October 2019 School Holidays: What’s on in Newcastle & Hunter

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With just two weeks until school holidays, it’s time to start planning what to do.  If you’re looking for some inspiration on what to do with your kids, here’s some ideas. Whether your kids are interested in art, books, science, craft or being outdoors, there’s something for everyone. And it’s not just for school-aged kids, there’s plenty of holiday activities planned for the under 5 set.

And don’t forget to enter our school holiday giveway (at the bottom of the article). Your family could win a Family Entertainment Pass from Charlestown Square – perfect boredom buster!

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Visit a local library during the holidays. There’s plenty of fun activities to keep kids occupied.

Newcastle Region Library

There’s loads of fun at Newcastle Region Library during the April school holidays

Activities include:

  • Story Stomp Storytime – Newcastle libraries are going green these holidays, with plenty of nature-based stories and outdoor activities for children ages 3-7.
  • DIY Terrariums – Bring your own glass container to create a beautiful mini garden. Ages 9-13.
  • Movie Mania – Snuggle up with movies on the big screen that the whole family can enjoy. BYO cushion, blanket and nibbles. Family event – parental supervision is required.
  • The Great Lego ® Challenge is on again! Will you be a Lego Master? Ages 5-12.
  • Kitchen Collage – Drawing inspiration from Jeannie Baker’s new book Playing with Collage, create an amazing artwork by creatively reusing materials that could be found in your pantry. Ages 7-12.

Bookings required. For more information and to book holiday sessions, visit City of Newcastle website.

Lake Macquarie City Library

Lake Macquarie City Library has organised loads of fun school holiday activities in their libraries.

  • Art & craft sessions creating llama suncatchers at Cardiff, Edgeworth
  • Storytime Building Stories: Join a special storytime about buildings and construction.
  • Gardening for kids: learn how to plant veggies and start your own native garden.
  • Workshops for kids including cyanotypes, book poetry and 3D splat drawing.
  • Book Poetry – Discover how simple it is to create poetry using pages from old books. Then turn your poetry into a work of art by adding illustrations.
  • Junkyard Beats Recycled Music Workshop invites children and adults to band together to create their own Junkyard Orchestra. One person’s trash proves another’s treasure as highly energetic music-in-education performers combine drumming, dance, theatre and comedy to create a unique and captivating experience. Bookings essential.
  • Funky Junk Wearable Art: Learn some simple techniques you can use to give everyday objects new life, and turn trash into wearable art.

There’s also the Industrial Landscapes exhibition at SEEN@Swansea.  See history up close and celebrate the changing industrial landscape of Lake Macquarie through historic photographs, including images of Newcastle’s port and BHP by renowned photographers Charles Collin.

For more information and to book holiday sessions, visit Lake Macquarie City Council website.

Maitland City Library

Maitland City Library has a variety of fun workshops revolving around the theme “Construction Zone”. Be challenged with our construction and design activities these school holidays.

Activities include:

  • LEGO Construction Plus – Bring the whole family and join in the fun to solve the Lego challenges. Roll the dice and test your imagination, creativity and building skills
  • Cool Constructions: Kids can try solving engineering challenges just using craft sticks, clothes pegs and glue.
  • Lantern Making Workshop – Make and decorate a lantern in preparation for the Maitland Riverlights Multicultural Festival
  • Design and Build a Modern Town – Team up with other budding builders to design and build roads, parks and buildings to create the ideal place to live.
  • Minecraft Creeper Events – Build a Minecraft Creeper and Minecraft themed board game then use your board game to challenge the other Minecraft fans.
  • Load Bearing Linguini -Calling young engineers and builders. Discover how to construct strong, loadbearing structures such as bridges using pasta. 
  • The World of Artemis Fowl – Explore and create secret languages, decipher the Gnomish code and sculpt a bad tempered troll plus wearable, scaly goblin ears.  
  • Fowl Creations for Foul Children – In this enchanted activity, kids are immersed in the world of Artemis Fowl and explore ways to help Artemis and his team on their dangerous crime fighting missions. Solve a Gnomish riddle and make a fairy trap or gadget for Foaly.

