Keeping the kids entertained on holiday Are you worried about how to keep the kids entertained on your Queensland family holiday? Kids can be difficult to please, especially when they're in a new and unfamiliar environment - but luckily, Queensland is one of the best family holiday destinations because it's packed full with activities to satisfy every child, no matter how old they are. With all of the exciting activities and attractions available, it's more likely that you'll have trouble fitting them all in - so with that in mind, here are a few of the best kid-friendly activities to schedule into your next Queensland vacation. Action-packed adventures For older children aged ten years and above, you'll definitely want to make time to check out the stunning Great Barrier Reef in Tropical North Queensland. The reef is the largest coral reef system in the world, and it offers stunning views as well as an underwater world teeming with fascinating marine creatures like dolphins, fish, turtles and even whales. There are a huge variety of things to do on the reef, but if you really want to get a truly immersive experience, there's nothing quite like jumping into the waters to get up close and personal with the beauty of the reef. This activity is best suited for children who can swim, snorkel and dive confidently, so it could be a perfect holiday activity for kids aged ten years and above. A wide variety of tour companies operate cruises and other sightseeing packages, so you can take your pick of how you want to experience the Great Barrier Reef with your family - whether you combine an early morning hot air balloon tour with a cruise in the afternoon, visit for just a day or stay a bit longer. Lots of tour companies launch their services from nearby Cairns, so if you're staying at one of Mantra's hotels in Cairns like Mantra Esplanade , you'll be ideally placed to start your Great Barrier Reef adventure. " With all of the exciting activities and attractions available, it's more likely that you'll have trouble fitting them all in - so with that in mind, here are a few of the best kid-friendly activities to schedule into your next Queensland vacation. " Fun and simple For the younger children, simple activities tailored for a younger age group like the upcoming Kids Weekend on the Gold Coast are ideal. Taking place from September 21-22 this year, the Kids Weekend is an annual Surfers Paradise event which celebrates the start of the September school holidays. It features free family activities, games and live shows by popular kids entertainers and is definitely one of the best children's events of the year to watch out for - if you happen to be in Surfers Paradise during your family holiday, it's worthwhile stopping by with your younger children. If your children are animal lovers, a visit to one of Queensland's exceptional wildlife sanctuaries is also an essential activity. The Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary has hundreds of native Australian animals on display in natural, realistic bushland and rainforest environments so your kids can get up close and personal with their favourite animals. Something for everyone For activities that the whole family can enjoy, you can't go wrong with one of Queensland's renowned theme parks like Dreamworld , Warner Bros. Movie World , Sea World or Wet'n'Wild! Each theme park is bursting with a range of rides and attractions aimed at all ages, so every member of your family can find something they love - just remember to get in early as lines can get longer as the theme parks fill up! From exhilarating adrenaline-pumping thrill rides to fun zones and attractions suitable for younger children, these theme parks have it all.