Author: Anna Booysen

Giaan Rooney - Olympic Athlete, Ambassador, Mother and more

Giaan Rooney Chats About Success, Motherhood and More

Australia is home to an ever-expanding number of extremely talented people, one of whom is swimmer Giaan Rooney. By the time she was a teenager she has already made the Australian Commonwealth Games Team and would go on to win gold and silver at the Olympics, eventually becoming a well-known sports reporter. We were lucky enough to talk to her about her success and how she balances work and home life, especially as a mum of two young children. Read below to find out what this Life-Space Probiotics ambassador and Olympic athlete had to say about sports, health, and her best role yet – being a parent.

As a child were you highly active in different sports? Did you find that you weren’t great at any of them? 

“As a child I was always active and outdoors. From the age of 11, I started swimming during the summer and playing netball in the winter. Netball was my other great love – I managed to make the state netball team in my teens. But, it was swimming that ultimately took over. My swimming coach saw my talent and suggested that I take it to the next level competitively. Only 14 months after that I made my first Australian team. By the age of 15, I’d made the Australian Commonwealth Games Team.

So, given my successes, I can’t say that I was bad at any of the sports I tried!”

Did you feel ‘at home’ in the pool from an early age and want to compete, or did swimming start out as a hobby that you eventually realised you were passionate about and very talented at? 

“Since joining the swim club in primary school when I was 11, I began realising how much I enjoyed swimming. I started off at two afternoons a week, loved it, begged my parents to let me go three afternoons a week. Then I begged for more. Not long after, I was competing at a high level with a coach who could see me reaching the Olympics!

I didn’t grow up as a little kid thinking I want to go to an Olympics or to be a swimmer. I made the decision after realising how much I loved swimming. Plus, I saw how it was taking my life in a whole new direction, in a good way.

There’s no way I could have dedicated myself to swimming at an elite level and be an Olympic athlete if I didn’t love it in the first place.”

What did it feel like to win gold at the 1998 Commonwealth Games? How did all of your competitions and wins from 1998 – 2006 impact your life? 

“When you’re in it, you understand it’s an incredible moment but you don’t realise the enormity of it until you’re way past that time. The longer I’m away from all my wins, the prouder I am and the more grateful I am to have been a part of it all.

I retired at the age of 23. while a lot of athletes have trouble transitioning from sport to life, I had an easy transition because I’ve always been a realist. I looked forward to life after being an athlete.

Being an athlete and competing taught me how strong I am and how to have a good work ethic. The wins are incredible, but it’s what happens in between that teaches you the most. I learnt about my strengths and weaknesses. Perhaps more importantly, I also learnt that you have to do a lot of hard work and make sacrifices if you want to get places in life.”

Do you think that the intense training and your sports career prepared you for motherhood in any way? 

“As a mother I found that my sports career had taught me something very useful, and that’s to always trust your instincts. When I was competing, I knew what I needed to make my next move be. Now, I always trust that same instinct to guide me with what’s best for my kids, and that includes their health.”

Life-Space Probiotics 

“I got really into health research during my pregnancy. While researching, what stood out to me is the importance of a healthy microbiome throughout the first 1000 days of new life. It’s important for kids to be exposed to good bacteria by playing outdoors and being in the fresh air, and a broad-spectrum probiotic like Life-Space Probiotic Powder for Children can provide added beneficial bacteria and support a healthy intestinal microbiome.”

“As an athlete, health was always a top priority for me, and that’s stayed with me since retiring. The importance of supporting general health, particularly throughout my motherhood journey so far, is simply one of many values that I share with Life-Space Probiotics. It is why I have really loved being a Life-Space Probiotics ambassador.”

Giaan Rooney, Olympic Athlete, Mum, and more Giaan Rooney, Olympic Athlete, Mum, and more

 

 

Family gets out and about on beach and builds sandcastle

Mackay and Whitsundays Get Out and About

Wondering what’s on in Mackay for the next two months? Our Mackay and Whitsundays Get Out and About Guide is full of the best events and activities for all ages. Check it out below – there’s something for everyone!  

FRIDAY 1 JANUARY

Tales of Wonder

Runs until 22 January

Mackay Libraries

FREE / Kids – Family

 

New Years Day – Rock the Decades

The Pub – Airlie Beach Hotel

2.00pm / TBA / 18 +

 

Exhibition: Jabu Birriny [Land + Sea]

Runs until 17 January

Foyer Gallery, Artspace Mackay

10.00am / FREE / Family

 

Exhibition: Lyn Laver-Ahmat: Light on Landscape

Runs until 14 February

Foundation Gallery, Artspace Mackay

10.00am / FREE / Family

 

Exhibition: Systematic

Runs until 14 February

FIELD Engineers Gallery, Artspace Mackay

10.00am / FREE / Family

 

New Year’s Day – Rock the Decades

The Pub – Airlie Beach Hotel

2.00pm / FREE (booking required) / PG

 

MONDAY 4 JANUARY

Board Games

Sarina Youth Centre

10.00am / Kids 10 – 18 years

 

TUESDAY 5 JANUARY

Weaving with Beads

Sarina Youth Centre

10.00am / Kids 10 – 18 years

 

WEDNESDAY 6 JANUARY

Lets Cook! – Roast Pork and Gravy Rolls

Sarina Youth Centre

10.00am / Kids 10 – 18 years

 

THURSDAY 7 JANUARY

Day at the Pool

Sarina Youth Centre

10.00am / Kids 10 – 18 years

 

FRIDAY 8 JANUARY

The Create Experience – A Mastermind Retreat

Runs until 10 January

Karen Jacobsen – Yangaro Retreat

TBA / 18 +

 

