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81 School Holiday Events on the Gold Coast this Summer

Emily Toxward | December 2019

Six weeks can seem a long time to amuse school-aged children, but we’ve put together a week-by-week list of entertaining events that might just help their keep boredom at bay.

Whether it’s water fights, learning about nature or being amused by buskers, we’re sure you’ll find a few of these Gold Coast-based activities will tickle your child’s fancy!

Week starting Saturday December 14

DJ Park in the Rockpools – December 14 – Broadwater Parklands Southport

Kick off the school holidays by cooling off at the Rockpools. From 10am-2pm kids can get their groove on and come party at the park with everyone’s old favourite songs right through to today’s hits. During this free event there’ll be games and fun activities.

Visit our What’s On calendar to see more information about DJ Park in the Rockpools at Broadwater Parklands, Southport.

The Big Wedgie – December 14 to January 27 – Broadwater Parklands Southport

Returning to the Gold Coast is the world’s tallest and most extreme inflatable waterslide. Standing at 18.2-metres tall and 82-metres long, kids can experience the awesome 55-degree slope. The Big Wedgie is also a four-lane racer so kids will have a blast rocketing down the steep slope racing their mates. It costs between $15-$45 and is open from 9am-5pm at the Fisherman’s Lawn.

Visit our What’s On calendar to see more information about The Big Wedgie in the Rockpools at Broadwater Parklands, Southport.

The Gruffalo Trail – December 14-21 – Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

Visit the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and take a journey through the deep dark wood and meet the Gruffalo. Kids will meet their favourite characters along the way with the new augmented reality app. This new interactive trail is included in your entry ticket price, along with daily photo opportunities with The Gruffalo.

Visit our What’s On calendar to see more information about The Gruffalo Trail at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.

Ocean Stars Marine Education – December 15 – Varsity Lakes

Kids aged four and over can learn about a variety of marine animals and discover how they move, eat and protect themselves and the important roles they play in the ocean ecosystem. Children can get hands-on with some ocean artefacts such as seashells, coral, shark teeth and shark eggs. They’ll also get up close to beautiful live marine animals such as sea stars, sea cucumbers, hermit crabs, sea snails and sea urchins. Hosted by Ocean Stars Marine Education, bookings are required.

Visit our What’s On calendar to see more information about Ocean Stars Marine Education at Varsity Lakes.

Kids in the Kitchens Gingerbread Decorating – December 15 – Robina Town Centre

From 9.30am-1pm parents can pay $5 for their children to decorate gingerbread. Once budding chefs have put final touches on them, they can eat them, gift them or leave them out for Santa on Christmas Eve. Best suited for ages three and older and bookings are essential.

Visit our What’s On calendar to see more information about Kids in the Kitchens Gingerbread Decorating at Robina Town Centre.

Rocky Shore Explore – December 15 – Burleigh Heads

Join marine biologists at the rocky shores to explore this unique environment and learn about living and non-living things in the rock pools. Learn about periwinkles, sea cucumbers, oysters and crabs. Scheduled for 11am-12pm, times may change due to tides. Hosted by Ocean Connect, bookings are required.

Visit our What’s On calendar to see more information about Rocky Shore Explore at Burleigh Heads.

Active & Healthy Water Battles – December 16 – Broadbeach

This session is all things water games with water fights, water bomb battles and capture the flag. Kids aged from five to 13 are welcome and parental supervision is required at all times. Bring swimmers, hat and sunscreen because there’ll be some serious fun at this free GeckoSports event from 8.30-10.30am at Cascade Gardens, 2730 Gold Coast Highway.

Visit our What’s On calendar to see more information about the Active & Healthy Water Battles at Broadbeach.

Make a Christmas Wreath – December 16 – Southport Library

Children aged from six to 12 can make a wreath for the festive season at the Southport Library Meeting Room. Adults must accompany children and bookings are required. The session is from 3.30-4.30pm.

Visit our What’s On calendar to see more information about Make a Christmas Wreath at the Southport Library.

Active & Healthy Christmas Fun – December 16 – Helensvale

From 9-11am kids of all ages are welcome to join in some family fun in the lead up to Christmas. Children can get into the festive spirit by playing some old fashion games with a Christmas twist such as jingle bell tossing, snowball relay races and much more. The free event is at Lion’s Park in Discovery Drive, Helensvale.

Visit our What’s On calendar to see more information about the Active & Healthy Christmas Fun at Helensvale.

STEM Camp – December 16-17 at Robina and December 18-19 at Upper Coomera

The two-day Steam Powered Kids program looks at engineering, technology and science. Students will learn about UV radiation, how biomedical engineers design solutions to prevent cancer as well as getting a basic understanding about the basics of electronics, programming. It’s at the Robina Community Centre from December 16-16 and the Upper Coomera Centre on December 18 and 19. The program runs from 9am-3pm and is suitable for kids aged 6-13. The event is $60 per day and bookings are essential.

