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SEA Life Sunshine Coast

Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba, QLD, 4557

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Open Times

Regular Opening Hours
Open daily 9am - 3pm (Last entry 2pm)
Queensland School Holiday Opening Hours
Open daily 9am - 5pm (Last entry 4pm)
ANZAC Day and Christmas Day
Closed
SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast
school holiday

SCHOOL HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES

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Looking for things to do these school holidays?

Discover what's on these school holidays at SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast

An adventure awaits your kids at SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast's underwater world. Each school holidays, our Mooloolaba aquarium hosts fantastic kids activities packed full of learning and fun. Come and see us and our marine creatures, for the perfect family day out!

Scroll down to find out about our:

  • Brand New Exhibit: Little Blue Penguins 
  • Free school holiday activities
  • Marine Biologist for a Day program
  • Aquarium Sleepovers
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Little Blue Penguins: brand new at SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast

Meet the new little penguins and explore an underwater wonderland!

Waddle into SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast (formerly Underwater World) during the summer school holidays to meet the new little penguins and take part in a range of awesome activities!

The new Little Blue Penguins zone will immerse guests in the wonderful world of the smallest penguin species. The aquarium’s new exhibit will take guests on a journey from an above ground observation deck to an underwater vantage point for an incredible insight into the life of a little penguin.

 

Guests can also get up close with heaps of other fascinating sea creatures and take part in the famous Seal Presentations! SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast’s team of experts host regular talks throughout the school holidays to share their passion for marine life and enlighten families with interesting facts about sea stars, rays, jellyfish and
countless other amazing aquatic animals.

Guests can take part in a range of additional experiences on offer during the school holidays, such as:

Behind the Scenes Tour:
Get an exclusive look behind the scenes to learn what goes into the day-to-day running of the aquarium. Speak to a marine expert to hear how the team cares for the sea creatures and learn more about the turtle rescue and rehabilitation program. 

Seal Encounter:
Come face to flipper with one of the beautiful seals. Get a photo taken to remember the experience and chat to the team to learn about these amazing marine mammals. 

Seal Swim Experience:
Get to know the playful seals by swimming alongside them in their pool! Meet the passionate team members and learn how they care for the beloved seals. 

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Marine Biologist for a Day Program

Ever wondered what it’s like to work at a cool aquarium like SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast? Well, now your kids have the chance to see what it’s all about. Our Marine Biologist for a Day school holiday activity program takes them behind the scenes to hang out with one of our marine experts!

While parents are welcome to attend the program with their children, we find that our little Marine Biologists thrive even more when given the responsibility of being left alone with our staff for their very own adventure.

Drop the kids off at our aquarium for a full or half day program. View the details for each program in the tabs below.

 

School Holiday Activities Sunshine Coast | SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast Aquarium

What's Included?

The Marine Biologist school holiday activity includes:

  • Admission to SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast
  • Morning Tea
  • Lunch & afternoon tea (FULL DAY program)
  • VIP seating at our Seal Presentation
  • A guided tour around the aquarium with a marine expert
  • A cool Behind the Scenes Tour
  • An exclusive chat with one of our divers (FULL DAY program)
  • Interactive animal handling and feeding
  • A 'Marine Biologist for a Day' certificate
  • Souvenir green-screen photo to remember the fun!

Places are limited. Book early so your child doesn't miss out!


School Holiday Activities Sunshine Coast | SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast Aquarium

Half Day (8.30am to 12.30pm)

AGES 5 TO 8

8.30am – Meet your Education Officer, check in, put on T-shirt & name tags

8.45am – Get started on a tour of the aquarium

9.30am – Help our aquarists with some of the animal feeds

10.00am – Behind the Scenes Tour and Turtle Hospital

10.30am – Morning Tea at the Seal Show

11.00am – Animal handling and explore the soft play area.

12.30pm – Collect photos, finish up and meet back with parents our front

 


School Holiday Activities - Become a Marine Biologist! | SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast Aquarium

Full Day (8.30am to 2.30pm)

AGES 9 TO 12

8.30am – Meet the Education Officer, check in, put on T-shirt & name tags

8.45am – Get started on a tour of the aquarium

9.30am – Meet the divers and chat about what they get up to on a daily basis

10.00am – Behind the Scenes Tour and Turtle Hospital

10.30am – Morning Tea at the Seal Show

11.00am – More tours around the aquarium and help with animal feeds

12 noon – Lunch time

12.30pm – Animal handling session and play with interactive screens

1.30pm – Afternoon tea and underwater seal viewing

2.00pm – Collect photos and last chance to play/explore

2.30pm – Finish and meet back with parents out front

 


School Holiday Activities Sunshine Coast | SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast Aquarium