SATURDAY 9 JANUARY

Video Content Creator Workshop

Four week course that also runs on 16, 23 and 30 January – Bookings Required

Dudley Denny City Library

10.00am / FREE / Kids 15 – 18 years

 

Alive – Pearl Jam Tribute Show

Airlie Beach Hotel

2.00pm / FREE (booking required) / 18 +

 

SUNDAY 10 JANUARY

The Best of Ramjet

Airlie Beach Hotel

2.00pm / FREE (booking required) / 18 +

 

MONDAY 11 JANUARY

Interactive, Educational and Fun Workshops

Runs until 22 January

10.00am – 2.00pm / Free / Kids

 

Colour in Mandalas

Sarina Youth Centre

10.00am / Kids 10 – 18 years

 

TUESDAY 12 JANUARY

Mood Boards

Gordon White Library

10.00am / Free / Kids 12 – 18 years

 

Blindfold Three Colour Painting Challenge

Sarina Youth Centre

10.00am / Kids 10 – 18 years

 

ABA meeting – Bliss Morning

Charlies Coffee Shop

9.30am / FREE / Breastfeeding Mothers

 

WEDNESDAY 13 JANUARY

Fake News – Fight the Fake!

Dudley Denny City Library

9.30am / FREE – Bookings required / 12 +

 

Birdie’s Tree

Gordon White Library

9.30am / FREE – Bookings required / Kids 5 – 7 years

 

Power Up!

Gordon White Library

11.00am / FREE – Bookings required / Kids 8 – 10 years

 

Let’s Cook! – Crispy Fried Chicken and Rice

Sarina Youth Centre

10.00am / Kids 10 – 18 years

 

Mid-week Race

Mackay Turf Club Racecourse

Free entry / TBA / Family

 

THURSDAY 14 JANUARY

Disaster Resilienc Building – Zombie Apocalypse

Gordon White Library

2.00pm / Free – Bookings required / Kids 11 – 16 years

 

Bedtime Stories

Gordon White Library

5.00pm / FREE – Bookings required / Kids 0 – 8 years

 

Day at the Pool

Sarina Youth Centre

10.00am / Kids 10 – 18 years

 

FRIDAY 15 JANUARY

Movie Matinees – Mulan

Gordon White Library

2.00pm / FREE – Bookings required / Kids 5 – 12 years

 

Flower Head Crowns

Sarina Youth Centre

10.00am / Kids 10 – 18 years

 

MONDAY 18 JANUARY

Holiday STEAM

Mirani Library

9.30am / FREE – Bookings required / Kids 5 – 7 years

 

Holiday STEAM

Mirani Library

11.45am / FREE – Bookings required / Kids 8 – 12 years

 

14+ Movie Day

Sarina Youth Centre

10.00am / Kids 14 + years

 

TUESDAY 19 JANUARY

Wildlife Rescue

Dudley Denny City Libraries

9.30am / Free – Bookings required / Kids aged 12 – 18 years

 

Holiday STEAM

Walkerston Library

9.30am / FREE – Bookings required / Kids 5 – 7 years

 

Holiday STEAM

Walkerston Library

11.00am / FREE – Bookings required / Kids 8 – 12 years

 

Cupcake Baking Day

Sarina Youth Centre

10.00am / Kids 10 – 18 years

 

WEDNESDAY 20 JANUARY

Holiday STEAM

Gordon White Library

9.30am / FREE – Bookings required / Kids 5 – 7 years

 

Holiday STEAM

Gordon White Library

11.00am / FREE – Bookings required / Kids 8 – 12 years

 

Birdie’s Tree

Dudley Denny City Libraries

9.30am / FREE – Bookings required / Kids 5 – 7 years

 

Power Up!

Dudley Denny City Libraries

11.00am / FREE – Bookings required / Kids 8 – 10 years

 

Let’s Cook! – Homemade Pasta

Sarina Youth Centre

10.00am / Kids 10 – 18 years

 

THURSDAY 21 JANUARY

Disaster Resilience Building – Zombie Apocalypse

Gordon White Library

2.00pm / FREE – Bookings required / Kids 11 – 16 years

 

Holiday STEAM

Dudley Denny City Library

10.30am / FREE – Bookings required / Kids 5 – 7 years

 

Holiday STEAM

Dudley Denny City Library

11.30am / FREE – Bookings required / Kids 8 – 12 years

 

Anime – Manga Club

Gordon White Library

5.30pm / FREE – Bookings required / Kids 12 – 18 years

 

Bedtime Stories

Dudley Denny City Library

5.00pm / FREE – Bookings required / Kids 0 – 8 years

 

Day at the Pool

Sarina Youth Centre

10.00am / Kids 10 – 18 years

 

FRIDAY 22 JANUARY

Movie Matinees – Spies in Disguise

Gordon White Library

2.00pm / FREE – Bookings required / Kids 5 – 12 years

 

Holiday STEAM

Sarina Library

9.30am / FREE – Bookings required / Kids 5 – 7 years

 

Holiday STEAM

Sarina Library

11.00am / FREE – Bookings required / Kids 8 – 12 years

 

FRIDAY 24 JANUARY

Made In Australia – Classic Australian Rock Tribute Show

Airlie Beach Hotel

2.00pm / FREE (booking required) / 18 +

 

TUESDAY 26 JANUARY

Australia Day Tribute Show – Angels, Divinyls, Midnight Oil

Airlie Beach Hotel

2.00pm / FREE show (bookings required)

 

Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony

MECC

10.00am

 

A Day at the Beach

Sand castle competition, beach flags, vegemite face painting competition, thong throwing, live music.

Eimeo Beach

2.00pm – 6.00pm

 

Australia Day at Sarina Beach

BBQ, water slide and fun competitions like fastest man on the sand and wheelbarrow races.

