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FREE* kids activities for the school holidays & beyond

FREE Kids ArtLab Workshops at Pacific Fair (image supplied)

Keeping the kids entertained when they have time away from school is a bit of a double-edged sword. It is great to spend time with them, but more than often, it’s a bit of a task finding ‘cool’ stuff to do that isn’t going to bore them or cost the Earth!

We’ve compiled a list of some free* school holiday activities you can do with the kidlets this April and onwards because we’re kind like that.
(*free or less than $20)

Active & Healthy Kids multi-sport fitness class
You CAN get the kids moving and having fun with this multi-sport styled activity for children aged 5 to 12 years. These classes are fun and a great way to introduce elements of fitness and improve motor skills and strength. Who knows, you might actually tire them out!
When: 3.30pm – 4.30pm every Friday till 25th June
Where: Bim’bima Park, Pimpama
Participation is free and you can book with GMG Sports Training on 0420 401 233

Social Paddle Group
Ever tried Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP)? Try something new for you and the kids while exporing our gorgeous waterways! Challenge to see who can stay upright the longest and finish off with a refreshing dip at the beautiful Budds Beach, hidden just behind Surfers Paradise.
When: Every Saturday and Sunday until 25th June
Where: Budds Beach Reserve, Surfers Paradise

Tickets are $15pp and you can book with Linda at Go Vertical SUP on 0423 716 625

Little Green Thumbs (image supplied)
Little Green Thumbs (image supplied)

Little Green Thumbs – Colourful minds workshop
Think you have yourself a little Michelangelo under your roof? This art-based activity is excellent for budding artists 4 years old and upwards. Choose from stencils or open-framed posters to allow for free, creative painting expression.
When: 10am – 2pm Thursday 15th April
Where: Broadwater Parklands (next to bouncy pillow), Southport
Participation is free and no bookings are required.

Kids Interactive Wildlife Workshop
Kids will be entertained with meeting and greeting some of Australia’s native animals with some special scaly guests making appearances! Crickey! Along with this, they will be educated on animal habitats, environmental responsibility and Indigenous Dreamtime history.
When: Every weekday until Friday 16th April
Where: Harbour Town Shopping Centre, Biggera Waters
The workshops require a $2 donation upon booking (via the Harbour Town website) with all proceeds donated to the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital Foundation.

Naturally GC Program
Running up until 18th April, this environment-based program has a series of great classes and experiences for kids to be immersed and experience nature firsthand. From tree planting to beach conservation to reptile encounters — there is something for every taste. And best of all they are provided free by the city. Win-win!
When: Various
Where: Various locations
Click here to see the full program, including over 40 activities!

Mad Scientist Lab
Join the Mad Scientists Lab and make your own Fidget Putty these school holidays down at Tweed Mall. And the kids get to take their creation home with them!
When: 10am – 1pm running every hour, Tuesday 13th – Thursday 15th April
Where: Centre Court, Tweed Mall
Participation is free and no bookings are required.

Kids Activities at Tweed Mall (image supplied)

Stay Golden
In conjunction with HOTA, Pacific Fair has created a free pop-up ‘ArtLab’ with workshops designed by local artists to inspire mini artists in the making, so your little ones can practice their inner Picasso. Plus, the whole family can discover a range of giant art sculptures in The Resort area afterwards!

  • Creative ArtLab
    Local artist Libbi Reed will inspire kids to think outside the box with their art in creating their own ‘Chatterbox’ in a mini creative self-expression workshop.
    *Libbi will be hosting workshops on Saturdays, Sunday & Tuesday.
  • Clay ArtLab
    Local artist Michelle Plastrier will let your imagination go golden in a colourful clay workshop to create iconic Gold Coast shapes.
    *Michelle will be hosting workshops on Saturdays, Sunday & Tuesday.
  • Sand ArtLab
    Create your own sand art using different coloured sand to make your personal masterpiece.

When: Now until the Sunday 18th April
Where: Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, Broadbeach
Participation is free, but registration is required, click here for more information.

Words by Alex Mitcheson.

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