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12 CHRISTMAS ACTIVITIES TO DO IN TOWNSVILLE

Looking for fun things to do this Christmas with your family? There’s plenty of local events and things you can do at home this year, and here are our top 12!


1. Make Christmas cards.

We may live in the age of iPhones and social media, but a homemade, handwritten card still goes a long way. Break out the glitter and cardboard and get crafty!

2. Create Christmas tree ornaments.

Personalise your ornaments by adding names, dates or your child’s handprints to your home-made decorations. You could even hang your child’s school photo on the tree.

3. Create a list of your favourite Christmas songs.

Collect all those timeless, nostalgic songs onto a CD or playlist and listen to them wherever you go. Music is one of the best ways to get into the festive spirit, and if you’ve picked out the tunes together, you’ll all be bopping along together!

4. Donate to the annual Mayor’s Christmas Cheer Appeal.

This appeal raises funds to assist older members and families in the Townsville community who may need a helping hand. Why not donate and help spread the Christmas cheer this December?

5. Write a letter to Santa.

Help your children write a letter to Santa asking for whatever it is that they would like. Photocopy the letter for a keepsake, it’ll make a great memory for them to look back on in adulthood.

6. Enjoy Christmas Theatre.

Come along to this Charles Dickens classic Christmas theatrical performance and immerse yourself in the story. At PIMPAC (Pimlico High School Performing Arts Centre), Wednesday 6th to Saturday 9th December, 7.30pm to 9.30pm plus one matinee performance on Saturday 9th December at 2.00pm.

7. Visit Cotter’s Markets.

What better place to find an original present for your family and friends than at North Queensland’s largest arts and crafts market? With over 150 stalls offering unique creations, you’re bound to find a special gift! At Flinders St and Townsville Bulletin Square, every Sunday 8.30am to 1.00pm.

8. Bake Christmas cookies.

This is the perfect time for seasonal baking. Get the kids involved in the kitchen and bake some delicious gingerbread men or cinnamon-spiced cookies.

9. Christmas Carols.

Sing along to your favourite Christmas songs and enjoy a sausage sizzle, puppet show and appearance from Santa and Rudolf! At Connect Church, Saturday 9th December, 4.00pm to 8.00pm.

10. Stable on the Strand.

Step into Bethlehem to experience an interactive re-creation of the traditional Christmas story. The event also features children’s activities, live entertainment and refreshments all for free. At Strand Park, Monday 18th to Friday 22nd December, 5.30pm to 9.30pm.

11. Get your picture taken with Santa.

Head down to CastleTown, Stockland or Fairfield Central before Christmas Eve to meet Santa Claus and the elves and have your child’s picture taken!

12. Leave some snacks out for Santa.

On Christmas Eve Santa is clearly going to be having a very busy night and could probably do with some snacks! Leave out homemade cookies, hot chocolate, and reindeer food (oats mixed with glitter).


 

24 CHRISTMAS ACTIVITIES TO DO IN CAIRNS

24 CHRISTMAS ACTIVITIES TO DO IN CAIRNS

Looking for fun things to do this Christmas with your family? There’s plenty of Christmas activities to do in Cairns and things you can do at home this year, and here’s our guide of things to do every day until Christmas!


1st – Christmas Tree Lights Switch On.

Gather around the Christmas tree at the Esplanade Lagoon and watch the lights glow up to start off the month! At Cairns Esplanade Lagoon, 5.30pm to 8.00pm.

2nd – PakMag’s Santa Morning Tea.

Come and have morning tea with the PakMag team and the jolly man in red himself. There will be festive games, fun and prizes galore! At Brothers Cairns, 9.30am
to 11.30am.

3rd – Put up the Christmas Tree.

That is, if you haven’t done so already! Getting the whole family involved in decorating the tree with glittery ornaments and glowing lights never gets old. (Check out our Home feature on page 55 for some decoration inspiration).

4th – Make Christmas Cards.

We may live in the age of iPhones and social media, but a homemade, handwritten card still goes a long way. Break out the glitter and cardboard and get crafty!

5th – Donate to the Annual Mayor’s Christmas Cheer Appeal.

This appeal raises funds to buy hampers for older members and families in the Cairns community who may need a helping hand. Why not donate and help spread the Christmas cheer this December?

6th – Write a Letter to Santa.

Help your children write a letter to Santa asking for whatever it is that they would like. Photocopy the letter for a keepsake, it’ll make a great memory for them to look back on in adulthood.

7th – Create a List of Your Favourite Christmas Songs.

Collect all those timeless, nostalgic songs onto a CD or playlist and listen to them wherever you go. Music is one of the best ways to get into the festive spirit, and if you’ve picked out the tunes together, you’ll all be bopping along together!