For more information and to book holiday sessions, visit Maitland City Library website.


Newcastle Art Gallery

Featured exhibitions: KILGOUR PRIZE 2019 & ROBERT DICKERSON

The Newcastle Art Gallery has workshops for 5 to 12 year olds inspired by the current exhibitions.

School holiday activities include:

  • Drawing Faces workshop – Taking inspiration from KILGOUR PRIZE 2019, children will explore how feelings are expressed on faces through a guided tour of the exhibition. Using pencil, charcoal and pastels children will discover tricks and techniques for drawing faces with different emotions. 
  • Portrait Painting – Responding to the exhibition ROBERT DICKERSON: Off the Canvas, children will explore the fundamentals of figurative painting. This workshop guides kids through the process of determining their subject and setting. Children will then sketch out their subject before painting their image on a canvas.
  • Art Cart every Saturday and Sunday morning. Engages children with the exhibitions on display through discussion and art making. Led by Gallery educators, every weekend we interact with a different work of art on display.

For more information and to book holiday sessions, visit Newcastle Art Gallery website.

Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery

Lake Macquarie Art Gallery is still closed temporarily for renovation. However, they are presenting Big Draw. Bring your imagination to life at the Big Draw with giant chalk boards. This event is a fun way for kids to enjoy the benefits of being creative while being inspired by the outdoors. Big Draw on the Foreshore is the world’s biggest celebration of drawing at Warner Bay foreshore on Tuesday 8, Wednesday 9 and Thursday 10 October from 10am to 2pm. Free but bookings essential.

Maitland Regional Art Gallery

Enjoy art at MRAG during the holidays.

  • Crack the code in one of the self-directed Code Breaker activities! Visit the front desk and ask for Code Breaker 1 & 2,Colour Code Breaker or Search for the Golden Poo

Wander through MRAG and see the new exhibition. Stories from Wonnarua Country is a series of artworks made by students from seven local schools who have been exploring what it means to be living on Wonnarua Country today. The artists have been led by their student colleagues who are the leaders of  their school -based Junior Aboriginal Education Consultative Group.

There’s also Free Art Sundays to enjoy. Every Sunday families are invited to drop into the art gallery for free art activities inspired by the exhibitions on display. Activities are designed for kids of all ages, and as a family you can all join in and get creative. Each activity takes around half an hour to complete.

For more information, visit Maitland Regional Art Gallery website

Newcastle Museum

Spy Story Newcastle Museum

Drop by the Newcastle Museum this holiday to join in the fun activities.

Check out the latest exhibition SPY: Espionage in Australia. Become a top-secret agent and solve the mysteries at this family friendly exhibition. Explore special spy equipment and test your skills at codebreaking and reading invisible ink. This free family-friendly exhibition runs from until Sunday 13 October. The exhibition features free SPY MISSION and SPY STORY adventure trails. Kids can find clues, read the stories and discover what it takes to be a spy. Here’s the Newy with Kids review of the exhibition.

School holiday activities include:

  • Museum Mysteries: Code Breaker Workshop – Crack codes and ciphers and solve the mysteries in this 1.5-hour code breaking workshop. Test your skills and learn different ways to detect patterns, create secret codes and uncover clues throughout the Museum.
  • Fire & Ice Science Shows on Tuesday 1 & 3 October and Thursday 3 & 10 October at 11:15am, 12:15pm and 1:15pm. There will be flames, liquid nitrogen and a hot’n’cold pool party at the Museum Science Shows these holidays.  Find out why ice floats, why hot air molecules are having a wild party, and what happens when you try to set liquid nitrogen on fire! Free but parental supervision required.
  • Picnic in Museum Park – Join in a family friendly event with live entertainment and activities to celebrate the new Museum Park. Bring your favourite Teddy (or other cuddly friend) for a day out and join in the fun and games.

Newcastle Museum is open every day during the school holidays from 10am – 5pm. For more information and to book holiday sessions, visit Newcastle Museum website.


Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley

Enjoy the spring school holidays with Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley and the Water Dragons Kids Club. There’s a whole program of fun planned over the two weeks of September school holidays to keep your kids entertained including kids cooking classes, a Glitter Sparkle Tea Party, Kids Disco Karaoke Party, magic & illusion show, science shows, soccer workshop, hair care blending class and craft. No matter what your kids are interested in, there’s a workshop for them. 

And if you feel like a break, don’t forget the  Adventure Pass – enjoy access to supervised kids activities at Water Dragons Kid’s Club, while you enjoy breakfast in Redsalt Restaurant, lunch in The Lovedale Bar, a game of golf  or a visit to Ubika Spa.

School holiday workshops and Water Dragons Kids Club are available to all families, not just those staying at the Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley resort. However, if you have time, why not get away for a short school holiday break at the Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley in Lovedale.

For more information, visit the Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley website.

Rhubarb Jam Productions

Put on a show these school holidays. At Rhubarb Jam Productions, they offer vacation care of a slightly different flavour…. Their workshops are designed to help your children connect with others, develop their creativity and skyrocket their confidence. All through a collaborative process combining singing, dancing, acting & sets and prop making to put on a unique performance.

Children aged 5-12 years are invited to create a themed production at Kotara South Public School from 30 September to 4 October. Their workshop program includes drama, dance, singing and sets and prop making. All the elements are co-ordinated to create a performance at the end of the 5 days under the guidance of their professional teachers. They help the ideas of all participants come to life!

There are 3, 4 & 5 day enrolment options & sibling discounts are also available. Places are limited.

For more information, visit the Rhubarb Jam website.

Finite Gallery

No matter what the weather, the kids can have fun at Finite Gallery, Caves Beach! Enjoy a range of fun two hour art workshops in the air-conditioned comfort of the gallery. Workshops allow the kids to learn new skills and take home their own creations. Sessions include clay, painting, drawing, printing, weaving and more. Parents/ carers can join in too, so why not make it a fun family day? At only $30 (Clay: $35) per person, including all materials, it is a great way to spend some time in the holidays.

For more information, visit the Finite Gallery website.

Paint & Sip Studios

Paint and Sip Studios are running their ever popular school holiday painting classes for kids. These popular Paint and Create Classes are designed to build capacity, confidence and creativity in a fun, nurturing & relaxed environment. Each child will be encouraged to develop a passion for their work and an understanding of the fundamentals of painting with acrylic.

At the end of the session, parents are invited to arrive and view an exhibition of the masterpieces and Children get to take home their work.
Creative Kids Vouchers can be used for these classes. These classes are aimed at children aged 6 – 13 years. Paint and Sip Studios is in the heart of Darby Street Newcastle. Adults can stay or drop off and pick up kids.

For more information, visit the Paint & Sip Studios website.

Hive Creative Studios

Hive Creative Studios

Book the kids in for some creative fun these holidays! Hive Creative Studios offers a range of half and full day workshops to suit a variety of ages and interests including art, craft, dance and Musical Theatre.

Workshops will run over both weeks of the holidays with bookings essential. Their qualified staff, fully equipped and secure environment make for a unique, fun and safe experience for all that walk through their doors. They even keep Mum and Dad up to date with all the fun throughout the session with the Dojo app. Creative Kids Vouchers are accepted.

To check out the range of workshops and book your child’s spot, visit the Hive Creative Studios website.

Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club

Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club Tackers Learn to Sail Program

Come sailing in the Tackers kids learn-to-sail program. The instructors of the NCYC Sailing Academy would like to invite you to join them for a week of school holiday fun in a sailing program for kids 7 to 12 years of age – Mon 30 September to Friday 4 October. The program incorporates both sailing activities & short shore based games to get the kids having fun & learning without even noticing! The boats they sail are specifically chosen to help kids learn the skills of sailing quickly and kids will be active & on the water from day one!

The Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club cater for absolute beginners, who start in the Tackers 1 course. They supply a life jacket and all sailing equipment. All of their instructors are experienced & fully qualified with Australian Sailing. Loads more detail on our website . . .