Visit our What’s On calendar to see more information about the STEM Camp at Robina and Upper Coomera.

Christmas in the Vale – December 17 – Helensvale Library

The Helensvale Library and Cultural Centre presents Christmas in the Vale. There will be Christmas community stalls with decorations, plants, small gifts, craft, jams and baked goods. There’ll be local entertainment performances including vocal, dancing and theatre groups. There’ll be free Christmas crafts for all ages, a Cee and Gee pet show, a sausage sizzle and a visit from visit from Santa. The event is for kids aged 6 to 12 and bookings are required.

Visit our What’s On calendar to see more information about Christmas in the Vale at Helensvale Library.

A Very Sporty Christmas – December 17 – Main Beach

Come and celebrate the festive season by getting active with GeckoSports. Children aged five to 13 years, and their parents, can celebrate all things Christmas with summer and Christmas-themed games at Hollindale Park in Macarthur Parade. This free event runs from 8.30-10am, don’t forget a hat, sunscreen and water.

Visit our What’s On calendar to see more information about A Very Sporty Christmas at Main Beach.

Animal Antics – December 17 – the Animal Welfare League at Coombabah

This one-day school holiday program is for 6-10-year-olds and offers a range of animal-related activities designed to be fun and hands-on while also teaching children about the responsible care and respect for animals. Runs from 9.30am-2.30-pm. Cost is $50 and bookings are essential.

Visit our What’s On calendar to see more information about the Animal Antics holiday program at the Animal Welfare League.

Grinch and Christmas Craft – December 17 – Elanora Library

Kids aged six to 12 are invited to create holiday ornaments from recycled buttons and make a Grinch face out of a paper plate. Parents much accompany children and the craft session runs from 2-3pm at the Elanora Library Meeting Room.

Visit our What’s On calendar to see more information about the Grinch and Christmas Craft at the Elanora Library.

Gingerbread Decorating – December 18-19 – Westfield Coomera

Kids are invited to get creative and decorate their very own delicious gingerbread in time for Christmas. Each child is given pre-baked gingerbread pieces, icing and decorations to create their own masterpiece. This free event runs 10am-1pm daily at The Fresh Food Marketplace and workshops are limited to the first 120 children per day.

Visit our What’s On calendar to see more information about Gingerbread Decorating at Westfield Coomera.

Rock Climbing in the Park – December 18 – Miami

Head on over to Pizzy Park to challenge yourself on a rock wall. Fully qualified and friendly instructors are on hand to give guidance to ensure your child’s rock-climbing adventure is enjoyable, exciting and safe. Enclose shoes are required and no bookings are required for this free event. The session is for ages six and up runs from 9am-12pm next to the skate park at Pizzey Park.

Visit our What’s On calendar to see more information about the Rock Climbing in the Park at Miami.

Animal Care Course – December 19 – Animal Welfare League at Coombabah

For 11-16-yearolds who love animals and want to learn more about working in the animal industry, students learn real-life industry experience and animal care skills. They work through a course taught by AWLQ Educations offers and practical components include basic dog obedience training skills, dog hydro-bathing, cat behaviour and handling, small animal care and vet care for shelter animals. If they complete the course successfully, they receive a certificate of achievement. Runs from 9.30am-2.30pm and cost $70 per student.

Visit our What’s On calendar to see more information about the Animal Care Course at the Animal Welfare League.

Junior Bar Warrior Workout – December 19 – Burleigh Heads

Children aged seven and older who are always on the move and love a challenge will enjoy checking out the new outdoor gym at Burleigh. They can learn how to use the bars and their own body weight to increase their functional strength and fitness. Kids will be hanging, grasping, pushing, running and have great fun on the new outdoor fitness station. Run by Terrain Training, the free event runs from 9-10am at Rudd Park in Burleigh Heads.

Visit our What’s On calendar to see more information about the Junior Bar Warrior Workout at Burleigh Heads.

Kids Night Out Movie & Minding – December 19 – Robina Town Centre

Hosted by Event Cinemas, from 5-8.30pm you can drop your kids off in the care of licensed caregivers throughout the night so you can enjoy a meal, movie or go Christmas shopping guilt free. Registration is at 5pm, drop off for the movie, Frozen 2, is at 5.30pm and the screening runs from 6-8pm with a final collection time of 8.30pm. Minimum age is three years and food will be provided.

Visit our What’s On calendar to see more information about the Kids Night Out Movie & Minding at Robina Town Centre.

Nature’s Art and Craft Workshop – December 20 – Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens Benowa

From 9-10am or 10-11am kids can visit the Botanic Gardens to find natural materials to create their own works of art. Combine seedpods, leaves, twigs, fronds and other wonders of nature to make something special. All materials supplied from the gifts of nature. Suitable for ages five to 12. Bookings required.

