Top 10 things to do around the region

Check out the wide range of activities on offer across the region, featuring council facilities and programs. Enjoy art, singing and dancing with the kids at the BMA Kidspace, discover how to set financial goals or learn how to play the ukulele.

1) "Sharing the Insect World" with Maya Harrison

Friday, April 16, 10am to noon
Botanic Gardens meeting room

Come along to the Botanic Gardens meeting room and investigate live insects, see photos and learn information with Maya Harrison of ‘Maya’s Nature’, then go on a walk to find where some of these insects might live in the Botanic Gardens. This workshop is suitable for school-aged children. Please bring a hat and water bottle. Children are encouraged to wear comfortable walking shoes. Bookings are essential, and places are limited. To book your spot, phone 4952 7300.

2) Mackay Twilight Market

Saturday, April 17, 5pm to 8pm
Mackay Show Precinct
Mackay's newest twilight market is to be held at the Mackay Showgrounds with shopping, food, local artists and kids’ entertainment on offer. There is a $2 entry fee for adults and lucky door prizes. Call Trisha on 0417 629 418 for more information.

3) Baby Bounce

Monday, April 19, 9.30am – Mirani Library
Monday, April 19, 11am – Dudley Denny City Library
Tuesday, April 20, 9.30am – Sarina Library
Tuesday, April 20, 11am – Walkerston Library
Thursday, April 22, 10.30am – Gordon White Library
Friday, April 23, 11am – Dudley Denny City Library
Baby Bounce promotes language development in babies from birth to walking. The session features nursery rhymes, finger plays and songs. It's never too early to talk, read and tell stories with your child. One ticket required per attendee (one child plus one parent/guardian = two tickets). Please bring a small blanket for your child as we are unable to provide shared  resources at this time. Book via the libraries’ Facebook page  - facebook.com/mackaylibraries

4) BMA Kidspace

Tuesday, April 20, 10am to 2pm
Artspace Mackay

BMA Kidspace, the ever-popular toddlers' program, gives children under five a chance to explore and have fun with art in a climate of co-operative learning. The program includes free artist-run workshops from 10am to 2pm and live musical entertainment for kids from 12pm to 1pm. Bring your children along for a fun day of artmaking, singing and dancing. Drop-ins welcome, no bookings required.

5) Ask a Genie

Tuesday, April 20, 1pm to 3pm
Gordon White Library
Bring your family history queries to the library for assistance from a genealogy specialist. The Mackay Family History Society will assist with questions regarding your family history. No bookings required.

6) Next Chapter Book Club

Tuesday, April 20, 10.30am to 11am|
Gordon White Library
Are you a person with a lived experience of disability? Would you like to join a group to share with, make friends and have fun? Our book club gives you an opportunity to read and learn, make friends, and have fun together in our library setting. Book at https://bit.ly/323qLKv

7) STEAM Club

Wednesday, April 21, 3.30pm to 4.30pm
Gordon White Library
Imagine, invent, discover and create with challenging and entertaining hands-on activities. Sessions range from LEGO play to coding, science experiments to creative arts and much more. STEAM club is specifically designed for children in years three to six.

8) Friday guided walks

Friday, April 23, 10am to 11am
Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens
Join one of the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens volunteer guides for a free guided walk. Walks go at a leisurely pace for about an hour wandering the pathways of the gardens. Bookings are essential. Phone 4952 7300 or email botanic@mackay.qld.gov.au to book a spot.

9) What are your financial goals?
Friday, April 23, 10am to noon
Mackay Women’s Centre
Migrant and multicultural women are invited to join the Neighbourhood Hub for an interactive, face-to-face presentation and information session on how to set financial goals and become more financially independent. Contact Val on 4957 2626 or email vale@tnhub.org.au.

10) Ukulele melodies

Friday, April 23, 1.30pm to 2.30pm and 3pm to 4pm
Gordon White Library
This program is the perfect opportunity to learn basic melodies on the ukulele, especially if you are a beginner to instruments. Ukuleles will be provided for this session. This is an Older and Bolder event for adults aged 50 and above, made possible thanks to funding from Tech Savvy Seniors Queensland.

Reminders:

50th Anniversary – The Ultimate Eagles Experience

Saturday, April 24, 7.30pm
The MECC
The Ultimate Eagles Experience is a concert performance not to be missed. This tribute show delivers a captivating live concert celebrating the synonymous country/rock sound of the Eagles. Performing all the classic Eagles hits including ‘Desperado’, ‘Take It Easy’, ‘New Kid In Town’, ‘Take It To The Limits’, ‘Heartache Tonight’ and the legendary ‘Hotel California’, amongst many more with a mix of solo hits from members Don Henley, Joe Walsh and the late Glenn Frey. Book via the MECC website - themecc.com.au.

ANZAC Day Services

Sunday, April 25, from 4.28am
Various locations
Please refer to council’s website for a full list of services being held across the region for Anzac Day - mackay.qld.gov.au/anzacday.

The Wiggles – We’re All Fruit Salad Tour

Thursday, April 29, at 10am, 1pm and 4pm
The MECC Auditorium

The We’re All Fruit Salad Tour, features Wiggly classics and new songs from the group, plus a variety of dance styles and performances that go with different styles of music. Children will see and hear drums, keyboards, banjo, guitars, bagpipes and lots of singing. There’s a range of ticketing options for young and old including VIP tickets featuring the Big Red Car experience, a meet and greet with The Wiggles and a merchandise pack. Alternatively, you can simply purchase a ticket to the show and enjoy the entertainment. Book via the MECC website - themecc.com.au.