Sunday August 18, from 7am ‘til 1pm // Broadwater Parklands, Southport

Don your whites and get ready for an explosion as you let your love shine at the happiest run under the sun! On The Color Run Love Tour, good vibes are the only kind of vibes allowed. Join in the crowd of colour as you celebrate what you love about yourself, one another, and the planet we all share. As you walk, run, skip or dance through the course you’ll go head to head with different COLOR ZONES and be blitzed by colour. It’s a special recipe of magical colour dust that’s 100% natural, safe and food grade quality. Remember to keep on moving and don’t stop in the colour zones to avoid congestion! Run wild. Love wild. Stay wild, and do it all in support of the Starlight Children’s Foundation, the home-grown charity dedicated to ensuring sick kids don’t miss out on all of the fun of childhood.


Friday August 16, from 6.30pm ‘til 10pm // Warner Bros. Movie World, Oxenford

Gather your friends and head to Movie World for the biggest Pyjama Party of 2019! Help support children in foster care and experience the wonder of Warner Bros. Movie World by night in the comfort of your PJ’s. Go on some of your favourite rides and see the best attractions, including live entertainment including DJ, face painting, prizes & much more!


Friday August 16 thru to Sunday August 18, from 9am ’til 4pm // South Bank Parklands

Enjoy three fun-filled days of spectacular science shows, STEM career talks, robotics, drones, virtual reality, native animals, rocket science and more! Highlights include career talks and high energy stage demonstrations in the chemical and physical sciences, professional development opportunities for teachers, a live wildlife area, numerous hands-on activities for students to be immersed in science, tech, engineering and maths, and the opportunity to converse with a wide variety of STEM-related providers from industry and small business.


Saturday August 17, from 10am ‘til 4pm // Palm Beach State School, Palm Beach

Expect plenty to see and do at this year’s fete, from raffles and music to face painting, crafts and kids’ activities. With rides like the Tea Cups and Super Slide, to the Bat Tower and Petting Zoo there is something for everyone and every age. Parents can find a bargain at the pre-loved clothing rack sale, and browse through stalls from talented community members while enjoying some home-made treats. There will also be a finger licking BBQ to delicious pizza and sticky fairy floss, and refreshing beverages from Balter Brewery.


Saturday August 17, from 11am // Stratton St, Newstead

Brisbane’s biggest celebration of burgers is BACK for the third annual Brisbane Burger Fest! The Triffid will be shutting down Stratton Street and filling it with Brisbane’s best burger joints, live entertainment and craft beers, with a line-up featuring the best of Brisbane’s burger scene on-site for your tasting pleasure. Chow down on every burger from Ben’s Burgers to Ze Pickle and soak up the good vibes at the same time. Tickets are $5, and kids under 12 get in free before 4pm.


Saturday August 17, from 11am ’til 9pm // Roma Street Parkland, Brisbane City

Celebrate India’s independence day at the India Day Fair at Roma Street Parklands! A celebration of the Indian culture in all its many forms, the fair showcases art, food, music and Bollywood and classical dances. The Show Stopper is coming all the way from India and the evening ends with the grand finale fireworks! This family-friendly event is free to the community and no alcohol is allowed.


Saturday August 17, from 11.30am ‘til 1pm // Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, Currumbin

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is partnering with Gold Coast City Libraries to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of The Gruffalo! All little monsters are invited to hit the wildlife sanctuary to help wish The Gruffalo a Happy Birthday, which will include an appearance by The Gruffalo, face painting, spot prizes, kids craft and activity zone as well as book readings by Gold Coast City Libraries.


Saturday August 17, from 12pm ‘til 8pm // Emmanuel College, Carrara

With everything from carnival rides and water fun balls to an animal farm, pre-loved clothing, a mega cent auction, and fantastic foods, Emmanuel Community Festival has something for everyone! Expect a huge line-up of entertainment including a talent show, live music, DJ and competitions galore (with great prizes!) there will also be ride passes so that you can go on rides like Dominator, Dodgems, Sizzler, Extreme Force, Giant slide, Frog hopper, Teacups and the Giant chair swing, just to name a few.


Saturday August 17 thru to Sunday August 18, from 5.30pm ‘til 8.30am // Queensland Museum, South Bank

Jump into your PJ’s, bring your sleeping bag, pack your toothbrush, and your imagination for a wild sleepover. Explore 4 levels of the Museum, including hands-on activities, torchlight tours, and pop-up shows. Have tucker and then wind down with a movie before its lights out. On Sunday morning recharge with breakfast before leaping into outer space in  the exhibition NASA – A Human Adventure. Goodnight at the Museum is for children 5 -12 years, and children must be accompanied by an adult. Adults are not permitted without a child.


Saturday August 17 thru to Saturday August 23

Each year across Australia, the Children’s Book Council of Australia brings children and books together to celebrate CBCA Book Week. Schools, libraries, booksellers, authors, illustrators and children get in on the fun, honouring Australian children’s literature with everything from children’s book character parades and talented librarians creating amazing displays.


Sunday August 18, at 11.30am, 1.30pm & 3.30pm // The Kitchens’ Co Lab, Robina Town Centre

Robina Town Centre has teamed up with the Gold Coast’s favourite creatives The Craft Parlour to host a series of Sunday Crafternoon sessions, perfect for anyone wanting to make good on their 2019 goals and learn a new craft. Macramé is still well and truly having its moment, so come along to this Sunday’s sesh if you’re eager to create your own hanging masterpiece for your home. Also beginner friendly, the Mini Macrame workshop will teach guests how to knot, twist and hitch your own wall hanging Macrame Peace. Prices start at $30.


Now thru to Sunday August 18 // Brisbane Showgrounds, Bowen Hills

Queensland’s largest and most loved annual event – which attracts 400,000 people on average – is about to kick off, bringing the country and city together for a true celebration of agriculture. The Ekka showcases the best of Queensland from woodchop to giant vegetables, beef cattle to cats and dogs, world-class live entertainment, award-winning food and wine, carnival rides and showbags, family shopping, educational activities and much more. Full of traditions, a unique atmosphere and childhood memories which have been passed down through generations of families, the Ekka is simply unmissable.


Wednesday August 21, from 7pm ‘til 8.50pm // 236 Ron Penhaligon Way, Robina

Still haven’t made a start on that New Year’s Resolution to learn a new skill? Not to worry – this workshop will have you knitting and crocheting in no time at all, and having a blast while you do it! Knitting and crochet is more fun with company, which is why this workshop is perfect. Come along and meet fellow knitters and crocheters, have a laugh, learn a few tricks from each other, talk all things yarn and patterns. It’s totally free!


Wednesday August 21 & Thursday August 22, from 2pm ‘til 4.30pm // The Plaza (Beside the Rockpools), Broadwater Parklands

Are you a dab hand at Scrabble, or just love a bit of competition? To celebrate the World Senior Scrabble Tournament’s arrival on the Gold Coast, a giant scrabble board will be set up in the Broadwater Parklands for you to have a go and promote the game – and have a blast while you’re at it!


On the lookout for more family-friendly fun around Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Byron Bay? Check out our full list of calendar events here…


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