SYMPHONY FOR OUR WORLD
Saturday May 25, from 6.30pm // HOTA, Surfers Paradise
See the very best National Geographic footage come to life in a world-class orchestra and choir production under the stars, and bring the kids because entry is free for under 15’s! Combining stunning natural history footage with an original symphony performed by Camerata – Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra – ‘Symphony for our World’ is a breathtaking musical journey sure to dazzle and inspire audiences. Be left in awe as the live orchestra and choir serenades you throughout the starlit performance, taking the crowd on an adventure through some of the world’s most incredible wildlife imagery from over 130-years of incredible National Geographic history.
CHILD WELLNESS EXPO & EDUCATORS OPEN DAY
Saturday May 25, from 10am ‘til 1pm // Petit ELJ, Pimpama
Petit Early Learning Journey are throwing open their doors this weekend for not one, but two events – the Child Wellness Expo and the Educators Open Day. As part of the Child Wellness Expo, expect lifesaving and CPR demonstrations from Rackleys Swimming School, information from a speech therapist, nutritionist, chiropractor and more, plus sausage sizzle, refreshments and fun kids’ activities like a balloonist, jumping castle, face painting artist and more. And, for the educators, you’ll be able to view the centre, meet the Petit management team and submit your resume, to kickstart your career with one of the Gold Coast’s best childcare providers.
MASTERING PASTA MASTERCLASS
Saturday May 25, at 11am & 1pm // The Kitchens’ Cooking Stage, Robina Town Centre, Robina
Celebrated cook, nutritionist and MasterChef Australia runner-up Georgia Barnes is hosting an exclusive masterclass workshop this weekend, sharing her tips and tricks for pasta making and the simplest sauces. Master Parsley and Cashew Nut Pesto and Roasted Tomato Sugo and you won’t buy anything from a jar again! Knead, roll and cut your own pasta dough creations, before enjoying a well-deserved taste test, then bag up your goods to take home and enjoy with family and friends.
MAKE A UNICORN DREAMCATCHER
Saturday May 25, at 2pm & 3.30pm // Harper Bee, Westfield, Chermside
Harper Bee loves unicorns, and they know their customers do, too! That’s why they’re running another round of their super popular Unicorn Dreamcatcher workshops this Saturday, exclusively at their Westfield Chermside store. Girls will learn how to create a pink or aqua unicorn dreamcatcher to take home and hang up in their room, and parents are more than welcome to hang around or leave their kids with the trusty Harper Bee staff members. Bookings are essential, so get in quick!
2040 FILM SCREENING // STUDENTS SEE FOR FREE
Saturday May 25 & Sunday May 26 // Various locations, Palace Cinemas
Palace Cinemas are inviting school-aged students to see the new film 2040 without charge on opening weekend. 2040 is a positive and empowering journey to explore what the future could look like by the year 2040, if we simply embraced the best solutions already available to us to improve our planet and shifted them rapidly into the mainstream.
SUNDAY SOUNDS WINTER SERIES
Sunday May 26, from 1pm ‘til 4pm // Paradise Point Parklands, Paradise Point
You’re invited to the Paradise Point Parklands for the Sunday Sounds winter series, the free music event that celebrates local talent and up-and-coming stars. This Sunday, catch the ‘Best of The British’ Classic Hits with the Beatles, Cliff Richard and Hermans Hermits. It’s sure to be a blast from the past!
MONSTER MACHINERY DAY
Sunday May 26, from 9am ‘til 3pm // Broadwater Parklands, Southport
Check out everything that digs, scoops, cleans and beeps at the 16th annual City of Gold Coast Monster Machinery Day! Dust off your hard hats and explore more than 50 City vehicles on display, including excavators, graders, loaders, tip trucks, road sweepers, beach tractors, quad bikes, emergency vehicles and so much more. New this year will be three expert stunt motorcyclists risking their lives riding in the Globe of Death and two Army vehicles! This free annual community event is hugely popular and brings out the big kid in all of us.
BOUNCING BACK HANDBALL FESTIVAL
Sunday May 26, from 9am ‘til 1pm // Brisbane Powerhouse, New Farm
Battle it out and have fun while you do it, playing this classic Aussie school yard game. All players are welcome (and are encouraged to dress up!) – no matter how long it’s been since the schoolyard. A true community and family-friendly event, the Festival will also feature face-painting, a cake stall, jumping castle, sausage sizzle, arts activities and more! Registrations open from 8:45am on the day with the competition running from 9am–1pm.
