Spring has sprung, and it’s time to bounce into action this school holidays. City of Newcastle is providing a ton of fun activities these school holidays. Do you have a budding green-thumb, an aspiring artist, a movie buff or scientist in the making? Perhaps your family wants to get back to nature, hit the beach or check out one of the City’s 120 playgrounds? Whatever your taste, we have you covered!


Visit any of the local libraries during these holidays. There are plenty of fun activities at all of them.  

Activities include:

  • Story Stomp Storytime – The 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 ESSENTIAL: visit newcastle.nsw.gov.au for more information  

Newcastle Art Gallery

Newcastle Art Gallery has a range of activites for children aged 5 – 12 inspired by current exhibitions.

  • Drawing Faces – 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 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.

Newcastle Museum

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

Activities include:

  • Fire & Ice! Science Shows – We’ll have flames, liquid nitrogen and a hot’n’cold pool party at the Museum Science Shows these holidays.  We’ll 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!
  • Picnic in Museum Park – Join us for a family picnic day with music, a petting zoo, entertainers and activities to celebrate the new Museum Park. Little one’s can bring their favourite Teddy (or other cuddly friend) and join in the fun and games for all ages. A collaborative event with Hunter & Central Coast Development Corporation
  • 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.

Blackbutt Reserve

  • 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.
  • 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.

Explore the great outdoors

Hot day? City of Newcastle has you covered. We have 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 our revamped Beresfield Pool? Or pop into any of the 120 playgrounds in the area? Remember to be sun safe, we don’t want our spring chickens looking like roast chooks!

For more information, visit the City of Newcastle School Holidays website (will soon be updated with October school holidays information)

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