How is it March already? Here’s the month’s top events in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie & The Hunter especially selected for families.
On until Sunday 31 March | SEEN@Swansea | 10am – 3pm | Free | Details
Why you should go:Celebrate local beach culture. To finish off the summer, Lake Macquarie City Council ‘Waves’ is a digital exhibition featuring historic photographs and videos of our beach culture. Take your kids and show them Find out how beach fashion and fun has changed in the past 100 years and share your beach memories.
The Newcastle Show
Friday 1 March – Sunday 3 March | Broadmeadow Showground | 9am – 4pm | $55 Family Pass (2A+2C). Kids under 5 are free | Details
Why you should go: It’s the Newcastle Show, billed as bigger and better for 2019. There’s all your traditional favourites including fireworks, rides, showbags, animal nurseries, rodeo, agricultural displays and competitions. Plus kids cooking sessions and a new section Hunter Vibes, where you can sample local wines and nibble on artisanal goods.
Five Senses Twilight Markets
Sunday 3 March | Lambton Park, Lambton | 4pm – 8pm | Free | Details
Why you should go: Chill out with your friends and family and catch up by Lambton Park rotunda. Enjoy delicious food, craft beer & fine wine, divine coffee, awesome music and a fabulous line up of market stalls under the stars supporting The Leukaemia Foundation & The World’s Greatest Shave!
March Mini Kids Courses in Urban Orienteering
Select Wednesdays in March | Various locations | 5pm – 6:15pm | Free | Details
Why you should go: To learn about orienteering, a navigation based family sport where you use a detailed map to locate control points. This is a free mini-course for juniors aged 5 and up who are interested in giving this adventure sport a go.
Hermit Crabs & Meteors
Thursday 7 March to Sunday 10 March | The Royal Exchange | Various times | $15 kids, $20 adults | Details
Why you should go: Support local independent theatre. This is Bearfoot’s first family friendly production about a meteor and missing hermit crab suitable for kids of all ages. It delivers positive lessons, including the importance of appreciating our friends, following our dreams and protecting the environment.
Music of the Guns
Saturday 9 March | Fort Scratchley, Newcastle East | 6:30pm – 8:30pm | $25 | Details
Why you should go: To enjoy the experience of listening to a concert at Fort Scratchley featuring the Australian Army Band Newcastle. The evening finishes with the Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture complete with the firing of the Fort Scratchley guns.
Maitland Taste Festival
Saturday 9 March & Sunday 10 March | The Levee, Central Maitland | 10am – 4pm | Free | Details
Why you should go: Enjoy food and produce, from garden to the plate at Maitland Taste. For families, Maitland Taste Kids Patch will feature a wide range of free kids activities including kids craft, kids cooking workshops and a fun and interactive game space and much more.
Beaumont Street Carnivale
Sunday 10 March | Beaumont Street, Hamilton | 10am – 5pm | Free | Details
Why you should go: Enjoy music, food, market stalls, art and entertainment in the heart of Hamilton. It’s a celebration of local cultures and includes performances including Greek dancers, Irish dance, Macedonian dance and Chinese dancers and much more. For kids, there’s a mini zoo, LegoLand, camels, amusement rides & showbags and The Little Scallywagz.
Loop the Lake Family Charity Ride
Sunday 10 March | Speers Point to Warners Bay | 9:30am | $50 for family of four. $5 for extra child | Details
Why you should go: Enjoy a 7km or 11km bike ride with your family along Lake Macquarie and raise money for charities supported by the Loop Family Charity Bike Ride.
Raid My Wardrobe
Sunday 24 March | Newcastle Basketball Stadium | 10am – 1pm | $5 – $25 | Details
Why you should go: An event for the mums to support sustainable shopping and save money on purchasing clothing. This is preloved fashion shopping at its best with 50 hand selected stalls full of hundreds of high quality, high end, high street women’s clothing, shoes, handbags jewellery and accessories for all sizes.
Mayfield East Twilight Market
Saturday 30 March | Mayfield East Public School | 4pm – 8pm | Gold coin donation upon entry | Details
Why you should go: Enjoy a fun night out and support a local school. Enjoy food and market stalls, a Kids zone and local performers.
The Wiggle Fun Tour with The Wiggles
Saturday 30 March | Civic Theatre, Newcastle | $29.50 | Details
Why you should go: So you can sing and dance along with Emma, Lachy, Simon and Anthony to “Do the Propeller”, “E-M-M-A”, “Simon Says” and “Hot Potato”.
Sailfest Newcastle Regatta
Friday 29 March – Sunday 31 March | Newcastle Harbour | Free | Details
Why you should go: See different sailboats including ocean racers, skiffs, catamarans, lasers and more competing on Newcastle Harbour. Plus, there’s a “Try Sailing” experience on Throsby Creek at Carrington for kids and their guardians.
Featured image credit: Five Senses Twilight Markets
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