December means School Holidays and the kids will be off school before we know it! But don’t fear, PakMag has you covered with the best things to do and events to attend in Cairns.

Whether you’re an active family, a creative family or an adventurous family, there’s something for you this School Holidays so you should never hear the word ‘bored’ pass your kids’ lips! So, get out there, have fun and make sure you upload your pictures of you and the kids at any events or doing fun things to PakMag’s Facebook page.


Enchanted Escapades: Tales of Sherwood Forest…
Monday, 4 to Thursday, 7 December
Ages: 5 – 12
From: 9.00am to 3.00pm
Showcase: Thursday, 7 December, 2.15pm to 3.00pm
Cost: $220.00 – $275.00

Curtain Call: The Stage Is Calling…
Monday, 11 December
Ages: 5 – 12
From: 9.00am to 5.00pm
Showcase: Monday, 11 December at 5.00pm
Cost: $220.00 – $275.00

Galaxy Defenders: Battle of the Last Sun!
Tuesday, 12 to Friday, 15 December
Ages: 5 – 12
From: 9.00am to 3.00pm
Showcase: Friday, 15 December from 5.00pm to 5.45pm
Cost: $220.00 – $275.00

Acting For Film
Tuesday, 12 to Thursday, 14 December
Ages: 13 – 17
From: 3.30pm to 6.30pm
Cost: $140.00 – $175.00

Directing Credits
Monday, 18 to Wednesday, 20 December
Ages: 13 – 17
From: 3.30pm to 6.30pm
Cost: $140.00 – $175.00

Twas The Night Before Xmas: Holiday Hijinks!
Monday, 18 to Thursday, 21 December
Ages: 5 -12
From: 9.00am to 3.00pm
Showcase: Friday 22 December, 5.00pm to 5.45pm
Cost: $220.00 – $275.00

Early Bird Savings Available

All of TYC programs are designed, created and delivered by their qualified drama educators, professional theatre practitioners and the region’s young and emerging performers.
Bookings required.

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Kid’s cooking classes! Fun, educational and hands-on classes teaching children the joy of cooking.
All inclusive and the kids take home everything they cook plus a recipe folder.
$45.00 per child for a two-hour class.

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Looking for something fun for the whole family this school holidays? Join Frankland Islands reef cruises tour.
They take care of everything on the day, including transfers from the centre of Cairns. They also provide all your snorkelling gear and do a guided snorkel with you. Meals are provided, including morning and afternoon tea, as well as a delicious tropical buffet lunch.

Snorkelling locations are protected and suitable for all ages, with great snorkelling spots straight off the beach.
The trip out to the reef is just six miles (30-40 minutes) in open water, so nice and short! Plenty of extra activities available too for the adventurous including diving and kayak and paddle board hire!

Pakmag readers and locals specials available!

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Mini golf in the rainforest, nine holes and great fun for the whole family. Next to Jungle Juice in the Kuranda
Original Rainforest Markets.
Fresh juice, smoothies and allergy friendly foods.
Gluten and dairy free treats and snacks. Family-friendly outdoor dining.
9 holes of mini golf – $5.00 per person.

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Australian Butterfly Sanctuary is the largest butterfly flight aviary and exhibit in Australia.
Home to over 2,000 magnificent tropical butterflies including the striking blue Ulysses and majestic green
Cairns Birdwing. The sanctuary is an all-weather experience in the heart of Kuranda.
You’ll be enchanted by these elusive wonders of nature as you wander through the aviary’s boardwalks and gardens with a picturesque rainforest backdrop.
Our knowledgeable guides will take you through the aviary and our breeding laboratory, detailing a butterfly’s life cycle and its behaviour. Be sure to wear something bright and let these beautiful creatures flutter all over you. 20% discount off retail prices for locals. Local ID must be provided upon arrival.

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The award-winning Wildlife Habitat, located in Port Douglas, provides visitors with a chance to experience the wetland, rainforest, savannah and woodland environments up close in an open and interactive setting. Experience a sumptuous Breakfast with the Birds or delicious Lunch with the Lorikeets, and join a guided tour with one of the experienced Wildlife Keepers. You can even cuddle a Koala and get a photo to remember the occasion.

As you make your way through the four environments within the park, you will have the opportunity to handfeed kangaroos and wallabies, observe cassowaries and the Lumholtz’s tree-kangaroos.
20% discount off retail prices for locals. Local ID must be provided upon arrival.

