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Ready for a journey to otherworldly realms?

Unleash your inner imposter at Other World HQ.

Saboteurs arena, Other World HQ, Surfers Paradise (image supplied)
Saboteurs arena, Other World HQ, Surfers Paradise (image supplied)

Let the games begin because we’ve found the ultimate destination for bulk family fun.

Other World HQ has officially opened in the iconic heart of Surfers Paradise and we must say, we’ve been dying for a new attraction like this. The team at Other World HQ has hard launched their first experience, the Saboteurs game, and it’s giving laser tag on another level.

Other World HQ, Surfers Paradise (image supplied)
Other World HQ, Surfers Paradise (image supplied)

Get out of this world with the first Saboteurs action-packed game emulating the crowd favourite Among Us themed game. You can ditch the screens (don’t have to ask us twice) because they’ve brought it into the real world.

And honestly, what’s better than being able to play your favourite online game, IRL, with your fam or your favourite people for a little bit of healthy competition – or character building if you will?

But don’t forget there’s an imposter among you, so trust no one. Not even your nan.

Other World HQ, Surfers Paradise (image supplied)
Other World HQ, Surfers Paradise (image supplied)

Think live-action adventure meets a space-themed universe where you can collab and compete in the ultimate game of survival. We’ve always wanted to visit a space station but our invite from Jeff Bezos must’ve gone MIA in the mail, so I’d say this is the next best thing.

Other World HQ isn’t just for the kids, it’s THE place to take your team – did someone say team building that’s ACTUALLY fun? Imagine that. Or maybe you’re looking for an activity to take your birthday to the next level.

There’s nothing better than some friendly fire between mates before you smooth things over with a long lunch and a couple of margis – impossible to hold a grudge once there are margis involved. Loser buys the first round!

Other World HQ, Surfers Paradise (image supplied)
Other World HQ, Surfers Paradise (image supplied)

The crew at Other World HQ promise to deliver an unforgettable escape from the ordinary and believe us they know how to deliver on a promise.

From the moment you step in it feels like you’ve been transported to somewhere in another galaxy so you can fully sink in and go with the good vibes.

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better – record scratch, it does. This multi-story entertainment precinct has some more goodies up their sleeves in the not-so-distant future. While the Saboteurs arena is here and ready to rumble, an epic new Haunted Maze will launch early in the new year for the brave.

Saboteurs arena, Other World HQ, Surfers Paradise (image supplied)
Saboteurs arena, Other World HQ, Surfers Paradise (image supplied)

If you struggle to find your way out of a paper bag (guilty) or aren’t a spooky kinda person (also potentially guilty) then the ground level Arcade is sure to be your new favourite and best friend, where you can battle it out with all the classic arcade games you know and love.

The adventures and games will be changing so you can keep coming back for more challenges and more fun, after you’ve mastered Among Us, of course. What are you waiting for? Book online now to secure your spot.

Where: Level 1/3107 Surfers Paradise Blvd, Surfers Paradise
When: 11.30am – 9.30pm daily
Website: www.otherworldhq.com.au
Instagram: @otherworld_hq

Words by Jacqueline Bojanowski.

STORY SPONSORED BY OTHER WORLD HQ

Saboteurs arena, Other World HQ, Surfers Paradise (image supplied)
Saboteurs arena, Other World HQ, Surfers Paradise (image supplied)

10 kids activities in Surfers Paradise

Timezone (image supplied)
Timezone (image supplied)

It’s right under our nose, but sometimes we forget how many activities there are for the small, medium, and big kids (aka us) in good ‘ole Surfers Paradise. And we’re not just talking about the beach, but a myriad of other cool stuff to keep them entertained and whinge-free these school holidays.

Here are ten ideas to help fill the blanks in your school holiday schedule, with some old faves and a few newbies thrown in for good measure. The best part is not only will you score ‘cool mum’ kudos from the kids, but you’ll get a kick out of them too!