Visit our What’s On calendar to see more information about the Nature’s Art and Craft Workshop at the Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens.

Decorate A Christmas Bauble – December 20 – Australia Fair Shopping Centre

From 10.30-1.30pm outside Mr Toys on Level 1 kids can get into the Christmas spirit by decorating a Christmas bauble. They’ll make a perfect gift or keepsake for years to come. No bookings are required for this free event.

Visit our What’s On calendar to see more information about Decorate a Christmas Bauble at Australia Fair Shopping Centre.

Rock Climbing – December 21 – Tallebudgera Leisure Centre at Palm Beach

Kids of all ages can challenge themselves on an amazing 10-metre rock wall modelled off a cliff face in Bulgaria. Climbs are graded from simple and fun to hard and extreme. Team members on the ground work together to keep climbers safe. Those aged 5-12 need an adult to be present, and sturdy enclosed shoes are required. This is available from 9am-5pm. Cost is $12.15 per person and this is located at the Tallebudgera Leisure Centre in Palm Beach.

Visit our What’s On calendar to see more information about Rock Climbing at the Gold Coast Recreation Centre at Palm Beach.

Week starting Saturday December 21

Christmas Face Painting – December 21 – Westfield Coomera

Start the school holidays with a free face painting session at Westfield Coomera. Bring your children of all ages to The Backyard and let them enjoy getting their face painted in different Christmas themes. The free event runs from 11am-2pm.

Visit our What’s On calendar to see more information about Christmas Face Painting at Westfield Coomera.

Obstacles Gone Mad – December 21 – Varsity Lakes

Let your kids aged five and up unleash their inner ninja warrior. Suitable for most abilities, you can watch them test their strength and skill as they fly, swing, balance, climb and conquer a ninja-warrior inspired obstacle course. This is a fun morning for those who are always on the move and love a challenge. Hosted by Terrain Training, this free event runs from 9am-12pm at Frascott Park in Varsity Lakes.

Visit our What’s On calendar to see more information about Obstacles Gone Mad at Varsity Lakes.

Active & Healthy Christmas Fun – December 23 – Surfers Paradise

From 9-11am kids of all ages are welcome to join in some family fun in the lead up to Christmas. Children can get into the festive spirit by playing some old fashion games with a Christmas twist such as jingle bell tossing, snowball relay races and much more. The free event is at Budd’s Beach Reserve in Surfers Paradise.

Visit our What’s On calendar to see more information about the Active & Healthy Christmas Fun at Surfers Paradise.

Christmas Craft Activity – December 23 – Broadwater Parklands Southport

Little hands will enjoy this school holiday activity beside the bouncy pillow at Broadwater Parklands. From 10am-2pm kids can get creative making Christmas tree decorations. This is a free event.

Visit our What’s On calendar to see more information about Christmas Craft Activity at Broadwater Parklands Southport.

Christmas Festive Games – December 23 – Carrara

From 9-11am kids of all ages are welcome to join in some family fun in the lead up to Christmas. Children can get into the festive spirit by playing some old fashion games with a Christmas twist such as jingle bell tossing, snowball relay races and much more. The free event is at Emerald Lakes Park at Carrara, the meeting point is at the grass area next to the little bridge on Lakeside Drive.

Visit our What’s On calendar to see more information about the Christmas Festive Games at Carrara.

Holiday Park Games and Tie-Dye Fun – December 24 – Paradise Point

On Christmas Eve from 9am-12pm families can join Sparky Do Dah and Aspiral Design for a fun morning of creativity and active fun. Thanks to Shoshana’s Tie Dye workshop kids can use groovy swirls, stripes and spiral patterns to make something uniquely theirs. Just bring something white from home and tie-dye it for $3 or buy a pillow case or tote bag and tie-dye it for $4. Kids can also enjoy Sparky’s Pop-Up Playground that includes juggling sticks, stilts, duck fishing, balance games and more. Activities suited for kids aged two to 12. No bookings are required for this event at the Paradise Point Parklands.

Visit our What’s On calendar to see more information about the Holiday Park Games and Tie-Dye Fun at Paradise Point.

Visit Santa and His Snow Dogs – December 24 – Nerang Mall

Little ones are in for a fabulous surprise this festive season as Santa and his beautiful snow dogs are in residence at the Nerang Mall from 10am-1pm from December 18 until Christmas eve.

Visit our What’s On calendar to see more information about Santa and His Snow Dogs at Nerang Mall.

Commando Obstacle Course – December 27 – Broadwater Parklands Southport

Kids can experience the rush of beating their friends through the fun yet challenging inflatable course. It’s suitable for children four and older. The free event is being hosting at The Great Lawn and runs from 10am-2pm.

Visit our What’s On calendar to see more information about Commando Obstacle Course at Broadwater Parklands Southport.

