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And just like that, we’re staring down the barrel of another school holiday. If you’re lost on ways to fill the time at home, check out our round-up of the top places to go and things to see.

Hit the museum
Both the Queensland Museum and SparkLab in the Sciencentre are officially open from today, Thursday June 25, to visitors who pre-book their timed ticket before arrival. Your pre-booked ticket to the Queensland Museum is free, though you will have to pre-purchase a paid ticket to visit SparkLab. What’s more, while the Museum of Brisbane is only open from July 17, they’re kicking off the school holidays with a free LEGO pop-up display inside City Hall!
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Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
Get up close and personal with Australia’s fluffiest and fiercest creatures when the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary opens from tomorrow, Friday June 26. You must pre-book your visit online to guarantee entry to the lush 27-hectare open-air sanctuary, which gives a home to Australia’s most iconic and vulnerable wildlife. Make sure you attend on your selected day only, and check out the website for answers to any and all of your questions. The team at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary can’t wait to see you!
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See the SUNS
Considering their explosive start to the season, the Gold Coast Suns are ones to watch – specifically, to watch live! The Suns will play the Fremantle Dockers this Saturday June 27 on their Metricon Stadium home ground, and even if you can’t get your hands on tickets, it promises to be a fiery face-off to watch from home. Later in the school holidays, don your red and gold to see them play the Geelong Cats in Victoria.

Fireside at HOTA
The cold is officially here, and what better way to warm up than with a fireside fiesta, courtesy of HOTA? Gather together with friends and family – yes, in real life! – for FIRESIDE, a curation of art, food, fun and conversation at the Gold Coast’s Home of the Arts. Launching on July 10 and running over four weekends, FIRESIDE will be presented alongside a number of cult classics in the cinema, local artist projects and more. Put simply: HOTA is the place to be these school holidays.
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Game on
There’s nothing like a bit of friendly competition, and there are plenty of places to get your fix these school holidays. Arcades like Level Up at Broadbeach and Archie Bros. Cirque Electric at Toombul are open now, as is the Gold Coast’s most exciting golf game, Top Golf. As with most places, you must pre-book online or over the phone, so be sure to secure your spot quickly – spaces are very limited.

For the thrill-seekers
Hallelujah! Australia’s theme park capital is back up and running, with the announcement that the likes of Sea World, Movie World, Wet’N’Wild and even the SkyPoint Observation Deck soon. It all starts with Sea World and Paradise Country opening on Friday June 26, followed by SkyPoint opening on July 10, and finally Movie World and Wet’N’Wild opening on July 15. At this stage, there are sadly no plans to open Dreamworld until the September school holidays.

Get active
Missed your fitness classes and after-school sport during iso? The City of Gold Coast’s Active and Healthy program is making a welcome return, delivering a slew of activities and workshops to help you warm up these winter school holidays. Don’t miss out on skateboard workshops, ninja classes, an open air disco party, juggling sessions, mountain biking, LEGO, craft and so much more.
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Get crafty
We love a school holiday craft session, especially with The Craft Parlour! The Miami craft gurus are offering a special school holiday program, and while all of the kid-focused sessions are already sold out (gotta act fast!) there are plenty of other activities to book in for. Alternatively, get your hands dirty with a pottery class at POT Studios in Tugun or an art class at West End’s RAW Art.

Off to market
The virtual offerings our favourite markets pulled together in the face of COVID-19 were inspiring but gosh, we’re excited to once again experience the real thing. Not sure which of your favourite markets are back up and running these school holidays? We’ve done the legwork for you and rounded up your official listing!
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Lights, camera, action
We’ve been watching a lot (and we mean a LOT) of Netflix during the past two months, but we’re ready to hit the movies once again. Wondering which cinemas are open near you? We were, too – that’s why we’ve rounded up the best places to catch the latest flicks and old-school classics, along with our tips to creating the movie magic at home.
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