Calling all kids!

13 September 2016

The school holidays are closing in fast, starting Saturday 17 September and back to school on Tuesday 4 October. Once again, hundreds of fun, free and low cost school holiday activities are provided by the City of Gold Coast (City) across the region so our kids can experience nature, explore our parks, get active, check out our libraries or visit a community centre.

This year, some new and exciting activities are being offered for the first time!

Pacific Pines Community Hub will be hosting its first week-long school holiday program starting on 26 September with activities on offer such as free movies, soccer, tie dye, candle making, drumming, cooking, arts and crafts activities and much more - all for 12 to 17 year olds.

Kids between 5 and 12 years old can advance their scooter skills at skate parks at Brockman Oval, Pacific Pines on 23 September between 4pm and 5pm, and Rufus Park, Pimpama on 1 October between 1pm and 2pm, with professional coaches on hand.

The Broadwater Parklands in Southport will have lots of fun, family-oriented activities during the holidays. Don’t miss the Farmyard Fun Day on 18 September, 10am to 3pm - this action-packed day will host pig racing, pony rides, sheep shearing, reptile displays and so much more. Bring a picnic or enjoy the delicious food available onsite and be prepared for an amazing day. From 7pm on 24 September the smaller kids will love watching the move Frozen on the Great Lawn. Then the Food Truck Feast is on again between 5pm and 9pm on the Great Lawn on 30 September - always a hit with foodies!

On 23 September, Palm Beach Parklands will feature some super sports fun with cricket, soccer, athletics all on offer, as well as stand-up paddle boarding.

Pizzey Park at Miami will offer cheerleading and circus fun and games on 22 September between 12pm and 4pm, which will be suitable for all ages and abilities.

And for those kids who love to play outdoors and get messy, the Barefoot Bonanza at Palm Beach Parklands, Pacific Pines Central Park, Botanical Gardens, Paradise Point Parklands and Abraham Park, Upper Coomera between 9am and 12pm on the first four days of the school holidays, allows kids to bounce on a pogo stick, make a fort or ride a billycart.

Kids can also enjoy our natural environment by exploring and experiencing wildlife, growing a forest, getting their hands dirty, visiting a sensory garden, exploring tracks and trails, going on a natural adventure, walking through mangroves or spotting fish and stingrays. Or why not try one of our many short pram-friendly walks?

City Libraries’ holiday activities are themed ‘Trash into treasure’ with kids getting lots of opportunities to do some creative recycling or upcycling of materials that would otherwise have been thrown away, including creating a dream catcher, creating monsters and making their own robots.

Programs are also running as usual during the school holiday period at the Coomera Community Space (for one week from19 to 23 September), the Runaway Bay Youth Centre, Thrower House in Palm Beach and the Upper Coomera Centre are all open daily from 9am to 5pm for high schoolers. This program is a City initiative delivered by Wesley Mission Queensland.

Go to cityofgoldcoast.com.au/schoolholidays to find out what’s going on near you and when.

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