Active & Healthy Water Wars – December 27 – Palm Beach

Hosted by Focus Fitness, older children aged eight to 16 can take part in agility training with the added bonus of wet sponges to cool them down. The free event is great way to for active kids to work on their agility and balance from 9-11am at Laguna Park in Palm Beach.

Visit our What’s On calendar to see more information about the Active & Healthy Water Wars at Palm Beach.

Week starting Saturday December 28

Challenge Masters PB Workshop – December 28 – Broadwater Parklands Southport

Bring your kids along so they can set their very own personal best times in a variety of challenges that test hand-eye coordination and physical abilities. Be warned, some of the challenges are just downright silly. The free event runs from 10am-2pm beside the bouncy pillow.

Visit our What’s On calendar to see more information about the Challenge Masters PB Workshop at Broadwater Parklands Southport.

Water Wars & Agility Training – December 30 – Coomera

This Active & Healthy event hosted by Focus Fitness is for older children aged eight to 16. They can take part in agility training with the added bonus of wet sponges to cool them down. The free event is great way to for active kids to work on their agility and balance from 9-11am at Viney Park Coomera.

Visit our What’s On calendar to see more information about the Water Wars and Agility Training at Coomera.

Laser Skirmish – December 31 – Oxenford

Limited sessions exist for this exciting combat team sport hosted by Laser Skirmish Gold Coast. Friends and family can have fun firing invisible and harmless infrared beams in the great outdoors. Closed in shoes are required and session times run on the hour from 9am-1pm. Bookings are essential for this event being hosted at Damian Leeding Memorial Park in Oxenford.

Visit our What’s On calendar to see more information about the Laser Skirmish at Oxenford.

Holiday Sports Games – December 31 – Mudgeeraba

Celebrate the last day of 2019 with some family fun, kid’s agility, Oztag and touch football skills and drills. Kids can challenge themselves on various agility stations to improve strength and speed and then they’ll learn skills and drills before teaming up for a fun game of Oztag and touch rugby. Suitable for all fitness levels and children from five years. The free event runs from 9-11am at Firth Park in Mudgeeraba.

Visit our What’s On calendar to see more information about the Holiday Sports Games at Mudgeeraba.

Active & Healthy Water Battles – January 3 – Upper Coomera

This session is all things water games with water fights, water bomb battles and capture the flag. Kids aged from five to 13 are welcome and parental supervision is required at all times. Bring swimmers, hat and sunscreen because there’ll be some serious fun at this free GeckoSports event from 8.30-10.30am at Tallowwood Park in Upper Coomera.

Visit our What’s On calendar to see more information about the Active & Healthy Water Battles at Upper Coomera.

Junior Bar Warrior Workout – January 3– Burleigh Heads

Children aged seven and older who are always on the move and love a challenge will enjoy checking out the new outdoor gym at Burleigh. They can learn how to use the bars and their own body weight to increase their functional strength and fitness. Kids will be hanging, grasping, pushing, running and have great fun on the new outdoor fitness station. Run by Terrain Training, the free event runs from 9-10am at Rudd Park in Burleigh Heads.

Visit our What’s On calendar to see more information about the Junior Bar Warrior Workout at Burleigh Heads.

Week starting Sunday January 4

Wild Rangers – January 4 – Broadwater Parklands Southport

Kids of all ages will get a kick out of the interactive displays that feature animals such as a variety of lizards, snakes, crocodile, birds, possums and invertebrates. There’ll also be presentations held throughout the day to educate the public on the city’s beautiful native animals. This free event runs from 10am-2pm beside the bouncy pillow.

Visit our What’s On calendar to see more information about the Wild Rangers at Broadwater Parkland Southport.

Skateboard Workshops – January 4 – Miami

This popular Active & Healthy event hosted by Gold Coast Skateboard Coaching owner Jay Hetherington teaches kids new skills. These free workshops are aimed at beginners and you don’t even need your own gear because boards and helmets are supplied for up to 15 people. Bookings are required for this event held from 9-10am at Pizzey Park Skate Park in Miami.

Visit our What’s On calendar to see more information about Skateboard Workshops at Miami.

Mini Adventures 3-5-year-olds – January 6 – Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

Designed for small adventurers aged three to five, with parental participation essential for three-year-old’s and optional for parents of four and five-year-olds. Get up close with some favourite reptile and insect friends, before getting hands-on with our nature craft and finishing with wildlife story-time. Each day is themed on a different children’s storybook. Wandering wombats is on

January 6 and Kipping Koalas is on January 13. They run from 8.30am – 11.30am.

Visit our What’s On calendar to see more information about the Mini Adventures at the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.

Active & Healthy Water Battles – January 7 – Varsity Lakes

This session is all things water games with water fights, water bomb battles and capture the flag. Kids aged from five to 13 are welcome and parental supervision is required at all times. Bring swimmers, hat and sunscreen because there’ll be some serious fun at this free GeckoSports event from 8.30-10.30am at Frascott Park in Varsity Lakes.

