With the forecast for rainy days ahead on the Gold Coast, we ask what are the activities to keep the young ones entertained? Here is a take on what we think is the best rainy day activity with kids on the Gold Coast.
Seb and Sam are 6 and 3 respectively. They have just had their naps and these two balls of energy are up and their internal motors immediately started running at full charge. It has been drizzling all day. We have had our morning swim for a couple of hours in the heated indoor swimming pool of Chevron Renaissance apartments.
We could either curl up in front of the TV for a lovely movie but I am not a big fan of the children being in a hypnotised zombie state in front of the TV. Normally, we would head out to Putt Putt in Mermaid Beach but with the rain, we needed to find another avenue to keep the children dry and entertained. We needed a rainy day activity for kids, pronto!
We opted for a night out in Timezone within walking distance from our holiday unit in Chevron Renaissance in Surfers Paradise. Mum would get a bit of quiet time in the bath while dad would take on the task of keeping the boys entertained tonight.
We loved the energy in Timezone! Lights, noise, shrieks of delight, kids running around, their imagination running wild with dinosaur machines, Transformers fighting teams, and more. We opted for the 2 hour toddler combo pack for $22 each. Last week, we picked up a couple of Surfers Paradise Kids Week brochures which had a 10% discount voucher in it for all Timezone combo packages.
With the 10% discount, the cost came to $39.60 for 2 children for 2 hours of unlimited excitement and fun, not bad for a rainy day activity with kids. Each boy received a Timezone card, which they swiped on a colour coded card reader on every machine. This package entitled them to unlimited yellow games, 12 red games, a free round of mini golf, bowling and kiddy land playground time.
As soon as they received their cards, the boys ran amok swiping different machines and playing different games.
Despite the many different machines for the boys to play with, they would always end up at the bowling alleys. There are two different bowling sections for children. The complimentary session of bowling is slightly larger and with heavier balls. The smaller bowling section carries the lighter balls and bowling pins connected with strings. This section is red colour coded so it will take a game off your card should you wish to play in the smaller section.
We managed to collect a lot of electronic tickets which we could exchange for some toys but we decided to retain the tickets since we planned to return for another session. With more tickets, we could get a wider selection of toys to choose from.
All in all, for $39.60 we managed to get 2 hours of unlimited fun and with a small toy or gift at the end of the day to remember our time at Timezone – $40 well spent, and probably the best rainy day activity with kids.
As we walked back to our Gold Coast holiday accommodation at Chevron Renaissance, we picked up an ice cream to share to cap off our rainy day activity with kids. I hoped these would be the memories the children recall and cherish when they grow up.