show to their own kids’ behaviour, and the similarities are hilarious. It’s funny of course when not at home – as we all know, when kids are cleaning their rooms there can be a fine line between tragedy and comedy.” The show is full of surprises, including a toilet paper cannon, juggling, a big stretchy ghost, super-high unicycle, spinning wheels and a high-tension, high-altitude walking of the plank. Mr Roberts, who recently completed training with master clown Philippe Gaulier in Paris, says the duo would perform every second of the day if they could. “Performing live is literally the best part of our day. No amount of Facebook could replace the smiles and looks on the faces of our audiences,” he says. “Seeing kids and parents alike functioning at maximum enjoyment really gives us joy and fulfilment. To put it simply, as soon as we finish we want to do it again. We are completely and un-apologetically addicted. “This is a show your kids will talk about for ages and it’s not only about how much fun chores can be, but also how chores can be so much fun. This will be ammo for you to get your kids to clean their rooms for the next year, so don’t miss out on that opportunity.” There will be two performances of Chores at the Lake Kawana Community Centre on January 17 at 10am and 12.30pm. Tickets are $15 and are available from 114 Sportsmans Parade, Bokarina Visit

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SCHOOL HOLIDAY FUN GUIDE Throughout the interactive journey at Sea Life Sunshine Coast, a Pipe Pals trail will guide and surprise with tales of amazing underwater animals, leading guests into Dory’s Reef. Experience fun activities including Ridin’ the EAC with Crush, Nemo’s Anemone Challenge, and using your own echo locator in Bailey’s Maze. Visitors can then challenge their friends and family members to see who can reach immunity the quickest in Nemo’s Anemone Race, racing through the anemone and building resistance, just like clownfish in the wild. Bailey’s Echo Locator is next, where guests can help their friends’ journey through the maze by encouraging them through a fun network of communication pipes.

DISCOVER DORY AND FRIENDS AT SEA LIFE Dive in this summer and explore the all-new interactive zone at Sea Life Sunshine Coast called Finding Dory and Friends: The Experience. Created with Disney Pixar, the new experience features interactive magical moments from the box-office smash hit, Finding Dory. “We are extremely excited to open this new and interactive, state-of-the-art exhibit on the Sunshine Coast,” says Sea Life Sunshine Coast’s regional general manager Quinn Clarke. “This immersive experience will allow visitors to participate in Dory’s journey as they adventure across the ocean to learn all about the amazing underwater world.”

The highlight of Finding Dory and Friends: The Experience is meeting schools of blue tangs (Dory) and clownfish (Nemo) in an all-new coral reef exhibit. Every interactive experience is designed to educate visitors about Dory and her friends and how we can help preserve reefs and coastlines for the future. Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba Visit

Finding Dory and Friends: The Experience will be open every day of the summer school holidays, including Christmas Day. The kids will love it! Book online to save or purchase tickets online at


When you call Whale One to book your cruise remember to mention My Weekly Preview to receive your discount.

Christmas is a time for family and friends to get together and share unforgettable memories. What better way to relax and unwind than on board Whale One? With a variety of summertime cruises, there is bound to be an adventure to suit. The two-hour Dolphin Discovery Lunch Cruise with a delicious buffet lunch and pelican feeding is a family outing not to be missed. Adults are $29, kids aged six to 14 years are $15, toddlers aged two to five years

are $10. Use the promo code MWPDD. The Christmas Lights Canal Cruises on board Wild One and Whale One showcase the illuminating display of ornately decorated homes along the Mooloolah River and canals. This tranquil evening event is accompanied by Christmas tunes, snacks and an on-board bar. These cruises are a favourite for both young and old. Adults are $20 and kids aged four to 14 years are $10.

Caloundra Beaches*


Glass House Mountains Dreamtime Tour*


Ultimate Experience*


45 minute Trial Introductory Flight Experience (one person)

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ON A ROLL If you are looking to escape the heat of summer, or even a rainy day, then Suncity Tenpin is the place to visit. Suncity Tenpin is the only sportsregistered tenpin bowling location on the entire Sunshine Coast. And, for the non-competitive types, it is also a great place to enjoy a few hours of fun with the family. Open seven days a week, this bowling alley has early bird, twilight and night-owl specials. So, be sure to check it out. There are bumpers on all the lanes for those players aged 12 and under, or for bowlers with a disability. 8 Mari Street, Alexandra Headland. Visit


Beach Cruise*


The Seafood & Sunset Buffet Cruise on Friday night is a great way to wind down after a busy week at work, departing before sunset on Friday nights. This is a treat for the palate, boasting the finest and freshest seafood Mooloolaba has to offer, including oysters, crabs, bugs and prawns. If you don’t eat seafood, that’s okay, as you will also be catered for. There is delicious carved ham on the bone and fresh chicken pieces, accompanied by fresh salads. Adults are $59, children aged four to 14 years are $29. Use the promo code MWPSB. The Sunset Cruises run on Saturday nights and include canapes and live music. This cruise is very popular for family groups, hen’s nights and corporate end-of-year celebrations. At the New Year’s Eve Fireworks Cruise you can dance the night away with Whale One’s DJ. The price includes all food, beer, wine and soft drink and is $129 per person. These cruises will be operating daily during the school holidays. Check the website for cruise departure times and availability. 123 Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba Visit


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More than just a Santa photo ...

TAKE A PHOTO TO WIN! Take a photo at one of our 3D artworks share and tag #MHCXMAS on either Facebook or Instagram to go into the draw to WIN*.




