Friday September 4 at 10.30am & 12.45pm // The Arts Centre Gold Coast, Arts Theatre, 135 Bundall Rd, Surfers Paradise

Flamboyant friends Zebra, Lion and Moose each think they know how to solve the Bear’s crankiness but their shenanigans just make him even crankier! It takes a humble and empathetic Sheep with an open heart and listening ear to solve the Bear’s woes. Cranky Bear is a rollicking cabaret-style show by Patch Theatre Company for 4 – 8 year olds packed with music, laughter and mayhem.

For more info visit www.theartscentregc.com.au

Friday September 4 from 4pm – 7pm & Saturday September 5 from 8am – 2pm // Nerang Bicentennial Community Centre, 833 Nerang-Southport Rd, Nerang

The library is back, bigger and better – with more books and even bigger bargains! Mark it in your calendar so you don’t miss the BIG Book Sale at the Nerang Bicentennial Community Centre. Stock up on your favourite fiction or non-fiction – kids’ books, adult books, cook books, travel books, romances, thrillers, true crime, biographies, mysteries and so much more.

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

Friday September 5 from 4pm – 9pm // The Village Green, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, 28 Tomewin St, Currumbin

Feeding time at the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary took on a new meaning with the introduction of a Local and International Food & Craft Market, the Sanctuary Markets. The market operates on The Village Green’s new deck section of the Sanctuary and incorporates a wide variety of international foods such as Thai, Vietnamese, Japanese, Brazilian, Turkish, Venezuelan, South African and Chilean, craft stalls in the undercover area of the Green and a produce market selling Asian greens, fresh produce, eggs and Australian Seafood in the Sanctuary’s car park.

For more info visit www.marketsdownunder.com

Friday September 4 from 5pm – 10pm & Saturday September 5 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

Saturday September 5 from 6am – 11.30am // 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

Saturday September 5 at 9am for ages 6-GR3 & 11.30am for GR4+ // Mrs Red’s Art Room, 151 West Burleigh Rd, Burleigh Heads

Saturday art classes for your budding artist! The cost for this class is $29 and bookings are essential as classes are extremely popular! Each week varies as to what art activity the kids will tackle.

For more info visit www.mrsredsartroom.com.au

Saturday September 5 from 9am – 1pm // The Marine Village, Sanctuary Cove

These markets are a little bit different to what you may normally find… they are not second hand or lifestyle markets nor are they just a baby and children’s market. This ‘family boutique’ market provides beautiful high quality, unique products and services which are not mass produced or easily found in shops. Call your girlfriends, bring your husbands and the kids, and wander around the market.

For more info visit www.themummytreemarkets.com.au

Sunday September 6 from 8.30am – 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

Monday September 7, Wednesday September 9 & Friday September 11 // Burleigh Heads, Oxenford & Southport

This Sunday kicks off Queensland Child Protection Week running from 6 to 12 September. The Gold Coast has again come together to host the 4th Regional Child Protection Week to raise awareness and support for local families. To get our community involved there are family fun events in Burleigh, Southport and Oxenford. Let’s have some fun and most importantly get friends and family members talking about protecting our children.

For more info visit www.childprotectionweek.org.au

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

Each Friday, Sunday and Wednesday 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 visit www.surfersparadise.com

Thursday September 10 from 9.30am – 11am // Burleigh Waters Branch Library, Cnr Christine Ave & Galeen Dr, Burleigh Waters

Give your child a flying start to their school life and beyond with the Parent Ready Reader program. Discover simple strategies for nurturing the early stages of reading development with your child. Join us at the Burleigh Waters Branch Library for this information session presented by Caningeraba State School for the community. The session is free, but places are limited so please phone to reserve your place.

For more info call 07 5581 1700

Friday September 11 thru to Sunday September 20 // Pacific Pde, Currumbin Beach

Experience a wondrous display of over 50 sculptures built by local, national and international artists at the 13th annual Swell Sculpture Festival along Currumbin Beach 11 – 20 September, 2015. The free exhibition is open all hours with a selection of sculptures revealing a new verve as they are lit up under the southern sky. Over 10 days, visitors can experience the sculptures, enjoy twilight walks, informative artist talks, discover new perspectives, wander through the Swell Smalls Gallery and participate in artist master classes and children’s workshops.

For more info visit www.swellsculpture.com.au

Now thru to October 31 // Whales in Paradise, Cnr Ferny & Cavill Ave’s, Surfers Paradise

If you haven’t experienced the majesty of whale watching, this winter could be the perfect time to splash out with Whales in Paradise. Celebrating ten years of operation and with departure locations from Surfers Paradise and Brisbane, Whales in Paradise guarantees a whale sighting or a free return tour.

For more info visit www.whalesinparadise.com.au



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