Friday August 9 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.
ST HILDA’S SCHOOL // WHOLE SCHOOL OPEN DAY
Friday August 9, from 9am ‘til 12pm // St Hilda’s School Gold Coast, Southport
Your daughter’s future is important. Join the team for a Tour, Open Day or Boarding Experience Day and see first-hand why girls from Pre-Prep to Year 12 flourish at St Hilda’s School. As an all-girls’ school, St Hilda’s offers a unique and supportive environment for girls to develop and achieve their potential. Take a tour, visit a classroom in action and hear from their School Leadership Team.
NATIONAL SCIENCE WEEK // GOLD COAST LIBRARIES SCIENCE SPECTACULAR
Friday August 9 thru to Sunday August 18 // Gold Coast Libraries
Enjoy a spectacular celebration of science across the whole city, with plenty of opportunities to do science, meet scientists and explore new technologies with an action-packed program of events and activities for the whole family! Stand-out events include ‘The magical world of crazy science stage show!’ on August 11 at Upper Coomera library, and plenty of robot-focused activities at various libraries around town.
ARTLAB // PAINTED POCKETS WITH LOLA
Saturday August 10, at 10am & 1pm // HOTA, Surfers Paradise
Do you like DIY fashion and customising your clothes? Make a mini masterpiece on your pockets with talented and fierce 8-year-old artist and activist, Lola Harward. She can teach you all the tips and tricks for getting it just right with tape, paint and stencils. BYO jeans, pants and shirts!
QLD MUSEUM // NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM
Saturday August 10, from 5.30pm ‘til 8.30pm // Queensland Museum, South Bank
Explore every nook of the Museum including SparkLab, Anzac Legacy Gallery, and meet the locals in Wild State and Discovery Centre! Dance along with live music, meet roving astronauts, droid racing, space shuttle origami, see demonstrations, amazing objects, performances, hands-on activities, face painting, balloon twisting, and more. A selection of hot and cold family friendly food and drinks will available for purchase.
MY HAMSTER IS A GENIUS
Saturday August 10 thru to Saturday October 5 // Brisbane Arts Theatre, Petrie Terrace
Embark on an adventure with nine-year-old Benjamin Jinks and his grumpy hamster, Jasper Stinkybottom. Benjamin is a very normal boy, who hates maths – Stinky is a genius hamster, who likes carrots. Together, they are an unstoppable team! But can they overcome the evil scheming of Ben’s maths teacher, Beardy McCreedy? Find out in the world premiere adaptation of David Lowe’s striking tale of a boy and his hamster.
CHILDREN’S ART CENTRE // ISLAND FASHION
Saturday August 10 thru to Sunday March 15 // GOMA, South Bank
Explore fashion and adornment through creative hands-on and multimedia activities created by artists from Australia and the Pacific especially for children and families. Join in a paper folding activity by Grace Lillian Lee, design your own textile pattern in a multimedia interactive by Letila Mitchell, and create a wearable accessory inspired by the work of Maryann Talia Pau and Ranu James.
TALLEBUDGERA SURF LIFESAVING CLUB OPEN DAY
Sunday August 11, from 9am ‘til 12pm // Tallebudgera Surf Club, Palm Beach
See what a surf club is all about! Bring friends & family to watch some exciting demonstrations, have a tour of the club facilities, grab a sausage and find out what Talle Surf Life Saving Club has to offer its members. The open day is for everyone, young budding champions to families or Gold Coast locals interested in patrolling our beaches through summer.
