Seasonal school holiday activities

Entertain the kids these school holidays with the following great activities across the region.

Artspace

Christmas paper & tags: Free & fun drop-in activities for everyone!
Saturday, December 15 – Friday, December 21
10am – 5pm Tuesday to Friday, 10am – 3pm Saturday and Sunday
Artspace Workshop Room

During December school holidays, no matter your age, bring your friends and family to Artspace for lots of creative fun, cutting, hole punching, drawing and alphabet rubber stamping to make your own handmade wrapping paper and name tags. It’s such a fun way to give your gifts a very special, personal touch that your friends and family will love! So, stay at Artspace for a few minutes or a few hours, it’s free for all, no bookings necessary. (Parental supervision for children under 13 required.)

www.artspacemackay.com.au

Bluewater Lagoon

Open 7 days, 9am – 5.45pm (excluding Christmas Day)
River Street, Mackay

Cool down and splash around with the whole family at the free, three-tiered Bluewater Lagoon. Overlooking the picturesque Pioneer River in the heart of the Mackay City Centre, the facilities provide the ideal stinger-free environment for kids and adults alike. Kids will love the waterfall, drop-bucket and wading pool! Pop into Pancake Bliss for a delicious breakfast or lunch. For more details visit mackay.qld.gov.au/bluewaterlagoon.

Botanic Gardens

Kids Christmas Craft

Friday, December 21
10am – 11.30am
Meeting Room opposite Gardens Café, Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens

Join us at the Gardens to create a nature inspired table centrepiece for your Christmas get together. Suitable for children aged five - 12 years. Parental supervision required, $5 per child. Bookings essential, places limited. For more information or to book a spot, please call 4952 7300 or email botanic@mackay.qld.gov.au

Painting Competition

Open for entries throughout the school holidays, until January 25, 2019
Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens

Is there a budding artist in your home?  If so, here’s an opportunity for your children to have their artwork showcased in the February Lagoons Gallery Art Exhibition and win a $50 Australian Geographic gift voucher. This competition is open to children aged 10 - 17. All you must do is use your imagination to create a piece of hand painted canvas art that reflects the theme, “nature”.

These art works will then be showcased in our February Lagoons Art Gallery Exhibition. As part of the exhibition, we will ask members of the public to vote for their favourite art work.  The winner will be announced once the exhibition is over.  For more information, please contact the Visitor Services Officer on phone (07) 4952 7300 at the Botanic Gardens or email botanic@mackay.qld.gov.au

Kids self-guided activities

Daily
Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens (self-guided activity, FREE)

Calling all nature detectives! We have a range of self-guided activities available these holidays:

  • Leaf Hunt in the Tropical Shade Garden.
  • Bird watching Quiz
  • Alphabet I Spy in the Gardens

Pick up an activity sheet from Gardens Administration Monday - Friday 9am to 5pm, or download and print from our website www.mackayregionalbotanicgardens.com.au. Please note that Gardens Administration will be closed from Saturday December 22 and will re-open from 9am on Monday January 7, 2019.

Bocce with a buddy

Monday – Friday, 9am to 5pm
Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens, Malta Garden

Enjoy a game of bocce or croquet with a friend on our sand bocce court.  Bocce sets are available for hire from Gardens Administration. Have your own bocce set? Why not come down and play!

Libraries

Christmas for Kids

Sarina Library  December 21, 10am - 11.30am

Create beautiful Christmas crafts and join in some festive carols. Bookings are essential and can be made online at www.mackay.qld.gov/whatson This activity is for children ages 5 to 12 years.

Movie Matinees

December 21, 2pm - 4pm - The Santa Clause
January 11, 2pm - 4pm - Hotel Transylvania 3
January 18, 2pm - 4pm - Christopher Robin
January 25, 2pm - 4pm - Small Foot

Children aged five to 12 years are invited to join us for movie matinees these school holidays at Gordon White Library. Bookings are essential and can be made online at www.mackay.qld.gov.au/whatson

Summer Reading Club

Mackay Regional Council Libraries
Until January 25, 2019

The Summer Reading Club is on again! With a “Curious Creatures!” theme, this summer’s club is packed full of fun and creativity. Participation in the Summer Reading Club is free and is a fun and safe program to keep the kids busy this summer. All children who register for the Summer Reading Club go into a national draw to win 1 of 8 iPods. There are online competitions to participate in, reading logs to complete and submit into a prize draw plus competitions and activities at your library.

