Looking for ways to entertain and engage the kids these School Holidays?
I’ve got your back mum and dad,
I did the leg work so you can plan the fun easily!

Easter Craft Sessions With Plaster Kids

$30 Per child
Each child will receive a box with

4x Easter plaster pieces
2x paint brushes
1x Easter Bon Bon
1x wooden Easter ornament to decorate (pending if they arrive on time 🤞)
1x Easter themed lollipop holder with a delicious treat🍭

You can decorate your box with- Paints, glitter, stickers, pom poms, draw pictures, feathers, pipe cleaners.

While waiting for your creations to dry, you can enjoy a delicious pizza & drink.
To finish off. Each plaster piece will be sprayed with a clear coat spray & some shredded tissue paper will be added to the box to add some cushioning for your finished plaster pieces 🤩
*Under 3 are welcome, but require parental supervision*

Sarina Sugar Shed

Special kids tour of the Sarina Sugar Shed

10.30am every day of the school holidays

Normal tours run 9.30am, 11am, 12.30pm and 2pm

Cost: Adults at children’s prices $13.30 (bookings essential)

Field of Dreams Parklands, Railway Square, Sarina

This fun, interactive session focuses on the kids, with the added bonus of adults being welcome at kids prices!

During the 45-minute tour, the kids will discover the growing and harvesting of the sugar cane and complete a hunt for the critters that live in our sugar cane patch. They’ll enter our miniature sugar mill to see how sugar cane is crushed, and sample deliciously sweet sugar cane juice straight from our miniature mill, Bill the Mill Junior’.

Special stickers help the kids to understand the machines that work in the process from turning juice into sugar – they can touch and feel the different stages of the production from the bagasse to the sugar and taste the molasses! They’ll also receive a free information sheet at the end and a quick, fun quiz. Finally, everyone gets to a chance to taste our non-alcoholic ginger beer brewed onsite, and freshly-spun fairy floss.

For more information or to book a tour 

Caneland Central

FREE school holiday activities

An action packed Easter at Caneland with a variety of activities to keep the kids busy each weekday from 10am to 2pm.

Come and play Easter Putt Putt on the sweetest course you’ve ever seen! Here for a limited time only.

Easter Putt Putt | 4 – 8 April
Prizes to be won* – 2 x $250 Easter Hampers

Easter Bunny visits

Easter cookie & craft workshops

Annual Egg Hunt – bookings essential
*T&Cs apply, see website for details.

Learn More

Artspace Mackay
Drawing flora: FREE holiday art activities

Saturday, April 2 to Thursday, April 14 during Artspace opening days/hours

Workshop Room, Artspace Mackay

Drop in to Artspace during the Easter school holidays and explore the art of drawing flora!

Inspired by the art, residency and exhibition of Brisbane artist printmaker Tamika Grant-Iramu,
visitors of all ages are encouraged to try their hand at illustrating native flora using only white art
materials on black paper.

Make a drawing from plant displays in our Artspace workshop room or venture out into the gallery and make a drawing from Tamika’s vast wall painting on show in the
Foyer Gallery.

You’re welcome to take your drawing home or add it to our workshop room display!

*Parental supervision is essential for kids under 13.

Bluewater Lagoon

Open 7 days, from 9am – 5pm
River Street, Mackay

Cool down and splash around with the whole family at the free, three-tiered Bluewater Lagoon.

Overlooking the picturesque Pioneer River in the heart of the Mackay City Centre, the facilities
provide the ideal stinger-free environment for kids and adults alike. Kids will love the newly renovated and modern children’s play area!

Greenmount Homestead

Entry fees waived for kids during school holidays

Monday to Wednesday 9am, 10am, 11am, noon
Greenmount Road, Walkerston

Take a step back in time and educate your children on the history of our region when you
explore the iconic Greenmount Homestead. As one of Mackay’s most valued historic attractions,
the grounds contain several buildings including a 1915 Queenslander homestead which houses
a collection of more than 20,000 historical items.

