COVID-19 has meant having to find things to do at home and popular places closing. This made holidays more stressful, and caused a lot more boredom during COVID lockdowns. Fortunately, things are beginning to open back up, pubic venues can hold more people and programs for kids are starting to run again. Here is PakMag’s school holiday guide September 2020 for Cairns. The kids will never get bored with these places to visit, awesome things to do and programs to join!
Still Life Drawing with Yixy for kids 7 – 10 years, 22 September, 10.00am.
Still Life Drawing with Yixy for teens 11 – 14 years, 22 September, 1.00am.
Botanical Drawing and Painting with Heather Koowootha for kids 8 – 12 years, 24 September, 10.00am.
Tropical Collage with Hayley Gillespie for kids 5 – 7 years, 28 Sept, 10.00am.
Under the Sea Painting with Hayley Gillespie for kids 8 – 13 years, 28 September, 1.00pm.
Tropical T -shirt with Hayley Gillespie for kids 5 – 8 years, 29 September, 10.00pm.
Tropical T -shirt with Hayley Gillespie for teens 9 – 13 years, 29 September, 1.00pm.
Landscape Painting with Jim Rea for kids 10 – 14 years, 30 September, 10.00am.
Cost: Prices vary for each class and depending on whether you are a member. Visit the website to learn more.
A 40 Abbott St, Cairns City
P 0421 106 462
The adventure begins at Cairns Aquarium. The only aquarium in the world exclusively dedicated to the habitats and species of Tropical North Queensland. It’s a great way to keep the kids learning these school holidays in the most fun way possible. The best part? Locals receive a 20 per cent discount year-round on general admission prices!
There are tickets available for adults, children, families (2A + 2C) and even an annual pass for 12 months admission.
A 5 Florence St, Cairns City
P 4044 7300
FB Cairns Aquarium
Check out Baby Rhyme Time, a recurring event, for song singing, action rhymes, the opportunity to explore books and nurture your baby’s language, literacy, social skills and more.
Storytime is another recurring event for pre-school aged children to encourage a love for books and help develop their early social and literacy skills. The sessions usually have themes and can involve movement and rhymes along with the stories.
Visit the website for times, locations and more.
A Smithfield, City, Earlville, Stratford, Manunda
There’s something for the whole family at Cairns Night Markets, with so many stalls offering souvenirs, clothing, arts, crafts, homewares, skincare products, jewellery and much more. You can enjoy the markets after dinner as they’re open late, or go there for dinner – they always have delicious food and desserts. Open daily from 4.30pm – 10.30pm (food courts open daily at 11.00am).
A 71 – 575 The Esplanade, Cairns
P 4051 7666
FB Night Markets
The Cairns Ice Skating Rink will be open daily during the school holidays so get your long socks on and get ready to slide! Test your skating skills or have a casual outing with the family or friends with sessions starting from 9.30am – 11.00am, 11.30am to 1.00pm, 1.30pm – 3.00pm and lastly 3.30pm – 5.00pm. Tobogganing is also available.
Cost: From $5.00. No bookings required.
A DFO Cairns, 274 Mulgrave Rd, Westcourt
P 0437 929 373
Cupcake Decorating Workshop
Monday 21 September – Friday 25 September, 11am – 1pm daily
*Option to create in our workshops or take it home. No bookings required.
Monday 28 September – Friday 2 October, 4pm daily
*Bookings required, keep an eye on the DFO Facebook page for the link.
A 274 Mulgrave Rd, Westcourt
P 4051 7444
Cazalys FREE Kids Club is Open! The room is unsupervised but a great escape to enjoy a coffee or a meal while watching the kids enjoy what’s on offer. The room is decked out with PlayStation and Nintendo stations for the older kids, with large tv screens and a playground which will keep the little ones busy for hours.