Visit our What’s On calendar to see more information about the Active & Healthy Water Battles at Varsity Lakes.

Sensory Day for Children With Additional Support Needs – January 7 – Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

This half-day program offers students and their carers exclusive animal encounters and sensory experiences. These programs are for those who are unable to access other school holiday programs and cater for those with additional support including, but not limited to, ASD, sensory needs, visual impairments and mobility restrictions. They run from 8.30-11.30am.

Visit our What’s On calendar to see more information about the Sensory Day at the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.

Animal Antics – January 9 – the Animal Welfare League at Coombabah

This one-day school holiday program is for 6 to 10-year-olds and offers a range of animal-related activities designed to be fun and hands-on while also teaching children about the responsible care and respect for animals. Runs from 9.30am-2.30-pm. Cost is $50 and bookings are essential.

Visit our What’s On calendar to see more information about the Animal Antics holiday program at the Animal Welfare League.

Holiday Sports Games – January 9 – Broadbeach

Celebrate the last day of 2019 with some family fun, kid’s agility, Oztag and touch football skills and drills. Kids can challenge themselves on various agility stations to improve strength and speed and then they’ll learn skills and drills before teaming up for a fun game of Oztag and touch. Suitable for all fitness levels and children from five years. The free event runs from 9-11am at Pratten Park in Broadbeach.

Visit our What’s On calendar to see more information about the Holiday Sports Games at Broadbeach.

Holiday Park Games and Tie-Dye Fun – January 10 – Palm Beach

Families can join Sparky Do Dah and Aspiral Design for a fun morning of creativity and active fun. Thanks to Shoshana’s Tie Dye workshop kids can use groovy swirls, stripes and spiral patterns to make something uniquely theirs. Just bring something white from home and tie-dye it for $3 or buy a pillow case or tote bag and tie-dye it for $4. Kids can also enjoy Sparky’s Pop-Up

Playground that includes juggling sticks, stilts, duck fishing, balance games and more. Activities suited for kids aged two to 12. No bookings are required for this event at Laguna Park in Palm Beach.

Visit our What’s On calendar to see more information about the Holiday Park Games and Tie-Dye Fun at Palm Beach.

Rock Climbing in the Park – January 10 – Varsity Lakes

Head on over to Pizzy Park to challenge yourself on a rock wall. Fully qualified and friendly instructors are on hand to give guidance to ensure your child’s rock-climbing adventure is enjoyable, exciting and safe. Enclose shoes are required and no bookings are required for this free event. The session is for kids aged six and up and runs from 9am-12pm at Frascott Park in Varsity Lakes.

Visit our What’s On calendar to see more information about the Rock Climbing in the Park at Varsity Lakes.

Air Play Circus Show – January 10-11 – HOTA in Bundall

This circus show follows two siblings as they get transported through a magical circus-style adventure where balloons have a mind of their own, confetti turns into the night sky, and the very air you breathe comes to life. Best for ages three and up. Tickets are $22.50 each or $69 for family of four. The show is on at 11am on January 10 and 11am and 2pm on January 11.

Visit our What’s On calendar to see more information about the Air Play at HOTA in Bundall.

Week starting Saturday January 11

STEAM for Kids: LEGO Design – January 11 – Broadbeach Library

Children aged six to 12 can build their own designs at the library’s Lego drop-in session. These happen every Saturday at 10am and after the kid have made their creations, they can find some books to check-out for rest of the school holidays. No bookings required.

Visit our What’s On calendar to see more information about the STEAM for Kids: LEGO Design at the Broadbeach Library.

DJ Workshops – January 11 and 12 – HOTA at Bundall

Participants can learn the skills to DJ and host their own 10-minute dance party in this high energy workshop and performance-based program. They will work in groups with artist and DJ Joseph O’Farrell to learn new skills, fine-tune their DJ talents and become the ultimate dance party entertainer. Sessions are 10-11.30am 11.30am-1pm and 1-2.20pm on January 11 and 12-1pm, 1.30-3pm and 3-4pm on January 12.

Visit our What’s On calendar to see more information about the DJ Workshops at HOTA in Bundall.

Active & Healthy Beach Ball Bash – January 13 – Surfers Paradise Beach

Join GeckoSports on the beach for a session of old fashion beach ball games such as beach volleyball, beach footy and beach cricket. Suitable for those aged five to 13 and parents are welcome to join in but also must stay at guardian for entirety of the session from 8.30-10.30am at Surfers Paradise Beach.

Visit our What’s On calendar to see more information about the Active & Healthy Beach Ball Bash at Surfers Paradise Beach.

Splashtacular Water Fun – January 13 – Upper Coomera

Get soaked, have a laugh and get active with fun filled water games that will keep kids aged six and up cool this summer. Hosted by GMG sports training, you’ll get wet so bring a change of clothes to change into after the 9.30-11.30 session at Tallowwood Park in Upper Coomera.

