The School Holidays have come around again – what’s the best way to keep the kids entertained? Here are a few ideas and plans to give you some inspiration.
Family Fun Precinct
The Family Fun Precinct is the city’s premier family-centred recreation facility. Comprising the Family Fun Park, Splashez Aquatic Centre and the Mount Isa Skate Park, the Precinct is located on Isa Street, just near the Leichhardt River’s Isa Street crossing.
Opened in 2009, the Family Fun Park is not only Queensland’s largest all-abilities playground, it’s completely free to enter! It features free barbecue facilities, a bike track, 100% “soft fall” rubberised ground cover for safety in play areas, junior and senior play areas, an interactive water park, large grassed areas, an all-abilities, and a wheelchair-accessible liberty swing. The park can be accessed from Church Street, behind the PCYC and Splashez. It’s perfect for kids of all ages and abilities and includes extensive shade covering.
Splashez has been recently extensively renovated and features a 50m-long main pool that’s utilised for everything from recreational swimmers and junior and senior squads, to aqua aerobics and learn-to-swim classes. There are also free barbecue facilities and a kids’ wading pool – which also includes a rapid-river ride, fountains and shade covering. Since the recent renovations, Splashez also now boasts a new ablution block, kiosk and main entry.
The Skate Park is a large concrete facility that includes a selection of banks, rails and blocks of various shapes and sizes, making it ideal for skateboarders and BMX riders of all ages and skill levels.
The Mount Isa PCYC is adjacent to the Family Fun Precinct and is the perfect school holidays activity, suitable for all ages and abilities. The PCYC’s staff and volunteers run a busy schedule of activities, including several fitness programs, and the facility includes a gym and multi-purpose hall.
Bowling and Movies
Mount Isa Tenpin is the city’s only tenpin bowling alley and is located at 2 Kaeser Road in Pioneer.
The business regularly runs specials during school holidays – such as two games, shoe hire, a can of soft drink, hot dog and small chips for $20 per person. The kids can kick back and relax with a tasty snack while they polish up their tenpin-bowling skills and enjoy a chance to socialise and chat with each other.
Afterwards, head to Cinema Mount Isa on Rodeo Drive. The cinema almost always has a family-friendly movie or two on offer, especially during the peak summer holidays period. When the heat is bearing down and it’s too hot to do much else, enjoying the airconditioned comfort of Mount Isa Tenpin and Cinema Mount Isa is the perfect antidote to searing summer temperatures for kids of all ages.
Day Out at the Lake
Get back to nature at Lake Moondarra – which isn’t just one of Mount Isa’s best recreational assets, it’s also the city’s main water supply!
Moondarra Drive can be accessed from the Barkly Highway – travel north along the highway, heading out to the Mount Isa Airport, and turn right onto Moondarra Drive. The lake is about 15km from the CBD and is a popular spot for water skiers, wakeboarders, kayakers, swimmers and anglers. Nab a shady spot and tuck into a delicious picnic, and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of nature while the kids explore the grassy areas along the foreshore or even play a spot of football or cricket.
You could also drive to behind the dam wall and visit Warrina Park, which is an ideal space for families and children in the school holidays, as it features renovated play equipment, lots of shade from the park’s many trees, and barbecue and toilet facilities. The park also happens to have a permanent population of peacocks, which add an unexpected splash of vibrant colour to the park.
For the little bookworms in your family, be sure to head down to the Mount Isa City Library on West Street. There they’ll be delighted to find a large, dedicated kids’ library, as well as a Toy Library. The kids’ library includes a storytelling session every Wednesday from 10am, with a different theme every week, ensuring there’s always something for everyone.
For older children during school holidays, there’s a wide range of fiction and non-fiction titles to choose from, so they’ll be sure to find a fascinating book to bury their noses in in no time. While there they can also enjoy free internet access on one of the library’s 21 terminals, or check out the range of DVDs, music CDs, or books on CD the library has available to loan that will keep them entertained for the whole holidays.
The library is open Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 5.30pm, and on Saturdays from 9am to 1pm. For more info on our library be sure to scheck out our Mums and Bubs page!