School holidays are fast approaching and can be a stressful time for parents. Not so much if you have a bullet-proof plan on how to keep the little ones happy and entertained. Whether you're a local or visiting, we've got the ultimate list of things for kids to see and do on the Gold Coast these school holidays that won't break your bank.
1. Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is a nature based destination sure to entertain the whole family. It's worth going even if you've been there, `cause they only just recently added new enclosures. Cuddle a koala, get up close to a crocodile, get among a mob of kangaroos or check out reptiles, birds and marsupials in amazing wildlife shows and displays. Even cheaper with our voucher.
28 Tomewin St, Currumbin
2. Haunted House
Think your kids are brave enough to face the horrors of Surfers Paradise very own Haunted House? Supposedly MOST people make it out alive, but a demonic-carnival attired woman will body tag you…just in case. Check out our 10% discount voucher.
3177 Surfers Paradise Blvd, Surfers Paradise
3. Aqua Splash
Aqua Splash is Australia's first open water fun park and a fantastic outing for kids of all ages. I highly suggest you give this a try, your kids will be laughing all week thinking about how funny it is to fall off the course! Have a read about our experience here!
Broadwater Parklands, Southport
You have to go check out the newest attraction on the Coast these school holidays - Holoverse! It's the first holographic theme park in the world. Enter virtual reality and the world of holograms where you can pet animals, fly, smash rocks and can walk through solid walls.
59 Nerang St, Southport
5. Kingston Park Raceway
Get excited for the best holiday deal in town. Get a V8 Racing Simulator experience plus 3 hours of activities including mini golf, super slide and jumping castle, all absolutely FREE! How? Just purchase any go karting pass plus get a 10% discount with our voucher.
20 Mudgee St, Kingston
6. Tropical Fruit World
Only 40 min south of Surfers Paradise is Tropical Fruit World, the perfect day trip away from the Coast.
This family owned commercial farm showcases more than 500 of the world's exotic fruit varieties. You can go on guided tractor tours, delicious fruit tastings or ride a miniature train. That's not enough? How about a boat cruise or mini putt-putt? The Plantation Cafe has delicious food and great shopping for when the kids get peckish, read all about our trip to the Big Avocado here.
29 Duranbah Rd, Duranbah
7. Jet Ski Safaris
For the older kids, if you want an action packed day, Jet Ski Safaris is the way to go! Get ready for an unforgettable journey through the Gold Coast's waterways and along pristine, sandy Island beaches. With our voucher you'll get $20 off selected tours.
Mariner's Cove Marina, 7A/60-70 Seaworld Dr, Main Beach
Bounce is a gigantic indoor trampoline park and is packed with lots of things to do for the kids. The best part is it doesn’t matter if you’re under five or you want to join in yourself – you’re never too old or too young to have an awesome time. Bounce has over 50 interconnected trampolines including the Big Bag, Slam Dunk arenas, wall-running, Dodge ball courts and the ultimate Bounce Fit classes all rolled into one venue.
10 Energy Circuit, Robina
9. Whales in Paradise
Whale season is almost over so be quick if you want to experience those majestic creatures up and close, something the kids will never forget. Check out our voucher for a 50% discount.
If you're on a budget try our FREE whale watching spots from shore.
42 Ferny Ave, Surfers Paradise
10. Robina Town Centre's Real-A-Saurus
These school holidays, Robina Town Centre will hatch its BIGGEST school holiday program yet, with a dino-mite line up of entertainment. Robina Town Centre will turn the clock back millions of years as it transforms into a scene from the Jurassic period to bring the ancient world of dinosaurs back to life using HTC Vive virtual reality headsets. Shoppers will be taken on a completely immersive 60 second journey as they come face-to face with some of the most menacing prehistoric creatures. You have to go and see it to believe it!
19 Robina Town Centre Dr, Robina
11. Broadwater Parklands
If you're looking for the ultimate place to be this school holidays hit up Broadwater Parklands in Southport. Besides their huge range of free activities for the whole family including the Rockpool water playground, bouncy pillow, BBQ areas and cafes they also organise pop-up events like movies under the stars. Check out the Broadwater Parklands event calendar here.
