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Finding things to do during the school holidays 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.  If you do any of the activities, don’t forget to #pakmagshare if you post anything on social media so we can see how much of a great time you had.  Have a sensational school holidays, and don’t forget to tell everyone- you read it in PakMag (it helps our business a lot- so share the love!)

The Mackay Festival of Arts celebrates local talent, culture, colour, music and food – with so many events to enjoy this July. Find the full program and book tickets at

During these school holidays don’t miss Isaiah Spirit – X Factor winner and Top 10 at Eurovision. Isaiah Firebrace is a singer with an incredible voice and story.

7.30 pm, Friday 10 July, MECC Plenary Halls

Cost: Tickets from $23.00


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Bring the family for intense fun, adrenaline and competition with go-kart racing in a real kart. Minimum age is seven years and drivers must be 1.23m tall. Please come dressed for racing, closed in shoes, shorts or long pants. No loose clothing, dresses or skirts. The track is indoors, so it’s always race day if you want it to be!

Cost: From $35.00 for 1 race (10 minutes) + $5.00 Sidetrax License (valid for 12 months). Double seater karts available for those aged 4 – 10 years or with disabilities. 

A 275 Nebo Rd, City Gates

P 4829 4707


Join Caneland Central for their Nature and Wellness Workshops for the school holidays, they’ll be hosting different activities daily. See the list below to find out which Workshops the kids would like to attend.

Monday, 28th June – Yoga for Kids
Tuesday, 29th June – Music, Movement and Sensory play for under 5’s
Wednesday, 30th June – Build a Bee Hotel

Thursday, 1 July – Create your own Calm Jar
Friday, 2 July – Decorate a Bird Feeder
Monday 5 to Thursday 8 July – NAIDOC Week activities
Friday 9 July – Rock Art Workshop

Colour-in to WIN | 28th June – 11th July
Snap a pic of the kids making their mark at Caneland Central’s colouring-in wall on the lift well at Centre Court for your chance to win one of two $50 Caneland Central vouchers**.

A Mangrove Rd, Mackay

P 4944 7111


Nestled in seven acres of shady tropical greenery, Big4 Whitsundays Tropical Eco Resort have plenty to do for families including a playground, jumping pillow, quad bikes for hire, a pool and a brand-new ninja challenge course – making it the perfect school holiday getaway with the kids. 

Cost: From $38.00 (unpowered grass sites). Accommodation options include camping/caravan sites as well as two bedroom apartments, eco lodges, villas, and more. 

A 2955 Shute Harbour Rd, Flametree

P 4946 9388 BIG4


Play, eat and enjoy at South Leagues Club. The family can enjoy a delicious meal for dinner or lunch from the affordable, family-friendly restaurant Souths Bistro. You can relax in the gaming room or grab a drink from the sports bar while the kids hang out and play in the kids zone – a room full of games, activities, movies and play equipment. No need for a babysitter at Souths Mackay! 

A 181 Milton St

P 4957 2166


Head along to the Sarina Sugar Shed and learn about the growing, harvesting and crushing processes of sugar cane in a fully functioning miniature sugar mill. During the one hour tour, see how sugar is turned into a tasty array of products. You will get to try sugar cane juice, Chefs’ Gusto range of chutneys, relishes and sauces, non-alcoholic ginger beer brewed onsite, and fairy floss for big and little kids! Minecraft games, colouring-in sheets and other kids’ activities are also available, as well as slushies and kids meals in the cafe. 

Cost: From $13.00 (children under 18 years). Tours run daily at 9.30am, 11.00am, 12.30pm and 2.00pm – 7 Days. Book in advance. 

A Field of Dreams Parkland, Railway Square, Sarina

P 4943 2801


Mackay libraries always offer a variety of events to keep kids busy and having fun during the holidays. 

Bedtime Stories – Gordon White Library on Thursday July 1, 5.00pm – 6.00pm. 

Dudley Denny City Library on Thursday July 8, 5.00pm – 6.00pm. For children up to 8 years old. 

