SCHOOL HOLIDAY GUIDE – DECEMBER 2018 [CAIRNS]
What are you doing these school holidays? Check out some of the TOP things to do in the school holidays this December!
THE YOUNG COMPANY
Join The Young Company Theatre for the summer holidays with their 4 or 5 day Performance Programs (5 – 18yrs). Your young performer will discover and develop their electrifying creative abilities, super charged social confidence and magnetic idea generation skills as they are nurtured through our powerful youth theatre framework.
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Head on down to DFO for some festive school holiday fun!
Ice skating rink – 1st – 24th December, 9.00am – 5.00pm daily
Glide into an icy wonderland for just $15 for adults and $12 for children (45-minute sessions). Bookings via DFO Cairns Facebook page.
Meet Santa – 1st – 24th December, 10.00am – 3.00pm daily
Meet Santa at DFO, take a selfie with him and take home a FREE Santa activity book.
Gift wrapping – 9th – 24th December, 10.00am – 4.00pm
daily, gold coin donations support the Leukaemia Foundation.
Snap a photo at any Christmas activity, post it to the DFO Cairns Facebook page with #DFOcairns for your chance to win a prize!
Paradise for young and old with lots to keep the kids occupied during these school holidays with their swimming pool, adventure playground, giant jumping pillow and an 18-hole mini-golf course.
Families can enjoy a full day of fun. Prices start from $4.
Open daily from 7.00am.
Head down to The Pier to get your Christmas shopping done or grab a bite to eat.
Win $100 every day at The Pier by shopping or dining at any retailer or restaurant between the 1st of December and the 14th of December. Fill out the entry form to go into the draw.
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JUNGLE JUICE AND RAINFOREST MINI GOLF
Enjoy nine holes of mini golf in the rainforest followed by a fresh juice or smoothie! Situated in the Kuranda Original Rainforest Markets.
Open 6 days per week 9.00am – 3.00pm. Closed Tuesdays.
9 Holes of Mini Golf – $5.00 per person.
CAIRNS COLONIAL CLUB
Treat the kids to a night at the Cairns Colonial Club Resort! Enjoy three lagoon style pools, 11 acres of tropical rainforest and a super spacious, fully air-conditioned studio room with kitchenette. Kids 12 & under stay & eat for FREE!
Call or email for special “locals” rate.
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CAIRNS ART GALLERY
Introduce children to the fun of art with creative workshops at the Cairns Art Gallery these school holidays. Using printmaking techniques children will design layered images or learn floristry designs to create a table arrangement. These crafts are perfect for Christmas and can be used as greeting cards or decorations during the festive season.
Cost: $14 – $24
Ages: 4 – 15yrs
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PCYC Queensland is the #1 provider of gymnastics across the State. Their gymnastics team strives to provide quality coaching that improves fundamental motor skills, strength, flexibility and fitness. They cater from 12 months to adults with a pathway program to suit all abilities. Call for information on how you can be a part of this exciting program.
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P 4069 5890 Cooktown
P 4061 3442 Innisfail
Visit the enchanted forest where Santa has been waiting to meet you!
Santa photos – happening daily until Christmas Eve from 10.00am – 4.00pm. Bookings can be made online but walk-ins are accepted. Gift wrapping – Let volunteers from the Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation wrap your Christmas
presents for a gold coin donation.
Christmas Carollers – Near Santa’s enchanted forest every Saturday in December at 11.00am and 1.00pm.
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NUKZU MUAY THAI
Small family-run gym holding Muay Thai and Jump Fit mini trampoline classes to get kids fit, active, and having fun.
Build fitness, strength, and make friends!
SOUTH CAIRNS GYMNASTICS
Kids love the structured activities run by friendly, qualified coaches.
South Cairns Gymnastics’ launchpad programs are perfect for children to try gymnastics before enrolling in term classes, they are also a great way for existing members to continue their gymnastics during the holidays.
NinjaGym Classes: Saturdays from 10.30am – 11.30am
Cost: $12.00 Age: Prep to Grade 6
KUR-COW BARNWELL FARM
Get the kids outdoors these school holidays with a visit to KUR-Cow Barnwell Farm.
With a petting zoo, hay rides, horse riding, ATVs, horse shows, organic farm walk and more, a visit to KUR-Cow Barnwell Farm will keep boredom at bay while giving kids a unique view of life on a farm. 25% off for locals!
P 1300 KUR-Cow
CAIRNS NIGHT MARKETS
You never know what you’ll discover at the Night Markets; from thoughtful handmade gifts to a relaxing massage and plenty of yummy food!
Head down these school holidays and discover all there is to see and do, and pick up those last-minute unique Christmas gifts.
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SMITHFIELD SHOPPING CENTRE
Celebrate the festive season at Smithfield Shopping Centre!
