You don’t have to spend a fortune on activities and classes to entertain your toddlers and preschoolers, there are LOTS of great FREE or low cost FUN and activities on the Gold Coast you can take advantage of!
Here are some great excuses to get out of the house, meet other Mum’s and Dad’s and get your toddler out and about and playing with other children their age!
Gold Coast Libraries Programs & Events for Kids and Families
Gold Coast Libraries runs a wide range of free programs and events for kids and families, including school holiday activities.
They run Family Time at 1oam to help build pre-literacy, communication, language and social skills for your babies, toddlers and preschoolers. Family Time sessions include Storytime, Baby Rhyme Time and Toddler Time.
Sessions are held at various library locations including Helensvale, Runaway Bay, Elanora, Southport, Broadbeach, Upper Coomera, Burleigh Heads, Burleigh Waters and Nerang.
For more information and to find out what’s on at your local library visit Gold Coast Libraries What’s On.
Bunnings Warehouse Kids D.I.Y. Workshops
Bunnings isn’t just for adults. From their instore playgrounds and D.I.Y. workshops, to fun kids activities and inspiration to keep them entertained at home, Bunnings can help you make your kids’ weekend more enjoyable.
Bring your kids along to a free kids D.I.Y. Workshops at Bunnings where they’ll make fun, creative projects like toolboxes, toy trucks, planter boxes and paintings. With a different theme every week from garden and woodworking, to mosaics and recycled wall art, these workshops are free. Workshops run every Saturday and Sunday, an adult must accompany all children.
For more information and to find out what’s on at your local Bunnings visit their Kids Activities webpage.
Feed the Lorikeets at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
Every day at 8 AM and 4 PM, you and your toddler can enjoy the experience of feeding wild lorikeets at the entrance of Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.
These are the birds which founded the sanctuary over 75 years ago and generations later they still know the exact time and place to come feed.
These colourful birds are not shy of humans and like to eat right from your hands or take a rest on your head and shoulders (we suggest bringing hats or caps and a long sleeve tee to make this experience less intimidating for your little one).
This amazing experience is FREE to watch and only a gold coin donation to feed the lorikeets. Find out more about Lorikeet Feeding at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.
Westfield Wonderland at Westfield Helensvale
Entertain the little ones every week during the school term at Westfield Wonderland – free kids workshops for pre-schoolers!
If it’s fun and free – it’s at Westfield Helensvale.
The Playground plays host to an amazing line up of activities every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10am – 12pm during the School Term.
All activities are exclusive to Westfield Plus members. T&Cs Apply. Dates and times may be subject to change. Please check the Westfield Helensvale website for more information and updates.
Visit Jellurgal Aboriginal Cultural Centre
You will find the Jellurgal Aboriginal Cultural Centre at the base of Burleigh Head National Park in Burleigh Heads, right near Tallebudgera Creek.
At the centre you can view the paintings in the Art Gallery and see Aboriginal artefacts such as dilly bags, shields, tools, boomerangs, nulla nullas, message sticks, didgeridoos and other tools and instruments that were part of everyday life.
Take a walk through the informative boardwalk story board display where you can further explore the traditional lives of the Yugambeh speaking people. There is also an onsite gift shop and Cafe. There is no admission fee to visit the centre.
Open Monday to Friday from 9am to 4pm and Saturday from 9am to 12pm. Learn more about Jellurgal Aboriginal Cultural Centre.
Kids Craft Saturdays
Let the kids get creative every Saturday at Stockland Burleigh Heads fun and FREE* kids craft workshops.
Be sure to add it to your calendars as there will be a different craft activity each week for them to enjoy.
When: Every Saturday* from 10am – 1pm
Where: Burleigh Book Nook, near Loot Furniture & Decor
Bookings: No bookings required
Suitable ages: 4+ years
*T&Cs apply. Whilst stocks last. Guardian supervision is required at all times. No event during school holidays.
Playgroups & Mother’s Groups
Playgroups help parents, grandparents, carers and children come together to learn, play and interact in a safe environment.
