Mackay School Holiday Guide for January 2021

Young girl standsfacing beach with beach hat on during school holidays

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




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



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



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



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



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



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