Tag: fun


Looking for some things to do with your kids in Mackay this week? We’ve got the ultimate round up for you.

Cocktail Lounge – Fashion Week Mackay

  • Friday, October 9, at 7pm
  • Harrup Park, tickets sales close Wednesday, October 7 at 4.30pm

The second component of the inaugural Fashion Week Mackay line up, the Cocktail Lounge event will be the social event of the year for Mackay’s young and fashionable. Guests will congregate in Mackay’s newest function centre for the red carpet event and be served a selection of decadent canapés and cocktails from a skilled Mixologist. Internationally acclaimed Fashion Designer and Fashion Week Mackay Ambassador Jason Chetcuti will be judging the fashions of the night, with the winner receiving a $1000 shopping spree. Purchase tickets at the MECC box office or on their website now to avoid disappointment.

Falun Gong meditation and relaxation sessions

  • Saturday, October 10, at 9am – 11am
  • Tropical Sun Garden Lawn, Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens

Falun Gong offers you relaxation, meditation and inner peace and health through movement. You’re invited to come along and experience a session in the beautiful surrounds of the Botanic Gardens.

For more information, please contact Kim on 4942 9538 or email kimyws@yahoo.com.au.

Streets of Style

  • Saturday, October 10, at 10am – 1pm
  • Wood Street, Mackay City Centre

Get this season’s hottest trends straight from the catwalk at the free Mackay City Centre fashion event, Streets of Style. Fashion catwalk, specialised style booths, mouth-watering menu offerings, the latest luxury vehicles from Carlisle Motors Mercedes-Benz, plus City Centre Cash giveaways on the day (must be present to win).

Day of Action – Mackay Rally Against Domestic Violence

  • Sunday, October 11, at 10am
  • Stadium Mackay

We want your help to show support! Join us in making a stand to publicly condemn domestic violence.

The public rally at 10am will coincide with rallies and marches around Queensland as part of a local government campaign, titled Safer Families, Better Communities. Speakers at the rally will include Nick Bennett, of Minds Aligned. He knows first-hand the terror of violence after surviving a murderous ambush on the Black Cat Trail in Papua New Guinea. Bring a hat, sunscreen and water, gold coin donations for local support groups will be accepted.

Baby Bounce

  • Tuesday, October 13, at 9.30am – 10am
  • Sarina Library

This program of nursery rhymes, lullabies, finger plays, songs and the use of board and picture books promotes language and literacy development in an interactive, fun-filled environment. The sessions encourage valuable one-on–one time between parent and child and are also a great networking opportunity for parents and carers. Please bring a quilt, rug or cushion for your child.

Diversify Mackay Leadership Alliance – Annual Report Card Luncheon

  • Tuesday, October 13, at 12noon – 2pm
  • Harrup Park

A first for Mackay, two world-renowned scientists and investors will provide their thoughts on opportunities for growth industries in Mackay. Join keynote speakers Dr Jaleh Daie and Dr Roger Wyse at the Diversify Mackay Leadership Alliance (DMLA) second Annual Report Card Luncheon.

Lunch, tea and coffee will be provided, to book your ticket visit http://bit.ly/1MW3iyU.

CREAM: Four decades of Australian Art

  • Until Friday, October 18
  • McAleese Gallery, Artspace Mackay

A showcase of significant artworks by Australian artists which have rarely been seen outside Rockhampton, this exhibition chronicles the development of modernism in Australia from 1940 to 1980, and includes paintings, drawings and prints by artists such as John Perceval, Arthur Boyd, Charles Blackman, Sidney Nolan, Russell Drysdale, John Brack, Clifton Pugh, Sam Fulbrook, Margaret Olley and Fred Williams.

Creative Generation

  • September 4 until Friday, October 18
  • McAleese Gallery, Artspace Mackay

The exhibition celebrates the work of senior arts students from high schools across the region. The pieces on display have been hand selected by a panel of teachers for demonstrating sophisticated concepts, technical skill and innovative aesthetic choices. Come and enjoy the collective visions of the region’s brightest young artists.

