School holiday activities

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

> Artspace Mackay

Crazy threads, wools & fibre
April 3 – 15, 10am – 5pm Tuesday to Friday; 10am – 3pm weekends
Artspace Mackay, Workshop Room

These Easter holidays, no matter your age, bring your friends and family to Artspace Mackay for lots of colourful fun, texture and craft in the crazy threads, wools and fibre room. Add to the weaving wall, try your hand at string art, wrap objects with wools, or make your own pom poms and tassels to add to the collaborative display. Stay for a few minutes or a few hours, it’s free for all, no bookings necessary. (Parental supervision for children under 13 required).

> Bluewater Lagoon

Open 7 days, 9am – 5.45pm
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! For more details visit  

> Champions League Basketball

Saturday, March 31 to Monday, April 2
Mackay Showgrounds

Together with CLB3x3, we bring you three days of 3x3 action, slam dunks, 3 point shoot outs & FIBA3x3 world ranking points. Athletes, spectators and families will converge for an event aimed at all ages & all abilities. Players can register to compete in a range of competitions over the weekend from a Junior competition (12pm-6pm) on the Saturday which engages local associations to participate and have some active fun, to an Open’s tournament on the Sunday which will include an Easter Egg hunt, 3 point shoot outs, lots of giveaways and more. The event will conclude with a free shoot around day on the Monday. All competitors have a chance to win great prizes, prize money for the Open categories and the world famous FIBA3X3 ranking points…or you might just want to come along and enjoy the atmosphere and see a slam dunk! Simply go to for all of the event details, create your unique FIBA3x3 profile and register your team of 3-4 players today!

> Friday River Street Twilight Market

Friday, April 13, 4pm – 8pm
River Street, Mackay

A community market for all to enjoy and meet local producers, value adders, creators and bakers along with many support business operators from our region. Families, couples, singles and young ones are invited to enjoy the space near the river, bring a blanket and relax on or take a walk through the markets... then head into Mackay City Centre to explore more and dine at local cafes, bars and restaurants.

> Greenmount Homestead

Monday to Friday, 9.30am – 12.30pm
Sunday, 9.30am – 12.30pm
Greenmount Road, Walkerston

Take a step back in time and educate your children on the history of our region. Explore the iconic Greenmount Homestead. As one of Mackay’s most valued historic attractions, the grounds contain several buildings including a 1915 Queenslander homestead which houses a collection of more than 20,000 historical items. Entry fees: adult $6, concession $4, student/child $2.

> Libraries

Bedtime Stories
> Thursday, April 5 at Gordon White Library, 6pm to 7pm
> Thursday, April 12 at Dudley Denny City Library, 6pm to 7pm

A fun evening for all children and their families during the school holidays featuring nursery rhymes, stories, songs and a craft activity. Don’t forget to wear your PJ’s! No bookings required.

Bot Games
> Tuesday, April 10 – Friday, April 13

Get into the Commonwealth Games spirit with our bots! School aged children are invited to get hands on experience in robotics, specifically Blue Bots and Ozobots, while competing in Commonwealth Games inspired activities. Bookings essential at from Tuesday, March 27.

Frankenstein Exhibition
> Until April 21 at Sarina Library

The story of Victor Frankenstein and his monster is a gothic masterpiece full of scientific curiosity, unorthodox experiments and classic science fiction elements. Come and view the exhibition aimed at  young adults but open to all ages.  

> Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre

Michael Jackson – The Legacy Tour
Friday, April 13 at 7.30pm
The MECC Auditorium, tickets $40 - $65

Legacy, the world's greatest tribute to the world's greatest entertainer…Michael Jackson. Brought to life in a full-scale production that includes a live band bringing the energy, the dance, and the music that spans generations. Starring William Hall as Michael Jackson. William Hall who has travelled the world with this incredible show along with his live band and dancers will give every audience member an experience that comes as close as ever to seeing the King of Pop himself. Antipasto Platters available for this event. Book online >

> 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:

Tuesday, April 3
> Zumba kids, Bluewater Quay, 9am – 10am
> Face Painting & Balloon Twisting, Sydney Street Markets, 10.30am – 12.30pm
Wednesday, April 4
> Creepy Critters Workshop, The Dome, 10am – 2pm
Thursday, April 5
> Smarty's  ACTIVE Squirtz, Bluewater Quay, 9am – 9.45am (years 2-5)
Friday, April 6
> Scrapbooking, Crafty Cat Lucy Dillon, 11am - 12pm
Monday, April 9
> Candy Decorating, Crafty Cat Lucy Dillon, 11am - 12pm
Tuesday, April 10
> Zumba Kids, Bluewater Quay, 9am – 10am
Wednesday, April 11
> Clay for Kids, The Dome, 10am – 2pm
Thursday, April 12
> Smarty's  ACTIVE Squirtz, Bluewater Quay, 9am – 9.45am (years 2-5)
Friday, April 13
> Face Painting & Balloon Twisting, Sydney Street Markets, 9.30am – 11.30am

> Mackay City Centre Easter Carnival

Sunday, April 1, 9am to noon
Mackay Showgrounds

A live music stage, egg hunt, face painting, jumping castle, merry-go-round, plenty of food vendors and even a visit from the Easter Bunny – the Mackay Easter Carnival has it all. This family-friendly festival is held in the City Centre and boasts some of our region’s best local music talent and a super relaxed atmosphere. The emphasis is on keeping the kids entertained while the adults can kick back.

> Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens

Leaf hunt and art and craft session
Wednesday, April 11 from 10am to noon
Botanic Gardens Meeting Room

Go on a leaf hunt to discover the Garden’s different leaf shapes and sizes. Leaf inspired art and craft session afterwards. Cost - $5 per child, parental supervision required. Spaces limited, bookings essential. Contact Kim on phone 4952 7321 or email

Self guided activities
Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm
Botanic Gardens Meeting Room

*I spy in the Gardens
*25 fun things for kids to do
*Bird watching quiz

Self-guided activities can be downloaded from the Botanic Gardens website ( from Friday, March 30 to Sunday, April 15. Please note Gardens Administration and Tropical Shade Garden is closed weekends and public holidays.  

> 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. 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

> 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

Tuesday, April 3  – Bullying workshop
Wednesday, April 4 – Watercolours Painting
Thursday, April 5 – Chill out, popcorn movies
Friday, April 6 – Sarina Beach Day, BBQ from 10am
Monday, April 9 – Glitter Slime
Tuesday, April 10 – Fabric painting. Simply bring in a shirt or a pillowcase
Wednesday, April 11 – The Malachi Cup. Sarina Indigenous Games, Junior Rugby League Grounds, 10am – 5pm. Everyone welcome
Thursday, April 12 - The Malachi Cup. Sarina Indigenous Games, Junior Rugby League Grounds, 10am – 5pm. Everyone welcome
Friday, April 13 - The Malachi Cup. Sarina Indigenous Games, Junior Rugby League Grounds, 10am – 5pm. Everyone welcome

> Orchid House

Open Monday to Friday, 10am – 11am and 2pm – 3pm, Sunday, 10am – 2pm
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.