Holiday fun on a budget on the Gold Coast

Keep the kids entertained without busting your budget

School holidays are here again! Keeping the kids entertained can be exhausting – and expensive. And if you’re unemployed or trying to get by on a low income, keeping the kids entertained on your tight budget can be a real challenge.

Beat boredom without needing to blow a load of cash on expensive outings and entertainment – here’s some fun, free or cheap ideas!

Free and creative library fun

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

  • There’s trash to treasure craft activities including recycled robots, CD suncatchers, bottle art and king of the jungle crafts.
  • Check out the full program here – all sessions are free, but bookings are essential.

Spring into some active outdoor fun

Get the kids off their devices and 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 including
    • Scooter lessons
    • Lindy Charm School workshops
    • Barefoot nature play
    • Rainbow tie dye workshops
    • Fun and funky fitness dance classes
    • Skateboard workshops
    • And awesome fun and games for the whole family
    • The range of activities is sure to inspire kids of all ages.

Get the full program and latest info by registering online today.

Hit the beach!

Nothing wears the kids out better than a fun day at the beach!

  • Enjoy our stunning stretch of coastline and spring into the warmer weather at some of our beautiful beaches.
  • Grab the sunscreen and towels and hit the sand and surf at your favourite spot.
  • Pack some cold drinks and snacks in the Esky, and the kids will be both happy and well fed, and your day out needn’t cost you a cent. 

Hit the park

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.

Fun for teens, too! 

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, Runaway Bay, 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.