Hogwarts MEGA LEGO Project – drop in anytime

Monday, April 4, to Friday, April 8, during opening hours at Dudley Denny City Library and Gordon White Library

Hogwarts and Lego – does it get any better? Drop into our libraries to contribute to this mega Lego structure!

This event is for young adults aged 12 to 24. (Parents and carers, please be advised this activity is not suitable for children under eight due to choking hazards from small pieces).

Drop in anytime during opening hours.

Bookings are not required.

Easter Craft – Decoupage Pots

Monday, April 4, 9.30am – 10.30am at Sarina Library

Tuesday, April 5, 9.30am – 10.30am at Walkerston Library

Wednesday, April 6, 9.30am – 10.30am at Mirani Library

Thursday, April 7, 10.00am – 11.00am at Dudley Denny City Library

Friday, April 8, 9.30am – 10.30am at Gordon White Library

Children aged five to 12 years are invited to participate in decorating take-home terracotta pots using Easter themed paper for their decoupage project.

Marble, Mosaic and Painted Pots

Monday, April 4, 11am – noon at Sarina Library

Tuesday, April 5, 11am – noon at Walkerston Library

Wednesday, April 6, 11am – noon at Mirani Library

Thursday, April 7, 11.30am – 12.30pm at Dudley Denny City Library

Friday, April 8, 11am – noon at Gordon White Library

Make an ordinary pot shimmer and shine! Bring your favourite old nail polishes and a touch of

imagination and we’ll show you how. This program is for young adults aged 12 to 18 years.

Switch Ten Pin Bowling

Wednesday, April 6, 9.30am, 10am, 10.30am, 11am at Gordon White Library  

Play authentic ten pin bowling on a Nintendo Switch controller for those aged 12 years and older.
Add spin with the flick of a finger or twist of the wrist! Half hour session bookings

Bedtime Stories

Thursday, April 7, 5pm – 6pm at Dudley Denny City Library and Gordon White Library  

A fun evening for all children aged up to eight years of age and their families. The session

features nursery rhymes, stories, songs and a craft activity.

Don’t forget to wear your pyjamas!

Fully Uked Ukulele

Thursday, April 7, 5.30pm – 6.30pm at Gordon White Library

Ukulele players of all levels are welcome to come and play along with our monthly ukulele

songs. All songs suit beginners to experts alike. If you don’t have your own ukulele, we have a few that can be loaned for each group session. This event is for ages 8 and above.

Ukulele Step One

Friday, April 8, 2pm – 3pm at Gordon White Library

If you are new to musical instruments, this is a perfect opportunity to learn some practical skills quickly in a supportive environment.

Ukuleles will be provided. This event is for ages 12 and above.

Ukulele Melodies

Friday, April 8, 3.40pm – 4.40pm at Gordon White Library

This program is a perfect opportunity to learn basic melodies on the ukulele, especially if you

are a beginner to instruments. Ukuleles will be provided. For ages 12 and above.

Movie Matinee

Ron’s Gone Wrong (G)

Friday, April 8, 2pm – 4pm at Gordon White Library      

Barney is a socially awkward schoolboy who receives a robot named Ron – a device that supposed to be his best friend, until his new toy starts to hilariously malfunction.

FREE event for children aged five to 12 years.

Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens

– Botanic Gardens Nature Passport Trail

Monday to Friday, 9am – 4pm (except public holidays)

Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens  

Get your passports from the Visitor Information Centre and explore the nature passport trail.

Follow the trail and discover fun facts along the way. Drop back into Botanic Gardens

Information and tell us something you found along the way! This activity is free and self-guided, available all holidays expect public holidays.

– Seed Detectives

Monday to Friday, 9am – 4pm (except public holidays)

Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens  

Get your senses working with this seed detectives activity. Collect your activity sheets from

inside the Botanic Gardens Visitor Information. Once completed, bring back inside to check your answers. No peeking, this is truly a test of your senses! The first 20 correct answers each day will receive a chocolatey surprise as a reward. This activity is free and self-guided, available all holidays expect public holidays.

