A COM­PLETE GUIDE TO THE SCHOOL HOL­I­DAYS

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Cap­tain Un­der­pants (Sen­sory Movie Day) Septem­ber 17 at 11am, BCC Cin­e­mas

Ge­orge Beard and Harold Hutchins are two overly imag­i­na­tive pranksters who spend hours in a tree house cre­at­ing comic books.

When their mean prin­ci­pal threat­ens to sep­a­rate them into dif­fer­ent classes, the mis­chievous boys ac­ci­den­tally hyp­no­tise him into think­ing that he’s a ridicu­lously en­thu­si­as­tic, in­cred­i­bly dimwit­ted su­per­hero named Cap­tain Un­der­pants.

Sen­sory Movie Day is for fam­i­lies with Special Needs. Chil­dren are free to roam around the cin­ema and be them­selves. The lights are left on dim and vol­ume ad­justed. Tick­ets are avail­able at the cin­ema for $6. Chil­dren un­der 2 years are free.

BCC Cin­e­mas also has a range of movies these school hol­i­days in­clud­ing The Lego Nin­jago Movie, The Emoji Movie and Rip Tide.

Work­shops at The Gar­den Tea House, Bu­ca­sia

Farm An­i­mals Dec­o­rat­ing Class Septem­ber 18 at 9.30am and Septem­ber 21 at 9.30am, The Gar­den Tea House Bu­ca­sia Bring the kids along to dec­o­rate some Farm An­i­mal themed cook­ies. This class is de­signed for kids of all ages but bookings are es­sen­tial.

While kids un­der the age of five may need as­sis­tance mum and dad are welcome to drop the kids off and en­joy time off at the Gar­den Tea House or An­nie’s Nurs­ery. Cost is $13 per child for a 45-minute class.

Pasta Mak­ing (11 years +) - Septem­ber 19 at 1.30pm, The Gar­den Tea House Bu­ca­sia

This class is de­signed for teens aged 11+ years and will be led by Chef Juanita and bookings are es­sen­tial.

The teens will work as a team to make fresh pasta, turn it into fet­tucine and also make a car­bonara and a roast veg sauce. Kids will learn to chop, mea­sure, weigh and about kitchen safety and team work and clean­ing up. The teens will be learn­ing about lo­cal pro­duce and will also sit down to­gether to en­joy their meal at the end of the class. Cost is $42 per child for a 3 hour class.

Let’s make break­fast (3-10 years) - Septem­ber 20 at 10am, The Gar­den Tea House Bu­ca­sia

This class is de­signed for kids aged 3 to 10 years (as a guide­line) and will be led by Chef Juanita. The kids will work to­gether to create Mashed Potato Waf­fles with Ba­con and Eggs and Ap­ple Slices with Peanut But­ter and Toasted Co­conut. The kids will be learn­ing about lo­cal pro­duce and will also sit down to­gether to en­joy their meal at the end of the class.

Lets make dumplings (3-10 years) - Septem­ber 20 at 12.30pm, The Gar­den Tea House

This class is de­signed for kids aged 3 to 10 years (as a guide­line) and will be led by Chef Juanita. The kids will work to­gether to make Pork Dumplings with Dip­ping Sauce. Bookings are es­sen­tial and tick­ets are $18 for an hour and a half class.

Spring Dec­o­rat­ing Class - Septem­ber 26 at 9.30am, The

Gar­den Tea House

Spring themed cook­ies will be dec­o­rated. This class is de­signed for kids of all ages (kids un­der 5 may need as­sis­tance from mum or dad) and costs $13 for a 45 minute class.

Free fam­ily hol­i­day art ac­tiv­i­ties Septem­ber 19 Oc­to­ber 1, Artspace Mackay Fash­ion faux pas, fab­ric, colour and col­lage. Free fash­ion in­spired art ac­tiv­i­ties for the whole fam­ily are on dur­ing the Septem­ber school hol­i­days at Artspace Mackay. Drop-in any time for a great mix of cre­ative ac­tiv­i­ties for all ages, in­spired by the four fash­ion ex­hi­bi­tions on show at Artspace. Stay for a few min­utes, or linger for a few hours, parental su­per­vi­sion is re­quired. Gallery hours 10am - 5pm Tues­day to Fri­day & 10am to 3pm Satur­day and Sun­day.

