It’s April – that means the school holidays are here, loads of Easter fun and plenty of opportunities to farewell the warmer weather and prepare for cosy, cool seasons ahead. Here’s what’s on the calendar.
Pacific Fair Pop Up Cinema // April 7 and 14, Pacific Fair
Experience a movie under the stars at Pac Fair’s FREE pop-up outdoor cinema in The Resort this April! Relax into a beanbag as the sun goes down and watch a Gold Coast filmed movie ‘Dora and the Lost City of Gold’ or fun family movie ‘Big Fat Liar’ made in 2002 to celebrate 20 years of Gold Coast Film Festival.
NaturallyGC Nature’s Art and Craft // April 8, Botanic Gardens
Come along to the Botanic Gardens to find natural materials to create your own works of art. Combine seed pods, leaves, twigs, fronds and other wonders of nature to make something special. All materials supplied from the gifts of nature.
Movies Under the Stars: Peter Rabbit 2 // 6pm, April 8, Broadwater Parklands
What better way to spend an evening than outdoors watching the movie ‘Peter Rabbit 2’ under the stars? City of Gold Coast Movies under the Stars program is free, family-friendly fun!
Mindful Kids Holiday Retreat // April 9, Mermaid Beach
With age appropriate yoga asanas, games, playful relaxations, breathing exercises and meditations, storytelling, arts and craft, musical activities and ancient wisdom and philosophy for modern little yogis, this is the ultimate mindful day out for your little one and the whole family.
Shout Out Fest // April 9, Tugun Skatepark
Skate fans, don’t miss Shout Out Fest! There are a host of free activities to take part in, from skate demos to creative art projects, rock climbing wall to bmx displays, food trucks, plus some incredible music from young artists. Head down and see the incredible talent our youth offer – all for free!
Movies Under the Stars: Abominable // 6pm, April 9, Broadwater Parklands
What better way to spend an evening than outdoors watching the movie ‘Abominable’ under the stars? City of Gold Coast Movies under the Stars program is free, family-friendly fun!
Easter Cookie Decorating // April 9, The Craft Parlour
In this class, Rachel from Little Sweet Treats will walk you through all the basic techniques using royal icing, from outlining, wet on wet, and flooding in different stages to create 3D effects. As you apply each technique to your work, Rachel will share her tips and tricks to help guide you in achieving a smooth and clean finish with ease.
Kalbar Sunflower Festival // April 8 to 10 [RESCHEDULED FROM MARCH], Scenic Rim
The Kalbar Sunflower Festival is a must-attend for nature lovers! The program is jam-packed with events like yoga, kid-friendly entertainment, paint and sip, helicopter rides and sunset dinners, and there is a sunflower maze and loads of great food to taste.
Movies Under the Stars: The Queen’s Corgi // 7pm to 9pm, April 11 [RESCHEDULED FROM MARCH 26], Broadwater Parklands
What better way to spend an evening than outdoors watching the movie ‘The Queen’s Corgi’ under the stars? City of Gold Coast Movies under the Stars program is free, family-friendly fun!
Kids Craft Day // April 12, The Craft Parlour
Too much craft is never enough! Holidays are made for being creative and having FUN, Parents can go and enjoy some you time, the Craft Parlour has you covered. At this fun-packed day of creative play, they’re setting up rotation stations with different craft projects. Come along for one session or two over the holidays and get the crafty vibes flowing.
Kids Easter Dome // April 13, The Craft Parlour
The little ones will have beautiful dried florals to play with and create little Easter eggs and chickens from colourful clay. They’ll also make cute little paper cupcake flowers to put in their own little glass terrarium. Add a little glitter and the magical wonderland is theirs to take home.
Easter Fun Day and Egg Hunt // April 14, Studio Village Community Centre
Studio Village is the place to be these Easter holidays! Part of their massive school holiday program is their Easter craft day, complete with an egg hunt.