They are a great way to meet other parents and for your toddler to play and interact with other children their own age. Most are free or ask a small fee to cover materials, supplies or costs.
Fun Things for Toddlers have compiled a list of local playgroups by day of the week.
With free entry and free parking Carrara Markets is off to a great start as an inexpensive destination for your weekend outing with your toddler.
If you are happy to leisurely stroll and browse all the vendor wares, cafes and attractions on offer you don’t have to spend a cent if nothing catches your eye among all the fresh produce, fashion, homewares, pots, plants, arts, craft and much more.
With pay-for rides and attractions like an animal petting zoo, face painting and pony rides it is a popular weekend destination for toddlers.
Coomera Kids FREE Workshops at Westfield Coomera
When the big kids are in the classroom, it’s time for little Coomera Kids to shine with free and fun workshops at Westfield Coomera.
Can your little one not sit still? Do they love to move and groove? Check out Groovin’ Juniors every Monday. They’ll explore movement, music and sensory play. Bookings will be released 2 weeks prior to session date.
For future green thumbs, check out Little Garden Growers every Thursday to grow your own plant and paint your pot!
Got a potential artist or chef on your hands? Watch the Westfield Coomera website for seasonal workshops for all those big moments throughout the year! From Valentine’s Day to Mother’s Day and more.
All activities are exclusive to Westfield Plus members. T&Cs Apply. Dates and times may be subject to change. Please check Westfield Coomera’s website for times, further details and updates.
NaturallyGC Kids Workshops
Naturally GC Kids Workshops are offered throughout the Gold Coast during school holidays and on weekends.
Hosted by Gold Coast City Council and delivered by experienced wildlife experts.
Get the kids to switch screen time for green time during the school holidays with NaturallyGC.
NaturallyGC kids programs are specifically designed to connect kids with nature and encourage outdoor play and learning by exploring the Gold Coast’s natural environment.
Immerse yourself in a range of free nature-based activities through the #NaturallyGC program. From wildlife encounters and nature crafts, to citizen science and Indigenous culture.
The workshops cover a range of indoor and nature-based activities from guided bushwalks, wildlife shows, coastal education, Indigenous culture, marine excursions, eco-craft, tree plantings and much more.
Little Paccas Kids Club Pacific Fair
Little Paccas is a free kids club for preschoolers and carers at Pacific Fair Shopping Centre on the Gold Coast. Pacific Fair hosts FREE kids’ events each month to entertain and delight kids.
Sign up to Little Paccas Kids Club to receive exclusive access to event bookings a few days before bookings are open to the public. Plus, you receive a range of great offers and discounts! Visit the Little Paccas Facebook Page to learn more.
Gold Coast Parks and Playgrounds
One of my toddler’s favourite things to do is to visit one of our great local parks and playgrounds.
The Gold Coast is home to over 2200 parks, many with fantastic facilities for toddlers, preschoolers and families.
We have checked out lots of parks and playgrounds and found some great ones that your toddler is sure to love. Check them all out here.
Story Rhyme Time at Robina Town Centre
Story Rhyme Time has fluttered into EVENT CINEMAS!
Play, dance and sing along with Fairy Ani every Wednesday and Friday from 10am-11am at Event Cinemas, Robina Town Centre.
Bookings are essential via Eventbrite. One ticket is valid for 1 child only. Only 1 adult may accompany per ticket purchased. Tickets are $6.36 and include 1 medium sized hot beverage and 1 cookie from the Event Cinemas Set Café.
Active & Healthy Gold Coast
The Active & Healthy program brings people together, gives people purpose, enhances community cohesion and gets our community moving.
The program offers hundreds of free and low-cost activities every week that are fun and suitable for all shapes and sizes.
Check out the Active & Healthy Gold Coast Calendar to find Kids Fitness, Mum’s n bubs and Parent Fitness, School Holiday Programs and LOTS more active and healthy activities and events.
Daisy Hill Koala Centre
Fun, furry and educational adventure for you and your toddler! And it’s FREE!
