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7 school holiday activities on the northern Gold Coast

Dominica Czaczka | June 17, 2020

Keeping kids entertained can be tough at the best of times. Add school holidays and lingering restrictions to the mix and you might find yourself bracing for the choruses of “Muuuuuum, Dad, I’m bored”.

Take a deep breath and relax; We are Gold Coast has rounded up the best family friendly activities in the northern suburbs to banish boredom these school holidays:

1. Yatala Drive In
100 Stapylton Jacobs Well Road, Stapylton

Kick it back old-school and pile into the family car for a night out at the drive-in. Screening family favourites like Finding Nemo, Shrek and Jumanji , there’s plenty of flicks to choose from. Tickets are $35 per carload (up to 6 people) and doors open from 5.30pm.

Bonus – pyjamas/Spiderman costumes are perfectly acceptable attire.

2. Gold Coast Wake Park
34 Maudsland Road, Oxenford

Up for a day on the water sans boat? Gold Coast Wake Park has reopened its doors to the public, after taking an 80 day hiatus during the pandemic. Get the adrenaline pumping and put the kids’ energy levels to good use with a wakeboarding session. Pick up a Winter Pass for $99 and ride unlimited until August. The Aqua Park will remain shut throughout winter however Kids Club is back up and running on weekends.

3. Day out at Damian Leeding Park
Watersport Lane, Oxenford

Skip the crowds at Burleigh headland and Miami foreshore and stay local for your park outing; we’ve got some pretty epic locations up north too! With a lakeside location, wide paths for scooting and cycling, a playground, toilets and BBQ facilities, Damian Leeding Park has everything and more for a lazy family day out.

4. Take a trip to Tamborine Mountain

Fresh mountain air, a healthy dose of fudge and some good ol’ fashioned time spent in nature – what more could you ask for? Pack the car and head into the hinterland for a day filled with bushwalks, picturesque picnic locations and the iconic Gallery Walk. Take in the view from the top at Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk or check out the critters at the glow worm caves.

Ready to plan your day trip? Check out our guide to Tamborine Mountain.

5. Ramp up the holidays with a skate

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

Check out a park near you:
• Arthur Earle Park – Nerang Connection Road, Nerang
• Ashmore Village Park – Mualla Drive, Ashmore
• Brockman Park – Pitcairn Way, Pacific Pines
• Collingwood Court Parklands – 156 Olsen Avenue, Arundel
• Discovery Park – 84 Discovery Drive, Helensvale
• Rufous Whistler Park – Rifle Range Road, Pimpama
• Runaway Bay Sports Precinct East – Lae Drive and Morala Avenue, Runaway Bay
• Upper Coomera Adventure Parklands – 221 Reserve Road, Upper Coomera
• Viney Park – Yaun Street, Coomera

6. Nature Play Passport

Family trips to international destinations are off the cards for the foreseeable future, but it doesn’t mean you can’t explore your own backyard. Your mission if you choose to accept it, is to take off on a Gold Coast themed adventure with your mini-me. Grab a copy of the Nature Play Passport and explore 11 nature-based adventures from Gainsborough Greens in Pimpama, out west to Bochow Park in Numinbah Valley to down south to Tugun Hill Conservation Area.

7. Take your tot from training wheels to two wheels

Been putting off teaching your child to ride a bike? City of Gold Coast runs free cycling workshops led by accredited instructors to teach kids how to cycle confidently.

Training wheels to two wheels workshop
When: Wednesday 1 July, 9am – 10am
Where: Runaway Bay

Training wheels to two wheels workshop
When: Thursday 2 July, 9am – 10am
Where: Nerang

Training wheels to two wheels workshop
When: Friday 3 July, 9am – 10am
Where: Ashmore

Children’s cycling course
When: Wednesday 1 July, 10am – 11am
Where: Runaway Bay

Children’s cycling course
When: Thursday 2 July, 10am – 11am
Where: Nerang

Children’s cycling course
When: Friday 3 July, 10am – 11am
Where: Ashmore

Places are limited, so bookings are essential. Email your contact details and preferred class to or book online.