50 ideas to beat holiday boredom

Malcom Harm and Kelly Patterson at Tropical Fruit World, which features river cruises, exotic fruit taste-testing and mini steam trains.
Malcom Harm and Kelly Patterson at Tropical Fruit World, which features river cruises, exotic fruit taste-testing and mini steam trains. Daniel Perrin

1 - Mini Carnival Land

Let kids enjoy this two week carnival at the top car park of Pacific Fair from June 25-July 8. Open from 10am-7pm on Sunday to Wednesday nights and 10am-9pm from Thursday to Saturday kids can enjoy rides, games, food and also firework shows on each Friday and Saturday night. Book tickets online: pacificfair.com.au for $20 or at the entrance for $25.

2 - Happy Feet Two Stage Show

A free interactive show that lets Happy Feet's Gloria and Mumbles entertain the whole family. July 2-6, 11am-1pm, Pacific Fair westside precinct (near Donut King and cinemas).

3 - Screamworld: Illuminate

Illuminate your mind with a Screamworld event on July 6. Ride the Big 7 Thrills from 6.30pm until 10pm for only $39.99 per person or for 4+ people $29.99. Book tickets at dreamworld.com.au or call 0755881111.

4 - The Curly Cousins

Allow your kids to capture their creative streak and let their imagination dance with a show from Sunshine, Coco and Miss B who have 20 years of performing experience. On Saturday, July 7, at Burleigh Heads State Primary School with shows at 10.30am and 2pm.

5 - Primary Disco

Let the kids have a night of dancing and winning at the next Tweed Heads PCYC primary disco. A safe venue, drug and alcohol free, allows 8-12 year olds to wear themselves out from 6.30-8.30pm. Next disco July 13 with a $5 entry.

6 - Skateboard, Bike and Scooter Competition

Test your skills on July 1 at Knox Park, Murwillumbah with a competition for Under 13s, Under 16s and Opens. Sign on at 11am ($5) with noon start.

7 - 3-in-1 Ticket

Pick up your exclusive ticket at Robina Town Centre's concierge desk (near Sportsgirl) for a ticket that would usually costs $50, now $30. It includes an AMF Bowling game, Laser Skirmish game and a movie ticket. Valid from June 23-July 15.

8 - Eco Ranger Club (Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary)

With this interactive day, children (5-12yrs) will learn about animal care and interact with them as well. A full day (8.30am-4pm) costs $55, dates are: July 2-6 and 10-12. Each session is one day. To book, phone 1300 886 511 and for more information visit cws.org.au/getcloser/discover_more/programs/holiday_programs/eco_ranger/.

9 - Creature Keepers (Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary)

A real zoo experience that will allow students (12-17 years) to develop skills in animal care, give an insight into working with animals and strengthen leadership skills. The two-day course (July 4-5) costs $120 with the day lasting from 8.15am-3pm. For more info, phone 07 5534 0846.

10 - Green Challenge Thrill Seekers (Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary)

To experience this physical course, students must be 10-16 years and at least 160-180cm tall. The date is July 3 with additional dates as a possibility. The course costs $59 from 9am-3.30pm.

11 - MyFun Offer - 3 Parks Unlimited Entry

This offer includes MovieWorld, Sea World and Wet 'n' Wild and is valid until June 30 next year. The pass is $99.99, and if you buy three, you get one free.

12 - Murwullimbah Performing Arts Festival

With limited shows left, the annual festival ends on July 12. All performances will be held at the Civic Centre Auditorium. Dance sessions: Today to Thursday, July 12. For more info go to murbahfestival.com.au.

13 - Tweed River Art Gallery

Open 10am-5pm from Wednesday to Sunday. 2 Mistral Rd, Murwillumbah Sth. The Tweed River Art Gallery offers magnificent panoramic views of the Tweed Valley. The stunning building houses six exhibition spaces, a performance area, an education/workshop facility, a library and the Gallery Cafe, which serves fine food, coffee and delicious cakes.

