Enjoy some family fun in Maitland these summer holidays. As part of Make it Maitland this summer, there are plenty of free and affordable activities happening across Maitland these summer holidays.
Aqua Hire at Lorn Beach
Come on down to Lorn Beach between 9am and 2pm,and hire a kayak or stand up paddleboard to explore the still waters of the Hunter River.
Hire out the watercrafts for an hour while spectators will be able to sit on the sand of the riverbank in a comfy beach chair. Starts Thursday 6 January, all tickets are $10. For more dates, visit My Maitland website.
Dive In Cinema at East Maitland Pool
This popular event at East Maitland Aquatic Centre returns with three Disney favourites, starting Friday 14 January with Raya and the Last Dragon. Also screening are The Little Mermaid and Jungle Cruise. Sessions run from 6pm to 10pm (movies start at 8pm) and tickets for a spot in the pool at priced at $10. For more information and to book, visit My Maitland website.
Stockade Hill Heritage Park in East Maitland will be transformed into a six-hole golf course from 10 January until 28 February. Disc golf is similar to traditional golf, but instead of using clubs and a ball, you use a frisbee! Grab one for $5 at Maitland Visitor Information Centre or BYO frisbee.
Delve into the historic past of Maitland Gaol with these activities aimed at young people. For more information, visit the Maitland Gaol website.
Junior Sleuths: Become a Junior Sleuth on a mini-tour where you learn how to dust for and process fingerprints – including your own. Starts Thursday 6 January at 11am, suitable for ages five and over. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Child and adult packages start from $15.
Workhouse Woes – Convict Construction: Enjoy a mini-tour of the Gaol with an expert guide before building your very own 3D paper model. Can you build the Gaol from the ground up? Starts Tuesday 4 January at 11am, suitable for ages seven and over. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Child and adult packages start from $15.
Giant Games at The Levee Central Maitland
Pair your retail therapy trip into Central Maitland with a stop at The Levee’s Shared Zone, which will be loaded with giant games (such as chess, snakes and ladders, Connect Four) to play with. Available Saturdays from 10.00am to 1.00pm. Find out more at The Levee website.
Free Art January at MRAG
One of Maitland’s favourite summer activities returns to Maitland Regional Art Gallery this January, with bookings now open for a range of workshops, talks, self-directed art and more across the month. Headlined by the majestic Skywhales experience, Free Art January will teach, thrill, and entertain families of all ages. Visit the MRAG website for more information about Free Art January.
Skywhales: Every heart sings: One of the highlights of the season for the Maitland Regional Art Gallery is this unforgettable experience, set to take flight in the early hours of a warm January morning. Skywhales, two towering hot air balloon sculptures by Patricia Piccinini, will take to the skies from 4.30am on Saturday 15 January at Maitland’s No.1 Sportsground. This is a free event and open to the community, but bookings are essential. Visit the MRAG website to secure your place.
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