Resin-ate –  Bring anything little (old jewellery, plants, etc) and turn it into a little resin keepsake. For teenagers aged 12 – 18 years. 

Monday, June 28, from 2pm to 4pm at Sarina Library

Tuesday, June 29, from 10am to noon at Mirani Library

Tuesday, June 29, from 2pm to 4pm at Walkerston Library

Wednesday, June 30, from 10am to noon at Dudley Denny City Library

Thursday, July 1, from 10am to noon at Gordon White Library

STEAMPunks – Dudley Denny City Library on Monday July 5, 9.30am – 12.30pm: An immersive STEAM workshop using design-thinking, 3D design, coding and morel. For teenagers aged 13 – 15 years. 

Library After Dark – Gordon White Library on Friday July 9, 6.00pm – 8.00pm: The library will be exclusively for teens aged 12 – 18 years, with chill zones, music, snacks and more. 

Movies: The Croods – A New Age (PG) – Gordon White Library on Friday July 2, 2.00pm – 4.00pm. 

Dragon Rider (PG) – Gordon White Library on Friday July 9, 2.00pm – 4.00pm. 

Wild Puppets with Berky and Friends – An interactive puppet show for children up to 8 years old. Featuring Ros from Wild Puppets and her boxful of puppet friends! After the show, Berky and Ros will stop and chat with families as children decorate their own Berky library bag to take home.

Saturday, June 26: 10.00am – 1.00pm at Botanic Gardens – Malta Gardens and 2.00 pm – 3.00pm at Bucasia Esplanade

Sunday, June 27: 10.00am – 11.00am at Dudley Denny City Library and 2.00pm – 3.00pm at Queens Park (next to cricket shed)

Tuesday, 29 June: 10.00am – 11.00am at Gordon White Library and 2.00pm – 3.00pm at Dudley Denny City Library

Thursday, July 1, from 10.00am and 2.00pm at Sarina Library.

Berky the Brush Turkey meets #MackayRocks – Runs June 26 to July 11
Find a special ‘Berky Rock’ hidden around the region, and bring it to your local to library to receive your own copy of Berky’s Book – “Birds Don’t Have Birthdays.” Then re-hide the rock for someone else to find!

Ukulele for Kids – Dudley Denny City Library on Wednesday June 30, Thursday July 1, from 2.00pm and 2.45pm. 

Walkerston Library on Monday July 5, from 10.00am, 10.45am and 11.30am. 

Find out more by visiting their website. 

A Mackay, Mt Pleasant, Walkerston, Sarina, Mirani

P 4961 9387

Mackay Regional Council Libraries 

AmazingCo is here to help with their Family Challenge Month: Winter Edition experience. Available throughout July, it offers young families the chance to get outdoors and create memories while completing fun challenges and games as a team. Aiming to tick off the activities on your ‘nature bingo card’, which you are supplied at the start of the month, you and your family will have the chance to complete weekly activities and challenges shared with you via a link every Thursday of July.

There will be a prize for the competition winners (an epic family holiday, valued at $4,000!) as well as weekly prizes – just be sure to take pictures of all the fun you are having to be in the running! You can also find fun experiences to enjoy as a family on their website.

Cost: $50.00 per family for a lifetime of memories.

It’s slides, tunnels and ball pits galore at Kidz Life Play Centre. With a triple deck play structure, huge double slide, ball pits, a jumping castle and much more – there is plenty of fun to be had. It’s all indoors and air conditioned, so it’s always playtime no matter the weather, and party bookings are also available. Plus, parents can catch a break in the cafe while the kids play, or join them racing down the super slide and the jumping castle. 

Cost: From $8.50, children under one year FREE. Open from Monday to Friday in the school holidays from 9.00am – 3.00pm, and until 4.00pm on Saturdays. Don’t forget your socks! 

A 75 Evans Ave, North Mackay

P 4953 5575


Artspace Mackay offers drop-in style, family art activities for children and their parents. The program is FREE. Visit their website for more information. 

