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While most people breathe a collective sigh of relief when the Christmas break rolls around, some parents (us included) go into overdrive thinking of ways to keep their kids entertained.

If this is you, we’ve got just the thing – a whopping 75 ways you can spend these summer holidays. Go on, make the most of them!

  1. Ditch the car and ride bikes, rollerskates or scooters wherever you can.
  2. Head to Putt Putt Gold Mermaid Beach, or to Holey Moley
  3. Or, why not make a DIY putt putt course in your backyard? Here’s a comprehensive guide.
  4. While you’re feeling crafty, try making your own corn hole!
  5. Or head to Crafty’s and play corn hole there.
  6. Since you’re already there, shop Harbour Town’s massive Get Outlet sale from October 15 to 17.
  7. Host a games tournament – whether it’s ping pong, pool or darts – complete with scoreboards and trophies.
  8. Take a day trip – our ‘Day Trippin’ category has endless inspiration.
  9. Channel your inner MasterChef and try one of these recipes.
  10. If you have any leftovers, set up a stand and sell them to your neighbours. Cha-ching!
  11. Have a water balloon fight (just be sure to use recycled water from the shower).
  12. Celebrate the new season by making some spring-inspired crafts.
  13. Or outsource with a trip to The Craft Parlour.
  14. Go to the movies to catch the new release family flicks…
  15. Or, enjoy a marathon at home – popcorn and pyjamas are essential.
  16. Kick it old school at the Yatala Drive-in.
  17. Hit Tallebudgera Creek for a dip, then Custard Canteen for a sweet treat.
  18. Or, check out Currumbin Creek a little further south!
  19. The beach isn’t the only place to have fun waterside. Head to South Bank or Hamilton Northshore in Brisbane with a picnic and some games in tow.
  20. Take a hike – from Natural Arch in Springbrook to Mt Tamborine, we’re spoilt for choice.
  21. While you’re there, pay a visit to the glow worm caves.
  22. Go ziplining at Thunderbird Park, then fossick for dinosaur eggs.
  23. Be inspired by the major tournaments and try a round of tennis! Borrow racquets or pick up cheap ones at Kmart if you’re new to the sport – a quick Google will reveal the free courts near you.
  24. No access to tennis courts? Make your own with chalk on the driveway, and play hopscotch, handball and Twister while you’re at it!
  25. 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!
  26. Host LEGO competitions to see who has the best build…
  27. Or, cull your toy collection and sell the best bits for extra holiday cash. Did you know there are businesses that buy preloved LEGO?
  28. No pool? No worries. Pick up a blow-up version and add beach chairs, fancy drinks and an umbrella to really set the scene.
  29. Check out your local shopping centre’s school holiday offerings! There are workshops and events aplenty.
  30. Why not link up with your friends and organise a shopping centre play date? The kids will be entertained (possibly for free) and you can shop to your heart’s content.
  31. You could also attend a free kids’ program, hosted by your local library or council.
  32. Don’t forget that there are great rack sales around town, too – check out our favourite places to shop pre-loved right here.
  33. Enjoy marina views at Sanctuary Cove or the coastal suburbs of the Redlands.
  34. While you’re there, why not hire a boat or hop on a water taxi and explore North or South Stradbroke?
  35. Go fishing on the beach or in our famous waterways.
  36. You don’t even need a fishing line – pop some bread into a clear water bottle and watch the fish nibble.
  37. Build a cubby, inside or outside!
  38. Snap more family photos…
  39. Then write letters to friends and family and include your happy snaps.
  40. Find a pen pal for your children.
  41. The Gold Coast is Australia’s theme park capital – why not make the most of it?
  42. Set a goal to visit the beach every single day during the school holidays – even if it’s only for 10 minutes while you sip your morning coffee!
  43. Put on your own boogie board competitions, with points for tricks and the longest waves ridden.
  44. Or, stay on dry land and have a sandcastle competition.
  45. Challenge yourself on the Mt Tamborine Treetop Challenge.
  46. Beat the hit with an ice skating session.
  47. See how many science experiments you can do using items found in your pantry.
  48. Play in the park until the sun goes down…
  49. Then have a nighttime barbecue picnic. Pack glow sticks for a bit of fun!
  50. Speaking of parks, why not try out a family Parkrun? You might just find a new love for running.
  51. Go on an overnight motorbike adventure at Gap Creek Moto park.
  52. Make your own scavenger hunt, either around your house or local park.
  53. See a show! There are so many musicals and theatre performances to see.
  54. Explore local history with a tour – you can embark on it yourself, or enlist the help of a local historian to show you around.
  55. Visit a farmers’ market then cook a meal with the fresh produce you buy.
  56. Go to an op-shop with a budget to see who can get the best summer pieces.
  57. While you’re there, challenge your kids to find the strangest/ugliest item they can.
  58. Try rock climbing for some fun fitness.
  59. Or get the blood pumping with an escape room instead.
  60. Visit your local water park to wear the kids out and enjoy the return of the warm weather.
  61. Hit the arcade – we have so many to choose from on the Gold Coast and in Brisbane!
  62. Pat and play with sharks and stingrays at The Shark and Ray Gardens, Loganholme.
  63. Explore the rural towns of Northern New South Wales – add Murwillumbah, Uki and Bangalow to your list!
  64. Make an ant farm for endless entertainment…
  65. Or a worm farm if you’re a green thumb!Plant a brand new herb, veggie or flower garden (window gardens totally count).
  66. Host a dinner party.
  67. Host a games night.
  68. Put on themed family dinner nights and let your tastebuds ‘travel’ to Vietnam, Morocco, Mexico or Italy…
  69. Let your kids play dress ups in your wardrobe.
  70. Then, have them put on a play or fashion show.
  71. Learn something new, whether it’s knitting, Piglatin or how to play Mah-Jong. The possibilities are endless.
  72. Declutter toys, tech, clothes and bedrooms
  73. Get your feline fix with a visit to the Crazy Cat Café.
  74. Go camping, either at a national park, local campground or in your own backyard!
  75. 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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