Things to do with the kids on the Gold Coast this weekend

We’re here to help you get out and enjoy the winter sunshine on the Gold Coast this weekend. There’s always enough action happening to keep the whole family entertained. Here’s our list of the best things to do for the weekend…

HOTA has it going on

From life-sized animals to fashion and fantasy, discover the biggest and best LEGO creations at Bricktionary: The Interactive LEGO brick Exhibition. Just like Ryan ‘Brickman’ McNaught’s book The Bricktionary: The Ultimate A-Z of LEGO this exhibition is built to inspire your imagination. There are six interactive build zones and more than 150 models from the book.

While you’re visting HOTA, check out the HOTA Collects exhibition in Galleries 2, 3 and 4. This is a showcase of more than 100 works from HOTA collection and reflects key developments in Australian art over the past 50 years. It includes abstract, feminist art, Indigenous art, ceramics and 21st century photography.

You’ll also find Postcards from the Edge in the Children’s Gallery. Artist Martin Edge’s colourful paintings are brought to life in an inclusive space for fun and adventure. This is a free exhibition.

Postcards from the Edge at HOTA

Go wild

See Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary as you’ve never seen it before — after dark! The Currumbin Wildlife Twilight Tour takes you behind the scenes and through the Sanctuary. Get up close to the nocturnal residents, such as the cheeky Tasmanian Devils who are most active after dark. Have fun spotting crocodiles, koalas and kangaroos. You’ll also learn more about the history of the Gold Coast’s First Nations people with a spectacular light display. This event is on every Friday and Saturday night throughout July and until the end of August.

Sporting and leisure events

On Friday, August 5 The Park Coomera and The Magic Castle are putting on a youth dance party for under-12s. Table bookings are essential for parents, you’re required to supervise your child. It’s an opportunity for you to sit while your kids are being entertained by the amazing Chadd from The Magic Castle. It’s a safe space for your child to come and dance the night away.

If you love traditional games, then head to the Broadwater Parklands at Southport on Saturday, August 6 for Retro Kids Games. Coaches are on-hand to ensure kids have serious fun while they take part in group games and challenges.

Also at the Broadwater Parklands on Sunday, August 7 is the Gold Coast Kite Festival. You’ll find the action at The Great Lawn between 10am and 3pm. The event celebrates the Indian community’s 75th Independence Day in India and your $2 entry fee is donated to the Gold Coast Hospital Foundation. The event includes live music, stage performances, kids’ craft activities, food stalls and, of course, kite flying.

You’ll find the Queensland Volleyball Schools Cup for Years 11 and 12 students on at the Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre and the Coomera Indoor Sports Centre from Friday, August 5 to Sunday, August 7.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, events may be postponed or cancelled at the last minute. We do our best to ensure our events are up to date, but be sure to check the organiser’s own event page for the most current updates.

You can find more at our comprehensive What’s On page for all the kid and family fun around Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast. 

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Written by Calista Bruschi

When she’s not moulding Play-Doh or dancing in the living room with her children, Calista Bruschi is an editor and writer. She has oodles of experience working on newspapers, magazines and websites. Calista likes to organise and be organised. She loves being a mum, Italian food, wine, sport and stationery. She hasn't sleep a full night in more than five years and is powered by coffee.

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