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Finding things to do during the school holidays with kids in Cairns 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!)

This year’s ‘Dairy Farmers’ Malanda Show is set to thrill, entertain and engage people of all ages. The three-day agricultural show will take place this year on 25 – 27 June, which is the first weekend of the school holidays. There will be plenty of fun competitions, exhibits, a parade, an animal nursery, and much, much more. Make sure to get your tickets fast!

Malanda Showgrounds

0447 965 000

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Kids are invited to let their imagination and creativity go wild at Smithfield Shopping Centre these school holidays as LEGO® comes to life in their LEGO® Play Zone and Character Meet and Greet. Race the clock to see how fast you can build your model, build the tallest LEGO® tower, snap a pic with a LEGO® character, plus take part in many more LEGO® challenges.

Dates: 10.00am – 2.00pm, June 28 – July 9.

Cost: FREE – pre-booking is essential. Recommended ages: 5 – 10 years.

Location: Outside Kmart.

Space Jam: A New Legacy Preview Screening and Pre-Party

Join in all the fun at the Space Jam: A New Legacy Preview Screening and Pre-Party brought to you by Triple M Cairns

Wednesday 7th July

Listen to Triple M for your chance to WIN Tickets to the action.

Join in the fun from 5.00pm before the movie begins with special guests Bugs Bunny and Tweety from the Looney Tunes. Come along and play mini golf, ten pin bowling and the fun ‘shoot, score and win’ competition for prizes. DJ Bart will bring the tunes and Triple M will also be there to celebrate the release of this epic movie!

Date: Wednesday 7 July, Pre-event 5.00pm – 6.30pm, Movie to follow
You can’t buy tickets – you can only WIN your way there with 99.5 Triple M Cairns. Tune in weekdays from 5:30am – 9:00am and listen for your cue to call 133353.

Cnr Captain Cook and Kennedy Highway, Smithfield

4281 3800

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Keepers in Training allows children to experience what it’s really like to be a Cairns Zoom & Wildlife Dome Wildlife Keeper! Join a Wildlife Keeper for an interactive, hands-on experience covering animal care, health and handling. You even get to have a photo taken with an animal to take home!

Dates: June 26, 27, 29 and July 3, 4, 6, 10, 11.

Cost: $40.00 per child. Runs for one hour from 10.00am – 11.00pm (3 – 7 years) and 11.00am – 1.00pm (8 – 13 years). Visit their website for more information.

The Reef Hotel Casino, 35-41 Wharf St, Cairns City

4031 7250

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The CaPTA Group Annual Pass allows you to have 12 months unlimited admission to the beautiful Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Cairns Zoom and Wildlife Dome, Rainforestation Nature Park and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. Locals get 20% off.

Cost: $260.00 for a family, $104.00 for an Adult, $52.00 for a child. Visit the website for terms and conditions. Covid-19 restrictions apply.

Animal crazy? Be a Junior Wildlife Keeper for the day! Open to young wildlife lovers 8 – 14 years. Spend a day with real-life keepers. Runs on 29 June to 30 June and 6 July to 7 July, 11.00am – 3.00pm. To book a spot – call Wildlife Habitat directly on 4099 3235. Limited spaces. The cost is $55.00 and includes lunch.

Port Douglas Road, Port Douglas

4099 3235

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Be surrounded by 1500 colourful butterflies in the magical Australian Butterfly Sanctuary in Kuranda Village. Enjoy a guided tour, see butterflies in all life stages in the laboratory and explore the fairy garden!

Cost: Adults $20.00, Children $10.00, Family $50.00. Suitable for all ages. Locals receive 20% off with code BUTTERFLYLOCAL. Open daily from 10.00am – 3.00pm.

8 Rob Veivers Dr, Kuranda

4093 7575

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Enjoy a fun and educational Indigenous cultural experience for kids. Join a Pamagirri guide to learn how to play the didgeridoo and paint your own didgeridoo to take home. Learn how to throw a boomerang and go on a Rainforest Walkabout. Sessions start at 10.30am and 12.30pm daily.

Cost: Children: $45.00 (includes boomerang). Adults: $45.00 or $65.00 (includes boomerang).

