Our kids are our little power houses – full of energy, creativity and the will to get involved and learn. Extracurricular activities and opportunities for development, fun and education are perfect for them. And, fortunately, there are heaps of activities in Cairns for children under 5 years, bringing them and us together and kick starting skills within them that can last a lifetime. So, lets take a look at the great activities for our little ones within the region with our updated Under 5’s Activity Guide!
Under 5’s Activities in Cairns
Start your little one off with Playdance for 2 – 3 year olds, a social class focused on socialising as well as gross motor skills and co-ordination. Babies Ballet for 3 – 4 year olds and Kindy Ballet for 4 – 5 year old children both combine music, mime, movement dance basics and more, through themed weekly (and fun!) classes.
Prep Ballet is the ideal ballet class for children aged 5 – 6 years old and prep school, running once a week and offering a more structured ballet focus. The academy also offers Junior Boys Classes with a focus on young male dancers aged 3 – 6 years old.
A The City – 168 Draper St, Cairns
A The Grounds – 117 Toogood Rd, Woree
P 4051 4888
This academy offers the Little Goslings Program for 2 – 5 year old boys and girls, the perfect environment for the development of co-ordination, social and gross motor skills. The coaches will help your child as they practice shooting, game time, dribbling, passing and teamwork. Sessions take place weekly from 9.00am to 10.00am at Redlynch Central Sports Stadium, Redlynch Catholic Early Learning Centre and Holloways Beach, on different days of the week.
Also available is the DayCare Centre Program. Enquire online and find more information on the Little Goslings Program on the JGFA website.
A Holloways Beach or Redlynch
P 0450 181 626
There’s plenty to do at your local library to keep your little one entertained, including the FREE First5Forever program.
First5forever Baby Rhyme Time – Sing songs and rhymes, clap, move, and explore books together. Designed for children from birth to 2 years. All sessions start at 10.00am.
First5forever Storytime – Encourage a love of books while helping your child develop early literacy and social skills. Involves story readings as well as songs, rhymes, movement, and a related craft or activity. Suitable for ages 3 – 5 years, all sessions start at 10.00am.
Branches are located at Smithfield, Stratford, Cairns City, Manunda, Earlville, Gordonvale, and Babinda. Sessions are held regularly – visit the website to learn more.
Dance is a unique art form that has creative, physical and educational benefits for children of all ages. Turning Pointe Dance Studios offer specialised classes for children aged 2 – 5 years old including Mummy and Me, Toddler Dance, Kinder Dance and Prep Dance classes.
They promote a fun, inspirational and family-like environment. Whether your child is interested in dancing competitively or just there for fun, Turning Pointe is the place to fulfil their dreams.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for enrolment information.
A 240 Hartley St, Bungalow
P 4031 3390
In a fun environment, little ones will improve their fine motor skills and let their imaginations run wild in a variety of creative activities relating to the gallery exhibits. Children under 6 years of age must be with an adult guardian.
Creative toddlers, 3 – 5 years. Introduce your toddler to art in a fun and creative class tailored to the very young.
Cost: $75.00 members, $90.00 non-members
A 40 Abbott St, Cairns City
P 4046 4800
Little Pearls Swim School has passionate and caring instructors ready to guide your child through their swimming journey. Offering uniquely small class sizes, an award-winning program and a variety of classes for the little ones, it’s about more than just swimming.
Baby and Toddler – Lessons for ages 4 months to 3 ½ years.
Learn to Swim (Independent) – Lessons for ages 3 ½ years to primary school children.
Contact the Little Pearls Swim School team for information on pricing. Private lessons are also available.
A 1 Cumberland Avenue, Smithfield
P 4038 1241
UMA Australia provides easy to learn martial arts movements for individuals to practice self-defence skills. Classes cater for children from 4 – 13 years through the Children’s Program, providing them with life-long skills in a family-friendly environment while also improving general health and wellbeing.
Junior Classes take place from Monday – Thursday at 5.30pm – 6.15pm and Saturdays from 9.00am – 9.45am. Quote PakMag and receive 1 month of training and 2 belt tests FREE OF CHARGE.
A 1/21 Donaldson St, Manunda
P Master Barry Hampton 0414 782 189
Small children can get involved with Cairns Indoor Sports for exciting games of junior soccer (Kids Soccer Competition) after school with coaching provided by a Brisbane Roar qualified coach. Playing a team sport with Cairns Indoor Sports is the perfect way to socialise, develop skills, get your body moving and have fun. It’s game on – no matter the weather!
Cost and details: $65.00 per term, includes a soccer shirt. Kids soccer comp for both U4 and U6 age groups takes place on Wednesdays at 4.30pm. New season starts at the beginning of each school term.
A 164 Mayers St, Manunda
P 4032 2844
Experience two and a half hours of action-packed fun on TEN massive jumping castles, inflatable obstacle courses, and games. Use the sports court and ball pit to get out all your child’s energy for the day – they’ll have the absolute best time! Open every day from 9.00am – 4.30pm.
Cost: $10.00 for children 5 and under and $17.00 for children 6 and over. Online bookings will save 10% OFF entry price. Don’t forget your socks!
A 164 Mayers St, Manunda
P 4032 2844
Kumon’s Math and English programmes offer many benefits to learners 4 years old or younger, introducing them to simpler yet important skills and providing a solid foundation for their future education.
Preschoolers can take the Pencil Skills programme which develops their ability to control a pencil when writing, drawing straight lines, circles and more. This programme is usually taken as a prelude to Kumon Maths and/or English.
Cost: $100.00 initial enrolment fee. Classes are $140.00 per month (per student, per subject). Visit the website for more information and for any enquiries.
P 0414 957 844 Cairns North
P 0409 903 105 Raintrees
The Mummy & Me Fairytale Ballet lets you experience a magical, imaginative ballet class together. Ready Set Ballet provides a beautiful introduction to classical ballet for preschoolers, as does Ready Set Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop Music and Singing. Want to build confident kids? The Little Monkeys Circus Classes are perfect for it.
Cost: From $13.00. Classes run from Tuesday through to Thursday as well as Saturday, visit the website for more information.
A 56 Cheviot St, Smithfield
There are several programs available for you and your little one at South Cairns Gymnastics.
MiniGym – 12 months to 2.5 years. The focus is on brain development, body awareness, social interaction, cross patterning, vestibular stimulation, balance, core strength, fine motor skills and the sensory system.
KinderGym – 2 to 5 years. Themed classes create a fun and colourful experience while developing children’s physical abilities and much more.
JuniorGym – Kindy kids. Kids work independently building their self-confidence, discovering body awareness, co-ordination and balance while progressively learning gymnastics skills
KindaNinja – 2 to 5 years. It’s great for building confidence, balance, coordination and body awareness while having heaps of FUN, swinging, climbing & jumping through our obstacle courses.
Visit the website for more information and contact South Cairns Gymnastics for two trial classes for just $30.00.
A 101 Robert Rd, Bentley Park
P 0432 813 446
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