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School holiday activities to try on the Gold Coast this summer

Charntel Cleveland | December 2020

There’s no need for school holiday boredom on the Gold Coast. There’s so much to see and do, and the summer school holidays are the perfect time for the kids to get out and try something new.

We’ve rounded up a selection of the city’s free or low-cost activities to help keep you sane and the kids entertained these Christmas school holidays.

Explore nature

The Gold Coast is home to a range of varying landscapes, flora and fauna, and summer is ideal for exploring the city’s natural beauty. Try these activities:

 Get active

Be a bookworm and win a holiday

The City of Gold Coast Libraries’ Summer Reading Festival kicks off Saturday 12 December 2020 and is calling all bookworms to take part! Rediscover the joy of reading, and get the whole family involved to increase your chances of winning a family staycation at the newly renovated Paradise Resort Gold Coast.

To enter, simply:

  • Download books and magazines to your device, or pick up a stack of great reads from your local library.
  • Read or listen to three books and submit a competition entry form listing the titles of each three books.
  • Submit your entry form online or in-person at your local library and go in the running to win an amazing family staycation.

There is no limit to the amount of entry forms you can submit, so tell the whole family! The competition opens on Saturday 12 December 2020 and entries can be submitted until 11.59pm on Sunday 24 January 2021. For more information click here.


Park it

Did you know the Gold Coast has more than 2000 parks? Pack a picnic or grab a coffee and head to a shady spot to watch the kids burn off some energy at any of these popular family friendly parks:

  • Broadwater Parklands, which features manmade rockpools, large playground areas, a bouncy pillow, outdoor gym, swimming enclosure and over 5km of paths to walk, cycle or jog along.
  • Cascade Gardens, an inner-city oasis that boasts a huge playground, short rainforest walks and serene views of the Nerang River.
  • MacIntosh Island Park, also known as ‘Peacock Park’ due to its resident peacocks and other birdlife. Here you’ll find playgrounds, picnic areas, shady tree-lined pathways plus small running waterfalls and streams that flow through the heart of the park.
  • Kurrawa Park, which contains an all-abilities playground, Sandcastle Zone for creating epic sand sculptures and Undersea Zone that simulates a fun underwater environment.

Arts and culture

Live music, art and culture are alive and well on the Gold Coast. Bring your little culture vultures along to these family-friendly festivals:

For an educational, immersive experience:

Get festive

‘Tis the season to be jolly, so why not revel in some Christmas-inspired holiday activity? You could sing up a storm and check out our Christmas Carols Guide or you could:

Community amusement

The Gold Coast’s Community Youth Centres each run their own school holiday programs packed with free fun activities. Download your local centre’s program for details:

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