City and Li­brary Work­shops Ro­botic Cod­ing Dud­ley Denny City Li­brary - Septem­ber 20 at 10am

Mi­rani Li­brary Septem­ber 20 at 10am

To cel­e­brate Na­tional Cod­ing Week, teens aged 12 and above are in­vited to over­come new ro­botic chal­lenges set by the evil Miss J. Bookings are es­sen­tial and can be made online at www.mackay.qld.gov.au/ what­son

Zumba - Septem­ber 18 and 25 at 10-11am, Blue­wa­ter Quay

Come along to the Blue­wa­ter Quay and get your kids mov­ing with Elena’s Fit­ness Fu­sionZumba. This ac­tiv­ity is free and ap­pro­pri­ate for all ages.

Face­paint­ing and Plas­ter Paint­ing - Septem­ber 19 and 26 at 9.30-11am, News Ex­press

Get the Kids out of the house this School Hol­i­days and come along to NewsX­press Mackay and keep them busy with plas­ter paint­ing and face paint­ing.

Create a Piggy Bank Septem­ber 20 at 10am-2pm, Shop 6 in the Dome

Get the kids out and about this school hol­i­days and come along to the com­mon area of The Dome (un­der Dud­ley Denny City Li­brary) to create your very own piggy bank. This ac­tiv­ity is Free and suitable for all ages.

Kids Boot­camp Septem­ber 21 and 28 at 8-9am, Blue­wa­ter Quay

Come along to the Blue­wa­ter Quay to en­joy a Kids Boot­camp class run by Any­time Fit­ness Mackay. This is a free ac­tiv­ity and all ages are welcome.

Smarty’s Ac­tive Squirtz Septem­ber 21 and 28 at 9-9.45am, Blue­wa­ter Quay

Come along to the Blue­wa­ter Quay to en­joy a Kids Boot­camp class run by Any­time Fit­ness Mackay. This is a free ac­tiv­ity and all ages are welcome.

Create Bracelets or a Desk Or­gan­iser Septem­ber 27 at 10am, Shop 6 in the Dome

Get the kids out and about this school hol­i­days and come along to the com­mon area of The Dome (un­der Dud­ley Denny City Li­brary) to have some crafty fun. This ac­tiv­ity is Free and suitable for all ages.

Scrap­book­ing Septem­ber 22 and 29 at 11-12am, Lucy Dil­lon for Brides/Crafty Cat

Get the kids out of the house this school hol­i­days and bring them along to Lucy Dil­lon for Brides/Crafty Cat for a Scrap­book­ing Work­shop. This is a Free ac­tiv­ity how­ever spa­ces are lim­ited so please call Lucy to book a place 4953 4887. Acro­bat­i­cal Cir­cus Per­for­mance Septem­ber 27 and 28 at 12pm, Mount Pleas­ant Cen­tre, Free

Kite Mak­ing Work­shop Septem­ber 28 at 10am, Dud­ley Denny City Li­brary

Pi­rate Party Septem­ber 21 at 9am, The In­cred­i­ble Tip Shop

To cel­e­brate Na­tional talk like a pi­rate day, Mackay’s hid­den trea­sure , the In­cred­i­ble Tip Shop will be host­ing a Pi­rate Party, come on out and search for trea­sure.

Pa­per Crafts

Sa­rina Li­brary Septem­ber 26 at 10-11am

Walk­er­ston - Septem­ber 27 at 10-11am

Gor­don White Li­brary Septem­ber 29 at 10-11am

Let’s get cre­ative with pa­per. Use our craft­ing sup­plies to create your own mas­ter­pieces or learn new skills with some of our sug­gested de­signs. For young adults aged 12 and above. Bookings are es­sen­tial and can be made online.