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Keep cool and dry these summer holidays at Cairns Aquarium.
Open everyday from 9.00am, the whole family will have guaranteed interaction with the spectacular beauty and grandeur of over 15,000 fish and aquatic animals from the Great Barrier Reef and surrounding Tropical North Queensland rainforest – without the need to get wet or even leave the city!
Cairns Aquarium provides great value for local families and nature lovers with their Annual Pass. It’s the perfect Christmas gift, or special treat, just because there is someone in your family that loves everything aquatic.

General Admission: Adult (15+) $42.00 and Child (3 – 14) $28.00
Annual Passes from: Adult (15+) $93.00 and Child (3 – 14) $62.00

Discounts apply for local residents – 10% off prices above.

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During the school holidays, the Taipans will be playing home games at the Cairns Convention Centre.

Tickets are on sale now.

Saturday, 2 December, 4.30pm – Sydney Kings
Saturday, 9 December, 6.30pm – Melbourne United
Thursday, 14 December, 6.30pm – Brisbane Bullets
Sunday, 31 December, 6.00pm – Perth Wildcats

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Cairns ZOOM and Wildlife Dome is the world’s first challenge ropes course in a wildlife park, situated in the Cairns City on the rooftop of the Reef Hotel Casino.
Experience adventure at varying heights and levels of difficulty on the Mid-ZOOM and Hi-ZOOM courses, with 65 elements of crossings and ziplines – including one which takes you directly over a 4-metre saltwater crocodile!

The Power Jump is a free-fall adventure with a 13-metre drop, whilst the Dome Climb offers spectacular views of the city, the Coral Sea and surrounding landscapes. The recently introduced Pirate Climb and Commando Climb are designed to challenge and are not for the fainthearted.

Be educated about and interact with native wildlife, with daily shows and presentations. The new Wallaby Walk allows up-close interaction with the wallabies and an opportunity to hand feed them.
20% discount off retail prices for locals. Must present local ID upon arrival.

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Cairns Wake Park offers a unique watersport experience for the young and old. Beginner to advanced can have fun and get a sense of achievement through a well designed and safe activity. All beginner equipment is provided, ranging from kneeboards to wakeboards as well as a life jacket and helmet.

The Wake Park is suitable for ages 10 and above.
Open daily from 10.00am to 6.00pm

1hr Pass – $39.00 Adult | $34.00 Child
2hr Pass – $54.00 Adult |$49.00 Child

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Lasertag Cairns are having not one but TWO Mega Sessions these holidays on Sunday, 17 December and Saturday, 20 January.
If you haven’t been to one before, it’s four and a half hours of outdoor Lasertag with longer and more detailed missions than their normal sessions. It’s a great opportunity to use your camo gear if you have it, grab
some mates and get outside. Mega Sessions are $30.00 (only $6 more than a normal 2-hour session).

This includes the 4.5-hour session and a sausage sizzle for lunch. Soft drinks will also be available for sale at $2.00. Minimum age: 7.
Repeat visits during school holidays are half price!
Bookings are essential, and places are limited, so you will need to book.

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To celebrate the school holidays, the Cairns Colonial Club Resort is offering locals the opportunity to cool off with a special “Summer Sizzler” deal available for the month of January only.
Just $230.00 buys a 2-night stay in a newly restored Garden View Room with FREE hot buffet breakfast daily and what’s more, kids 12 years and under stay and eat for free!*
Set in 11 acres of tropical rainforest gardens and featuring three lagoon style pools, the resort is the perfect place for families to relax and unwind after the festive season madness. Also available in a Gift Voucher.
To secure this discounted rate, please quote code SS002.
*Maximum of 2 adults per room with 2 kids aged 12 years or under.

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Join the first Paint Club for 2017.
Included is everything members will need to paint six beautiful paintings on a 30cm x 40cm canvas with step by step instructions. Each day, bring your snacks and drinks (no alcohol) and discover your ability to paint canvases that you can use as gifts this Christmas or keep and hang them in your home!
Paint Club is suitable for ages 12 and up plus parents, visiting aunties and uncles and extended families.

Tuesday, 12, Wednesday, 13 and Thursday, 14 December.
Tuesday, 19, Wednesday, 20 and Thursday, 21 December.
From: 10.00am to 2.00pm.
Cost: $45.00 or $225.00 for Membership.

We can’t wait to see you at the Studio!
For bookings, which are essential, and more information:

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Cairns Art Gallery have some great workshops available throughout the school holidays.