Timezone (image supplied)
Timezone (image supplied)

Timezone
I mean, does this place really need an introduction? We’ve all racked up many-an-hour at Timezone in days gone by, and your mini-me’s will love it as much as you did. Probably more, because it’s levelled up its epic-ness in recent times. With arcade games, bowling, mini bowling, mini golf, laser tag, and bumper cars, it’s actual kid heaven…with a touch of nostalgia for us.
Where: Paradise Centre, Cavill Avenue, Surfers Paradise

Holoverse
This new hi-tech entertainment centre using holograms which look oh-so-real will make you feel like you’re in a Star Wars flick! Pick hologram grass to feed a dinosaur, swim with life-sized holographic whales, compete against your kiddos in holographic sports, play holographic arcade games, and more! Special shoutout for their birthday party packages #theshizzle.
Where: Paradise Centre, Cavill Avenue, Surfers Paradise

Infinity, Surfers Paradise (image supplied)
Infinity, Surfers Paradise (image supplied)

Infinity
To infinity and beyond! Challenge their sense and ignite their imaginations with a unique and mind-blowing 30-minute journey into spectacular, interactive, futuristic maze-like worlds of wonder! This walk-through experience is choccas with unique special effects, emotive atmospheric sound fields, sensuous aromas, awesome tunes and amazing illusions. Suitable for kiddos aged 8 and above. Get an exclusive 15% off here.
Where: Chevron Renaissance Shopping Centre, G31/3240 Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise 

Ripley’s Believe it or Not
This iconic home-grown ‘odditorium’ – now with over 300 exhibits and artefacts – is out of this world! A highlight is the new state-of-the-art Ripley’s 7D Moving Theatre where you feel every twist and turn as you compete against your seatmates. Enjoy a Ripley’s LaseRace, find out just what happens to your body in space, make friends with a life-sized R2-D2™ and more. Click here for a special offer.
Where: Cavill Mall, Surfers Paradise

Ripley's Believe It or Not! Odditorium ( image supplied)
Ripley's Believe It or Not! Odditorium ( image supplied)

The Wax Museum
Fancy some famous people watching? There’s no better place than The Wax Museum, home to the largest collection of wax figures in the Southern Hemisphere. Super realistic replicas of celebs, nursery rhyme characters, scientists, explorers, villains, world leaders, and even the crown jewels await (#RIPQueenElizabethII)! For the big kids (if you’re game) check out The Chamber of Horrors (shriek!!). Fancy a discount voucher? You’re welcome.
Where: 56 Ferny Avenue, Surfers Paradise 

Quack’r Duck
Is there any such thing as a kid who doesn’t go loco when they spot the big duck cruising down Ferny Ave? Imagine if you actually took them on said duck #eeep. Check out the pristine beaches and landmarks by road, then experience the thrills as the duck splashes into the Broadwater! Admit it – you’ve always wanted to do it too…. Grab a special offer here.
Where: 7 Elkhorn Avenue, Surfers Paradise

Quack'R Duck (image supplied)
Quack'R Duck (image supplied)

Escape Rooms

Fox in a Box
Ever wanted to break out of prison (without actually going to prison)? Or break into a diamond-filled vault in a bank? Or perhaps work out how to open a mysterious chest and unlock its contents and the secret within? You can do all of this and more at Fox in a Box! The rooms are recommended for ages 10 and above, but everyone is welcome to play. Good times!
Where: Level 1/3173 Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise

Padlock’d Escape Rooms
Boasting ten immersive rooms themed to perfection, a visit to Padlock’d Escape Rooms is a great way to ditch reality for a bit (an hour to be exact…) and put your mind to the test. You’ll have a blast and the kids will be tuckered out from all that clue finding, code cracking, and puzzle solving #missionaccomplished. Recommended for ages 10 and above but all ages welcome.
Where: 3177 Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise

Eclipse Escape Rooms
With five diverse, highly immersive, and technologically advanced rooms with insane special effects, bespoke props, and unique storylines leading up to an unforgettable grand finale, what’s not to love? Puzzle solving is designed to be fun and rewarding, with different levels of difficulty available. Kids as young as five can join in the fun, plus babies in prams are welcome in some rooms #StartEmYoung!
Where: Level 1, Chevron Renaissance Shopping Centre, Surfers Paradise

Padlock'd Escape Rooms (image supplied)
Padlock'd Escape Rooms (image supplied)

Surfers Paradise River Cruises
Kids get as pumped about boat rides as we do, so why not jump on a morning, midday, afternoon, or sunset cruise with Surfers Paradise River Cruises! Friendly guides will point out landmarks and homes of the rich and famous around our glitter strip’s waterways, whilst you kick back with the kiddos enjoying complimentary snacks. And mum/dad – there’s a bar…. Cheers! Get 10% off your cruise here.
Where: 63 Cavill Avenue, Surfers Paradise

 

Words by Bianca Trathen.

