FREE School Holiday Activities Gold Coast, Tweed & Byron

Winter FREE School Holiday Fun Gold Coast, Tweed & Byron
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Entertaining the kids these school holidays doesn’t have to break the bank. We’ve found the best FREE school holiday activities for families on the Gold Coast, Tweed Shire and Byron Bay regions.

FREE school holiday activities Gold Coast

Check out these activities for kids these school holidays on the Gold Coast

Winter 2022 – FREE School Holiday Fun – Gold Coast

Gold Coast winter holiday program

The Gold Coast Council’s Active and Healthy Holiday Program is an online program that is dedicated to keeping kids (and adults) moving during the school holidays; simply download the free info sheet from their website and get busy completing the activities.

  • Where: Online

Find out more here. 

Balloon Twisting Workshop | Broadwater Parklands

Looking to learn a new fun party trick? Learn to twist your very own balloon animals to take home! 

  • When: Monday 27 June 2022
  • Where: The bouncy pillow, Broadwater Parklands, Marine Parade, Southport
  • Time: 10am – 2pm

Inflatable Horse Racing | Broadwater Parklands

Five horses to the starting line, Ready, Steady….. Go! Come on horsey! Bounce you good thing! Will you be the first over the line? Race your friends – who will be the winning jockey? (Suitable for 6 years and up or to 90 kilograms). Find out more here. 

  • When: Tuesday 28 June 2022
  • Where: The little lawn, Broadwater Parklands, Marine Parade, Southport
  • Time: 10am – 2pm

Bubble Play | Broadwater Parklands

Come along and play with Bubble’licious creations, and have fun creating the biggest bubbles you’ve ever seen! Beautiful, amazing, shimmering bubbles in the sunshine! Find out more. 

  • When: Thursday 30 June 2022
  • Where: Broadwater Parklands, Marine Parade, Southport
  • Time: 11am – 3pm

Inflatable Maze | Broadwater Parklands

The challenge is to get out as fast as you can, but don’t be fooled as it’s harder than it appears! Left, Right, go back! Oh no I’m lost, start again! We might need some bread crumbs to drop on the ground to find our way through the maze! This is so much fun – children can’t get enough of this energetic activity. Come and get lost with your family and friends, and find your way through to the other side – if you can! Find out more here. 

  • When: Thursday 30 June 2022
  • Where: Broadwater Parklands, Marine Parade, Southport
  • Time: 11am – 3pm

Kids Learn to Surf Sessions | Currumbin

Learn how the Gold Coast coastline is managed as well as surf etiquette and safety before hitting the waves. Session held the Currumbin Alley – the famed pointbreak which is part of the Gold Coast World Surf Reserve that stretches from Burleigh Heads to Snapper Rocks. Open only to secondary school students, ages 14 to 17.

  • When: Wednesday 6 July 2022
  • Where: Currumbin Alley Surf School, Pacific Parade, Currumbin
  • Time: 11:30am – 1pm 

Little Paccas Kids Club Activities | Pacific Fair

Little Paccas is a free kids’ club for preschool aged kids and parents. Pacific Fair hosts 2 FREE kids’ events each month to entertain and delight kids. This means there will be events happening these school holidays. Sign up now to get exclusive bookings to the events. Check out their website for specific activities.

Gold Coast Youth Holiday Program | Various Locations

Gold Coast youth hubs have announced their FREE school holiday program for kids 12-17 years, will be held across six locations for the Easter school holidays. Locations include:

  • Upper Coomera
  • Coomera
  • Runaway Bay
  • Nerang
  • Thrower House –Palm beach
  • Pimpama

Each centre offers various activities to keep your 12- to 17-year-old entertained during the holidays. The hub’s are safe and supervised so teens can come socialise and get creative, play some sports, learn fun things and get away from their devices for a little while.

  • When: Various dates throughout the holidays
  • Where: Various locations across the Gold Coast
  • Time: 9am-5pm

Find out more here.

Naturally GC | Various Locations

Connect, conserve and explore nature with NaturallyGC and participate in a variety of free and low cost nature based education workshops, activities, events and nature based recreation across the Gold Coast. These Easter school holidays, create natural arts and crafts, play with sea creatures, plus heaps more activities each day of the school holidays.

