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Our top picks of school holiday activities on the Gold Coast

Ho ho ho! Term 4 is wrapped up, so it’s time to get those calendars buzzing with school holiday activities for the kids.

Don’t fret, there is plenty happening for families this summer. Here are our top picks of what’s on for kids this summer on the Gold Coast.

Festive families

Head along to The Strand this festive season for their packed free program. Enjoy free daily Christmas craft at their magical Christmas Workshop space, get festive and decorate your own Christmas bag and more. Or for a special experience to share, Join the annual Gold Coast Christmas Santa cruise for a fun-filled evening for families with children.

Christmas at the Strand

Stuck for Christmas gift ideas? Nothing screams “awesome” more than indoor skydiving! iFLY Gold Coast has several Christmas specials to choose from. And gift vouchers too!

Little Girl in Orange Helmet Flying at Ifly Gold Coast

Camps and educational activities

Junior Engineers are set to inspire kids this summer with their 2 and 3 day STEM camps. Whether your kid is a coding rookie or budding tech superstar, there is something for them. Classes include Lego Mindstorm, app development, film making, stop motion, robot building with Arduino and coding with Minecraft, Roblox and Micro:bits. Kids in the City subscribers get 10% off when you use the code CITYCOAST10.

Junior Engineers School Holiday Stem Camp

If your kids need a little boost in the pool, Kingswim is running a a 4-day program of intensive holiday swimming lessons. Lessons are open to everyone – those that already swim wth Kingswim, and those that swim elsewhere.

Fast track Holiday Swimming Lessons Kids Activity Hub

And for those budding athors, HOTA is running Kids Imagine | Write like an author. This school holiday camp will see children develop and write stories with help from award-winning author Brian Falkner. Brian is an internationally published children’s author with twenty books published in more than thirteen countries. There is a three-day camp for children aged 9 to 14. And a one-day workshop for children aged 7 to 10.

If the kids enjoy craft, The Craft Parlour is running a cute little pottery workshop where your child can learn to make their own personalised clay animal planter or animal mug.


Things to do on the Gold Coast as a family

To beat the heat this December, head into HOTA for A Bee Story 2. This new buzzy adventure is a uniquely Australian physical theatre show for children and families. It incorporates a kaleidoscope of circus, acrobatics, dance and live music.

Or, keeping it fresh, Paradise Centre is feeling as Fresh As Summer with the juiciest line up of fresh, fruity, and free entertainment, live DJs, giveaways and so much more to keep the whole family entertained.

Live Dj at Paradise Centre Summer 2022 23

Feel like the fam-bam has energy to burn? Bounce into BOUNCE for plenty of indoor fun! Kids (and you!) can master your first backflip into the Big Bag learn how to run The Wall. Or just freestyle! Even better, BOUNCE has a special 2-hour Superpass over summer, so you can enjoy twice the time and have twice the fun.

Boy Bouncing Up the Wall at Bounce Inc

Or, for some extreme fun, head to Gelsoft for their indoor gelball skirmish school holiday sessions. These engaging sessions include objective-based games like Capture the Flag, Domination (with a fake bomb), Base Wars and others. The session offers a safe and fun experience for children aged 8-16!

People Playing Gelball Laser Skirmish Gold Coast

Need to beat the heat? Jump on over to The Big Wedgie! This EPIC inflatable waterpark has four massive inflatable waterslides that are like nothing else you would have experienced! There is a wedgie for all ages.

Aerial View of the Big Wedgie Inflatable Water Park Gold Coast



Servicing Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and beyond, Kids on the Coast is an online guide for parents with kids events, attractions & things to do with kids, schools and education, school holiday guides, health & wellbeing for families, parenting and lifestyle news located on Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast & Brisbane, QLD.



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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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