Wake House Australia
Giant Inflatables – School’s out! Take on Mackay’s giant inflatable obstacle course on the water. Climb, jump and slide your way through a great activity that will not only keep you fit, but having fun too. Sessions start at 10.00am and 11.00am for $20 per person during the January school holidays. Book online to avoid missing out.
Learn to Kneeboard and Wakeboard – Learn an awesome watersport in Wake House’s Grom Squad classes, held every Saturday and Sunday at 7.00am throughout December and January. All safety equipment included. Suitable for ages six to 12, costs ranging from $32-42 per person. Pre-booking online is essential.
A 504 Michigan Way, Andergrove Lakes
P 1300 500 261
Fb WakeHouse Cable Park – Mackay
Check out the exciting (and educational) activities happening at Caneland Central these school holidays.
Nickleby the Magician, 13th – 17th January, 10.00am – 1.00pm daily – Nickleby the Magician will return to Caneland for a series of Magic Workshops with the kids. Each child will receive a free magic kit and learn tricks to replicate with the family.
Cooking Classes, 20th – 24th January, 10.00am – 1.00pm daily – The kids can join the Colourful Chef on a foodie adventure and make some magical treats.
These activities are both FREE, but bookings essential. Call the centre to book.
A Cnr Victoria St & Mangrove Rd, Mackay
P 4944 7111
Fb Caneland Central
Big4 Whitsundays Tropical Eco Resort
Fancy a little 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, pool and a brand-new ninja challenge course. It’s a hub of family entertainment set in a peaceful tropical environment.
Kids Club, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday*, 10.00am – 12.00pm – Enjoy Kids Club activities for four to 12-yea-olds.
Kids Disco, every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday* from 4.00pm – 5.00pm – Get ready to party at the kids’ disco! Jumping pillow and ninja course will be free, and waffles will be available at the café starting at $5.
Movie Nights, every Tuesday and Friday*, starting from Tuesday the 7th – Enjoy a movie together with family and friends, starting from 6.30pm at Centre Stage. There will be a special Australia Day screening of Red Dog on the 26th of January.
Charity Nights, every Saturday* starting 11th January from 6.00pm – There will be an appearance from the Incredibles, a sausage sizzle for $2, Bingo for $5, family quizzes, karaoke and prizes to be won, all at centre stage. *of the school holidays.
A 2955 Shute Harbour Rd, Flametree
P 4946 9388
Fb Whitsundays Tropical Eco Resort
Kidz Life Play Centre
It’s slides, tunnels and ball pits galore at Kidz Life Play Centre. With a ball pit, triple deck play structure, huge double slide, fully fenced toddler area and much more, it’s a great day out for all. The Play Centre is indoors and airconditioned, so it’s always playtime – rain, hail or shine.
During school holidays, Kidz Life Play Centre is open from 9.00am – 3.00pm Mondays to Fridays and 9.00am – 4.00pm on Saturdays. Don’t forget your socks!
Cost: Admission on school holidays is $8.50 for children aged one to five, $10.50 for children aged six to 12 and $4 for parents (one adult charge per family). All proceeds go to help the under-privileged. Parents receive a free drink from the café with admission.
A 75 Evans Ave, North Mackay
P 4953 5575
Fb Kidz Life Play Centre
Discover the thrill of go-kart racing at Sidetrax, an airconditioned indoor go-karting entertainment hub. Hop in a go-kart and get ready to race your friends to the finish line.
Suitable for ages seven and over. Drivers must be at least 120cm tall to reach the peddles on the karts. Sidetrax also offer double seater karts for younger passengers or those with special needs (must be accompanied by an adult).
Be sure to wear long pants or shorts, closed in shoes and no loose clothing.
Cost: $35 for your first ride (includes a license valid for 12 months), $30 for every other ride. Every sixth ride is free! Rides go for 10 minutes. Bookings are not required during the day, but essential if coming after 6.30pm on weekdays or after 7.00pm on Fridays and Saturdays.
A 275 Nebo Rd, West Mackay
P 4829 4707
Souths Leagues Club
If you’re looking for a hassle-free meal, you’ll find it at Souths Leagues Club. Souths has a great community vibe and a Kids’ Zone located in a private room adjacent to the bistro.
While you tuck into a delicious meal, the kids will be busy tiring themselves out with games, activities, movies and play equipment. There is also an attached outdoor play area for extra fun.