14 - Art Workshop: Animal Antics

Get (sur)real. Let your kids paint wild with experienced artist Carleen Joy. Children 6-12yrs for $58 will work on three art projects at the Tweed River Art Gallery, Wednesdays and Sundays with sessions at 11am and 2pm.

15 - "Flutter-by"

Be a part of your own exhibition at Tweed River Art Gallery by decorating a paper (supplied by the gallery) butterfly and stick it to the window. From today until September 16, every time you visit the gallery you will be welcomed with a colourful surprise.

16 - Workshop: Butterflies and Insects

Thursday July 12, 10am-1pm, create your own clay wall hanging with pictures of pretty butterflies and sticky insects or create many to place in your garden with artist Marie-France Boissonneault. Pieces will be fired for later collection at the gallery. Workshop is suitable for students 7-12 years with a $50 cost.

17 - Guided Bushwalk: Springbrook

Take the family for a free guided bushwalk on July 7, from 9am-1pm. The bushwalk is suitable for 12 years and up and attendees should have a good level of fitness. To book phone: 07 5581 1521 or email namu@goldcoast.qld.gov.au.

18 -  Baby Bounce

Kingscliff Library, Monday at 10am. Half an hour of rhythm, rhyme, songs and music for those aged one and two years. Rainforest Boardwalk - Kingscliff Library. Open 9.30am-5pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; 9.30am-7pm Wednesday, and 9am-noon Saturday.

19 - Ten Pin Bowling

Open 7 days, from 8am until late. Coolangatta/Tweed Bowl. 55 Wharf St, Tweed Heads. Phone 07 5536 1606. Friday and Saturday nights are Fun Night. Music goes down and lights go up. Saturday night from 7.30pm, there are prizes to be won.

20 - Walkin' On Water Surf School

Greenmount Beach. Lessons go for two hours. Group lessons are $50 each. Participant is provided with a soft board and rash shirt/wetsuit, depending on the weather.

21 - Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

Open 7 days, from 8am-5pm. Day Pass: Adults are $44, children (4-14 years) are $26, and concessions are $35. Day Pass does not include the Green Challenge Adventure Park. More Fun 4-in-1 Pass: Adults are $49, children (4-14 years) are $31, and concessions are $40 and that pass includes Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, Green Challenge Adventure Park, SuperBee HoneyWorld, and Surf World Gold Coast.

22 - King Tutt's Putt Putt

Open 7 days. 9am-9pm. Family (2 adults and 2 children) $34 for one course, $54 for two and $66 for all three. Adult $14 for one course, $19 for two and $22 for all three. Child (4-13 years) $9 for one course, $14 for two and $17 for all three. Student/Pensioner/Senior $11 for one course, $16 for two and $19 for all three. Children under age four, free entry.

23 - Infinity

Open 7 days. 10am-10pm. Chevron Renaissance Centre, cnr Surfers Paradise Blvd (Gold Coast Hwy) and Elkhorn Ave, Surfers Paradise. Adults are $24.90, children (4-13 years) are $16.90, seniors and students with ID are $19.90, family (2 adults and 2 children) are $69.90 and children under the age of three are free.

24 - Iceland Ice Skating

Open 7 days. Go to the website, goldcoasticeland.com.au, for session times. Adults are $17, children are $14 and students with ID are $16. Price includes skate hire of $3.

25 - Currumbin Fresh Water Rock Pools

Currumbin Creek Rd, Currumbin Valley, Gold Coast. A free and easy way to enjoy a hot day, with open fields to kick the footy and relaxation in the pools.

26 - Tropical Fruit World

Open 7 days. Duranbah Rd, Murwillumbah. 10am-4pm. Entry to the Plantation Pavilion is free, however park admission tickets cost $44 for adults, $25 for children (4-16 years) and $35 concession. A Family Pass for 2 adults and 2 children is $110 or 2 adults and 3 children is $120.