Loads more detail on the Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club website

Imagination Station at The Station Newcastle

All aboard the Imagination Station! Kids can be the conductor of their very own story with this choose your own adventure writing and creativity workshop this school holidays.

Kids can join Secret Book Stuff and Make Space at The Station Newcastle and learn how to create, plan, imagine, and write to life their very own story with an action packed day full of fun and adventure. Recommended for kids 8+ and all students will be supervised by a team of adults throughout the day. Spaces are very limited! All craft and writing tools are supplied and every child will go home with their very own book.

For more information, visit the event website.

Kids High Tea at Novotel Newcastle Beach

Enjoy a Kids High Tea with your family during the school holidays at Novotel Newcastle Beach. High Tea runs from Saturday 28 September to Sunday 13 October from 12pm to 3pm. The specially designed menu includes Vegemite sandwiches, fairy bread, popcorn, fairy floss, candied apple wedges, vanilla ice cream with Oreo crumble and house made churros. $15 per person. Bookings essential on 4032 3717 or via email H8771@accor.com.

For more information, visit the Novotel Newcastle Beach website.

Stockland Jesmond

Science Workshops

Join the team from Curious Cubs and experiment with fun these School Holidays at Stockland Jesmond! Learn about Science in an exciting interactive way with some cool experiments and new activities and experiments on Tuesday 1 & Wednesday 2 October and Tuesday 8 & Wednesday 9 October.

The holiday activities located at Centre Court are designed for 3-10 year olds. Parental assistance is required for 3-5 year old’s and is recommended for 6-10 year old’s. There are multiple 30 minute sessions available from 10am to 2pm.

There’s also workshop experimenting with holographic chunky bio glitter slime from Thursday 10 October to Saturday 12 October. There are multiple 30 minute sessions availale from 10am to 1pm.

Bookings essential for both workshops. Limited spaces available. For bookings call the Stockland Jesmond Centre Management Office on 02 4955 9249 or send a message with your booking to the Stockland Jesmond Facebook page.

For more information, visit the Stockland Jesmond website.


Blackbutt Reserve

Blackbutt Animals

Here’s some school holidays activities at Blackbutt Reserve.

  • Aussie Animal Painting – Come along and paint your favourite animal in the Wildlife Arena and receive a free stamp. All ages, tickets are $3 per person, available at the kiosk on the day. Monday to Friday in school holidays, except public holidays, at 1pm .
  • Reptile Show – Get to know Blackbutt’s cold-blooded residents with a reptile show in the Wildlife Arena. Tickets are $3 per person available at the Kiosk on the day. Open every day during the school holidays 10am – 5pm. Reptile Show held at 11am daily.
  • Feeding times – every day – free – 10.30am Wombats / 10.45am bird brunch / 1.30pm Nocturnal animals / 2pm Koalas.

Hunter Wetlands Centre

Get outdoors and visit the Hunter Wetlands Centre in Sandgate. There’s plenty of tracks to go walking, a discovery trail, dipnetting and a super fun playground. Bring your bike and ride around the site. Hire a canoe and view the site from the water.

Hunter Wetlands Centre Teddy Bear Picnic

Enjoy a Teddy Bears’ Picnic at the Wetlands on Tuesday 1 October and Friday 11 October. Bring your Teddy, a blanket and a picnic and join in the fun. There will be a Teddy Bear display, craft, games, music, storytime and a parade of bears.  Teddies are encouraged  to explore the Wetlands and take selfies (or pose for photos) at various locations. Their photos can then be loaded onto our big screen for display in the Visitor Centre. Special Teddy Bear activities will run from 9.30am to 1pm. Dip-netting, playground and walks can be enjoyed till 3.45pm. General entry $8  Children 3 -5 years $5  Teddies and children under 3 Free. Closed in shoes and insect repellent recommended.

For more information, visit the Hunter Wetlands Centre website.

National Parks & Wildlife

Enjoy Biodiversity Day at Blue Gum Hills Regional Park in Minmi from 10am to 2pm on Thursday 3 October. Bring the kids along to interact with live native animals and visit stalls run by NSW National Parks, Saving our Species, Local Lands Services, Hunter Water, and many more. Activities include nature activities for kids, Aboriginal dance group performance, guided nature and culture walks, free native plant giveaway as well as a free sausage sizzle.


