The Shakespeare Child and Family Centre comes alive when the playgroups take place from 9:30am to 11:30am each Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Playgroups are not only a great opportunity for parents with children under school age to get out of the house and have some fun but they also provide an opportunity for parents to meet other parents, to develop and share parenting skills, to assist the development of social skills in their children and to explore different methods of playing and interacting with their children.

  • The Suntots group meets every Wednesday morning from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • The PATCH group meets every Thursday morning from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • The Mackay Multicultural group meets every Friday morning from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. This Playgroup meets at the Mackay City Library on the first Friday of each month for the Many Cultures Storytime session.

The playgroups are fun and welcoming environment and anyone with babies/children under school age are welcome to attend.  No bookings are necessary, so bring along a hat and a snack and come check out our amazing toys!

Please note that the Playgroups do not meet during School Holidays.


The Playgroups operate through

Shakespeare Child and Family Centre

43 Shakespeare Street, East Mackay QLD 4740

Cost of Service

Suntots Playgroup – $4.00 per family

Patch Playgroup – $4.00 per family

Mackay Multicultral Playgroup – $3.00 per family