Ready for some summer fun during the long break? City of Newcastle is providing a ton of fun activities these school holidays at local libraries, Newcastle Museum, Newcastle Art Gallery, Blackbutt Reserve and local parks and beaches.
Enjoy a science show at the Museum or Yoga at Lambton Park or a swim at the beach – there’s something for everyone. There’s plenty of low-cost and entertaining activities for beating boredom!
Visit any of the local libraries during these holidays. There are plenty of fun activities at all of them.
- Variety of storytimes for kids aged 3 to 7 including Under the Sea Story Stomp, Sail Away Story Stomp and Beach Party Story Stomp storytimes.
- Beach Yoga Story Stomp at Camp Shortland and Dixon Park Playground.
- Park Yoga Story Stomp at Lambton Park.
- Summertime Sand Art
- Decorate a Beach Bag
- Summer Lego ® Challenge
- Badge-making Bliss
- Lessons of a LAC puppet show with Lynn Jenkins and Kirrili Lonergan
- Fun with author Deb Kelly – Join local author Deborah Kelly for an hour of marine-themed fun to celebrate the release of her latest book The Thing About Oliver.
- Family movies on Friday evenings at Wallsend and Newcastle Libraries. Films include Lilo & Stitch, Surf’s Up, Black Beauty, The Little Mermaid, The Parent Trap and Storm Boy (2019).
Bookings required. For more information and to book holiday sessions, visit Newcastle Region Library website.
Newcastle Art Gallery
Newcastle Art Gallery has a range of activities for children aged 5 – 12 inspired by current exhibitions.
- Chinese Festive Decorations – Come and explore the exhibition BETWEEN TWO WORLDS, learn the Chinese character for ‘Rat’ and create your own hanging rat decoration using red felt with a tassel tail and other embellishments. A beautiful hanging decoration or gift for Chinese New Year.
- Mini Beach Scultures – Responding to the exhibition WISH YOU WERE HERE, kids will sculpt their own mini beach scenes, focusing on hand-building techniques to construct their own beach elements such as a beach ball, umbrella, fish or crab.
- Art Cart every Saturday and Sunday morning.
For more information and to book holiday sessions, visit Newcastle Art Gallery website.
Enjoy some summer fun at Newcastle Museum! Activities to suit all ages with most activities free of charge. Some programs require booking and payment.
School holiday activities include:
- Morphing Mini Beasts Workshop – Kids can transform recyclable objects into your very own mini beast! Bookings required.
- Insect Mania Science Shows are on 15 January and 22 January during the holidays at 10:30am – 12pm and 1:30pm – 2pm. InsectMania offers people the opportunity to learn about various insects and get up close and personal with tiny-sized critters to see how they behave. Suitable for kids 5 years and older.
- Transport yourself into the Summer Sensory Garden – a bright and colourful world beyond your imagination. Dress up as an insect and creep and crawl your way through fluffball flowers and glowing rainbow furry delights. Created by local artist Bliss Cavanagh, the free Summer Sensory Garden will be at Newcastle Museum from 3 January to 2 February.
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.
- Picnic & playground facilities – Enjoy a full day out at Blackbutt Reserve, start at Richley and experience the adventure playground, then take a leisurely walk to Carnley Avenue to be part of the reptile show and craft activity.
- Reptile Show – Hear experts discuss Australia’s reptile wildlife at length during the popular reptile shows daily from 6 January at 11am. Tickets are $3 per person. No bookings required
Craft activity also occurs in the Wildlife Arena at 1pm on weekdays from 6 January. Tickets are also $3 per person.
Feeding times – every day except for Christmas day ( as animal exhibits closed) – free – 10.30am Wombats/ 10.45am Lorikeets/ 1.30pm Nocturnal animals/ 2pm Koalas
Explore the great 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 Beresfield Pool? Or pop into any of the 120 playgrounds in the area?
For more information, visit the City of Newcastle School Holidays website
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