Foam Printmaking
Wednesday, 13 December
10.00am – 11.30am |$18 |Ages 5 – 8

Creating Pictures with Wool
Wednesday, 13 December
1.00pm – 3.00pm | $19 | Ages 8 – 12

Reindeer Sculpture
Thursday, 14 December
10.00am – 11.30am | $18 | Ages 4 – 7
1.00pm – 3.00pm | $21 | Ages 8 – 12

Metal Embossing
Friday, 15 December
10.00am – 11.30am | $18 | Ages 4 – 7
1.00pm – 3.00pm | $21 | Ages 8 – 12

Botanical Sculptures
Monday, 18 December
10.00am – 11.30am | $18 | Ages 5 – 7
1.00pm – 3.00pm | $21 | Ages 8 – 12

Print Making
Tuesday, 19 December
9.30am – 2.00pm | $28 | Ages 8 – 14

Organic Sculptural Paper Lanterns
Wednesday, 20 December
10.00am – 11.30am | $18 | Ages 5 – 8
1.00pm – 3.00pm | $21 | Ages 9 – 13

Metal Embossing
Friday, 15 December
10.00am – 11.30am | $18 | Ages 4 – 7
1.00pm – 3.00pm | $21 | Ages 8 – 12

Class spaces are limited. Bookings essential.

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Discover where Australia begins at Tjapukai. Explore the rich history of the world’s oldest living culture, dating back over 40 000 years. Whether you visit the park by day or night, you’ll enjoy a unique cultural experience with performance, dance, food and arts.
Tjapukai is an all-weather, wheelchair and pram friendly attraction, offering unique experiences in one location.
Explore the rich history of the world’s oldest living culture through Aboriginal performances and interactive educational activities.

Locals Holiday Special – 2 FREE Kids with each paying adult day or night.

Tjapukai by Day: Adult $62.00
Night Fire by Tjapukai Adult $123.00

What’s included:
* 2 FREE CHILDREN with each paying adult.
* FREE activities with paying adult.
* FREE lunch with paying adult.
* FREE Night Fire Dinner and Show with paying adult.

Local ID must be shown on arrival.

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Treat the kids over the holidays with kids meals for only $9.90.
Open from 11.00am to late every day.
10% off when you mention PakMag.
Plus the Pier has 2 hours FREE undercover parking.

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School Holiday Happy Hour

Saturday, 2 December to Sunday, 21 January 2018.
Between 9.00am – 10.00am and 3.00 pm – 4.00pm.
Just $7.00 per game (kids only – includes shoe hire).
Accompanying adults $9.00 per game.

Bookings are essential.
Open every day of the school holidays.

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The perfect venue to have a great time for all ages.
Inflatable Kingdom is a high-energy, action-packed environment with inflatables of all shapes and sizes. Open every day of the school holidays, 9.00am to 4.00pm.
To stay up to date with all that’s happening, check out their Facebook page or visit them at 164 Mayers Street, Manunda at Cairns Indoor Sports.

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Paradise for kids young and old with lots to keep the kids occupied during the school holidays.
There is a swimming pool, an adventure playground and an 18-hole mini-golf course.
Families can enjoy a full day of fun with unlimited entry to the aAdventure playground, lap pool or mini-golf for a whole day.

Prices start from just $4.00.
Open daily from 7.00am.

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Cairns Library Workshops

Cairns Libraries run free activities every school holiday period at various library branches, so if you are looking for something fun and free to do with the kids during the school holidays this is the place to be!
Workshops are designed for children aged 5 and over.
For younger children, see their Storytime and Baby Rhyme Time programs.
Bookings usually open at the hosting branch two weeks prior to the school holidays and are very popular so make sure you book early to avoid disappointment. See their Events page for a full listing of dates and locations.

Tip – Like them on Facebook and you’ll be up to date when bookings open!

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DFO Cairns is the place to be these school holidays!
With up to 70% off leading brands, a range of tempting food options, an abundance of free parking, centre Wi-Fi
and free activities for the kids… there is something for everyone at DFO Cairns.

Snap to Win
Snap a photo with Santa or at one of the Christmas activities, upload it to DFO Cairns Facebook page and #dfocairnschristmas to go in the draw to win!

Wrapping for a Cause
Support the Leukaemia Foundation this Christmas by donation a gold coin per gift wrapped.
9 to 24 December, from 10.00am to 4.00pm

Un-Bear-Lievable Workshop
Make your very own Christmas teddy bear for only $7.
11 to 15 December, from 9.30am to 4.00pm

Take a Photo in the Mega Snow Dome!
Located outside Oakley
2 to 24 December

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Hot Shots: Ages 5+
Monday, 11 December.
Wednesday, 13 December.
Friday, 15 December.
9.00am to 1.00pm.
$50 per session includes morning tea & lunch.

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Open everyday from 10.00am of the school holidays (closed Christmas day).
School Holiday Special Every Monday to Friday of school holidays.
1.00pm to 4.00pm.
3 hours of laser tag for $25.00/person.

Places are limited so bookings are essential.

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