In those early years of motherhood, mothers groups are a great support network. So get out of the house and organise meet ups with other mums. Here’s some activities you can enjoy with your mothers group in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and the Hunter.
Go for a walk with your bub
With babies in a stroller, go for a walk with your mothers group. Once kids get older, go for shorter walks and combine it with a playground visit. Popular routes include Bar Beach to Merewether, Nobbys Beach to Honeysuckle, Lambton Park circuit and Warners Bay to Speers Point. You can either choose a flat walk or one with a few hills to get you sweating.
Visit the animals at Blackbutt Reserve
Another great place to for your mothers group is Blackbutt Reserve (Carnley Avenue entrance) in New Lambton. There are plenty of tranquil picnic spots to relax and enjoy time with young kids. If you feel like a wander, introduce your child to some of the resident animals such as koalas, emus, kangaroos, wallabies and wombats. If kids are older, visit the Adventure Park at Blackbutt (Richley Reserve entrance). There’s a play area for younger kids as well as plenty of spots to have a barbecue.
Get on transport
Coordinate the group to do a train ride, ride the Stockton ferry or even ride on a tram. A readers recently mentioned that her mothers group booked a private tour on the Newcastle Famous Tram. Has your mother’s group hopped on the light rail? Low to the ground, it’s easy to roll prams and strollers on and off. And you’ll end up down at Newcastle Beach.
Join a playgroup
If you want a more structured environment, join a local playgroup with some of your mum friends. There’s loads to choose from. You might even find more like-minded mums to add to your mothers list. Here’s a list of local playgroups in the Newcastle region.
Sign up for children’s programs at your local library
Introduce your child to the wonderful world of books with special programs for babies, toddlers and preschoolers. All of the local council libraries including Newcastle Region Library, Lake Macquarie City Library and Maitland City Library organise programs. Most have special baby packs for parents to borrow as well.
Meet up at Newcastle Museum
Schedule a visit for Tuesday Tales storytime or any other time that suits. Let kids play around in the Mininova play area before checking out other activities at Newcastle Museum. This is a great spot on a rainy or hot day.
Visit a new park or playground
There’s loads of parks and playgrounds around the area. Check out the Newy with Kids list of playgrounds for a description of different parks. If you want playgrounds specifically for younger kids, check out the Newy with Kids article Best playgrounds in Newcastle for toddlers.
Go to a Mum and Bubs movie
Don’t miss out on the latest movies – take your baby to the movies. Called Spit the Dummy at Reading Cinemas and Bring Your Baby at Event Cinemas, these movie sessions are suited to those with babies. The lights are dimmed but not completely dark so you can feed babies or keep an eye on little ones.
Get together at an indoor play centre
Indoor play centres are a great option during the week when it’s hot or rainy. Kids can play in age-appropriate areas while parents enjoy a catch-up. Locally, there’s Megamania in Charlestown Square and Chameleon Play Cafe in Cessnock.
Meet at a local cafe or restaurant where kids eat free
If you would rather skip the play centre, meet up at a local cafe or restaurant. Here’s a list of local venues where kids eat free.
Go to the beach or a pool
In summer, take little ones down to the beach. The Canoe Pool at Newcastle Beach, the shallow area at Merewether Beach and Granny’s Pool at Blacksmiths Beach are ideal spots to take babies, toddlers and preschoolers. If you would prefer to go to a local pool, there are shallow toddler pools at Lambton Pool, Wallsend Pool, Charlestown Swim Centre, Speers Point Swim Centre, Swansea Swim Centre, Morisset Swim Centre and Maitland Pool.
What other activities can you recommend for a mums group?