It’s a time the little ones in our lives celebrate, two whole weeks of endless fun and no school. But for the parentals it can be the complete opposite, 14 long days thinking, “how the heck will I keep them entertained”. Fear not, we here at The Urban List want to help you out.
So we’ve rounded up a bunch of ideas and activities for you and your mini me to enjoy. Diaries at the ready, here are the best things to do on the Gold Coast with your kids these school holidays.
- Grab a basket and take your little ones fruit picking at these cute as a button local farms.
- When you get home unleash their inner Masterchef by using the freshly picked produce in our raw berry cheesecake recipe.
- If you have a little adventurer in your clan, spoil them these school holidays with a night climb at SkyPoint at Gold Coast’s iconic Q1. That’ll give them serious bragging rights when they return to the books.
- 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 at iPlay in Pacific Fair. Think Laser tag, dodgem cars, 10-pin bowling, 9D cinema, and an adjoining eatery and ice creamery (with a bar for the adults!).
- 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.
- Then 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.
- The Gold Coast 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.
- Head to Robina Town Centre to Lilliputt where your little ones will roam between the legs of an oversized woolly mammoth and sabre-tooth tigers in this high-tech 18-hole, Ice Age-themed novelty golf course.
- While you’re there, head over to The GreenHouse. The lush, nature-inspired wonderland will host daily workshops for green thumbs ages 4-12, educating them about the importance of caring for our environment.
- At just $3 for entry, the NightQuarter markets are a cheap and fun activity for the whole family. There’s live music, food galore and plenty of entertainment to keep the kids busy.
- Check out one of the latest kid flicks, Hotel Transylvania 3 or Incredibles 2 at the good old Yatala-Drive In. The little ones will love the novelty of watching a flick in the family wheels.
- Grab your cubs some super cute new threads at Halo & Horns Company and Little Loves Studio.
- BYOP, that’s bring your own picnic! And make an afternoon adventure in the great outdoors with any of the Gold Coast’s best picnic spots.
- If your little monkeys are starting to climb the walls at home, why not take them to a place they can do it with professionals. Head to Paramount Adventures where the whole family can get vertical.
- Forage your way through the incredible markets we have on our doorstep.
- Kick it old school and grab a locals pass to the best theme parks on the GC. You can seriously waste hours at Movie World.
- Gather your fellow yummy mummies and daddies and check out the best kid-friendly cafes.
- Download a Peppa Pig playlist, charge those iPads, pack up the car and try these five magical scenic drives.
- Little ones love a good camping trip, we’ve got you sorted with a rookie’s guide for the best spots.
- Got a pup? Bring them along on the trip. Here’s a list of dog-friendly sites.
- Treat them to a sugar rush with one of Paddock Bakery’s mouth-watering milkshakes.
- If your kids love animals, head to the Gold Coast Pet & Animal Expo at the Exhibition Centre where they can coo over adorable furry and feathered friends.
- If they want to get up close and personal with animals on the wilder side, pop over to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary where they can cuddle a koala or feed a family of Tarmarin monkeys.
- Stand-up paddle boarding is one the whole family can enjoy. Here are our four top stops.
- If they’ve still got energy to burn, try these incredible bush walks ranging from short and easy to more advanced.
- Have a baby chino and cake with a bunch of totally adorbs kitties. Your little one will be in pure heaven at the Crazy Cat Café.
- Lastly head to Pacific Fair where they’ve set up a range of free Nickelodeon play zones including Rusty Rivets Junkyard, Shimmer and Shine craft area and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles inflatable obstacle course.
After some cheap and cheerful eats? Check out 50 of the best penny pinching meals on the Coast.
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