Kite Mak­ing Work­shop Walk­er­ston Li­brary Septem­ber 26 at 10-11am

Mi­rani Li­brary Septem­ber 26 at 2-3pm

Gor­don White Li­brary Septem­ber 27 at 10-11am

Dud­ley Denny City Li­brary - Septem­ber 28 at 10-11am

Sa­rina Li­brary Septem­ber 29 at 10-11am Table­top Games

Dud­ley Denny City Li­brary - Septem­ber 20 at 1.30-4pm

Mi­rani Li­brary Septem­ber 22 at 1.30-4pm

Sa­rina Li­brary Septem­ber 26 at 1.30-4pm

Walk­er­ston Li­brary Septem­ber 27 at 1.30-4pm

Gor­don White Li­brary Septem­ber 29 at 1.30-4pm

Young adults aged 12 and above, bring a friend or meet a new one and play board games with a dif­fer­ence. Will you sur­vive the Zom­bie hoard? Bookings are es­sen­tial and can be made online.

Bed­time Sto­ries

Gor­don White Li­brary Septem­ber 21 at 6-7pm

Dud­ley Denny City Li­brary - Septem­ber 28 at 6-7pm

A fun evening for all chil­dren and their fam­i­lies. The ses­sion fea­tures nurs­ery rhymes, fin­ger plays, sto­ries, songs and a craft ac­tiv­ity. No bookings re­quired. Don’t for­get to wear your PJs!

Diary of a Wom­bat Septem­ber 26 at 12 noon and 6pm, The MECC

Come along to the MECC one hour prior to each per­for­mance to meet Hec­tor from DBCT and join in pre-show ac­tiv­i­ties!

A Mon­key Baa The­atre Com­pany Pro­duc­tion, based on the book by Jackie French and Bruce What­ley presents Diary of a Wom­bat. Now fi­nally this iconic work by Aus­tralian chil­dren’s Lau­re­ate, Jackie French and Bruce What­ley comes to the stage. Meet Moth­ball, the naugh­ti­est wom­bat in Aus­tralia, bored with her daily rou­tine, Moth­ball goes in search of shel­ter and food, cre­at­ing chaos in the lives of the hu­mans around her. Rec­om­mended age 3 – 9 years old.

Canelands Shopping Cen­tre

Ice Skat­ing

Get your skates on! The ice rink is back at Caneland Cen­tral. Try out some­thing new or re­coup your skat­ing skills from last year.

Open from 9am-6pm daily and to 8.30pm Thurs­day and Satur­day.

One hour ses­sions are $15 per per­son. Call 0412 344 941 to book.

Lego City Play Zone – Septem­ber 18-22 at 11am-2pm, Canelands

Kids can test their build­ing skills. There are height chal­lenges where teams work against the clock to build a struc­ture as high as pos­si­ble. Ac­cu­racy chal­lenges where kids mem­o­rise a Lego con­struc­tion and at­tempt to re­build the ob­ject from mem­ory.

Free Build Zone where ev­ery­one can go wild with their imag­i­na­tion and built Lego City.

The Lego Po­lice­man watches above all and is there for self­ies.

Muf­fin Break Cookie Work­shop – Septem­ber 25, 26, 27 at 10am-2pm, Canelands Muf­fin Break

Kids can get cre­ative and dec­o­rate their own cookie at Muf­fin Break Cookie Work­shop and en­joy the sweet taste af­ter.

See the staff at Muf­fin Break for more in­for­ma­tion.

PRCR revs up for Cars Kids Car Show - Septem­ber 24 at 9am, Canelands Mackay Botanic Gar­dens Botanic Gar­dens Pass­port (self-guided) Septem­ber 18-29, Botanic Gar­dens

20 fun free self guided things to do at the Gar­dens these school hol­i­days, Down­load the pass­port from the Mackay Re­gional Botanic Gar­dens web­site or col­lect a copy at the Gar­dens Ad­min­is­tra­tion. Kids will get a stamp from the Gar­dens Ad­min­is­tra­tion once all ac­tiv­i­ties are com­pleted.

Botanic Gar­dens Scav­enger Hunt (self guided)

Down­load the ac­tiv­ity sheet from the web­site or col­lect from the Gar­dens Ad­min­is­tra­tion and fol­low the scav­enger hunt to find the hid­den trea­sures.

PHOTO: STEPHEN TURNER

FUN: GoWake Cable Park is al­ways a pop­u­lar venue dur­ing the school hol­i­days.

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