Visit Local Markets | Various Locations

Markets are a great FREE (if you are just browsing) and family friendly event to keep the kids entertained. There are so many markets around the Gold Coast and Tweed region including Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets, The Village Markets and many more. There is bound to be one near you and even some Easter events leading up to Easter Sunday. Check out the markets on here. 

Explore the Currumbin Rock Pools | Currumbin

currumbin rock pools swimming gold coast fun Free School Holiday Fun

Cascading waterfalls, lagoons, trickling streams all surrounded by lush, tropical greenery … sounds like the stuff that holiday photos are made of, right? It’s one of our ABSOLUTE favourite things to do on the Gold Coast with kids – for VERY good reason.

FREE school holiday fun – Byron Bay region

Brunswick Heads Fairy Trail | Brunswick Heads

Brunswick Heads fairies abound, and if you look in nooks and crannies their wee houses can be found. Take the kids on an adventure to find the homes of fairies located along the Brunswick Heads Fairy Trail. Fairy Trail maps are available at the Visitor Centre.

Byron Bay Region Beaches

Byron Bay is home to some beautiful beaches, so why not explore them with the kids. You can swim, explore and take a picnic along. It can be a whole day of fun!

Cape Byron Lighthouse

Take the kids to the most easterly point in Australia and have a look at the lighthouse and maritime museum there. See how the lighthouse originally worked and read up on the history of whaling in the area. Families tip: Take a guided tour up the lighthouse as an added bonus. Read more about the Lighthouse here.



Past events: Easter 2022 – Spring 2021.

Dumpling Dreams | Surfers Paradise

Brought to life by beloved Brisbane-based artist YEAHYEAHCHLOE, the wonderfully imaginative Dumpling Dreams plops youngsters, the young-at-heart. A blank canvas to build your own world, little visitors will spend hours imagining dreamy futures, and discovering new ways to connect with the environment and people closest to them. Little creative hearts are free to dip their toes into the world of art and be themselves in a safe, inclusive space.

Featuring Augmented Reality experiences and interactive activities, you’re only limited by your imagination. Fill your days, weekends, and holidays with colour, connection, and creativity at HOTA Children’s Gallery.

  • When: Saturday 27 November – Monday 18 April
  • Where: HOTA Children’s Gallery, 135 Bundall Rd Surfers Paradise 4217
  • Time: 10am-5pm (Sat-Thurs), 10am-8pm (Fri)

Find out more here.

Shout Out Fest 2022 | Tugun

This FREE event is the ultimate destination for young people to get together and celebrate all things friends, fun, and youth. The main event includes live music, skatepark jams, BMX displays, DJs, creative workshops, food trucks and more. In addition to the main entertainment, Shout Out Fest also includes rock climbing wall challenges, inflatable boxing fun, art activities, and so much more! This event is held during Queensland Yout Week 2022.

  • When: Saturday 9 April 2022
  • Where: Tugun Skatepark, Boyd Street, Tugun 4224 
  • Time: 2pm-6pm

Easter Balloon Show | Coomera

Join The Park Coomera for a very Special Edition Easter Sundae Sesh. For half an hour only, make sure you reserve yourself a seat to watch The Mr Kaboodle Easter Balloon Show.He uses balloons, comedy and magic to create a fun interactive experience for audiences of all ages.He will fill the stage with colour and excitement to draw a crowd. You will see amazing balloon sculptures such as sponge bob, hulk and of course an Easter Bunny!

The show is FREE and kids eat free after 2pm with every regular pizza or salad purchase.

  • When: Sunday 17 April 2022
  • Where: The Park, Westfield Coomera 
  • Time: 2pm-2:30pm

Citizen Science | Main Beach

Kids get to become citizen scientists for the day as they join marine experts to learn about how micro-plastics and debris affect Gold Coast beaches and marine life. They also get to create art to take home and a litter audit which goes towards “ice-cream credit”. Suitable for 6-17 year olds.

