A good kids’ club can make all the difference on a family holiday – providing fun and educational activities for kids, and a chance for parents to have a much-needed break. These are some of the best Australia has to offer
1. Krazy Kidz Club at BIG4 Easts Beach Holiday Park, NSW
From making slime to cupcake decorating, there are loads of fun activities to keep children entertained at the Krazy Kidz Club at BIG4 Easts Beach Holiday Park in Kiama. Little ones with sweet tooths will love making Mars Bar balls, Crunchie slice or Malteser fudge, while craft activities include sand art, foil art and scratch art. Running on most days during the NSW school holidays and select weekends, the activities are suitable for children aged five and over. Parental supervision is required for younger children. There’s also free kids’ bingo for those aged eight and above (and parents with younger kids can join in with them too!)
2. Kids’ club at BIG4 Gold Coast Holiday Park, Queensland
Kids can unleash their creativity with everything from arts and crafts to decorating cakes at BIG4 Gold Coast Holiday Park, which also happens to be the closest holiday park to the famous theme parks. Children’s entertainer Mr Kaboodle often pops in on weekends, and hair braiding is available three days a week. Other weekend activities include making pizza, nachos and hamburgers, and movie nights (which are also held most nights of the week during school holidays). Other school holiday experiences include a reptile show and a disco, with chocolate egg hunts at Easter and trick or treating at Halloween. The holiday park also has a splash park, a giant jumping pillow and offers a range of outdoor activities, including foot pool, frisbee golf, table tennis and an off-road remote-control car track.
3. Kids Zone at Paradise Resort Gold Coast
With a series of themed rooms celebrating all the things children love, the Kids Zone at the super-family friendly Paradise Resort Gold Coast is truly epic. They can blast off and explore the galaxy with pedal-powered space buggies in Astro’s Space Station, search for buried treasure in Under Water World, explore the jungles of Asia in Dusty’s Safari Room, and play in the colourful ball pit in the Magic Garden! It’s available to babies as young as six weeks old up to those aged 12, with daily sessions available year-round. It’s even open until 11.30pm on Saturday nights, so parents can head out to dinner and shows, like the Gold Coast’s Dracula cabaret comedy, safe in the knowledge their children are taking part in engaging activities, like pyjama parties and disco nights!
4. Kids’ Craft Club at BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort, Queensland
As the only mainland resort in Airlie Beach to have a kids’ club, BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort is a great choice for families planning a holiday to the Great Barrier Reef. The guest activities co-ordinator opens up the doors to the Kids’ Craft Club for children aged four to 12 every Saturday and three days a week during school holidays. Families can also enjoy mini golf tournaments, pony rides, family trivia nights, outdoor movie nights, discos, and Wii nights on a big screen. And the resort celebrates some awesome annual events, including Chocolate Week, Grandparents’ Week and Santa’s Workshop at Christmas.
5. Neptune’s Castle Kids’ Club at North Star Holiday Resort, NSW
The large indoor play area at Neptune’s Castle at North Star Holiday Resort is every kid’s dream. Designed for children aged three to 12, it’s open at scheduled session times every weekend and daily during school holidays. There’s a three-level spiral slide, a ball pit, mirror maze and flying fox, plus themed activities and arts and crafts. During the off season, Neptune’s Castle is available for children under the supervision of their parents outside of kids’ club hours. The Tweed resort also has a huge water park, a marine education centre, an outdoor playground, a games room, and a tennis court.
6. Water Dragon Kids’ Club at Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley, NSW
Hula hoops, toy dump trucks, giant games – the Water Dragon Kids’ Club at this Hunter Valley resort is sure to be a hit. Located in a separate building on the resort’s grounds with an enclosed playground, it is available to children aged three to 12, with supervised sessions during school holidays and long weekends. The family-friendly resort also has a two-storey water park with an assortment of slides, flutes, showers, water cannons and jets, as well as a carousel, miniature trains, a games room, kangaroo spotting tours and movie nights.