Want to get your teens off their iPhones? Here’s more than 40 suggestions for teenager activities in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and Maitland that they might like to try. Some of these activities are focused solely for teenagers while others can be enjoyed by parents and teenagers together.
For the artsy
#1 Discover outdoor art along the Sculpture Walk at Warners Bay Foreshore
#2 Enjoy artmaking and drawing sessions for teens at Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery.
#3 Learn how to make Boomerang Bags, reusable and borrow library bags. Boomerang Bags Stockton have regular working bees at Newcastle Library.
#4 Take an Art and Heritage tour through Maitland Regional Art Gallery. The audio tour available as a phone app invites you to pause, look and listen at different points throughout the Art Gallery.
#5 Go for a walk through city streets, Newcastle harbour, beaches or a park and take photos as part of your own photography tour.
#6 Do a yoga class together and relax.
#7 Go mural hunting. There’s loads in Newcastle to look at.
#8 Express your creativity in the Teens After School art sessions at Art Mania.
#9 Join Comic-Us! Group, a monthly drawing group for teenagers at Lake Macquarie City Library.
For the creative/curious
#10 Learn French with Alliance Française de Newcastle. They offer beginner classes for teenagers who want to learn French in a a relaxing and friendly environment.
#11 Get together with other gamers at Gomaz vs Pedro, a community hub in Tighes Hill for all gamers in Newcastle. Apart from PC and fighting console games, there’s also board and table top games.
#12 Use your smartphone to explore outdoors by going geocaching. It’s a real-world outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices.
#13 Find something to read at a local street library. It’s basically a micro library that people install in their front yard.
#14 Expand your knowledge about the region at Newcastle Museum.
#15 Go stargazing on a clear night. If your knowledge of astronomy is lacking, spot planets and constellations using ABC Beginner’s Guide to the Night Sky.
#16 Get involved in Junior Landcare and restore a degraded environment.
#17 Volunteer! There’s lots of organisations where teens and their parents can volunteer including ParkRun, community gardens, etc.
For the experiencer
#19 Go for a swim at The Bogey Hole, a historical swimming hole carved out by convicts.
#20 Explore underneath Fort Scratchley as this former coastal defence installation is now a museum open to the public.
#21Experience the thrill of riding on a self-balancing Segway through Hunter Wetlands with NSW Segway.
#22 See Newcastle from the water with a Coast XP adventure boat tour.
#23 Go for a tour of Maitland Gaol and hear of stories of amazing escapes from this notorious prison.
#24 Climb the tower at Christ Church Cathedral.
#25 Pat sharks and stingrays on a date at the Irukandji Shark & Ray Centre. Change into a wetsuit and climb into one of four pools to get up close to these critters.
#26 If you’re looking for an interesting tour, join Renata Daniel from Newcastle Ghost Tours on her tour “Tales from our Ghostly Past”. It’s suitable for children (12 to 17 years) under adult supervision.
#27 Enjoy a night paddle and pizza on Newcastle Harbour. Out and About Adventures offers guided kayak tours from Carrington.
#29 Try different activities like fencing, archery, gymnastics and boxing at PCYC Newcastle and kickboxing, judo and boxing at PCYC Lake Macquarie.
#30 Try Frisbee Golf at Jesmond Park or Styles Point Reserve in Rathmines
For the active/energetic
#31 Go sandboarding at Stockton Dunes with Sand Dune Safaris.
#32 Go ziplining at TreeTops Adventure Park.
#33 Go ice skating at Hunter Ice Skating Stadium in Warners Bay.
#34 Try a game of foot golf at Beresfield Golf Course.
#36 Walk or run 5K in one of the 11 ParkRuns around the region. It’s a free, timed race ever Saturday at 8am.
#37 Sign up for B-Active Kids Program at Balance Mayfield for kids aged 6 – 15. It involves cardio, stretching, mobility exercises and individual and team based games.
#38 Push yourself out of your comfort zone and try indoor rock climbing at Pulse Climbing. They offer special youth classes for kids aged 5 to 16.
#39 Discover your inner ninja at Ninja Parc.
#40 Learn to run, jump and climb over obstacles with Newcastle Parkour.
#41 Walk different sections of the Great North Walk. It’s over 250km from Newcastle to Sydney.
#42 Skate at one of the many skateparks in the region or indoor at Sanbah Grindhouse.
#43 Work out together outside at fitness stations along Lake Macquarie.