  • When: Thursday 14 April
  • Where: Hollindale Park, Seaworld Drive, Main Beach 4217  
  • Time: 9am-11am

Meet Gold Coast Marine Life | Labrador 

Kids can discover amazing ocean artefacts and learn why healthy ocean environments are so important to the survival of our precious marine animals who all have a specific role to play.

  • When: Wednesday 13 April
  • Where: Labrador Community Centre, 57 Billington Street, Labrador 4215    
  • Time: 11am-12pm

Mayor’s Christmas Carols | Surfers Paradise

The family-friendly event will commence at 3pm on December 4 with interactive kids fun including Santa and Looney Tunes characters. The main show will commence at 5pm and finish off with fireworks at 9pm. The line up includes Dami Im, Kate Miller-Heidke and many local Queensland artists.

  • When: Saturday 4 December 
  • Where: HOTA Outdoor Stage, 135 Bundall Rd Surfers Paradise 4217
  • Time: 3pm-9pm

Find out more here.

Broadwater Parklands Obstacle Course | Southport

A inflatable obstacle course has come to Broadwater Parklands to help your kids burn off some energy these school holidays. No bookings. required.

  • When: Sunday 5 December 
  • Where: Marine Parade, Southport QLD 4215
  • Time: 9am-2pm

Citizen Science | Miami

Kids get to become citizen scientists for the day as they join marine experts to learn about how micro-plastics and debris affect Gold Coast beaches and marine life. They also get to create art to take home and a litter audit which goes towards “ice-cream credit”. Suitable for 6-17 year olds.

  • When: Wednesday 15 December
  • Where: Don MacSween Park, Marine Parade Miami 4220
  • Time: 9am-10:30am

Thomas the Tank Engine Train Rides | Southport

Hop aboard the Broadwater express and travel around the parklands on one of the free scenic train rides. No bookings are required. 

  • When: Wednesday 15 December & Wednesday 22 December 
  • Where: The Great Lawn, Broadwater Parklands, Marine Parade Southport 4215
  • Time: 10am-2pm

Pacca’s Putt Putt | Broadbeach

Get ready to kick some Putt these school holidays at Pacific Fair’s FREE mini golf experience! 

Putt your way around the centre with 9 holes inspired by iconic Gold Coast landmarks such as Q1, the Surfers Paradise sign, theme parks and the beach. Head along with the family, grab a scorecard, receive a complimentary golf visor and have a tee-rrific time. Select holes include mechanical components.  There ain’t no party like a Putt Putt Par-Tee! Bookings are essential!

  • Where: Pacific Fair, Broadbeach

Gold Coast Chinese Cultural Festival

On Saturday 2 October, 2021 take the kids along to see 10 artistic groups and nearly 100 actors and staff from the local Chinese and multicultural communities sing, dance, and perform.

Check out the food stalls and craft stalls to experience Chinese culture. The Gold Coast Chinese Cultural Festival is a family-friendly event. Do not miss the opportunity to have a fun day together with your family at the Broadwater Parklands. 

World Upside Down

Discover secrets and surprises, where nature is not what it seems in World Upside Down, the first exhibition in the Children’s Gallery at Home of the ARTS (HOTA). The young and young-at-heart can be curious and creative through interactive art and hands on making activities, designing a future where we all belong. Find out more here.

Past events: FREE School Holiday Activities – Byron Bay Region 

Christmas Markets | Gold Coast/Byron Bay Region

We’ve contacted all our friends and rounded up a comprehensive list of Christmas Markets from the Gold Coast, through Tweed and down to Byron Bay for you and your family in 2021. Christmas Markets are one of the ‘must do’ Gold Coast Christmas activities to get you in the spirit! Click here.

Christmas Carols | Gold Coast/Byron Bay Region

t’s that time of year, Carols by Candlelight. There’s no better way to shake off the bah humbugs than a good dose of Christmas carols with flameless candles lighting up angelic little faces. In this round up of the best Gold Coast Christmas activities, we’ve included a list of the very best places to enjoy Christmas Carols, Gold Coast to Byron Bay in 2021 – see them all here.

Looking for more ideas?

If you’ve got some funds tucked away for school holiday fun we highly recommend a visit to Paradise Country. It’s one of the more affordable theme park options and has something for all ages. Read our full review here.

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