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QTOP – Jack and the Beanstalk
Now thru to Friday January 23 at 9.30am & 11am (Monday – Friday) // Gerda Pinter Pavilion, Macintosh Island Park, GC Hwy, Surfers Paradise

The Queensland Theatre of Puppetry (QTOP) is back these school holidays with ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’. The show will only cost $6 and no bookings are necessary so you can decide on the day you wish to head on over!

For more info visit www.qtop.org.au


Gold Coast Gymnastics Holiday Camps
Now thru to Friday January 23 // Gold Coast Gymnastics, 80 Pacific Ave, Miami

Gold Coast Gymnastics offers day camps throughout the QLD State school holidays at their Miami facility. During these camps the children will participate in a variety of gymnastics activities, crafts, games and will be provided with morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea. On offer are 2 different camps throughout the holidays – Under 5’s Camp for 3 to 5 years and Day Camps for children 5+ years.

For more info visit www.goldcoastgymnastics.com/day-camp


All Boxed up at Pacific Fair
Now thru to Saturday January 24 // Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, Hooker Boulevard, Broadbeach

Gold Coast children are invited to participate in a unique and sustainable art-play event, new to Queensland, called ‘All boxed up’. This exciting event will challenge a team of little Pacific Fair builders, tinkers and city-makers during the January school holidays, to create thirteen cardboard shopping centres in thirteen days, armed only with recycled cardboard, tape, scissors, and imaginations. The ‘All boxed up’ construction zone, located in Centre Court will look like a cross between a giant game board and a city grid, where families will be invited to play the building game, constructing parts of the new Pacific Fair. Sessions run from 9.30am-10.30am, 11.00am-12pm and 3.30pm-4.30pm, each day!

For more info visit www.pacificfair.com.au


The Listies Make You LOL!
Friday January 16 & Saturday January 17 // Paradise Showroom, The Arts Centre Gold Coast, 135 Bundall Rd, Surfers Paradise

The Listies, Australia’s most sought after kids’ comedians are here to make you Laugh Out Loud! The show features alien attacks, toilet paper guns, spew, the rudest word in the world and the most disgusting pair of undies you have ever seen in your entire life. This show is rated S for Stupid and is suitable for kids aged 6-12 years.

For more info visit www.theartscentregc.com.au


Palm Beach Farmers Market
Saturday January 17 from 6am – 11am // Palm Beach Currumbin High School, Thrower Dr, Palm Beach

A truly great spot for a market, the PBC Markets started with around 50 stallholders and less than a year later consistently featured up to 80 stallholders and thousands of shoppers every week. Another great fresh and value-added food and farmers market with all of the fantastic produce you’ve come to expect. Bring your basket as there’s free on-street parking, wheelchair accessible and bike racks are available.

For more info visit www.yourlocalmarkets.com.au


Paradise Performers Academy – Open & Enrolment Day
Saturday January 17 from 9am – 11am & Thursday January 22 from 3pm – 6pm // Paradise Performers Academy, 22 Karen Ave, Mermaid Beach

Paradise Performers Academy {PPA} has been operating in the heart of the Gold Coast for over 24 years. The Academy has grown to be one of the biggest and most respected dance studios in South East Queensland. The Open Days are your chance to meet the Director, some teachers and friends and also have a look around their premises. You can take the opportunity to enroll or simply browse and make your enquiries.

For more info visit www.paradiseperformers.com


Super Performance Centre – Free Open Day
Saturday January 17 from 9am – 1pm // SPC, 2C/2 Middleton St, Ashmore

The Super Performance Gymnastics Centre is holding an Open Day this Saturday. New families are welcome to come and try out Gymnastics, Tumbling and Circus on the day, and best of all it’s FREE to come along, with no bookings are required.

For more info visit www.superperformancecentre.com.au


Beachology
Saturday January 17 from 10am – 11am // Palm Beach Parklands, 945 Gold Coast Hwy, Palm Beach

By exploring the beach environment through an array of fun, hands-on activities, you will get to learn about what lives at the beach and the importance of beach ecology. Activities cover many aspects of the sandy shore, form the processes that created and delivered the grains of sand that compose the beach, to the complex ecological interactions that support life in this challenging environment. This is a free event and is suited for children aged 8+.

