Get ready for a big month of events in March 2022. Here are the month’s top events in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie & the Hunter specially selected for families.
The Great Baby Dinosaur Show
Runs until Sunday 13 March 2022 | Newcastle Museum | 10-5pm | $10 (Adults), $7 (Concession), $5 (3+), Free (2 and under), Family & Disability Carer tickets available | Details
Why you should go: The Great Baby Dinosaur Show has arrived at Newcastle Museum, and they need you to help judge the cute cuddly dinos for the ‘Best in Show’ award! The judges have already awarded all the other ribbons like ‘Best roar’, ‘Coolest Spikes’ and ‘Most Colourful Scales’, but who will take out the top prize? Use your wifi-enabled phone or tablet to vote by scanning the QR codes in the exhibition! The winner will be announced after the show finishes on Sunday 13 March 2022.
Capturing Nature Exhibition
Runs until Sunday 13 March 2022 | SEEN@Swansea | 10am – 1pm | Gold Coin Entry | Details
Why you should go: In this exhibition, you can travel back to a time when photography was revolutionising science, art and society. Never-before-seen images dating from 1857 to 1893 have been printed from the Australian Museum’s collection of glass plate negatives and are some of Australia’s earliest natural history photographs.
Newcastle Orienteering – Come and Try Series
Every Wednesday in March 2022 | Various Locations | Starts are available anytime between 5pm and 6:30pm | Free | Details
Why you should go: Newcastle Orienteering Club is hosting a Come and Try Series on Wednesday afternoons in different locations in March. Line courses are approximately 1km in length for mini courses and 0.5km for micro courses and have easy navigation. No street crossings will be required. A compass is not required. This series uses electronic flags / stands and electronic punching. Basic tuition is available. This is a free non-competitive course suitable for kids and first-timers.
The Newcastle Show
Friday 4 to Sunday 6 March 2022 | Broadmeadow Showground | 9am – 10pm (Fri/Sat) 9am – 5pm (Sun) | Adults (16+) $30, Child (6-15) $15, Concession $15, 5 and under Free, Family of 4 $75, Family of 5 $85 | Details
Why you should go: The Newcastle Show is back in 2022. There will be all your traditional favourites including over 100 amusement rides, sideshow alley and show bags as well as lawnmower races, a Hot Wheels car show, Unchained BMX show and more.
A Portrait of Australia – Newcastle Museum
Runs until Sunday 19 June 2022 | Newcastle Museum | Tue-Sun 10-5pm | Free | Details
Why you should go: A Portrait of Australia: Stories Through the lens of Australian Geographic is touring the country as part of an unprecedented partnership between the National Museum of Australia and Australian Geographic. The stunning display of large format photographic prints unites the expertise of Australian Geographic’s acclaimed photographers and the National Museum’s interpretive storytelling experience. The photographs will tour Australia for the next two years and were drawn from a book A Portrait of Australia, which was produced to celebrate 30 years of Australian Geographic’s magazine.
Olive Tree Market – CANCELLED
Saturday 5 March | Civic Park | 9am – 2pm | Free | Details
Why you should go: The Olive Tree Market is back! They are excited to welcome customers and tourists back to Civic Park for their first market for 2022. Experience the buzz and community spirit of the Olive Tree Market. Expect a vibrant, exciting, creative market where visitors can re-connect with artists, designers and boutique small producers.
Sunset Cinema – Kahibah Sports Club
Saturday 5 March 2022 | Kahibah Sports Club | From 5pm | Free | Details
Why you should go: Enjoy a free screening of the Disney movie Moana at Kahibah Sports Club. The event kicks off at 5pm with face painting and music, with the film screening at 7pm. Bring your own picnic blanket, rugs and cushions (limited number of picnic rugs and chairs and tables set up) and grab your food, drinks and snacks from the club.
Family Night of Fun – Lambton Park
Saturday 5 March 2022 | Lambton Park | 5-7pm | Gold coin donation | Details
Why you should go: Hosted by Goodlife Church, there will be free face painting and balloon twisting in Lambton Park as well as an outdoor cinema, pony rides, food vendors, live music, free glow sticks and free pancakes. Gold coin donation entry.
March Cultural Weekend
Saturday 5 to Sunday 6 March 2022 | Various Locations | Various Times | Free | Details
Why you should go: On the first weekend in March, Newcastle is dishing up a smorgasbord of family-friendly events you won’t want to miss. It’s the perfect time to get out and explore our city while soaking up a satisfying weekend of family entertainment. Explore the Indigenous roots of Carrington Foreshore beneath illuminated puppets with Curious Legends in partnership with local Worimi people, or head along to Hamilton to meet local artists in their open studios and help create a collaborative community mural.
