Top 10 ways to spend the school holidays at HOTA

This summer there’s plenty to keep the kids entertained at HOTA, with a mix of both free and low-cost ticketed events and activities including our popular Kids Take Over program from 14-18 Jan, here’s our top 10 things to do here this summer:

  1. See the incredible Air Play, from New York’s amazing Acrobuffos on 10-11 Jan. The kids will be mesmerised, and we bet parents will enjoy it too.
  2. Laugh out loud at the comic antics of Laser Beak Man on 16-18 Jan, a high energy puppet show that’s packed with killer live music, visual puns and offbeat humour.
  3. Burn off some energy at the crazy Boxwars Battle. Come along earlier in the week and do a workshop (there’s an adult one too) then take your cardboard creation and join in the mega battle.
  4. Use your brain and get inspired by all things science and tech at our workshops for whizz kids like Technology in Play, Slime-o-logy Project, Eco Warrior workshop and Inventors Lab.
  5. Get inspired and create your own comic, design a beautiful high tea for your hero or learn all about how puppets are made during Kids Take Over. The only limit is your imagination.
  6. Aspiring mini musicians can become a busker for the day or learn how to DJ. And older kids can get insider tips and tricks for writing music for theatre in a special workshop.
  7. No trip to HOTA is complete without a swim in our beautiful lake. The Gold Coast’s best-kept secret with no waves and no sharks, it’s a fun place for a splash around or great way to cool off when the temperatures soar.
  8. Catch a family-friendly movie at HOTA Cinema or see a free kids movie during Kids Take Over. Cheap tickets, no crowds, popcorn and aircon make HOTA Cinema a very attractive proposition on a hot afternoon.
  9. Treat yourself to lunch, snacks or milkshakes in our Café. Sit indoors or outside on our expansive deck and enjoy some family time together.
  10. And if you still have any energy to burn we recommend climbing the adventure trail up and over our Outdoor Stage for a family photo op and amazing views of Surfers Paradise.