Activities – There are activity sheets available to keep the kids occupied with a crossword, spot the difference and word search.
Child-Minding Service – Souths Leagues Club offers a complimentary child-minding service, fully equipped to supervise children from 2.5 to 14 years of age.
Kids Under 12 Eat FREE on Thursdays – Choose from grilled chicken, chicken crackles, battered whiting or beef lasagne as well as the salad and veg bar and ice cream Kids’ Afternoon at the Movies, 26th January at 3.00pm – Bring the kids for an afternoon of movies in the Milton rooms. They are welcome to bring a pillow while mum and dad relax in the club.
A 181 Milton St, Mackay
P 4957 2166
Souths Leagues Club Mackay
Mount Pleasant Centre
Check out the workshops that are happening at Mount Pleasant Centre these school holidays.
Mini Chef Workshops, Tuesday 14th – Thursday 16th January, from 10.00am daily – Bubble Muffin workshops encourage kids to come along and learn about fresh local produce and healthy food choices. Workshops are free, but spots are limited to 20 per session. Bookings essential – call 4969 2400 to book.
Miniature Garden Workshops, Monday 20th – Friday 24th January from 10.00am – 2.00pm daily – Build your own miniature dinosaur or unicorn gardens these school holidays. Workshops cost a gold coin donation with all proceeds going to the Mackay Hospital Foundation. No bookings necessary, just come along with a gold coin and a creative spirit.
A Cnr Bucasia Rd and Phillip St, North Mackay
P 4969 2400
Fb Mount Pleasant Centre
School holiday boredom kicking in? Porters have some activities happening they are sure to love.
School Holiday Craft Activities, Wednesday 8th January and Saturday 11th January from 8.00am – 11.00am (both days) – Keep the kids entertained and inspire their creative minds with the school holiday activity craft sessions, facilitated by Maighan Grant from Mackay Community Garden.
Cost: $10 per child, bookings required. There are limited spots, so get in quick to avoid disappointment.
A Cnr Gordon & Brisbane St, Mackay
P 4967 3333
Mackay Regional Council Libraries
Aside from reading books, there are some other cool things happening at the libraries these school holidays.
Dad’s Reading Group, Saturday 4th January from 10.30am – 11.30am at Gordon White Library: The Neighbourhood Hub invites you to Dad’s Reading Group. Bookings required.
Cover Your Books, Thursday 9th January from 2.00pm – 3.00pm at Dudley Denny City Library: Learn how to cover your school books and make them stand out beautifully in time for the first day back at school. Bookings required.
Night at the Library, Monday 20th January from 5.00pm – 6.30pm at Gordon White Library: Discover secret library business when the doors close at night. Receive a backstage pass to discover and participate in a variety of activities, robotics, storytelling and block building. Suitable for ages 7-17, free but parental supervision and bookings required.
A Dudley Denny Library – 134 Victoria St, Mackay
A Gordon White Library – 54 Phillip St, Mount Pleasant
P 4961 9387
Fb Mackay Regional Council Libraries
What are your plans for these school holidays?
Head on down to the Mackay Indoor Sports Arena on Wednesday the 3rd July from 10.00am – 1.00pm for the School Holiday Fun Day.
For just $15, your child can take part in netball, soccer, dodgeball, volleyball and Inflatable Kingdom. They will be provided with a sausage sizzle lunch, drinks and icy pole.
Suitable for children aged 5-15. Pre-booking essential, but you can pay on the day.
A Mackay Indoor Sports Arena, Harbour Rd, Mackay
P 4957 2672
Fb Inflatable Kingdom Mackay
Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens
There’s plenty to do at the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens for kids. They’ll even learn something! The following activity sheets can be picked up from the gardens’ administration.
Alphabet I Spy – Can you spot these items with your eyes during your visit to the gardens?
Birdwatching Quiz – How many of these birds can you spot in the gardens? Keep your eyes peeled…
25 Fun Things to do in the Gardens – Try one of these 25 activities and you certainly won’t be bored.
Tibbles Hide n Seek – Can you help find Tibbles, the resident gnome? He has hidden a series of letters which spell a secret word. Pick up a free activity sheet from administration and begin your search through the gardens.
A 9 Lagoon St, Mackay
P 4952 7300
Fb Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens