School holiday fun on the Gold Coast

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The holidays are here! That means it’s time to come up with some boredom busting ideas to keep the kids happy these school holidays on the Gold Coast without busting your budget.

Fun, free or cheap entertainment these school holidays on the Gold Coast

Switch screen time for green time

Get the kids back to nature these school holidays.

  • The NaturallyGC kids school holiday program has an amazing array of free and low cost events, including:
    • Beach care at Broadbeach
    • Walk on the wild side at Coombabah
    • Marine biology at Hope Island
    • Survivor Gold Coast at Burleigh Heads
  • Most activities are free, but bookings are essential. Check the program for details.

Teen time

The Gold Coast’s Community Centres Youth Program offers a fun and free range of activities for 12 – 17 year olds these holidays.

  • At a range of different locations including Coomera, Upper Coomera, Thrower House and Pacific Pines, there’s an irresistible range of free activities to keep the kids busy these school holidays.
  • Some centres have activities in both weeks of the holidays, and some in just one – check with your closest centre for program details.
  • Head to your centre on any day and simply complete a registration form on arrival.

Spring into some active outdoor fun

Get the kids into some free and active outdoor fun, thanks to Gold Coast City Council.

  • The Active & Healthy holiday program will tempt the kids outdoors with loads of fun activities designed to get you into the spirit of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
  • Try out some skills and drills with GC2018 sports including
    • Ninja warrior training
    • Diving clinics
    • Sparky Do Dah’s mini Game On
    • Suncatcher workshop
    • Pro scooter series at Pizzey Park
    • Scooter and skateboard workshops
    • Interactive kids cooking classes
    • Come and try nippers
    • Gecko sports come and try

Free and creative library fun

Check out the awesome free kid’s activities hosted by Gold Coast City Libraries.

  • For the kids aged 6 to 12, activities include Lego and Minecraft sessions at Helensvale library, dragon costume making at Broadbeach and Southport, and Charlotte’s Web engineering at Upper Coomera, Robina and Southport.
  • Teens can enjoy exploring digital collage at Southport, check out the creative space at Broadbeach, or make badges and bookends at Southport.
  • Check out the full program here – most sessions are free, but bookings are essential.

Hit the park these school holidays on the Gold Coast!

It doesn’t get much simpler – or cheaper! – than heading to your local park for hours of fun!

  • Parks are a free, fun way to get the kids off your back and work off all of that excess energy!
  • Throw some snacks and scooters into the car and get exploring – why not use the Gold Coast park finder to venture to a new playground?
  • You could also check out the council’s guide to all the other great parks on the Gold Coast.
  • Don’t forget to pack yourself a picnic rug and a book. If you’re lucky, you might even get a few moments peace to relax and enjoy the sunshine!

On your bike!

Once the kids have had enough of the park and are ready for a change of scene, hit the bike path!

  • Kids love getting out and about on their bikes, and the Gold Coast has some great tracks and trails.
  • The Gold Coast City Council has some great info on cycling around our beautiful area, including cycling on the Gold Coast and a cycling network guide.