Attention, people whose responsibility it is to entertain children for the next few weeks or so, we are here to help. Not physically because, tiring, but with this very article you’ve clicked on.
Across the Gold Coast there are many things happening that will both be a very fun time for the kiddies and a weight off your shoulders that allows you to sit back and relax knowing they are having said fun time. We who don’t have children believe that’s how it works.
From north to south, here’s what’s going on.
Bringing All Kinds of Happy to the school holidays is Dreamworld on the northern Gold Coast. The Brickman Awesome Exhibition is in full swing already, made up of 39 exclusive LEGO® models and two million LEGO® bricks. Sunset Safaris are a thing you can do involving experiencing the park after dark and of course, there are tiger cubs to stare at all day, every day.
Where: Dreamworld Pkwy, Upper Coomera
Got a little Master Chef in the making? Harbour Town have something that’ll keep them entertained. Grill’d Harbour Town are hosting kids burger making workshops to teach the young ones how to make the perfect stack. Classes are just $10 and they get a burger, chips and a drink. From 10am on various dates.
Where: 147-189 Brisbane Rd, Biggera Waters
Look, we don’t have children but that probably won’t stop us from going here. Find Jungle Float in Broadwater Parklands throughout the holidays for all your watery good time needs. There are two trampolines, a Tarzan swing, high platform jump, medium platform jump and one SUPER SLIDE. OMG. Could there be a better time to have. Obviously only for the kids who are big enough to swim and fend for themselves in the water.
Where: The water, Broadwater Parklands, Southport
Jurassic World Craft Village
So dinosaurs and crafting are the perfect combination if you ask us. Conveniently, you can do both at Paradise Centre these school holidays. The kiddies can paint their own dinosaur and keep their eyes peeled for a real life guy lurking about. From Sunday 30th September to Saturday 6th October, 11am to 2pm, daily.
Where: Centre Court, The Paradise Centre, Cavill Ave, Surfers Paradise
No doubt there’s so much fun to be had at Timezone this school holidays. Get the kids involved in some arcade entertainment plus there’s a Sweet Treats offer where you get $65 Arcade Credit and a show bag when you load up $50 from September 29th to October 7th. Also, air hockey. Best.
Where: Level 1 Paradise Centre, Cavill Avenue, Surfers Paradise and 72/80 Marine Parade, Coolangatta
Surfers Paradise Kids Week
A whole week dedicated to the kids is happening in Surfers Paradise from September 29th until October 5th. There’ll be live daily shows from 1pm throughout the week including Australian first, Jurassic Creatures in Paradise! On Saturday night (29th), The Good Dinosaur will show at Circle on Cavill for free at 6.30pm.
Where: Various locations, Surfers Paradise
Paradox Coffee Roasters
Paradox Coffee Roasters has created a Gold Coast with first Kids’ High Chocolate. Take the kids during the school holidays and get a Paradox Hot Chocolate, a chocolate brownie with a chocolate pot, mini muffin, banana bread, and a raspberry friand, mini pizza bread with ham and pineapple or chicken and mushroom and a selection of chef prepared finger sandwiches. That’s alot of things! Just $25 per kid or $30 per kid when upgrading to a Chocolate Thick Shake (no brainer).
Where: 10 Beach Rd, Surfers Paradise
Home of the Arts
As always, HOTA has lots of exciting events taking place over the school holidays, all of which the kids will absolutely love. They might even learn a thing or two. From creating their own battle costume to learning about hairdressing (and cutting people’s hair – eek), plus Kids Comedy Hour and theatre production, Children are Stinky, it’s going to be an action-packed few weeks.
Where: 135 Bundall Rd, Bundall
Robina Town Centre
Popping up from right now, Meet the Senses encourages kisa to explore and embrace the weird and wonderful ways their senses work by smelling, tasting, seeing, touching and hearing their way through some sweet free workshops. Running from 10am – 1pm daily on weekdays, the 10-day program is divided into five activation pods – each a nod to one of the five senses. First up, the Smell-A-Vision pod has the kids put their sense of smell to the test. Silent disco anyone (yes please)? There’s a mini music bubble where young melodic maestros can engage their sense of hearing. The Sounds Like Fun pod will provide kids with a pair of special headphones to wear inside the Perspex disco dome. Feelin’ Arty will encourage playing with brightly coloured ‘magic sand’, Taste Bud Time gives kids everything they need to decorate their own personalised placemat, while also learning fun facts about their sense of taste. The final station, Kal-Eye-Do, will teach kids about their sense of sight through the lens of colour. Here, they will love creating their very own brightly coloured kaleidoscopes. Sounds like a time we might like to get involved in too, to be honest.
Where: Robina Town Centre Drive, Robina
There’s plenty going on at Pacific Fair these school holidays. The best part (we think) is the Science Fair where you (the kids) get to do epic things like make neon bouncy balls, create snow and do experiments with sherbet and glow in the dark bubble slime. WHAT. There’s also Build-A-Bear Workshops, a Grill’d Burgers Masterclass and a craft workshop at Spendless Shoes. From now until October 14th.
Where: Hooker Blvd, Broadbeach
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
The perfect place to spend a day is Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. The newest section of the Sanctuary, Lost Valley, boasts lemurs, cotton-top tamarins (that you can feed) plus plenty of other adorable creatures. Watch the crocodile live feeding, Aboriginal dance shows and even do a Segway tour if that’s your jam. Get adults at kids prices here.
Where: 28 Towewin St, Currumbin
Words by Kirra Smith.