Surfers Paradise River Cruises (image courtesy of Destination Gold Coast
Surfers Paradise River Cruises (image courtesy of Destination Gold Coast

12 places on the Gold Coast for kids birthday parties

Infinity Attraction birthday parties (image supplied)
Infinity Attraction birthday parties (image supplied)

Organising your mini-me’s birthday party triggers a rollercoaster of emotions; excitement, anticipation and pure joy…laced with a dose of fear, dread, and general trepidation. The sugar. The screaming. The inevitable tantrum. And don’t even get us started on the politics of who to invite….#sendwine.

Well, we’re here to help you keep your cool and focus on the fun stuff with our list of fail-proof, kid-pleasing, parent-sanity-preserving places to host the ultimate bday celebration.

#MayTheForceBeWithYou…

Tropical Fruit World
Kids’ birthdays at Tropical Fruit World will have the whole playground abuzz! Priced from $35 per head (minimum of 10 kiddos), your bday boy or girl and their mates will be treated to three hours of fruit-tastic fun. There’s a tractor ride, introduction to the fauna park ‘residents’, and boat cruise to the island where they’ll find mini putt-putt, a flying fox, volleyball, and more. Then, it’s off to the big avocado where a private party area awaits with assorted wraps, sandwiches, fruit skewers, vegetable and cheese cubes, mini quiches, and a fruit crush cup. Stuff the kids – this is what we want to do for our birthday!
Where: 29 Duranbah Road, Duranbah

Petting a goat at Tropical Fruit World (image courtesy of Destination Gold Coast)
Petting a goat at Tropical Fruit World (image courtesy of Destination Gold Coast)

iPlay
We dare you to find a kid who doesn’t go all kinds of gaga for gaming and nope, they don’t exist. That’s why iPlay is a winner winner kids party dinner.

Coomera iPlay: For $25 per child (minimum of 8 guests), your small people will score two hours of partying, including one-hour unlimited arcade (yellow) and redemption (red) games, 2 x prize games, 300 x tickets per guest, and a whopping 500 tickets for the bday kid! Add on a one-hour Clip’n’Climb or High Ropes for an additional $20 per child and $8 per head for finger foods.

Harbourtown iPlay: For $25 per child (minimum of 8 guests), the kids will lap up one-hour of arcade time, unlimited red and yellow swipers, three purple swipers, 200 tickets per child and a $5 return voucher for the party kiddo. Line those hungry tums for $12 each with food supplied from Crafty’s! Save some for mum and dad!
Where: Westfield Coomera, 83-121 Foxwell Road, Coomera & Harbour Town Premium Outlets, 147 Brisbane Road, Biggera Waters

Hijinx Hotel (image supplied)
Hijinx Hotel (image supplied)

Hijinx Hotel
Looking for something different for this year’s birthday party? Look no more coz Hijinx Hotel, the ultimate immersive experience, has you covered. Play a set of super fun Hinjinx Hotel Challenger Rooms (five rooms in total), eat a yummy main, plus sip on soft drink, juice, or water. The best part? You can relax while a party host takes cares of all the action #hearhear! For $38 per whipper snapper, it’s worth every cent.
Where: Corner of 3197 Surfers Paradise Blvd, Level 1 Elkhorn Ave, Surfers Paradise

Paradise Resort
Celebrate your child’s next party in paradise. Literally – this place is actual paradise for kids. Paradise Resort is a sprawling fun-packed venue, with so many options for birthday parties we’d be here till Christmas listing them all. As a guide, a standard two-hour Frosted Ice Skating Party will set you back $50 per head (minimum of 10 kids). Or you can mix and match waterpark and magic show activities, or splurge on a waterpark party for up 40 anklebiters #TheMindBoggles.
Where: 122 Ferny Avenue, Surfers Paradise

Kids playing at Paradise Resort (image supplied)
Kids playing at Paradise Resort (image supplied)