For more info visit www.griffith.edu.au/coastal-management


Marketta Street Food
Saturday January 17 from 4pm – 10pm // Rabbit + Cocoon Creative Precinct, 23 Hillcrest Pde, Miami

A night food market experience. Soak up and indulge in the tastes of the world whilst listening to blues, jazz or flamenco music at the Marketta Street Food any Saturday night of the month. Street performers and buskers will keep you and the kids entertained throughout the open air private street of Rabbit + Cocoon art’s precinct. It’s free entry, its family friendly and there’s live entertainment, so pack the kids in the car and have dinner served up by someone else this Saturday night!

For more info visit www.miamimarketta.com


FMX & Monster Truck Spectacular
Saturday January 17 from 6.30pm – 9pm // GCCEC, Cnr Gold Coast Hwy & TE Peters Dr, Broadbeach

There will be carnage of the monster truck variety at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre this weekend! See the legend that put Australian monster trucks on the map, Outback Thunda as he goes up against the likes of world favourite Scooby Doo. An action packed night for the whole family. Doors open at 5pm.

For more info visit www.gccec.com.au


Movies in the Park – Lego Movie (PG)
Saturday January 17 at 7pm // Central Park, Hotham Drive, Pacific Pines

There is no better way to spend a hot summer’s night than slouching back under the stars in the great outdoors watching a movie. The GCCC will provide the movie and the venue, so just grab a rug, bring a picnic or support your local community food vendors there and have a great fun night out with family or friends!

For more info visit www.cityofgoldcoast.com.au/moviesinthepark


Fun Sail
Saturday January 17 & Sunday January 18 from 9am – 10.30am // Southport Yacht Club, 1 Macarthur Pde, Main Beach

A great way of getting on the water is to come along to the Southport Yacht Club’s Fun Sail sessions. No experience is required and it is a fantastic way to introduce your children to the sport! The instructors will teach all they need to know to get out on the water and sail safely. They stay by their side encouraging the kids the whole way through and always making sure they’re having fun!

For more info visit www.southportyachtclub.com.au


The Village Markets
Sunday January 18 from 8am – 1pm // Burleigh Heads State School Oval, 1750 Gold Coast Hwy, Burleigh Heads

The Village Markets is the Gold Coast’s first and largest fashion and lifestyle market. A free market to attend, TVM features up to 100 carefully edited emerging designer, vintage clothing and accessories, homewares and art stalls, plus live local music and gourmet eats. It’s more than just a market; it’s a fun family friendly morning out with your friends and your little ones.

For more info visit www.thevillagemarketsgc.com.au


Art & Craft Beach Market
Sunday January 18 from 8am – 2pm // Kurrawa Park, Old Burleigh Rd, Broadbeach

Shopping for gifts, souvenirs, art, craft, the ingenious, the weird and the wonderful has never been easier. With all your favourite stalls and new stalls starting every week there is always plenty of unique Australian made products on offer at the Gold Coast’s famous art and craft markets. Large, colourful and a buzz with atmosphere, if you’re looking for a fun family stroll out this Sunday, come and hang out on the beachfront for a unique market shopping experience.

For more info visit www.artandcraft.com.au


Junior Sharks Dance Night
Sunday January 18 from 4pm – 6pm // Southport Sharks, Cnr Musgrave & Olsen Ave’s, Southport

Looking for a way to keep the kids entertained these school holidays? Boogy on down to Southport Sharks for fun for all the family! Children can have fun and join Peppers Entertainment on the dance floor on select Sundays from 4pm to 6pm for Junior Sharks Dance Nights. The next School Holidays Junior Sharks Dance Night is on this Sunday and will have a ‘1980’s Disco Fever’ theme, with kids encouraged to dress up!

For more info visit www.southportsharks.com.au


Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets
Every Sunday, Wednesday & Friday from 5pm – 10pm // The Foreshore, Surfers Paradise

Each Wednesday, Friday and Sunday night, treasure hunters, bargain spotters and after-dinner walkers make their way to the Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets to wander along the coastal stretch of more than 120 market stalls, while live entertainers set a casual mood in their performance. Why not make a night of it and head into Surfers Paradise for a markets and dinner family night out. Visit one of the many restaurants and cafes, and have a truly magical night in the city.