Sarina Beach, Sarina Esplanade

12.00pm – 6.00pm

 

Aussie Family BBQ at Quota Park

Celebrate our diversity and culture at a community BBQ by the beach.

Quota Park – Southern end of Binnington Esplanade, Mackay

11.00am – 3.00pm

 

TUESDAY 26 JANUARY

Aussie Family Fun Day

Zeolla Park AFL Grounds

10.00am – 3.00pm

 

Australia Day Beach Party

Mackay Surf Life Saving Club, Harbour Beach, Mackay Harbour

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10.00am – 3.00pm

 

Australia Day Scouts Open Day

Activities will include rope bridge, low ropes course, crate stacking, thong throwing, damper cooking and more! Sausage sizzle and drinks available for gold coin donation.

Banksia Scout Den, Jaycee Park, Andergrove

10.00am – 1.00pm

 

Come On Over, We’re Home Celebration

Hosted by St Vincent de Paul Society Queensland

Iluka Park, Binnington Esplanade

E tania.baldacchino@svdpqld.org.au

10.00am – 2.00pm

 

Habana Aussie Party

Habana Community Precinct, 1091 Mackay-Habana Rd

Habana Progress

3.00pm – 7.00pm

 

Pancakes and Play in the Park

FREE pancakes and loads of fun.

On the grass area near the Mackay Sugar Bowl, Phillip Street, North Mackay

10.30am – 2.30pm

 

Sarina’s Big Bash Aussie Day

Thong throwing competition, big game of cricket, cockroach race, Aussie foods and best dressed competition. Pre sign-up is also available for both AFL and soccer.

Brewers Park, Sarina

10.30am – 4.00pm

 

St Helens Beach Australia Day Celebration

Repulse Esplanade, St Helens Beach

11.00am – 3.00pm

 

Sail Away on Australia Day

“Sailor’s corner”, Kinchant Dam Road, KInchant Dam

E mackaysailingcommodore@gmail.com

10.00am – 3.30pm

 

WEDNESDAY 27 JANUARY

Mid-week Race

Mackay Turf Club Racecourse

Free entry / TBA / Family

 

THURSDAY 28 JANUARY

ABA meeting – Return to work/study & expressing milk

Mackay Women’s Centre

9.00am / $2.00 / Breastfeeding Mothers

 

FRIDAY 5 FEBRUARY

Island Fashion on Tour: Art Activitis for Everyone

Runs everyday until 17 January (excluding 11 January)

The Workshop Room, Artspace Mackay

10.00am / Free / Kids

 

SATURDAY 6 FEBRUARY

The Crowded House / Splitz Ends Experience

Airlie Beach Hotel

2.00pm / FREE (bookings required) / 18 +

 

SUNDAY 7 FEBRUARY

The Full House Band

Airlie Beach Hotel

2.00pm / FREE (bookings required) / 18 +

 

TUESDAY 9 FEBRUARY

Mid-week Race

Mackay Turf Club Racecourse

Free entry / TBA / Family

 

ABA meeting – Bliss Morning

Bucasia Beachfront Bar & Restaurant

9.30am / FREE / Breastfeeding Mothers

 

THURSDAY 11 FEBRUARY

Rockaria – The Elo Experience

MECC Auditorium

7.30pm / $62.50 – $69.50 / Mature

 

SATURDAY 13 FEBRUARY

Bluey’s Big Play The Stage Show

Runs until 14 February

MECC Auditorium

2.00pm, 6.00pm on Saturday 13 – 10.00am, 1.00pm on Sunday 14 / $41.90 – $167.60 / Family

 

SATURDAY 20 FEBRUARY

Leaving Jackson – The Johnny Cash and June Carter Show

MECC Auditorium

7.30pm / $25.00 – $62.00 / Family

 

Give Me 5 for Kids Family Day

Mackay Turf Club Racecourse

TBC

 

THURSDAY 25 FEBRUARY

ABA Meeting – Guest speaker Mackay Region Babywearing – Try on Slings and Carriers

Mackay Women’s Centre

9.00am / $2.00 / Breastfeeding Mothers

 

REGULAR MARKETS

The Greater Whitsunday Farmers’ Markets

Date: Every Wednesday

Time: 7.00am – 11.00am

Location: Bluewater Quay, River Street, Mackay City Centre (Best parking – Brisbane Street)

 

Showground Markets

Date: Every Saturday

Time: 6.30am – 10.00am

Location: Milton Street

 

Eungella Markets

Date: 2nd Sunday of the month

Time: 9.00am – 1.00pm

Location: Eungella Memorial Hall – North Street

 

Seaforth Community Markets

Date: Every Sunday

Time: 8.30am – 11.00am

Location: Seaforth Beachfront

 

Seaforth Mega Market

Date: 1 Sunday of every month in place of regular markets

Time: 8.30am – 12.00pm

Location: Seaforth Beachfront

 

Sarina Showground Markets

Date: Last Sunday of the month

Time: 7.30am – 12.00pm

Location: Sarina Showgrounds

 

Troppo Treasure Markets

Date: 2nd Sunday of the month

Time: From 7.30am – 11.30am

Location: Mount Pleasant Shopping Centre

 

River Street Twilight Market by GWFM

Date: 2nd Friday of every month

Time: From 4.00pm – 8.00pm

Location: Bluewater Quay, River Street, Mackay City Centre

 

Paxtons Night Markets

Date: 13 November

Time: 5.00pm – 8.00pm

Location: 10 River St

 

 

 

Young girl standsfacing beach with beach hat on during school holidays

Mackay School Holiday Guide for January 2021

The Christmas break is relatively long and it can be difficult to find enough activities to keep the children entertained. Fortunately, this month’s School Holiday Guide for Mackay has a bunch of fun activities for children and families. Check it out below – and go have a great time! 