SECRETS FROM A BEAUTY INSIDER // MAKEUP CLASSES
Sunday August 11, 9am & 2.30pm // Gaia Hair, Sherwood
Amanda Ramsay – the beauty insider – is hosting not one but two makeup masterclasses on the Goldy this Sunday! The first: a hands-on makeup class for busy superwomen, which will show you how to create luminous, fresh, healthy, younger looking skin. From skincare prep to choosing the right foundation, covering under eye bags, lifting & brightening your eyes, you’ll learn Amanda’s Ultimate 5 Minute Makeup to get the glow fast, every single day! Then, in her Smoky Eyes workshop at 2.30pm, discover the secret to transform your everyday/office makeup to event-ready in a flash. The two-hour hands-on smoky eyes workshop is inspired by winter warmer colours and includes a free glass of champagne.
THE CRAFT PARLOUR’S FIFTH BIRTHDAY
Sunday August 11, from 2pm ‘til 5pm // The Craft Parlour, Miami
What better way to celebrate the Craft Parlour’s fifth birthday than with a craft party?! In what is sure to be one epic fun-filled afternoon – complete with non-stop crafting, giggles and ‘I Heart Cakes’ cake, of course – you can enjoy $5 crafts, $5 beer from Stone & Wood and Black Hops, sweet tunes by Elska Music and a grazing table by Next Door Espresso. All funds raised will go to ‘Days for Girls’, so bring your whole family and come craft with the crew.
Sunday August 11, from 2pm ‘til 5pm // SkyPoint Observation Deck, Surfers Paradise
See the Gold Coast like never before and enjoy a relaxing Sunday session at the same time. SkyPoint are offering live music every Sunday afternoon as part of their ‘Sunday Sundowns’ experience, included in your observation deck entry. It’s the perfect opportunity to experience a relaxing afternoon with 360′ views of the Gold Coast.
MUSICAL // SCHOOL OF ROCK
Now thru to Sunday August 11 // QPAC, South Bank
Based on the hit film, this hilarious new musical follows Dewey Finn, a failed, wannabe rock star who decides to earn a few extra bucks by posing as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school. There, he turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. While teaching these pint-sized prodigies what it means to truly rock, Dewey falls for the school’s beautiful but uptight headmistress, helping her rediscover the wild child within.
LITTLE PACCAS KIDS CLUB // FREE KIDS COOKING CLASS
Tuesday August 13, from 10am ‘til 3pm // Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, Broadbeach
Little Paccas is calling out to all mini masterchefs and culinary kids to get in on their free kids cooking class this coming Tuesday! Children can prepare their ow naturally colourful dish, watermelon pizza and edible bracelet, PLUS they’ll each receive a chef’s hat and apron to decorate and keep. Not to mention, kids can make their own smoothies by pedalling and powering the blender on a smoothie bike. Bookings required.
Wednesday August 14, from 9am ‘til 10am // King’s Christian College, Pimpama
Come along and look around the King’s Christian College Pimpama campus to discover what they’re all about. Speak to the Heads of Department and other senior staff, see classes in action, and find out about the exciting new developments and progress of King’s High School, which launched this year. And, don’t forget to enjoy a complimentary coffee from their on-site coffee cart.
LITTLE ARTLAB // NATURE TREASURES
Wednesday August 14, from 10am & 1pm // HOTA, Surfers Paradise
Explore the beautiful Parklands surrounding HOTA and discover hidden natural treasures at the same time. What will you find? Magic sticks, Ancient rocks, Crumpled leaves? Collect your treasures and make them your own with paint and sparkles in this captivating, hands-on creative workshop designed for kids under five.
AMERICAN EXPRESS OPENAIR CINEMAS
Now thru to Sunday August 18 // City Botanic Gardens, Brisbane City
The Openair Cinemas are back, this year at a brand-new home: the iconic Botanic Gardens. An exciting festival program of food and films are on the menu once again, with a host of festival-vibe entertainment, an exciting mix of box office hits and highly anticipated new releases including Rocketman, Men in Black: International, X-men: Dark Phoenix, Yesterday, and Spiderman: Far from Home. Little and big kids alike will rejoice at screenings of family films such as Aladdin, The Secret Life of Pets 2 and Toy Story 4. And there’s so much more to look forward to…
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