Drawing Still Life: Free holiday drop-in activities for all ages
June 26 – July 11 (closed Mondays)

Tuesday to Friday, 10am to 5pm, Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 3pm

Explore the art of drawing objects inspired by Brisbane artist Leigh Schoenheimer’s Iterate | Elaborate exhibition currently on show in their Foyer Gallery.

A Civic Centre Precinct, 61 Gordon St

P 4961 9722


Whitsunday Segway tours operate amazing, award winning and Eco Tourism certified, guided Segway tours in the Whitsunday Conway National Park, as well as along the Airlie Beach boardwalk with included dinner over a beautiful sunset.

Cost: From $110.00. For families with children 12+ years old.

A Airlie Beach

P 0432 734 929


There’s plenty to do at the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens for kids. The following activity sheets can be picked up from the gardens’ administration or downloaded and printed at home: Alphabet I Spy, Birdwatching Quiz, 25 Fun Things to do in the Gardens, nature play, spotlighting and more.

Kids holiday craft workshops – Insect hotels (kids 6 – 12 years)

Wednesday, June 30 and Thursday July 1, 10.00am to 11.30am on the Tropical Sun Lawn. $5.00 per child, places are limited, bookings essential
Bring a clean, dry and empty two-litre milk bottle.

Kids holiday craft workshops – Upside down hanging planters (kids 6 – 12 years) Wednesday, July 7, 10.00am to 11.30am on the Tropical Sun Lawn $5.00 per child, places are limited bookings essential. Bring a clean and dry and empty 1.25L plastic bottle.

Tibbles Hunt in the Tropical Shade Garden

Monday to Friday throughout the school holidays, from 9.00am to 5.00pm when the Gardens Visitor Information Centre is open. FREE.

A 9 Lagoon St, Mackay

P 4952 7300 

This large family-friendly lagoon provides a free swimming area for all ages, safe from stingers and right in the heart of the city. It includes a large water slide, waterfall, children’s playground, as well as BBQ facilities and is open to the public from 9.00am – 5.45pm during the summer months (September – March) and 9am – 4:45pm during the winter months (April – mid-July).

Please note Bluewater Lagoon closes for winter maintenance on July 11.

The Bluewater Lagoon Café is also nearby – a perfect place to relax and enjoy tasty food after playing in the sun.

A Caneland Park, River St

P 4952 5244 

Don’t worry about the meals these school holidays – just go to Debbie’s Seafood! They have Kid’s Meals for just $6.50 as well as All Day Dining with Kids Meals for just $6.50.

A 16 David Muir Street

P 49554111


New Owner Artist Workshop with experienced arts educator Lisa Roebig Holmes. Create your very own puppets! This free community artist workshop for little people and their adults is proudly brought to you by Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal and the MECC.

All children wishing to create a puppet must register their attendance via a ticket, supervising parents do not need a ticket.

All attendees on the day must check in on the day, via the ‘Check In QLD’ app.

Thursday 1 July, 10.00 am to 11.00am / FREE / Ages: 7 +

MECC Meeting Rooms 

Check out their Facebook Page for more details.

Enjoy working with experienced arts educator Lisa Roebig Holmes and create your very own Pete the Sheep craft! This free community artist workshop for little people and their adults is proudly brought to you by Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal and the MECC.

All children wishing to create a puppet must register their attendance via a ticket, supervising parents do not need a ticket.

All attendees on the day must check in on the day, via the ‘Check In QLD’ app.

Friday 2 July, 10.00am to 11.00am / FREE / Ages: 4+

MECC meeting rooms

Check out their Facebook Page for more details.

Enter a themed room and work as a team to solve a series of puzzles, riddles and hints before your 60 minute time limit runs out. Fun for families, friends and groups. Please be advised the rooms are geared more towards mid-teens and adults due to the level of difficulty and themes. Costs from $31.00 per player. 

A 344 Alfred Street, Mackay

P 0484 ESCAPE (0484 372 273)