SANCTUARY COVE BOAT SHOW
Now thru to Sunday May 26 // The Marine Village, Sanctuary Cove
Calling all Thrillionaires! Expect a thrill-a-minute over four fun-filled days at the Sanctuary Cove International Boat show. Attracting over 45,000 marine enthusiasts each year, the boat show once again looks set to live up to its reputation as the Southern Hemisphere’s premier marine event. With over 300+ exhibitors and 500+ watercraft on display, you’ll be treated to best-in-class superyachts, fishing boats, trailers, watercraft, marine tech and much more. Anyone can be a Thrillionaire. All you need is a sense of adventure and a hot ticket to the unmissable Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show.
MINDFUL PARENTING WITH AMBER HAWKEN
Wednesday May 29, from 6.15pm ’til 7.15pm // RISE Early Learning, Surfers Paradise
Leading mindfulness-based cognitive behavioural therapist and best-selling author, Amber Hawken, is encouraging parents to think in a new way in order to cope with the rollercoaster ride that is raising children. RISE’s Mindful Parenting Workshops are for parents aiming to address the foundations of inner connection, emotional intelligence and purposeful living by teaching mindfulness, meditation and self-awareness. Utilising scientifically backed studies and techniques, Amber will introduce the parents in attendance to the basics of mindfulness will the aim of empowering them to face the hectic hustle of the world of a parent with calm and presence.
MY BABY BUBBLE SPA // FIRST BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
Thursday May 30, from 9.30am ’til 12.30pm // My Baby Bubble Spa, Oxenford
The Gold Coast’s first baby massage, spa and wellness centre for parents and babies is celebrating a year of operation by inviting new parents and parents-to-be to join in on the fun. Expect free entertainment for the kids, consultations with its team of Registered Midwives, Paediatric Nurses, and Complementary Medicine Experts, free information sessions, a jumping castle, face painters, fairy entertainers and balloon artists to entertain the little ones. There will also be goodie bags and prizes on the day.
ST HILDA’S JUNIOR SCHOOL OPEN MORNING
Friday May 31, from 9.15am // St Hilda’s School, Southport
Learn how you can enrich your daughter’s future at St Hilda’s Junior School Open Morning. See first-hand why St Hilda’s girls flourish, and become immersed in the unique and supportive environment for the morning to better understand how girls are encouraged to develop and achieve their potential. Take a tour, visit a classroom in action and hear from the Junior School Leadership Team about why St Hilda’s is perfect for your daughter.
BRISBANE BIG CITY BARBECUE
Friday May 31, from 12pm ‘til 2pm // King George Square, Brisbane City
Visit King George Square for a festival of fantastic food, great entertainment and a whole lot of fun! This lunchtime food festival is focused on bringing community together for charity, so bite into barbecued delights while raising funds for Brisbanites in need. Money raised will go to Foodbank Queensland, the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Trust, and Drug ARM Australasia.
Friday May 31 & Saturday June 1, from 7pm // Surfers Paradise Beach, Surfers Paradise
Australia’s only international fireworks competition returns to the iconic Surfers Paradise Beach for two exciting nights, celebrating the spectacle of pyrotechnics with hypnotic performances and thrilling fireworks from world-leading pyrotechnic designers. Launched from ocean barges and choreographed to musical soundtracks, teams from the USA, South Korea and New Zealand will compete in the Challenge Final on Friday night. Saturday night will see the successful team contest the 2018 winner, Team Philippines, for the SeaFire championship, before the event finishes with a bang as SkyLighter, Australia’s leading pyrotechnics team, light up the sky with an Australian exhibition piece.
THE BFG (BIG FRIENDLY GIANT)
Now thru to Saturday June 1 // Brisbane Arts Theatre, Petrie Terrace
Roald Dahl’s classic book about the 24-foot-high Big Friendly Giant and a little orphan called Sophie comes to life on stage in The BFG. In one of Dahl’s most outlandish stories, the BFG and Sophie must team up to save the children of England from the child-eating giants, ably assisted by the Queen of England and the heads of the army and air force.
ABC KIDS MONTH
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.
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