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5 central Gold Coast activities to do these school holidays

Dominica Czaczka | June 18, 2020

It’s time to put down the pencils and pack up; school’s out and it’s time to hit the city.

With restrictions slowly easing and glorious winter weather ahead, there’s never been a better time to explore our own backyard. Here are five activities to do in the central ‘burbs these winter school holidays:

1. Splash it up at Sea World
Seaworld Drive, Main Beach

Sea World will be the first Gold Coast theme park to welcome back visitors, opening its doors Friday 26 June. The park will operate at 50 per cent and bring in a range of Covid-19 safety measures, including booking rides via an app and heightened cleaning. Get up close and personal with polar bears, penguins, dolphins and rays and let the kids loose at Nickelodeon Land. Don’t forget to check out one of the many shows and presentations while you’re there.

2. Ramp up the holidays with a skate

From half pipes to bowls, there are plenty of skate parks across the Gold Coast where kids can skate, roll and slide their school holidays away.

Check out one of these central suburban parks:
• Janette Green Park – Cassia Drive, Varsity lakes
• Pizzey Park – Bardon Avenue, Miami

3. Take a swing

Pack away the digital devices and take the family for a putt at your local mini golf course. Explore the pyramids of ancient Egypt, roar in delight as your ball bounces off a dinosaur and aim to get a hole in one through the iconic windmill. Tee off at a venue near you:

King Tutt’s Putt Putt
Corner Surfers Paradise Boulevard and Ocean Avenue, Surfers Paradise
Opening hours: 9am – 6pm Wednesday and Thursday and 9am until late Friday to Sunday

Putt Putt Mermaid Beach
2492 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach
Opening hours: 9am to 5pm on Sunday to Thursday and 9am to 10pm on Friday and Saturday

KDV Sport Mini Golf
221 Nerang Broadbeach Road, Carrara
Opening hours: 6am to 9pm daily

4. Catch a flick at HOTA Cinemas
135 Bundall Road, Bundall

Sure Netflix is great and all, but nothing beats watching a film on the big screen. If you’ve missed family outings to the cinemas during Covid-19, HOTA has stepped in to fill the void and reopened for screenings. Programming features old school classics and family favourites, with 12 screenings per day limited to 20 people each. Bring your bathers for a quick dip at Evandale Lake afterwards.

5. Day out at Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens
230 Ashmore Rd, Benowa

Swap screen time for green time and hustle up the household for a day spent at the city’s botanic gardens. The Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens are open from dawn to dusk daily and are truly one of the Gold Coast’s hidden gems. Smell and touch plants and flowers in the Sensory Garden, chase butterflies in the native Butterfly Garden and take a stroll along the boardwalk. Teach the kids about the Gold Coast’s indigenous cultural heritage with the Kaialgumm Games Trail and wrap up the day with a picnic on the lawn.