1030 Kennedy Hwy, Kuranda

4085 5008

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Sign up for Kick Academy’s Junior AFL development programs – ‘Premier Pursuit’ – for girls and boys aged 5 – 18 years. All abilities welcome! Join Kick Academy for skill development, strength and conditioning, fitness and nutrition mentoring sessions. Term 3 kicks off soon, visit the events page on their website for more details.

Centrals Junior AFL Club, Trinity Beach

0499 988 335

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Cairns Central is your destination for entertainment these school holidays with everything to keep the kids entertained, including the latest releases at Event Cinemas, iPlay for endless fun and over 180 stores to enjoy.

Join in the fun these school holidays at the Cairns Central Retro Roller Rink! Tuesday 29 June to Monday 5 July. 10.00am – 3.00pm daily. 

1-21 McLeod St, Cairns

4041 4111

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Learn how to maximise the body’s force-producing capabilities through easy to learn martial arts movements. UMA Australia is not designed for sport competition but rather for individuals to learn practical self-defence skills. Classes cater for children as young as four years old, providing them with life-long skills in a family-friendly environment while also improving general health and wellbeing.

Junior Classes take place from Monday – Thursday at 5.30pm – 6.15pm and Saturdays from 9.00am – 9.45am. Quote PakMag and receive 1 month of training and 2 belt tests FREE OF CHARGE.

1/21 Donaldson St, Manunda

Master Barry Hampton 0414 782 189

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Gets hands on with Sand Art from Monday 28 June to Friday 2 July at Mount Sheridan Plaza! At Centre Court from 10.00am – 2.00pm, children can make their very own masterpiece and even take it home with them.

Or, children can explore their creative side with The Great Lego Building Challenge. Heats run from Monday 5 July to Friday 9 July, while finals will be held on Saturday 10 July at 11.30 for 3 – 7 years and 12.30pm for 8 – 14 years. FREE to enter!

Heat times each day are as follows:

3 – 7 Years – 10.30am and 12.30pm

8 – 14 Years – 11.30am and 1.30pm

Mount Sheridan Plaza, 106 Barnard Dr

4036 3150

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The adventure begins at Cairns Aquarium. As the only aquarium in the world exclusively dedicated to the habitats and species of Tropical North Queensland, visiting is a great way to keep the kids learning these school holidays in the funnest way possible. Join the ‘Under the Sea’ Costume fun these school holidays! Journey from the River to the Reef dressed as your favourite sea creature with a different theme every day! Prizes for best dressed, check out their Facebook page for all the details.

Cost: $29.00 child admission, $44.00 adult admission and $132.00 family admission (2A + 2C). Annual passes (valid 12 months) available from $62.00. Open daily from 10.00am – 3.00pm.

5 Florence St, Cairns City

4044 7300

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Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures offers great family fun activities for everyone to enjoy. They are open from 8.30am to 5.00pm daily, with presentations starting from as early as 9.00am. These include the Crocodile Farm Tour, amazing Crocodile Attack Show and Snake Show. The ‘Slither and Slides’ Adventure playground is also now open for children to have a blast on.

Cost: $43.00 Adults, $21.50 Children, $107.50 Family (2A + 2C) or get yourself an annual pass for unlimited entry.

Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures – Captain Cook Hwy, Wangetti, 40 Mins North of Cairns

4055 3576

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Experience two and a half hours of action-packed fun on TEN massive jumping castles, inflatable obstacle courses and games. Use the sports court and ball pit to get out all your child’s energy for the day – they’ll have the absolute best time! Open every day from 9.00am – 4.30pm during school holidays.

Cost: $10.00 for children five and under and $17.00 for children six and over. Online bookings will save 10% OFF entry price. Don’t forget your socks!

164 Mayers St, Manunda

4032 2844

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Child’s World Early Learning Centres not only accommodate children from the age of six weeks old (Nursery) to Kindergarten/Preschool, they also do vacation care for children up to the age of 12 years. School Holiday Vacation Care includes cooked and nutritious meals, fun excursions, a home bus service on request and more, starting from just $13.00 a day. There are limited spaces available so enrol your child now.

Vacation Care offered at Bentley Park (two centres), Mount Sheridan (two centres) and Manoora

4045 4045

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Cairns Art Gallery is the perfect place for a quiet stroll with the kids. Gaze upon exhibitions from local artists and explore the world of art through self-guided or guided tours. Kids can get hands-on in an art workshop. Bookings essential. Open seven days. Free entry.

