January 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.


Super Squad Assemble: Capes And Masks Unite!
Tuesday, 2 to Friday, 5 January 2018
From: 9.00am to 3.00pm
Cost: $220.00 – $275.00
Ages: 5 – 12

Musical Theatre
Tuesday, 2 to Thursday, 4 January 2018
From: 3.30pm to 6.30pm
Cost: $140.00 – $175.00
Ages: 13 – 17

Three, Two, One, Action: Prepare For The Stage!
Monday, 8 January 2018
From: 9.00am to 5.00pm
Cost: $65.00 – $95.00
Ages: 5 – 12

Alice In Wonderland: The Musical (Via Audition)
Monday, 8 to Friday, 12 January 2018
From: 9.00am to 3.00pm
Cost: $340.00 – $395.00
Ages: 10 – 17

Faraway Fiasco: Fight for the Crown
Tuesday, 9 to Friday, 12 January 2018
From: 9.00am to 3.00pm
Cost: $220.00 – $275.00
Ages: 5 – 12

Dress Rehearsal: Practice Makes Perfect…
Monday, 15 January
From: 9.00am to 5.00pm
Cost: $65.00 – $95.00
Ages: 5 – 12

Surf Universe Wipeout!: Beach Battle Bonanza!
Tuesday, 16 to Friday, 19 January 2018
From: 9.00am to 3.00pm|
Cost: $220.00 – $275.00
Ages: 5 – 12

Bookings required.

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No Stone Unturned Exhibition
These school holidays the Cairns Mineral and Lapidary Club are exhibiting their collection and works which includes jewellery displays. Lapidary is the craft of collecting, cutting and polishing of precious, semiprecious and other eye-catching stones to be displayed or set in jewellery.

From: Monday, 1 to Monday, 22 January 2018
Weekdays: 8.30am – 4.00pm
Weekends: 8.30am – 1.00pm
Venue: Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre,
Collins Avenue, Edge Hill

See the Cairns Botanic Gardens Facebook page or visit the Tanks Arts Centre website for full details.


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 your local library is the place to be!

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 Cairns Libraries on Facebook and you’ll be up to date when bookings open!

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Improve your confidence! Backstreet Dance has positive teachers, no exams and zero pressure.

Only fun! Dance styles include:
•• Hip-Hop
•• Jazz/Funk
•• Contemporary

Classes are for ages 3 and up and they accept all body shapes and sizes.
Free Dance Class! – Saturday, 20 January.

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DFO Cairns is the place to be these school holidays!

With up to 70 per cent off leading brands, a range of tempting food options, an abundance of free parking, centre wifi and free activities for the kids, there is something for everyone at DFO Cairns.
Cook up a Storm: Pizza making workshops.

Monday, 15 to Friday 19 January 2018
10.00am, 10.45am, 11.30am and 12.15pm

Roll into their pizza making workshops and let the kids get creative with their toppings.

Bookings required.

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School Holiday Program

From Sunday, 8 to Thursday,12 January 2018.
Free assessments for all new children.

Bookings essential.
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School Holiday Workshops.

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

Articulated 2D Underwater Creatures
Monday, 18 January 2018
10.00am – 11.30am / $18.00 / Ages 5 – 8
1.00pm – 3.00pm / $21.00 / Ages 9 – 13

Master Drawings
Tuesday, 9 January 2018
10.00am – 3.00pm / $28.00 / Ages 9 – 16

Draw from Memory
Wednesday, 10 January 2018
10.00am – 12.00pm / $18.00 / Ages 5 – 8
1.00pm – 3.30pm / $21.00 / Ages 8 – 12

Sea Monsters
Thursday, 11 January 2018
10.00am – 11.30am / $18.00 / Ages 5 – 8
1.00pm – 3.00pm / $21.00 / Ages 8 – 12

Wood Block Printmaking
Friday, 12 January 2018
10.00am – 12.00pm / $21.00 / Ages 6 – 9
1.00pm – 3.30pm / $23.00 / Ages 10 – 15

