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WHAT'S ON IN TOWNSVILLE THIS JANUARY?

WHAT’S ON IN TOWNSVILLE THIS JANUARY?

WEDNESDAY 1 JANUARY

Glen O’Malley: What is A Dream?
Runs until 9 February
Perc Tucker Regional Gallery
www.whatson.townsville.qld.gov.au
10.00am / Free / Family

Rescue – Hands-On Kids Exhibits
Runs until 8 March
Museum of Tropical Queensland
www.mtq.qm.qld.gov.au
9.00am / Museum Entry / Family

THURSDAY 2 JANUARY

Paintings you Probably Haven’t Seen
Perc Tucker Regional Gallery
Fb The Ken Done Gallery
10.00am / Free / Family

Friday 3 January

JCU Townsville Fire VS Adelaide Lightning
Townsville RSL Stadium
www.whatson.townsville.qld.gov.au
5.00pm / $14-25 / Family

Monday 6 January

STEM Punks Drone Coding Workshop
Museum of Tropical Queensland
www.mtq.qm.qld.gov.au
10.00am / $15 / 7-12 Years

Kids School Holiday Yoga
Belgian Gardens State School P&C Squad
8.00am / $10 / Family

TUESDAY 7 JANUARY

Wasted Paint For Kids
Wasted Paint Studio
www.whatson.townsville.qld.gov.au
10.00am / $30 / 3-12 Yrs

Junior Golf Clinics
Every Tuesday during School Holidays
Tropics Golf Club Kirwan
www.mygolf.org.au
4.30pm / Free / Family

WEDNESDAY 8 JANUARY

Quantum Living Experience
Hotel Grand Chancellor Townsville
www.quantumlivinglive.com
5.00pm / Free / Adults

FRIDAY 10 JANUARY

JCU Townsville Fire VS Canberra Capitals
Townsville RSL Stadium
www.whatson.townsville.qld.gov.au
5.00pm / $14-25 / Family

Hypnobirthing Program
That Natural Clinic
www.thatnaturalclinic.com
5.00pm / $100 / Adults

Micro:Bits Coding
CityLibraries Thuringowa Central
www.whatson.townsville.qld.gov.au
9.00am and 12.00pm / Free / Family

SATURDAY 11 JANUARY

Merfolk Making A Splash – Meet n Greets and Shows
Runs until 17 January
Reef HQ
www.reefhq.com.au
9.30am / Free with General Admission / Family

SUNDAY 12 JANUARY

Get Active Expo 2020
Townsville Stadium
www.activetownsville.com.au
9.00am / Free / Family

Long, Slow, Deep & Restore Yoga Class
Muscle & Fitness Kirwan
Fb Lodgical Fitness, Yoga, Massage & Wellbeing
3.30pm / $20 / Adults

Summer Splash Pop-Up Waterpark
Runs until 18 January
Fairfield Homemaker Centre
www.fairfieldhomemaker.com.au
10.00am / $10 / Family

MONDAY 13 JANUARY

Ken Done-nut Workshop
Perc Tucker Regional Gallery
www.whatson.townsville.qld.gov.au
10.00am / Free / Family

January Holiday Swimming Program
Runs until 17 January
Paul Sadler Swimland Riverside Gardens
www.paulsadlerswimland.com
3.00pm / $76 / Family

Adventure Camp
Runs until 15 January
Paluma
www.outerlimitsadventure.com.au
8.00am / $299 / 10-15 Yrs

TUESDAY 14 JANUARY

Kids Holiday Club
Willows Prebysterian Church
www.willows.org.au/events
9.00am / Free / Prep – Year 6

WEDNESDAY 15 JANUARY

Youth Alive QLD 2020 / No Ordinary Life
Calvary Christian Church
www.youthaliveqld.com
7.30pm / $85-100 / Check Website

Device Based Filmmaking
CityLibraries Thuringowa Central
www.whatson.townsville.qld.gov.au
2.30pm / Free / Family

Storytelling: Share Your Story
Runs until 17 January
CityLibraries Thuringowa Central
www.whatson.townsville.qld.gov.au
10.00am / Free / Family

