Our TOP PICKS of Gold Coast school holiday activities

Are you looking for things to do this summer school holiday with the kids but don’t have time to scroll?

We’ve searched through all the lists and put together our favourite activities in store for Gold Coast kids this summer school holiday. Those absolute gems that we would take our kids to!


Full day camps and activities for kids

Working parents can breathe a sign of release as there are several all-day care options on the Gold Coast.

Skill Samurai Ashmore is running a STEM school holiday program offering Roblox, Minecraft, Python and Junior Coding, Robotics, 3D Printing, YouTube Creation and Artificial Intelligence. Half and Full Day camps are available. They run from December 12, 2023 – January 19, 2024. Even better, we have an exclusive discount for Kids on the Coast followers: 25% OFF any camp with code KIDSCOAST at checkout.

For something active, MyFirstGym is running a fab school holiday program at its Robina centre. Running from December 12, 2023 – January 18, 2024, from 9 am – 3 pm, MyFirstGym Holiday camps are coach-led classes focusing on movement and exercise while keeping your kids active and entertained over these school holidays. If you’re looking for a healthy way to keep your kids moving and having fun simultaneously, this is a great school holiday solution!

School Holiday Camps at My First Gym


School holiday sports and adventure activities on the Gold Coast

The 2-hour super pass returns to BOUNCE Gold Coast this summer school holiday, perfect for kids with boundless energy to burn. Enjoy twice the time and have twice the fun. Whether trying to master your first backflip into the Big Bag or learning how to run The Wall, it’s the perfect ticket option to master your moves and unleash your freestyle! Open daily throughout the school holidays.

For the acrobatic in the family, head to HAPY Studio for Aerial Arts and Circus Fun! They will keep your kids from climbing the walls and have them climbing Aerial Silks instead!! These workshops are suitable for children aged 5-10 year olds. HAPY Studio has 2 hour, 3 hour and 6 hour workshop options.

If you are looking to cool off, GC Aqua Park is open daily at Broadwater Parklands throughout the summer. With 600m of thrilling water slides, conquer obstacles and bounce on inflatable playgrounds at this prime beachside location.

Or, for something different, head to Unity Equestrian, Advancetown, for a summer riding adventure! Available every day of the school holidays, the experienced coaches lead you on an unforgettable journey through scenic paths and fun trail rides, ensuring novice riders’ safety in the beauty of nature.

Or why not unwrap the ultimate thrill this summer by trying your skills at indoor skydiving at iFly Surfers Paradise? Indoor skydiving is fun for the whole family. Whether you’re shopping for Mum, Dad, Nan, Pop, your aunt Betty or your 10-year-old nephew Billy, who is impossible to shop for, indoor skydiving makes a great Christmas gift or shared activity. iFLY Gold Coast’s limited-time Christmas specials are now available.

Ifly Indoor Skydiving


Fun activities for the family on the Gold Coast

Christmas Family Nights at Southport Sharks return this December, giving families the opportunity to celebrate the best time of year with family and friends. Enjoy a Christmas-themed dinner buffet with live entertainment from LOL Crew, The Grinch & Fideous the Frog performing their fun. The kids can enjoy free Christmas goodies, free face painting, Christmas carols, plus very special visits from Sharky & Santa. December 3, 10, 17, 2023; 5 pm – 8 pm.

The summer school holiday is the perfect opportunity to spend some quality time together. For a sparkling time, head into Paradise Centre, which will transform into Sparkling Summer – where the beach shimmers, sand glistens, and nights sparkle! Capturing the essence of the sun-soaked season, Paradise Centre is turning up the heat by serving some sparkling prizes, live music and a lot of fun in the sun. Daily at Paradise Centre from January 2 – 21, 2024.

Or why not step beyond reality together this Christmas, where you can be IN the entertainment? This Christmas, experience the ultimate end-of-year fun at FREAK Virtual Reality in Surfers Paradise. FREAK has various Christmas specials, ready for the ultimate family adventure. Daily throughout school holidays.

A favourite of all Gold Coast families during school holidays has to be HOTA. This summer, this fab centre has a playbook of imaginative family fun ready for you to open with Colour Your Imagination – Add books. Rediscover the wonder and beauty of books. Surprises await on the bookshelves; unexpected things can be found if you look beyond the book cover. Daily until January 28, 2024.

Colour Your Imagination Just Add Books

Take a family holiday in Queensland

If you need an island escape, Kingfisher Bay Resort, K’gari, has a special deal where kids travel, stay, and eat for FREE. PLUS, all villa stays in January 2024 will receive a bonus $100 room credit to spend during your stay at Kingfisher Bay Resort.

Or, closer to home, take a day trip down to Thunderbird Park, where the high viz shines, and the dozers are ready for their little drivers at DIG IT – Australia’s first-ever mini-excavator park! The park is custom-designed for both children and their parents who love to play (who doesn’t?), featuring a range of activities that are fun, educational and engaging; kids learn about the construction industry, earthworks, engineering, building, the importance of safety, and teamwork. And there’s no iPad or screen anywhere!

DIG IT is at the famed Thunderbird Park, an adventure park with all accommodation levels, from luxury at Cedar Creek Lodges through glamping, cabins, and creekside houses to camping. Even better, Dig It is 100 per cent accessible to all abilities and needs.

Dig It at Tamborine Mountain

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By Angela Sutherland
After spending many years hustling stories on busy editorial desks around the world, Angela is now mum of two little ones and owner/editor at Kids on the Coast / Kids in the City. She is an atrocious cook and loves cutting shapes to 90s dance music. Angela is the editor of Kids on the Coast - a free family magazine whats on guide for Kids: things to do, school holiday fun and free activities for kids... Fun attractions, family food & travel, kids health & wellbeing, kids parties venues, parenting, pregnancy & babies, guide for parents. Servicing Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and beyond, Kids on the Coast is an online guide for parents with kids things to do with kids, schools and education and lifestyle news located on Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast & Brisbane, QLD.

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