Holoverse
Imagine sitting down at your birthday party with 3D hologram fish and butterflies surrounding you. Fun right? Well, you can do precisely that and so much more at Holoverse in a multitude of holograph rooms. There are four party packages starting at $26 per person, with a minimum of eight people and maximum of 16. The average hologram party goes for two-hours and all parties include a pre-packaged snack and drink per child. And PS, did we mention we have a discount voucher here?! (You’re welcome).
Where: Paradise Centre, 8 Cavill Avenue, Surfers Paradise

Slideways Go Karting
Watching the kids race around a track channelling their inner Lewis Hamilton having an absolute hoot of a time is a vibe. Slideways boasts a three-storey indoor drift kart track, with children as young as four able to ride in a dual kart, and ride solo from seven years and up. Contact Slideways direct for party package prices and details, and feel free to use our special discount here. Put the ka-ching you save towards an extravagant cake to match the party!
Where: 10 Spencer Road, Nerang

Putt Putt Mermaid Beach
Putt Putt Mermaid Beach (image supplied)

Golf
Who doesn’t love a game of golf, mini or otherwise? It’s a sure-fire winner for all ages, including the youngins who love nothing more than a golf birthday party! We’re pretty lucky here on the Gold Coast as we are spoilt for choice whether it’s the mini variety with Holey Moley in Surfers or Putt Putt Mermaid Beach’s three themed 18-hole courses. Or hit the driving range Top Golf style. Reserve a bay for two hours of unlimited game play, food and a dedicated event host.
Where: Various

Timezone
Ahhh the memories of living it large at Timezone as a kid. And let us tell you, absolutely nothing has changed, with our mini’s going weak at the knees at the mere mention of the ‘T’ word. At Surfers Paradise Timezone, there are two party packages priced at $32 and $39 per head. Both are 2.5 hours in duration and include everything from game time to a dedicated party host, with the more expensive option also serving up a kid’s meal and drink. At Coolangatta Timezone, there are three packages ranging from $35 to $45 per head. Parentals, it’s a no-brainer!
Where: Paradise Centre, Cavill Avenue, Surfers Paradise and The Strand, Marine Parade, Coolangatta

Infinity Attraction, Surfers Paradise (image courtesy of Destination Gold Coast)
Infinity Attraction, Surfers Paradise (image courtesy of Destination Gold Coast)

Infinity Attraction
Get the party started at Infinity, an incredible journey through a world of illusion. Think of a futuristic, maze-like world of wonder with unique rooms and sensory overloads that will have you and the kids feeling as though you’re in a dream. Prices start from $17 per child and when paired with tasty eats from Betty’s Burgers, parent of the year status incoming! Should we mention that you can get 10% of adult and child entry here?!  Go on and make your little one’s year!
Where: Chevron Renaissance Shopping Centre, G31/3240 Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise

Escape Rooms
Locking the kids up for an hour – are you sure it’s not our birthday? Just joking kiddos…sort of (not really). Small folk love a good escape room, plus they’ll use their brains trying to figure out how to get un-locked #bonus. Sounds like the perfect party plan to us – especially when we have a 10% off discount to Padlock’d
Where: Padlock’d – 3177 Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise 

The Craft Parlour, Miami (image supplied)
The Craft Parlour, Miami (image supplied)

The Craft Parlour
Pretty as a picture, The Craft Parlour takes the mess factor away, whilst allowing your birthday girl or boy and posse to craft away till their hearts’ content! The summery enclosed backyard and beautiful studio has plenty of room for kids to dance, relax, and craft away, and it’s BYO food, drinks, and cake. Mama’s, feel free to pack a yummy cheese platter and bubbles for any parents who may stay for the sesh #AnyExcuse.
Where: 27 Lemana Lane, Miami

Helensvale Aquatic Centre
If you’re looking for an inexpensive crowd-pleasing way to celebrate your kiddo’s birthday, nothing says “party” quite like a pool party! From $15 per child, they’ll experience one-hour on the awesome pool inflatable which side note; will also wear them out #tick! Afterwards, they can continue swimming in the pool and/or wading in the shallow pool area with their friends. There’s a lifeguard on duty, and you can either BYO food and drinks, or the centre can organise it for you!
Where: Rugby Lane, Helensvale

Words by Bianca Trathen.