40 Abbott St, Cairns City

4046 4800

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The Cairns Ice Skating Rink at DFO will be open daily during the school holidays so get your long socks on and get ready to slide! Test your skating skills or have a casual outing with the family or friends with daily sessions between 9.30am – 5.00pm, lasting 90 minutes each. Tobogganing is also available for those who’d prefer to slide into the fun.

Cost (includes free skate hire): From $5.00 (Tobogganing only, four slides) – $65.00 (family pass). No bookings required and Skate Aids are available for younger children from $10.00.

A DFO Cairns, 274 Mulgrave Rd, Westcourt

P 0437 929 373 Cairns Ice Skating Rink


DFO Cairns is your one-stop-shop for all fashion, designer brands and bargains. The options are endless with 60 + stores and over 600 brands. There are loads of fun activities to get involved with during these school holidays.

Free Fun at DFO Cairns:


Face Painting: 11.00am – 2.00pm, Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 June, Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 July.

Under the Sea Craft Workshops: 11.00am – 2.00pm daily, Monday 28 – Friday 2 July.

Make your own pirate cookies and treasure chest biscuits daily from 11.00am – 2.00pm on Monday 5 – Friday 9 July.

A DFO, 274 Mulgrave Rd, Westcourt

P 4051 7444

Come visit Lake Tinaroo and get cosy in a cabin, glamp in a camper trailer, motorhome or caravan, or go full outback in a tent. Your days can be spent exploring Lake Tinaroo by boat, on skis or in a kayak, canoe or on a stand-up paddle board. At the park there are beautiful nature walks, a jumping pillow, and a swimming pool. You’ll get convenient access to the picturesque Tinaroo Foreshore with its playgrounds, barbecues and picnic areas. The family will never get bored!

Cost: From $29.00 (unpowered camping).

4-28 Tinaroo Falls Dam Road, Tinaroo

4095 8232

Keep cool these school holidays and put your board riding skills to test on the Tobruk Flow Rider, experience endless surfing fun! Or, take a dip in one of the multiple pools available – including a toddler’s pool.

Mums and dads can also take babies 6 months and under to Splish Splash Aqua Playgroup every Tuesday at 9.00am – combining fun water experiences for babies and water safety tips for parents.

Cost: Casual Swimming is from $5.00, children under 3 FREE. Pool open from 5.30am Mondays to Fridays – weekend times vary.

Flow Rider cost: $10.00 per session. Open 10.00am – 4.00pm.

370 Sheridan St, Cairns North

4051 2604

Looking for a sweet treat to share with the kids? Pop on down to Meldrum’s Bakery Cafe this July where they will be having a 2 for 1 Megashakes deal and 30 percent off Pancakes – ONLY when you mention PakMag. Visit between 7.00am and 2.00pm for this awesome deal. 

A 97 Grafton Street, Cairns City

P 4000 9391


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.

Experience a rush like no other on the Giant Swing at Skypark this holiday with their awesome Family Swing deal now ONLY $199.00*! *must include a minimum of one child. Price is for three participants. There’s no minimum age, but a child must fit safely into the harness. Open daily 10.00am – 5.00pm.

A End of McGregor Road, Smithfield, Cairns

P 4057 7188

Bad Fishy Jet Boating is ready to THRILL! With spins, slides, speed and stunts, this activity is extreme, loads of fun and perfect for the family. View the stunning scenery of Cairns and explore Trinity Inlet all while getting the excitement of jet boating around and listening to the local Captain’s entertainment and information. 

Cost: $47.50 – $209.00. Rides are 35 minutes long. Must be over 1.1 metres. 

A Wharf A, The Marlin Marina, Cairns

P 0499 490 030


Visit The Backyard for dinner seven days a week during the school holidays with Executive Chef Aaron Habgood creating a seasonal menu that reflects Far North flavours by using the very best of the region’s fresh produce. The Backyard is open for casual waterside dining from 5.00pm all week and from noon on Saturday and Sunday. 

Shangri-La The Marina, Cairns loves Far North locals so join GrassCutters to receive exclusive specials – including discounts on meals and drinks – as well as invitations to unique events. For those looking for a quiet spot to savour a late-afternoon beverage , the Backyard’s bar and garden are also open daily from 5.00pm until late.