– Tibbles Easter Hunt

Monday to Friday, 9am – 4pm (except public holidays)

Tropical Shade Garden  

 Visit the Tropical Shade Garden to find Tibbles and his latest message for you to decode!

Tibbles has also dropped some golden eggs in the garden for you to find. We have one prize to give away each weekday over the holidays for the first person to return a golden egg to the

Visitor Information Centre! Free self-guided activity.

No bookings are required.

– What lives in the Lagoons?

Friday, April 8, 9am – noon

Eulamere Boardwalk  

Freshwater lagoons are alive and magical with a huge variety of amazing little creatures just waiting to be discovered.

Come and explore with Garden Friends at the Eulamere Boardwalk.

This is a drop-in school holiday activity free for all ages with no bookings required.

For more information, phone Garden Friend, Maya on 0436 331 009 or the Botanic Gardens on 4952 7300.

– Free Friday Guided Walks

Every Friday between April and October, 10am – 11am       

Meet at the Botanic Gardens Visitor Information Centre
Discover the gardens with your guide in a free guided walk. Find what’s flowering, some of our rare and special plants and perhaps some wildlife spotting! To book your spot, phone the

Botanic Gardens on 4952 7300 as places are limited. Group bookings welcome upon request.

– Bocce in the Gardens

Monday to Friday, 9am – 4pm (except public holidays)

Malta Garden’s Bocce Court $5 for hire of bocce set
Did you know that bocce is one of the most popular and oldest games throughout European countries?
Test your skills at our bocce court in the Malta Garden. Bocce sets are available to hire ($5 per set) from Botanic Gardens Visitor Information.

Bookings are not required.

– Botanic Gardens Captured’ April Exhibition by Photo Walkabout Group

Wednesday to Friday, 9am – 2pm (except public holidays)

Saturday to Sunday, 8am – 2pm (closed Easter weekend)

Lagoons Gallery, Botanic Gardens Cafe 

Visit this amazing display of the Botanic Gardens Photo Walkabout group, showcasing a selection of fantastic images captured within the gardens, all while enjoying the tasty offerings at the Botanic Gardens Café.

The exhibition will be on display over the holidays until Sunday, April17.

Mackay Park Run

Every Saturday, 7am – 8am       

Meet at Tamarind Carpark (near playground)

A 5km run/jog/walk put on by the community for the community every Saturday morning for all ages.

Come together to enjoy our beautiful natural environment and get physically active in the process.

Register at www.parkrun.com.au.

Sarina Youth Centre

School holiday activities

A variety of school holiday activities are on offer for youth aged ten to 21 years.
Bookings are required with 12 spaces available per program.

Contact Sarina Youth Centre on 4961 9277 or email

Monday, April 4: Centre closed

Tuesday, April 5, 10am – 2pm: Swimming

Wednesday, April 6, 10am – 2pm: One with nature activities in the outdoors

Thursday, April 7, 10am – 2pm: Chilling and Queensland Youth Week movie night
(Field of Dreams Parklands)

Friday, April 8: Centre closed

Monday, April 11, 10am – 2pm: Easter cooking, treats for Easter

Tuesday, April 12, 10am – 2pm: Chill out day

Wednesday, April 13, 10am – 2pm: Competition Day, games and trivia prizes to be won

Thursday, April 14, 10am – 2pm: Easter scavenger hunt

Friday, April 15, 10am – 2pm: Centre closed

If you are an organiser of a school holiday activity or event, please contact me at hello@mackayfamilylife.com and let me know all about it!

*all event and activity details correct at time of publication, please check with the venue or event organiser to confirm

Happy Easter from me and my family to you and yours

I hope you and your family have fun these school holidays and be sure to #mackayfamilylife on social,

so I can see what you get up to and share it with other families who may be seeking ways to spend their holidays!

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