8th – Get Your Picture Taken with Santa.

Head down to Cairns Central, Smithfield Shopping Centre, Stockland Earlville or Mount Sheridan Plaza to meet Santa Claus and the elves and have your child’s picture taken. Photos available daily until Christmas Eve.

9th – Redlynch Christmas Festival.

A fun-filled evening featuring amusements, kids’ activities, food stalls, and a parade! At Xavier Herbert Park, Redlynch Valley, 4.00pm to 9.00pm.

10th – Carols by Candlelight.

The biggest annual carolling event in Cairns! Bring a chair or blanket and sing along to your favourite Christmas songs. At Fogarty Park, Cairns Esplanade, 5.30pm to 8.30pm.

11th – Bake Christmas Cookies.

This is the perfect time for seasonal baking. Get the kids involved in the kitchen and bake some delicious gingerbread men or cinnamon-spiced cookies.

12th – Create Christmas Tree Ornaments.

Personalise your ornaments by adding names, dates or your child’s handprints to your home-made decorations. You could even hang your child’s school photo on the tree.

13th – Throw a Christmas Party.

What better way to get together with your friends (or the kids and their friends) than a Christmas party? Lots of games, hot chocolate and cookies, perhaps exchange some small gifts, too!

14th – Christmas Lights Bike Ride.

Bring along your festive cheer for a bike ride down the Cairns Esplanade and through Edge Hill to admire the warm glow of the Christmas lights in the area. At Cairns Esplanade, 5.00pm to 8.00pm.

15th – Prepare for Holloways Beach Carols by Candlelight.

Tomorrow evening enjoy the family-friendly Christmas Carol concert with Santa arriving on a motorbike! At Holloways Beach Sporting Complex, 5.30pm to 10.00pm, Saturday, 16th December

16th – T’was The Night Before Christmas…

Bring your own chairs and snacks and come view this magical theatrical performance to bring the Christmas cheer to your heart! At Munro Martin Parklands, 5.00pm to 8.30pm.

17th – Donate to a Local Animal Shelter.

Buy some doggy or kitty treats and toys and head down to the nearest animal shelter. The furry friends will appreciate your kindness.

18th – Go Thrill Seeking.

Bad Fishy is operating it’s thrilling jet boat rides daily during the December and January school holidays. With spins, slides, speed and stunts that are loads of fun and perfect for kids 1.1m tall and above. Local discounts apply! Gift vouchers available.

They have 20% off adults and kids tickets – Adults $55.20 (usually $69), Kids (under 16) $36 (usually $45) – and 10% off Family tickets at $175.50 (usually $195).

19th – Read a Christmas Story.

Your kids will love this special time with you. You can even extend this and read a different story every night before bedtime, leading up to Christmas.

20th – Watch a Christmas Movie.

Or if your family is up for it, extend it to a marathon! Snuggle up on the couch with pillows and snacks and watch some Christmas classics.

21st – Play Board Games Together.

An old-fashioned board game is a simple way to bring the family together. Scrabble, Checkers, Monopoly, whatever you can find in your house.

22nd – Have a Barbecue at the Beach.

Nothing’s better than a delicious barbecue lunch at the beach on a hot summer’s day, and you get to spend quality time with the family.

23rd – Head down to Rusty’s Markets.

Your big Christmas lunch and dinner is bound to taste amazing when you buy fresh local produce! Open every Friday and Saturday, 5.00am to 6.00pm and every Sunday, 5.00am to 3.00pm.

24th – Leave Some Snacks out for Santa.

He’s clearly going to be having a very busy night and could probably do with some snacks! Leave out homemade cookies, hot chocolate, and reindeer food (oats mixed with glitter).

10 KID-FRIENDLY INDOOR ACTIVITIES IN CAIRNS

10 KID-FRIENDLY INDOOR ACTIVITIES IN CAIRNS

Don’t let the gloomy weather get you down. Here are 10 kid-friendly indoor activities in Cairns that are sure to keep everyone entertained.


1. Inflatable Kingdom

Inflatable Kingdom provides a high-energy, action-packed environment with inflatables of all shapes and sizes.

Open every day of the school holidays from 9.00am to 4.00pm.

www.inflatablekingdom.com.au


2. Cairns Central

Dance into the school holidays this month with a series of fantastic Backstreet Dance performances! Discover local
talent and get your dance on at this fun, free activity.

