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32 school holiday activities on the Gold Coast 2018

Keep your kids busy with these activities on the Gold Coast during the upcoming school holiday break.

If you're staying local these school holidays or will be visiting the Gold Coast and looking for things to do, you've come to the right place.

Here's a whole list of ideas to keep the little ones busy during their next school break.

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10 ways to keep your kids busy during school holidays in Gold Coast

Horse Riding Experience

Horse Riding Experience from RedBalloon

Let the children know how to take care of horses in a fun way. Includes safety equipment.

  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Location: Gold Coast Hinterland, QLD
  • Price per person
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Mt Tamborine Rainforest tour

Mt Tamborine Rainforest tour from RedBalloon

Includes morning tea, wine tasting, 4WD ride and guided walking tour at the rainforest.

  • Duration: Half-day
  • Location: Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast
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High ropes course

High ropes course from RedBalloon

A full-day of challenge that takes you on over 5 courses spanning and 10 acres of rope and wire challenges.

  • Duration: 1 day
  • Location: Tamborine National Park, QLD
  • Price per person
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$55 (adult)

$45 (child)

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Jet boating

Jet boating from RedBalloon

An exciting boat ride that let you experience 360 degree spins, slides and fish tails.

  • Duration: 55 minutes
  • Location: Gold Coast, QLD
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Go Karting

Go Karting from RedBalloon

Enjoy 28 laps of go karting with this 2 sessions package. Minimum age of 7.

  • Location: Helensvale, QLD
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Circus Workshop

Circus Workshop from RedBalloon

Learn circus tricks with this workshop for kids aged 5-15 years.

  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Location: Gold Coast, QLD
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Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary from RedBalloon

Experience wild lorikeet feeding, flight bird show and get the chance to hug a koala bear.

  • Duration: 1 day
  • Location: Gold Coast QLD
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  • Duration: 1 day
  • Location: Gold Coast
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Whale Watching Tours

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A whale watching cruise that is a must in Gold Coast. Bring the whole family with muffins and morning tea onboard.

  • Duration: 2.5 hour
  • Location: Gold Coast

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Experience skydiving without taking the to the sky. Perfect for the family who wants to experience the adrenaline rush of skydiving.

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  • Location: Gold Coast
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10 school holiday events on the Gold Coast during the winter break

These school holidays you don’t have to venture far and wide to keep the kids entertained. We’ve found a slew of fun and active choices for even the pickiest of kids and some fun for the adults too.

  1. Nickelodeon Fun Days: Pair a day of shopping at Pacific Fair with an opportunity for your kids to meet their favourite Nickelodeon characters. Kids can enjoy a range of free play zones and meet and greets featuring their favourite Nick Jr. characters. 2-15 July
  2. Jack and the Beanstalk: The sky’s the limit with this family classic. Watch the story of a village boy, one cow and a magical bag of beans come to life on the big stage. 15 June-14 July
  3. Bricks 4 Kidz: Get their creative juices flowing with these fun LEGO workshops. Kids can take their crafting skills to the next level with Minecraft, robotics and even a Jurassic Park themed session. 3-5 July
  4. Coast Club School Holiday Activities: Keen for an adventure these holidays? The Gold Coast Recreation Centre will be running full-day and half-day activity programs to help get the adrenaline pumping. Kids can try their hands at abseiling, canoe trips, caving and high ropes. 2-13 July
  5. Marine Biologist Field Day: Get to be a marine biologist for a day and learn what’s involved in their day-to-day job. Kids will be able to ask the in-house marine biologist questions about the mini marine life and mangroves, learn to dig a turtle nest and how to investigate microorganisms under a microscope. 4 and 6 July
  6. Kids Who Care Repair Workshop: Teach your child how to get hands-on and creative with a variety of different activities to get them thinking about how they can actively care for and repair things. 4, 6, 11 and 16 July
  7. Wild Adventures School Holiday Program: Get right in the heart of the action at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary where you can participate in enrichment feeding, get exclusive behind the scenes access and up-close and personal animal encounters. 9-13 July
  8. Coastal Bike Challenge: Time for some good old-fashioned bike riding coupled with a coastal treasure hunt. Solve puzzles and riddles along the way for prizes and learn about our coastal features and the work that is being done to protect our coastline. 11 and 13 July
  9. Wolfgang: Experience the latest family-friendly production from Circa, featuring a mix of circus, movement and music. Watch as the notes are physically lifted off the page as performers bring Mozart’s renowned compositions to life amidst a storm of powder, tumbles and crashes. 12-13 July
  10. ARTLAB: Let their creative side run wild these holidays as they make your own unique jewellery pieces from found objects and recycled materials. 8 July

3 free school holidays activities Gold Coast

  • Splash around at any of the area’s beaches, like Main Beach, Broadbeach or Burleigh Heads
  • Explore the rainforests of the Gold Coast hinterland on a bushwalk
  • Cool down at a local park's splash pad

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