Kidz Life Play Centre

It’s slides, tunnels and ball pits galore at Kidz Life Play Centre. With a triple deck play structure, huge double slide, ball pits, a jumping castle and much more – there is plenty of fun to be had. It’s all indoors and air conditioned, so it’s always playtime no matter the weather, and party bookings are also available. Plus, parents can catch a break in the cafe while the kids play!

Cost: From $8.50, children under one year FREE. Open from Monday to Friday in the school holidays from 9.00am – 3.00pm and until 4.00pm on Saturdays. Don’t forget your socks!

A 75 Evans Ave, North Mackay

P 4953 5575

E admin@kidzlife.com.au

 

Sidetrax

Bring the family for intense fun, adrenaline and competition with go-kart racing in a real kart. Minimum age is seven years and drivers must be 1.23m tall. Please come dressed for racing, closed in shoes, shorts or long pants. No loose clothing, dresses or skirts. The track is indoors, so it’s always race day if you want it to be!

Cost: From $35.00 for 1 race (10 minutes). Family bundle for 4 people, $130.00. Double seater karts available for those aged 4 – 10 years or with disabilities.

A 275 Nebo Rd, City Gates

P 4829 4707

E info@sidetrax.com.au

 

Caneland Central

The largest shopping centre in Mackay will be holding a variety of exciting, interactive and educational workshops for kids these summer holidays. These fun workshops will take place between 10.00am – 2.00pm every weekday from 11 January to 22 January – with some requiring bookings that you can complete online.

Additionally, keep the kids entertained with games, music, movies and toys from Caneland, or check out the huge number of stores for your everyday shopping needs.

A Mangrove Rd, Mackay

P 4944 7111

E caneland.central@lendlease.com

 

Big4 Whitsundays Tropical Eco Resort

Fancy an escape these school holidays? Whitsundays Tropical Eco Resort is a family owned and run caravan park in Airlie Beach. Nestled in seven acres of shady tropical greenery, they have plenty to do for families including a playground, jumping pillow, quad bikes for hire, a pool and a brand-new ninja challenge course.

Kids who are keen to go green can join in on the Eco Warriors School Holiday Program and Family Lego Masters Night will run twice a week for families who want a night of fun and games (from 6.00pm).

A 2955 Shute Harbour Rd, Flametree

P 4946 9388 BIG4

E bookings@wter.com.au

 

South Leagues Club Mackay

Play, eat and enjoy with South Leagues Club. The family can enjoy a delicious meal for dinner or lunch from the affordable, family-friendly restaurant Souths Bistro. You can relax in the gaming room or grab a drink from the sports bar while the kids hang out and play in the kids zone – a room full of games, activities, movies and play equipment. No need for a babysitter at Souths Mackay! Plus, when a member purchases a main meal, they can get one FREE kids meal for either lunch or dinner!

A 181 Milton St

P 4957 2166

 

Mackay Libraries

Mackay libraries all offer a variety of events to keep kids busy and having fun during the holidays, including Bedtime Stories for children up to eight years old, Power Up! Workbook sessions, Movie Matinees, Holiday STEAM, the Tales of Wonder Summer Reading Club and much more. You can check out the activities taking place in the nearest branch to you on the Mackay Regional Council website as well as the Mackay What’s On pages. Get excited to learn!

A Mackay, Mt Pleasant, Walkerston, Sarina, Mirani

P 4961 9387

 

Whitsunday Segway Tours

Whitsunday Segway Tours operate amazing, award winning and Eco Tourism certified, guided Segway tours in the Whitsunday Conway National Park, as well as along the Airlie Beach boardwalk with included dinner over a beautiful sunset.

Cost: From $110.00. For families with children 12+ years old.

A Airlie Beach

P 0432 734 929

E fun@whitsundaysegwaytours.com.au

 

Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens

There’s plenty to do at the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens for kids. The following activity sheets can be picked up from the gardens’ administration or downloaded and printed at home: Alphabet I Spy,

Birdwatching Quiz, 25 Fun Things to do in the Gardens, Nature Play, Spotlighting and more.

A 9 Lagoon St, Mackay

P 4952 7300

 

Artspace Mackay

Kids can enjoy free Island Fashion on Tour: Art Activities, from 5 – 17 January (excluding 11 January). Drop in from 10.00am – 5.00pm from Tuesday to Friday and 10.00am – 3.00pm on Saturdays and Sundays for activities inspired by QAGOMA’s Island Fashion exhibition. Parental supervision is required.

Sing along and get creative in the comfort of your own home or garden! Young children and parents can have fun with music and easy make-at-home art, specifically designed for 0 – 5 year olds, with the BMA Kidspace ‘in the garden’ online activities. Older children can also enjoy the 3D virtual tours of exhibitions that are available on the Artspace Mackay website.

A Civic Centre Precinct, 61 Gordon St

P 4961 9722

E artspace@mackay.gld.gov.au

 

Sarina Youth Centre

Fun and educational activities run on weekdays at this centre for kids aged 10 – 18 years, from 10.00am to 2.00pm. Both boys and girls can enjoy a variety of activities including learning to cook, arts and crafts, fun days at the pool, games, movies and more, from 4 January through to 21 January these school holidays. There’s something for every kid and teenager at the Sarina Youth Centre.

A Cr Anzac and Broad St, Sarina

P 4961 9277

 

The Bluewater Lagoon

This large family-friendly lagoon provides a free swimming area for all ages, safe from stingers and right in the heart of the city. It includes a large water slide, waterfall, children’s playground, as well as BBQ facilities and is open to the public from 9.00am – 5.45pm during the summer months. The Bluewater Lagoon Café is also nearby – a perfect place to relax and enjoy tasty food after playing in the sun.