Rainforest Painting
Monday, 15 January 2018
10.00am – 3.00pm / $28.00 / Ages 9 – 15
1.00pm – 3.00pm / $21.00 / Ages 8 – 12

Tuesday, 16 January 2018
10.00am – 11.00am / $18.00 / Ages 5 – 8
1.00pm – 3.00pm / $21.00 / Ages 8 – 15

Chinese Mask Painting
Wednesday, 17 January 2018
10.00am – 11.30am / $18.00 / Ages 5 – 8
1.00pm – 3.00pm / $21.00 / Ages 8 – 12

Flying Bird Sculpture
Thursday, 18 January 2018
10.00am – 11.30am / $18.00 / Ages 5 – 7
1.00pm – 3.00pm / $21.00 / Ages 8 – 12

Class spaces are limited. Bookings essential.

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Cairns Wake Park’s Kids Club is a series of sessions run during the school holidays specifically designed to be an easy learning environment for younger kids. With a target age group of 6 to 12-year-olds, their professional coaches can easily ensure that all kids have a fun time while being introduced to the Wake Park in the most safe and child-friendly way.

The sessions run from 8.30am to 10.00am on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings during the school holidays. The cost is $35.00 per child including all equipment and coaching.

Kids Club
First session is on Wednesday, 3 January from 8.30am – 10.00am.
$35.00 per child per session.

Aqua Park
1 x 50 min session: $15.00.
2 x 50 min sessions (consecutive): $20.00.

Bookings are necessary due to limited spaces.

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Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Hip-Hop, Cheerleading, Lyrical, Contemporary and Mummy and Me.

Two Studios! Boys and girls. From fun to exams, eisteddfods and assessments.

Enrolment Days – Limited Availability
From 8.00am – 4.00pm

Edmonton Studio: Saturday, 14 January
Caravonica Studio: Sunday, 15 January

Bookings essential.
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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!

General Admission:
Adult (15+) $42.00 and Child (aged 3 – 14) $28.00

Annual Passes from:
Adult (15+) $93.00 and Child (aged 3 – 14) $62.00

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

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These school holidays Go Bowling is offering some great deals. Entertain the kids in air-conditioned comfort.

Happy Hour Twice a Day, 7 days a week
Between 9.00am – 10.00am and 3.00 pm – 4.00pm
Kids $7.00 per game / Accompanying adults $9.00 per game.

Family of 4 Mega School Holiday Deal
2 Adults and 2 Kids – play 1 game each for just $35.00.

2 Games plus 2 Amusement Machine Tokens
Kids $16.00 / Accompanying Adults $19.00

3 Games, 3 Amusement Machine Tokens and a Can of Soft Drink
Kids $19.00 / Accompanying Adults $22.00

Bookings are essential.

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Bad Fishy operates thrilling jet boat rides on the Cairns Trinity Inlet, with spins and slides and highspeed donuts, it’s loads of fun and a great way to experience Cairns.

Save 20% off adult and child tickets when you mention PakMag at time of booking this month!

Adult $69.00 – PakMag Special only $55.20
Child $45.00 – PakMag Special only $36.00
(Children must be under 16 and at least 1.2m tall)

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This school holidays Mt Sheridan Plaza has lots happening:

The Magic Chef: FREE 40-minute shows

Monday, 8 to Friday, 12 January 2018
Two shows daily at 10.00am and 12.00pm in Centre Court

Nick Britt, who’s based in Queensland, has been doing shows for over ten years and has performed for over half a million people. Nick will amaze you with his jawdropping tricks. A duck appears out of nowhere and then vanishes into thin air.

