Kids and big kids alike, get excited ‘cause the September school holidays have arrived. There's so much to do and something for everyone (yes, even mum and dad will be entertained), from new arcade games to theatre and walking in the clouds. Take advantage of the stunning spring weather with eight new activities to check out these school holidays.
Climb The Q1 By The Cover Of Darkness
If you have a little adventurer in your clan, spoil them these school holidays with something that’ll provide serious bragging rights when they return to the books. For the first time ever, one of Australia’s tallest residential towers, Gold Coast’s iconic Q1, is launching night climbing at SkyPoint! That’s 270 metres above sea level, 360-degree views, #bigcitylights and a billion stars overhead. Tickets start at $74, with the tour accessible for ages 12 and up. And the parent/child bonding time? Priceless.
Laser Tag & Dodgems At Pacific Fair’s Mega New iPlay
So your tweens and teens already know their way around the Coast’s many gaming arcades with their eyes closed? Well, they’re going to lose their collective sh*t when iPlay opens in Pacific Fair this school holidays. Where do we start? Laser tag, dodgem cars, 10-pin bowling, 9D cinema, and an adjoining eatery and ice creamery (with a bar for the adults!). Good luck tearing your kids away from this one.
Build Sandcastles At Broadbeach’s Pop-Up Sand Hostel
Give your soon-to-fly-the-coop teenagers their first taste of itchy feet, with a visit to Hostel World’s wicked Sand Hostel, popping up on the Broadbeach foreshore between Wednesday 20 and Friday 22 September. You can sip cocktails or craft beers in the sunshine, while they join sand sculpturing classes or innocently flirt with international backpackers. They’ll walk away dreaming about a gap year in Denmark and there’s nothing wrong with that…
A Healthy Dose Of Culture With Opera On The Beach
While this activity is likely best experienced with your teenage offspring—the younger ones might end up making sandcastles at your feet—Aida, Griffith Opera on the Beach hits the sand at Coolangatta this September and is a sure-fire way to give your youngsters a solid dose of culture, with a capital ‘C’. Sung in Italian, with camels, whimsical costumes and a hard-hitting storyline, if this doesn’t leave them wide and starry eyed, nothing will.
Girls Who Glow Workshop At The Studio Upstairs
The owner of the Gold Coast’s newest addition to the yoga and wellness scene has her own incredible story of overcoming adversity. She knows what it’s like to have hurdles and challenges thrown in the way, and can empathise with teenage girls growing up in today’s society. The Studio Upstairs’ is finally opening its doors with its first event, Girls Who Glow, to be held in the sunny Burleigh Heads studio on Sunday 17 September. Targeted at 13 to 17-year-olds (or thereabouts), the all-day event is designed to help them love the skin they’re in and become the happiest and healthiest versions of themselves. Girls Who Glow is hosted by a star-studded line-up of inspiring female role models (including TV personalities Jules Sebastian, Liv Phyland and Teigan Nash). Read more here and sign up the treasured young woman in your life as spots are limited.
Go Back To The Ice Age With Indoor Mini Golf At Robina Town Centre
Opening this weekend at Robina Town Centre, now you’ve got extra bribing power to drag the kids shopping with the launch of Lilliputt—that’s mini golf INSIDE the shopping centre! Roam between the legs of oversized woolly mammoth and sabre-tooth tigers in this high-tech 18-hole, Ice Age-themed novelty golf course; there’s even a black light glow-in-the-dark zone. Did we mentioned it’s air conditioned? You can keep that one in your back pocket for the fiery hell of summer holidays, too.
Kid-Friendly Crafts At The Craft Parlour
If you’ve not yet taken your cub along to The Craft Parlour, take a peek at their stellar line-up of school holiday activities. From digital mandala colouring and racquet weaving to gem stone diffuser making and various kid-friendly crafts. If we had kids of our own, we’d definitely want them hanging out with The Craft Parlour’s caring and free-spirited owner Rachael Valentine. Roaming about the Palm Beach area? Skip across the road to The Collective for cooking classes, where they’ll walk away making and tasting fruit pies, veggie spring rolls, pizzas, cup cakes and cookies. Um, yum!
Get Fit & Active For Free In The Great Outdoors
The Gold Coast benefits from one of the most extensive subsidised health and exercise programs in the country and, as always, the council’s Active & Healthy school holiday program is jam-packed with free (or almost free) activities to keep your can’t-sit-still kids occupied. From soccer sessions to Mega Cheer tumbling, circus school, or ballet and Zumba for kids, there’s far too much to mention here. Jump on the Gold Coast Council website for the full roundup of events and activities.
Prefer something a little more simple these school holidays? Exploring these stunning national parks will help to pass the time.
Image credit: Lilliputt Robina Town Centre