Register at any of our library branches or online at – www.summerreadingclub.org.au/theclub/registration. Our reading list includes titles that explore the strange, odd, peculiar, funny, unusual, bizarre, weird, eccentric, unexpected, unfamiliar, abnormal, and macabre. Learn about real life animal heroes, explore the concept of anthropomorphic characters and celebrate Australian classics plus much more! View our reading list at bit.ly/2RmP4vE

Bedtime Stories

Gordon White Library - Thursday, December 20, 6pm to 7pm

A fun evening for all children and their families. The session features nursery rhymes, finger plays, stories, songs and a craft activity. Don’t forget to wear your pj’s! Held during the school holidays. No bookings required.

Ranger Ros & her Curious Creatures

Gordon White Library - Tuesday, January 8 10am - 10.45am
Dudley Denny City Library -  Thursday, January 10, 10am - 10.45am
Meet local puppeteer Ros from Wild Puppets for a performance with her magnificent collection of curious creatures. Ranger Ros and her Curious Creatures will be roving through the library after the performance, so you can chat to her and get up close and personal with her amazing puppets. Bookings are essential and can be made online at www.mackay.qld.gov.au/whatson. This activity is for children aged 4 to 8 years.

Curious Creature Creations  

Walkerston Library
Tuesday, January 15, 10am - 11am
Mirani Library
Tuesday, January 15, 2pm – 3pm
Gordon White Library
Wednesday, January 16, 10am - 11am
Dudley Denny City Library
Thursday, January 17, 10am - 11am
Sarina Library
Friday, January 18, 10am - 11am

Children aged 5 to 12, Create some curious creatures these school holidays at our craft sessions. Choose from a variety of supplies to create your very own curious creatures. Book online from Wednesday, January 2 at www.mackay.qld.gov.au/whatson

Council’s Environment Education Officer will help educate children about composting and worm farms  

Gordon White Library Courtyard
Friday, January 25, 9.30am - 10.30am
Friday, January 25, 11am – noon

Learn the science behind composting and how to create the best environment for some friendly worms to do their work. Take this new knowledge home and create your own compost bin and worm farm – your garden and the environment will thank you! Bookings are essential and can be made online from Wednesday, January 2 at www.mackay.qld.gov.au/whatson. This activity is for children aged 5 to 12 years.

Worm Farm planning activity  

Gordon White Library Courtyard
Tuesday, January 22, 10am – 11am

Join our friends from Mackay Community Gardens and Auscan Worm Farms in a planting activity with a purpose. Children are to bring along an old toy, interesting container, tea cup or boot to re-purpose into a creative and fun pot plant. BYO picnic morning tea and stay on after the planting activity for a snack and to participate in a recycling relay. Learn where your scraps should go... compost? worm bin? recycle bin? rubbish bin? and implement your new knowledge at home! Bookings are essential and can be made online from Wednesday, January 2 at www.mackay.qld.gov.au/whatson. This activity is for children aged 5 to 12 years.

Bot Games  

January 23, 10am -10.45am - BlueBots (5-8yrs) Gordon White Library
January 23, 11am -11.45am - OzoBots (9-12yrs) Gordon White Library
January 23, 2pm - 2.45am - Scratch Animation Gordon White Library
January 23, 3pm - 3.45pm - Scratch Animation Gordon White Library
January 24, 10am -10.45am - BlueBots (5-8yrs) Dudley Denny City Library
January 24, 11am - 11.45am - OzoBots (9-12yrs)Dudley Denny City Library
January 24, 2pm - 2.45pm - Scratch Animation Dudley Denny City Library
January 24, 3pm - 3.45pm - Scratch Animation Dudley Denny City Library

To tie in with the Summer Reading Club theme “Curious Creatures” children will be offered the opportunity to get some hands-on experience in robotics, specifically Blue Bots, Ozo Bots and Scratch Animation. Timetable above for locations and times of workshops. Bookings are essential and can be made online from Wednesday, January 2 at www.mackay.qld.gov.au/whatson Please note: These activities are age specific. Please ensure your child is within the age range for the booking.