Bounce Around on Inflatables

Inflatables on the Green at Club Charlestown is back for the Spring school holidays from Monday 30 September to Sunday 6 October from 10am – 2pm. Entry is $5 per child per day or $15 per child to come for unlimited entry over the duration of the event.

There’s also a daily sausage sizzle for an easy lunch option or the bistro is open for lunch. Kids Eat Free is available every Monday – when one adult purchases a main meal, up to two children may eat free. Advance bookings are not required – you can just turn up and purchase day passes for a fun family day out. There’s a toddler zone with two inflatables for under 5s plus three larger inflatables for the older kids up to 12 years of age. 

For more information, call 4943 3766 or check out the Facebook event. Club Charlestown (formerly the Charlestown Bowling Club) is located at 5 Lincoln Street in Charlestown.

Visit the beach or pool

If the weather’s warm, head to the beaches or pools. Lifeguard patrols start at Newcastle Beach, Stockton Beach, Dixon Park Beach and Merewether Ocean Baths on Saturday 28 September 2019. (Newcastle Ocean Baths, Nobbys Beach, Bar Beach and Merewether Beach are patrolled all year round. For patrol times and baths cleaning schedules visit Newcastle City Council website. Lake Macquarie City Council lifeguards patrol Blacksmiths, Catherine Hill Bay, Caves Beach and Redhead beaches annually from the September/October school holidays through to April.

Beresfield Swimming Centre opens for the season on 28 September 2019. Mayfield, Wallsend and Stockton swimming centres operated by Blue Fit open on Monday 30 September 2019. Lambton Swimming Centre is open now. In Lake Macquarie, Morisset Swim Centre, Speers Point Swim Centre and Swansea Swim Centre will reopen for the summer. Charlestown Swim Centre and West Wallsend are open year round.

There’s lots of fun activities at Lake Mac Swimming Centres over the school holidays including free learn to swim lessons for beginners five years and under, Swim Intensives, CPR Awareness Sessions, Make a Splash Story Time with The Rover. (Bookings required for swim lessons – call your local swim centre).

There’s also Laser Warriors Outdoor Laser Tag at Lake Mac Swim Centres this school holidays at Charlestown, Swansea, West Wallsend and Speers Point Swim Centres. Kids (6+) can experience adrenaline pumping, full throttle Laser Tag in a pool environment! Bookings essential call Charlestown on 49210782 or Speers Point  on 4921 0580.

Visit a new playground

Cressington Way Reserve

There’s loads of playgrounds to visit around the region including Cressington Way Reserve in Wallsend. For more information, visit the Newy with Kids Parks & Playground list.

Family walks

Stockton Shipwreck Walk

It’s also an ideal time of year to get out and go for a family walk. Check out the Family Walks section of Newy with Kids.

Live Shows & Performances

Peter Pan Hunter Drama

Hunter Drama presents Peter Pan, one of the most beloved and frequently performed family favourites of all time. This high-flying Tony Award-wining musical has been performed around the world and delighted audiences for over 60 years. With an outstanding cast of young performers to feature in Hunter Drama’s large scale lavish production to be staged at Newcastle’s beautiful Civic Theatre. It’s sure to be the best school holiday fun ever! Get whisked away these October School holidays to a place where dreams are born. Adults at child prices because no one ever truly has to GROW UP! Playing October 10 – 12 at The Civic Theatre, Newcastle. Tickets through Ticketek.com.au or 49291977

Young Peoples Theatre, a not-for-profit youth theatre company in Newcastle is presenting Thoroughly Modern Millie JR. during the school holidays. Filled with fun flappers, dashing leading men and a villainess audiences will love to hate, Thoroughly Modern Millie JR. is a clever adaptation of the six-time-Tony-Award-winning Best Musical and the Academy Award-winning film. Thoroughly Modern Millie JR., is the high-spirited musical romp that has all of New York dancing the Charleston! The performance runs from 30 September to 2 November. This production is 1.5 hours in length including a 20-minute interval. Tickets start from $20.