THURSDAY 16 JANUARY

Augmented Reality Workshops
Runs until 17 January
CityLibraries Thuringowa Central
www.whatson.townsville.qld.gov.au
2.30pm / Free / Family

VR Bucket List
CityLibraries Thuringowa Central
www.whatson.townsville.qld.gov.au
12.30pm / Free / Family

Summer Mind Recreation Camp for Youth
Runs until 17 January
Riverside Convention Centre
Fb IYF Townsville
2.00pm / Free / 13-30 Yrs

FRIDAY 17 JANUARY

Riverway Movie Nights – Sergeant Stubby
Riverway Oval
www.whatson.townsville.qld.gov.au
7.00pm / Free / Family

Libraries Up Late: Adult Storytime
CityLibraries Thuringowa Central
www.whatson.townsville.qld.gov.au
6.00pm / Free / 18+ Yrs

All About Kombucha Workshop
CityLibraries Aitkenvale
www.whatson.townsville.qld.gov.au
10.00am / Free / 18+ Yrs

SATURDAY 18 JANUARY

Future Tech Pathways
Runs until 20 January (Excl. 19 January)
CityLibraries Thuringowa Central
www.whatson.townsville.qld.gov.au
Check Website / Free / Family

Family Fun Day
Perc Tucker Regional Gallery
www.whatson.townsville.qld.gov.au
10.00am / Free / Family

MONDAY 20 JANUARY

Making Holograms
CityLibraries Thuringowa Central
www.whatson.townsville.qld.gov.au
2.30pm / Free / Family

TUESDAY 21 JANUARY

Summer Tennis Camp
Western Suburbs Tennis Club
Fb LET’S Tennis
8.00am / Check Website / 5-12 Yrs

Dancenorth School Holiday Workshop
Runs until 23 January
Dancenorth
www.dancenorth.com.au
10.00am / $165 / 13-17 Yrs

WEDNESDAY 22 JANUARY

Pokemon Tournament
CityLibraries Thuringowa Central
www.whatson.townsville.qld.gov.au
10.00am / Free / 8+ Yrs

THURSDAY 23 JANUARY

Come and Try Session
Estates Soccer Club
Fb Estates FC
5.00pm / Free / Family

Irish Dance Holiday Classes
Bella Dance Affairs
Fb Bella Celtic Dance
4.30pm / $10 / Family

SATURDAY 25 JANUARY

JCU Townsville Fire VS Melbourne Boomers
Townsville RSL Stadium
www.whatson.townsville.qld.gov.au
4.00pm / $14-25 / Family

SUNDAY 26 JANUARY

Aussie Fun Run
Jezzine Barracks
www.whatson.townsville.qld.gov.au
6:45am / Free / Family

Free Aussie Breakfast
Jezzine Barracks
www.whatson.townsville.qld.gov.au
8.00am / Free / Family

Australia Day Awards Ceremony
Jezzine Barracks
www.whatson.townsville.qld.gov.au
8.30am / Free / Family

Flag Raising Ceremony
Jezzine Barracks
www.whatson.townsville.qld.gov.au
10.00am / Free / Family

Citizenship Ceremony
Jezzine Barracks
www.whatson.townsville.qld.gov.au
11.00am / Free / Family

Great Australian Bites
Strand Park
www.whatson.townsville.qld.gov.au
12.00pm / Free / Family

THURSDAY 30 JANUARY

Mamma Mia!
Runs until 8 February
Townsville Civic Theatre
www.whatson.townsville.qld.gov.au
7.30pm / $35-55 / Family

FRIDAY 31 JANUARY

Deadly Down Under Tour
Burdekin Memorial Hall
www.burdekintheatre.com.au
8.00pm / $28-33 / Adults

SAVE THE DATES:

SATURDAY 1 FEBRUARY

JCU Townsville Fire VS Bendigo Spirit
Townsville RSL Stadium
www.whatson.townsville.qld.gov.au
4.00pm / $14-25 / Family

SUNDAY 9 FEBRUARY

Renegade Handmade Market
Marian School
Fb Renegade Handmade
8.00am / Free / Family

SATURDAY 29 FEBRUARY

Elton John – Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour
North Queensland Stadium
www.eltonjohn.com
6.00pm / Check Website / Family

FRIDAY 13 MARCH

NQ Cowboys v Brisbane Broncos
North Queensland Stadium
www.northqueenslandstadium.com.au
7.00pm / Check Website / Family

MACKAY 2020 EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITY GUIDE

MACKAY 2020 EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITY GUIDE

WAKE HOUSE

Get on your board, strap in and get ready to wakeboard. Learn how to utilise your balance to glide on the water and soar over exhilarating ramps at Mackay Wake House.