VR & AR Workshops    

Sarina Library January 21, 2pm - 4pm
Walkerston Library January 22, 10am - noon
Mirani Library January 22, 2pm - 4pm
Dudley Denny City Library January 23, 2pm - 4pm
Gordon White Library January 24, 2pm - 4pm

Young adults aged 12 to 18! Bend the world to your desire! Use our equipment to experiment with Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality technologies. Where can you go? What can you create? Book online from Wednesday, January 2 at www.mackay.qld.gov.au/whatson

Movie Night – ‘This Beautiful Fantastic’

Gordon White Library
Friday, January 25, 6pm – 8.30pm

Join us for a screening of This Beautiful Fantastic. Rated: PG Mild coarse language. This Beautiful Fantastic is a contemporary fairy tale revolving around the most unlikely of friendships between a reclusive, agoraphobic young woman with dreams of being a children’s book author and a curmudgeonly old widower, set against the backdrop of a beautiful garden in the heart of London. Bella Brown is a beautifully quirky young woman who dreams of writing and illustrating a successful children’s book. Despite her abandonment as a child, the all-consuming OCD, the unfulfilled dream, her awful boss at the library and her paralysing fear of flora and fauna, Bella is down but not out.

Book online from Wednesday, January 2 at www.mackay.qld.gov.au/whatson.

Mackay City Centre

Active Kids in the City

If you are looking for something fun and free or low cost for the kids to do these school holidays, check out the Active Kids in the City school holiday program!  For more details, please visit: www.mackaycitycentre.com.au

Monday, January 7
Face painting, Sydney Street Markets, Fascinating Facesfrom 10:30am – 12:30am
Mr Poppa’s Balloons, Sydney Street Markets, Fascinating Facesfrom10:30am – 12:30am

Tuesday, January 8
Aqua Dance and Fitness (years 4-12), Bluewater Lagoon, Elena’s Fitness Fusion, 9:30am – 10:30am

Wednesday, January 9
Pencil boxes, Bluewater Quay, Margaret Burgess, 8am – 12pm

Thursday, January 10
Stop Motion Animation Workshop (years 10 - 16), Split Spaces, 9.30am – noon and 1pm – 3.30pm

Friday, January 11
Smarty’s Active Squirtz (years 2-5), Bluewater Quay, Smarty’s Fit Food and Fun, 8.30am – 9.15am

Monday, January 14
Face painting, Sydney Street Markets, Fascinating Facesfrom10:30am – 12:30pm
Mr Poppa’s Balloons, Sydney Street Markets, Fascinating Facesfrom10:30am – 12:30pm

Tuesday, January 15
Aqua Dance and Fitness (years 4 – 12), Bluewater Lagoon, Elena’s Fitness Fusion, 9.30am – 10.30pm

Wednesday, January 16
Plaster Sculptures, Bluewater Quay, Margaret Burgess, 8am – 12pm

Friday, January 18
Smarty’s Active Squirtz (years 2 – 5), Bluewater Quay, Smarty’s Fit Food and Fun, 8.30am – 9.15am

Sarina Sugar Shed

Open 7 days a week, 9am – 4pm, closed public holidays
Field of Dreams Parkland, Railway Square, Sarina

Sarina Sugar Shed tours are a delight for all ages! On the tour you will see the special miniature sugar processing and distilling equipment that has been sourced from all over the world! Along with the processing mill, there are multimedia presentations, souvenir shop, picnic areas, easy parking and wheelchair-friendly access. Tours run at 9.30am, 11am, 12.30pm and 2pm, visitors will need to arrive 15 minutes prior to tour. Tours can unexpectedly fill up. To avoid disappointment, please call through to secure your booking. Entry prices are $12 - $25, family and group booking rates available. Pride of the region discount is available when proof of residency is shown. Children receive free fairy floss and non-alcoholic ginger beer as part of the tour as well as free educational handouts. For more information or to book a tour online visit www.sarinasugarshed.com.au.

Sarina Youth Centre

School holiday activities
Sarina Youth Centre

Activities run daily from 10am until 2pm for youth aged 10-18 years old. For more information contact the Sarina Youth Centre on 4961 9277 or email sarinayouthcentre@mackay.qld.gov.au.

Thursday, December 20: Deadly choices Sarina Community Day, Sarina Junior Rugby League Grounds
Friday, December 21: Christmas Party

Orchid House

Open Monday to Friday, 10am – 11am and 2pm – 3pm, Sunday, 10am – 2pm
Closed from Friday, December 21, 2018 reopening Tuesday, January 8, 2019
Queens Park, Goldsmith Street, Mackay

Kids and adults alike will love the display of beautiful and rare orchids on display at the Ken Burgess Display House (commonly known as the Orchid House). Stroll through the display which houses an astounding variety of orchids, all flowering at different times of the year. Enjoy the natural surrounds of Queens Park whilst you explore the Orchid House. Make a day of it and bring along a picnic and let the kids enjoy the playground.