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Finding things to do with kids in Mackay is now easy.

The PakMag team have searched high and low and found everything parents and kids need to know! Check out all the incredible things happening below.

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Explore Local National Parks

We’re privileged to live in such a beautiful part of the country, so why not make the most of it? Mackay and the Whitsundays are surrounded by lush, wild, and unique national parks that showcase the diversity of our region. Here’s just a handful to choose from: Cape Hillsborough, Eungella, Cape Palmerston, Conway, and don’t forget about the Whitsunday Islands. So grab the kids, grab the gear, head out, and experience our backyard.

Free Activities with PakMag

Here at PakMag we work hard to compile a ton of awesome activities for kids and families to do together in the school holidays. We know how important it is to gain new experiences, learn, and sometimes – simply have heaps of fun! The school holidays are a perfect time to try something new, get creative, explore, build, and take a break. Visit us online and find our favourite craft ideas, STEAM activities, and family fun destinations – you’re sure to find something for everyone!

Mount Pleasant Shopping Centre

With the new and improved shopping experience at Mount Pleasant Shopping Centre, they’ll be hosting Let’s Get Active with Active Squirtz 29 June – 3 July. Check their facebook page for more info. Plus don’t forget they have a bevy of shops and food outlets to keep you and the little ones fed and entertained, but they also provide two parents rooms. One is located in the Food Court, how convenient, and the other in the corridor behind Nextra. To keep up to date with their progress and any upcoming events and school holiday activities, check out their Facebook page.

A Mackay Bucasia Rd
P 07 4969 2400
Fb: Mount Pleasant Centre

Mackay Library Events

The Mackay Council Libraries, along with their usual offerings, run holiday programs that include storytime, family fun activities, science programs and craft workshops. Check the website for more information and booking options.

Clifford the Big Red Dog
Visit the Gordon White Library for a free movie afternoon with popcorn on 1 July. This event is for children aged five to 12 years and starts at 2.00pm.

Harry Potter Craft
Create some magical accessories essential for every wizard in training, and celebrate the 25th anniversary of the publication of the first Harry Potter book with other like minded Harry Potter fans. These craft activities run on 1 July from 10.00am to 11.00am at the Sarina Library and are suitable for junior wizards aged 5 to 12 years old.

A Gordon White Library, 54 Phillip St, Mount Pleasant
A Sarina Library, 65 Broad St, Sarina

Artspace Mackay

BMA Kidspace offers online and in-person activities for kids with their program specifically designed for 0 – 5 year olds. Activities including Oil Pastels, Leaf Collage,
Recycled Drums, and Sing Alongs.

Collage, Stamp and Draw: Free Holiday drop-in activities for everyone
Drop-in to Artspace during the school holidays and experiment with the art of mixed media. Inspired by the art and exhibition Looking for Paradise by NSW artist, Nathalie Hartog-Gautier, this activity gives visitors of all ages and abilities an opportunity to combine collage, drawing and letter stamping techniques by adding to a wonderful collaborative paper wall in our Artspace workshop room. Parental supervision for children is essential. Stay for a few minutes or a few hours, no bookings necessary. Activities run from 25 June to 10 July, 10.00am – 5.00pm Tuesday to Friday, and 10.00am – 3.00pm on weekends.

A Civic Centre Precinct
P 4961 9722
Fb: Artspace Mackay

Whimsical Dreaming Workshops

Feather Rainbow Wall Hanging
Create your own rainbow wall hanging with colourful feathers, ribbons, and a selection of shells. This 2 hour workshop is held on 1 July from 1.00pm, and 5 July from 9.30am. It is suitable for children aged 6+ and tickets cost $50.00.

Cool Science
During this fun 1 hour science workshop you will create your very own bouncy ball and lava lamp to take home, plus you can learn some cool science facts along the way. Bookings required. The workshop is held on 5 July, starts at 12.30am, and costs $35.00. Suitable for ages 6+.

Slime Time Fun
Held on 6 July from 9.00am to 10.30am, this 1 hour express slime workshop is a fun and messy experience for everyone. You will make two types of slime and have ample time to play with the creations before taking them home for more hours of fun. The workshop is suitable for ages 5+ and costs $35.00.

Tie Dye Express
In this 1 hour workshop you can learn tie dyeing techniques and then get colourful creating your own unique masterpiece. Participants will tie dye two items choosing from either a pillowcase or a tote bag, plus either a set of two scrunchies or a bandana. The workshop is held on 6 July, starts at 11.00am, and costs $35.00. Suitable for ages 6+.

