Saturday May 11, at 10am & 1pm // HOTA, Surfers Paradise

Learn how to draw like a pro! Gold Coast artist Rebecca Cunningham is hitting HOTA to show little artists some essential hacks for mastering the art of drawing people. Stick figures are great, blobs are better but, in this ArtLab, Rebecca will teach kids how to bring people to life on the page with realism and personality. An essential skill for any budding artist!


Saturday May 11, from 8am ‘til 4pm // Durack Showgrounds, Durack

The K-9 Brisbane is not a race – it’s the craziest, most fun event that you and your mates (both the two and four-legged variety) could enter! With even more fun, mud and crazy challenges than in years before, now is the time to get in on the action. Whether you’re a solo challenger or part of a team, you’ll receive a Kryptonite Challenge medal or a K-9 rosette and a bandanna for your furry friend, as well as the incredible feeling of self and team achievement.


Saturday May 11, at 2pm & 3.30pm // Harper Bee, Westfield Chermside + Harper Bee, Westfield Carindale

Make mum feel special this Mother’s Day by making a beautiful handmade gift for her! At this workshop, you will make a relaxing peppermint foot soak for your mum to soak in. Decorate the bath salt jar in a unique design, or maybe write on the jar all the words that describe how amazing your mum is – the choice is yours! This workshop runs for one hour, and parents are free to leave your girls with the trusty Harper Bee team or stay and enjoy the session. Tickets cost $20, and bookings are essential.


Saturday May 11, from 2pm ‘til 5pm // Southport Sharks Exhibition Centre, Southport

The famous Friends With Dignity ‘High Tea With Friends’ is back for yet another year! With over 500 guests penciled in to attend both the Gold Coast event this weekend and the Brisbane event next weekend, the High Tea With Friends proudly supports Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month and features an inspirational line-up of women all gathering to crusade against domestic and family violence. Vanessa Fowler – sister of the late Allison Baden-Clay – and the chairwoman of the ABC are both keynote speakers at the Gold Coast event, while Bridget Daley, 92.5FM breakfast radio presenter will MC. Your admission to this fabulous afternoon with Friends includes a glass of bubbles on arrival, a decadent high tea menu, guest speakers, raffles/auction and a whole lot of fun!


Saturday May 11, from 4.35pm // Metricon Stadium, Carrara

Make the most of the weekend when the Gold Coast SUNS take on the DEES this Saturday at Metricon Stadium. It’s more than just footy, it’s a great family day out with FREE hair braiding from 3pm, a free Mother’s Day Massage for Mum, Woolworths AFL playground, plus the Macca’s Kick 2 Kick on-field after the game. Plus you can travel free to and from the game on scheduled Translink Bus and G: Link services or catch the shuttle buses from Broadbeach South Station, Nerang Station and Boowaggan Rd park’n’ride. See you at the footy!


Saturday May 11, from 7.30pm // HOTA, Surfers Paradise

When The Beatles moved to psychedelic rock and Dylan went electric, Van Morrison hired New York’s finest jazz musicians and recorded two of the classic albums of that golden era – Astral Weeksand Moondance. Both albums had enormous impact on aspiring musicians and singers around the world. Vince Jones was one of them. A remarkable interpreter, Vince Jones has invited a selection of the countries finest jazz/rock musicians to form The Astral Orchestra lead by Music Director, Matt McMahon to join him in this homage to two of Van’s most acclaimed albums; his most acclaimed, the magical “Astral Weeks” – a poetic, mercurial blend of jazz, folk and blues – and most successful, the wonderful soul/jazz influenced “Moondance”.


Now thru to Saturday May 11 // Coomera Anglican College, Upper Coomera

The students of Coomera Anglican College are bringing a taste of Broadway to the Gold Coast with their production of their eleventh College musical, Oliver. The classic Charles Dickens novel will be transformed before your very eyes, with audiences being taken on a wild adventure through Victorian England when young orphan Oliver Twist navigates London’s underbelly on the hunt for a home, a family and love.


Saturday May 11 & Sunday May 12 // Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, Broadbeach

Pacific Fair’s centre-wide Beauty Weekend is on this weekend, delivering two jam-packed days of meet and greets with international beuaty stars, exclusive shopping offers, free giveaways, beauty masterclass tutorials, free makeover glam stations, a 360-degree photobooth and free fairy floss. Not to mention, international YouTube star and one of beauty’s biggest names, James Charles, has launched his first ever ‘Sisters Shop’ pop-up at Pacific Fair, which is fully-stocked with his Sisters Apparel and the limited edition Morphe X James Charles palette.


Saturday May 11 thru to Friday May 17 // QUT Gardens Theatre, Brisbane City

Twelve-year-old Joe has everything a boy could even want, from a golden underwater Ferrari to his very own cinema. Joe and his Dad have more money than you could imagine, but what Joe really needs is a friend. When Joe arrives at his new school, life gets really tough. Facing the school bully, his Dad’s new girlfriend and the world’s worst school canteen, Joe is about to learn that money might buy you a lot in Raj’s shop, but it can’t buy you everything. See David Walliams’ best-selling book come to life with songs, laughs and, yes, that cat sick and sweet potato mash from the canteen in this original Australian adaptation.