When: 25 – 29 September, 11.30am – 1.30pm daily
Where: Centre Court

Afterwards, why not enjoy a game at iPlay Australia, a meal at Jamaica Blue or a movie at Event Cinemas?

www.cairnscentral.com.au


3. Jump Mania

A 1,000 square metre airconditioned warehouse with wall-to-wall trampolines making backyard trampolining a thing of the past.

www.jumpmania.com.au


4. Cairns Libraries

Build LEGO robots, make your own kaleidoscope, learn about robotics and coding, make crafts, create your own library bag, decorate a plant pot, or learn about creative writing or oral health.

www.cairns.qld.gov.au/library


5. Smithfield Shopping Centre

Get out of the rain and check out all that’s happening these school holidays at Smithfield Shopping Centre!

Despicable Me 3 Activity Centre
Free school holiday activities!
When: 24 – 30 September, 10.00am – 1.00pm

DreamWorks Trolls Craft Village
Free activities and a meet and greet with Branch and Poppy!
When: 1 – 7 October, 10.00am – 1.00pm

www.smithfieldcentre.com.au


6. Cairns Art Gallery

From 24 September – 5 October, kids can enjoy workshops on puppet making, dioramas, assemblage, tapestry, portrait drawing, mask making, and portraiture. Kids will learn about the world of art or further their skills.

Bookings are essential.

www.cairnsartgallery.com.au


7. The Pier

FREE knitting classes for kids happening these school holidays at The Pier. Each session is designed to expand creativity, concentration, and coordination skills, and all kids are welcome to come along and give it a try!

When: Tuesday 25-28 September, Tuesday 2-5 October

www.thepiercairns.com.au


8. Mount Sheridan Plaza

Decorate your own Trick or Treat bag and enjoy magic tricks with Flip Ripley!

When: 24-28 September, 10.00am to 2.00pm (Flip Ripley from 10.00am to 12.00pm)

Decorate a range of delicious cookies and donuts!

When: 2-6 October, 10.00am to 2.00 pm

www.mtsheridanplaza.com.au


9. DFO Cairns

3D Pen Workshop – learn how to use the wonderful tool that is the 3D pen to build your own quirky creations.

When: 24-28 September, 10.00am to 1.00m daily

Bookings required via the Facebook page.

Old Macdonald’s Travelling Farm – Come and cuddle farm animals

When: 2-6 October, 10.00am to 4.00pm daily

www.dfocairns.com.au


10. Art by Louise Broadbent

Louise Broadbent’s Children’s Art for Wellness classes focus on a child’s individual needs through the expression of his or her feelings through their imagination.

Visual art can benefit children struggling with learning disabilities, speech and language problems, anxiety, and much more.
Cost: $30 for 2 hours, all materials included.

www.artbylouisebroadbent.com.au


Just because it’s raining doesn’t mean the day has to be wasted. What are you up to these school holidays? Post your photo or tell us where you’ve been to get out of the rain for your chance to win movie tickets via our Facebook page!

For more events and activities, pick up your free September issue from shopping centres, childcare centres, IGA, and libraries. You’ve still got a chance to win a Jimu Robot!

BUSINESS NEWS: PARADISE PALMS FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY

BUSINESS NEWS: PARADISE PALMS FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY

Lounge beside their 25-metre terrace pool surrounded by vibrant, landscaped gardens at Paradise Palms.

Young children enjoy playing in the toddler pool. 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! Access starts from just $4 for kids and annual family passes are available.

The restaurant is open for breakfast seven days a week and lunch and dinner on select days. The restaurant features a range of specials and fun kid’s menu, plus receive free access to the Adventure Playground when dining in.

Enjoy a fantastic day of fun, excitement and relaxation for the whole family at Paradise Palms!

www.paradisepalms.com.au

10 FREE THINGS TO DO IN MACKAY WITH KIDS

10 FREE THINGS TO DO IN MACKAY WITH KIDS

Mackay is a town surrounded by vibrant rainforest and bright beaches, meaning there are plenty of activities ideal for families. But just in case you’re at a loss of what to do, we’ve compiled a selection of free things to do in Mackay that might just make it onto your must-see list.

1. Bluewater Lagoon

This is a fantastic place for you and the kids during the hot summer months. With lifeguards on duty every day of the week and a shallow area at one end of the lagoon, it’s an enclosed space (with no jellyfish!) for your family to enjoy. And don’t forget to check out the water playground with a drop bucket! It even has shade sails to keep your kiddies sun safe.

2. Artspace

This local art gallery is the centre of culture for Mackay. It has pottery, prints and canvas works. Add that to the bonus air conditioning and gluten and dairy free options at the Foodspace café, and you just might be inspiring your family into doing some creating!

3. Jubilee Park

If what you’re looking for is a nice shady space to run around on, Jubilee Park has your back. The fig trees and well-kept landscape would make this an enjoyable stop for your lunch, before you head over to the city library nearby.