Clean Up Australia Day
Sunday 6 March 2022 | Various locations | Free | Details
Why you should go: Join or create a Clean Up event and help make an impact that improves your environment. Visit the Clean Up Australia Day website or refer to the Newy with Kids article for more information.
Friday Night Feast
Friday 11 March 2022 | The Station, Newcastle | 5-9pm | Free | Details
Why you should go: Get on down to The Station for a family fun evening! They’ll have face painting and balloon twisting for little ones to enjoy as well as their regular street food, market stalls and live music.
Lake Mac Women’s Sport Festival
Friday 11 March – Sunday 13 March 2022 | Various locations | Free | Details
Why you should go: This inclusive event will offer something for everyone, with an umbrella program that caters to sporting newcomers, aspiring professional athletes, and coaches and administrators of women’s sport. Coinciding with International Women’s Day, the event is tied together by themes of empowerment, celebration, advocacy, athletic excellence, community and support. Choose from a range of exciting events, including a networking breakfast with Sam Poolman (Australian netballer), a two-day symposium featuring guest speaker, Kerri Pottharst (Beach volleyball Gold-medalist) and Rhiannan Iffland (Australian cliff diver) and a Sport Open Day with sporting clinics, sporting stalls, food trucks and live music. Visit the Lake Mac website to view the program and book your tickets.
Saturday 12 March 2022 | McDonald Jones Stadium | 4.30pm – 9pm | Tickets from $59 Adults, $39 Child | Details
Why you should go: Nitro Circus will return to Newcastle’s McDonald Jones Stadium for the first time in three years as part of an outdoor stadium tour across Australia and New Zealand. The 15-date run will also launch an all-new show theme that the thrill-loving crew will then take worldwide.
Events from Saturday 12 March – Sunday 3 April 2022 | Merewether Beach | Details
Why you should go: Supported by Burton Automotive. Surfest in Newcastle, Australia will celebrate its 36th anniversary in 2022. The event is the largest surfing festival in the southern hemisphere. Over 800 male and female competitors from across the Asia-Pacific region will compete for cash prizes and World Surf League rating points. Take the family along to watch all the action.
Lake Mac City Pro Junior
Saturday 12 – Sunday 13 March 2022 | Redhead Beach | Time TBA | Details
Why you should go: As part of Surfest 2022, this long running Surfest event provides a great opportunity for the Hunter’s best up-and-coming surfers to compete in an international event and experience competition at the highest level. The Pro Junior will attract around 100 male and female competitors, aged 20 years and under, from across the Asia-Pacific region all competing for equal prizemoney. Take the family to Redhead Beach to watch all the action.
Suzette Who Set to Sea – Brunker Community Theatre
Wednesday 16 – Saturday 19 March 2022 | Brunker Community Theatre, Adamstown | 16-19 March 10.30am, 19 March 2pm | All Tickets $21.50 | Details
Why you should go: Enjoy this performance by Brunker Community Theatre, aimed at children 4+ but suitable for all audiences. In a small seaside village, where men build boats and women do not, young Suzette knows she is different – she longs for the sea and believes she is meant for something greater than a life on land. So when a mysterious event occurs, Suzette is forced to do that most difficult thing – prove herself worthy of her destiny. Loading her loved ones onto a boat she has secretly built, Suzette, she sets to sea. Run time 60-70 minutes.
Newcastle Fringe Festival
Thursday 17 to Sunday 27 March 2021 | Various Locations | Various Times | Various Cost | Details
Why you should go: Dubbed the biggest little fringe in Australia, this edgy, diverse, inspirational and super creative festival showcases a smorgasbord of performing arts from Newcastle, Australia and the world for ten amazing days across several venues. With Comedy, Theatre, Music, Dance, Cabaret, Circus and more there is something for everyone. Refer to the Newcastle Fringe website or the Newy with Kids article on the Newcastle Fringe Festival for more information.
Lambton Library – Community Launch & Re-opening
Friday 18 March 2022 | Lambton Library | 5-7pm | Free | Details
Why you should go: Lambton Library is re-opening and they’d love to see you at their community launch event! Lambton Library is a building with local historic significance. It has undergone major refurbishment to reclaim its former glory and provide Newcastle Libraries members with an improved and brand new way of accessing library services. They’re inviting you to come along, take a look inside and discover how Newcastle Libraries members will be able to access this branch 7 days a week! You can also book a short tour to learn all you need to know about accessing and using the space.
Lambton Library – Family Fun Day
Saturday 19 March 2022 | Lambton Library | 10-1pm | Free | Details
Why you should go: Lambton Library is re-opening and they’d love to see you at their family-friendly event! Lambton Library is a building with local historic significance. It has undergone major refurbishment to reclaim its former glory and provide Newcastle Libraries members with an improved and brand new way of accessing library services. This family-friendly event co-hosted by Newy with Kids includes storytimes, craft, a treasure hunt, and entertainment for the whole family. Activities are free so why not bring the family for a picnic morning tea and check out their newly renovated library. No bookings needed, just drop in!
