FAMILY FUN

January 12, 2017

HAPPY BIRTHDAY PLAY SCHOOL: Celebrating 50 years Jan-Feb 5.  

A celebratory exhibition to commemorate the 50th birthday of the much-loved Australian television program, Play School. Featuring the iconic Rocket Clock, Flower Clock and the famous Play School Windows. Big Ted, Little Ted, Humpty and Jemima are also joining the exhibition party, which provides adults a chance to reminisce about their favourite presenters, and children an opportunity to get up close to these program icons. The colourful exhibition explores the five decades of Play School by featuring toys, props and costumes from each period, alongside archival audio and video clips of past programs and presenters having fun.

Happy Birthday Play School: Celebrating 50 years is a travelling exhibition developed by the National Museum of Australia and the ABC.

 

For more information visit www.theartscentregc.com.au

 

 

 

 

 

Culture Kids – 9 - 22 January

Make, See and Do this January! There’s a range of creative workshops, performances, free activities and entertainment to suit every Culture Kid these summer holidays at The Arts Centre Gold Coast. Dance, sing, act, play music, learn, create – it’s easy to plan an entire day out with a variety of options for mornings, lunchtime and afternoons. You can even take the hassle out of meal times by pre-ordering a kid friendly lunch box for your little one to enjoy. There’s also a program of free entertainment and activities including short movie screenings, live music, drama games, Indigenous cultural experiences, make and create workshops and much more!

 

For more information visit www.theartscentregc.com.au

 

 

 

 

 

Sand Safari Arts Festival – 10 - 26 February

The 2017 Sand Safari Arts Festival takes center stage on the sands and streets of Surfers Paradise this summer when the precinct hosts its annual celebration of sand and sea-inspired art from February 10 to 26.

The popular free event features the Australian Sand Sculpting Championships, drawing thousands of spectators to admire the country’s most talented sculptors, as they intricately carve life-sized masterpieces inspired by the theme ‘Mermaids and Mythical Creatures’ over three days from February 10 to 12. Other activities not to be missed include, the intriguing Sand Trail, Inflatable Sea Sculptures by Luke Egan and Sand Art Activities and Workshops.

 

For more information and full event details visit www.surfersparadise.com


 

 

 

 

Quiksilver and Roxy Pro – 14 - 25 March

One of the most iconic surf competitions and the first stop on the Samsung Galaxy Championship Tour, the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro will once again take over the Southern Gold Coast from 14 – 25 March.

Surfers and spectators from around the region and the world converge on Coolangatta’s Snapper Rocks, with the event attracting the biggest names in surfing for the coveted title.

The action isn’t only out on the water, with onshore side events and a wide range of entertainment for the whole family to enjoy.

 

For more details visit www.southerngoldcoast.com.au  

 

 

 

CREATURE KEEPERS @ THE SANCTUARY – 4&5 – 11&12 JANUARY

Take a walk on the wild side these school holidays! Creature Keepers is a real zoo experience and gives teenagers (12-17 years) exposure to working in a zoo environment across this 2-day course. Interact with our amazing Aussie animals as you discover and learn about captive breeding, how Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary conserves endangered species, and how you can protect animals in your own backyard. Have a photo with one of the animals and tour the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital rehabilitation facilities to find out how the Hospital is helping 9,000+ wild animals each year.

Places are limited. Online booking only.

 

For more information and to book visit www.cws.org.au/creature-keepers/

 

 

 

Eco Rangers @ Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary – 4-17 january [excluding weekends]

Get up close to Aussie wildlife these school holidays! Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary’s Eco Rangers Program for kids aged 6-12 years old provides an opportunity to interact with the Sanctuary’s amazing wildlife and learn about conservation through fun games and activities. The Eco Rangers school holiday experience has a different animal focus each day including mammals, birds and some very cool creatures!

Children can participate in animal feed out activities, play fun games about wildlife and conservation, explore the Wild Island playground, ride the train and have a photo with one of our native Australian animals!

 

Places are limited. Online booking only.

 

For more information and to book visit www.cws.org.au/eco-rangers/

 

 

 

 

FAMILY IMAGE – Sean “Flan” Flanagan

One half of the Flan & Emily Jade Breakfast Radio Show, Sean “Flan” Flanagan is a much-loved icon of the Gold Coast.

With a successful career as a comedic writer and on-air presenter, Flan is known for his humour, sharp wit and big heart.

All jokes aside, Flan is a passionate advocate for the Gold Coast, the environment and the people who make up this great City.

Co-host of the number one rating Breakfast Radio Show, 102.9 Hot Tomato, Sean “Flan” Flanagan is a much loved icon of the Gold Coast. With a successful career as a comedic writer and on-air presenter, Flan is known for his humour, sharp wit and big heart. All jokes aside, Flan is a passionate advocate for the Gold Coast, the environment and the people who make up this great City.

Who makes up your family?

My gorgeous wife Lisa, and children Chloe and Jack.

What’s your favourite thing to do as a family, in the region?

We’re blessed on the Gold Coast to have some of the world’s best beaches at our doorstep, and we love spending time at our favourite beach at North Burleigh.

Do you have a family tradition from your childhood that you now share with your family?

When I was a kid I loved picking a television show that we would watch together as a family. We loved The Sullivan's! They were always making a pot of tea and so would we. Now that I have kids we snuggle in and watch 800 Words together. We love it, and I often just sit there watching the kids’ faces rather than the telly.

What connects with you and touches your heart?

When my kids set their mind on achieving something I connect very strongly with that. Chloe, my eldest, decided she was going to get an A for maths, and man did she try hard. I loved watching her sit down at the kitchen island and rip into her maths homework. And I don't mind saying her mum and I both got a little misty eyed when we opened her report card and she had achieved it.

My little boy Jack is such a funny kid; he makes me belly laugh! His friends think he's really funny and I guess because I work as a comic it very much touches my heart.

But most of all, hearing my kids sing around the house rocks my world. I stop what I'm doing and just listen. Lisa has a beautiful, gentle way with the kids that truly touches my heart. I'm a very, very lucky man.

Do you have plans to grow your family?

We have absolutely no plans to grow the human family, but I'd really like another dog called Vern.

 

 

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