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We’ve gone all out, giving you 70 awesome ideas for ways to spend the June-July holidays. Check out our list, then let us know how you’ll be spending the school holidays on social media!

  1. Celebrate the return of the cool weather by making some winter-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 movie 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. 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!
  16. Host LEGO competitions to see who has the best build…
  17. 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?
  18. Set up workshop play dates with friends – your local shopping centre no doubt offers heaps of free and affordable fun.
  19. Hang out riverside at South Bank or Hamilton Northshore – just pack a picnic and some games and your arvo is sorted.
  20. Or, enjoy marina views at Sanctuary Cove or the coastal suburbs of the Redlands.
  21. Go fishing, whether it’s in the ocean or with bread and water bottles in the creek (old school!).
  22. Enjoy more picnic dinners (or breakfasts and lunches!) in your own backyard or around town.
  23. Snap more family photos…
  24. Then write letters to friends and family and post them off with the happy snaps.
  25. Find a pen pal.
  26. Go shopping for winter clothes.
  27. Enjoy mornings at the beach, even if it’s too cold to swim.
  28. Host your own boogie board competitions, with points for tricks and the longest waves ridden.
  29. Have a sandcastle competition.
  30. Go skating (rollerblading, ice skating or otherwise!).
  31. Try a science experiment using items found in your pantry.
  32. Attend a free kids’ program, hosted by your local library or council.
  33. Try a cooking class, or enrol the kids on one.
  34. Play in the park until the sun goes down…
  35. Then have a nighttime barbecue.
  36. Make your own scavenger hunt, either around your house or local park.
  37. See a show at your local theatre.
  38. Explore local history with a tour – you can embark on it yourself, or enlist the help of a local historian to show you around.
  39. Hit up at Paddock Bakery – we live for the dippy eggs!
  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. Attempt the Mt Tamborine Treetop Challenge.
  51. Declutter the kids’ toys, tech, clothes and bedrooms.
  52. Go camping at a local holiday park… 
  53. Or pitch a tent in your own backyard!
  54. Go on an overnight motorbike adventure at Gap Creek Moto park.
  55. Hit up your local skate parks with scooters, helmets, dog and slushies in tow!
  56. Put on themed dinner nights and let your tastebuds ‘travel’ through different cuisines! Think Chinese, French, Greek, Mexican…
  57. Check out the GC wake and aquapark.
  58. Toast marshmallows over a backyard fire (or in a fireplace, if you’re lucky enough to own one!) – just be sure to check your local fire restrictions.
  59. Visit the illuminating Glow worm caves
  60. Hit up one of the many theme parks we have here on the Gold Coast!
  61. Try a crafty class at The Craft Parlour.
  62. Chill out at your local Crazy Cat Café…
  63. Or drive north to Samford for coffee with Border Collie puppies at Collies and CO.
  64. Check out Lilliputt – mini golf with a delightful difference!
  65. Go to Wildlings Forest School for raft building, cubby workshops, etc.
  66. Hire a boat for a day visit to Couran Cove.
  67. Make an ant farm for endless entertainment…
  68. Or a worm farm if you’re a green thumb!
  69. Play dress ups and do a play or fashion show.
  70. 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?
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