A Caneland Park, River St

P 4952 5244

 

 

 

Boys play soccer as extracurricular activity

Extracurricular Activity Guide Mackay – January 2021

Our Extracurricular Activity Guide Mackay for January 2021 has some of the best activities for your children to get involved in outside of school, all throughout the school year. Whether they’re into sports or art or something else, your child is sure to enjoy making new friendships, learning, and developing skills in areas they are passionate about. Take a look at some of the great options below: 

2021 Sports Expo and Sign-On

This year’s event is going online! You’ll be able to view more than 100 sport and recreation options in the Mackay Region on your computer, laptop or mobile device. The expo runs throughout the month of February, helping you find your club from the wide range of sporting organisations, teams and active leisure groups.

P 4961 9610 or 4961 9475

E sport@mackay.qld.gov.au

 

Mackay Indoor Sports

Offering a fun way to exercise and get fit for children, Mackay Indoor Sports makes it easy to join a team sport, whether it be with your friends or on your own. Plus it’s indoors – so it’s always time to play whether rain or shine! They offer junior indoor netball, soccer and cricket for children during Term 3 and 4 of the Queensland School Term. All game durations are 45 minutes.

There is no membership, insurance or joining fees at Mackay Indoor Sports and the cost is $8.00 per player, per game. You can also either register a team or choose to join a team, and qualified coaches are on hand. Mackay Indoor Sports has everything you need for a good game, every time!

A 225 Harbour Rd, Mackay Harbour

P 4957 2672 Mackay Indoor Sports Arena

E admin@isamackay.com.au

 

Treble Trouble Youth Choir

If your child loves to sing then why not enrol them into an affordable and accessible choir, where music and friendships are created? This non-auditioned choir run by Bee Musical Studio is inclusive and perfect for any child aged 8 – 18 years, male or female, during school terms on Thursday afternoons. Run by a qualified music teacher and experienced vocalist, the choir is a great opportunity for those who want a low-cost extra activity. Plus, all music is provided and there are a range of performance and genre opportunities, including concerts and Christmas carolling.

Cost: $25.00 per school term

P 0404 163 097

E trebletrouble.mackay@gmail.com

 

Azure Glass

Azure Glass offers eight-week fun and safe craft lessons, using glass materials, for children aged 10 – 16 years old. All materials are provided which children and teens use to design, cut and construct a kiln-formed glass project on Tuesdays or Thursdays, 3.30pm – 5.30pm. In addition, each student’s project will be showcased in a planned exhibition at the end of the year, showing off the hard work and fun put into their work.

Six students are allowed per lesson and closed in shoes are mandatory. Safety glasses are provided.

Cost: $350.00 per student (full eight week course).

A 321 Anzac Avenue Marian

P 0415 778 609

E sales@azureglass.com.au

Azure Glass Mackay QLD

 

With One Voice Mackay

With One Voice Choirs are inclusive programs that are run on Thursdays. These programs are aimed at bridging the gap between the fortunate and less fortunate in the Mackay community and reducing loneliness, depression and social isolation. Through the neuro-scientific benefits of community singing, these programs offer a safe space where people can connect and develop supportive networks with diverse members of the community. Overall their vision is to create happier, healthier and more inclusive communities. You can visit the website for more information including cost (varies) and more.

P 0404 163 097

E withonevoice.mackay@gmail.com

 

Jump! Swim Schools Mackay

This boutique swim facility teaches swimming for babies above three months, up to pre-squad. Their small, intimate classes provide a safe, comfortable space for every child to learn and make progress.

At Jump! there’s a strong community feel where they can discuss your child’s swimming progress every class,and get to know the children on a more personal level to help mentor them on their swimming journey. The school’s class prices vary depending on site – visit their website or call for more information. Bookings can be made online.

A 6/14 Heaths Rd, Mackay

P 4942 8064

 

Dance Express Mackay

Dance Express can help your child not only be a great dancer, but also a great kid who is both confident and creative! The high-energy, encouraging classes run from Tiny Tots.

Generally, the focus on technicality and skill increases with each class level/age, with Tiny Tots classes for 18 months + focusing more on fun, singing, activities and getting to know dance. Overall, Dance Express offers dance styles for Junior School classes and above – include ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, yoga, pilates, acrobatics and more!

Prices vary and different payment options are available. Visit the website for more information.

A 25 Valley St, Mackay

P 0407 675 990

E info@danceexpressmackay.com.au

 

Pat Wright Swim School

Learn to Swim classes are for children aged three years and above, providing them a safe environment to learn in, that builds their confidence. There’s a focus on proper techniques, good form, breathing and body positioning; to allow children independence in the water. Pat Wright OAM and Lee Day have over 40 years of experience, so your child will be in the best hands they can be.

There are five levels for different abilities and classes take place weekly. Visit the website for more information.

A 8 Lawson St, Mackay

P 4953 1744

E enquiries@patwrightswimschool.com.au

 

Rugbytots Mackay Region

Rugbytots is a rugby-based play program for 2 – 7 year old boys and girls. Your child will learn basic rugby skills in these age-appropriate weekly classes.

The benefits also reach even further with important development skills such as; listening and following instructions, balance, agility and hand-eye coordination. In addition, there are psychological benefits such as encouraging social skills and teamwork, bonding and making friendships, introducing rules and structure, and more. Not to mention that every child has a whole lot of fun!

Cost: From $13.00. Runs on various days for different age groups – please visit the website for more information.