Casual Pass – Purchase an hour pass for $35 or a day pass for $55 and get ready for a great time out on the water.

Grom Squad – Discover the world of kneeboarding and wakeboarding. Grom Squad is a beginner clinic suitable for children aged six to 12.

Beginner Clinic – New to kneeboarding and wakeboarding? The beginner clinic is sure to get you going. $35 per clinic, suitable for teens and adults.

1-on-1 Lesson – Skip the queue and have a private coaching session to advance your skills. Pricing on application. Suitable for teens and adults.

Can’t get enough? You can also purchase a weekly pass for $120, three months for $450 or annual for $1495. Passes and clinics include rental kneeboard and wakeboard with footstraps, as well as a life vest and helmet.

Be sure to purchase a wristband at reception, as this serves as your key to the cableway system.

A Michigan Way, Mackay
P 1300 500 261
Fb WakeHouse Cable Park – Mackay
www.wakehouse.com.au


SIDE TRAX

Looking for an adrenaline rush? Discover the thrill of indoor go-karting at Side Trax. Zoom around the track, make new friends and race them to the finish line – what’s not to love?

First ride – $35 for 10 minutes, includes a valid license for 12 months.

All other rides – $30 for 10 minutes. Every sixth ride is free!

This ride is very intense, 10 minutes is a really long time! You will be knackered.

Please note you must be seven years old and at least 120cm tall to drive by yourself. A double seater kart is available for children aged four to 10 or with special needs (driver must be at least 18 years of age).

Please wear closed in shoes, long pants, shorts or tights and avoid loose clothing and jewellery.

A 275 Nebo Rd, West Mackay
P 4829 4707
Fb Sidetrax
www.sidetrax.com.au


RUGBYTOTS

Rugbytots is the world’s favourite rugby play programme for children aged two to seven.

Their fun, structured play sessions take children on a journey of sporting imagination. With energetic and engaging coaches supporting them every step of the way, they’ll learn how to catch, pass, kick, run with the ball and play in a team.

Age 3 ½ – 5: Your tot will be part of a dynamic session developing their social and physical skills in a positive environment. They’ll learn how to look after the ball, find space, score try’s, run with the ball and improve general agility. Classes run for 45 minutes.

Age 5 – 7: In the older age group, classes follow the same structure but with more advanced team games. The program for this age range focuses on enhancing self-esteem and confidence all while having fun.

Classes run at Eimeo Road State School Oval, PCYC Mackay and Marian State School Oval.

www.rugbytots.com.au


MACKAY AQUATIC RECREATION COMPLEX (ARC)

Mackay ARC is proud to offer the exciting GOSWIM program – a new, fun way to learn to swim and be safe in and around the water.

GOSWIM caters to babies and their parents, preschoolers, primary school aged children, Optus Junior Dolphins and adults too. You’ll be accessing weekly lessons, easy and affordable pricing, ongoing enrolment and year-round unrestricted access to aquatic areas. You can also track your child’s progress through the Splash App, and your family will score four weeks of free swim access over the summer, plus a one-week holiday swim program.

Join for just $17 per week.

A 193 Boundary Rd, Ooralea
P 4847 5400
Fb Mackay Aquatic Recreation Complex
www.mackayarc.com.au


PIONEER SWIM CENTRE

Learn to swim in a safe, supportive and fun environment. There is an active program of aqua classes, squad sessions for all ages and a buzzing learn to swim program. Pioneer Swim Centre nurtures a peaceful atmosphere and includes amenities such as a 50 metre
Olympic outdoor pool, 15 metre toddler pool with interactive play equipment and easy access chairlift.

