Make new friends, learn new skills and have a whole lot of fun at Cootharinga’s School Holiday Program. Learn how to build objects, enjoy the art of cooking and participate in awesome creative water games.

When: 23rd September – 4th October, 9.00am – 3.00pm
Who: 5-15 year old participants

For more information, contact the friendly team. Building a better world with people of all abilities.

A House of Praise, 485 Bayswater Rd, Mount Louisa
P 1800 COOTHARINGA or Tracy on 4759 2000


Townsville Sailing Club is one of the oldest clubs in Townsville, with over 120 years of history. If your child loves being out on the water, they’ll love to have a go at sailing.

Keep an eye on their website and Facebook page and discover all the exciting things happening

A 3 Mariners Dr, Breakwater Marina
P 4772 1105
Fb Townsville Sailing Club


Love2Swim School’s holiday swimming programs are the perfect way for your child to get active, cool off on those warm days and improve their swimming skills.

There will be two swimming program weeks for the School Holidays, 23rd – 27th September and 30th September – 4th October. Contact your preferred centre to book.

A 29 Hudson St, Kirwan
P 4723 3447 Kirwan Aquatic Centre
A 41 Wellington St, Mundingburra
P 4725 5357 Kokoda Memorial Pool
Fb Love2Swim School


Head on down to Palmetum Gardens on Wednesday 25th September from 9.00am – 11.00am for a morning filled with nature play.

There will be a scavenger hunt, nature crafts, CityLibraries messy play, storytelling, native plant zone, prizes and giveaways and so much more for the family to enjoy, and it’s all FREE.

Registrations required via the website.

A University Rd, Douglas
P 13 48 10
Fb Townsville City Council


Head on over to your local library these school holidays and discover all there is to see and do. Hint; it’s more than just reading books!

Chinese Paper Lanterns – Learn how to create and decorate beautiful Chinese paper lanterns.

24th September 1.30pm – 2.30pm, Aitkenvale

Origami – Come and learn how to make your very own origami animals to take home.

24th September 11.30am – 1.00pm, Aitkenvale
27th September 10.00am – 11.00am, Thuringowa Central

Middle Eastern Games – Join in and learn traditional Iraqi children’s games.

27th September 11.30am – 1.00pm, Thuringowa Central

School Holiday Fun – Get curious and creative these school holidays with free experiments, crafts and other fun activities.

25th September 9.30am – 3.30pm and 1.30pm – 3.30pm, Aitkenvale
26th September 9.30am – 3.30pm and 1.30pm – 3.30pm, Thuringowa Central

A 86 Thuringowa Dr, Thuringowa Central
P 4773 8811
A 4 Petunia St, Aitkenvale
P 4727 8310
Fb CityLibraries Townsville


There’s not much that can beat enjoying a delicious burger with your family these school holidays. With a range of menu options including wagyu beef, pork belly, grilled chicken and vegan burgers as well as salads, chips, and an extensive children’s menu for both younger and older kids, the family certainly won’t leave Grill’d feeling hungry.

Grill’d Palmer Street also have free family movie screenings over the school holidays on various nights, starting at 6.30pm. Call the restaurant for movie details.

When: Every Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday from 6.30pm
Mention PakMag to receive FREE chips for the family.

A 3 Palmer St, Townsville City
P 4976 9990
Fb Grill’d Townsville


DIY Galaxy Slime Workshops, Monday 23rd – Saturday 28th September, 10.00am – 1.00pm

Experience the process of how to create slime, add your own sparkles and take a tub home. The kids will love making this beautiful, sparkly, stretchy slime. This workshop is FREE.

Stage 3 Grand Opening, 21st September

Kick off the holidays with Fairfield Central’s Stage 3 Grand Opening event. Several more specialty stores will be opening their doors. There will be free giveaways, live music, cooking shows, entertainment and more all weekend. Visit website and like their Facebook page for
more details.

