School Holiday Fun With the City of Newcastle

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Ready for some spring fun? City of Newcastle is providing fun activities these school holidays at Newcastle Museum, Newcastle Libraries, Newcastle Art Gallery, Blackbutt Reserve, Civic Theatre and local parks and beaches.

Newcastle Museum

Newcastle Museum is always a popular spot for school holidays. There’s a new exhibition at Newcastle Museum. From 25 September, Colour is coming to the Newcastle Museum. Direct from Questacon, this special exhibition explores the science of colour and perception. Go with your family and learn what influences the visible and invisible spectrum and how optical illusions work. The exhibition features COVIDSafe interactives for the whole family to enjoy. Book tickets today from $5 for children to $25 for a family of 4.

The popular school holiday science shows will be live-streamed. Always a family favourite, catch up with Catherine as she live-streams hernever before seen Science Show ‘EYE EYE!’.

Newcastle Museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday each week and open on Mondays during NSW public and school holidays. Online bookings essential at

Newcastle Libraries

Join Newcastle Libraries to celebrate the launch of local illustrator Liz Anelli’s latest book, The Biscuit Maker. Written by Sue Lawson, this charming story demonstrates how simple acts of friendship can bring a community together.

Four decades of writing by Paul Jennings will be showcased in the UNREAL! Exhibition. There will be three sessions available for kids aged 6 – 12 during the school holidays (bookings required). They can Sculpt Fimo® Rascal Dragons, customise their own Gizmo and take in the Paul Jennings: UNREAL! Exhibition in the Lovett and Lounge Galleries. View original works and illustrations, sculptures of much-loved Jennings characters and scenes, such as the lighthouse from Round the Twist, The Thhefyspray, a multicoloured sea creature, and Rascal the dragon. Play in Rascal’s home or sit on the Dunny!

Grow your imagination with Newcastle Libraries. The Library team have partnered with local growers and green spaces to create a series of child-friendly activities to grow the imagination and gardens! Book online for tickets as there are limited spaces.

Gardening Fun at Merewether Community GardenYoga Stories in Lambton ParkStory Stomp at Civic ParkStep Out with Seeds and Stories at BlackbuttFun with the Newcastle Seed Library at HMC Community Garden

Did you know that Newcastle Libraries have recently opened a new Digital Library? Featuring a ‘grab and go’ collection of popular adult and kids titles, interactive digital storywall, magical story box, a programmable robot, 3D printer and so much more.

Newcastle Art Gallery

The Newcastle Art Gallery has reopened but there is plenty of fun to be had online. Join a Newcastle Art Gallery Educator for a free 30-minute online class using materials from around the home. Developed for primary-aged children, these free webinars are designed to stimulate playful art making possibilities.

During Week 1, kids can join local exhibiting artist Bree Rooney to discover how you can create your own prints using a printing plate from cardboard and texta!

In Week 2, kids can join local artist and KILGOUR PRIZE 2020 winner Michael Bell for a workshop on pet portraiture! Plus meet Michael’s pet dog Larry!

Newcastle Art Gallery is also open with two daily sessions Tuesdays to Sundays. To avoid disappointment, book your free Gallery session via the Art Gallery website.

Missing out on weekend Art Cart? Explore Art Cart at home by downloading and discovering a range of accessible and hands-on activities. All inspired by iconic works of art in the Newcastle Art Gallery’s collection.

Civic Theatre

The iconic ‘picture palace’ returns with Civic Cinema, with the good old days of seeing a movie at the Civic Theatre once again possible with the installation of a new digital projection widescreen.

Settle into the regal seats for these special school holiday screenings:

Visit for ticket details.

Blackbutt Reserve

Let the kids run wild in one of the two playgrounds at Blackbutt Reserve. Inspired by the natural bushland, the adventure playground at Richley Reserve features rope courses, bridges, swings and slides, an adventure tower, and plenty of space for everyone from toddlers to tweens, and all abilities.

The playground at the Carnley Avenue entrance is ideal for children aged 6 – 10 years, with interactive musical instruments and activities. Grab an activity pack from the kiosk and follow the trail around the boardwalk and explore the animal exhibits. There’s wombats, koalas, reptiles and so much more. You can also get up close and personal feeding the emus as cones are available at the kiosk.

Fort Scratchley

Head to Fort Scratchley for great panoramic views. Although only open on Saturdays and Sunday, you can wander around the site and see the gun firing at 1pm daily weather permitting. It’s also a great spot to see whales heading down to Antarctica.

Get outdoors

Hot day? City of Newcastle has you covered. There’s clean, patrolled beaches and baths for you to take a dip at while enjoying the sun and sand. If you’re not near the beach, why not check out a local pool? Or pop into any of the 120 playgrounds in the area? New playgrounds in Newcastle include Brickworks Park in Wallsend and the Carrington Street Reserve playground in Wallsend or else visit one of your favourite playgrounds.

If your family likes trees, send it an email. Do you have a favourite tree in Newcastle that you really appreciate? Has it shaded you on a hot sunny day? Has it made you smile as you walk past? Let your tree know how much it means to you by sending it an email! Find your tree on the Newcastle tree map, click on the dot where your tree is and select ’email tree’. You can search the map by entering a suburb, street address, park name, or tree asset ID. Click on the coloured dots to learn the species, age and asset ID of each tree.

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