Need entertainment for the family and kids these school holidays? We have put together a big list of the best places to go, things to see and things to do during the Christmas break – all full of fun! Check out our ultimate Townsville School Holiday Guide below:
Make this school holiday season less stressful by booking your child into part time or full time vacation care at one of the 14 Mary MacKillop Childcare NQ Outside School Hours Care centres. Vacation Care services are located at many Catholic Schools across the Diocese in Mount Isa, Charters Towers, Ingham, Proserpine, Bowen and Townsville.
As part of the vacation care program, children aged 5 – 11 years will engage in fun activities and excursions that are supervised by caring, qualified staff, all in a safe and nurturing environment that encourages free learning. Visit their website to find a Vacation Care program near you.
P 4726 3299
Ninja Parc is designed to get kids moving and learning new skills through an indoor obstacle course. It’s extremely fun and your child can improve their agility through the various rope climbs, bouldering challenges and much more. The school holiday program is fully supervised and available from 2.00pm – 5.00pm weekdays for kids aged 6 – 14 years old. Or, join them for a single session at any time.
Cost: From $19.95. (Food, drink, lolly bag and free Ninja Parc water bottle provided for the fully supervised school holiday sessions for $50.00)
A 18 Black Hawk Boulevard, Thuringowa Central
P 0427 139 762
Kids can enjoy the Summer Reading Club challenges and its fun activities by picking up the challenge sheet from the libraries (also downloadable). Plus, the epic Kid’s History Hunt with Townsville’s local museums lets you test your scavenger skills and even win a prize at the end!
Visit the libraries for even more games, puzzles, the best books and toys. You can find more information on fun summer activities on their website below.
Grab a copy of the FREE treasure hunt map and go exploring the inner city center with friends these school holidays! Answer the questions and drop your completed sheet into a treasure chest at the Gallery for the chance to win awesome arty prizes, right up until January 22.
A Inner City Townsville
P 4727 9011
Inflatable Kingdom is every kid’s dream – a giant inflatable playground where kids are free to slide,climb and jump on 10 jumping castles in fully air conditioned comfort. Just be prepared to be met with “Just one more slide!” when it’s time to go. Sessions last a massive 2.5 hours. It’s a great way to let your kids enjoy themselves while getting out of the house and exercising.
Cost: Prices start from $10.00. Book online to save 10% off entry price. And don’t forget your socks!
P 4755 4422
A 72-88 Hervey Range Rd, Condon
There’s nothing more fun than speeding round a track with an awesome pair of skates on – whether you’re racing your friends or simply having a good time. Sk8way provides all Townsville locals with the facilities to do so and offers plenty of school holiday sessions for your kids to let that energy out, exercise and develop their skating skills. They also have ‘learn to skate’ lessons starting from just $10.00.
Cost: From $10.00 – $18.00. Skate hire is available for just $4.00 per person – or purchase your own pair from the Skate Shop.
A Unit 3/72-88 Hervey Range Rd
P 4755 4422
Wildcatz Indoor Sports offer a fun and social way to exercise, get fit and have fun. There are a variety of junior sports such as cricket, netball and soccer, as well as plenty of fun for adults too – from social teams through to competitive levels. Nominate a team with your friends, or let the staff find a suitable team for you. Rain or shine, it’s always time for a game at Wildcatz Indoor Sports.
A 18 Black Hawk Boulevard, Thuringowa Central
P 4723 1414 Wildcatz
Kumon’s Maths and English programs build students’ abilities step-by-step, at the students’ own pace. Students who missed essential concepts in class can go back and catch-up, and if your child needs a bit of
extra help after-school, or if they need a challenge, then Kumon is here to help. Whether you’re staying at home during the Christmas break or going on holiday, the flexibility of Kumon’s learning options will suit any family’s schedule.
P 0424 155 171 Pimlico
P 0417 070 826 Kirwan
If you’re looking to revitalise in paradise, gather the family and head to the gorgeous King Reef Resort at Kurrimine Beach. Explore all day, swim in the tranquil ocean or pool, build sandcastles on the beach and return to relax with a gorgeous sunset view from your beachfront shack. You can also hire a family pedal bike, go fishing, and more – the possibilities are endless.
A 75 Jacobs Rd, Kurrimine Beach
P 4065 6144
Pop over to Fairfield Central for all your shopping needs and great bargains, with over 40 specialty stores, cafés and restaurants to enjoy. Fairfield eats is open seven days a week until late. Kids will love to play in the new indoor space; Fairfield Play while you take a break and relax.
A Cnr Waterfront Parade and Lakeside Dr
P 4778 4249
Get the kids off the iPad and outside for some fun! Kids of all ages can come and try golf at Pandanus Park Golf Centre’s undercover driving range, where they can learn and practice how to hold a golf club, practice their hand-eye coordination, and see how far they can hit the ball. The golf centre is open 7 days a week, bookings not required.
Cost: Free entry. Kids aged 14 and under can play from $10.00 each with the ‘Have-A-Go Pack’, which includes a small bucket of 45 balls and Kids Club hire. Adults from $12.00 each.