27 - Rock On Gallery

Opening hours are 10am-4pm Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. 3294 Nerang-Murwillumbah Road, Natural Bridge. Rock On Gallery at Limpinwood showcases photographic images of semi-precious gemstones with amazing 3D effects.

28 - Crystal Castle

Open 7 days. 10am-5pm. Looking for a place to relax in quiet? Relax at the Lotus cafe overlooking the breathtaking views of the hinterland. Tempting treats and fresh produce provide breakfast, lunch or a well deserved coffee break. Dragons, fairies and magical crystals can be found on the Crystal Castles "Kids Quest" providing hours of delight and learning with an extensive playground and the enchanting treasure room adventure awaits children of all ages.

29 - Coolangatta Whale Watching

Open 7 days. Award Winning Whale Watching Cruises - June to November departing from the Gold Coast 100% guaranteed whales every time or receive a full refund or another ticket. Contact Tweed Tourism on 1800 674 414 for more information.

30 - Macadamia Castle

Open 7 days. 8am-5pm. 10 minutes South from Byron Bay along the Pacific Hwy. Adults $17, children $12 and concessions $12. A quality cafe serves delicious snacks and meals. Local barista made coffee is a specialty and pancakes are famous. The animal park features a wide range of animals. Have a fun day with native birds, animals and reptiles. Plus petting nurseries, barbecues and picnic area, mini golf, playground, a train ride and an adventure tree house.

31 - Coolangatta Markets

Held on the 2nd Sunday of every month and also on the 4th Sunday when there are 5 Sundays in a month at Marine Parade, Coolangatta. Come and spend a free morning looking at the local produce.

32 - Murwillumbah Markets

Held on the fourth Sunday monthly at the Murwillumbah Showground, Murwillumbah. Coolangatta Beach - Open every day, weather permitting. Costs nothing for everyone, minus some for ice-cream, and never gets boring.

33 - Bushwalking in Wollumbin National Park

Completely free and a fun day for everyone with pristine beaches and World Heritage rainforests.

34 - Epic Skate Rink

At 23 Enterprise Ave, Tweed Heads Sth. Visit the website, epicskate.com.au for information on prices and session times.

35 - Australian Outback Spectacular

On the Gold Coast, just a 20-minute drive north of Surfers Paradise. Adults $119.99, children (4-13 years) $89.99, concession $109.99 - all Saturday night prices only. Visit outbackspectacular.myfun.com.au for more details and prices.

36 - Dracula's Cabaret Restaurant

At 1 Hooker Boulevard, Broadbeach Waters. Ever had dinner in a vampires' home? Try it out, with $88 per person from Monday to Thursday and $93 per person from Friday to Sunday and public holidays for the standard ticket for the full Dracula's experience. Tickets include a Ghost Train ride, three course meal and Comedy Variety Show.

37 - SkyPoint Climb

SkyPoint is on level 77 of Q1 Resort, Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise. Step into the open air and conquer SkyPoint's highest summit. Ticket prices are $89 an adult and $69 a child during the day, or you can climb the tower at dusk for a magical experience for $109 an adult and $89 a child.

38 - Catch A Crab

Hit the rivers of the Gold Coast for this catch a crab cruise and pump for yabbies, feed the friendly wild pelicans, try fishing, catch and eat delicious mud crabs and experience the Australian outdoor lifestyle. Adults $55, children (3-14 years) $36 and a family ticket (2 adults and 2 children - one child free) is $146. Tickets do not include lunch and transfers. Visit byokidsgc.experienceoz.com.au/gold-coast/cruises/catch-a-crab-cruise/catch-a-crab-tours for more information and extras.

39 - Springbrook Glow Worms Evening Tour

At 2509 Springbrook Rd, Springbrook. Tours depart at about 6pm and return at about 10.30pm. Adult tickets $99, children (1-12 years) $66 and seniors (must have seniors card) $89. Price includes pick-up from Gold Coast accommodation, supper, guided rainforest walk, entry into Springbrook Research Observatory, torches and wet weather gear. Visit byokidsgc.experienceoz.com.au and search for glow worms tours for more options.

40 - Gold Coast Snorkelling Tour

All cruises depart the Private Jetty Coolangatta and Tweed Heads Golf Club, Alf Rush Memorial Drive, Tweed Heads Sth. It costs $85 per person, including all gear and no experience needed. A family ticket (2 adults and 2 children from the ages 8 and over) is $280.

41 - Indoor Go Karting

At 95 Spencer Rd, Nerang, Gold Coast. One session is $44 (about 40 laps), two sessions are $66 (about 80 laps).

42 - Indoor Rock Climbing

At 38 Hutchinson St, West Burleigh. Just a 15 minute drive from Coolangatta, newcomers and rock climbing veterans alike can challenge themselves physically and mentally to reach new heights by conquering the flake and crack climbs, overhangs, barrels, angled walls and even a simulated rock face tower that gives you the opportunity to experience a realistic natural rock surface in a safe, controlled environment. Adults $28.50, students (must have ID) $26.50 and a family ticket (2 adults and 2 children) costs $99. Cost includes harness, climbing shoes and chalk bag. Climbers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult to sign the indemnity form.

43 - Tweed Heads Boat Hire

Open 7 days, from 7.30am-5pm. Phone 07 5524 3507. If you want to experience Tweed Heads from the waterways then there's no better way to enjoy it other than on a boat with your family or friends. Great for a day to go fishing, snorkelling or just to have a peaceful swim. No licence needed. Phone to book.

44 - Paint Ball Skirmish

Mudgeeraba. Feel like blasting your family and friends with paintballs? Head on over to Paint Ball Skirmish Gold Coast and have the time of your life on the course with your friends and trying to take down the other team. Phone 07 5530 5222 to book.

45 - Extreme Jet Boating and Helicopter Tour

Surfers Paradise. Enjoy Gold Coast views from the air aboard a scenic helicopter flight and from the water aboard an exhilarating jet boat ride on Gold Coast's famous Broadwater waterways. Phone 07 5538 8890 to book tickets.

46 - Gone Fishing

Marina Mirage. 6am-11am. Gone Fishing provides a wonderful fishing experience in both the shade and the sun. Phone 07 5529 7833 to book tickets.

47 - Ilnam Estate Winery

750 Carool Rd, Carool, Phone 07 5590 7703. Treat yourself and your partner to a luxurious winery tour at a scenic place out near Cobaki. Ilnam Estate is Australia's most easterly situated winery, so come enjoy something special this weekend. Opening hours are 11am-4pm, Wednesday to Friday and 10am to 5pm, Saturday and Sunday. After all, parents and grandparents need fun in the holidays too.

48 - FAME the Musical

"The biggest Music/Singing Dance show Tweed Theatre Company has produced in the past 13 years..." on until July 8 at Tweed Heads Civic and Cultural Centre. To book tickets visit: Tweed Theatre Company or tweedtheatre.com.au. Cost: Adults $28, students $25 groups 12 or more $22, Opening night fare $30.

49 - Song and dance

Chris Harvie singing and dancing. 0-5yrs Kingscliff Library on Wednesday, 10.30am. Bookings 02 6674 1607. Tweed Heads Library, Thursday, 11am. Bookings 07 5569 3150, Murwillumbah Library Thursday July 12, 11am. Bookings 02 6670 2427.

50 - Fairytale puppet theatre

Murwillumbah Library July 9, 10am. Bookings essential 02 6670 2427, Kingscliff Library July 10, 10am. Bookings essential 02 6674 1607. Tweed Heads Library July 13, 10am. Bookings essential 07 5569 3150.

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