Visit our What’s On calendar to see more information about the Splashtacular Water Fun at Upper Coomera.

Laser Skirmish – January 13 – Miami

Limited sessions exist for this exciting combat team sport hosted by Laser Skirmish Gold Coast. Friends and family can have fun firing invisible and harmless infrared beams in the great outdoors. Closed in shoes are required and session times run on the hour from 9am-1pm. Bookings are essential for this event being hosted at Pizzey Park in Miami.

Visit our What’s On calendar to see more information about the Laser Skirmish at Miami.

In Search of Insects – January 14 – Gold Coast Regional Botanical Gardens Benowa

Kids can get out and explore the Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens and have fun along the way while taking part in conservation and botanical workshops to discover their natural environment and the plants and animals living there. Suitable for ages five to 12 and children must wear closed in shoes, a hat and bring a water bottle for all activities. Bookings required.

Visit our What’s On calendar to see more information about the In Search of Insects workshop at Benowa.

Recycled Bookish Bookmarks – January 14 – Runaway Bay Library

Your little bookworms can use recycled books and other materials to create bookmarks inspired by their favourite books. Adults must accompany children aged six to 12 and bookings are required. The session runs from 9.30-10.30am in the library.

Visit our What’s On calendar to see more information about the Recycled Bookish Bookmarks at the Runaway Bay Library.

Magic Show with Blaze – January 14 – Burleigh Waters Library

Budding magicians can join the Gold Coast’s very own Blaze the magician for an amazing show. He’ll also teach kids aged six to 12 how to perform their own simple magic tricks. Adults must accompany children and bookings are required. The session is from 2.30-3.30pm in the library.

Visit our What’s On calendar to see more information about the Magic Show with Blaze at the Burleigh Waters Library.

An Introduction to Puppetry Workshop – January 15 – HOTA in Bundall

Kids aged 12 to 17 can learn the versatile and incredible art form of puppetry in this two-hour workshop held by The Dead Puppet Society. After taking part children will not only know the tricks behind creating Laser Beak man but have the skills to start creating their own puppet performance. This free event starts at 11am, registrations are essential.

Visit our What’s On calendar to see more information about Introduction to Puppetry Workshop at HOTA in Bundall.

Eco Warrior Workshops – January 15-17 – HOTA in Bundall

During this free event kids can learn how to help stop the build-up of landfill. In this special workshop, participants will help reduce the use of disposable coffee cups by creating individual reusable cups for the HOTA café. Working alongside a professional poet, kids can come up with an inspirational and powerful message to share with the world and display on their reusable cup. Runs from 10am-2pm and registrations are essential.

Visit our What’s On calendar to see more information about the Eco Warrior Workshops at HOTA in Bundall.

Splashtacular Water Fun – January 15 – Mudgeeraba

Get soaked, have a laugh and get active with fun filled water games that will keep kids aged six and up cool this summer. Hosted by GMG sports training, you’ll get wet so bring a change of clothes to change into after the 9.30-11.30am session at Firth Park in Mudgeeraba.

Visit our What’s On calendar to see more information about the Splashtacular Water Fun at Mudgeeraba.

Active & Healthy Beach Ball Bash – January 15 – Paradise Point

Join GeckoSports on the beach for a session of old fashion beach ball games such as beach volleyball, beach footy and beach cricket. Suitable for those aged five to 13 and parents are welcome to join in but also must stay at guardian for entirety of the session from 8.30-10.30am at Paradise Point Parklands.

Visit our What’s On calendar to see more information about the Active & Healthy Beach Ball Bash at Paradise Point.

Kids Box Workshops- January 16 and 17 – HOTA in Bundall

This January Boxwars is calling all the people of the Gold Coast to join their international rescue team as they transform HOTA’s outdoor stage into Tracy Island, complete with palm trees, pink limousines and space craft. Boxwars is both art and destruction, using nothing but cardboard. From 10am-2pm on January 16 and 17 kids can drop in before the big battle, on January 18, and learn the basics of cardboard engineering and create your own cardboard costume. Kids can also build a recycled creation to keep and take home.

Visit our What’s On calendar to see more information about the Kids Box Workshops at HOTA in Bundall.

Animal Care Course – January 16 – the Animal Welfare League at Coombabah

For 11-16-year-olds who love animals and want to learn more about working in the animal industry. Students learn real-life industry experience and animal care skills. They work through a course taught by AWLQ Educations offers and practical components include basic dog obedience training Skills, dog hydro bathing, cat behaviour and handling, small animal care and vet care for shelter animals. If they complete course successfully they receive a certificate of achievement. Runs from 9.30am-2.30pm and cost $70 per student.

Visit our What’s On calendar to see more information about the Animal Care Course at the Animal Welfare League.