Sunset Cinema – Kahibah Sports Club
Saturday 19 March 2022 | Kahibah Sports Club | From 5pm | Free | Details
Why you should go: Enjoy a free screening of the movie Space Jam: A New Legacy at Kahibah Sports Club. The event kicks off at 5pm with face painting and music, with the film screening at 7pm. Bring your own picnic blanket, rugs and cushions (limited number of picnic rugs and chairs and tables set up) and grab your food, drinks and snacks from the club.
My Kids Market
Sunday 20 March 2022 | Newcastle Showground Exhibition Centre | 9am-12pm | Adults $4, Kids free | Details
Why you should go: Save money on baby and kids clothing, toys and goods at the My Kids Market, your local market to buy, sell and recycle pre-loved baby and kids items. All quality baby and kids items can be sold including baby and kids clothing, shoes, toys, books, prams, bikes, cots, highchairs, rockers and all other nursery items. The Market caters to all baby and kids needs from pregnancy and newborns to approximately 8 years of age. Take lots of bags with you. The bigger the better!
Sami Bayly – Storytime and Drawing Session
Sunday 20 March 2022 | Warners Bay Theatre | 11-11.45am | Gold coin donation | Details
Why you should go: Part of the Write Here! Festival 2022. Meet Australian author and illustrator Sami Bayly, complete a line drawing and learn about the amazing animals in her latest book. Sami Bayly is an award winning author and natural history illustrator. She loves to illustrate any animal that can be defined as weird, wonderful or even ugly! Her latest book is The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Ugly Animals Peculiar Pairs in Nature. For ages 5+. Bookings essential.
Charlie’s Run 4 Kids – Family Fun Day
Sunday 20 March 2022 | Lydon Oval, Dudley | 11-6pm | Adults $10, Kids free | Details
Why you should go: Charlie’s Run 4 Kids is a 150km run over 5 days from Seal Rocks to Dudley. 26 local, non-professional runners are running to help out families whose children are fighting cancer. The runners will finish at a family fun day at Lydon Oval, Dudley. There will be live bands, auction, raffle, food and kids rides all day for $10. Bring a chair, blanket and some good vibes. Enjoy the day out with family, friends or yourself. This is a licensed event.
Thursday 24 March to Saturday 26 March | Carrington Creek Parklands | 6.30-9pm | Free | Details
Why you should go: Curious Legends, in collaboration with the Newcastle Worimi Community, are creating a site-specific performance in the Carrington parklands. Aboriginal dancing, storytelling, and age-old wisdom combine with multimedia projections, shadows, and giant, illuminated, puppets. A family-friendly production, Gimbay Gatigaan (friendly Mudcrab in language) explores the Throsby Creek through an Aboriginal lens – that of the Dates Mob, whose ancestors have walked this land since forever. Enjoy an evening under the stars, with food trucks, Aboriginal Art, and an opportunity to see this land in a new way. Bring a picnic rug, settle in, and enjoy the latest offering from Curious Legends!
Children’s Joint Book Launch
Saturday 26 March 2022 | Unit 1/10 Pipeclay Ave, Thornton | 10.30am | Free | Details
Why you should go: Local children’s picture book author Emily S. Smith, along with fellow Hunter local and children’s picture book author Sharon J. Boyce will be launching their new books together on Saturday 26th of March. They will be reading their new books to the public for the first time, playing some super fun games, doing craft and there’ll be prizes to be won.
French Twilight Market at The Station
Saturday 26 March 2022 | The Station, Newcastle | 3-8pm | Free | Details
Why you should go: There will be activities for the whole family at The Station’s French Festival and Twilight Market. Wander through the market stalls which will be showcasing French inspired items and French/francophone food. Join in on adult and children’s activities. A fun way to discover the French culture and language as well as the Francophonie (other French speaking countries)! Stop by the display of newer and vintage cars. Enjoy a game of “pétanque” and if you are a bit hungry their AU MENU will feature: charcuterie (small goods), fromages (cheeses), patisseries, crêpes and a lot more!
Morning Bird Chorus Walk
Tuesday 29 March 2022 | Belmont Lagoon | 8-9.30am | Free | Details
Why you should go: Enjoy a morning lagoon walk, spot and listen to the birds, hear some history with local bird experts from Hunter Bird Observers Club. Bookings essential.
Rathmines Nature Treasure Trail
Monday 28 March – Friday 1 April 2022 | Styles Point Reserve, Rathmines | Free | Details
Why you should go: Adventure through a nature reserve on a self-guided treasure trail: along the way use your smartphone to access clues and answer questions. Register here.
Featured image credit: Newcastle Orienteering
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