A 344 Mulgrave Rd, Westcourt Cairns
P 4045 1464
Edu-Kingdom specialise in tutoring services for students from Year 1 to 12 for any topic, from calculus to power writing. The professional tutors have years of experience as well as a range of teaching styles, ensuring your child will leave prepared for school and a life of learning. Visit the website for all of the information you need regarding courses, assessments, and more.
A 343 Sheridan St, Cairns North
P 0439 897 776
FB Edu-Kingdom College Cairns
Classes are available for ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, hip hop, acrobatics, and singing! Suitable from two years of age to adults. They have great classes for beginners, including Playdance for 2 – 3 year olds, Babies Ballet for 3 – 4 year olds, and a junior class for budding male dancers.
Cost: From $11.50 (30 min class). Family discounts are available: 50% off third child, 4th child free.
A 168 Draper St, Cairns City
P 4051 4888
FB FNQ Dance Academy
Visit Hartley’s for an adventure you’ll never forget, with a choice of the crocodile and snake shows, plus MUCH more. Between the shows you can stroll the 2500 metres of pathways and boardwalks that will take you through Melaleuca Wetlands, Eucalypt, Woodland and Riverine rainforest.
Cost: $41.00 Adults, $20.50 Children, $102.50 Family (2A + 2C)
A Hartleys Crocodile Adventures – Captain Cook Hwy, Wangetti
P 4055 3576
FB Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures
Experience two and a half hours of action-packed fun on TEN massive jumping castles, inflatable obstacle courses, and games. Use the sports court and ball pit to get out all your child’s energy for the day – they’ll have the absolute best time!
Cost: $10.00 for children aged five and under and $17.00 for children six and over. Online bookings will save 10 percent off entry price. Don’t forget your socks!
A 164 Mayers St, Manunda
P 4032 2844
FB Inflatable Kingdom
Come in for holiday fun at iPlay Cairns, where they have great deals with play packs and load bonus deals. There is no age limit for the great arcades, whether you’re a little kid or a very grown-up kid, they’ll have something for everyone. Games include Wizard of Oz, Jurassic Park, Dark Escape, Quik Drop and much more. Sun-Wed 9 am – 9 pm. Thu-Sat 9 am – 10 pm
Cost: Varies, see website.
A Cairns Central Shopping Centre
P 4243 3209
Start the school holidays on the right foot by learning and improving your soccer skills with the JGFA clinics. Clinics are every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday during the school holidays. Learn skills, techniques, enjoy competitions, all while having fun and making new friends! Whether at a beginner, intermediate or advanced level, all boys and girls aged 5 – 16 years old are welcome to join.
Places are limited so register online now!
A Hollaways Beach Sporting Complex
P 0450 181 626 Jamie
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
FB King Reef Resort
The park is complete with family cabins and camping sites (powered), kitchen and BBQ, and an open campfire to roast marshmallows with the kids while camping. It’s surrounded by beautiful rainforest and the perfect place for a relaxing family getaway as you can go to the lake less than 10 minutes away.
Cost: From $24.00 for two people (unpowered site).
A 198 Lakes Dr, Lake Eacham
P 4095 3730
These school holidays, Lake Tinaroo Holiday Park will be abuzz with all the excitement of Spring. We’ll have Crazy Bron return for Saturday morning face painting for guests, as well as live music by the camp fire on Saturday evenings. Come Stay & Play for some good old-fashioned holiday fun.
Cost: FREE (for guests) from $95.00 / night accommodation
A 4-28 Tinaroo Falls Dam Road, Tinaroo
P 4095 8232
Bring your games to life with 90 minutes of laser tag for $25.00/player. Sessions are strictly limited to allow for safe social distancing rules. Sessions start at 10.00am, 12.00pm, 2.00pm or 4.00pm every day during school holidays. Minimum contact, Maximum fun!
Bookings ESSENTIAL. Anyone over the age of 6 is welcome to play!
