What’s On in June: Events in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie & Hunter

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What’s on in June? Here’s the month’s top events in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie & The Hunter especially selected for families.

Charlestown SK8 Sessions

Thursday 3 June | Charlestown Skate Park | 4pm – 8pm | Free. No bookings required. Register your name and complete the waiver form on the day anytime from 4pm. | Details

Why you should go: Charlestown skate park will be set up with free skateboarding lessons along with demonstrations from pro skaters. Come along and join in the fun with your friends and family. Grundy Skateboarding are hosting the event with the support from Lake Macquarie City Council.

A Portrait of Australia Exhibition

Saturday  5 June 2021 – Sunday 1 August 2021 | SEEN@Swansea | Monday – Sunday 10am-2pm | Gold coin entry | Details

Why you should go: This Australian Geographic exhibition celebrates the bush, the outback, the coast and the people who live there. The exhibition features photographs from the Australian Geographic archive selected and curated by the National Museum of Australia. This stunning display of large format photographic prints will transport you to some of the most rugged and remote parts of the country where you will discover the remarkable stories of ordinary Australians

Maitland River Run

Sunday 6 June | Maitland Regional Athletics Track | 10am – 1pm | Adults $45, kids $35 (late entries after 23 May, add $10) | Details

Why you should go: Enjoy a fun family walk/run and complete one lap of the Maitland River Run. This year there is a new race venue. Starting at the new Maitland Regional Athletics Centre the walk/run will take you along the Maitland Regional Athletics Track and the foreshore of the Hunter River. The event is open to kids over 5 years of age and their parents.

Harvest Festival Central Coast

Saturday 12 & Sunday 13 June | Various locations | Combination of free and paid events and activities | Details

Why you should go: The two-day event includes fresh food and country markets, food and wine events, factory tours, pick your own experiences, bush tucker tours, working farm tours and the popular ‘pick your own pecans’ and tree shaking demonstrations. This is a rare chance to take a glimpse behind the farm gate as you explore eight rural farming communities and their picturesque heritage villages on the Central Coast.

Dobell for Kids

Sunday 13 June | Rathmines Theatre | 10am – 12:30pm & 1pm – 3:30pm |  $8 tickets required for participating children only, includes all materials | Details

Why you should go: Bring the family and be inspired by Sir William Dobell. Enjoy five art activities based on Dobell’s works spread around Rathmines Theatre and foreshore. Activities designed for 6-14 year olds, with parents supporting. This event is part of the Lake Macquarie Dobell Festival Event.

Star Struck 2021

Friday 18 June & Saturday 19 June | Newcastle Entertainment Centre | Various times | From $39.35 | Details

Why you should go: Watch the talent at Star Struck, a NSW Department of Education annual performing arts event for the Hunter and Central Coast. It is a showcase of dance, drama and music performed by students from Kindergarten to Year 12 from a variety of NSW public schools. The theme for 2021 is Rise Up.

Float Your Boat (SATURDAY CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER FORECAST)

Friday 18 June & Saturday 19 June  | Various locations in Lake Macquarie | 6pm – 9.30pm | Free | Details

Why you should go: It’s a fun winter event. Get your friends and family together and gather on the shores of Lake Macquarie to see a flotilla of boats pass by in the Float Your Boat event organised by Lake Macquarie City Council. The event runs over 2 nights and sets sail from Marmong Point Marina each night.

Newcastle Unity in Diversity Festival

Saturday 19 June | Foreshore Park, Newcastle | 11am – 3pm | Free | Details

Why you should go: Come and celebrate Newcastle’s Unity in Diversity Festival at this family friendly event marking the start of National Refugee Week. The day will start at 11am with a welcome march followed by many performances between the three stages. There will also be multicultural food stalls, music and community tents.

Snow Time in the Garden at Hunter Valley Gardens

Saturday 19 June to Sunday 18 July  | Hunter Valley Gardens | 9am – 6pm | Family Pass (2A + 2C) – $105 | Details

Why you should go: Enjoy all things winter without having to travel to the snow at Snow Time in the Garden at Hunter Valley Gardens. Your family can enjoy ice skating, playing in the snow, building snowmen, ice tobogganing and explore the Snow Cave filled with animatronic Arctic creatures.

High School Musical on Stage

Thursday 24 June to Saturday 26 June  | Civic Theatre| Various times | Adult $32, Under 18 $19 | Details

Why you should go: Disney’s smash hit movie musical comes to life on the Civic Theatre stage presented by St Philips Christian College . Troy, Gabriella and the students of East High must deal with issues of identity, friends and family while balancing their classes and extracurricular activities.

Hudsons Circus

Thursday 24 June to Sunday 18 July | Richardson Park, Hamilton North | Various times | Adult from $25, 3-15 years from $15, 2 years and under free | Details

Why you should go: A two hour traditional style circus with a modern twist, see daredevils, hilarious clowns and animal acts. A fast-paced show for the whole family.

Love Lambton – Celebrating 150 Years

Sunday 27 June | Lambton Park | 10 – 4pm | Free | Details

Why you should go: Celebrate Lambton’s 150th birthday with a Birthday Party in Lambton Park. There’ll be five senses food trucks, kids entertainment, live music, MC Car Club display and more. Kate Ceberano will be making a special guest appearance to sing ‘Happy Birthday’.

Kids Entertainment at The Exchange Hotel

Sunday 27 & Tuesday 29 June | 125 Denison St, Hamilton | 10 – 2pm | Free | Details

Why you should go: Keep the kids entertained this winter school holidays with free kids entertainment including Oakvale Reptile Show on Sunday and Slime Making Workshop on Tuesday.

Kids Entertainment at Shoal Bay Country Club

Sunday 27 & Tuesday 29 June | 35-45 Shoal Bay Rd, Shoal Bay | 10 – 2pm | Free | Details

Why you should go: Keep the kids entertained this winter school holidays with free kids entertainment including Pony Rides & Petting Zoo on Sunday and Magic Show on Tuesday. There’ll also be a jumping castle, kids disco, projector games and prizes to win each day.

Hunter Region Botanic Gardens – Children’s Discovery Day

Tuesday 29 June  | 2100 Pacific Hwy, Heatherbrae | 10am – 2pm | $5 per person or $10 per family per car | Details

Why you should go: Take the kids for an entertaining and educational day at the Hunter Region Botanic Gardens to stimulate their interest in plants, the environment and the Gardens. Activities include plant propagation, craft activities, a biodiversity display, garden tours, a botanical treasure hunt, a photography exhibition and much more! 

Maitland Gaol Junior Sleuth – Tattoo Tales

Tuesday 29 June, 2021 | 6-18 John Street, East Maitland | 11am | Adult & Child package – $15, additional child – $10 and additional adult – $10 | Details

Why you should go: Junior Sleuths will learn about how prisoners lived in the Gaol over the 150 years of its operation on this 1 hour guided tour. Afterwards they’ll delve into prison tattoos and what these symbols represent (don’t worry, it’s family friendly).

Love My Plants – Family Art Class

Wednesday 30 June, 2021 | 101 Newcastle Street, East Maitland | 10.30am – 11.30am| Tickets from $15-$45 | Details

Why you should go: This workshop is designed for Parents/Guardians & kids between the ages of 5-12 years old (primary school age). All kids must have a guardian present for the duration of class. Kids will learn how to make a clay monster with air dry clay, how to attach pieces together, how to use their hands to create their own clay monster.

Blackbutt Reserve Reptile Shows

Mon-Fri in School Holidays and Every Sat & Sun | Blackbutt Reserve, Kotara | Mon – Fri 11am & 11:45am, Sat & Sun 11am | $4 per person | Details

Why you should go: The School Holiday Reptile Shows are back at 11am and 11:45am from Monday to Friday and 11am on weekends. Blackbutt’s expert team will allow attendees to meet , learn about and at times interact with, their favourite scaly, slithery friends. You will learn interesting facts about their behaviour, physiology and habitats, and if you’re lucky… an opportunity to get up close and personal. $4 per person, tickets available at the Kiosk (limited tickets available).

Bricks 4 Kidz Winter School Holiday Workshops

Monday 28 June, 2021 – Friday 9 July, 2021 | Various Locations | 9am – 4pm | Full day workshop $90, 2-day workshop $180 | Details

Why you should go: The Bricks 4 Kidz Winter School Holiday Programs with LEGO® are nearly here and are PERFECT for your aspiring LEGO® Master! These workshops will be running from Monday 28 June – Friday 9 July across four convenient locations in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and Erina. All programs will be run in compliance with a COVID Safe plan and restrictions on numbers in their venues. They have got SUPER fun workshops with Ninjas, Movie Mash Up and many other favourites inspired by Star Wars™, MineCraft™ and Pokémon™, just to name a few! There is something for EVERYONE these school holidays. Book today so you don’t miss out!

Inflatables on the Green – Club Charlestown

Monday 28 June, 2021 – Sunday 4 July, 2021 | 5 Lincoln Street, Charlestown | 11am – 2pm | $7 per wristband | Details

Why you should go: Join Club Charlestown for Inflatables on the Green in Week 1 of the school holidays.

Young People’s Theatre presents BUNYIPS

Tuesday 29 June, 2021 – Saturday 17 July, 2021 | Young People’s Theatre, Hamilton | Various Times | Tickets from $25 | Details

Why you should go: Loosely based on the famous Australian children’s book, Naked Bunyip Dancing by Syeven Herrick and adapted for stage by Callan Purcell, this is a delightful show for all ages. The performance runs for an hour plus a short interval.

Circus Skills Workshops at Jesmond Central

Tuesday 29 June, 2021 – Friday 22 July, 2021 | Jesmond Central | 10am – 1pm | Free | Details

Why you should go: Learn to juggle, spin plates, walk the tightrope and more at a Circus Skills Workshop at Jesmond Central this school holidays. Bookings essential. 4 x 30 minute sessions daily.

Welcome to Toonworld! at Terrace Central

Every Mon, Tue, Wed & Thu in the winter school holidays | Terrace Central, Raymond Terrace | 11am, 12pm & 1pm | Free | Details

Why you should go: Go DRAWING MAD these school holidays in Toonworld! Come on a journey filled with creativity and drawing challenges where you will meet fun characters and design your own wonderful heroes while defending the Toonworld’s lands against the Evil Rubbix and his rampaging stickmen army!

Kids Entertainment at Shoal Bay Country Club

Every Sun, Tue & Thu in the winter school holidays | 35-45 Shoal Bay Rd, Shoal Bay | 10am – 2pm | Free | Details

Why you should go: Keep the kids entertained this winter school holidays with free kids entertainment at Shoal Bay Country Club including Magic Show, Pony Rides & Petting Zoo, Oakvale Reptile Show and Slime Making. There’ll also be a jumping castle, kids disco, projector games and prizes to win each day.

Kids Entertainment at The Exchange Hotel

Every Sun, Tue & Fri in the winter school holidays | 125 Denison St, Hamilton | 10am – 2pm | Free | Details

Why you should go: Keep the kids entertained this winter school holidays with free kids entertainment at The Exchange Hotel including Magic Show, Pony Rides & Petting Zoo and Oakvale Reptile Show.

Featured image credit: Float Your Boat, Lake Macquarie City Council

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