You will need:
•• A pinch of comedy
•• A good dose of magic
•• Sprinkle of laughter
•• Throw in a dash of audience participation
•• Simmer for 30-45mins, and watch carefully

Build-A-Bear Workshops

3 sessions per day:
10.00am – 11.00am
11.30am – 12.30pm
1.00pm – 2.00pm

Children will have the chance to build and bring to life their very own soft toy, a companion they will cherish forever. They can dress their teddy bear in a range of styles, with clothing and dresses complemented by socks, shoes, hats and glasses.

ONLY $10.00 (additional accessories sold separately).
Limited spaces (30 pax).

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Discover where Australia begins at Tjapukai. Explore the rich history of the world’s oldest living culture, dating back over 50, 000 years. Whether you visit the park by day or night, you’ll enjoy a unique cultural experience with performance, dance, food and arts.

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, recieve:
•• FREE activities with paying adult.
•• FREE lunch with paying adult or FREE Night Fire Dinner and Show.

Local ID must be shown on arrival to recieve local special.

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

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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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Kid’s cooking classes! Fun, educational and hands-on classes teaching children the joy of cooking. Allinclusive 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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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, an 18-hole mini-golf course and a family friendly restaurant.

Families can enjoy a full day of fun with unlimited entry to the Adventure playground, lap pool or mini golf for a whole day. Prices start from just $4.00. The restaurant offers a full vegan menu on top of their regular menu, which is perfect for special dietary requirements and allergies.

Open daily from 7.00am
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January School Holiday Program

Hot Shots: Ages 5+
Monday, 8 and 15 January.
Wednesday, 10 and 17 January.
Friday, 12 and 19 January.
9.00am – 1.00pm.
$50.00 per session includes morning tea and lunch.

Free Tennis and Sign-on Day
Saturday, 20 and 27 January.
9.00am – 12.00pm.
ANZ Hot Shots Gala Week
Monday, 22 to Thursday, 25 January.
$5.00 per 1hr session.

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Launchpad Holiday Program:

The launchpad holiday programs are perfect for new children to try gymnastics before enrolling in term classes, they are also a great way for existing members to continue their gymnastics during the holiday.

Tuesday, 9 to Thursday, 11 January 2018
Tuesday, 16 to Thursday, 18 January 2018
From 10.00am – 12.00pm
From prep to Grade 6

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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.

PakMag readers and locals specials available!
Call for more details.

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Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures, Kuranda Koala Gardens and Birdworld Kuranda are all 100 per cent locally owned and operated by a family company since 1980.
They are proud of their achievements in the field of professional wildlife tourism and their attractions offer a variety of ways to experience wildlife in the tropics.

Wildlife fun for a whole year!
The Mega Wildcard gives you unlimited entry to all three attractions for a whole twelve months.
Pass available for purchase at all three attractions.

Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures
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Kuranda Koala Gardens
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Classes in January:

Smart Owl
Friday, 5 January 2018
From: 5.00pm – 10.00pm
Ages: 18+

Blue Ballerina
Sunday, 7 January 2018
From: 1.00pm – 4.30pm
Ages: 12+

How to Paint Music
Friday, 19 January 2018
From: 6.00pm – 9.00pm
Ages: 18+

Your Song
Friday, 27 January 2018
From: 6.00pm – 9.00pm
Ages: 18+

For bookings, which are essential, and more information visit their website.
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Happy New Football Year!

Holiday Clinics
Suitable for boys and girls aged 5 – 16 years.
9.00am – 12.00pm each day.

Week 1:
Monday, 8 to Wednesday, 10 January

Week 2:
Monday, 15 to Wednesday, 17 January
9.00am – 12.00pm each day

Located at Cairns State High School
Cost – JGFA Players: $35.00 per day or $80.00 for 3 days. Non JGFA Players: $40.00 per day or $100.00 for 3 days.
What to bring: Hat, soccer boots/trainers, snacks and water bottle.

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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.
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.
20% discount off retail prices for locals. Local ID must be provided upon arrival.

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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!
20% discount off retail prices for locals. Must present local ID upon arrival.

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Their Mega Session is on again these school holidays on 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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Open every day from 10.00am during the school holidays.

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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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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