GOLD COAST: School Holiday Guide Summer 2019 - Top pick of things to do!

05 December 2019

The evenings are getting longer and the end of the school year is almost upon us. 

Thankfully there is a stack of fun activities happening on the Gold Coast these school holidays to keep the little ones busy. 

Here's our top picks of school holiday activities for kids on the GOLD COAST!

Looking for more ideas? Check out the FULL SCHOOL HOLIDAY GUIDE HERE!


FREE Martial Art classes! Plus Ninja camp available!

Matt Fiddes Martial Arts, Various locations

8 December to 27 January

Matt Fiddes SHG

Looking for something to keep yourself and the kids occupied these school holidays?

Matt Fiddes Martial Arts are offering free (new students only) Martial Arts and Fitness classes for the remainder of these school holidays.

Open to all ages from 4-94 years, bookings essential.

Fun filled Ninja Camps also during the Holidays, full of Ninja activities, games, arts & crafts and so much more! ... READ MORE


Gear up for a sizzling summer of entertainment at Event Cinemas!

Event Cinemas across the Gold Coast

14 December to 27 January

Frozen 2 SHG

See the big family movies and fill your holidays with fun!

Venture into the unknown with Disney’s “Frozen 2”, get kooky with The Addams Family, enter the magical realm of Playmobil™: The Movie, uncover a world of mystery in Spies in Disguise, start your engines with teen go-karting drama ;Go!, meet the adorable Queen’s Corgi, see these Fire Fighters get more than they bargained for in Playing with Fire or explore new mysteries in The Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon.

Event Cinemas is also hosting arts and craft activities across the holidays ... READ MORE


The Big Wedgie

Fisherman's Lawn, Southport

14 December to 27 January

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The Big Wedgie returns to the Fisherman’s Lawn this summer! With 4 awesome inflatable waterslides, it's family fun for all ages! 

Standing at a whopping 18.2m tall and 82m long, experience the awesome 55-degree slope... Your stomach gets left at the top – and so do your bather bottoms! The Big Wedgie is also a 4-lane racer, so you can have a blast rocketing down the steep slope racing your mates at the same time!

The Big Chucka is loads of fun and a real crowd-pleaser. For those brave enough to try it, it’s one of the craziest rides you will ever try!

And also coming along for the ride are smaller slides: the Just Right Wedgie is the perfect waterslide for those looking for a wedgie that’s not too big, not too small, but juuuuuust right! Awesome fun for kids ages 3 and up, it’s not quite as extreme as The Big Wedgie, but still loads of fun.

The Little Wedgie is a mini-version of The Big Wedgie! The smallest wedgies of them all, it’s perfect for young ones, designed for kids ages 3-5! ... READ MORE



Adventures at the Gold Coast Recreation Centre

Coast Club - Gold Coast, Palm Beach

16 December 2019 to 24 January 2020

Coast Club Gold Coast TP

Looking for an adventure during the school holidays?

Gold Coast Recreation Centre has got you covered! Take advantage of the amazing summer programs listed below or just come down to visit the beautiful beaches of Tallebudgera.

Each day at Coast Club offers a range of exciting activities led by our professional and friendly staff. Choose a morning, afternoon or full day session that could involve anything from canoeing, abseiling, surfing, stand up paddle boarding and much, much more!
Perfect for kids 8 years and over, with parents and adults welcome to join in the fun. ... READ MORE


St Hilda's Holiday Camps and Vacation Care

St Hilda's School, Southport

16 December to 25 January

Vacation Care St Hildas

Book now to secure a place at St Hilda’s Dec/Jan Holiday Camps and Vacation Care, open to boys and girls aged 4-14 years!

There are plenty of awesome activities to get involved in, including a Multi-Sports Camp, Flying Arts Workshops, excursions to Strike Bowling and Level Up Arcade, and much more! Limited places available. ... READ MORE


Holoverse Dinosaur World

Holoverse, Surfers Paradise

18 December to 31 January

holoverse SHG

Looking for something different to do these school holidays?

Why not travel back to the prehistoric times at Holoverse Dinosaur World! Groups of 1-5 people can step into the state-of-the-art hologram theatres where we use lasers to make real world sized holograms of dinosaurs. In each session, you do ten different experiences such as feeding a Brontosaurus, flying with Pteranodons, or swimming under water with a Kronosaurus.

This will be an experience unlike anything you’ve seen before, so what are you waiting for! ... READ MORE


Stick by Me


7 to 11 January  

Stick By Me SHG TopPicks

Stick by Me, is a quirky, non-verbal show about friendship and play, and the importance of treasuring little things. The show, created for children aged 3-6 years, and winner of the 2019 CATS Awards for Best Production for Children and Young People will be at QPAC these school holidays from 7 – 11 January 2020.

Created by the critically acclaimed duo Andy Manley and Ian Cameron, Stick by Me builds on their vast experience of creating work for very young children. The show will be presented in Studio 1 at QPAC – an intimate and inviting space wonderfully suited to young children and first-time audiences. ... READ MORE


Shop Child Free at The Strand this Summer!

The Strand Coolangatta

13 to 24 January 

ShopChildFree SHG

The Strand at Coolangatta is taking the pressure off holiday shopping with a new Stay N Play fully supervised child-minding service in the centre throughout January.

Commencing on Monday 13 January until Friday 24 January, the child drop will be open weekdays from 10am to 2pm, giving parents the chance to shop, dine and entertain themselves while the kids enjoy free activities for an hour with the professional Stay N Play team.

The pop-up centre will be located on Level 1 outside Woolworths and will keep the kids busy with a range of activities, including dress ups, craft, reading time and more. Best of all, there is no charge to parents to use this service while they grab the groceries, catch up with friends for coffee or enjoy a cocktail over lunch at one of the oceanfront restaurants at The Strand. ... READ MORE


Swan Lake ActII & Graduation Ball

Playhouse, QPAC, Brisbane

22 to 25 January 

swan lake

Two magical worlds collide in this wonderful program of ballet by Ballet Theatre Queensland.

On the shores of a mystical lake Prince Siegfried declares his undying love for the beautiful Odette, condemned by the sorcerer von Rothbart to be a swan, exccept for a few hours each night.

The glorious waltzes of Johann Strauss will then take you to a Viennese girls’ school graduation ball of the 1840s, where innocent flirtations and high-spirited dances are the delightful result.

Showcasing the talents of Queensland’s finest young dancers, with magnificent sets and costumes, this is a program for all ages, with story telling in the foyer before all matinee performances for your littlest ballerina to hear the story of Swan Lake.

The perfect Christmas present or holiday treat, this season is not to be missed! ... READ MORE


For our FULL SCHOOL HOLIDAY GUIDE - CLICK HERE! Packed with all the school holiday events happening in your area!

Looking beyond the doorstep these holidays? Check out our Top Picks of Things to Do on the Sunshine Coast and Top Picks of Things to Do in Brisbane

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