A Various locations around Mackay

P 0409 826 057

E mackay@rugbytots.com.au

 

Aspire Performing Arts Studio

Offering ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, hip hop, acro, drama, music theatre, private speech and singing lessons, Aspire Performing Arts Studio serves to help young people achieve. From Mums and Bubs right up to senior performers, there’s a class to suit all ages and abilities, whether you’re a beginner or an avid dancer. Everyone can have fun, make new friends and dance it out!

Visit the website for the 2021 enrolment form or to enquire about classes for your child.

A 1/7 Windmill Crossing, Mount Pleasant

P 0468 947 116 or 0404 190 017

E admin@aspireperformingarts.com

 

 

 

Young girl gets out and about on beach, relaxing on beach chair in the sun

Get Out and About Townsville – January 2021

For this month’s Get Out and About Guide Townsville there are an abundance of fun activities and events for all ages. Check out the best upcoming opportunities in Townsville below:

FRIDAY 1 JANUARY

Summer Reading Club

Runs until 31 January

Townsville Libraries

FREE / Kids

 

Townsville Treasure Hunt

Runs until 22 January

Perc Tucker Gallery / Townsville City Centre

FREE / Kids

 

Giant Water Hunt

Runs until end of school holidays

Water Smart Garden, Anderson Gardens

FREE / Family – Kids

 

Maritime Museum Pirate Trail

Runs until end of school holidays

Maritime Museum of Townsville

9.30am / $5.00 – $10.00 / Kids – Family

 

Maritime Museum Shipwreck Trail

Runs until end of school holidays

Maritime Museum of Townsville

9.30am / $5.00 – $10.00 / Kids – Family

 

Roving Rangers

Runs until 4 January

Billabong Sanctuary

10.30am / $26.00 – $115.00 / Kids – Family

 

Exhibition: Leonie Wood – Life Lines

Runs until 7 February

Perc Tucker Gallery

10.00am / FREE / G

 

Exhibition: Andrea Huelin – Men and Cones

Runs until 7 February

Perc Tucker Gallery

10.00am / FREE / G

 

Exhibition: Regi Cherini – All the Single Ladies

Runs until 7 February

Perc Tucker Gallery

10.00am / FREE / G

 

SATURDAY 2 JANUARY

The Ultimate ABBA Show

Runs every Saturday until 16 January

Townsville Stage Door Theatre Restuarant

5.45pm / $79.00 – 89.00 / PG

 

TUESDAY 5 JANUARY

Cheerleading

Every Tuesday and Thursday until the end of School Holidays

Townsville Dance and Cheerleading

9.00am (5 – 12 years) and 4.00pm (12 – 18 years) / $15.00 / Kids / Teenagers

 

SUNDAY 10 JANUARY

Landscape Photography Workshop

Jezzine Barracks

3.30pm / $127.69 / Mature – Adults

 

MONDAY 11 JANUARY

Kids Rock Climbing Classes

Runs until 22 January

Hot Rock Adventure Centre

1.30pm / $20.00 / Kids

 

Take Home Messy Play Packs

Dan Gleeson Memorial Gardens – Townsville Libraries

8.30am / FREE / Kids – Family

 

TUESDAY 12 JANUARY

Young Forensic Investigators

Also runs 14, 19, 21 January

Forensii – Legal and Forensic Pyschology Education: Online course forensii.com / courses 10.0am / $50.00 / Kids

 

WEDNESDAY 13 JANUARY

Free Council Microchipping Day (dogs and cats)

Runs once a month until June

Animal Care and Adoption Centre

9.00am / FREE – Bookings Required / Pet Owners

 

THURSDAY 14 JANUARY

Networking 101

Co Habitat Townsville

9.00am / $97.00 / 18 +

 

FRIDAY 15 JANUARY

Northern Stories

Runs until 26 January

Queens Gardens and Jezzine Barracks

 

Mel Buttle and Friends

Molly Malones Irish Pub

7.30pm / $35.00 – $180.00 / 18 +

 

Anthony Lamond Comedy Workshop

The HinchinBrook Way – TYTO Conference Centre

8.00am / TBA / Adults

 

MONDAY 18 JANUARY

Speakeze Fun

Runs until 21 January

Pimlico State High School

10.00am / $39.00 / Kids 12 – 17 years

 

FRIDAY 22 JANUARY

Adrenaline Games – School Holiday Fun

The HinchinBrook Way, TYTO Parklands

1.00pm / FREE / kidas – Family

 

Family Camping Weekend at Lake Paluma

Townsville Sailing Club

9.00am / $43.40 / Family

 

SATURDAY 23 JANUARY

Creedence – The John Fogerty Show

Dalrymple Hotel

8.30pm / $29.60 / 18+

 

TUESDAY 26 JANUARY

Let’s Celebrate Australia

Jezzine Barracks

FREE / Family

 

WEDNESDAY 5 FEBRUARY

Burdekin Singers presents Mary Poppins

Runs until 14 February

Burdekin Theatre

8.00pm / $39.00 – $150.00 / Family

 

THURSDAY 20 FEBRUARY

Australian Indigenous V Maori Kiwis

Queensland Country Bank Stadium Townsville

7.00pm / $25.00 – $125.00 / Family – PG (No entry for those U12 with no Parental Guidance).

