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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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Shrek The Musical

When: 19 – 21 May / 8.00pm / $24.00 – $46.00 / G
Where: MECC
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Shrek The Musical is a Tony Award-winning fairy tale adventure that brings all the original characters onstage. Once upon a time, there was a little ogre named Shrek – an unlikely hero who finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking Donkey and a feisty princess. MMCP, who brought you The Wizard of Oz and the smash hit Mamma Mia, brings you the story-telling magic of Shrek The Musical in this enchanting tale of love, laughter, and friendship.

Legends on the Lawn

When: 21 May / 12.00pm / From $126.00 – $260.00 / PG
Where: Harrup Park
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Legends on the Lawn brings some of the biggest names to North Queensland for one day of great music. Headlined by Jimmy Barnes, along with The Living End, Jon Stevens, Vika & Linda, Vanessa Amorosi, Busby Marou and Christine Anu. This event is not restricted, with children under 6 able to attend with parents or guardians for FREE. Gates open at 12.00pm, with music kicking off at 1.00pm, with The Living End onstage at 6.30pm, and finally Jimmy Barnes at 8.00pm.

Edward the Emu

When: 26 – 27 May / $16.50 / Ages 4 – 10
Where: MECC
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DBCT Kids’ Theatre Season 2022 brings you Edward the Emu. The award-winning team brings to the stage a new imagining of the classic Australian books by Sheena Knowles and Rob Clement. Edward is bored with his lot, being the only emu at the zoo has left him feeling glum and under the impression that the grass is greener in everyone else’s enclosure. Maybe being a seal, or a lion, or a snake might be a better option in life for a lonely bird? Convinced that the other creatures are more popular, Edward breaks ranks and goes to find the fun, and along the way he meets Edwina! Makes for a perfect and affordable family outing.

Positive Pregnancy & Birth Expo

When: 28 May / 9.00am / FREE / G
Where: MECC
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With 1 in 3 women currently experiencing birth trauma, we are seeing family units suffer as a whole, impacting the emotional and mental health of new parents everywhere. The expo is aimed to make a movement toward positive change through exhibiting services to enhance knowledge, education and support when it comes to preconception, pregnancy, birth and postpartum. The expo will showcase and connect people with services that can better their experience during preconception, pregnancy, birth and post partpartum. It will also share local businesses
such as doulas, physios, photographers, massage therapy, private obstetricians, fertility support
services, and more.

Don’t Mess With the Dummies

When: 8 June
Where: MECC / 9.30am / $16.50 / Ages 5 +
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The DBCT Kids’ Theatre Season 2022 brings you a circus extravaganza the whole family is sure to love! From the unstoppable award winning Dummies Corp comes an all-new extraordinary adventure! Don’t mess with the Dummies – they embark on an expedition embellished with a rockin’ soundtrack, unbelievable acrobatics, and the trademark Dummies frivolity. Proven to be a mesmerising show, the Australian circus-comedy specialists are world renowned for their intelligent, theatrical, and inventive take on comedy and family entertainment.

Mackay Annual Show 2022

When: 14 – 16 June / 9.00am – 4.00pm / G
Where: Mackay Showgrounds
More info: Fb: Mackay Showgrounds

The Mackay Association is pleased to announce the 143rd Annual Mackay Show. This year’s show will once again showcase the region’s agriculture and equestrian events, and of course sideshow alley, fireworks, and plenty more family fun entertainment. Held over 3 days, there’s no excuse to miss out, and make the most of all that’s on offer.

Sugar Drop Festival

When: 18th June / 4.00pm / $55.00 – $85.00 / 18 +
Where: Harrup Park Country Club
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Sugardrop Festival is the latest addition to the Mackay festival scene. Curated and headlined by local muso Tia Gostelow, it’s a great day to drop the kids off at the grandparents and make a day of it. Sugardrop will see musicians from Mackay and all over Australia take the stage in what is set to be an epic afternoon of live music and good vibes. Tia’s melodic indie pop will be supported by Brisbane punks Beddy Rays, Canberra troupe Teen Jesus and the Jean Teasers, as well as other local acts Amber Farnan and Mt. Nadir.

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

Artspace Mackay

BMA Kidspace is online and offers a range of ways for kids to enjoy the arts with their program specifically designed  for 0 – 5 year olds. Activities including Leaf Rubbing, Leaf Collage, Recycled Drums, and Sing Alongs. And don’t forget about the BMA KidSpace program, with creative activities and live music, it’s on from 10.00am – 2.00pm 24 May and 21 June. They also run a 6 week art club, with Term 2 beginning 7 May.

A Civic Centre Precinct
P 4961 9722
Fb: Artspace Mackay

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