GOLD COAST: School Holiday Guide Summer 2018/19 - Top pick of things to do!

03 December 2018

Summer holidays are just around the corner!

With the kids on the long school break it's time to fill up that calendar with camps and activities to keep kids entertained, and get set for some sandy days and Christmas fun!

There's stacks of great things happening across the region these school holidays for the kids. Here's our top picks of school holiday activities for kids on the GOLD COAST!

Happy holidays x

Looking for more ideas? Check out the FULL SCHOOL HOLIDAY GUIDE HERE!


Sensitive Santa

Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, Broadbeach

5 & 12 December

sensory santa

This is a special time to visit Santa and is reserved for children with special or additional needs and their families. During this time we will make Santa’s Pavilion ‘sensory friendly’ with lower lighting and quieter surroundings and provide each child with more time to visit Santa. Held at Santa's Pavilion, ground floor outside Myer. Each session runs for 15 minutes. ... READ MORE


The Listies Ruin Christmas

HOTA, Surfers Paradise

14 to 16 December 2018


Acclaimed Aussie kidult comedians, The Listies, bring their uproarious take on a holiday panto for the whole family to HOTA. Jam-packed full of the classy things kids love like poo emojis, snow machines, and inflatable Santa suits, The Listies know all the right buttons to push to make your kids – and you – shriek with laughter. ... READ MORE


Save Every Day with Family Saver Sessions

Event Cinemas across the region

15 December 2018 to 27 January 2019

Event top picks

Simply join Cinebuzz to save on a great range of family films these Summer School holidays on select sessions before 5pm. Best of all – membership is free. Join now at
Take the family to see The Grinch, Disney’s The Nutracker and the Four Realms, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse, and Elliot the Littlest Reindeer! Just look for the Family Saver Sessions on the website.

Upgrade to Gold Class for a luxury family experience. Look for Family Saver sessions available on select sessions before 5PM Monday – Friday. There is even a dedicated Kids menu in Gold Class. Or you can upgrade to Vmax Family Saver Sessions to see movies BIG!

After Christmas and in the New Year you can save when you see the Family Saver Sessions of Disney’s Ralph breaks the Internet, ‘Mary Poppins Returns’, How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World and Storm Boy. So many movies to see these Summer Holidays! ... READ MORE


BRICKS 4 KIDZ LEGO® and LEGO® Robotics Workshops

Various locations across the Gold Coast

17 December 2018 to 29 January 2019

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With unique BRICKS 4 KIDZ® models and Imaginative Play, the kids are always having fun at these School Holiday Programs with LEGO® and LEGO®Robotics! Workshops are designed for children ages 5–11, staffed by trained and screened BRICKS 4 KIDZ® instructors, and have the best child : staff ratio around!

BRICKS 4 KIDZ® provides three different types of workshops that deliver an opportunity to experience a range of LEGO® building techniques and development. Creator/Technic workshop students use their imagination, LEGO® building skills and immerse themselves in exciting LEGO® based activities inspired by the theme of the day. Themes include Star Wars™, Pokemon™, Harry Potter™, Super Hero Academy,Ninjago™, Minecraft™, LEGO® Batman Movie, Brick City and of course some seasonal specials.

Junior Robotics offers all the fun of building with LEGO® bricks, PLUS the challenge of computer programming with LEGO® WeDo®!

Advanced Robotics students experience the cutting edge of technology with LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3. ... READ MORE


Gold Coast - Coast Club

Gold Coast Recreation Centre, Palm Beach

17 December 2018 to 18 January 2019

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Looking for an adventure these school holidays?
 The Gold Coast Recreation Centre will be running 3 & 6 hour Adventure Activity sessions for children aged 8 and over. Parents and families are welcome to also join in the fun with activities such as surfing, abseiling, archery and a full day adventure of canoeing to the David Fleay Wildlife Park.

The Rock Climbing wall is open over the holidays! The 10 metre high artificial rock climbing wall offers 10 different climbs of varying degrees of difficulty, for ages 5 and over. Our automatic belay system means that you don’t need a partner to climb  ... READ MORE


Free Cycling Workshops

Various locations across the Gold Coast

18 to 19 December 2018


Gold Coast Council offers a series of free workshops to help you enjoy the many benefits that cycling provides. There are cycle workshops for every age and ability, from children and adults riding for the first time to advanced cyclists and those who simply want to enjoy an easy Sunday social ride ... READ MORE


The Sea Creature’s Secret

Sea Life Sunshine Coast

26 December 2018 to 27 January 2019

SLSC top picks

These school holidays, get ready to jump ship because it’s all hands on-deck as the pirates of the coast swashbuckle their way into Sea Life Sunshine Coast for a brand-new adventure.

Don the captain’s hat and go on an underwater treasure hunt with the help of a marine-inspired Treasure Map, featuring creature clues which accompany hidden treasure points around the attraction. Simply match the creature in the attraction to the map and become one step closer to sinking the treasure!

Bonafide pirates can practice hitting the ‘High C’s’ through daily live shows and meet and greets led by ‘Pirate Trevor’, ‘Ethel the Mermaid’ and their marine friends. But never fear, ye’ shall not be made to walk the plank if your singing isn't in tune!

Once the treasure is found and guests have said “Ahoy, me hearties” to their new pirate friends, they can give their new found pirate status the seal of approval by snapping a shell-fie in the ‘Underwater Throne’. ... READ MORE


Movies Under the Stars - Paddington 2

Broadwater Parklands

12 January

movies under the stars

What better way to spend an evening than outdoors watching a movie under the stars?

Meet up with family and friends or just get out with the kids to Movies under the stars, which is on offer right across the city... and best of all they're free!

Take advantage of the fantastic food truck options and interactive kids fun, or pack yourselves a picnic. There are several movies being screened throughout the holidays, this session is screening Paddington 2. ... READ MORE


For our FULL SCHOOL HOLIDAY GUIDE - CLICK HERE! Packed with all the school holiday events happening in your area!

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Kids on the Coast/Kids in the City
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