2020 Program Dates

JANUARY

  • Monday 13th
  • Wednesday 15th
  • Friday 17th
  • Monday 20th
  • Wednesday 22nd
  • Friday 24th

APRIL

  • Monday 6th
  • Wednesday 8th
  • Friday 10th
  • Wednesday 15th
  • Friday 17th

JUNE

  • Monday 29th

JULY

  • Wednesday 1st
  • Friday 3rd
  • Monday 6th
  • Wednesday 8th
  • Friday 10th

SEPTEMBER

  • Monday 21st
  • Wednesday 23rd
  • Friday 25th
  • Monday 28th
  • Wednesday 30th

OCTOBER

  • Friday 2nd

DECEMBER

  • Monday 14th
  • Wednesday 16th
  • Friday 18th
  • Monday 21st
  • Wednesday 23rd


School Holiday Activities Sunshine Coast | SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast Aquarium

MORE INFO

Please note, times are subject to change according to show times and our staff and animal availability. 

Group size is a maximum of 10 children. 
A minimum number of 7 children is required for this program to run.

Download the Marine Biologist for a Day Info Kit below.

 



BOOK YOUR KID'S SPOT NOW

Marine Biologist Half Day

Drop the Kids Off for School Holiday Fun

SCHOOL HOLIDAY ACTIVITY

$50

Per Child (Age 5 to 8)
  • Hang with one of our marine experts
  • Go behind the scenes of our aquarium
  • Food & beverage included

Marine Biologist Full Day

Drop the Kids Off for School Holiday Fun

SCHOOL HOLIDAY ACTIVITY

$79

Per Child (Age 9 to 12)
  • Hang with one of our marine experts
  • Go behind the scenes of our aquarium
  • Food & beverage included

Sleep under the Sharks

You're Invited to Sleepover at Our Aquarium!

When all the daytime staff have gone home for the night, and most of the lights are switched off, you can come and see what the critters and creatures get up to when they think no one is watching!

With the Sleep Under the Sea experience you'll have the opportunity to sleep inside our oceanarium tunnel with sharks and giant rays swimming above you, and participate in a range of great aquarium activities without the daytime crowds.

Sleeping Arrangements

Sleeping under our 80 metre long Ocean Tunnel is definitely one of the highlights! It is divided into 3 different areas – The Shark Shipwreck, Coral Cove and Bay of Rays.

Watch our animals get active at night as the blue coloured night lights come on. Or see if you can spot our Grey Nurse Sharks resting on the glass above you.

Did you know that some species of shark and fish never stop swimming?! They don’t sleep like we do, so chances are you will see their shadowy figures moving around all night long.


Evening Schedule

4:00pm - Registration, afternoon tea and mixer activity

5:00pm - Seal Presentation at Seal Island

5:20pm - Ocean Tunnel tour

6:00pm - Dinner is served in the Octopus Garden Cafe

7:00pm - Visit and say g'night to Marge, our resident croc

7:20pm - Visit our favourite aquarium habitats

7:50pm - Behind the Scenes Tour and shark feeding activity

8:45pm - Night trail

9:00pm - Bed time

Between 4:00pm and 6:00pm, guests have the option of free time to explore SEA LIFE or to participate in the above schedule.

This is an approximate timetable only.


Morning Schedule

6:00am - Rise and Shine

6:15am - Pack up beds and bags

6:30am - Breakfast at Octopus Garden Cafe

7:30am - Explore Rockpools and touch a sea star!

8:30am - G'bye from our staff and depart SEA LIFE

This is an approximate timetable only.

 


Food & Beverage Menu

AFTERNOON TEA

  • Milo
  • Tea
  • Fresh filtered coffee
  • Choc chip cookie

 DINNER

  • Beef burger with salad
  • Hot chips
  • Paddlepop ice cream

 BREAKFAST

  • Selection of cereals
  • Toast and condiments
  • Fruit salad cups
  • Yoghurt

 PLEASE NOTE: Special dietary requirements can be catered for, however please make sure these are provided to our reservations team upon booking.

 


What to bring

  • Pillow and sleeping bag/blanket (sleeping mats provided)
  • Toiletries (please note, no showers available)
  • Sleeping clothes
  • Clothes for the next day
  • Water bottle (optional)
  • Eye mask if you're a light sleeper
  • Camera to capture our creatures after dark
  • Your sense of adventure!


BOOK YOUR SPOT NOW

Sleep Under the Sharks

Sleepover at our aquarium!
school holiday activities

SCHOOL HOLIDAY ACTIVITY

$99

PER PERSON
  • Sleep overnight at our aquarium, inside the shark tunnel!
  • Go on a behind the scenes tour and see an exclusive night-time seal presentation
  • Includes meals, drinks and souvenir gift