Party in the Park guarantees family fun

Published: 23 May 2022

Alpacas, lambs, goats and plenty of other “party animals” are headed to council’s second Party in the Park event on the Civic Precinct lawns.

Mad Animal Addiction will be bringing a full petting zoo to the free family event on Tuesday, May 31, from 9am to 11.30am.

Mayor Greg Williamson joked that as well as the petting zoo, Noah’s Ark would also be at the party.

“Noah’s Ark is a jumping castle for toddlers, and we will have another one for older children,” he said.

“Plus, there’s multiple face painters and we’ve booked the Mr Skippy Ice-cream Truck and arranged free kids cones for the morning.”

The mayor said Party in the Park aimed to better connect families, that had children under five, with no cost, low cost and age specific services within the Mackay region.

“Last year, when we ran this event for the first time, the turnout blew us away,” he said.

“Parents with children under five can feel isolated and really enjoy the networking opportunities at events like this.

“We’ve already got 30 exhibitors coming along that will showcase different playgroups, services and activities – and there will be plenty of demonstrations and hands-on activities on the day.”

Event organiser Lara Russell said the activities on offer would be enough to provide hours of entertainment.

“Aside from the jumping castles, face painting and animals; we also have Mackay Christian College Early Learning Centre running a dinosaur dig, The Neighbourhood Hub running free kids' yoga led by Maria’s Yoga, a Rugby Tots obstacle course and artist-led activities with BMA Kidspace under the mango tree,” Ms Russell said.

“Queensland Health will also be providing age specific developmental activities with registered nurses,” she said.

Follow the Mackay Regional Council Facebook page for updates and make sure you like the event “Party in the Park 2022”.