Here are 9 fun things to do with babies in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and the Hunter to get you out of your house.  Leaving home with a baby can sometimes seem like a massive ordeal. By the time you’ve dressed yourself and your baby and packed enough nappies, wipes, extra clothes, toys, etc, you’re exhausted. But once you’re out and enjoying yourself, you’ll realise how important excursions are to both your mental and physical wellbeing.

Go for a walk with your bub

With baby in a stroller, go for a walk. Popular routes include Bar Beach to Merewether, Nobby’s 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.

Visit the animals at Blackbutt Reserve

Take your baby to Blackbutt Reserve and show babies the animals. 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.

Sign up for children’s programs at your local library

Introduce your child to the wonderful world of books with special programs for babies and toddlers. All of the local 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.

Join a playgroup

Get out of the house and make new friends at playgroup. Playgroups provide babies, toddlers and young children with a wide variety of early learning experiences including play time, music, stories, arts and crafts and excursions. For parents and caregivers, you’ll get to meet others and share parenting ideas and experience.

There are loads of playgroups in the Newcastle & Hunter region. For a complete list of Playgroup NSW affiliated playgroups, visit the Find a Playgroup page on the Playgroup NSW website.

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.

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 and toddlers. If you would prefer a 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.

Go to Newcastle Museum

Schedule a visit for Tuesday Tales storytime or any other time that suitsIt has a small indoor play area called Mininova featuring plenty of equipment and soft mats to keep babies safe while they toddle around.

Visit a new park or playground

There’s loads of parks and playgrounds around the area where you can put baby in a baby swing. Check out the Mummy Project list of playgrounds for a description of different parks.

Go out to a local family-friendly café or restaurant

If you want to go out to eat, find somewhere family-friendly where babies and prams are welcome. Here’s a list of local cafes and restaurants with play areas.