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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


Sanctuary Cove School Holiday Fun
Now thru to Sunday January 25 from 11am – 2pm // The Marine Village, Sanctuary Cove

Sanctuary Cove will be hosting a variety of free, family-friendly events guaranteed to keep everyone happy. There is fun to be had on board the heritage listed MV Kilkie Ferry, where kids can experience the local birds and wildlife, while mum and dad can admire some of the Gold Coast’s most prestigious waterfront homes. Back on land, the whole family is welcome aboard the trackless train to take a journey through The Marine Village in Sanctuary Cove. The modern, purpose-built playground and outdoor checkers set will occupy the children for hours, along with a host of other organised activities.

For more info visit www.sanctuarycove.com


Gold Coast Gymnastics Holiday Camps
*LAST DAY* 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


QTOP – Jack and the Beanstalk
*LAST DAY* 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


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


Palm Beach Farmers Market
Saturday January 24 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


Australia Day Raceday 2015
Saturday January 24 from 10am // Gold Coast Turf Club, Racecourse Drive, Bundall

With pony rides, face painting, inflatable water slides, obstacle courses and the giant inflatable slide, there’s something for the whole family to enjoy. The Giant Inflatable Slide is possibly the highest dry slide in Australia – perfect for teenagers, adults and brave little ones! Be sure to bring the kid’s swimmers so they can enjoy the inflatable water slide!

For more info visit www.gctc.com.au


Turn Rubbish Into Art
Saturday January 24 from 11am – 12pm // Justins Park, The Esplanade, Burleigh Heads

Create your own art piece out of the clean rubbish that has been collected on our Gold Coast beaches. Choose from a selection of projects and take your creation home to show off and tell the message of the ocean! By joining this program you will support a local not-for-profit! Suitable for all ages, this event will cost $5 per person and bookings are required.

For more info visit www.ocean-connect.org


Marketta Street Food
Saturday January 24 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


Movies in the Park – How to Train Your Dragon 2 (PG)
Saturday January 24 at 7pm // Ingles Park, Wallandra Dr, Mudgeeraba

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 24 & Sunday January 25 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 25 from 8am – 1pm // Paradise Point Parklands, The Esplanade, Paradise Point

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 25 from 8am – 2pm // Justins Park, The Esplanade, Burleigh Heads

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


Bangalow Markets
Sunday January 25 from 9am – 3pm // Bangalow Showgrounds, Station St, Bangalow

The Bangalow Market Day is a treat for day trippers, a retreat from the city and the rush of the Gold Coast. Bangalow is a window into another world. Come along for the day and witness the beautiful grounds in which the markets are held in – dominated by eleven huge camphor laurel trees which provide welcome shade and rustling leaves and a magic forest atmosphere!

For more info visit www.bangalowmarket.com.au


Australia Day Eve Celebrations @ The Wattle Hotel
Sunday January 25 from 10am – Late // The Wattle Hotel, 1 Brygon Creek Dr, Upper Coomera

The Wattle Hotel will be celebrating the Australia Day long weekend with a day full of fun and activities. On the menu is a gourmet Aussie BBQ to be held on the terrace from midday and will feature favourites such as thick beef sausages, emu steak burger, kangaroo steak sandwich, and rump steak sandwich. A major highlight on the day will be the Cane Toad races starting from 2pm in the sports bar. Renowned as the heart of Coomera, The Wattle Hotel features a huge indoor play area with separate area for toddlers, and complete with a parent viewing platform that will ensure kids have a ball.

For more info visit www.thewattlehotel.com.au


Junior Sharks Dance Night
Sunday January 25 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 an ‘Aussie Aussie Aussie’ theme, with kids encouraged to dress up!

For more info visit www.southportsharks.com.au


Movies in the Park –Red Dog (PG)
Sunday January 25 at 7pm // Broadwater Parklands, Marine Pde, Southport

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


Family Five-0
Sunday January 25, Monday January 26 & Tuesday January 27 // 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


Australia Day Celebrations
Monday January 26 from 10am – 4pm // Evandale Parklands & Lake (behind The Arts Centre Gold Coast), 135 Bundall Rd, Bundall

You’re invited to celebrate Australia Day at the Gold Coast’s biggest and most authentic Australian day out. This year the iconic event, which has been running for more than 30 years, will be a mix of the traditional favourites and some great new attractions. The points of difference from previous years are the “lake zone” offering water-based activities, freestyle BMX and Moto-X stunt shows, the headline musical act Round Mountain Girls and a cooking show by celebrity chefs from My Kitchen Rules. Limited parking will be available onsite or catch the free shuttle bus from the Gold Coast Turf Club.

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


Australia Day BBQ in the Park
Monday January 26 from 11am – 3pm // Ed Hardy Park, Kratzmann Ave, Miami

Head to Ed Hardy Park this Australia Day for some family fun with the whole family. There will be food stalls, music and loads of games for the kids!

For more info visit www.surfclubaustralia.com


Kids Eat Free Mondays
Monday January 26 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


Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets
Wednesday, Friday & Sunday 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


Movies in the Park –Smurfs 2 (PG)
Friday January 30 at 7pm // Nerang Country Paradise, 231 Beaudesert-Nerang Rd, Nerang

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


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