Helping your child find ‘their thing’, starts with knowing what’s out there to try. Our Extracurricular Guide has a variety of local organisations providing activities and opportunities for your children to explore.
Whether they’re into sports, arts, or want to learn, there’s plenty of options to keep them entertained, active, developing new skills and making friends.
Sensory Circus Tribe
Who wouldn’t want to join the circus? Sensory Circus Tribe offers a range of classes and workshops for children as young as 2, through to adults. Circus will help build confidence, coordination, strength, and flexibility through both aerial and ground skills. An out of the box approach to getting your child healthy and fit.
Kids Art Club – ArtSpace Mackay
ArtSpace Mackay offers children’s art clubs throughout the school term. If you’ve got a creative genius on your hands, or even if you just suspect, sign them up! Creative expression through art is fantastic for children, it helps develop fine motor skills, artistic expression, and communication.
The Conservatorium Academy is a centre for creative and performing arts training for school-aged children throughout the school term. It is part of the School of Education and the Arts at CQUniversity and therefore provides an experience like no other. It aims to supplement other music, dance, and drama activities with performance and theatre training.
Munro School Of Irish Dancing
The Munro School Of Irish Dancing offers a range of classes for children, including light shoe, heavy shoe, and group dancing. Many of their students go ahead to qualify and compete on national and international stages. They offer classes at various locations, times, and skill levels, as well as opportunities to compete. So get in touch and arrange a free trial for your little dancer!
Mackay Indoor Sports Arena
Mackay Indoor Sports Arena offers a fun way for children to have fun, get fit, and exercise. There’s a range of sport options, including netball, cricket, and soccer. Plus it’s indoors – so rain or shine the games are good to go. You can join a team or register an entire one, there’s everything you need for a good game, every time!
Treble Trouble Youth Choir
Jennifer Bee shares her experience and training with children wanting to learn, practice and perfect their singing. Treble Trouble choir has an annual membership fee of just $10.00, and a term fee of $25.00. Practice is held weekly on Thursdays at the Bee Musical Studio. Suitable for children aged 8 to 18.
Crossroad Arts works to create opportunities for people with disabilities who are passionate about developing their performance skills. They offer development programs designed to promote artistic growth and upskilling by providing skills-based training and exposure to professional artists.
Jump! Swim Schools Mackay
This boutique swim facility teaches swimming for babies from three months to children pre-squad. Their small, intimate classes provide a safe, comfortable space for every child to learn and perfect their stroke.
Dance Express Mackay
Dance Express is all about being bold, inclusive, and creative. Dancing is high-energy, and it’s the best way to build self-esteem and confidence. There are classes for every age group, starting at 18 months through to 12+ years. Classes include ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, yoga, pilates, acrobatics and more!
Mackay Gymnastics philosophy is “Gymnastics for All”. They run Baby Gym, Kindergym, Prep Classes, Introductory and Recreational Classes, Women’s and Men’s Competitive Programs, Acrobatic and Rhythmic Competitive Programs and Trampoline Competitive Programs.
Rugbytots Mackay Region
Rugbytots is a rugby-based play program for 2 – 7 year old children. A great opportunity for them to learn basic rugby skills. The benefits also extend through to important developmental and social skills such as listening, balance, hand-eye coordination, teamwork, and making friendships.
Aspire Performing Arts Studio
Offering ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, hip hop, acro, drama, music theatre, private speech and singing lessons; Aspire Performing Arts Studio has it all. From Mums and Bubs right up to senior performers, there’s a class to suit all ages and abilities. Everyone can have fun, make new friends and dance it out!
Do Re Mi Music School
Do Re Mi Music School aims to share the joys of music with children from 6 months to 6 years old. Lessons help to explore sounds, movement, and rhythm through singing, beat making with percussion instruments, and socialisation. The effects of music can be greatly beneficial for young children, and you never know, you might have a rockstar on your hands.
Airlie Beach Swim Centre
Airlie Beach Swim Centre caters to everyone – from baby to tween, through to adult, there’s a class for everyone. They also provide an inclusive environment with classes suitable and focused for those with disabilities eager to learn to swim. If you’ve got a water child on your hands, sign them up for a nationally recognised open water diving course, or get them training and on their way to being junior lifeguards.
A 2583 Shute Harbour Road
P 0404 677 400
Azure Glass offers glass art workshops throughout the year, including school holidays. Check online for updated schedules and courses, and get your young one creating.
With One Voice Mackay
With One Voice choirs provide inclusive programs aimed to reduce loneliness, depression and social isolation by promoting diversity and integration. Through the neuro-scientific benefits of community singing, these programs offer a safe space for people of all ages to sing and connect.
P 0404 163 097
With One Voice Mackay & Surrounds Choir
Pat Wright Swim School
Whether your bub is fresh to water, or they’re seasoned and eager to improve their skills, Pat Wright Swim School offers a variety of classes for all skill levels. They provide a safe environment to learn in that builds confidence and water safety awareness.
Adrenalin Cheer And Dance
Adrenalin Cheer and Dance has a focus on teamwork and success. They train both recreational and competitive cheer teams throughout the school term. A perfect activity for that little one with limitless energy.
North Mackay Little Athletics
The club is all about family, fun and fitness. They aim to provide a family friendly community activity that gets everyone out there on the field. Parents are encouraged to get involved and help with the events as their children compete.
2022 Sports Expo And Sign-On
There will be a wide range of sporting organisations, teams, and active leisure groups that will be displayed at the MECC, as well as more than 100 sport and recreation options online at your fingertips. The expo runs throughout February 2022, with the live event held solely on 13 February, 9.00am – 4.30pm.