There is also an undercover grandstand and large shaded areas with tables in case you’d like to stick around for your child’s swimming session.

Swimming is a skill for life. Take the plunge in 2020 and sign up for swimming lessons.

A Malcomson St, North Mackay
P 4952 5244
Fb Pioneer Swim Centre
www.mackay.qld.gov.au


MEMORIAL SWIM CENTRE

Want to learn how to swim? Memorial Swim Centre is the way to go.

Located in a convenient location fringing Mackay’s CBD, Memorial Swim Centre offers a number of aqua classes, squad sessions for all ages and learn to swim programs and activities. The swim centre offers a 50m outdoor heated pool, toddler splash pool, easy access chairlift
and extensive grounds ideal for family picnics.

Home to the Mackay Cyclones Swimming Club – dedicated to supporting and encouraging swimmers of all ages and abilities.

A Milton St, Mackay
P 4944 1576
Fb Memorial Swim Centre
www.mackay.qld.gov.au


ADRENALIN CHEER & DANCE

Have you got a little aspiring dancer in the family? Adrenalin Cheer & Dance offers specialist classes with mini squads starting from four years old right up until professional competitive squads. Classes offered include gymnastics, hip hop, cheer, and skill building.

Students will learn elements of gymnastics, tricks, choreography, stunts, and much more.

A 8 McCulloch St, North Mackay
P 0417 750 532
Fb Adrenalin Cheer & Dance
www.adrenalincheer.com


MACKAY INDOOR SPORTS

Offering a fun way to exercise and get fit, Mackay Indoor Sports makes it easy to join a team sport, whether it be with your friends or on your own. Choose from a variety of indoor sports such as netball, soccer, cricket, beach volleyball and allsports. There’s a range of competitions to suit skill levels. It’s always time to play, rain or shine. The friendly and helpful staff will help you find a suitable team to join.

There is no membership, insurance or joining fees, and the cost is $8 per player, per game.

A 225 Harbour Rd, Mackay Harbour
P 4957 2672
Fb Mackay Indoor Sports Arena
www.isamackay.com.au

MACKAY BIRTHDAY PARTY GUIDE [2019]

MACKAY BIRTHDAY PARTY GUIDE [2019]

KIDZ LIFE PLAY CENTRE

It’s slides, tunnels and ball pits galore at Kidz Life Play Centre. With a ball pit, triple deck play structure, huge double slide and much more, there is plenty of fun to be had. It’s all indoors and airconditioned, so it’s always playtime-rain, hail or shine.

Table Party, $25 – Reserved table with 10 chairs, normal child admission prices apply. Table cloth and serviettes provided. BYO birthday cake.

Party Room hire, $75-100 – Party room for two and a half hours, admission for five children, cordial, water cups and serviettes provided. BYO birthday cake and self-catered food (hot food not permitted).

Premium Party, $165-195 – Party room for two and a half hours, admission for 10 children, party food, unlimited cordial and water, lolly bags, table setting and invitations. BYO birthday cake.

Private Hire Party, $315-500 – Hire the entire venue for your celebration! Maximum 100 guests.

Extra party additions available, such as face painting, hot food or costume hire. The team at the centre do the cleaning up. All proceeds go to help unprivileged children. Don’t forget your socks!

A 75 Evans Ave, North Mackay
P 4953 5575
Fb Kidz Life Play Centre
www.kidslife.com.au


SIDETRAX

Discover the thrill of go-kart racing at Sidetrax. Hop in a go-kart and get ready to race your friends to the finish line for your birthday.

Kids’ party – Includes one ride on the go-karts, one hour and 30 minutes use of the party room, a photo corner with props and set up and clean up. BYO cake, plates, cutlery and napkins. Skip the lineup with a VIP pass. $45 per child.

Pizza party – Includes one ride on the go-karts, one hour and 30 minutes use of the party room, delicious pizza and set up and clean up. BYO cake, plates, cutlery and napkins. Skip the lineup with a VIP pass. $55 per child.

Suitable for ages seven and over. Drivers must be at least 120cm tall to reach the peddles on the karts. Sidetrax also offer double seater karts for younger passengers or those with special needs (must be accompanied by an adult).

