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10 Reasons why the Gold Coast is the Perfect Playground for Kids

By Paula Geinitz | Sep 21, 2017 |
Thanks to consistently beautiful weather and sandy-white beaches, Queensland's Gold Coast is an ever popular destination for domestic and International guests. Its abundant theme parks and attractions are also a big draw card for families looking for full days of high-quality entertainment, but that is not all that the Gold Coast (GC) has to offer.

The GC or 'The Goldie' as the locals like to call it, provides the perfect playground for holiday-makers and their children. Many free and inexpensive activities can be found not too far from your doorstep and others are only a stone’s throw (or convenient Light Rail) away!

Those attempting to relax on holidays with their kids are sure to find something that appeals to them in this kid-tested list of top things to do with kids on the Gold Coast: 

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1. Check-out the city from above: A visit to the top of the Q1 Skypoint Observation Deck never disappoints. Located 230 meters into the sky, this is the best place to give your kids a change of perspective and just watch their eyes light up as they ride the elevator all the way to the top.

2. Hit the shops: Gone are the days of dragging husband and kids behind you kicking and screaming while you try to take a look at what's new for this season! Destination precincts like Broadbeach's Pacific Fair these days look more like a resort and have been completely overhauled to offer pleasing indoor and outdoor play spaces for families. 

If you are visiting with babies and small children, be sure to make use of the parent’s rooms. These are equipped with a fenced indoor play area and television with kids programming.  It's the perfect place to recharge the batteries.

3. Make use of the beachside parklands: The Gold Coast has an abundance of outdoor parks for your children to enjoy, with many of which are undercover. Two of the GC's best parks are located at Broadbeach (opposite The Oasis Shopping Centre) and Southport's Broadwater Parklands. Broadwater in particular is large enough that you could quite easily spend the entire day there. Highlights include a zip line, splash play zones and a giant jumping pillow. Be warned though, this park is very popular, so try to visit early to secure a good spot. 

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4. Surf Clubs serve up a great family atmosphere: Take some time out for an informal meal and a coffee while your kids are entertained.  Visit any of the Gold Coast’s Surf Clubs and you'll find not only fabulous food deals for kids and fresh seafood for you, but also kids activities packs that you can purchase for just a few dollars. Often seating is undercover and overlooking the ocean. 

5. Check out at least one of the local attractions – Ripley's Believe It or Not's Wonder Emporium or Infinity offer families highly interactive walk-through adventures where your mind is sure to be blown!  Each have zones that are challenging to the mind, body and senses and will be best enjoyed by children aged 7 and up. 

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6. Get back to nature: Rainforest walks, Glow Worm caves, tree top walks in an outdoor adventure park... take a short 30 minute drive from the Gold Coast to the ever-stunning Tamborine Mountain. Breathtaking hinterland views, paired with cheese, wine for parents and adventure for the kids are absolutely the stuff that dreams are made of. 

7. Ride on the river ways: It's a little known fact that the Gold Coast actually boasts more waterways than Amsterdam and Venice combined.  A short river cruise is a beautiful way to see the Gold Coast from a local’s perspective.  Cruises often include a beverage and snack and because they go for a few short hours they are perfectly suited to kid’s attention spans.  If you are looking for a cruise that includes a bit of quirky adventure, then check out Aqua Duck Safaris. Your Aqua Duck will take you from road to sea in the one vessel. 

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8. Chill out in Surfers Paradise:  Pop into Paradise Resort's Planet Chill for an ice skating session. Pick music to skate to with their interactive jukebox and when you're finished have a play in the giant indoor playground in the hotels foyer. Your kids will love the look of Paradise Resort and it may leave you wishing you'd booked a stay here! 

9. Have fun in the sun: No trip to the Gold Coast would be complete without beach days! Time flies when you're having fun and families must remember to stay hydrated, sun screened and to swim within the flags. Tip: Always swim where life guards are present. Oh and there is no need to take up valuable packing space in your luggage with beach toys... they can be purchased very cheaply at many of the local chemists and souvenir shops on the Gold Coast.  Forgot your flip-flops also? Don’t worry you can buy a replacement pair for $5 at a vending machine outside Cotton On! 

10. Theme Parks are a guaranteed entertainer: Seaworld, Movie World, Dreamworld, Wet n Wild, Paradise Country, Currumbin Wild Life Sanctuary and more… each of the Parks are world-class and it's almost impossible to recommend one over the other. 

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Each has had significant refurbishments in recent years and caters for children of all ages, especially those with toddlers through to kindergarten ages. Many have splash play areas which are the perfect way to enjoy the Gold Coast weather, so be sure to pack your swimwear and towel to get the most from your admission price. 

Finally, to really make the most of your stay in the region, check in with the local tourism body 'Visit Gold Coast' to see what free festivals and events may be scheduled for the time of your visit. Many events are very kids focused and there is a lot of value on offer for families. Alternatively, you can contact our mummy blogger and our contributor for this article, Paula Geinitz from Jetsetting Kids. She is a local and is always happy to share her tips. 

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