If it’s looking a bit too gloomy or warm to get outside and the kids are begging you to take them somewhere, don’t fear. There is plenty of fun to be had indoors on a rainy day – let the kids explore, jump and play to their hearts’ content at one of the many indoor entertainment venues.
All Ages | Prices start from $29.00
The only aquarium in the world exclusively dedicated to the habitats and species of Tropical NQ, and it’s a great way to keep them learning in the most fun way possible. Cairns Aquarium offers a 20% discount on General Admission Adult, Child and Concession tickets to locals that live between Innisfail, Thursday Island and as far west as Karumba.
P 07 4044 7300
A 5 Florence Street, Cairns
All ages | Prices start from $12.50
This unique and innovative attraction is located inside a dome in the heart of Cairns City, incorporating a wildlife park with a challenge ropes course. Take a stroll through the dome and discover vibrant flora and captivating fauna, or take on the ropes course and even zipline over Goliath the croc. It’s completely indoors, making it a great all-weather activity.
P 07 4031 7250
A The Reef Hotel Casino, 35-41 Wharf St, Cairns City
All Ages | Prices start from $16.50
See the largest collection of armoured vehicles and artillery in the Southern Hemisphere. Learn the history of where they’ve been and the duties they served. The kids will be in awe of the huge tanks, armoured vehicles and combat equipment as they wander around this unique museum. Experience the thrill of riding in an armoured vehicle – it’s an experience your family won’t forget anytime soon.
P 07 4038 1665
A 2 Skyrail Dr, Smithfield, Cairns
All Ages | FREE
Libraries have plenty to offer for families. Become a library member and borrow any books that catch your attention or head on over for an event. There are regular sessions of baby rhyme time and storytime at various branches, as well as workshops in STEM, performances by local entertainers, clubs for kids and more. Check the website for details.
Cairns’ largest shopping centre with over 180 stores including Myer, Target, Kmart and Coles. The parent’s rooms and children’s stroller or kiddy cruisers make visiting the centre with children even easier. The centre also has a large food court and cinema with V-MAX, as well as a playground for children and regular free activities such as stage shows and workshops.
A 1-21 McLeod St, Cairns City
P 07 4041 4111
6+ years | Prices start from $20.00
Looking for an adrenaline rush for the whole family? Laserfun is Cairns’ ultimate indoor family entertainment centre with laser tag, arcade and virtual reality and is awesome fun for children and adults alike. Come during the school holidays for the incredible MEGA laser tag sessions. Best value family fun in air-conditioned venue. You can even get a great coffee!
AT1, DFO Shopping Centre, 274 Mulgrave Rd, Westcourt
P 07 4031 9865
All Ages | Prices start from $10.00
Inflatable Kingdom is every kid’s dream – a giant inflatable playground where kids are free to slide, climb, and jump on 10 jumping castles in fully air-conditioned comfort. Just be prepared to be met with “just one more slide!” when it’s time to go. Sessions last a massive 1.5 hours, book online to save 10% off entry price. And don’t forget your socks!
All ages | Free
Cairns Art Gallery is the perfect place for a quiet stroll with the kids. Gaze upon exhibitions from local artists and explore the world of art through self-guided or guided tours, stopping for a bite at the close Perrotta’s Cafe once you’re done.
A 40 Abbott St, Cairns City
P 4046 4800
All ages | Prices start at $20.00
Age is no limit for iPlay arcades! Whether you’re a little kid or a very grown-up kid, they have something for everyone. An abundance of the latest games matched with your favourite retros will keep you occupied for hours amongst action and fun.
A Cairns Central Shopping Centre, 1/21 McLeod St
P 4243 3209
The Cazalys Kids Room is an air-conditioned indoor Kids Play Centre. It’s a great environment for the kids to engage in fun and social activities in a specially created environment that’s just for them. The bigger kids can stay entertained on the six PlayStation terminals loaded with all the latest games. (Parental supervision required). Families can dine in the restaurant area and enjoy the delicious variety of foods and beverages on offer.
A 344 Mulgrave Rd, Westcourt
P 4054 1464