Be sure to wear long pants or shorts, closed in shoes and no loose clothing. Please book parties one week in advance. A $100 non-refundable deposit is required to book.

A 275 Nebo Rd, West Mackay
P 4829 4707
Fb Sidetrax
www.sidetrax.com.au


WAKEHOUSE CABLE PARK

Whether your child loves to wakeboard, knee board, or go on the inflatable obstacle course, WakeHouse is lots of fun for thrill seekers!

Take on the thrilling inflatable obstacle course floating on the water. Crawl, climb, jump and slide your way through. It’s the perfect way to cool off on a warm day, get moving and wear out your party-goers – it’s so much fun that they won’t want to go home.

There is a café on site that serves up a range of delicious bites, such as pizza, nachos, hot chips and much more. It’s the perfect day out in sunny Mackay, and it’s a party your child is sure to remember for the rest of their life.
Suitable for ages four and up.

A Michigan Way, Mackay
P 1300 500 261
Fb WakeHouse Cable Park – Mackay
www.wakehouse.com.au


SOUTHS LEAGUES CLUB

Why not let your children enjoy their special day at the #1 kids party location in town? Let Souths friendly staff supervise the entire party while you relax and enjoy all that Souths has to offer.

Starting from $15 per child, parties include five hours of supervision, private room hire, use of all kid’s room facilities, design your own menu from a variety of party food options, party decorations, lolly bags, party games and jugs of soft drinks, cordial or water. You can supply your own cake and candles or the staff can arrange one for you. Too easy.

Mums and dads can stay in the club, grab a coffee, cake and relax whilst the team takes care of everything. For more information or to book, give them a call or email functions@southsmackay.com.au

A 181 Milton St, Mackay
P 4957 2166
Fb Souths Leagues Club Mackay
www.southsmackay.com.au


INFLATABLE KINGDOM

Climb, bounce and slide on a variety of huge indoor inflatables at your next party.

Securing your party table for up to two hours of fun is easy. Simply put down a $100 deposit to reserve your spot (deducted from the total cost), supply a guest list and get excited. Cost is $12 for children aged five and under and $18 for children aged six and up. Spectators are free.

There is a range of food and beverage items available for purchase. For just an additional $10 per child, each guest will receive a party pack including hot food, lolly bag and a drink.

Bookings include free Inflatable Kingdom party invitations. Don’t forget your socks!

A 225 Harbour Rd, Mackay Harbour
P 4957 2672
Fb Inflatable Kingdom Mackay
www.inflatablekingdom.com.au


CANELAND CENTRAL

With over 110 specialty and service stores at Caneland Central, you’ll find everything you need to make your child’s birthday one to remember, From party snacks to decorations and items for party games, it’s all there.

A Mangrove Rd, Mackay
P 4944 7111
Fb Caneland Central
www.canelandcentral.com.au


MOUNT PLEASANT CENTRE

Whether you’re after party snacks, awesome decorations, a thoughtful gift or forgot something last minute for your child’s special day, Mount Pleasant Centre has your back. Head on down today and find just what you need to make their party an awesome one.

A Cnr Bucasia Rd & Phillip St
P 4969 2400
Fb Mount Pleasant Centre
www.mountpleasantcentre.com.au


PORTERS

Stuck on gifts? Have you considered paying a visit to Porters? You’re sure to find something the birthday boy or girl will love.

From outdoor play equipment to their very own camping gear and everything in between, you’ll find a huge range of awesome gifts. Get them their very own miniature version of dad’s chainsaw or brush cutter so they can ‘help’ around the house. If all else fails, you can also get a gift card.

Discover the perfect gift at Porters.

A Cnr Brisbane & Gordon St, Mackay
P 4967 3333
Fb Porters
www.porterscando.com.au


HARVEY NORMAN

The digital age is upon us! Treat your child to a brand-new device or accessory.

With a huge range of phones, computers, game consoles, tablets and TVs, there’s sure to be something that suits their interests and personality. Finish the perfect gift with a brand-new mouse, headset or protective case.

