School holidays activities

A range of exploring and creative activities are available each school holidays to help keep the kids entertained as they discover the flora and fauna of the botanic gardens.

Each school holidays, the gardens offer a range of self-guided, booked and drop-in activities for school aged children to create connections with nature and inspire children to find out more about the flora and fauna that surrounds them. These activities will be listed here.

Keep an eye on our website and Facebook page for details as the school holidays approach.

Tis the Season Christmas Holiday Activities in the Gardens

Get the school holidays started with some festive fun leading up to Christmas!  There are drop-in, self- guided and booked activities to get involved in!

Tibbles Hunt
Held in the Tropical Shade Garden, Tibbles Hunt is available Monday, December 4 to Wednesday, December 20, 9am to 4pm (closed weekends). Pick up an activity sheet from the gardens' Visitor Information Centre, find all the gnomes and decode the festive message.

Christmas Card Creations Kids Workshop
Tuesday, December 19, 10am to 11am
Botanic Gardens Meeting Room
FREE drop-in activity

Create a festive card using found materials and a splash of colour. Suitable for kids aged five to 12 years. Parental supervision required at all times.

Christmas Decorations Kids Workshop
Wednesday, December 20, 10am to noon
Botanic Gardens Meeting Room
FREE drop-in activity

Create a Christmas decoration inspired by the botanic gardens. All materials provided. Suitable for kids aged five to 12 years. Parental supervision required at all times.

Mini Terrarium Workshop - Gardens in a Jar (BOOKED OUT)
Wednesday, December 6, 2pm to 4pm
Botanic Gardens Meeting Room
$5 per spot, booked activity

Suitable for kids 10 years and up. Parental supervision required. To book your spot, phone the gardens on 4952 7300. Places are limited.

Family Picnic Photo Competition
Send a photo of your favourite family picnic spot in the botanic gardens for your chance to win a picnic set! Email your photo to botanic@mackay.qld.gov.au. Open all school holidays until January 19, when a winner will be announced.

REGULAR ACTIVITIES:

Bocce with a Buddy
Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm during school holidays
Malta Garden Bocce Court
Enjoy a game of bocce with a friend on our sand bocce court. Bocce sets are available to hire from the botanic gardens' Visitor Information Centre or bring your own to play. Cost is $5.00 to hire a bocce set. Please note bocce hire is not available during our Christmas closure from Thursday, December 21, 2023 to Sunday, January 14, 2024.