Top 11 things to do with the kids these school holidays
School holidays have never been this epic before with some of the world’s best arts and cultural events coming to our local Gold Coast shores for Festival 2018.
From 4 to 15 April, your whole family’s imagination will run wild with activities taking place on the beach, in the park and across the coast!
Explore a grand inflatable maze, catch a music gig, see a children’s show and experience the creations of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and First Nations artists and communities.
Check out our list of must see events:
1. Bring your bubs!
2. Theatre shows for children
We’ve got a huge daily offering for children when we bring the best theatre-makers from across the country and globe to the Gold Coast!
For kids and adults who like to giggle, don’t miss Australia's most sought after kidult comedians the Listies when they Go for Bronze.
Children can also enjoy a heart-warming story about refugees told through the eyes of a 12-year-old girl in Patrice Balbina’s Chance Encounter With The End of The World, watch the delightful theatre show Emil and the Detectives, or sing along to the beloved childhood poem at The Owl and the Pussycat (article feature image).
3. Step inside a magical secret
Shhhhh! We can’t reveal too much about The Lost Lending Library or we will ruin the surprise! But let’s just say children will enter a magical world that will inspire creativity and a love of books. This performance has limited free tickets, so get quick!
4. Grab your dancing shoes
Get the kids moving at the world’s first time-travelling dance party event for kids at Kid/Dub. Boogie through 60 years of pop music, with plenty of bubbles and surprises for young and old.
5. Fun for the whole family
There is something for every member of the family to enjoy together.
Be amazed by the beauty of light and colour when you enter Arboria by Architects of Air, a monumental, maze-like sculpture.
Witness an incredible seven-metre-wide floating moon sculpture with NASA imagery on its surface with Museum of the Moon.
Or belt out some tunes on the beach at Giant Sing Along - the biggest karaoke event the Gold Coast has ever seen!
6. triple j favs for teens
The Queensland Music Stage is the place to be for teenagers with FREE music gigs every night. The party kicks off with the Gold Coast’s very own Amy Shark and features triple j favourites electro-pop Paces and indie giants The Jungle Giants guaranteed to whip teenagers into a frenzy. Check out the full line up here.
7. Be amazed by physical feats
Witness jaw dropping acrobatics, adrenalin-fuelled circus and dance on The Roundabout Stage.
Brace yourself as 10 ferociously committed acrobats put their bodies on the line with RITE, witness world champion athletes and performers with non-stop breakdancing, beatboxing, BMX flatlanding, basketball freestyling and drumming at 360 ALLSTARS or prepare to be thrilled by daring athleticism and circus jenga style when BLOCK hits the stage all the way from the UK.
8. Learn about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture
Every day in Kurrawa Park, the Sand Circle hosts performances showcasing both traditional and contemporary First Nations art forms through dance, fashion, theatre, music and visual art.
Join SAND SONG, a Dreaming story told through Aboriginal dance, song and a set made of red and white ochre, emu feathers and ancestor poles.
See Aboriginal creation stories come to life through a delightful mix of dance, music, puppetry and text in Gaurii.
Experience Australian Indigenous culture through a powerful blend of ancient and modern dance by Brisbane’s eXcelsior.
Or witness a stunning contemporary fashion performance at sunset featuring local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture at Intertwined.
9. Get hands on
There are plenty of workshops to keep creative and active kids busy these school holidays. Get hands on at The Children’s Republic, step inside an interactive space designed, created and built by Jarjums (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children).
10. Plan an adventure
If adventure is your thing, then we have it spades. Plan a sleep out on the beach at Wave Fields, take a moonlit kayak tour with a difference with Quiet by Nature, or go on travelling adventure through a hotel’s back-of-house for a surprising and enchanting performance of Intimate Space.
11. Enjoy an epic night out or 12!
Artists from across the Commonwealth hit the Main Stage at Surfers Paradise in 12 free-to-attend party events.
Kweku Mandela invites everyone to celebrate Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday and experience new African music in Young African Commonwealth.
Australian musician and producer Holly Rankin curates an all-female lineup of international talent in Electric Lady, inspired by the movement of women rights.
Bleach* at Festival 2018 present the new musical commission The Spirit of Churaki - based on the Gold’s Coast’s first lifesaver.
There are so many shows made especially for children during the school holidays, we have listed them up by age below:
0-2 year olds
4-8 year olds
8-12 year olds
The Owl and the Pussycat
The Listies Go For Bronze
Welcome to Sameville
The Lost Lending Library
360 ALLSTARS and workshops
Emil and the Detectives
Patrice Balbina’s Chance Encounter With The End of the World
Future Postal Service