We’ve gone all out, giving you 100 awesome ideas for ways to spend the summer holidays – and we’ve enlisted the help of a few friends, too…

  1. Celebrate summer by making some nature-inspired crafts.
  2. Hit Tallebudgera Creek for a dip, then Custard Canteen for a sweet treat.
  3. Go to the movies to catch the new release family flicks…
  4. Or, enjoy a marathon at home – popcorn and pyjamas included.
  5. Kick it old school at the Yatala Drive-in.
  6. Take a hike – we are spoilt for choice when it comes to bushwalks, so visit Natural Arch, Springbrook or Mt Tamborine. They have trails to suit most ages, and you will almost certainly find a cafe on your way home to refuel with a scone, jam and coffee.
  7. Have a hit of tennis! Borrow racquets or pick up cheap ones at Kmart if you’re new to the sport, and do a quick Google to find the free courts on offer near you.
  8. No access to tennis courts? Make your own with chalk on the driveway, and play hopscotch, handball and Twister while you’re at it!
  9. Ride bikes, everywhere.
  10. Play putt putt, or make a DIY course in your backyard.
  11. Take a day trip – whether it’s to Toowoomba, Noosa or Brisbane! Check out the ‘Day Trippin’ category on our website for endless inspiration.
  12. Pretend you’re on Great Aussie Bake-Off and get in the kitchen…
  13. Then, host a bake sale! Your neighbours will be grateful for the sweet treats, and your kids will love the extra pocket money.
  14. Make your own ping pong tournament, with scoreboards and everything. You can turn almost any table into a ping pong table with an attachable net like this one.
  15. Put a bucket in the shower and use the excess water for water balloon fights the next day…
  16. Or, use the water to fill a blow-up pool! Add beach chairs, fancy drinks and an umbrella to really set the scene.
  17. Turn your #vanlife envy into a fun day out – pack the camp stove in the back of the car and cook up some sausage sandwiches somewhere with a view!
  18. Host LEGO competitions to see who has the best build…
  19. Or, cull your toy collection and sell the best bits for extra holiday cash. For example, did you know there are businesses who buy preloved LEGO?
  20. Set up workshop play dates with friends – your local shopping centre no doubt offers heaps of free and affordable fun.
  21. Hang out riverside at South Bank or Hamilton Northshore – just pack a picnic and some games and your arvo is sorted.
  22. Or, enjoy marina views at Sanctuary Cove or the coastal suburbs of the Redlands.
  23. Go fishing, whether it’s in the ocean or with bread and water bottles in the creek.
  24. Enjoy more picnic dinners (or breakfasts… or lunches!).
  25. Snap more family photos…
  26. Then write letters to friends and family and post them off with the happy snaps.
  27. Find a pen pal.
  28. Go shopping for Back to School.
  29. Enjoy mornings at the beach, even if it’s too rainy to swim.
  30. Host your own boogie board competitions, with points for tricks and the longest waves ridden.
  31. Have a sandcastle competition.
  32. Go skating (rollerblading, ice skating or otherwise!).
  33. Try a science experiment using items found in your pantry.
  34. Attend a free kids’ program, hosted by your local library or council.
  35. Play in the park until the sun goes down…
  36. Then have a nighttime barbecue picnic.
  37. Make your own scavenger hunt, either around your house or local park.
  38. See a show!
  39. Explore local history with a tour – you can embark on it yourself, or enlist the help of a local historian to show you around.
  40. Visit a farmers’ market and cook a meal with the fresh produce you buy.
  41. Go to an op-shop with a budget to see who can get the best pieces.
  42. Try rock climbing.
  43. Do an escape room.
  44. Hit the arcade – there are so many to choose from!
  45. Pat and play with sharks and stingrays at The Shark and Ray Gardens, Loganholme.
  46. Plant a brand new herb, veggie or flower garden (window gardens totally count).
  47. Host a dinner party.
  48. Host a games night.
  49. Learn something new, whether it’s knitting, Piglatin or how to play Mah-Jong. The possibilities are endless.
  50. Make an ‘I’m Bored’ jar. Sick of hearing those two dreaded words? Write down every idea on this page, cut them into strips of paper and pop them in a mason jar. How many can you do before school goes back?
  51. Mt Tamborine Treetop Challenge
  52. Declutter toys, tech, clothes and bedrooms
  53. Go camping, either at a local holiday park or in your own backyard!
  54. Go on an overnight motorbike adventure at Gap Creek Moto park.
  55. Local skate parks with scooters, helmets, dog and slushies in tow!
  56. Themed dinner nights – we like our tastebuds to ‘travel’ so holidays are about trying different cuisines with the kids. Dumplings, Vietnamese, Moroccan..
  57. GC wake and aquapark
  58. Hit the arcade – we love Archie Bros. at Toombul
  59. Go to Playtime Chermside for a fun VR session or some bowling.
  60. Slip n’ slide down the backyard with friends
  61. Visit the Glow worm caves
  62. Sea World – the illuminated jellyfish display is a mesmerising joy
  63. Check out the QPAC performances
  64. Go to The Craft Parlour
  65. Chill out at the Crazy Cat Café
  66. Hit up at Paddock Bakery – we live for the dippy eggs!
  67. Lilliputt – mini golf with a delightful difference
  68. Try an In A Pickle cooking classes
  69. Go to Wildlings Forest School for raft building, cubby workshops, etc.
  70. Have a pool party and movie play dates at home
  71. Hit your local water park to wear the kids out and enjoy the sun
  72. Hire a boat for a day visit to Couran Cove
  73. Make an ant farm for endless entertainment
  74. Or a worm farm if you’re a green thumb!
  75. Play dress ups and do a play or fashion show