The famously revolting wit of Roald Dahl is now an exciting musical production for all ages, Jack and the Beanstalk! Atwea College is proud to present a youth cast in this hilarious family production during the October School holidays from October 3 to 5. This production is 40 minutes in length and the cast is aged between 5 and 14 years old. Tickets are $10 + booking fee.


National Young Writers’ Festival

As part of the National Young Writers’ Festival, there will be a day of free panels and workshops for high school and university students at Newcastle Library on Saturday 30 September. All of the sessions in the Younger Young Writers’ Program focus on some element of writing such as writing short stories, writing non-fiction or writing a novel. For more information, visit Younger Young Writers’ Program website.

Mattara Festival

Details: Enjoy family entertainment at the Mattara Festival in Wallsend during the school holidays.The festival runs from October 5 to 13. There’s different themes each day including Superhero Sunday, Dogs in the Park and Family Fun Day. Let the kids explore their creative side at the arts and crafts tent, cuddle your furry friends at the petting zoo, or spin yourself silly with unlimited rides like the Tea Cups, Dodgem Cars, Pirate Ship, and more!

HMRI Open Day 2019

Come along and discover the exciting world of health, science and medical research at the Hunter Medical Research Institute’s 2019 Open Day on Friday 11 October. There will be lots of fun and engaging things for kids and teenagers to do at the HMRI Open Day including Kids Science Sessions and activities, Science Meets Fiction talk,  and laboratory tours. This year, families can journey through the amazing Brain Exhibit, explore the weird and wonderful world of Wounds & Warts and complete fun science challenges. This popular event is free but registration is required.

Riverlights Multicultural Festival

Celebrate multiculturalism at the Riverlights Festival in Maitland on Saturday 12 October from 3pm to 9pm. Riverlights is a diverse and colourful celebration of culture through interactive stalls, dance, food, music and arts. This free event really shines at night, with the popular festival parade and magical lantern flotilla featured on the Hunter River, an unforgettable experience.


Come and try a new sport at SportsFest on Sunday 13 October from 10am to 2pm at Speers Point Park. SportFest is an all-ages family friendly event hosted by the Hunter Academy of Sport. Fun and engaging simulators, batting cages and sports challenges will be dotted along the Sportsgrounds giving kids young and young-at-heart the opportunity to have a try at a new sport or test their skills and speed on a sport they already love. Fitness classes, health and wellness booths, and healthy food stalls will all be a part of the day.


Charlestown Square

Charlestown Square is presenting Charliechella, the Ultimate Kids Festival from Saturday 28 September to Thursday 4 October. It’s an all star line-up of performances and activities at Charliechella!

Kids will be spoilt for choice with tribute performances of their favourite stars including Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars and Billie Eilish and an awesome mix of activities, crafts and games.

For more information, visit the Charlestown Square website.

To keep kids entertained these school holidays, get them an Entertainment Pass from the Customer Service Desk at Charlestown Square. (There’s an additional pass for adults). These passes are great for savings at Reading Cinemas, Megamania, STRIKE Bowling and Timezone.

On sale for $39, the pass includes:

  • 1 x movie ticket (under 15 years) at Reading Cinemas – excludes 3D movies, TITAN XC and Gold Lounge
  • 1 x game of Bowling at Strike or a 9 Hole Round at Holey Moley
  • 60 minutes of Quickplay at Megamania
  • 10 Yellow Swiper Games at Timezone
  • 1 x Little Beef Burger or 1 x Little Chicken Burger with chips at Ribs & Burgers

What’s great about these passes is that you decide how you want to use them. You can use the pass in one day for a mega-filled fun day. Or you can use them over multiple days or even over months as the passes don’t expire until December 2019.

Wallsend Village

Abracadabra! Bring the kids to Wallsend Village these spring school holidays for some fantastic FREE magic themed activities. These magical activities outside ALDI will provide parents and carers a chance to get the school holiday shopping done while the kids have some fun.

