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Top 2020 summer school holiday activities on the Gold Coast

As this cray-cray year comes to a close, it’s time to take a moment, enjoy the sunshine, and get set for the long summer break.

Despite a few COVID-safe plans in place, there’s plenty of fun to be had during the upcoming 2020 summer school holiday.

Here are our favourite 2020 spring school holiday activities on the Gold Coast and its surrounds.

Historical Aviation Tours
Every Monday & Wednesday throughout school holidays
Queensland Air Museum, Caloundra

Queensland Air Museum (QAM) is run entirely by volunteers, driven by the passion that is encompassed in the vision statement of “Preserving Australia’s Aviation Heritage”. Over 94 historically significant aircraft have been sourced, restored, rebuilt, maintained and displayed to the public by QAM volunteers for almost 45 years.

Open every day from 10am – 4pm except for Christmas, QAM offers complimentary historic tours to visitors every Monday and Wednesday or by booking to groups of 12 or more. You have a chance to learn about aviation history from someone who has helped create it!

St Hilda’s Vacation Care & Holiday Camps
26 November 2020 to 27 January 2021
St Hilda’s School, Southport

St Hilda’s offer a fantastic Vacation Care and Holiday Camp Program for girls and boys aged 4-14, with plenty of awesome activities to get involved in.

From jumping castles and face painting to Christmas cooking and days in the great outdoors, there are activities to ensure every child has an amazing school holidays!

Santa’s Putt Putt at The Club at Parkwood Village
6 to 31 December 2020, 8:00 am – 11:00 pm
The Club at Parkwood Village, Parkwood

The Club at Parkwood Village is spreading a little extra Christmas cheer, having turned their front nine Boulders & Badlands Mini Golf course into a Christmas paradise. The redesigned course, called Santa’s Putt Putt features nine festive holes where you can putt putt through a giant gingerbread house, and down candy cane lane. While you’re on the course – spot the Aussie animals in Santa hats, and don’t forget to take your photo with one of the giant Santas.

Gold Coast Recreation Adventures
10 December 2020 to 22 January 2021
Gold Coast Recreation Centre, Palm Beach

Summer time is adventure time! Gold Coast Recreation Adventures is with their summer holiday activities program, with rock climbing, kids adventure programs, pools and accommodation. There’s everything you need to create a family holiday packed with adventure!

Coast Club | Monday – Friday
Each day at Coast Club offers a range of exciting activities led by the professional and friendly staff. It’s perfect for kids 8 years and over.

Rock Climbing | Monday – Saturday
Come and challenge yourself on the 10m high rock face! There are 10 different climbing paths to conquer.

Summer of Sharks at SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast!
12 December 2020 to 26 January 2021
SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast, Mooloolaba

It’s the Summer of Sharks at SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast! The Mooloolaba aquarium is giving guests the opportunity to sink their teeth into the world of these fascinating sea creatures during the school holidays. Visitors can discover all there is to know about the 11 different shark species at the aquarium through a range of activities focusing on myth-busting, conservation, shark safety, fun facts and more!

Each day of the school holidays, one of SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast’s resident Shark Gurus will be chatting with guests about all things shark-related from 10am – 3pm, answering questions, showcasing artefacts and educating people about how to be shark safe this summer.

STEM Punks Online School Holiday Classes
12 December 2020 to 31 January 2021

STEM Punks Online School Holiday Classes are here, bigger and better than ever before! Design an airport, be a Crime Scene Investigator, explore space habitats, learn about drones and much more. Designed and delivered by Australia’s best STEM Educators with live learning support, your child can experience STEM in a fun and supportive environment.

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Tunnel Ridge Ranch Summer School Holiday Camps
14 Dec 2020 to 18 Dec 2020
17 Jan 2021 to 22 Jan 2021
Tunnel Ridge Ranch, Landsborough

School Holidays are coming and what better way to keep the kids busy than to send them to camp?! Tunnel Ridge Ranch in Landsborough has 2 amazing camps set for kids age 10-15!

Pre-Christmas Day Camps – Monday to Friday, December 14-18
Summer Camp ’21 – Sunday, January 17 to Friday, January 22

The camp is always popular and spots are limited.

Junior Eco Rangers @ Kingfisher Bay Resort
12 December 2020 to 16 January 2021
Kingfisher Bay Resort, Fraser Island

Kingfisher Bay Resort’s popular Junior Eco Rangers program runs every school holiday period in addition to the resort’s regular weekly activities.

Kids of all ages love these interactive wildlife experiences that create a greater connection to the environment of Fraser Island. Leave all screens and technology behind to go learn in the wild. All programs are run by the experienced team of Rangers, so you can relax at the resort while your kids have fun on their own adventure!

Iceworld School Holiday Sessions
14 December 2020 to 26 January 2021
Boondall & Acacia Ridge, Brisbane

Iceworld at Boondall and Acacia Ridge is the COOLEST place to head when the weather heats up! As well as two fabulous locations with Olympic sized rinks they have fully stocked cafes, free skate hire… and a fabulously fun atmosphere when you skate with friends!


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By Claire Gilligan
WITH A FIFO HUSBAND WHO WORKS AWAY WEEKS AT A TIME, CLAIRE ENJOYS FINDING FUN, LOCAL THINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO VISIT TO OCCUPY HER AND HER TWO GIRLS' TIME. ORIGINALLY FROM SYDNEY, CLAIRE AND HER FAMILY LOVE ALL THE THINGS THE SUNSHINE COAST HAS TO OFFER AND ENJOY SHOWING IT OFF TO VISITING FAMILY AND FRIENDS. Kids on the Coast is 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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