Make a summer to remember with Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo and more

Spring into The Arts Centre Gold Coast this Summer with a wave of cool things to see and do for the entire family. Create art or act and dance with celebrity performers. Look a dinosaur right in the eye or catch a free kids’ movie. Get active exploring the riverside parklands, go jump in the lake, then relax under the shady trees with a packed picnic basket. Let’s take a closer look.

Go back in time and come face to face with real life dinosaurs trained by their fearless zoo keepers in Erth’s widely acclaimed show, Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo™.

Meet awesome prehistoric creatures, from cute baby dinos to some of the largest carnivores and herbivores that have ever walked the planet. Erth’s dinosaurs are unmistakably ‘alive’ and mostly friendly in this fun, educational and unique performance that will delight all audiences from ages 5 years and up.

Get up close and personal with an amazing array of creatures from bygone eras, connecting young audiences to the real science of palaeontology. Meet our most recent zoo addition, a carnivorous theropod known as the Australovenator, discovered in QLD and is the most complete meat-eating skeleton yet found in Australia. Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo™ includes a menagerie of insects and dinosaurs that once roamed free around the world and are now in daily residence.

Learn how to feed and interact with Erth’s dinosaurs in a once in a lifetime interactive experience. Children can watch wide-eyed from a safe distance or dare to get right up close to these prehistoric creatures. Erth’s dinosaurs will only be hanging around for four shows over 9 and 10 January. So be sure to book online to avoid missing out.

But that’s not all, folks!

Sing, dance, laugh and clap along with Peter Combe, aka Mr Clicketty Cane, in his hilariously interactive Wash Your Face in Orange Juice.  Marvel at Peter Pan in his wild adventures with Tinkerbell, Captain Hook and his pirate crew as The National Theatre broadcasts their live performance direct to the Arts Theatre. Paddington Bear is back on the big screen in Paddington 2, where he tries to recover Aunt Lucy’s stolen gift he saved all his hard-earned pennies for. There’s also an incredible free line up of Disney Pixar short animated films screening in the Basement that all ages are sure to love.

If you’re seeking something to participate in rather than just attend, you can watch and learn from some of the entertainment world’s most talented performers in singing, dancing, acting and performing in Green Room Junior, culminating in a live student showcase on stage. Get whimsical as princes, princesses, fairies and fun characters all create a fanciful land where only the true kiss of love will awaken the 100-year slumber of The Sleeping Beauty; presented by The Australian Ballet’s – Story Time Ballet.

If being constructive (or destructive!) is more your thing, then our makers’ workshops are definitely right up your creative alley. Me Myselfie and I – direct from QAGOMA offers an exhibition exploring the representation of self, alongside interactive making and multimedia art projects like creating fun self-portraits. Tap your inner flair and flaunt that fashion style by sculpting a stunning outfit to wear down the runway in Cardboard Couture. Or if you’ve got bigger ambitions, why not take over the world with your awesome, hand-made Robot Helmet that gives you bionic super powers no one can match!


Whatever kids may be into, there’s something for everyone to enjoy over Summer at The Arts Centre Gold Coast. Some activities are free and others affordably ticketed with bookings essential; a selection of workshops also require that children be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Check online at for full details, and remember, there’s heaps of 4-hour parking on site plus yummy food and drinks available at the Arts Café.

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