Spring into summer at The Arts Centre Gold Coast with a wave of cool things to see and do for the whole family from creating awesome art to acting and dancing with celebrity performers.

If art or acting isn’t your thing there’s so much more to do. Look a scary dinosaur right in the eye or catch a free kids’ movie. Get active exploring the riverside parklands, go jump in the lake, then relax under the shady trees with a packed picnic basket. There’s so much on offer here, you can easily make a day (or two) of it.

What you can see this summer
Go back in time and come face to face with real life dinosaurs trained by their fearless zoo keepers in Erth’s widely acclaimed show, Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo™. They’re unmistakably ‘alive’ and mostly friendly in a fun, educational and unique performance.

Sing, dance, laugh and clap along with Peter Combe, aka Mr Clicketty Cane, in his hilariously interactive Wash Your Face in Orange Juice.

Marvel at Peter Pan in his wild adventures with Tinkerbell, Captain Hook and his pirate crew as The National Theatre broadcasts their live performance direct to the Arts Theatre.

Paddington Bear is back on the big screen in Paddington 2, where he tries to recover Aunt Lucy’s stolen gift he saved all his hard-earned pennies for.

There’s also an incredible free line up of Disney and Pixar short animation movies screening in the Basement that all ages are sure to love

What you can do this summer
Watch and learn from some of the entertainment world’s most talented performers in Green Room Junior, culminating in a live student showcase on stage. The Green Room Workshops further teach kids how to sing, dance, act and perform, with backstage access to celebrity mentors showing them all the tricks of the entertainment trade.

Get whimsical as princes, princesses, fairies and fun characters all create a fanciful land where only the true kiss of love will awaken the 100-year slumber of The Sleeping Beauty, presented by The Australia Ballet’s – Story Time Ballet. Kids who like to pirouette can also enjoy an unforgettable dance and learning experience led by one of The Australian Ballet’s premiere Education Team Members in Dancing Story.

If being constructive (or destructive!) is more your thing, then our makers’ workshops are definitely right up your creative alley. Me Myselfie and I – Direct from QAGOMA offers an exhibition exploring the representation of self, alongside interactive making and multimedia art projects like creating fun self-portraits.

Tap your inner flair and flaunt that fashion style by sculpting a stunning outfit to wear down the runway in Cardboard Couture. Or if you’ve got bigger ambitions, why not take over the world with your awesome, hand-made Robot Helmet that gives you bionic super powers no one can match!

There’s really something for everyone
Whatever kids may be into, there’s something for everyone to enjoy over Summer at The Arts Centre Gold Coast. Some activities are free and others affordably ticketed with bookings essential. A selection of workshops also require that children be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Check online for full Summer details, and remember, there’s heaps of 4-hour parking on site plus yummy food and drinks available at the Arts Café.

For more information on all of the exciting things to do this summer at The Arts Centre Gold Coast visit www.theartscentregc.com.au.



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