A Whimsical Dreaming
P 0424 505 664
Fb: Whimsical Dreaming

Azure Glass School Holidays Workshops

Located on the central coast of Mackay, Azure Glass offers quality glass artworks, products, and tuition in the kiln formed glass process. Create your own glass dish during 1 hour workshops held from 27 June to 5 July at 9.00am and 12.00pm. No experience necessary, and all materials, tools, and firings are included. Children under 7 must be supervised by an adult and wear closed in shoes. BYO water bottle. Cost is $30.00. Visit the website for more information and to book your spot.

A Azure Art Glass Studio

Mackay Gymnastics School Holiday Program

Fun Days
These holidays, Mackay Gymnastics runs their school holiday program again including Fun Days and Day Camps. Fun Day for 2 to 4 year old boys and girls is 6 July, 9.15am to 10.00am. Cost is $16.50. Fun Days for older kids aged 5 to 12 years are offered on 1 July, 4 July, 6 July, and 8 July from 9.00am to 10.30am. Cost is $27.50.

Holiday Camp
During week 1 of the holidays, the camp runs on the 1 July. During week 2 the camp runs on 4 July, 6 July, and 8 July from 9.00am onwards. Cost is $50.00 to $70.00 per day. Suitable for children 4 to 13 years old. Bookings required.

A Mackay Gymnastics
P 49420032

Festival of Arts

Over ten days, from 1 to 11 July, the Mackay Festival of Arts is a celebration of local, interstate, and international talent, culture, colour, music and food! For more details check the website, however, activities will include festival favourites such as the ever popular Wine and Food Day, a bigger and bolder Jazz Brunch, the new and improved Masked Burlesque Lounge and the hottest ticket in town, the Progressive Dinner.

A Various locations

Warrior Mackay Multisport Festival

Now bigger than ever, the Mackay Triathlon Festival includes Duathlon, Aquathlon, and Aquabike events, and a Standard Olympic distance race. Held on 3 July,
the events allow participants to race solo or in a team.

A Mackay Harbour

Mackay Scottish Bluewater Fling

Enjoy an afternoon of Scottish delights on 9 July with the Mackay Scottish Bluewater Fling. Entertainment includes bagpipes, drums, Scottish rock, Celtic folk, Hielan dancing, tartan, clan banners, Haggis, scotch pies, square sausage, and much more. The event starts at 1.30pm, is family-friendly, and free.

A Bluewater Quay Park

Motorcycle Grasstree Beach Races

Held annually, the Motorcycle Grasstree Beach Races are a fun family community event. Prepare yourself for methanol-fuelled action under tropical skies on 10 July. Gates open for competitors at 6am, with racing starting from 10am. There will be a mini Eat Street, jumping castles, trade displays, and live entertainment for spectators.

A Grasstree Beach

Sarina Sugar Shed

Sarina Sugar Shed offers an award-winning insight
into sugar production. From paddock to plate; the tour will teach you and your little ones just what happens when cane is planted, how it’s used, and what it makes. You’ll get the opportunity to observe, touch, feel, and taste the different stages of sugar production, their non-alcoholic ginger beer brewed onsite, the freshly spun fairy floss, and freshly squeezed cane juice. There’s plenty of goodies for the adults to try too.
Cost: $13.30 for kids, $26.50 for adults, kids under 5 are free. Bookings essential.

A Field of Dreams Parkland, Railway Square
P 07 4943 2801

Caneland Central

Visit the largest shopping centre in Mackay for their huge variety of stores! Keep the kids entertained these holidays with games, music and movies or toys, or pop
down and buy your picnic and swimming gear to have a wonderful day out.

A Mangrove Rd, Mackay
P 4944 7111
Fb: Caneland Central

Whitsunday Crocodile Safari

Take a trip on the “Wild Side” and see crocodiles in their natural habitat in the Whitsundays. This highly rated day-trip is a safe, all-weather ‘safari style’ excursion, which takes you cruising through a wild crocodile habitat on the Proserpine River, then touring the Goorganga Plains Wetlands on a wagon train to observe native Australian wildlife. Cost: $50.00 for ages 1 – 4, $85.00 for ages 5 – 17, and $140.00 for adults.

A Cannonvale, Airlie Beach
P 07 4948 3310
Fb: Whitsunday Crocodile Safari

Big4 Whitsundays Tropical Eco Resort

Break up that school holiday monotony and escape to paradise! Whitsundays Tropical Eco Resort is a family owned and run caravan park in Airlie Beach. Nestled on seven acres of shady, tropical greenery, there’s plenty of family fun to be had – including a playground, jumping pillow, quad bikes for hire, a pool, and a brand-new ninja challenge course. Get in and book fast as many families will be looking for a winter getaway!

A 2955 Shute Harbour Rd, Flametree
P 4946 9388 BIG4