The September school holidays are here!

We’ve put together a list of 50 events, activities, and things to do on the Gold Coast these school holidays. Many of them are completely free,  and will get you and your little ones out into the sunshine and having a great time together!


  1. Stuff a scarecrow at the Tamborine Mountain Scarecrow Festival
  2. Visit Big Foot at Macintosh Island Park
  3. Have a Wildlife Adventure at NightQuarter
  4. Ride a pony at Mount Tamborine Markets
  5. Sing along with Lah-Lah’s Big LIve Band
  6. Watch the pelicans feeding at Charis Seafood
  7. Celebrate island life at Pasifika
  8. Ride the carousel in Broadbeach Mall
  9. Enjoy LEGO overload at Robina Town Centre
  10. Visit the glow worm caves at Springbrook
  11. Meet minions at Surfers Paradise Kids Week
  12. Grab a picnic blanket and hang out at your local fully-fenced playground
  13. Watch Moana under the stars in Robina
  14. See the stars of Paw Patrol at Westfield Helensvale
  15. Whale watch from Point Danger, Burleigh Heads or North Burleigh lookout
  16. Learn how to screenprint
  17. Camp at Canungra Showgrounds
  18. Check out Swell at Currumbin
  19. Brave the slide at Parklake Park
  20. Take a cooking class with Healthy Grubs 
  21. Jump around at the giant jumping pillow at Broadwater Parklands
  22. Visit the Mandala Kids Festival
  23. Have a mindful moment
  24. Ride a bike from Surfers Paradise to Main Beach along the esplanade
  25. Meet wildlife at night with NaturallyGC
  26. Spot koalas and kangaroos at Coombabah Wetlands
  27. Learn to wakeboard at the Gold Coast Wake Park
  28. Feed the lorikeets at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
  29. Put down a picnic blanket at the Pirate Park
  30. Chill out with a kids yoga class
  31. Climb Mount Warning
  32. Ace your serve at tennis camp
  33. Explore the Burleigh Heads rockpools
  34. Make your own candles at NightQuarter
  35. Ride the merry-go-round at Cascade Gardens
  36. Make your own teddy-bear
  37. Watch the helicopters take off from Seaworld (or from Broadwater pier)
  38. Gain your green thumb with gardening workshops
  39. Gain confidence with Phoenix Arts Martial Arts
  40. Cuddle up to furry friends at one of the Gold Coast’s petting zoos
  41. Get up close with the horses at Riding for the Disabled
  42. Make a coffee/play date at one of our parks close to coffee
  43. Explore kid-friendly fun in Surfers Paradise
  44. Shop and play at Westfield Helensvale and their fantastic outdoor playground
  45. Share an acai bowl at Tallebudgera Creek beach
  46. Make a pizza at Vapiano’s
  47. Slide indoors at one of our indoor play centres
  48. Eat at the park – fish & chips or bakery treats – Rotary Park has them both!
  49. Pet animals at Farmyard Fun Day
  50. Go back to the Ice Age at Robina mini golf
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Ice Age Mini Golf Opens for School Holiday Fun at Robina Town Centre

Ice Age Mini Golf Opens for School Holiday Fun at Robina Town Centre

An 18-hole golf course inside a shopping centre?! Yep, you heard correctly! Leading shopping, dining and lifestyle destination, Robina Town Centre, is set to expand its entertainment offer, unveiling its very own permanent indoor miniature golf circuit just in time for the school holidays.

Ice Age will open to the public on Saturday, 16 th September, meaning locals can now combine their shopping expedition at Robina Town Centre with a round (or two) of golf – it’s a hole in one!

Presented by Lilliputt Mini Golf – a Gold-Coast based family business who already operate five ventures across New Zealand – Ice Age will transport putters to a land before time; a wintery wonderland where life-sized woolly mammoths, sabre tooth tigers, cavemen, elks and beavers
come alive with state of the art animatronics.


Journey through cavernous peaks and glistening glaciers as you move from hole to hole, and beware of the gnashing teeth and flailing tails of the creatures you pass! The interactive course will then transition into scenes from the Triassic through to the Cretaceous period, bringing the ancient world of dinosaurs back to life.

Come face to face with a terrifying Tyrannosaurus Rex, Triceratops and Stegosaurus as you putt your way to the 18th hole.

