Cousins Ashley Collins, 11, and Mitchell Head, 3, enjoy their time on the jumping castle at The Crazy Joker with a group of their friends.
Cousins Ashley Collins, 11, and Mitchell Head, 3, enjoy their time on the jumping castle at The Crazy Joker with a group of their friends. Chris Ison

Jump into holiday fun

SUSAN O’Donnell’s three children reckon she is the world’s best mum.

When the Easter holidays arrive, Esther, 6, Isabella, 5, and Joe, 3, can stay up as late as they like.

And it is a win-win for Susan and her kids.

“I like not having the rush on the holidays and I let them stay up late and watch movies and they wake up later,” Ms O’Donnell laughed.

“I like my sleep.”

Yesterday, Susan treated her girls to a fun-filled morning of slides and vegemite sandwiches at The Crazy Joker.

Owner Shelley Osborne said up to 300 children had come through her unique cafe and indoor playground yesterday.

“School holidays are always crazy and the rain makes it even busier,” Ms Osborne said.

But for parents who wish to avoid hundreds of screaming children, Rockhampton has a lot on offer that does not involve kilograms of chocolate or confectionery Easter eggs these Easter holidays.

From painting at the Rockhampton Art Gallery, steam tram rides at Archer Park Rail Museum, karaoke, to Easter markets for the whole family to enjoy, there is plenty to keep those busy little bees amused.

Otherwise take a few tips from Susan.

“I take them to the movies, or to the pool,” she said.

“We’ll probably go camping on the weekend; I think to Five Rocks.”

KARAOKE KIDS

What: Aubrey the Teenage DJ will join the Keppel Arts Council for karaoke. Kids can bring their own CDs if they want.

Age group: young children

When: April 23

Where: Bell Park in Emu Park

Cost: Free

EASTER MARKETS

What: Keppel Sands school will hold Easter markets.

Age group: all ages

When: April 23 from 10am to 3pm

Where: Keppel Sands school

Cost: $10

Contact: Amity on 4934 4939, Denell on 4934 4771, or the school on 4934 4760

CHRYSLERS CRUIZIN

What: A barbecue, show and shine, street cruise and drag racing.

Age group: All ages

When: Easter long weekend April 22 to April 25

Where: Dreamtime Lodge, Bruce Highway, Rockhampton

Cost: Drag racing $10 and show and shine $5

Contact: Warren and Rachel Azzopardi on 0458 436 466

STEAM TRAM RIDE

What: Archer Park Rail Museum will hold steam train rides during the Easter holidays.

When: Archer Park is open Monday to Friday, and on Sundays, from 9am to 4pm. But steam tram rides are only run on Sundays between 10am and 1pm.

Where: Denison St, Rockhampton

Cost: Adults $7.70, concession: $5.60, family price $20 for two adults and three students, students $4.50, extra children $3, and children under three are free

Contact: 4922 2774

ART GALLERY KIDS’ CORNER

What: The Rockhampton Art Gallery’s current exhibition Studio: Australian Painters Photographed by R. Ian Lloyd and be inspired to get creative in the gallery’s open studio corner. All materials are supplied for a range of fun-to-do self-guided art and craft activities.

Age group: All ages

When: Until Friday April 22 from 11am to 4pm daily

Where: Rockhampton Art Gallery

Cost: Free

Contact: 4936 8248



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