Mermaid Beach Putt Putt birthday parties (image supplied)
Mermaid Beach Putt Putt birthday parties (image supplied)

9 feel-good rainy day activities

Rainy Day umbrellas (image supplied)
Rainy Day umbrellas (image supplied)

Us Gold Coasters can find ourselves a little, well, lost when the rain falls and the mercury drops below 26.4 degrees. During the cooler months, the whole “beautiful one day, perfect the next” theory can exit stage left (for like, 4 days per year…or 304 days per year if it’s 2022), so when you find yourself looking to fill your to-do list, we have some feel-good rainy day activities coming your way!

We’ve done the hard yards and compiled a list of fail-safe ideas to keep you dry, entertained and smiling when you’re missing that natural vitamin D and reaching for your brolly. These activities prove that the drizzly days on the GC can be just as fun as the sunny days!

Eat your weight in pasta
If the cooler weather makes us want to do one thing, it’s eat pasta. And lots of it. So if you can’t be stuffed DYI-ing (us), head out to one of our many local Italian nosheries for some epic pasta pigouts! We’re dreaming of marinaras and carbonaras, but you can see our full list of soul-satisfying Gold Coast pastas here.

Salt Meats Cheese (image supplied)
Salt Meats Cheese (image supplied)

Eat your way through chocolate desserts
Ok so we’re still on the topic of eating but at the risk of sounding food-obsessed (we plead guilty), come on – who doesn’t love themselves a comforting choccy dessert on a wet wintery day and/or night. Whether it’s a slab of morish mud cake, choc dipped churros, or a decadent chocolate éclair, find your death by chocolate experience here.

Snuggle by the fire
Nawww, does this not make you feel all warm and fuzzy? Possibly not if you’re single or phyrophobic, but we digress, because we’re not talking significant others or raging bushfires, we’re referring to the many cozy GC restaurants boasting winter-friendly eats and a homely fireplace ambience to boot. Find them here.

Miss Moneypenny's interior (image supplied)
Miss Moneypenny's interior (image supplied)

Catch up with friends at a watering hole
Okay so this is something we’re partial to irrespective of what the weather’s doing, but on a rainy day or night, there’s added appeal to bunkering down in a bar with your mates. Whether you’re channeling a shiraz, pint of Guinness or a mojito so you can pretend it’s summer, hit up top spots to sink a brew or taste a tipple.

Get your soak and float on
Are your muscles and joints giving you grief in the cooler weather? At the risk of sounding like a bunch of middle-aged whining Karen’s, is it just us, or do your joints and muscles seem to cease up and ache way more when the temperature drops and the rain sets in? Cause same! And we think we have to treat ourselves to a little R&R to give you back that pep in your step! Check out a wellness centre or be pampered at a spa – either way, we are in!

Winery tour experience at Witches Falls Winery (image courtesy of Tourism Australia)
Winery tour experience at Witches Falls Winery (image courtesy of Tourism Australia)

Visit a winery
Look, wineries, like watering holes, speak to us all year round, but a drive (or Uber…) out to one of our beautiful local grape farms for a feed and a tipple is the perfect way to spend a rainy day. We’re feeling reds and moscatos to wash down a mouth-watering lunch infused with local ingredients. Don’t know where to go? Call off the search, because we have your one-stop-shop to wineries here.

Get creative
Fancy yourself as a bit of an artist? Why not explore your arty-farty side and what better time of year to do it! Whether you’re into sculpting, pottery, photography, drawing, jewellery making, painting, painting whilst wining (ding ding!), or gallery hopping, you can do all that and more in your own backyard. Check out your options here.

Creating Pottery (image supplied)
Creating Pottery (image supplied)

Make a charcuterie board and chill out with your friends
You had us and cheese, deli meats and antipasto. And look, basically anything that appears on a charcuterie board belongs in our stomachs. The rain makes it seem totally acceptable to indulge in such guilty pleasures so why not call in your squad and a make day of it.

Try a new workout class
With all this talk of chocolate, cheese, watering holes and wine, we’re thinking it’s wise to add a new workout class to your rainy-day must-try list. There are plenty of places to get your deep burn on, and donning your activewear is still entirely acceptable when it’s a bit frosty (bonus – excuse to buy that Jaggad sweater you’ve been eyeing off).

Words by Bianca Trathen.

Women doing Yoga (image supplied)
Women doing Yoga (image supplied)
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