Marine Pde, Southport
12. Swell Sculpture Festival
Get down to Currumbin beach for the 2016 Swell Sculpture Festival and wander amongst this magnificent outdoor gallery. Take pleasure in viewing small sculptures at the Swell Smalls Gallery or participate in artist master classes and children's workshops. This exhibition is free to the public and open all hours with a selection of sculptures revealing a new verve as they light up under the southern sky. Check out our guide to Swell Sculpture Festival.
35 Tomewin St, Currumbin
13. Miami Marketta
Known as the Gold Coast’s favourite family friendly nightspot for tasty street food, fun cocktails, boutique shopping and live bands, Miami Marketta is simply awesome. Save some coins and share a couple of tapas plates amongst the family. Oh, and watch out for the dessert area, yummm! Wanna read about our experience? Click here.
23 Hillcrest Pde, Miami
14. Currumbin Rock Pools
Away from the coast and into the green. If you’re looking for something more adventurous and exciting to do, Currumbin Rock Pools are exactly what you’re looking for.
The beautiful scenic drive through Currumbin Valley is almost enough of an attraction in itself, taking you straight to the hidden natural swimming pool located just next to Currumbin Valley Primary School. The destination offers a wide variety of activities. Whether you just want to cool down and splash in the clear, blue watering hole or enjoy some family time over a BBQ at the designated picnic area, you decide!
15. Go for a picnic, various locations
Why not go for a picnic? It's an almost free activity and when choosing the right spot can fill up a whole day. Check out our list of the 10 most idyllic picnic spots on the Coast here.
16. Local Markets
Take the family and stroll along one of the many local markets on the Coast. There is nothing you can't find, from fresh produce, fashion, homewares, bric a brac, souvenirs, arts and crafts and just about everything else.
Our top three favourite markets are Surfers Paradise Beach Front Markets (Wednesday, Friday & Sunday nights, 4pm-9pm), The Village Markets Burleigh Heads (1st & 3rd Sunday, 8am-1pm) and Carrara Markets (every Saturday & Sunday, 7am-4pm).
17. Charis Seafood Pelican feeding
Every day at 1:30 pm countless Pelicans gather at Charis Seafood hopeful to snag a bite of the fish scraps thrown out to them. It’s truly phenomenal and should be on your to-do list these school holidays.
The pelicans have grown so accustom to the tourists they aren't bothered by the mass amounts of people taking selfies with them! You can literally walk right through the flock without disturbing them. Turns out we are more scared of them than they are of us! Don't forget to grab some of the best fish and chips on the Coast afterwards.
371 Marine Pde, Labrador
18. Food Fantasy Seafood Buffet
Going for lunch or dinner with the whole family can be very expensive. Not at Food Fantasy, Jupiters Casino's renowned buffet. Why? Kids under five years eat free (kids 5-12 get a 50% discount). With our exclusive voucher you'll also get 20% off your total bill!
Broadbeach Island, Broadbeach
19. Pancakes on The Rocks
If you are looking to dine out and keep the kids happy, take the family to Pancakes On The Rocks! With restaurants at Surfers Paradise and Mermaid Beach (just next to Putt Putt) they are a must visit destination if you need to satisfy grumbling little tummies because kids eat free with every paying adult (valid until Sept 30 2016).
4, The Esplanade, Shop T1.31, Surfers Paradise
2488 Gold Coast Hwy, Mermaid Beach
20. Surfers Paradise Beach Cafe
This kids friendly cafe overlooking the beach in Surfers Paradise offers a large selection of breakfast, lunch and dinner in a beautiful setting. Specialising in pizzas, pasta, big breakfasts, pancakes, sandwiches, burgers, steaks - the choice is endless!! Plus they have a full kids menu. For 10% off the total bill check out our voucher.
4 The Esplanade, Surfers paradise
21. Currumbin RSL
Located along beautiful Currumbin Creek is Currumbin RSL, an award-winning Club with the very best in dining, events and entertainment. On Thursday's we’re suggesting you and your family ride your bikes down to Currumbin RSL's The Deck to relax along the creek and grab yourself a delicious pizza feast, `cause for every main pizza ordered, you get a free Bambino pizza. On any other day, check out our voucher where kids eat free with any adult meal purchased. Need we say more?
165 Duringan Str, Currumbin
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By Louisa von Ingelheim