Sunday May 12

While we personally feel like every day should be spent showing love to the mothers and mother-figures who make our lives so lovely, we’ll setting for the second Sunday in May. Treat yourself and the other mothers in your life to a day of relaxation, pampering or simply peace and quiet – you’ve definitely earned it! Be sure to check out haven’s tips for ways to spend your Mother’s Day, too.


Sunday May 12 // Pratten Park, Broadbeach & South Bank Promenade, South Bank

Australia’s largest charity fun run, the Mother’s Day Classic, is back for another year! Having raised more than $35.1 million over the years, the Mother’s Day Classic has seen 1.27 million participants hit the track – all wearing pink – in support of the National Breast Cancer Foundation and breast cancer research. Held all over the country – in all major cities and many regional locations – the Mother’s Day classic has fostered a true community atmosphere that sees runners return year after year in support of this fantastic cause.


Sunday May 12, from 9am ‘til 12pm // The Craft Parlour, Miami

Come along solo or bring your fave lady and bond over flower crown creating, whilst devouring a delectable high tea. The Craft Parlour are giving you the opportunity to show your mum just how much she means to you, and spend some time together connecting and getting creative while you’re at it, in this all-ages workshop. From little miss five to your great nan, this event is perfect for all of the special ladies in your life!


Now thru to Sunday May 12 // Gold Coast Bulletin Centenary Park, Broadbeach

The Spiegeltent Gold Coast has revealed a sizzling and star-studded line-up for their debut appearance, and it’s shaping up to be a side-splitting few weeks. LIMBO Unhinged, Katie Noonan, Joan As Police Woman (Joan Wasser) and showbiz icon Carlotta: Queen of The Cross will be joined by a magnificently amusing line-up of Australian stand-up comedy royalty including Dave Hughes, Peter Helliar, Osher Günsberg, Matt Okine and Paul McDermott and Steven Gates. Not to mention, Tom Gleeson, Tommy Little and John Safran will also take the stage alongside cabaret, music and theatre performers.


Now thru to Sunday May 12 // Burleigh Heads Beach

After a hugely successful event in 2018 and many years before it, the Burleigh Pro will return in 2019 better than ever – renamed as the Gold Coast Open presented by Flight Centre. The event is a World Surf League (WSL) QS 1,500 rated Men’s and Women’s event, attracting a number of the best surfers from Australia and throughout the globe to the iconic Burleigh Point. The six day Flight Centre Burleigh Pro will see some of the world’s best surfers from all corners of the globe battle it out against the local talent for valuable Qualifying Series points.


Thursday May 16 thru to Sunday May 19 // Various locations, Broadbeach

Get ready for the biggest year of Blues on Broadbeach yet… This free event brings the biggest and best names in blues to Broadbeach for an unforgettable weekend. There is nothing better than a carefree day with the perfect playlist to the match the mood, and the line-up at Blues on Broadbeach is certainly set to deliver exactly that. Expect Canned Heat, Eric Bibb, Charley Crockett, Cedric Burnside and loads more.


Friday May 17

Children from across Australia will put their feet first and journey towards a healthier future by participating in the 20th anniversary of National Walk Safely to School Day next Friday! The annual event raises awareness of the health, road safety, transport and environmental benefits that regular walking (especially to and from school) can provide for the long-term wellbeing of our children. Apart from the physical benefits, regular walking also has a favourable impact on their cognitive and academic performance.


Now thru to Sunday May 19 // Various locations, Brisbane

The BSAF is an annual public art event that seeks to provide opportunities for creative practitioners and the wider community to develop positive partnerships through engagement and collaboration. As an avenue for artistic expression, BSAF endeavours to create a multi-disciplinary platform that encourages any and all art forms to participate. BSAF provides a framework of showcase and engagement for public art across Brisbane, and is certainly worth checking out.


Now thru to Thursday June 6 // Dreamworld, Coomera

Come spark your imagination and join in on the stories as ABC KIDS Month returns to Dreamworld. Australia’s favourite children’s television shows will be brought to life with a calendar of live-shows and meet and greets from some of the most popular characters and stars on ABC KIDS! Dance along to hootastic songs and twinklify the stars with Jimmy Giggle, try and catch B1 and B2 unawares as they come down to Dreamworld in pairs, meet Peppa Pig and George when they make their debut, and get ready to Wiggle with Emma, Lachy, Simon and Anthony, as they return to Dreamworld for the first time this year to perform live in Main Street.


Now thru to Saturday October 19 // Queensland Museum, South Bank

Come face to face with NASA’s remarkable achievements in human space flights and space exploration – the greatest adventure that humans have ever undertaken. Discover the exciting history of rocket science and space flight, and learn about some of the most extraordinary accomplishments in space technology. NASA – A Human Adventure is the most comprehensive and extensive touring space flight exhibition in the world, featuring an extraordinary collection of more than 250 historically significant artefacts from the United States and Soviet Union space programs.


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A relaxing brunch after what was no doubt a hectic Easter school holiday makes for a great weekend to remember.

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