Five ideas that won’t break budgets
1. VISIT NEW PLAYGROUND The Gold Coast is packed with safe, sheltered and family friendly parks, so why not pack up the kids, their scooters or bikes, slap on some sunscreen and get playing at a park you’ve never been to before.
2. CATCH A BUS OR TRAIN If you don’t catch public transport with your child very often you’d be surprised at how excited they are by a simple bus, train or ferry ride.
Better yet, make a day of it and catch the bus to the train station, the train to the city, a ferry to a park, have a picnic and return home.
3. GET SPORTY Grab the roller skates or BMX bike and head out to a basketball court or bike path. Take a bat and ball and get active.
Why not find a dog-friendly park, or one with an off-leash area, so that your four-legged friend gets exercise at the same time.
4. EXPLORE NATURE With Mt Tamborine and other national parks nearby there are dozens of waterfalls, bridges, animals and birds that kids will just love to experience.
Lamington National Park has a treetop bridge walk, a ladder to the rainforest canopy, bird feeding and bush walks.
5. VISIT FREE ANIMAL LOCATION Queens Park at Ipswich has a variety of family activites. Australian wildlife and classic farm animals are fed at 11.30am and 3pm each day.
Kids can feed Lorikeets twice a day at the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.
Daisy Hill Koala Centre has walking tracks, barbecue facilities and chances to see koalas in their natural environment.
Take the kids koala spotting.