Drop them and run…

Okay, maybe not ‘run’ – just walk away smugly knowing they’re out of your hair for a good few hours. Both you and your kids will be equally happy with these school holiday programs.

  1. Adventure activities at PGL Kindilan pgladventurecamps.com.au
  2. Horse-riding at Gold Coast Equestrian goldcoastequestrian.com.au
  3. Wild adventures at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, currumbinsanctuary.com.au
  4. Holiday care at St Hilda’s School sthildas.qld.edu.au
  5. Get active at Sports Camps Australia sportscampsaustralia.com.au
  6. Or sports fun at Rise Yeronga rise.com.au
  7. Music workshops at QMusic qmusic.com.au
  8. Personal development at Tamblyn’s The Academy tamblynmodelling.com.au
  9. Learn more at Code Camp codecamp.com.au
  10. Get crafty with Raw Art rawartworkshops.com.au


What you said…

We asked our haven readers to tell us how they like to spend their holidays – here’s what they said…

  1. “Our goal these school holidays is to visit every playground around our 20km radius, play to our heart’s content, snap some lovely memory shots and ask the kids to give a review out of five stars.” – Ying Ying T
  2. “We love to get outdoors and explore our local area, whether it’s a bushwalk or exploring the rock pools at the beach. Fresh air and free family fun!” – Gemma W
  3. “We’ve just started kindy this year so we will have a mix of vacation care days together. We will choose activities out of a hat that we’ve picked as a family, which will keep us active and still be lots of fun. Looking forward to camping together for the first time.” – ‘Grug’ and Terissa C
  4. “Camping, skiing/snowboarding, biking, theme parks, swimming, mini two-night breaks to Brisbane, movies, sleepovers at grandparents.” – Julia W
  5. “Depending on the time of year, we love swimming, camping, fishing, going to the movies and to the park.” – Kelly C
  6. “We go to the beach and the park and the kids have sleepovers. We also do arts and crafts and go to the lake to feed the ducks.” – Debrah B
  7. “Doing lots of craft, sewing, painting… all the things we have no time for with after-school activities.” – Robyn W
  8. “Camping, beach, pool and theme parks with kids. On rainy days we do arts and movies.” – Miki N
  9. “Parks and picnics, cooking lessons and making fairy gardens. There’s never enough time for fun.” – Pamela S
  10. “We love to try to get away for a night or two. Last school holidays we went to a farm stay.” – Amanda O
  11. “We love to go to parks and let the kids play on the scooters to keep them happy. They also love to play with their cousins.” – Kim T
  12. “Love the beach.” – Janine M
  13. “Spot kangaroos at grandma’s house.” – Jody S
  14. “We tend to stay home, catch up, chill out, get outdoors and just unwind and reset for the  coming term.” – Kylie H
  15. “We know we’re supposed to get out and about, but the best school holiday days are the ones where we stay at home all day in our pyjamas.” – Kate W

We couldn’t agree more, Kate



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