Adding to the theatrics of the Ice Age adventures, the course features a glow in the dark zone and players are provided with glow in the dark balls, so practice your putting and perfect your footwork,
this is going to be one memorable day on the green!

And when you’re ready to retire for the day, kick back with a celebratory meal and drink at the “19 th Hole” (AKA Robina Town Centre’s impressive line up of lakeside eateries along The Promenade) –
you’ve earned it!

Located on The Promenade near Event Cinemas, Ice Age will be open 7 days a week from 10am –9pm, with tickets available to purchase for $12 per child and $15 per adult. Family passes are also
available for $45 (two adults and two children) and students/seniors play for just $12.

Look out for special opening promotions!

For more information, please visit

Robina Town Centre is the home of shopping, dining, lifestyle and entertainment on the Gold Coast and included in the outstanding range of more than 400 retailers is David Jones and Myer, Zara, Apple, Nespresso, Big W, Target, Kmart, Coles, two Woolworths Supermarkets, The Kitchens, the Promenade Lakeside Dining precinct and Event Cinemas.

LEGO fever sweeps the Gold Coast with launch of LEGO Overload at Robina Town Centre

With over 6 billion pieces of LEGO circulating the globe, and an estimated 5 billion hours being spent playing with the brightly coloured bricks annually, there’s no denying that LEGO continues to enjoy a place in the hearts and homes of children (and a few parents no doubt!) around the world.


And now, LEGO fever is set to sweep the Gold Coast, as leading shopping, dining and entertainment destination Robina Town Centre launches its most hands-on school holiday program yet!


The Centre is calling on all local LEGO lovers to get involved in its inspired LEGO Overload program, kicking off on Saturday, 16th September and running from 10.00am – 3.00pm daily.


It’s time to put your hands and minds to work, with two crowd-pleasing LEGO zones popping up across the two-week period, including The LEGO NINJAGO Play Zone and The LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS Play Zone.


The world’s tallest LEGO tower may have measured in at a soaring 35 metres (114 feet) and required 550,000 bricks to build, but now it’s your turn to see how high you can go with the ‘height challenge’ at The LEGO NINJAGO Play Zone, transforming Robina Town Centre’s North Mall from 16th – 22nd September.  


Coinciding with the release of the brand new LEGO NINJAGO Movie, this ninja-inspired zone will also feature stealth sneak ninja challenges, free play areas, iPad content challenges and a LEGO Life photo stand where you can strike your favourite ninja pose for a quick pic.


LEGO Batman, Batgirl and Robin are also set to make a special appearance on Saturday 23rd September and meet their biggest fans, so be sure to have your iPhone at the ready to snap a pic or two of these legendary crime-fighting super heroes in action!


The LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS Zone will round out the LEGO Overload program in week two, taking centre stage from 24th September and transforming the space into a battleground of good versus evil. Battle it out in the speed challenge, knockdown your enemies in the NEXO challenge, let your imagination run wild in the free play zone, and meet LEGO NEXO KNIGHT Clay daily!  


The Lego Overload Play Zones will be located on Level Three of Robina Town Centre near Kikki.K.

For more information, please visit  


Robina Town Centre is the home of shopping, dining, lifestyle and entertainment on the Gold Coast and included in the outstanding range of more than 400 retailers is David Jones and Myer, Zara, Apple, Nespresso, Big W, Target, Kmart, Coles, two Woolworths Supermarkets, The Kitchens, the Promenade Lakeside Dining precinct and Event Cinemas.

Surfers Paradise Kids Week

School holidays on the Gold Coast are always amazing, but there is no doubt in our minds that the September holidays are the BEST for KIDS….why?

Surfers Paradise Kids Week!!


It’s THE family event of the year and these holidays, characters from the hit movie Despicable Me 3 will take over Cavill Mall.

Join Gru and minions Dave and Mel with the Despicable Me 3 Daily Dance Party and Character Meet and Greet, running three times daily in Cavill Mall. Plus, cuddle up with Australia’s favourite wildlife at the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary show!

But wait, there is so much more! From jumping castles and zorb balls to rock climbing walls and face painting, Surfers Paradise Kids Week has well and truly got your September school holidays sorted!