Botanica 2015′ – An exhibition by the Mackay Botanical Art Interest Group

  • Until Sunday, October 25, 2015
  • Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens, Lagoons Gallery

The Botanica 2015 Exhibition’s features orchids both native and exotic. The artists use a range of techniques to portray their chosen subject. The exhibition complements the 20th Australian Orchid Council Conference and Show being held in Mackay in September. Botanical art combines detail, accuracy and artistry, with many hours needed for each watercolour painting, acrylic painting or graphite drawing. A glimpse into the inner workings of the botanical artists is provided by displays of their sketchbooks, photos, odd pods and all things flora, showing how the artists take a live specimen and create a “living” piece of botanical art. Lagoons Gallery is open Wednesday to Friday 10am to 3pm and weekends 9am to 4pm.

Make sure you check out our WIN pages for your chance to win some amazing prizes.


If your child is having a hard time loving maths, then don’t worry, you’re not alone! There are heaps of apps and games out there to help your child learn maths in a unique way.

Let’s count down our top five:

1. StudyLadder

Studyladder is an online program designed by teachers to help students in several subjects, including maths. Their maths section is filled with thousands of worksheets and homework programs to help improve their maths skills at home.


2. Mathletics

Mathletics is one of our favourite maths sites. It aligns to the Australian curriculum and features targeted, adaptive and engaging content from Kindergarten to Y12.


3. Zingo Number Bingo

Build your child’s reading and counting skills with ZINGO 1-2-3. Match numbered spaces on your challenge card. ZINGO supports early maths learning through to counting and pattern recognition.


4. Melissa and Doug Write-a-Mat

We love Melissa and Doug products and their incredibly affordable write-a-mat is a great addition to any dining table. Add new excitement to mealtime with these educational and entertaining double sided write-on, wipe-off placemats. They cover topics including addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, counting to 100 and time telling.


5. Monkey Maths

Here is another cute product we had to share and an easy way to learn simple addition. Help the monkey balance his bananas by hanging an equal number on each hand to balance the scale. Watch his eyes to see if you are correct.


Encouraging your child to love maths is not easy. Hopefully these products can help and make sure you check out our post on Top Tip on Mastering Maths for more assistance with maths.



Any child that is in daycare or at kindergarten will bring home some sort of arts and craft at least once a week.  We all know that arts and craft serve as a fun way for your child to develop their imagination and fine motor skills.

But, this fun learning opportunity is also a VITAL step in developing your child’s oral language and emergent literacy skills – two crucial skills that educators know must be well-established BEFORE your child starts formal education in Prep.

How to get started

Australian Bureau of Statistics revealed that Australian households spent $250 million on arts and craft in 2011. Evidently families are spending money on arts and craft in their homes so why not use this as a vehicle to further drive your child’s language and literacy development.

It is important that you follow the child’s lead and talk about what they are doing. Arts and crafts should be fun, not the adult taking over and demanding that it be done in a certain way.

Using big words

Don’t hold back on using “big words” when discussing their artwork! It is good to expose your child to sophisticated words such as “design”, “produced” or “created” (instead of made); “completed” (instead of finished); primary and secondary colours; aqua, cyan, violet etc.

A variety of materials

Use lots of different materials such as pipe cleaners, glitter, foam objects, googly eyes, paddle pop sticks, uncooked pasta and rice etc. These items then lend themselves to different describing words about the textures such as hard, soft, flexible, straight, curved, furry, rough, smooth, shiny, dull, distinct, sparkling etc.

Describe away

Describe the objects they have created by providing lots of information about that topic. For example, if your child made a pelican, you could refer to the category it belongs to, where you normally find it, and its unique features.  For example, “I see you have made a pelican. That’s a type of bird.  Pelicans usually live around water so they can find fish for their dinner. It has a long beak so that it can reach further and catch the fish below the water’s surface. It even has a long stretchy pouch as part of its beak so it can catch more fish at a time.”

Whenever you talk about letters, ensure you also say the letter sound. For example, “Pelican starts with the sound p-p-p-p. We write the letter “p” for the sound p-p-p-p”

So get into craft this weekend – your child will not only enjoy the time with you, they will also be learning! It just leads to one problem – where to store all of the masterpieces!

If you have any concerns about your child’s communication, seek help from a speech pathologist early. Contact TalkNQ Speech Pathology on 0467 239 554 or visit talknq.com.