A T1, DFO Shopping Centre, 274 Mulgrave Rd, Westcourt
P 4031 9865
Little Pearls Swim School has passionate and caring instructors ready to guide your baby and child through their swimming journey. Offering uniquely small class sizes, an award-winning program and a gentle filtration system perfect for sensitive skin. The swimming program is developed around child development principles and gentle techniques.
Contact the Little Pearls Swim School team for information on pricing.
A 1 Cumberland Ave, Smithfield
P 4038 1241
FB Little Pearls Swim School
Build a Bear Workshops – A FURbulous experience at Mt Sheridan Plaza where you can bring to life their very own Lil Cub by participating in a fun heart ceremony! Clothes and accessories will also be available and sold separately. Once you’ve customised the look of your new teddy bear, you can bring it to life with scents, make a wish and add a heart – a Build-A-Bear Workshop trademark.
Cost: $7.00 per bear. Sessions run for one hour, every 30 minutes from 9.00am – 3.00pm. Places are limited so book online now!
Zoo to You – Zoo to You will transform Centre Court to life, enjoy this engaging educational and entertaining wildlife experience. Learn fun facts with the entertaining team, who will take delight in teaching you about each animal’s amazing ecological story. After all every animal has a job to do!
The Wild Action shows are nestled into centre court with 5 shows daily at 10:00am, 10:30am, 11:00am, 11:30am and 12.00pm. Bookings are essential due to Covid Restrictions, book online.
A 106 Barnard Dr, Mt Sheridan
P 4036 3150 Mt Sheridan Plaza
Want unlimited fun and unforgettable experiences? CaPTA Group offers great tours and attractions in both Cairns and Port Douglas. Enjoy the beautiful Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Cairns Zoom and Wildlife Dome, Rainforestation Nature Park and the Wildlife Habitat in Port Douglas. And, to sweeten the deal… if you’re a local, you can get some awesome discounts too!
The Group Annual Pass allows you to have unlimited admission to all four of the parks mentioned above, so you can enjoy an abundance of adorable Aussie animals, indigenous culture and much more. Locals’ get 20% off, and as a family this means 12 months of free entry to any or all of the parks (yes – you can go as many times as you like!) for a great price.
Cost: $260.00 for a family, $104.00 for an Adult, $52.00 for a child.
Visit website for terms and conditions. Covid-19 restrictions apply.
CaPTA Head Office:
P 4035 3555
The Wildlife Habitat Rainforest Grand Re-Opening weekend is on the 19th and 20th September. They are also turning 30 and giving great discounts over the weekend (of the 19th and 20th of September); Adults can visit for just $30, children can visit for $15! AND to help fuel your wildlife adventures, they’ll be offering 30% off their menu items from the cafe for guests all weekend (excluding drinks and ice-creams).
Experience the brand new Licuala Tower and sky-high Birdseye Bridge.
On Saturday, relax and enjoy storytelling with the popular “Birds and Books” and get crafty with a range of art and craft activity.
Grab some great giveaways from Wet tropics Management about all things Rainforest!
Go wild for the weekend-long competition of “guess how many lorikeets are in their Rainforest” and closest guess wins the prize!
On Sunday (20th), they will be holding a kids fancy dress competition. Dress as a fanciful rainforest creature or fairy and go into the comp to win great prizes!
Join an experienced photography instructor to learn how to take photos with your digital camera, then put your skills to test in their Koala & Wildlife Park photographing some of their beautiful Australian animals. A total of 6 courses are being offered during the Queensland School Holiday Period from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm on the following dates:
Cost $5o per person. Includes:
- Photography workshop with professional photographer (Max 5 participants)
- Entry to the Koala & Wildlife Park
- Morning tea
- Lunch- Choose from their yummy lunch menu!
This small family-run gym teaches a variety of classes for ages 6 years and up, at any fitness level. Classes include, Muay Thai based fitness, circuit based HIIT, yoga, and much more. They aim to make you fit, fast, and can help fighters improve their techniques or learn more about the art of Muay Thai itself. It’s always a good time to start going to this gym!