 

REGULAR MARKETS 

Bluewater Twilight Markets

Date: 2nd Saturday of the month

Time: 2.00pm – 6.00pm

Location: Bluewater Community Centre

 

Bushland Beach Markets

Date: 1st & 3rd Sunday of the month

Time: 8.00am – 12.00pm

Location: On the foreshore, end of Mount Low Parkway

 

Renegade Handmade Markets

Date: 2nd Sunday of the month

Time: 8.00am – 1.00pm

Location: Marian School Hall

 

Horseshoe Bay Markets

Date: Every 2nd and last Sunday of the month

Time: 9.00am – 2.00pm

Location: Horseshoe Bay Foreshore

 

Balgal Beach Markets

Date: 1st Saturday of the month

Time: 8.00am – 1.00pm

Location: Fisherman’s Landing Balgal Beach

 

Strand Night Markets

Date: 1st Friday of the month (runs from Feb to Dec)

Time: 5.00pm – 9.30pm

Location: Strand Park, North Ward

 

Mundingburra Markets

Date: 3rd Sunday of the month

Time: 7.30am – 12.00pm

Location: Mundingburra State School

 

Willows Rotary Markets

Date: Every Sunday

Time: 7.30am – 11.30am

Location: Willows Shopping Centre Car Park

 

Cotters Markets

Date: Every Sunday

Time: 8.00am – 1.00pm

Location: Flinders St

 

Magnetic Island Markets (Horseshoe Bay)

Date: Every week on Sunday

Time: 9.00am – 2.00pm

Location: Foreshore in Horseshoe Bay

 

Wulguru Markets

Date: Every Sunday

Time: 7.00am – 12.00pm

Location: Wulguru Soccer Grounds, 14 Edison Street, Wulguru

 

Mercer Lane Markets

Date: 1st Saturday of the month

Time: From 8.30am – 12.30pm

Location: Mercer Lane

 

Conroy Hall Markets

Date: 2nd Saturday of the month

Time: From 7.30am – 9.30am

Location: Conroy Hall

 

 

 

 

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Get Out and About Cairns – January 2021

Many of us are still on a Christmas break and looking for entertainment, particularly the kids. Fortunately, you can get out and about in Cairns these holidays with a huge variety of events, activities and more, for all ages. Here is our list of what’s on this January:  

FRIDAY 1 JANUARY

Summer Reading Club Activities

Runs until 31 January

At Cairns Libraries

FREE / Kids

MONDAY 4 JANUARY

Tinkering with Transportation

Runs until 9 January

At Cairns Museum

10.00am and 12.00pm / FREE with entry* / Kids 5 – 12 years

FRIDAY 8 JANUARY

DFO Facepainting

Runs until 9 January, also runs from 16 – 17 and 18 – 22 January

At DFO Cairns

10.00am / TBA / Kids – Family

SATURDAY 9 JANUARY

Summer Fun Race Day

At Cairns Jockey Club

12.00pm / Entry $10.00, Children U15 FREE / Family

Pro Wrestling Power (PWP) New Years Knockout

At PCYC Edmonton

5.30pm / Tickets available from ASN Cairns and Jackley’s Bakehouse / PG

CQUniversity Cairns Taipans V Adelaide (Pre-Season)

At Cairns Pop-Up Arena

SUNDAY 10 JANUARY

Class: Paper Jewellery with Hayley Gillespie

At Cairns Art Gallery

10.00am / $18.00 – $21.00 / Kids 5 – 7 years

MONDAY 11 JANUARY

Slime of Your Life

Runs until 15 January

At Mount Sheridan Plaza

10.00am / 12.00pm / FREE / Kids

Art Class: Paper Jewellery with Hayley Gillespie

At Cairns Art Gallery

10.00am / $18.00 / $21.00 / Kids 5 – 7 years

Tropical Mosaics

Runs until 16 January

At Cairns Museum

10.00am and 12.00pm / FREE with entry* / Kids 5 – 12 years

Take 2 Music Program

11 – 13, 18 – 20 and 25 – 27 Jan

At 208 McLeod Street

Contact: Kia on 0409 207 198 / 11.00am – 1.00pm

TUESDAY 12 JANUARY

Drama Camp: League of Champions – Pikachu to the Rescue

Runs until 15 January

At The Young Company Theatre

9.00am / TBA / Kids 5 – 12 years

Chinese New Year Celebrations

Runs for two weeks

TBA / Family

Wednesday 13 JANUARY

Kids Fresh Food Workshops 

Runs until 16 Jan

At Cairns Central 

10.00am, workshops running 20 – 30 mins each until 1.00pm / FREE / Kids 

THURSDAY 14 JANUARY

Mel Buttle and Friends – Good Chat Comedy Club

At Paramour Cabaret Theatre

7.30pm / $35.00 – $180.00 / 18 +

FRIDAY 15 JANUARY

The Last Five Years by Jason Robert Brown

Runs until 24 January

At Tanks Art Centre – Tank 5

6.00pm / $30.00 – $40.00 / 12 +

Online Cartooning Workshop

At Cairns Libraries

10.00am / FREE / Kids 5 – 12 years

SATURDAY 16 JANUARY

Rainbow Kids Yoga Cairns

At Dragonfly Zen, 142 Grafton St

Bookings Essential – 0497 419 677 or email linda.ryan2@hotmail.com

1.00pm – 2.00pm / $10.00 / Kids 7 – 11 years

SUNDAY 17 JANUARY

Art Class: Finger Puppets with Hayley Gillespie

Runs until 31 January

At Cairns Art Gallery

9.00am / FREE / Mature

MONDAY 18 JANUARY

Lasertag Tournament

Runs until 22 January

At Laserfun at DFO Cairns

4.00pm / $25.00 / Kids – Family

Creative Art Activities

Runs until 22 January

At Mount Sheridan Plaza

10.00am -12.00 pm/ FREE / Kids

Art Class: Finger Puppets with Hayley Gillespie

At Cairns Art Gallery

10.00am / $18.00 – $21.00 / Kids 5 – 7 years

Morse Code Madness

Runs until 23 January

At Cairns Museum

10.00am and 12.00pm / FREE with entry* / Kids 5 – 12 years

TUESDAY 19 JANUARY

CQUniversity Cairns Taipans V Illawarra

At Cairns Pop-Up Arena

Art Class: Jewellery – Wire, Beads and Buttons with Adrienne Shaw

At Cairns Art Gallery

10.00am / $18.00 – $21.00 / Kids 5 – 7 years

Drama Camp: Wizarding Academy – Wands at the Ready

Runs until 22 January

At The Young Company Theatre

9.00am / TBA / Kids 5 – 12 years

WEDNESDAY 20 JANUARY

Sean Murphy: Commonwealth of Games (online)