Be dazzled by the magic of The Amazing Jono on Tuesday 1 and Wednesday 2 October from 10am – 10:25am or 12:30pm – 12:55pm. Jono’s magic show is very interactive, big and colourful with loads of surprises throughout. There will be balloon bending between shows to keep the kids entertained.

On Thursday 4 October, enjoy fun and free balloon bending and face painting from 10am – 1pm.

For more information visit the Wallsend Village website.


Want to take the kids to the movies during the holidays? As usual, there’s a few new-release family-friendly movies to choose from.


  • Rating: CTC
  • Release Date: September 19, 2019
  • Duration: 92 minutes
  • Description: Abominable takes audiences on an epic 3,000-mile journey from the streets of Shanghai to the breathtaking Himalayan snowscapes. When a mischievous group of friends encounter a young Yeti, they embark upon an epic quest to reunite the magical creature with his family at the highest point on Earth. 
  • Trailer: Click here to watch the trailer

The Angry Birds Movie 2

Angry Birds 2
  • Rating: PG
  • Release Date: September 12, 2019
  • Duration: 97 minutes
  • Description: The flightless angry birds and the scheming green piggies take their beef to the next level in The Angry Birds Movie 2!
  • Trailer: Click here to watch the trailer

Dora & the Lost City of Gold

Dora & Lost City of Gold
  • Rating: G
  • Release Date: September 19, 2019
  • Duration: 87 minutes
  • Description: Having spent most of her life exploring the jungle with her parents, nothing could prepare Dora for her most dangerous adventure ever — High School. Always the explorer, Dora quickly finds herself leading Boots, Diego, a mysterious jungle inhabitant, and a rag tag group of teens on a live-action adventure to save her parents and solve the impossible mystery behind a lost city of gold.
  • Trailer: Click here to watch the trailer

Ride Like a Girl

Ride Like a Girl
  • Rating: PG
  • Release Date: September 26, 2019
  • Duration: 98 minutes
  • Description: As a little girl, Michelle Payne dreams of the impossible: winning the Melbourne Cup – horse-racing’s toughest two-mile race. Ride Like A Girl is the incredible true story of Michelle Payne.
  • Trailer: Click here to watch the trailer

Ugly Dolls

Ugly Dolls
  • Rating: G
  • Release Date: September 19, 2019
  • Duration: 87 minutes
  • Description: An animated adventure in which the free-spirited UglyDolls confront what it means to be different, struggle with a desire to be loved, and ultimately discover who you truly are is what matters most.
  • Trailer: Click here to watch the trailer


Thanks to our friends at Charlestown Square, Newy with Kids is giving away a Charlestown Square Family Entertainment Pass which include a movie & popcorn at Reading Cinemas, bowling at Strike or mini golf at Holey Moley + lots more. Fill in the form below and tell us your favourite thing about school holidays to be in the running. Enter before midnight Saturday 21 September 2019.

Giveaway Terms and Conditions

  • The name of the promotion is: Charlestown Square Giveaway
  • The promoter is Newy with Kids in conjunction with Charlestown Square
  • The conditions of entry are: answer the question provided, one entry per person, contact details must be provided in above form.
  • Employees, immediate family members, retailers, suppliers, associated companies and agencies are not eligible to enter.
  • The giveaway will close on Saturday 21 September 2019 at midnight (Newcastle time). Comments submitted after this time will not be considered for the giveaway.
  • This is a game of skill. The winners will be awarded based on the strength of their creative answer to the question “What is your favourite thing about school holidays?”
  • Judging will be done by Reena of Newy with Kids.
  • The prize will be in the form of a Charlestown Square Family Entertainment Pass (4 passes)
  • The results of the giveaway will be published on this website on Monday 23 September 2019.
  • Prizes are not redeemable for cash and are non-transferable. The total prize value is $160.
  • The competition is open to Australian residents only.
  • If for any reason beyond the Promoter’s control the agreed prize is not available a product of equal or greater value will be provided.

Want more information on free family fun? Visit the Newy with Kids 50+ List of Free and Low-Cost Things to Do With Your Kids in Newcastle & the Hunter.

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