10-Minute Dance Party – December 16-18 – HOTA in Bundall

All ages are welcome to 10-Minute Dance Parties, a celebration of art and colour, costume and community and the universal joy of dance. This all-ages event invites you to have as much fun as you can, with one catch: you only have 10 minutes to dance. There will be world record attempts, dance move competitions, dedications to the great dance artists in history, interpretations, and ventures into the unknown. Dance parties run every 15 minutes from 10am-2pm. This is a free drop-in event.

Visit our What’s On calendar to see more information about the 10-Minute Dance Party at HOTA in Bundall.

Obstacles Gone Mad – January 16 – Coomera

Let your kids aged five and up unleash their inner ninja warrior. Suitable for most abilities, you can watch them test their strength and skill as they fly, swing, balance, climb and conquer a ninja-warrior inspired obstacle course. This is a fun morning for those who are always on the move and love a challenge. Hosted by Terrain Training, this free event runs from 9am-12pm at Viney Park in Coomera.

Visit our What’s On calendar to see more information about Obstacles Gone Mad at Coomera.

Laser Beak Man Musical – January 16-18 – HOTA in Bundall

Tim Sharp, the creator of Laser Beak Man, was diagnosed with Autism when he was three years old. Doctors explained to his mother Judy that he would never speak and told her to put him away and forget about him. But Judy was determined to find a way to communicate with her son and introduced him to drawing. When he was eleven, Tim invented Laser Beak Man, a hero who works hard to keep Power City the most beautiful place in the world. The show is for ages eight and older is costs $22.50. It’s at 11am on January 16 and 11am and 7pm on January 17 and 18, with the 11am shows relaxed performances to cater for those with special needs.

Visit out What’s On calendar to find out more about Laser Beak Man Musical at HOTA in Bundall.

Holiday Park Games and Tie-Dye Fun – January 16 – Labrador

Families can join Sparky Do Dah and Aspiral Design for a fun morning of creativity and active fun. Thanks to Shoshana’s Tie Dye workshop kids can use groovy swirls, stripes and spiral patterns to make something uniquely theirs. Just bring something white from home and tie-dye it for $3 or buy a pillow case or tote bag and tie-dye it for $4. Kids can also enjoy Sparky’s Pop-Up Playground that includes juggling sticks, stilts, duck fishing, balance games and more. Activities suited for kids aged two to 12. No bookings are required for this event at the Labrador Community Hub.

Visit our What’s On calendar to see more information about the Holiday Park Games and Tie-Dye Fun at Labrador.

Mini Buskers Performance – January 16-18 – HOTA in Bundall

Calling all mini buskers who want to perform in the Lawn Bar at HOTA. The next generation of performers can to take to the Lawn Bar stage during Kids Take Over and entertain the crowds. This is your child’s chance to shine. Veteran buskers will work with participants in the lead up to their performance to prepare their act and get ready for their public appearance. Limited spaces available. Show times are 12pm, 12.30pm, 1pm, 1.30pm and 2pm daily. Registrations for this free event are essential.

Visit out What’s On calendar to find out more about Mini Buskers Performance at HOTA in Bundall.

EcoDisoverer’s Tidal Pools – January 17 – Burleigh Heads

Hosted by GECKO from 8-10am, children aged five to nine can learn more about these the amazing tidal pools that dot the Gold Coast’s coastline. They’ll learn in a fun environment through adventures and interactive games, craft and stories. Online bookings required.

Visit our What’s On calendar to see more information about the EcoDiscoverer’s Tidal Pools at Burleigh Heads.

Week starting Saturday January 18

Boxwars Battle – January 18 – HOTA in Bundall

This epic event sees giant cardboard creations such as sculptures, costumes, weapons and more repurposed for one good reason; an explosive battle to save the world. Following Boxwars’ smash hit battle at HOTA in 2018, this family friendly festival of pointlessness is sure to be a blockbuster of an afternoon. Get energised before the battle with Electrik Lemonade playing on the outdoor stage from 10.15-11am with the Boxwars Battle from 11am-2pm. This is a free, drop-in event.

Visit our What’s On calendar to see more information about the Boxwars Battle at HOTA in Bundall.

Rock ‘n’ Sizzle Skateboarding Event – January 18 – Varsity Lakes

Join Gold Coast’s pro skateboarder Jesse Noonan for a short coaching session, demos, skate jam, barbecue, raffle and games. The aim is to bring the community together to promote skating to families in a healthy and safe environment. The free event runs from 8-10am at the Varsity Youth Precinct in Varsity Lakes. Bookings are required.

Visit our What’s On calendar to see more information about the Rock ‘n’ Sizzle Skateboarding Event at Varsity Lakes.