Mad Hatters Tea Party // April 14, JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort & Spa
Adventure down the rabbit hole with clock macaroons, cards of mango passion, Mad Hatter choc pistachio hats, Queen of Hearts cookies and an array of Easter treats. Adults enjoy a welcome beverage, while the kids receive special
Easter cupcake decorating // April 6 to 7 & April 13 to 14, Oasis Shopping Centre
Don’t miss out on the Madison’s Café & Patisserie cupcake decorating during the upcoming school holidays! Madison’s Café and The Oasis is inviting all families to partake in the Easter celebrations and join in the fun at this exciting cupcake decorating event.
Queensland Theatre of Puppetry // 9.30am and 11am, April 4 to 14, Gerda Pinter Pavillion Macintosh Island Park
The Queensland Theatre of Puppetry grew from humble beginnings – since then, thousands of children have enjoyed the school holiday performances. Their next production is coming up these holidays, with two shows daily at 9-30am and 11am.
SkyPoint: Out of this World // April 9 to 14, SkyPoint Observation Deck (Level 77)
Experience the wonders of science in an explosive 30-minute performance, hosted by Street Science. This wacky and wonderful school holiday experience turns SkyPoint into a science lab. Explore the hidden science of everyday phenomena that is Extreme Liquid Nitrogen, one of the coolest materials on earth at -196°C.
Build your own LEGO city building // April 11 to 14, Oasis Shopping Centre
Children of all ages are invited to interact and create their own city building out of LEGO, with the help of Andrew and Damien from Australia’s reality television program ‘LEGO Masters’. This will be joined with other constructions to create a mega city. How fun!
School holidays at Currumbin Wildlife // April 11 to 14, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
There are wild adventures to be had at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, thanks to their bevy of holiday activities! Your child can be a keeper, vet or animal trainer for a day, and you can also enjoy a family fun day.
Easter at Sanctuary Cove // April 16, Sanctuary Cove
Sanctuary Cove has teamed up with Sea FM this Easter to bring you an ‘egg-citing’ Easter celebration with the Easter Bunny, an epic Easter Egg Hunt with your chance to win chocolate gift packs, Easter eggs and a host of prizes all Easter Saturday.
Movies Under the Stars: Hop // 6pm, April 16, Broadwater Parklands
What better way to spend an evening than outdoors watching the movie ‘Hop’ under the stars? City of Gold Coast Movies under the Stars program is free, family-friendly fun!
Kids in the Kitchen // April 4 to 10 & April 10 to 16, Australia Fair
Free school holiday fun is on the menu at Australia Fair! Make something delicious these school holidays at Kids in the Kitchen – book your free tickets to their daily cooking workshops and you’ll get to whip up some easy and yummy treats. From April 4 to you’ll make sushi rolls, and April 10 to 16 make chocolate balls.
School holidays at The Park // April 1 to 17, The Park Coomera
The Park is the place to be these school holidays. They’ve got everything from a disco to paint and sip, as well as magic shows, a drag bingo show and even a balloon show on Easter Sunday.
7News Gold Coast Running Festival // April 24, Cbus Super Stadium
It’s the 11th anniversary of the 7News Gold Coast Running Festival! Come and run in the Gold Coast sunshine and enjoy the fast, safe, closed road circuit. With distances available for all running and walking abilities, there is a race for you, your running group and the whole family.
2022 Gold Coast Open // April 30 to May 2, Burleigh Heads
The Gold Coast Open is an Open Men and Women’s surfing competition, taking place at the iconic Burleigh Point. The best Australian and International surfers will come to compete in this three-day event. The Gold Coast Open celebrates surf & coastal culture, featuring surf, skate, music & cinema experiences.
Superhero Fun // Various dates, various locations
There is super fun to be had at libraries all over the Gold Coast these school holidays! From Create Your Own Superhero activities, mask crafts, opportunities to show off your LEGO superpowers and chances to make your own graphic novels, it’s sure to be a super school holiday.
Active and Healthy // Various dates, various locations
Take advantage of the cooler weather and get outdoors. There are so many free and low cost activities running across the city that will bring colour, bubbles and fun. If you’re staying at home, check out their home program to keep the kids off the screens and working on their mental and physical health.