School holiday program

22 March 2017

Options galore for school holiday fun

With Easter school holidays here, the City of Gold Coast has come to the rescue serving up a smorgasbord of exciting, affordable activities to keep kids’ boredom at bay.

Using the beauty of our natural environment, many activities will be held at beaches, in bushland and at parks and gardens. The focus is on family affordability with many activities either free or for a small fee.

There are plenty of indoor alternatives including youth programs for 12 to 17 year olds at our Community Centres and a range of arts and crafts events at the City’s libraries.

Some of the highlights of this year’s Easter offerings include Creatures of the Dark and the Indigenous Wildlife on Wheels tour, both free.

Creatures of the Dark gives kids over 10 the chance to use their night vision on a guided tour through Burleigh bushland spotting some of Australia’s most iconic animals.

Animals are also a feature of the Indigenous Wildlife on Wheels tour at Elanora where kids of all ages can get up close and personal with pythons, crocodiles, frogs and small mammals. The tour also covers Indigenous instruments and weapon making, local languages, traditional ceremonies and dreamtime stories such as the Rainbow Serpent.

As well as the regular story-telling and creative activities, our libraries are helping kids get all ‘Artsy-Crafty’ over the holidays with fun, art-based activities like making Picasso inspired Selfie Puzzles, painting Margaret Olly-inspired Still Life stones or learning from local indigenous artist, Sylvester Cook.

In our beautiful Botanic Gardens, children can go on NaturePlay Missions, grow their own plants from seeds or learn to identify and survey the Gardens’ bird population. Those looking for something more ‘sporty’ can try the Have a Go Circus, the Kaialgumm Games Trail or one of the Game On events designed to give locals a taste of some Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games TM sports which will be on offer next year.  

Those with a love of water can get their feet wet on our Marine Biologist Field Days, where we explore rocky shores, sand dunes and mangroves and learn to identify creatures in rock pools and dig a turtle nest with our in-house marine biologist. There are beach treasure hunts and interpretive tours through Burleigh Headland National Park that focus on ecology and management of our important marine environments.

Teenagers haven’t been forgotten with development workshops for young girls run by Lindy’s School of Charm and free holiday activities at community centres across the coast every day of the week. Interested teens can sign up for workshops in boxing, Muay Thai, drumming, Zumba, break dancing and cooking, attend the YOLO music event and sausage sizzle at Thrower House, Palm Beach on 7 April, or join in one of the many sports competitions being organised. These services for high school children are a City initiative delivered by the Wesley Mission and operate between 9am and 5pm at Coomera, Upper Coomera, Runaway Bay, Palm Beach, and Pacific Pines.

Many of these great programs for kids and teens have age restrictions and strictly limited places, and with most costing less than a cup of coffee, families are advised to get organised early by visiting cityofgoldcoast.com.au/schoolholidays  for information or bookings

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