FREE School Holiday Fun 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 fun for families on the Gold Coast, Tweed Shire and Byron Bay regions.

FREE School Holiday Fun Gold Coast

Spring 2021 – FREE School Holiday Fun – Gold Coast

Pacca’s Putt Putt

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!

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.

Gold Coast youth FREE holiday program

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

  • Upper Coomera
  • Coomera
  • Pacific Pines
  • Runaway Bay
  • Nerang
  • Thrower House –Palm beach

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. Find out more here.

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. 

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 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.

Previous School Holiday Events

Winter 2021 – FREE School Holiday Fun – Gold Coast

Circus Workshop

  • Saturday 26 June | 11am-3pm

If you have ever wanted to learn how to juggle then this is the workshop for you! Come and go as you please and learn new skills like spinning plates, hula hoops and flower sticks! No bookings required. Broadwater Parklands. 

Naturally GC

  • 26 June – 10 July 2021

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 Winter school holidays, build a hotel for frogs, try kids yoga with a beach clean up to finish, and explore the mysterious life of the platypus. Plus heaps more activities each day of the school holidays.

Pacific Fair Games 

  • 26 June – 11 July 2021 | 10am-2pm

Watch your little ones go for gold in the FREE Pacific Fair Games kid’s sports arena these school holidays! The kids can compete in a range of sports including archery, basketball, soccer, weightlifting, sports climbing & athletics in celebration of the upcoming Olympics. Plus, they can get their very own commemorative photo on the podium like a real champ with every kid receiving a free PF sports headband. Bookings required. Find out more here.

The Mini Challenger

  • 28 June – 9 July 2021 | 10am-1pm

Kids can put their skills to the test and challenge a friend, sibling, or the person next to them to The Mini Challenger at Australia Fair for FREE! Jump, hop and balance your way through the obstacles to the finish line to collect your ribbon! Read more here.

World Upside Down 

  • 8 May-10 October 2021 | Sat-Thu 10am – 5pm | Fri 10am – 8pm

Discover secrets and surprises, where nature is not what it seems in World Upside Down, the first exhibition in the new 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.

Underwater Craft Village

  • 6-10 July | 11am – 2pm

Pop into The Strand Shopping Centre at Coolangatta this school holidays for free family fun. The kids can create their very own coral reef with clever craft clay. Take home your aquarium in a jar! No bookings required. Find out more here.

Meet the Characters from Sesame Street

  • 28 June – 4 July | 11am daily

Meet and greet Sesame Street characters at The Oasis. Keep a look out each day throughout the Centre for Elmo and Cookie Monster. Photos with Elmo and Cookie Monster available daily at 11am. More details here.

FREE Winter School Holiday Fun – Tweed Shire

Cookie Decorating Workshop

  • 28 June – 2 July 2021 | 10am-1pm

Take the kids to Tweed Mall’s delicious free cookie decorating workshop these school holidays! Plus, each participating child will receive a free chef hat and apron. No bookings required. Limited to the first 80 children per day. Find out more here.

FREE Winter School Holiday Fun – Byron Bay Region

Brunswick Heads Fairy Trail

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.

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.

Easter 2021 – FREE School Holiday Fun – Gold Coast

Stay Golden | Pacific Fair

  • Sat 3 – Sun 18 April 2021

HOTA is taking over Pacific Fair these school holidays with FREE kid’s ArtLabs and an art exhibition! Your little ones can practice their inner Picasso at the free pop-up art workshops, designed by local artists to inspire mini artist’s in the making. Plus, the whole family can discover a range of giant art sculptures in The Resort area afterwards!

Space Designers Zoom workshop | Online

  • Wed 7 April

Have you considered a trip to space? BOP Industries and Gold Coast Libraries present SPACE DESIGNERS online workshop. From exploring the exciting advancements happening in the space race to designing spacecraft to developing an understanding of structures on foreign planets, this FREE workshop promises to get students thinking big and developing their understanding of space and the science behind it. Suitable for children 8 – 11 years. Bookings essential.

Trolls World Tour Workshop | Coolangatta

  • Wed 7 April

Join in a craft workshop at The Strand to decorate your own Trolls World Tour Backstage Pass. Enjoy crafting with textas, glitter and fur!  Plus meet Poppy the Troll for a one-on-one meet and greet. Register your interest to attend asap!

Super Sports Saturday 2021 | Miami

  • Sat 10 April

Head to Pizzey Park for the biggest action packed sports family celebration ever! Featuring live music, food trucks, sports stalls, skate jams, outdoor movie and much more! Join in the FREE community celebration from 3.30pm to 8pm.

Our Amazing Moon | Nerang

  • Tues 13 April

The Moon is Earth’s constant companion in the night sky that shows us different phases night after night. The Moon also is the only celestial object in the solar system where humans have walked upon its surface and now we are going back to build a Moon base…Wow! Join this fun workshop at Nerang Library full of wonder suitable for children 7 – 12 years. Bookings essential. 

Calling all Dinosaur Hunters! | Coolangatta

  • 16-17 April

Does your little darling love dinosaurs? Step back in time and let the kids uncover their very own dinosaur fossils with free craft workshops at The Strand. Learn about these amazing prehistoric creatures and make the next big discovery. Plus, let your imagination run wild! Friendly face painters will create little angels, critters or characters to your darling’s delight. Just beware, you may be escorting a lion home. Don’t say we didn’t warn you~! Be sure to register your interest asap.

SUMMER 2020 – FREE School Holiday Fun – Gold Coast

Tuesday 15 December

Summer Water Battles | Jacobs Well

Make a splash this summer with water games that incorporate techniques that will build your speed and agility. Be prepared to have fun and get wet! Bring the whole family. No booking required. 

  • Where: Jacobs Ridge Park, Jacobs Ridge Road
  • Time: 9am-10am

Wednesday 16 December

Summer Sporty Christmas | Maudsland

Still looking for more Free school holiday fun Gold Coast? Celebrate all things Christmas with festive themed games that will have you cheering. If hot, be prepared to get wet. Bring the whole family. No booking required.

  • Where: Parklake Park, Maudsland
  • Time: 9am-10am

Thursday 17 December

Elfie with Santa | Southport

This Christmas, Australia Fair is making YOU the star! Spread the joy virtually with a FREE custom mini movie starring you and up to two buddies. Make a fun face into the iPad and watch as you get up mischief at North Pole with Santa! Don’t forget to share your video with family and friends, especially those we can’t be with this Christmas.

  • Where: Australia Fair, Ground Floor, outside Coles
  • Time: A Christmas Elf is on hand from 10am – 2pm to help

Friday 18 December

Summer Cruiser Skateboard | Burleigh

Ever wanted to learn how to ride a skateboard but weren’t game or didn’t own a board? This fun workshop is for all ages and skill levels. Equipment supplied so bookings essential.

  • Where: Pratten Park, Old Burleigh Road, Burleigh
  • Time: 9am-10am

Saturday 19 December

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!

Sunday 20 December

Summer Rock Climbing | Palm Beach

Everyone can challenge themselves on the 11- metre-high mobile rock wall. Enclosed shoes must be worn. For ages from 6 years. No booking required.
  • Where: Palm Beach Parklands, Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach
  • Time: 8.30am-12.30pm

Tuesday 22 December

Summer Get Down and Dance | Labrador

Want more Free school holiday fun Gold Coast? Your kids will be jumping with excitement as they twirl, slide, pop, drop and turn in this energetic and engaging dance workshop. By the end, they’ll know a complete routine with age-appropriate music and moves that you and your dancer are both going to love. For ages 5 to 12.

  • Where: Labrador Community Hub, 57 Billington Street, Labrador
  • Time: 10.30am-11.30am

Wednesday 23 December

Summer Bubblelicious | Paradise Point

A mind-blowing magic bubble-popping fun activity! Learn different types of bubble tricks with a twist. Bookings required. 

  • Where: Paradise Point Parklands, The Esplanade, Paradise Point
  • Time: 9.30am-10.30am

Thursday 24 December

Movies under the Stars: The Polar Express | Surfers Paradise

What better way to spend an evening than outdoors watching a movie under the stars! City of Gold Coast proudly presents this special edition of Movies under the Stars – Summer Series. Due to ongoing COVID restrictions this event is ticketed, so click the link below to check out the movie schedule and register for your FREE ticket.

Gather your picnic blanket, family and friends and get ready to dive into the Christmas spirit with the sand between your toes on Surfers Paradise Beach. Why not make a night of it and enjoy dinner at one of the many restaurants on offer in Surfers Paradise? 

  • Where: Surfers Paradise Beach
  • Time: 6pm-9pm. Movie starts at 7pm

Thursday 31 December

New Years Eve at Robina Town Centre | Robina

Ring in the New Year with live music, fire performances, food, and fireworks.

  • Where: The Promenade, Robina Town Centre
  • Time: 4pm to 9pm.

Monday 4 January

Land Train Rides | Broadwater Parklands

Looking for Free school holiday fun Gold Coast? Choo! Choo! All aboard the Broadwater express! Grab the kids and explore the park on one of our free scenic train rides. Head to the Great Lawn at Broadwater Parklands to get on the train. Operating Monday 4, 11 and 18 January, 10am to 2pm No bookings required. 

Friday 8 January

NaturallyGC Rocky Shore Explore and Sea Slug Citizen Science | Burleigh Beach

Free School Holiday Fun Gold Coast

In collaboration with the “Sea Slug Census” group, Ocean Connect will be running a hands-on session on the identification of sea slugs, nudibranchs and other magnificent creatures of the rocky shores to assist in the mapping of the marine diversity in this fragile ecosystem. Marine scientists will be available on the day who are specialised in sea slugs and rocky shore biodiversity. This is a unique opportunity to contribute to marine research and science activities.

11 January – 24 January

Skatefest | Pacific Fair

Get on board and roll on in for FREE fun over the January school holidays! Back by popular demand, Pacific Fair’s car park is transforming into a skate park for kids 5+ years to learn some tips on how to get started, perfect tricks for the more experienced skaters or, for the younger creative kids get crafty at design skool. Bookings are essential for all activities.

  • Where: Pacific Hair, Hooker Boulevard, Broadbeach
  • Time: 9am, 11am, 1pm & 3pm daily

Thursday 14 January

Our Beaches – Coastal Critters | Broadwater Parklands

Join Geckoes Wildlife to meet some of the unique and interesting animals that live along the Gold Coast coastline. You might even get up close and personal with some of the native coastal critters! This workshop is suitable for 6 to 17 years old. 

  • Where: Broadwater Parklands
  • Time: 9am-10am

Tuesday 26 January

Guided Bird Walk in the Botanic Gardens | Benowa

Lakes, lagoons and acres of native plants in an urban environment create the perfect habitat for an encounter with amazing bird life. Over 130 different species of birds have been recorded at the Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens. Join a very knowledgeable guide to identify and monitor the birdlife. 

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