Check out our 3D artworks on display throughout the mall. Over 900 car spaces Maroochydore Homemaker Centre, 11-55 Maroochy Boulevard, Maroochydore For more information visit: Terms and conditions apply. Visit website for details.

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CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR SET TO EXPLODE AT AUSSIE WORLD On the eve of Christmas Eve, the best place to get into the festive spirit on the Sunshine Coast is Aussie World, which has prepared to ignite the night with a fun-filled event for the whole family. Aussie World chief operating officer Aaron Flanagan says the December 23 Christmas Spectacular is one of the theme park’s most popular events of the year. “Attendance at this event keeps growing every year and we are quite confident that there is no other celebration

on the Sunshine Coast where guests can meet Santa and Mrs Claus, come face-toface with Christmas characters, enjoy roving carollers, watch the fireworks, meet the Aussie Kids and watch our spectacular Christmas show,” he says. Guests will also enjoy snow, pyrotechnics, laser shows, a musical fireworks display, Christmas lights, live entertainment and so much more. Mr Flanagan says guests will also have full access to all of the rides and attractions. “There’s so much to do, I suspect that our guests may struggle to do it all in one night.” Mr Flanagan says Aussie World has held a number of night time events this year and guests are embracing the idea of spending the evening being entertained at the theme park. “Events like Ride the Night and Halloween have been warmly embraced by local families. There is no doubt that the theme park takes on a whole new atmosphere at night – people really love the fact that they can knock off work and enjoy a relaxing and safe night of fun at Aussie World,” he says. Gates open at 5.30pm and the fun starts at 6pm until 9.30pm with tickets starting at just $26 for concession holders. 73 Frizzo Road, Palmview Visit

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GET A BIRD’S EYE VIEW OF THE COAST Experience the beauty of the Sunshine Coast from the air these school holidays with a scenic helicopter flight. Aussie Air has offered aerial scenic tours and charters from Caloundra Airport for 30 years. Seeing stunning beaches, forests and mountains from the air will take your breath away. Within minutes of taking off, you and the kids will be soaring above Bribie Island and the Pumicestone Passage, with the iconic

Glass House Mountains ahead on the horizon. You can choose to fly north to Mount Coolum, further south, or west over the Blackall Range. Aussie Air also offers private helicopter charters where you can plan a dream trip that creates postcard moments. Flights start from $99. Pathfinder Drive, Caloundra. Visit

TENPIN SPECIAL* 2 Games of Tenpin $20 Adults $18 Students $16 Children

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2 Games + 3 Arcade Tokens Commence bowling after 7.30pm and before 9pm $20 Adults $18 Students $16 Children


*Prices are per person and cannot be shared. Specials must be requested at time of payment. Valid from 10/12/17 to 22/1/18. All prices include shoe hire.

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9-10am $8.50 per game including shoe hire 3.30-6pm $9 per game including shoe hire


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MORE THAN JUST A SANTA PHOTO Visit Maroochydore Homemaker Centre this December and after you’ve explored the shops, you can then explore the interactive world of 3D art. Get your photo taken with a surfing Santa, immerse yourself in Santa’s workshop or travel down a never-ending staircase with some elves. These 3D artworks will be on display throughout the Homemaker Centre and customers are encouraged to take photos and share and become part of these amazing pieces of art.

Make sure you share and tag #MHCXMAS on either Facebook or Instagram to go into the draw to win one of three great prizes – a Google Home and speaker package, Lenovo’s Star Wars Challenges or a Breville Nespresso Creatista coffee machine. And don’t forget it’s free. Find your style this Christmas on Maroochy Boulevard. Maroochy Boulevard, Maroochydore. Visit maroochydorehomemakercentre.

HIT THE BOOKSHOP TO GIVE THIS CHRISTMAS As we start preparing for Christmas, spare a thought for those doing it tough during the festive season. Give children the gift of literacy by participating in the Books4Kids Christmas gift drive. To participate in this great cause, all you have to do is buy a book and drop it at any of the Sunshine Coast libraries. The books will be wrapped by the Salvation Army and distributed to less fortunate families around the Coast. The book drive runs until December 18.

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GINGER FACTORY’S FEELING FESTIVE Christmas has come early to the Ginger Factory. Catch Santa at the Ginger Factory every Wednesday to Sunday until December 24, between 9.30am and 1.30pm. Santa will have a little gift for the boys and girls. Don’t forget to bring your camera, smartphone or tablet so you can capture this special moment in front of Santa’s wonderful Christmas setting. You can also give your Santa photos an extra festive feel when sharing them to social media by using the Ginger Factory Facebook filter. A visit with Santa is free with no admission cost to the park or gardens. Tickets can be purchased online, or on arrival, to ride the Overboard boat or Ginger Train. There is also a live bee show and tasting tour. 50 Pioneer Road, Yandina. Visit

TAKE CONTROL AND SOAR Have you ever wondered what it would feel like to fly a jet under the Sydney Harbour Bridge? Or to fly around the tip of Mount Everest? Well, wonder no more. At Sunjet Simulations, you can take the controls of a full-size 737 simulator and feel for yourself what it is like to fly a modern jet airliner. Experience what it was like to fly into the famous Kai Tak airport in Hong Kong, or simply do some take-offs and landings at an airport of your choice. Using state-of-the-art HD graphics and computers, Sunjet Simulations will make you feel like you are experiencing the real thing. Vouchers are available for purchase to give a gift unlike anything else this Christmas. 127 Brisbane Road, Mooloolaba Visit

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