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EDITOR PICKS: The BEST school holiday activities on the Gold Coast
Stuck for ideas on where to take the kids this school holiday?
Having sifted through all the activities in store for the winter break, these could be the BEST activities for kids on the Gold Coast.
Activities to get kids thinking
Spark your child’s imagination with a fun and engaging holiday STEM camp. This winter school holidays, Junior Engineers is offering creative and educational programs in coding and robotics. The two- and three-day camps provide children with fundamental 21st century skills in digital technologies. Classes are taught by expert instructors who educate, entertain and inspire.
Exclusive to Kids on the Coast / Kids in the City readers: Use the code WINTERKC10 for 10 per cent off!
Challenging Minds is presenting a series of innovation workshops at Coomera Tafe, which are perfect for kids with a creative and entrepreneurial mind.
Designed for kids in Year 5, 6, 7 and 8 (those aged 10-13) who like a real-life challenge, these interactive workshops focus on a range of topics including virtual reality, design thinking, and biomimicry.
For the creative kids, immersive and interactive exhibition Postcards from the Edge is on at HOTA throughout the school holidays.
The exhibition shares Brisbane-based artist Martin Edge’s joyful view of the world – in particular, his travel adventures documented in his colourful paintings.
For the budding marine biologist, NaturallyGC is running a Sea Creature workshop. Kids can learn about a variety of marine animals. Discover how they move, eat and protect themselves. Kids will also learn the important roles these animals play in the ocean ecosystem. Get hands-on with some of the ocean artefacts such as seashells, coral, shark teeth and shark eggs. Get up close to some of Australia’s most beautiful live marine animals, including sea stars, sea cucumbers, hermit crabs, sea snails and sea urchins.
For absolutely every kid, Bricktionary: The Interactive LEGO® brick Exhibition is a must-do these school holidays. From life-sized animals to fashion and fantasy, discover the biggest and best LEGO creations.
Inspired by Ryan ‘The Brickman’ McNaught’s latest book, The Bricktionary: The Ultimate A-Z of LEGO®, the world premiere exhibition is built to inspire LEGO builders’ imaginations. It showcases some of the largest and latest brick models, including some never-before-shown from the television show LEGO Masters Australia.
Activities to get kids moving
BOUNCE has to be one of the best places to take the kids. This winter school holiday it has a 2-hour Superpass available. This gives you twice the time and twice the fun! Whether you’re trying to master your first backflip into the Big Bag or are learning how to run The Wall, it’s the ultimate environment to get little legs moving!
For kids that need help finding their inner zen, the Australian School of Meditation and Yoga is running a series of Mindful Kids Holiday Retreats. This school holiday treat for the little ones offers age appropriate yoga asanas; fun and games; breathing exercises and meditations; storytelling; arts and craft activities. This is a fun and playful introduction to healthy living and Ayurveda for kids.
With all the fun of the circus, Gold Coast Council is running a Circus Workshop at Broadwater Parklands. Bring the kids to learn juggling, hula hooping and balloon twisting magic,. Connect kids to fitness with circus games.
Or for something truly unique, Head into iFLY and learn to fly in the warm indoor air. Indoor skydiving is super fun and a great activity for the whole family. The perfect way to beat the winter chill! Plus they have some awesome school holiday specials on right now, so you can fly for less!
Activities that are just for fun!
Need a family break? Big4 Gold Coast Holiday Park has a jam-packed school holiday program to keep the kids happy. Chris the Magician and Mr Kaboodle will be there to entertain the kids. Plus there will be movie nights for the whole family, not to mention a few activities the adults can enjoy as well!
Or why not view Tweed Heads from a new perspective with a ride on Skyline’s popular giant ferris wheel? Landing at Jack Evans Boat Harbour for 4 weeks only, The Skyline ferris wheel offers sensational views of Tweed city and the coast and is fun for all the family.
Also in Tweed Heads, CoCoMelon is taking over Tweed City these winter school holidays! Visit Tweed City from July 4 – 17 to experience their free CoComelon activity space, where your little ones can enjoy mini bowling, a colourful art and craft zone, plus they will have the opportunity to meet everyone’s favourite, JJ!
A highlight of the cultural calendar for the Gold Coast, Big City Lights is being delivered by Placemakers* Gold Coast (best known for the city’s flagship annual arts festival – Bleach*). The program highlights Queensland and the Gold Coast as a cultural destination to Australia and the world. It features immersive audio-visual experiences, large-scale digital works, 3D-mapping and unexpected projection sites transforming the Gold Coast’s everyday urban spaces.
And, for those that love the ocean, head to The Strand Coolangatta for some under the sea fun and FREE daily craft! On until July 13.
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Written 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.