A 2-30 Lakeside Dr, Idalia
P 4759 8249
Fb Fairfield Central


Chill out under the raintrees and starry sky for the FREE screening of Ralph Breaks the Internet on Friday 20th September from 6.30pm.

Wreck-It Ralph and fellow misfit Vanellope von Schweetz risk it all by travelling to the World Wide Web in an attempt to save Vanellope’s video game, “Sugar Rush.”

Can they, through help from the citizens of the internet – the netizens – navigate their way through this digital world to find the replacement part for the game?

Movie starts at 6.30pm. No bookings required.

A Riverway Oval, 20 Village Boulevard, Thuringowa Central
P 13 48 10


You’ll want to eat a small lunch on this day, because Townsville Eats is back for another round of mouthwatering deliciousness. Flinders Street will be transformed into a hub of food vendors, market stalls, live music from local entertainers, roving entertainment, an outdoor cinema and licensed bar. Gather up your family and friends and get ready for a night of delicious food.

When: Friday 27th September, 5.00pm – 9.30pm

A Flinders St, Townsville
P 13 48 10


Fancy a drive up the coast? Relax and unwind amidst 11 acres of tropical rainforest gardens with three lagoon style pools, a brand-new children’s playground and contemporary Poolside Bar & Dining facilities at the gorgeous Cairns Colonial Club.

Kids aged 12 and under stay and eat for FREE (conditions apply).

A 18-26 Cannon St, Manunda
P 4053 8800
Fb Cairns Colonial Club Resort


Visit the world’s largest living coral reef aquarium right in the heart of Townsville and meet the residents of the Great Barrier Reef including turtles, sharks, and fish without getting your feet wet.

Merfolk Making a Splash – The Merfolk are visiting Reef HQ Aquarium from Friday 21st September – Friday 27th September. Be sure to say hello at the meet & greets at from 9.30am – 10.30am daily and check out the shows from 11.00am – 11.30am daily.

With amazing ever-changing exhibits and fascinating creatures, a trip to Reef HQ is sure to impress.

A 2-68 Flinders St, Townsville
P 4750 0800
Fb Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium


If you need a chance 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 to your heart’s content and return to a yummy pub meal at the end of the day or enjoy a gorgeous sunset view from your beachfront shack. You can also hire a family pedal bike, have a BBQ, go horse riding or go fishing – the possibilities are endless.

A 75 Jacobs Rd, Kurrimine Beach
P 4065 6144
Fb King Reef Resort


From budget cabins to deluxe waterview villas, it’s the ultimate place to stay and play in the gorgeous Atherton Tablelands. Why not treat your family to a little getaway?

With a resort-style swimming pool, foreshore playground, peddle carts, jumping pillow and school holiday activities, there is no way anyone will be bored.

A 4-28 Tinaroo Falls Dam Rd, Tinaroo
P 4095 8238
Fb Lake Tinaroo Holiday Park


TYTO is eclectic and unexpected; a place where the discovery of art, culture, nature and knowledge unfolds.

There is so much for the family to do that you could easily spend day here jam-packed with activities and games.

Tiny tots at TYTO 10.00am – 11.00am on Thursdays
Storytime at TYTO 10.30am – 11.30am on Thursdays
Mini Military Museum 10.00am – 4.00pm daily

A Cooper Street & Bruce Highway, Ingham
P 4776 4792
Fb Visit TYTO


Inflatable Kingdom provides a high-energy, action-packed environment with inflatables of all shapes and sizes. Book online to save 10% off entry price. Open every day of the school holidays 9.00am – 4.00pm. Don’t forget your socks.

A Sk8way Townsville, 72-88 Hervey Range Rd, Condon
P 4032 2844
Fb Inflatable Kingdom


Swimming intensive, Monday 23rd – Friday 27th September – Paul Sadler Swimland has a five-day intensive swimming program running these school holidays. Once booked in, children will swim at the same time each day with the same class and teacher.

