Top 10 things to do around the region

Top 10 things to do around the region

1) Baby Bounce

Thursday, August 9, 10.30am – 11am
Gordon White Library

Baby Bounce promotes language development in babies from birth to walking. The session features nursery rhymes, finger plays, songs and stories. It’s never too early to talk, read and tell stories with your child.

2) Story Time

Thursday, August 9, 10.30am – 11am
Dudley Denny City Library

Story Time enhances language and literacy development for children aged two-and-a-half- years to five years. The session features stories, nursery rhymes and songs. Sharing stories, singing and talking to your child is fun and good for their brain development.

3) River Street Twilight Market

Friday, August 10, 4-8pm
Bluewater Quay, River Street

We have some great stuff planned for our River Street Twilight Markets each month and really want to use the Bluewater Quay space to engage families, couples, singles and young ones to enjoy the space near the river. Bring a blanket and relax on your Friday night or take a walk through the Paxtons Night Markets and our River Street Twilight Market. The market night includes entertainment, market stalls, selected farmer stalls, food vendors highlighting local produce and the AMP Funded Community Entertainment coordinated by Voodoo Fire Theatre.

4) Mechanos – Wings and Wheels Mackay 2018

Saturday, August 11, 9am
The Old Terminal Building, Mackay Regional Airport

See, hear, feel and experience something different with jaw dropping aerobatics from Paul Bennet in his Wolf Pitts Pro. You will not want to miss one minute of Paul’s heart stopping aerial antics! There’s even more extreme Aerobatic stunt planes, unique cars and motorbikes, kid’s rides, roving entertainment, mechanical technologies, hot rod alley, skydive displays, planes, boats, go-karts, RC’s, Drones, custom engines and much more.

5) Kids Art Club

Saturday, August 11
10am - 12pm > 6 to 8 year olds
1pm - 3pm > 9 to 12 year olds
Artspace Mackay

Kids Art Club is Artspace Mackay’s ongoing term-based Saturday art program for kids. Renowned local artists deliver this rich six-week program of creative art for kids in two age groups. Each week they explore and respond to the exhibitions on show at Artspace Mackay through fun-filled art activities. They learn new techniques and make art with all kinds of exciting creative art materials. The fee is $150 per child for six weeks and includes art materials each week.

6) International Karate Test Match

Saturday, August 11, 6pm
MECC Plenary Hall A

The SKC branch of the Japan Karate Association JKA-SKC will host the JKA National Team of Germany for a 3 match international test series in August 2018. With only 3 locations selected to host this prestigious event nationally, the Mackay Karate Centre is honoured to be the only regional JKA-SKC branch to be afforded this opportunity.

7) Opera Queensland Presents Gilbert & Sullivan’s Ruddigore or the Witch’s Curse!

Saturday, August 11, 6.30pm - 8.30pm
MECC Plenary Halls

Lindy Hume’s critically acclaimed production of Gilbert & Sullivan’s Ruddigore or The Witch’s Curse!, is coming to the MECC in August 2018, giving Mackay audiences the opportunity to jump into the weird and wonderful world of Victoriana.

8) Queensland Museum- Unearthed!

Sunday, August 12, 10am - 4pm
MECC Plenary Halls

Love STEM? Join experts and scientists from Queensland Museum and BHP to celebrate National Science Week on Sunday 12 August. Discover hands-on activities, meet Museum Palaeontologists, and come face-to-face with lost creatures of the past from a real fossil dig at South Walker Creek. This free event will feature expert talks, interactive digital tech demos, kids coding workshops and roving puppet performances.

9) The End’ is the Beginning

Sunday, August 12, 6pm – 7pm
Gordon White Library

Calling all writers and aspiring authors. Learn what it takes to write and get published with local Mackay author Sharon Johnston. Sharon is described as an author to watch out for by Wendy Higgins, USA Today and New York Times bestselling author, and has released two novels, Divided (2015) and Shattered (2016).

10) National Science Week – What’s your PH?

Monday, August 13, 3.30pm - 5pm  
Gordon White Library
What’s your PH? What IS PH? (Power of hydrogen). How does it affect our everyday lives? How does it affect the environment around us? And be prepared to spit! We’re going to test your PH as well and talk about how our own PH levels effect US! Bring in your samples! From your kitchen tap, your storm drain, your nearest estuary, creek, damn, bore, neighbours bore, we want them all.


2018 Mackay Seniors Expo
Saturday, August 21, 9am – 1pm
The Big Shed, Mackay Showgrounds

The Mackay Seniors Expo regularly attracts more than 70 exhibitors and up to 3000 community members. It is an ideal platform for service providers and businesses that have services, facilities or information to make a real difference to seniors’ quality of life and connection to community. It is also an opportunity to showcase your organisation and improve awareness of your services to older people, their carers, friends and family in Mackay.

Book Week 2018
August 20 - 24
Mackay Regional Council Libraries

Each year, across Australia, The Children's Book Council Australia brings children and books together celebrating Children’s Book Week.