At Cairns Libraries

1.00pm / FREE / Kids 5 – 12 years

THURSDAY 21 JANUARY

Art Class: Annotated Sketching with Yixy Ruan

At Cairns Art Gallery

11.00pm / $27.00 – $32.00 / Kids 10 – 14 years

SATURDAY 23 JANUARY

CQUniversity Cairns Taipans V Perth

At Cairns Pop-Up Arena

MONDAY 25 JANUARY

CQUniversity Cairns Taipans V Melbourne

At Cairns Pop-Up Arena

TUESDAY 26 JANUARY

Holloways Beach Party

At Holloways Beach, Casuarina Street

8.00am – 11.00am / FREE / Family

Tobruk Pool Party

At Tobruk Memorial Pool, 370 Sheridan Street

9.00am – 12.00pm / FREE entry / Family

Gordonvale Party in the Park

At Norman Park, Norman Street, Gordonvale

11.00am -2.00pm/ FREE / Family

THURSDAY 28 JANUARY

CQUniversity Cairns Taipans V Melbourne

At Cairns Pop-Up Arena

SATURDAY 30 JANUARY

Summer Series Race Day

At Cairns Jockey Club

12.00pm / $10.00 – $65.00 / Family

Art Class: Portraiture Short Course

Runs until 20 Feb

At Cairns Art Gallery

10.30pm / $105.00 – $125.00 / Kids 9 – 14 years

FRIDAY 31 JANUARY

CQUniversity Cairns Taipans V SE Melbourne

At Cairns Pop-Up Arena

Save The Date

4 – 5 FEBRUARY

Cairns Summer Sounds – John Butler

At CPAC Theatre

7:30pm / $115.50 / PG

THURSDAY 6 FEBRUARY

On The Road Again with Ash Grunwald

At Tanks Arts Centre, Tank 5

9.00pm / $50.00 / PG

FRIDAY 12 FEBRUARY

ARJ Baker – Comes Clean

At CPAC Theatre

8.00pm / $49.90 / MA 15+

Regular Markets

Rusty’s Markets

Date: Every Friday and Saturday

Time: 5.00am – 6.00pm

Date: Every Sunday

Time: 5.00am – 3.00pm

Location: 57 – 89 Grafton St, City

Palm Cove Markets

Date: 1st Sunday of the month April to December

Time: 8.00am – 2.00pm

Location: Williams Esplanade

Malanda Marketst

Date: 3rd Saturday of the month

Time: From 7.00am – 12.30pm

Location: Malanda Showgrounds

Mossman Community Markets

Date: Every Saturday

Time: 7.00am – 1.00pm

Location: 3 – 5 Foxton Ave, Mossman

Holloways Beach Markets

Date: 2nd Sunday of the month

Time: From 8.00am – 1.00pm

Location: Holloways Beachfront

Mount Sheridan Plaza Markets

Date: 2nd Sunday of the month

Time: From 9.00am – 3.00pm

Location: Mount Sheridan Plaza

The Ravenshoe Lions Archer Creek Markets

Date: 2nd Sunday of the month

Time: 7.00am – 12 noon

Location: Archers Creek Rest Area, Kennedy Highway

Atherton Lions Club Indoor Markets

Date: 2nd Sunday of the Month

Time: From 7.00am – 12 noon

Location: Merriland Hall (Robert St)

Yungaburra Markets

Date: 4th Saturday of the month (3rd Sunday in Dec)

Time: From 7.30am – 12.30pm

Location: Bruce Jones Park

Gordonvale Cottage Markets

Date: 1st Saturday of the month

Time: 7.00am – 12 noon

Location: Norman Park, Gordonvale

Kuranda Original Rainforest Markets

Date: Open every day excluding Tuesday and Wednesday

Time: 9.30am – 3.00pm

Location: 13 Therwine St

Kuranda Heritage Markets

Date: Open Thursday to Sunday

Time: 10.00am – 3.00pm

Location: 2 Rob Veivers Dr

Tolga Markets

Date: 1st Sunday of the month

Time: 7.30am – 12 noon

Location: Morrow Park Racecourse

Herberton Markets

Date: 3rd Sunday of the month

Time: From 7.30am – 12 noon

Location: Wondecla Showgrounds

Night Markets

Date: Open every day

Time: 4.30pm – 10.30pm

Location: 71 – 75 The Esplanade

Port Douglas Markets

Date: Every Sunday

Time: From 7.30am – 1.30pm

Location: Market Park

Woree Markets

Date: 20 December

Time: From 8.00am – 1.30pm

Location: Cannon Park Racecourse Car Park

Koah Monthly Markets

Date: First Saturday of the Month

Time: 9.00am – 1.00pm

Location: Koah Hall, Koah Road

Mareeba Markets

Date: Every 2nd and 5th Saturday of the month

Time: From 7.00am – 12.30pm

Location: Mareeba Centenary Park, Byrnes St

Tumoulin Count

Date: 4th Sunday of the month

Time: 8.00am – 12.00pm

Location: Tumoulin Railway Station, Tumoulin Rd