Easy activities for the Gold Coast school holidays

Spring has SPRUNG here in the Gold Coast. And it’s the perfect time to get out and enjoy everything our beautiful city has to offer. There’s plenty in store for the kids this Gold Coast school holiday. Here’s the best of what’s in store for kids and their grown-ups. ↓ ↓ ↓ ↓


The Ultimate Indoor Play Area: BOUNCE Gold Coast

Daily until 3 October

BOUNCE Gold Coast, Burleigh Waters

Take Your Freestyle Skills to the Next Level at Bounce These School Holidays

BOUNCE is the perfect playground to develop your freestyle tricks these school holidays. And there’s plenty of action in store. Enjoy a 2-hour superpass to have twice the fun. Or bounce as a group of 4 with the Awesome4some pass! Plus, BOUNCE is throwing a massive party to celebrate the end of the school term!


Always holidays in Paradise

September 17 – October 2

Paradise Centre, Surfers Paradise

Entertainers at Paradise Centre Gold Coast

The sun is shining, mum says you can have another ice cream and you’re hanging by the beach and chilling at the shops – how good are school holidays?

Here are seven reasons to check out Paradise Centre in the heart of Surfers Paradise these school holidays

Mindful Kids School Holiday Yoga Retreat (5-12yrs)

September 17 & 24

Australian School of Meditation & Yoga

Mindful Kids Holiday Retreat Yoga Workshop

A school holiday treat for the little ones where they can enjoy age-appropriate yoga asanas, fun and games, storytelling, arts and craft, and more.
Playful, fun and relaxing, it’ a lovely introduction to healthy living and Ayurveda.


Kids Take Over at HOTA

September 19 – 25

HOTA, 135 Bundall Rd, Surfers Paradise

Kids Take over Hota

Kids Take Over is HOTA’s mini fest taking place during Autumn and Spring school holidays each year. With a program bursting indoors and out, Kids Take Over is designed for kids and by kids, and features a combination of free and ticketed workshops, visual arts experiences, performances, and everything in between.


Junior Engineers School Holiday Camps!

September 19 – 30

Various locations across Queensland

Junior Engineers School Holiday Stem Camps

Nurture your child’s curious mind and need for problem solving with fun and engaging STEM camps this Gold Coast school holidays with Junior Engineers. Classes are taught by expert instructors who educate, entertain and inspire, setting your child up for future success in a world where technology touches every aspect of their lives.

These ever-evolving educational programs are the perfect way for children to make new like-minded friends. explore creativity and learn fundamental 21st-century skills in digital technologies, coding and robotics. Use the code CITYKIDS10 for 10% off

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Dirt Groms School Holiday Skills

September 20

Nerang Mountain Bike Trails

Gold Coast Mountain Bike School Holiday Camp

Dirt Groms Mountain Bike School Holiday Skills is on again these school holidays. The session is two hours. They will do one hour skills session then one hour riding the trails you don’t usually ride. Learn new skills, meet new friends and have loads of fun.


Pimpama Youth Holiday Program

September 19 – 30

Pimpama Sports Hub

Gold Coast Youth Program

The Pimpama Youth Holiday Program is run by Gold Coast Youth Hubs. The program is completely free for youth aged 12 – 17, offering a safe space for youth to come hang out and participate in a range of activities, including craft, sports, movies, inflatables.


School Holidays: Superheroes Unite!

September 21 – October 2

The Strand, Coolangatta

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Superheroes of the Strand unite! The Strand Coolangatta has rounded up a packed FREE school holiday program for you. Join them with superhero-themed craft. It’s time to save the world and spread positive energy.


HOTA Farmers & Artisan Markets

September 25

HOTA, Surfers Paradise

Hota Farmers Artisan Markets

The HOTA Markets are one of the Gold Coast’s most vibrant community markets, held every Sunday morning in the iconic HOTA precinct.

Like the Gold Coast itself, the HOTA Markets is a celebration of independence and lifestyle! They are passionate about local farmers, makers, bakers and growers. They like knowing where our goods come from, and we love supporting new and emerging small businesses.


School Holidays Dance Workshop

September 27

Inspire Academy, Helensvale

Inspire Academy School Holiday Workshop

Dance up a storm at the Inspire Academy ‘Mix It Up’ school holiday workshop. Enjoy an action-filled day. Open to all – you don’t need to be an enrolled student of Inspire Academy to attend. For ages 7 – 14 years.


School holiday fun at Gold Coast Eagles

September 28

Gold Coast Eagles Rugby Union Club, Southport

Gold Coast Eagles School Holiday Program

Come and try 1st Fives this Spring Gold Coast school holidays! 4 hours of fun for only $29, with giant inflatables, sausage sizzle, drinks and ice blocks.


FREE school holiday artbeat workshop for kids

September 28

Wesley Mission Queensland, Arundel

Free Artbeat School Holiday Program

The team from Wesley Kids is holding a free school holiday Artbeat workshop for children to help them navigate and regulate their emotional states through the arts.

The exciting percussion, visual arts, circus skills and yoga workshop is co-led by a mental health clinician and a creative team of expert artists.


Youth Disco

September 30

The Park Coomera, The Park Coomera

Youth Disco | Coomera

On the first Friday of the month, The Park Coomera and The Magic Castle presents a Youth Dance Party for Under 12s. Everyone has a great time, including the parents!

Head along and enjoy some bar and kitchen specials while the amazing Chadd from The Magic Castle is entertaining your kids!


Postcards from the Edge @ HOTA

Until October 16

HOTA Home of the Arts

Postcards from the Edge at Hota

HOTA Children’s Gallery presents a delightful, immersive and interactive exhibition – Postcards from the Edge.

The exhibition shares Brisbane-based artist Martin Edge’s joyful view of the world – in particular, his travel adventures documented in his colourful paintings. Postcards from the Edge welcomes families to make their own memories during their visit and reflect on travel and holiday experiences they’ve had (or dream of having), evoking memories and inspiring creative play.



Across the Region


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School Holiday Public Ice-skating Sessions

September 17 – October 3

Crayola free preschool activities

Iceworld, Boondall & Acacia Ridge, Brisbane

Iceworld School Holiday Public Sessions

The weather is warming up so come and chill at an ICEWORLD public session these school holidays!

Enjoy an Olympic-sized rink with a fully stocked cafe. A fantastic activity for the whole family. Experience the fun now!





We are constantly adding events as they are announced, so make sure you bookmark this page and check back regularly!


Visit our What’s On calendar for more events and activities across the region.

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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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