Santa Photos – Find Santa’s house next to Surf Dive n Ski where you can have a photo taken with him every day until Christmas Eve.
$50,000 in prizes to be won! – Simply spend $30 at any retailer and swap your receipt for a Christmas bon-bon at the customer service desk. Crack the bon-bon to find out if you’ve won a prize! You can also complete an entry form for your chance to win a $1,000 gift card.
DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENT
Looking for a perfect camping spot not too far from home? National parks near Cairns offer fun-filled affordable camping.
Get in early to make your camping booking: www.qld.gov.au/camping
If you’re not quite ready to pack a tent, then pack a picnic and visit for a walk. Reaching out to nature is closer (and easier) than you think!
FUSION, FIGHT AND FITNESS
Keep your kids active these school holidays with Fusion, Fight and Fitness.
Monday and Wednesday
Tiny Ninjas (3 – 4 years)
Lil Ninjas (5 – 7 years)
Junior Warriors (8 – 14 years)
Tuesday and Thursday
Lil Ninjas (5 – 7 years)
Junior Warriors (8 – 14 years)
Kids Kickboxing (10 – 14 years)
Get a free trial week if you mention PakMag!
P 0408 799 828
CAIRNS LASER TAG
Love Laser Tag? Your child will love the Christmas Mega Session on the 23rd of December!
For just $30 per person your child will enjoy special mega missions as well as a delicious sausage sizzle. Free passes with 6-month validity will be given out during the afternoon! On from 1.00pm – 5.00pm.
STEP IT UP CREW
A range of classes are available, with the main aim to have fun while building confidence and developing various skills. Classes are available for children as young as two, starting with fun and basic dance and working their way up through each level as new dance components are introduced.
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Jump Mania is an indoor jumping trampoline park responsible for bringing the trampoline revolution to Cairns! A 1,000 square metre airconditioned warehouse with wall-to-wall trampolines making backyard trampolining a thing of the past.
Check out their website for session times and events.
HARTLEY’S CROCODILE ADVENTURES
Looking for a new adventure? Take a boat cruise, visit the crocodile farm, and meet other animals including tropical birds, reptiles, cassowaries and koalas. A great day out for the whole family.
Head over to Jamaica Blue at Cairns Central for your next family meal. Offering classic café meals as well as more unique options and kid-friendly meals.
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MT SHERIDAN PLAZA
Get into the Christmas spirit at Mt Sheridan Plaza these school holidays!
Santa photos – Have a photo taken with Santa and take home a complimentary gift! No bookings required and Santa will be there until Christmas Eve.
Sensory Santa – On the 1st of December from 9.00am – 10.00am catering to children with special needs. Bookings required.
Christmas market – Come join Santa and his helpers and browse a variety of stalls to find the gifts you’ve been looking for!
CAIRNS INDOOR SPORTS
Head on down to Cairns Indoor Sports this summer for a game of cricket, netball, soccer, beach volleyball or dodgeball. Now introducing the PLAY NOW program where you don’t have to wait to find a team – Cairns Indoor Sports will do the leg work for you. Game on!
CAIRNS INTERNATIONAL TENNIS CENTRE
ANZ Hot Shots Programs available ranging from 3 years of age and up.
2018 Membership: Existing members $59.00. New members $79.00. FREE day court hire with all memberships.
Take the family to the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Wildlife Habitat, Rainforestation Nature Park and Cairns Zoom and Wildlife Dome.
An Annual Four Park Pass means you can visit these parks as many times as you want for only $130.00 per year for the whole family! That’s school holidays and weekends sorted for 12 months!
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CHOI KWANG-DO MARTIAL ART CENTRE
Introduction to Choi Kwang-Do
Cost: $120.00 for 4 weeks. First class is FREE.
All classes will be open to the public.
TOBRUK MEMORIAL POOL
Check out the activities that Tobruk Memorial Pool has available these school holidays!
- Holiday Swimming Program
- Pool Inflatable Obstacle Course
- Jump Zone (Trampolines and Inflatable Military Course)
Conditions and costs may apply, for more information visit their website. Bookings essential.
Inflatable Kingdom provides a high-energy, action-packed environment with inflatables of all shapes and sizes. Open every day of the school holidays 9.00am – 4.00pm.
ART BY LOUISE BROADBENT
Louise Broadbent’s children’s art workshops offer a relaxed school holiday activity perfect for creative kids.
Workshops are $65 for ages 7 and up. All materials provided, just bring a packed lunch and your creativity!
Art by Louise Broadbent
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STOCKLAND SHOPPING CENTRE
Santa’s Play Pen: free child minding 17th – 24th December
Stockland Cairns are offering a free child-minding service to help take some of the stress out of Christmas shopping. The kids will be entertained with arts, craft, books and games, giving you time to pick up those last minute items. Paw Patrol will be dropping in to visit, plus don’t miss the community performances spreading Christmas joy and cheer!