Got a buddy baby artist? The Gold Coast has a burgeoning art, drama and music scene for kids and young adults. In fact The Gold Coast is now the second biggest per-capita hub for people working in arts – only Sydney has a bigger per capita arts scene! The Gold Coast has plenty of a affordable ways to get your child active and arty with community and arts centres providing all sorts of good stuff! It’s a perfect time to introduce your child to a little art and culture on the coast. Encourage that artist streak and do something a bit different with your Gold Coast Kid!
The Arts Centre Gold Coast Youth Program – Drama and Dance
The Arts Centre Gold Coast has a comprehensive selection of kids and young adult attractions and performances throughout the year. Friends of the centre also offer school holiday programs for older kids which focus on art music drama and dance skills.
Royal Queensland Arts Society – Visual Arts
Royal Queensland Arts Society in Broadbeach offers ten week “art academies” specialising in painting and drawing to older children. The classes cover the basics and help kids to understand and appreciate art. Once your child is a member, they’ll love the child friendly exhibits and the chance to participate in various artistic events.
Kirra Hill Community and Cultural Centre – Crafts
Kirra Hill Community and Cultural Centre is a general use space loved by artistic types on the Gold Coast. Here kids can book in for a whole host of crafty activities including candle making, paper lantern making, origami, salt dough sculpture and so much more. Workshop bookings via Creative Wink, Coolangatta, 0406616445
Jellurgal Cultural Centre – Aboriginal Art and Music
Jellurgal Cultural Centre is a great place to visit with kids interested in Indigenous culture. Entry is free and kids will be able to watch locals create traditional art pieces as well as view artefacts from the local Indigenous people. Jellurgal hosts daily shows and demonstrations but best of all, children can book in for didgeridoo lessons!
Oxenford and Coomera Youth Centres – Dance
There are plenty of good Council run youth centres on the Gold Coast but Oxenford and Coomera run a diverse and exciting selection of dance classes for kids of all ages. From tiny tots tap to big kid hip-hop, cheerleading to senior ballet, Oxenford and Coomera Youth Centres host not one but two dance school providers. There’s even cooking lessons for kids and adult fitness classes with creative childminding provided!
Introducing your Gold Coast kid to arts and cultural activities not only improves co-ordination and fine motor skills but gives them a creative outlet for life. There has never been a better time to be arty on the Gold Coast!
About The Author:
Rebecca Perkins owns South East Queensland based art shop, Smarty Arty. Smarty arty provides learning resources to schools, early learning centres and home schooling parents as well as supplying an extensive range of affordable art supplies. Smarty Arty is the best way for Gold Coast Kids to enjoy affordable art at home.