A 2 Tompkins Road, Shaw
P 4774 6532
Experience the Great Barrier Reef without getting wet at the world’s largest living coral reef aquarium. As the Australian Government’s National Education Centre for the Great Barrier Reef, Reef HQ Aquarium will introduce you to an amazing and magical underwater world, featuring hundreds of charismatic marine creatures. Please note: Reef HQ will be closing in February for refurbishments, so get in this month for your underwater fix.
Cost: While COVID-19 safety measures are taken by the aquarium all general admission tickets will receive a 25% discount. Sessions will need to be booked in advance. Find more information and ticket prices online.
A 2/68 Flinders St, Townsville City
P 4750 0800
At this academy, full-time Professional Instructors will help kids aged three years old and above all the way as they start learning at the full time martial art premises, open daily, 9.30am – Monday through to Saturday. It’s more than just punching and kicking, they can help anyone to become fitter, stronger, faster, more flexible and more successful. There are a variety of classes in both morning and evening as well as special offers available.
Cost: From $34.00 – mention you saw this in PakMag and get the school holidays special Unlimited Pass ($50.00 for January) as well as a uniform.
A CKD Building 741 Riverway Drive, Thuringowa Central
P 4773 9794 or 0481 749 607
The Townsville Sailing Club holds school holiday fun days for all school ages, so make sure to keep an eye out on their social media pages for more information (see below). In addition, the club will be having a Family Camping Weekend at Lake Paluma from 22 January – 26 January, full of socialising, sailing, exploring the bush and more. Sites must be booked personally beforehand (get in quick before all sites are booked out!).
Cost: From $43.40 (tent site for two nights).
A 3 Mariner Dr, The Strand
A Lake Paluma, Crystal Creek (roughly 1hr 30min drive from Townsville).
P 4772 1105
Get up close and personal with a huge variety of native Australian animals at the Billabong Sanctuary. Hand feed kangaroos, hold a koala, watch the amazing crocodile feeding shows and more. Learn about Pythons at the Reptile Show or check out the bird flight shows. Keep an eye out for the Ranging Rovers as they walk around with various animals (including dingoes on a leash!), stopping to meet family groups, between 1 and 4 January from 10.30am – 12.30pm. There’s a loveable creature for anyone at Billabong – whether you’re into the gentle birds or snappy crocs!
Cost: From $26.00 (children 4 – 16 years) – $115.00 (Family Pass, 2A + 2C). Open from 9.00am – 2.00pm daily excluding Christmas day.
A 17km South of Townsville on the Bruce Highway
P 4778 8344
Escape the heat and have a cool time these summer holidays with family and friends at Townsville’s very own ice skating rink. Test your abilities or simply have a fun time sliding and gliding around on any day of the week. All sessions are 90 minutes long, starting from 9.00am and ending at 4.00pm, plus disco skate sessions from 7.00pm – 9.00pm on Fridays and Saturdays. Don’t want to skate? Tobogganing is only $5.00 for six whole slides! Visit the website below for more information.
Cost (includes skate hire): From $10.00 (five years and under) – $65.00 (Family Pass, 2A + 2C). Ticket price is lower on Cheap Tuesdays from 7.00pm – 9.00pm.
A 3/5 Illuka St, Currajong
P 0407 988 628
Mobile Mini Golf brings you your own Nine Hole Mini Golf Course to a venue of your choice – perfect for parties, events, or simply a day of fun with friends or family these holidays. They will set up the course and provide golf clubs, balls and score cards, making everything easy for you, then return to collect it all up again once you’ve had all the fun.
Cost: From $300.00 including delivery and set up.
P 0432 678 846
The award-winning Kurrimine Beach Holiday Park is all about families. There are a number of accommodation options available if you’re after a little getaway – it’s a lovely family bonding and relaxing escape that’s only a short road trip away. If you’re hungry, have a bite to eat at the delicious licensed on-site café. All of this is only a short walk from the beautiful beach. Phone the park or visit the website to check availability and book.
A 9 Coyle St, Kurrimine Beach
P 4065 6166
TYTO is open 365 days a year and is the perfect place for a family day trip of relaxation and education. There is a Regional Art Gallery, a mini military museum, parklands and wetlands, a library and more. From TYTO you can explore Hinchinbrook, a place of beauty surrounded by attractions, including Wallaman Falls – the largest single drop waterfall in the Southern Hemisphere!
TYTO will also be holding an Adrenaline Games – School Holiday Fun day for children and parents on Friday 22 January, full of exciting games and more. Make sure to visit the website to check it out!
A 73/75 Mcilwraith St, Ingham
P 4776 4792
The Police-Citizens Youth Club (PCYC) is a provider of youth and community programs, facilities and more. They provide a large number of children with Outside School Hours Care which includes quality leisure-based experiences focusing on the emotional, social and physical development of young people.
There are also a variety of fun programs and activities for all ages and levels, including Gymnastics, Gym and Fitness, plus other Youth and Community activities. This includes KinderGym, recreational gymnastics, Gym Sports, Competitive Gymnastics programs and more.
Visit the website to find your nearest PCYC branch and for more information.
A French St, Pimlico
P 4781 9100