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Surfers Paradise Kids Week – Review

Surfers Paradise Kids Week is a FREE family friendly event, celebrating all things ‘kids’ these school holidays, from September 17-23.

Presented by Marriott Vacation Club International, Kids Week is a must-do, with loads of FREE activities for kids of all ages, all week long.

We checked it out, and boy were we impressed.

Here’s what you’ll find at Surfers Paradise Kids Week …

Got a Paw Patrol fan in your midst? You can see the daily Paw Patrol show for FREE at 10am and 12:30pm, plus a meet and greet daily at 11am where you can get up close for a cuddle and a photo.

Paw Patrol Show - Surfers Paradise Kids Week

The Free Paw Patrol Show had us dancing in the aisles!

There’ll also be special appearances throughout the week from Dream Guards, Ronald McDonald and Friends and many more.

You can also expect to find kids activities including face painting, a kids beat boxing show, arts and crafts and more.

All of your favourite local businesses have joined the party too, so it’s a great way to get out and about to see exactly what’s on offer for you in your local neighbourhood.

Small child with promoter on segueway - Surfers Paradise Kids Week

Small smiling child with fruit - Surfers Paradise Kids WeekChild at wheel of aquaduck - Surfers Paradise Kids Week

A day in Surfers Paradise really isn’t complete until you’ve driven the Aquaduck!

Families Magazine Tips For Surfers Paradise Kids Week

The whole precinct has really come together for Surfers Paradise Kids Week and you’ll find most of the action along the beachfront.

Here’s our tips for making the most of your day:

• Don’t forget to take advantage of our sweet parking deal these school holidays. Use the code: FAMILIES to nab yourself a deal with Secure Parking these school holidays

• There’s food galore in Surfers Paradise, but we totally recommend you hit up Betty’s Burgers in the  Chevron Renaissance Shopping Centre. It’s a great place to visit, and oh-so-yum!

• Make sure you catch up with the Banana Boat crew and have a go on the giant, Banana Boat Beach Obstacle Challenge!

• Grab the free guide from the friendly staff at Surfers Paradise Kids Week, it’s full of sweet deals and discount vouchers for things to see and do while you are in town.

Psst …. we need to talk about The Marriott Pool

Marriott Vacation Club International are the good folk putting on Kids Week, so it was only fitting we began our visit with a quick dip in the pool at Surfers Paradise Marriott.

Oh me, oh my … what a place.

You should definitely put Surfers Paradise Marriott on your bucket list … even if it’s just to take advantage of the incredible pool situation. Going one step further than regular resort pools – although they have that covered too … waterslide anyone? – you can also enjoy the beach like gradual dip into a naturally filtered salt water lagoon – perfect for toddlers to dip in their toes.

The beautiful waterfalls provide a natural filter for the lagoon, which means that it’s not a chlorine-fest and you can share your swim with an array of tropical fish. Yes, fish! The kids LOVED this feature, they could float along in their goggles to see who could they spot. The resort’s fish-feeding session was also a big hit.

Caverns, tropical flora, non-stick sand (that is ‘a thing’ … who knew?) and some pretty great nooks for chilling out make this pool one definitely worth your time to check out.

Small Boy standing in front of deck chairs at Marriott Pool - Surfers Paradise Kids Week


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Janine Mergler

Janine Mergler is a veteran Queensland teacher, graduating from QUT with a BEd majoring in Social Sciences. After many years in the classroom, Janine moved on to academia. She has proudly trained new generations of teachers in her role as a lecturer at Queensland University of Technology Faculty of Education. She has also worked in the Queensland Government as an education specialist, developing education resources and delivering community awareness programs to help families conserve water. Currently she is the owner and editor of Families Magazine, a publication specifically targeted at parents who value a quality education for children.  Janine leads a team of professionals who write about family lifestyle, early childhood, schools and education information and family-friendly events.

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