Alternatively, get them that new game or movie they’ve been asking for or foster their love for music with a Bluetooth speaker or a shiny pair of headphones. If you’ve got an aspiring photographer, why not get them their very own camera to play around with? The opportunities are simply endless, and they will cherish their gift for many years to come – fuel their curiosity with Harvey Norman.

If you’re unsure of what to get, the friendly team is always keen to give you a helping hand in your gift-searching.

A Cnr Heaths Rd & Bruce Hwy, Mackay
P 4951 8800
www.harveynorman.com.au


MECC

The Mackay Entertainment & Convention Centre (MECC) is Mackay’s hub of entertainment. With a large number of shows occurring throughout the year, including concerts, theatre and musicals, why not see a show for your child’s birthday?

There is always a fantastic range of shows happening to suit all ages and budgets. Check out their website to see what’s coming up.

A Alfred St, Mackay
P 4961 9777
Fb MECC
www.themecc.com.au

HOW TO ENSURE SCHOOL SHOES GO THE DISTANCE

HOW TO ENSURE SCHOOL SHOES GO THE DISTANCE

1400 hours – this is the average length of time children spend wearing their school shoes every year. That’s a crazy amount of time when you think about it.

From walking around the classroom to climbing the monkey bars, from playing tiggy on the playground to skipping during sport, children are constantly on their feet. So how can you ensure your child’s school shoes will go the distance?

When shopping, take your children with you!

Yes, they will probably complain and you might need to bribe them with donuts after, but it’s so important they actually try the shoes on and walk around in them.

Have a professional check that the shoes are the right fit.

Often kids will say, “They are fine,” simply because they want to go home (or get a donut) when really they aren’t quite right. Get a second opinion in the shops to check.

Plan to Upgrade Mid-Year

Many parents go up a size when choosing school shoes. But the extra room can cause callouses, blisters and damaged toenails. Instead, it’s preferable to budget to purchase another pair half way through the year and check at the end of each term to make sure the shoes still fit.

BREAKING BAD HABITS IN KIDS

BREAKING BAD HABITS IN KIDS

Bad habits. We all have them. And they can be a nightmare to break. It can be even trickier to convince your kids to break them. But, as parents, this is part of our unspoken job description. Here is how we can break bad habits in kids.

So whether it’s your toddler biting, your preschooler hitting, your school-aged child swearing or your tween/teen lying, here’s how you can get them to break the bad habit.

Lead by example

Before you try to tackle a bad habit, make sure you’re not guilty of doing the same thing. It’s hard to break your child’s swearing habit when you’re constantly dropping the F-bomb at the dinner table (guilty).

Find a substitute

Whenever the frustration, the stress or the fear that is causing the bad habit hits, work with your child to find an alternative way to handle it. Taking deep breaths, cuddling a teddy, or using a different (not sweary) word are substitutes that might help.

Be persistent (and patient)

Offer plenty of support and encouragement. Even great kids develop bad habits and this shouldn’t be something they feel shamed or stressed about. Add little rewards to remind them that they are going great and you are proud of them.

DOROTHY DIETITIAN'S TASTE OF PARADISE PIZZA

DOROTHY’S TASTE OF PARADISE PIZZA

This little pizza is nutritious and super easy for little ones to make.

RECIPE Dorothy Richmond, Dorothy Dietitian

(serves 4 or 8 depending on the age of the child)

Ingredients

4 halved English muffins
¼ cup tomato pasta sauce
225g chopped pineapple (or 1 can drained pineapple pieces, in natural juice)
½ medium red capsicum, seeded and chopped
½ medium green capsicum, seeded and chopped
100g mushrooms, sliced
150g grated Mozzarella (or tasty) cheese
1 tbs chopped herbs (parsley, oregano or basil) or a pinch of dried mixed herbs

Method

Get your little friends to help at every step.

1. Preheat oven to 200˚C.

2. Lightly spread muffin bases with pasta sauce.

3. Top with cheese then pineapple, capsicum, and mushrooms with a sprinkle of herbs.

4. Bake for 10-15 minutes until the cheese has melted on the pizza.

5. Cool and decorate with other local vegetables in season to make a happy face on the pizza. For example grated carrot, shallots, tomatoes and cress.

Place in the lunchbox for a happy school or daycare lunch.