A Shed 4, 39 Cannon St, Manunda
P 0415 331 262 Laura
P 0449 026 280 Boy
Treat the family to 18 holes of fun for all ages on their mini golf course, or let the kids run free on the amazing 2-acre adventure playground, complete with slippery slide, climbing frame and the hugely-popular 21-metre bouncing pillow!
A Paradise Palms Dr, Kewarra Beach
P 4059 9922
Paradise Palms Cairns
Visit Kurrimine beach these holidays and make sure to get your building skills ready in the meantime for an intense sandcastle competition on 27 September. There are also a number of accommodation options available at the park if you’re after a little getaway, plus a pool and great on-site café. Phone in to check availability and book. Register for the competition at the park’s reception.
A 9 Coyle St, Kurrimine Beach
P 4065 6166
There are live and interactive online workshops these holidays including animation, coding, arts, science and more! Online bookings open from 14 September, limited spaces available. In addition, you’ll find everything the family could want at Stockland, from specialist shops and great sales, to the delicious food court with a play area right next to it for the kids to enjoy.
A 537 Mulgrave Rd, Earlville
P 4054 3066
FB Stockland Cairns
Table tennis is easy to get into and heaps of fun for all ages. They have social play, practice, coaching and regular fixtures all available for people of all skill levels, for adults and juniors (under 18 years). The club has plenty of bats available for you to use free of charge.
Cost: $7.00 adult non-members, $5 members / $7.00 junior non-members, $4.00 members. Visit the website for membership prices and more general information.
A 99 Sheridan St, Cairns City
P 4051 6825
Table Tennis Cairns
Your young performer will discover their electrifying creative abilities through the four-day, fun and explorative school holidays programs. They will leave with new confidence, problem solving skills, improved acting skills, and knowledge on the essentials of stage performance. Teachers are enthusiastic and passionate.
You can view the timetable for 2020 online and email them for any questions.
A 169 Bunda St, Cairns City
P 4041 4066
FB The Young Company Theatre – TYC
Wuchopperen’s Children and Family Centre offers a range of programs, including Read and Play, Parenting Under Pressure, Playgroup, Come Yarn and Craft and more. All these are beneficial and young children will enjoy the playgroups full of fun activities.
A 6 Moignard St, Manoora
P 4080 1000
A 7 Stokes St, Edmonton
P 4040 3100
Australia’s mining, timber and farming heritage lives again at the Historic Village Herberton. Spend some quality time with family and friends exploring the collection featuring more than 60 original buildings, each housing an extensive display of memorabilia. With quirky Australian collectibles, olden day machinery, vehicles and thousands of genuine antique items, the Village is regarded as one of the most significant outdoor museums in Australia and a whole lot of fun too.
Cost: $31.00 Adults, $15.00 Children.
A 6 Broadway, Herberton
P 4034 3404
FB Historic Village Herberton
Get out and explore the Daintree Rainforest this school holidays at the Daintree Discovery Centre. Its elevated tree top walks offers a unique rainforest experience. Take on the 23 metre high canopy tower, or the ancient Jurassic Forest, featuring life size animatronic dinosaurs that will delight the kids. Or why not experience a world where tiny creatures rule? Inspect our fascinating live Jungle Bug display and learn about how important they are in keeping our ecosystems healthy.
Cost: $90.00 (Family)
A Turn off, Tulip Oak Road, Cape Tribulation Rd, Cow Bay
These school holiday clinics are packed full of fun games, skills, and personal development, for both girls and boys alike. Your footy mad kids will not only get exercise but will gain a deeper understanding of AFL. No Kick Academy FNQ membership required. Ages 6+ welcome.
Week one: Monday 21 September – Wednesday 23, 8.30am – 2.00pm.
Week two: Wednesday 30 September – Friday 2 October, 8.30am – 2.00pm
A Centrals Junior AFL Club, Trinity Beach
FB Kick Academy FNQ