A Pier Point Rd, Cairns City

P 4052 7670 

Fairies are real! Dragons too! Find them in an adventure like an escape room – this is a Quest room! Follow scrolls and find keys and codes to discover how to have all of your wishes granted by a fairy. Book a one hour tea party for the full experience.

Tea party runs Thursdays to Mondays, 10.00am, 12.00pm, 2.00pm. $30.00 each. Magical Quest runs Thursdays to Monday’s, 10.00am – 3.00pm. $20.00 each.

A Shop 11, 13 Therwine St Kuranda

P 0405414438


Get your adrenaline pumping in Cairns’ ultimate indoor laser tag arena with the Special School Holiday Sessions; each 90 minutes of pure energy, strategy and fun. Sessions will be running every day, four times a day during the holidays at 10.00am, 12.00pm, 2.00pm, 4.00pm.

Cost: $25.00 / player with up to 20 players per game. Book online to find more information and get ready to win! 

A T1, DFO Shopping Centre, 274 Mulgrave Rd

P 4031 9865


Head on down to Cairns Indoor Sports for an exciting game of cricket, netball, soccer, beach volleyball or dodgeball. It’s the perfect way to revisit an old sport you loved or get into a new one, get your body moving and have fun. Bring your friends along and form a team or make new friends along the way. It’s always game on – no matter the weather! 

A 164 Mayers St, Manunda

P 4032 2844


At Little Pearls your child can receive ongoing swimming and water safety lessons, from just a few months old, all year round. Facilities include an indoor heated pool, change tables, hot showers, a small play space and more. Your child’s first lesson will also be free! Visit the website for more information.

Baby and Toddler – Lessons for ages four months to three and a half years.

Learn to Swim (Independent) – Lessons for ages three years to primary school children.

Private Lessons – Lessons for children through to adults, one on one with an instructor.

A 1 Cumberland Avenue, Smithfield

P 4038 1241


Hayabusa of Kuranda  

Immerse yourself in Japanese culture by experiencing Japanese lunch/sweets, Kimono and Tea Ceremony.

A Kuranda Original Rainforest Market

P  0475874330

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The best deals are available online, where you can now book your lane. Holiday Deal for Kids: 1 game for $12.00 or 2 games at $19.00 per player. 2 Adults and 2 Children for 1 game each at $39.00. Kids Happy Hour runs from 9.00am – 10.00am and 3.00pm – 4.00pm. KIDS ONLY $8.00 games are also available.

A 93 Pease St, Manoora

P  0740533497


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Odyssey Laser Tag offers the latest sophisticated infra-red M4 and M16 laser-guns, that have real time feedback scoring systems. No playing in a restricted dark room or maze, their games are all outdoors in tactical type settings with real combat scenarios. Playing is team based. Runs 10.30am – 2.00pm at $35.00 per player.

A 803 Herberton Rd

P 40914418

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The Junior School Holiday Camp is designed for kids (10-15 years) who love the outdoors and would like to learn more outdoor skills in a fun and safe environment. At the camp children can do High Ropes, Archery Tag, MTB riding, hiking, swim at waterfalls and much more. Runs from 28 June to 30 June from 10.00am – 2.00pm, at $299.00 per person.

A 5 Lookout Road, Paluma 4816

P 0401572071


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Step into another world as the Daintree Discovery Centre takes you back 130 million years in time to when dinosaurs still roamed our planet. Meet Cryolophosaurus, the most ferocious carnivorous dinosaur of them all, or the giant megafauna such as the Diprotodon, the closest surviving relative of the wombat.

There are six life size animatronic dinosaurs to find on your pre-historic Jurassic Forest adventure, as well the Centre’s treetop walks, 23 metre high canopy tower and more.

Cost: From $18.00. $90.00 Family Gold Pass (valid 12 months).

A Cnr Cape Tribulation Rd & Tulip Oak Rd, Cow Bay

P 4098 9171

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Australia’s mining, timber, and farming heritage lives again at the Historic Village Herberton. With quirky Australian collectibles, olden day machinery, vehicles and thousands of genuine antique items, the Village is regarded as one of the most significant outdoor museums in Australia. Spend some quality family time together and make some great memories.

A 6 Broadway, Herberton

P 4096 2002


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