4. Dudley Denny City Library

Open every day, the city library is a good location for relaxation! The children’s section is bright and features an elevated reading pod, which is sure to get your little one hooked into the books. And if that’s not your style, there’s plenty of other cosy nooks and comfy couches to take advantage of.

5. Mackay Botanic Gardens

The Botanic Gardens are a great location if you want to go out and let off some steam. With a café, pathways circling grassy areas, and butterflies and birds flapping around plants, there’s something here for everyone.

6. Mackay’s Northern Beaches

About 20 minutes from the CBD, parts of the Mackay coast like Blacks Beach, Eimeo Beach and Bucasia Beach are great locations for an afternoon stroll. The sunny weather, soft sand and beautiful views are sure to excite your family. It might be best to keep your little ones out of the water though, as jellyfish could be floating around.

7. Iluka Park

Known as Town Beach to the locals, this cheery spot is fantastic for a picnic. It has shelters through the grounds, and an all-abilities playground. A sure-fire way to let your kids have fun while you relax within viewing distance!

8. Cape Hillsborough – the Diversity Boardwalk

If you’re looking for something a little more involved, this boardwalk would be the ideal location. It’s shady and has an even surface suitable for everyone to walk along. It shows the diversity of nature and has pram-friendly paths for the first 300 metres of the 1.2km stroll.

9. Queens Park

Queens Park is another perfect spot which may take your fancy. It boasts a newly renovated playground with swings, a skywalk, slides and a mouse house. There’s plenty of grass to run around in as well, meaning you’re guaranteed to have worn out kids by the end of your day.

10. Platypus watching

If you’re looking for a full day activity, then Eungella National Park might be a good place for you. It’s known as the best spot in Australia to see a platypus, and is sure to keep your little ones involved. The hour-long drive may be a stretch, but the gorgeous rainforest and walking tracks make this trip well worth it.

Feature image courtesy of Tourism and Events Queensland. Photographer: Mark Clinton.

10 FREE THINGS TO DO IN SINGAPORE WITH KIDS

10 FREE THINGS TO DO IN SINGAPORE WITH KIDS

Singapore is a small city-state sitting one degree north of the equator. It’s known as a fun yet expensive place to go, so we’ve put together a list of 10 free things that you can do with your family while you’re there.

1. Singapore Botanic Gardens

The Singapore Botanic Gardens is a World Heritage listed tropical garden, with many paths and plants. Within these gardens is the Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden, a place made for children to play in a safe space. Parents can accompany the child if they are under the age of five, but no other adults are present.

2. Baba House

If you would like to look at the history of Singapore, then Baba House is a great place to start. It was built around 1895 and shows the domestic life of Peranakan Chinese. The colourful exterior and detailed interior are sure to keep the attention of everyone in your family.

3. Gardens by the Bay

Gardens by the Bay holds one of the most iconic landmarks in Singapore. The 18 supertrees act as vertical gardens and collect solar energy through solar cells. If you visit them at night, the trees are lit up with colourful lights.

4. Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum

Buddhism is the most followed religion in Singapore, making a visit to the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum is a must. It’s located in the Chinatown district and holds a wealth of information about Buddhism and the history of Buddha.

5. Dragon playground

You can never go wrong with a playground, and the dragon playgrounds located in Toa Payo and Ang Mo Kio do not disappoint. They’re iconic designs, with a slide and a steel passage from the dragon body to the head. And if you’re looking for other unconventional playgrounds, then you can go over to Kim Keat Avenue and visit the T-rex playground.

6. Armenian Church

The Armenian Church, built in 1835, is the oldest Christian Church in Singapore. It’s based on traditional Armenian Church architecture and features a painting of Christ and his Apostles at the Last Supper above the alter. The church is an obvious contrast to the Buddha temples.

7. ION Orchard shopping centre and art gallery

You can’t go to Singapore and not visit the ION Orchard shopping centre and art gallery. This centre houses floors and floors of retail, an art gallery on the 4th floor, and an observatory on the 56th floor. You can also grab a bite to eat while you’re there.

8. Changi Point Coastal Walk

At the western end of Changi Point is a coastal boardwalk, perfect for a casual stroll along the ocean at sunset. It’s 2.2km, and with even flooring and a beautiful view it’s a lovely place to take your little ones.

9. Haw Par Villa

Haw Par Villa theme park is a forgotten tourist attraction. This 8.5 hectare Asian cultural park depicts the history, philosophy and religion of Singapore. The most outstanding part of this park is the 10 stages in the court of hell, a tunnel which depicts the punishment suffered for each criminal act in life.

10. Get a photo with the Merlion

The famous Merlion is another must-see in Singapore. The statue has a head of a lion and the body of a fish, and spouts water from its mouth. There’s actually six others like it scattered around Singapore, and could lead you and your kids on a great treasure hunt throughout your trip.