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Rainy day activities for Gold Coast Kids

Rainy days are usually few and far between on the Gold Coast, so when the rain does set in, we’re often scrambling for indoor activities for kids to keep occupied. I’ve rounded up some of the best spots on the Gold Coast to eat, activities to do and things to see that are family and kid friendly, indoors and out of the rain!

Family friendly dining

The Wattle, Coomera

The Wattle Hotel at Coomera has got family friendly dining in the bag! With a huge indoor kids playground and dedicated dining space, modern bistro dining can be enjoyed by all the family.

The Junction GC, Burleigh

The Junction GC at Burleigh Heads is a fantastic family friendly cafe, with gated play space and relaxing atmosphere. Grab a coffee to go, settle in for a morning tea get together with your mums group, or catch up on those work emails while the kids are occupied for a few minutes. Service is outstanding, delivered with a smile and zero hassle!

Globe Trotters Café, Mudgeeraba

A kid friendly cafe, allowing parents to relax over their coffee and even plan their next holiday! Kids will love the cubby house and giant chalk board, parents will love the tasty and great value menu, and relaxing atmosphere.

Valley Espresso, Elanora

While best known for their sunny grassed play space, they don’t let the rain stop them!! On a rainy Monday or Wednesday, you’ll find the jumping castle and kids soft play set up inside in the indoor sports centre. This means the kids can still run around having fun out of the rain, while you sit back and enjoy that coffee!

The Park @ Coomera

The Park at Coomera Westfield is a great family friendly destination for a meal, but also for some fun! Dine in for lunch or dinner (kids eat free most nights), and be sure to get involved in a game of bowling or putt-putt!

Get cultured

HOTA Gallery, Bundall

The HOTA Gallery may be designed to cater for international art exhibitions, but families haven’t been forgotten! The Children’s Gallery at HOTA Gallery lets little artists get hands on in this creative space and discover interactive exhibits that complement the main galleries. Stop by the all-ages exhibits and let the kids see some amazing artists exhibiting on the Gold Coast. Don’t forget to head to the rooftop too, for views out to the ocean!

Artvo Illusions, Robina

ArtVo is a ‘trick-art’ gallery, located at Robina Town Centre. The idea of ArtVo is to explore an interactive art gallery filled with trick or illusion art. You can be creative and come up with your own poses, or follow the instructions to set up your own fail safe shot. There are 6 different zones, each with its own theme and the artwork allows you to come face to face with wild animals, scale rocky crevasses and surf the ultimate pipelines.

Gold Coast War Museum, Mudgeeraba

The Gold Coast War Museum was established in 1975. Over the past 40 years the museum has grown to one of the largest collections of Militaria in Australia. Their Military Museum houses displays from numerous private collectors with memorabilia from all wars, with military vehicles, uniforms, weapons and much more.

Gold Coast Wax Museum, Surfers Paradise

Gold Coast Wax Museum in Surfers Paradise is Australia’s largest Museum of its kind, featuring more than 110 life-size wax effigies, copies of the British Crown Jewels and dioramas of Australian history. Come face to face with Presidents and former Prime Ministers, Entertainers, members of the Royal Family, Dictators, and many others whose lives have all left an indelible mark on their world. You will find dozens of others from the Arts, Politics, Entertainments, Science, Medicine, and the Military.

Gold Coast Motor Museum, Upper Coomera

You don’t need to be a car lover to appreciate the Gold Coast Motor Museum – anyone who enjoys a great view, history and an incredible meal will feel right at home here! This amazing museum has a huge range of cars and motorbikes dating from 1900 to 1988. You’ll find horse-drawn buggies, vintage fire engines, and even a De Lorean!

SkyPoint, Surfers Paradise

While the views won’t be your typical clear sunny day views, you’ll get a moody outlook of the GC which makes for great photos! Take the time to stroll through the exhibits and learn more about Surf Life Saving on the Gold Coast, and some of our incredible history and photographs. Entry is free if you have a Dreamworld pass, so it’s a cheap day out for families!

Marine Discovery Centre, Hastings Point

The Marine Discovery Centre is located within the North Star Holiday Resort complex at Hastings Point, and is one of Australia’s largest, privately funded museums. It has world class marine and coastal science displays focused on the local Hastings Point ecosystem, and you have the opportunity to get hands on with rockpool inhabitants.

Burn the energy – play centres

EMF Jnr Pacific Fair & Nerang

Bella’s Wonderland

Doodlebugs, Miami

Chipmunks, Robina

Bounce Inc, Burleigh

Jummps Indoor Trampoline Park, Parkwood

Inflatable World Burleigh, Arundel & Beenleigh

The Messy Place, Ashmore

Shopping Centre Playgrounds

See the full blog post on shopping centre playgrounds and kids clubs here.

Stockland Burleigh Heads

Robina Town Centre

Game time

Planet Chill Ice Skating, Paradise Resort, Surfers Paradise

Holey Moley Indoor Putt Putt, Surfers Paradise

The Park @ Coomera

iPlay Australia, Coomera

Holoverse, Surfers Paradise

Level Up Arcade, Broadbeach

Game Over Gold Coast, Helensvale

Infinity, Surfers Paradise

Hijinx Hotel, Surfers Paradise

One Comment

  • Nanny Barbs

    These are great. But I’d like to add. Puzzld escape rooms in surfers paradise.
    Which is great for ages 4+.