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

Meet children’s author Morris Gleitzman

Wednesday 8 May  | Maitland Town Hall | 6pm – 7:30pm | $10 | Details

Why you should go: Meet one of Australia’s favourite writers Morris Gleitzman in a special event for the whole family. The current Australian Children’s Laureate is celebrating the transformational power of reading and creativity and encouraging adults to share books with their children at this special event for families

Darkness into Light Fundraising Walk

Saturday 11 May  | Bar Beach | 5am – 7am | Adults $40, Kids $8| Details

Why you should go: This run / walk is a fundraiser for suicide and self harm prevention raising funds for Batyr and Pieta House. Batyr provides educational programs for teenagers at high schools in Newcastle and surrounding. Participants begin the walk together in the early hours of the morning while it is still dark and walk together in the dawn.

You’re Kidding Me Family Expo

Wednesday 15 May  | Event Cinemas Glendale | 9:30am – 12:30pm | Free | Details

Why you should go: The family expo organised by Lake Macquarie City Council is a great way for families to connect with services and programs in Lake Macquarie and the Hunter including family support services, neighbourhood centres and local industry experts. There will also be free child restraint checks with KidSafe, reptile show, free music workshops, yoga for parents and kids, CPR for babies and more. Plus, Newy with Kids will be there. Come say hello!

NSW Fire & Rescue Open Day

Saturday 18 May | Participating Fire & Rescue NSW fire stations | 10am – 2pm | Free | Details

Why you should go: For the opportunity to hop on a fire truck and chat with firefighters to learn more about what they do every day and fire safety in your home. Open Day includes safety demonstrations, fire station tours and the chance to inspect equipment and trucks used by firefighters when responding to fire and rescue emergencies. There will also be activities for all children who attend. (List of participating local stations coming soon).

Rathmines Catalina Festival

Sunday 19 May | Rathmines Park | 10am – 2pm | Entry $10 per person or $25 for family | Details

Why you should go: Celebrate the rich history of the Rathmines Base and the Catalina flying boat. This great community event showcases Rathmines and Lake Macquarie, with an awesome air show, featuring formation aerobatic display, seaplane rides, seaplanes on display, live music, great food and much more.

National Simultaneous Storytime

Wednesday 22 May | Various libraries | 11am | Free | Details

Why you should go: Participate in this national storytime that encourage young Australians to read and enjoy books. Join storytime at your local library or read along at home. This year’s book is Alpacas with Maracas written and illustrated by Matt Cosgrove.

Africa Day Celebration Festival 2019

Saturday 25 May | Islington Public School | 10am – 4pm | Free | Details

Why you should go: Join and participate as we celebrate culture, unity and diversity.  There will be singers, dancers, performers and stalls celebrating African culture.

Variety Family Fun Day

Saturday 25 May | Foreshore Park, Newcastle | 11am – 3pm | Free | Details

Why you should go: Support Variety, The Children’s Charity. There’ll be plenty of live entertainment, a petting zoo, food stalls, rides and fun activities- something for the whole family! There will be a $5 charge per child which will allow them access to unlimited rides, face painting, airbrush tattoos, fairy floss, popcorn plus much more. It’s also an opportunity to see the colourful convoy of Bash cars arrive back in town after their outback adventure raising much needed funds.

Autumn Fair at Hunter Region Botanic Gardens

Sunday 26 May | Heatherbrae | 9am – 2pm | $5 per car | Details

Why you should go:Explore the Botanic Gardens at Heatherbrae and enjoy an autumn fair with market stalls, plant stalls and lots of family fun. Explore arts, food and flavours, antiques and craft.

Mr Walker Book Launch

Sunday 26 May | Wallsend Library | 3pm – 4pm | Free | Details

Why you should go: Join author Jess Black and illustrator Sara Acton for the launch of two new books Mr Walker and the Dessert Delight and Mr Walker Gets the Inside Scoop. You and your kids (aged 6 to 12) can enjoy an afternoon of doggie activities, dessert delights and the inside scoop on this most loveable character, Mr Walker from the previously published The Tales of Mr Walker

Featured image credit: You’re Kidding Me Expo, Lake Macquarie City Council

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