For more info call 07 5584 3700


Family Five-0
Sunday January 18, Monday January 19 & Tuesday January 20 // North Burleigh SLSC, 293 The Esplanade, Miami

Surfs up every Sunday, Monday & Tuesday night at the North Burleigh SLSC when 2 x adults and 2 x kids can dine for $50! Adults can choose from a caesar or chicken caesar salad, chicken schnitzel, lasagne, trawler basket, pork sirloin or barramundi, while the kids can select from the Nippers menu. Let someone else do the cooking and treat the family to an early week night out!

For more info visit www.surfclubaustralia.com


Minecraft Mondays
Monday January 19 at 3pm // Helensvale Branch Library, Cnr Lindfield Rd & Sir John Overall Dr, Helensvale

Does your child love playing Minecraft? Then have them come along to play the game and share tips and tricks with other Minecrafters. This is a free event and is suitable for 10-14 year olds.

For more info visit www.goldcoast.qld.gov.au/library


Kids Eat Free Mondays
Monday January 19 from 6pm // Southport Sharks, Cnr Musgrave & Olsen Ave’s, Southport

Children 12 years and under eat for free from the buffet with every full-paying adult in Frenzy Food Court at Southport Sharks on Monday evenings from 6pm. The adult buffet price is $28 for members and $32 for guests. Bookings are essential and can be made by phoning 07 5532 1155.

For more info visit www.southportsharks.com.au


The Kazoos What’s Up Croc?
Tuesday January 20 & Wednesday January 21 // Paradise Showroom, The Arts Centre Gold Coast, 135 Bundall Rd, Surfers Paradise

The Kazoos What’s Up Croc? is a fast paced ride full of comedy, music and dance. Children from 3 to 8 years will love to sing and dance along to the antics of Professor Silly, and they will need to help Tulip to stop him from being so silly, so the show can go on as planned!

For more info visit www.theartscentregc.com.au


Baby Seaside Music, Art & Tales on the Beach
Thursday January 22 from 2pm – 3pm // Echo Beach, Tallebudgera Creek, Burleigh Heads

Enjoy the beach and have fun with your child. Create a keepsake of the day, sing along with our seaside songs on guitar, make some music and listen to some interactive ocean stories! By joining this program you will support a local not-for-profit. Suitable for ages 0-3 and will cost $5 per child. Bookings are required by calling Ocean Connect on 07 5534 8604.

For more info visit www.ocean-connect.org


Sell Your Craft
Thursday January 22 from 5.30pm – 6.30pm // Broadbeach Branch Library,

Is your craft or hobby a business waiting to happen? Are you selling at markets and ready to take the next step? Online selling could open up new markets and opportunities, and let you reach a much wider range of customers. Find out how to create a functional online store to sell your crafts from online marketing mentor, Rob Thompson.

For more info call 07 5581 1600


Sand Studies & Sand Art
Friday January 23 from 2pm – 3pm // Palm Beach Parklands, 945 Gold Coast Hwy, Palm Beach

Did you know the sand on your beach can be thousands of years old? This workshop will show you some hidden secrets of sand. Use a microscope and see the rocks that made the sand on our Gold Coast beaches!  You will be able to create some sand art to take home made from your self-made rainbow coloured sand! This event will only cost $1 per person and is suited for children aged 4+.

For more info visit www.griffith.edu.au/coastal-management


Marketta Arts Creative
Friday January 23 from 5pm – 10pm // Rabbit + Cocoon Creative Precinct, 23 Hillcrest Pde, Miami

Set in the grounds of the Rabbit + Cocoon creative precinct, come on down this Friday night and watch Miami come alive with this month’s Miami Marketta Arts Creative. We’re talking live local music, great food with a great atmosphere and fun for the whole family. Enjoy the range of independent designer and artist market stalls to browse and pick up some unique beauties to stash away for those upcoming birthday pressies! Come and support your community and enjoy a free evening with the family, with perhaps a little bit of shopping too.

For more info visit www.miamimarketta.com


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