Reena Bilen, Creator of Newy with Kids

Hey, thanks for dropping by! I’m Reena, creator and managing editor of Newy with Kids (formerly called The Mummy Project).

After my daughter was born in 2010, it was one of the happiest times of my life, but it was also one of the most challenging. I went from full-time work surrounded by other adults to being at home with a new baby on 12 months maternity leave. Honestly, some days it sucked.

I was lonely and life started to feel a bit like Groundhog Day with every day the same as the one before. I wanted to get out but I just didn’t know where to go. (I didn’t grow up here – I’m originally from Canada). I remember thinking that it would be so useful to have a website that contained information on local attractions, events and activities for parents with babies and kids. So I started one!

I started The Mummy Project  in late 2012 while I worked part-time as an IT professional. It gave me a great excuse to get out of my messy house and explore Newcastle & the Hunter “researching” kid-friendly attractions, activities and events with my young child. Sometimes , my firefighter husband tagged along on our adventures as well.

Since then, Newy with Kids has become a trusted website and Facebook page which provides information to thousands of families in the Newcastle and Hunter region. Whether it’s information on playgrounds, kid-friendly cafes, school holiday activities, kids concerts, parenting services or family events, Newy with Kids provides readers with information about things to do with their children.

As well as the fun factor, this website has given me the opportunity to meet some amazing and interesting people in this community. I’ve made so many friends through Newy with Kids and also have to give a big shoutout to my readers, some of whom have been there since the very beginning. Thanks for your support! I also have to thank my team of contributors who share their adventures, insights and parenting advice. I’m always looking for great local parents to share their stories. If you would like to contribute a guest post, get in touch.


P.S. I would love to hear from you. Comments, questions and suggestions are all very welcome.