Daisy Hill Koala Centre is a dedicated koala education facility built by the Queensland Government. The centre has a large outdoor koala enclosure and many interactive displays set among the eucalyptus trees in the Daisy Hill Conservation Park. Find out all about at Toddler Adventure at Daisy Hill Koala Centre here.
Learn N Play Sessions at Hyperdome
Play, dance and sing along with The Kreative Fairies every Tuesday and Thursday at 10am at Hyperdome!
Join The Kreative Fairies for a magical fun time filled with singing, dancing and story time!
Limited participants per session. Bookings are essential. Learn more and book your spot at a Learn N Play Session.
Broadwater Parklands is a world-class community and cultural parkland, loved by Gold Coast residents and tourists alike.
Use awesome FREE facilities like The Rockpools Water Play, Swimming Enclosure, Washington Waters Playground and Bouncy Pillow and the new play space, the Peninsula Playground. Plus the Broadwater Parklands have an year round calendar of activation and events many free or very low cost and family friendly. Discover what’s on at Broadwater Parklands Facebook Page!
FREE Kids Sensory Classes at TweedCity
Free interactive play and learning at TweedCity every Monday and Wednesday (excluding major public holidays)
Bop It Tots is an interactive and inclusive, multi sensory music and movement program for little people and their grown-ups!
Sessions are carefully planned to be an informal music and movement class, this means it’s more about having fun and fostering a natural appreciation of music, instruments and sensory experiences. From instruments to scarves, dance ribbons to parachute play, hula hoops, bean bags and bubbles, we will get your little one moving!
Sessions are suitable for 6 months and up as they are tailored to be active and engaging, and therefore best suited for sitting babies to 5 years.
Mondays: 10.30am – 11.15am (2+ years) and 11.30am – 12.15pm (under 2 years)
Wednesdays: 1.00pm – 1.45pm (under 2 years) and 2.00pm – 2.45pm (under 2 years)
Online bookings are required and spaces are limited to 15 children per session. Book your FREE session.
HOTA Children’s Gallery
TROPIC ARCADIA is an unexpected, new travel destination for families! Tongan-Polynesian artist Samuel Tupou has created a curious, pop-up island for you to explore. Discover his colourful patterns inspired by tapa (bark cloth) designs set amongst a surreal, tropical landscape that is part memory, part imagination, part arcade game.
Visit HOTA’s Children’s Gallery and collect your map to start your expedition. There is so much to do and discover as you journey throughout TROPIC ARCADIA. Through the layered art of Samuel Tupou, families will be transported into a multi-dimensional realm of fun and adventure.
Gallery Hours: Monday to Saturday: 9am – 7.30pm. Sunday: 10am – 7.30pm. Entry is Free and no bookings required.
The Pines Kids Club
The Pines Kids Club is where Tiny Tots can enjoy plenty of fun all year round!
Being a member of The Pines Kids means you will receive special invitations to our monthly kids events, which take part on the second Tuesday of each month.
There’s even a FREE gift when you become a member and a special birthday gift for Pines Kids.
To become a member visit The Pines Elanora website.
Little Ones FREE with a Paying Adult
Every cent can count when it comes to keeping your little one entertained on the Gold Coast especially when you are entertaining more than on! Here are some offers where your little one is FREE (subject to age) with a full paying adult.
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary: Children under 3 enter FREE
David Fleay Wildlife Park: Children under 4 years are free of charge
Dreamworld, WhiteWater World & SkyPoint: Children under 3 enter FREE
Hopo Gold Coast Ferry: Kids under 5 travel FREE
Village Roadshow Theme Parks (Warner Bros, Movie World, Sea World, Wet’n’Wild and Paradise Country): Children under 3 enter FREE
Aquaduck Gold Coast: Infants 0-1 years can ride for free on your lap
Kids Eat Free
Fun Things for Toddlers have a toddler friendly list of Kids Eat Free Restaurants on the the Gold Coast. Many of these family friendly restaurants also have colouring-in, kids rooms or playgrounds for fun meal out. Find out more.
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