A 22-23 Fresh Water Drive, Riverside Gardens
P 4779 4647
Fb Paul Sadler Swimland Riverside Gardens


Enjoy a scrumptious meal while the kids play to their heart’s content at the Little Legends play area.

Little Legends is a play area like no other, featuring an indoor zone with iPads, TVs and games, and an outdoor area with a full jungle-gym style playground including climbing sections and a slide. Both areas are completely sound proof. Supervised sessions from 5.30pm – 9.00pm Tuesday to Saturday and from 11.30am – 3.00pm on Saturday and Sunday.

A 313-335 Flinders St, Townsville City
P 4724 8000
Fb Cowboys Leagues Club


Come & Play these school holidays. A range of visual art, drama, STEM and circus workshops on offer.

When: Monday 23rd September – 6th October. 9.00am – 10.15am for three to six years, 10.30am – 11.45am for five to eight years, 12.00pm – 1.15pm for seven to 11 years.

Cost: $15 per workshop or four for $50

A CastleTown Shoppingworld, Woolcock St & Kings Rd, inside centre opposite Australia Post
P 4773 6377
Fb La Luna Youth Arts


Located in West End, the play centre features the latest playground experience with a large main playground, a dedicated under 5s area and a
separate baby area providing hours of fun for children of all ages.

Open 9.00am – 5.30pm, Monday to Saturday and 10.00am – 4.00pm on Sundays.
Under ones and adults are free, one- to two-year olds $9.90 and over three are $13.90.

PS, don’t forget your socks!

A 1-3 Woodman Court, West End
P 4724 2219
Fb Chipmunks Australia (Townsville, North Queensland)


Allow your child to pursue their passion for technology through a fun, hands-on and interactive school holiday program in coding and/or robotics. From coding fundamentals, app development and web design to robotics, mechatronics and artificial intelligence, Junior
Engineers’ holiday workshops are designed to educate, entertain and inspire in a fun way.

Annandale Christian College

Learn coding foundations for game development. Suitable for Grades two to six – 30th September – 2nd October, 8.30am – 4.30pm daily.

Build your very own hand-held gaming console and program it with retro computer games. Suitable for grades four to nine – 3rd – 4th October, 8.30am – 4.30pm daily.

James Cook University

Build your very own hand-held gaming console and program it with retro computer games. Suitable for grades four to nine – 23rd – 24th September, 8.30am – 4.30pm daily.

Cost: $199-240

A Annandale Christian College, Yolanda Dr, Annandale
A James Cook University, 1 James Cook Dr, Douglas
P 1300 089 344
Fb Junior Engineers


Nippers have been operating for 50 years. Townsville Picnic Bay Nippers was formed in the 1967/68 season to provide children in the 7-13 age group with the best possible life saving and sporting experience, with a view to encouraging long term active participation in the life
saving movement.

TPBSLSC offer a program of surf awareness, skills coaching and competition over various levels, similar to the events Australia’s surf lifesavers participate in. TPBSLSC’s emphasis is on fun and Participation Qualifications (competencies). Call today to talk about next season.

A 80 The Strand, Townsville City
P 4724 4211
Fb Townsville Picnic Bay Surf Lifesaving Club


Whether you’ve never ridden before or you’re an advanced equestrian, horse riding lessons at Ranchlands are always fun. If your child loves horses and wants to learn how to ride or advance their skills further, Ranchlands offers both private and group lessons to build their confidence and skills in various equestrian fields.

The Equine-Assisted Learning program is designed to help those experiencing anxiety, depression, or other emotional struggles. No previous horse experience needed.

Make sure you wear long pants, a shirt with sleeves, and no jewellery. Riding boots and helmets are provided by the centre until you acquire your own.

Check website for lesson times and pricing. Bookings are essential.

A 83 Hammond Way, Kelso
P 4774 0124
Fb Ranchlands Equestrian Centre