Laser Skirmish – January 20 – Varsity Lakes

Limited sessions exist for this exciting combat team sport hosted by Laser Skirmish Gold Coast. Friends and family can have fun firing invisible and harmless infrared beams in the great outdoors. Closed in shoes are required and session times run on the hour from 9am-1pm. Bookings are essential for this event being hosted at Frascott Park at Varsity Lakes.

Visit our What’s On calendar to see more information about the Laser Skirmish at Varsity Lakes.

Holiday Park Games and Tie-Dye Fun – January 20 – Carrara

Families can join Sparky Do Dah and Aspiral Design for a fun morning of creativity and active fun. Thanks to Shoshana’s Tie Dye workshop kids can use groovy swirls, stripes and spiral patterns to make something uniquely theirs. Just bring something white from home and tie-dye it for $3 or buy a pillow case or tote bag and tie-dye it for $4. Kids can also enjoy Sparky’s Pop-Up Playground that includes juggling sticks, stilts, duck fishing, balance games and more. Activities suited for kids aged two to 12. No bookings are required for this event at the Carrara Community Centre.

Visit our What’s On calendar to see more information about the Holiday Park Games and Tie-Dye Fun at Carrara.

Pawsome Pals – January 22 – the Animal Welfare League at Coombabah

This two-hour program is for 6-10-year-olds and offers engagement, pats and cuddles with shelter cats, pocket pets and dogs. The aim is to teach children responsible care and respect for animals while having fun, kids get a take-home pack that includes colouring sheets, pet safety information and magazines. Maximum of 25 kids per session and it runs from 10am-12pm and costs $25.

Visit our What’s On calendar to see more information about the Pawsome Pals school holiday program at the Animal Welfare League.

Splashtacular Water Fun – January 23 – Palm Beach

Get soaked, have a laugh and get active with fun filled water games that will keep kids aged six and up cool this summer. Hosted by GMG sports training, you’ll get wet so bring a change of clothes to change into after the 9.30-11.30 session at Laguna Park in Palm Beach.

Visit our What’s On calendar to see more information about the Splashtacular Water Fun at Palm Beach.

Fencing and kayaking – January 23 – Gold Coast Recreation Centre at Palm Beach

There are morning, afternoon and full day sessions available at the Gold Coast Recreation Centre. In the morning on January 23 kids can try their hand at supervised fencing and in the afternoon, there is kayaking. Each there are different activities hosted by the centre and including archery, abseiling, high ropes courses, surfing, stand up paddling boarding. They are aimed at children 8 and over and cost $29.05 for the morning and afternoon or $67.05 for the full day, lunch is included.

Visit our What’s On calendar to see more information about Fencing and kayaking at the Gold Coast Recreation Centre at Palm Beach.

Holiday Sports Games – January 23 – Mudgeeraba

Celebrate the New Year with some family fun, kid’s agility, Oztag and touch football skills and drills. Kids can challenge themselves on various agility stations to improve strength and speed and then they’ll learn skills and drills before teaming up for a fun game of Oztag and touch. Suitable for all fitness levels and children from five years. The free event runs from 9-11am at Firth Park in Mudgeeraba.

Visit our What’s On calendar to see more information about the Holiday Sports Games at Mudgeeraba.

Rock Climbing in the Park – January 24 – Labrador

Head on over to Labrador to challenge yourself on a rock wall. Fully qualified and friendly instructors are on hand to give guidance to ensure your child’s rock-climbing adventure is enjoyable, exciting and safe. Enclose shoes are required and no bookings are required for this free event. The session is for kids aged six and up and runs from 9am-12pm at Norm Rix Park in Labrador.

Visit our What’s On calendar to see more information about the Rock Climbing in the Park at Labrador.

Holiday Park Games and Tie-Dye Fun – January 24 – Pacific Pines

Families can join Sparky Do Dah and Aspiral Design for a fun morning of creativity and active fun. Thanks to Shoshana’s Tie Dye workshop kids can use groovy swirls, stripes and spiral patterns to make something uniquely theirs. Just bring something white from home and tie-dye it for $3 or buy a pillow case or tote bag and tie-dye it for $4. Kids can also enjoy Sparky’s Pop-Up Playground that includes juggling sticks, stilts, duck fishing, balance games and more. Activities suited for kids aged two to 12. No bookings are required for this event at the Central Park in Pacific Pines.

Visit our What’s On calendar to see more information about the Holiday Park Games and Tie-Dye Fun at Pacific Pines.

Rock Climbing in the Park – January 24 – Burleigh Heads

Head on over to Burleigh Heads to challenge yourself on a rock wall. Fully qualified and friendly instructors are on hand to give guidance to ensure your child’s rock-climbing adventure is enjoyable, exciting and safe. Enclose shoes are required and no bookings are required for this free event. The session is for kids aged six and up and runs from 9am-12pm at Justin’s Park at Burleigh Heads.

Visit our What’s On calendar to see more information about the Rock Climbing in the Park at Burleigh Heads.

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