WHERE Cavill Mall, Surfers Paradise

WHEN Saturday 23 September – Friday 29 September 2017

TIME 10am-3pm daily

AGES All Ages – Family-friendly event


Find out more…


Want to explore more of kid-friendly Surfers Paradise? Check out our list of family fun:

Things to Do in Surfers Paradise

Rock Painting Craze Hits the Gold Coast!

Rock Painting Craze Hits the Gold Coast!

These school holidays Gold Coast kids are getting involved in a world – wide phenomenon that combines creativity, generosity and treasure hunting. Sound like fun?

It’s the activity that gets kids outside, having fun and being creative- and it’s free! Playing hide and seek with ROCKS! Local kids are hunting for painted rocks in your local park (and either keeping or re-hiding them) and also painting their own rocks and leaving them for others to find. QLD Rocks is the Facebook group where you can get involved.  Search for your suburb and find our where rocks have been dropped, let others know about your ‘rock drop’, and also let them know when you have collected rocks dropped by others. The groups also has everything you need to know about painting rocks and connects you to a whole community of locals that are participating. This giant game of hide and seek is low-cost (you can grab a bag of rocks from Bunnings, or use any rocks you can find), a chance for kids to be creative, and put work into something that they will give away to someone they may never meet. You can decorate your rocks with pictures, quotes, or anything that will bring joy and smiles to the person who finds it. There are no rules, no age limits and not a Pokemon in sight (although it’s great to have your phone to capture your ‘rock drop’ to share to the QLD Rocks group).   Local Gold Coast parks that have already been ‘rocked’ include:   Forest Green Park Pimpama Davenport Park Bonogin Hinterland Park Mudgeeraba Gloria Shirrel Park Mudgeeraba Let us know if your local park has been ‘rocked’!!   Thanks to the fabulous Roxy from Kids in Adelaide for letting us know about this fun craze!  

Etiquette Essentials At The Young Ladies Charm School and Styling Workshop

Etiquette Essentials At The Young Ladies Charm School and Styling Workshop


Sitting in on Mistress Chrissy’s Young Ladies Charm School and Styling Workshop on the Gold Coast was an enriching experience, unlikely to be forgotten by any of its young 8-14 year old attendees.

Nervous schoolgirls filled the room, giggling, jittery and overflowing with wonder. Eagerly inspecting their new parlors, each little one delighted in an assortment of special adornments displayed to play with. Twirling flowers and squishing sponges, little feet playfully swinging under tables. Mistress Chrissy and Assistant Ronnie introduced themselves to the group, overwhelming the room with a buzz of excitement. The girls all squealed, eager to tiptoe into the unknown.

New friends began gently unraveling braids and the styling class began. “Did you know there are four ways to brush your hair?” Mistress Chrissy soothed. The girls looked at each other and giggled, shaking their heads with glee.

Untangled and exhilarated, the little miss’s stood to make their Charm School Oath. “We promise to pursue our passions and believe in our dreams… to give compliments away freely … and to use our charming powers for good…” This was a prominent underlying theme to the day, celebrating self-love, self-worth and a carefree attitude.

Faces were refreshed while Chrissy began inciting ideas about acceptance and frivolity. “Our inner beauty comes from saying yes to things- engaging in life, and having a kind heart. What does having a kind heart mean to you?” “Being caring,” “friendly,” “looking after yourself and every one else” were quickly chimed from the crowd.

Lightly dabbing moisturizing tints to their faces, young girls were taught about the benefits of sun protection from a young age and how blusher accentuates a healthy rosy cheek, best achieved by exercising. “Today we’re just having some fun and being a bit silly, practicing and trying new things. Makeup is only really for special occasions when you get bigger and only when Mum says it’s okay.”

A power-posing workshop was guided by Ronnie, demonstrating ways to prepare for an upcoming test or speech by feeling and appearing more confident within yourself. This was received with overwhelming joy by each of the girls.

Tips on beauty sleep, posture and best grooming practices were given while Miss Chrissy began styling each little ladies locks, to suit their individual hair type and personality. A flower for the free-spirited wild child in the room, a doo rag for the edgy girl exuding confidence and a pin curl for little miss with a classically sweet demeanor. Each hairstyle was intricately pieced together with impressive perfection and prowess.

The take home message for the day was one of grace and poise, to practice being the gentle breeze who floats into a room instead of a blustering cyclone. To be kind to others and take care of yourself. Oh, and to compliment another young lady on your way out.