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

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

You’re Kidding Me Parenting Workshops

Thursday 6 May to Thursday 27 May 2021 | Online and in person | Free but bookings required | Details

Why you should go: Across the month of May including National Families Week, the You’re Kidding Me program will deliver a series of both face-to-face and online workshops for Lake Macquarie parents and children to come together to reconnect, learn and be supported across a range of topics relevant to families raising children. The program covers infant and toddler sleep, child development, tummy time, meal planning, water and energy savings as well as kids music, physical movement and yoga.

Acacia Play at The Levee Shared Zone, Maitland

Wednesday, 5 May & Wednesday, 12 May 2021 | The Levee Shared Zone, Central Maitland (near The Hatch) | 10 – 2pm | Free | Details

Why you should go: Acacia Play is all about kids learning and connecting with nature. They will be offering a range of fun activities with a special autumn focus. Have a go at decorating autumn leaves with ochre and natural paints, weaving a bracelet from natural materials and making your own paper pot and potting up a seedling that you can then take home.

Maitland Taste Deconstructed

Friday 7 May to Sunday 9 May 2021 | The Levee Shared Zone, Central Maitland | Free | Details

Why you should go: Maitland Taste Deconstructed will bring the community together in a COVID Safe way to celebrate the great food, wine and produce that comes from Maitland and the Hunter Region. The program will include gourmet food and artisan markets, food trucks, cooking demonstrations, live music, kids activities and more, and will also extend into the night for the first time with vibrant lighting installations and pop up eateries.

NSW Fire & Rescue – Online Open Day

Thursday, 13 May & Friday, 14 May 2021 | Online | TBA | Free | Details

Why you should go: NSW Fire & Rescue Online Open Days will provide you with a unique insight into what it is like to be a firefighter. Jump online to be taken on a tour of some of our stations, and find out what it is like to be a firefighter.

NSW Fire & Rescue – Station Open Day

Saturday, 15 May 2021 | 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. NSW Fire & Rescue will be holding outside Open Days at key locations throughout the state (List of participating local stations coming soon). Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions unfortunately not every station will be open for a tour.

Kids Free Admission at Maitland Gaol

Saturday, 15 & Sunday 16 May 2021 | Maitland Gaol | 10am – 3pm | Kids Free, Adults $19 | Bookings essential | Details

Why you should go: To celebrate New South Wales Heritage Festival, Maitland Gaol is launching characterisations of Snitch & Friends from the children’s self-guided audio tour Snitch’s Gaol Exploration. Kids receive free admission for one weekend only. So bring the kids, and experience the self-guided audio tour with new characterisations. There will also be a selfie station set up to get a photo with Snitch & Squealer and other fun activities.

Happy Sad Man Newcastle Premiere

Sunday 16 May 2021 | Event Cinemas Kotara | 4pm – 6:30pm | $20 | Details

Why you should go: Enjoy the Newcastle premiere of the documentary HAPPY SAD MAN followed by a live Q&A with the filmmaker and special guests. HAPPY SAD MAN is a charming and uplifting insight into the lives of five very different Australian men. Touching, funny and tender, this must-see documentary directed by Genevieve Bailey is set to shine a light on and change the dialogue around masculinity and mental health today. Be part of the conversation.

Storytime with Maitland Library at The Levee

Wednesday, 19 May 2021 | The Levee Shared Zone, Central Maitland (near The Hatch) | 10 – 2pm | Free | Details

Why you should go: The library comes to The Levee with a colourful story time experience. Kids will get a chance to sing some songs, say some rhymes and listen to some stories. The pop up library will also have books available for kids to browse and read between sessions.

National Simultaneous Storytime

Wednesday, 19 May 2021 | Various Libraries | 11am | Free | Details

Why you should go: Participate in this national storytime that encourages young Australians to read and enjoy books. Join storytime at your local library or read along at home. This year’s book is Give Me Some Space, written and illustrated by Philip Bunting.

Hunter Disability Expo

Friday, 21 May & Saturday, 22 May 2021 | Newcastle Entertainment Centre | 9am – 3pm | Free | Details

Why you should go: The Hunter Disability Expo is set to be the biggest and most anticipated Disability Expo on the Hunter calendar. The expo will offer the opportunity for people with a disability to find out about the latest products, services, technology, aides and equipment and for product and service providers to connect with people with a disability, their families and carers. There will also be kids entertainment and live all-ability performers. Tickets are free, register via the Hunter Disability Expo website.

Variety Family Fun Day

Saturday, 22 May 2021 | Foreshore Park, Newcastle | 11am – 3pm | Free | Details

Why you should go: Support Variety, The Children’s Charity. There’ll be plenty of live entertainment, food stalls, inflatables and fun activities – something for the whole family! You can purchase a wristband for just $5 per child which will allow unlimited inflatables, face painting, a cinema experience, airbrush tattoos, fairy floss and much more. Enjoy around the world cuisine with Crafty Street Eats, woodfired pizza and the Variety BBQ trailer serving sausage sandwiches, the choice is yours! 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.

My Kids Market

Sunday, 23 May 2021 | Newcastle Entertainment Centre | 9am- 12pm | Adults $4, Kids Free | Details

Why you should go: My Kids Market is the original and largest market for families to buy, sell and recycle quality and pre-loved baby and kids goods. It’s the place to score huge savings on everything for boys and girls including clothing, toys, books, shoes, bikes, prams, games, puzzles and more!

Up in the Air

Sunday, 23 May 2021 | Rathmines Park | 10am- 5pm | Adults $8 Kids under 16 free | Details

Why you should go: Celebrate all things aerial at Up in the Air, Lake Mac’s new festival of soaring heights presented by Lake Macquarie City Council. Bring the family to Rathmines Park on Sunday 23 May for a celebration up in the air featuring fly-overs from historic aircraft and exciting aerobatic displays!

Multicultural Neighbourhood Centre Services Expo 2021

Wednesday, 26 May 2021 | The Station Newcastle | 10 – 2pm | Free | Details

Why you should go: Enjoy relaxed, friendly and fun day at this year’s Multicultural Neighbourhood Centre Services Expo 2021. If you’re new to the Hunter Region this is a great opportunity to meet new people, make friends and also find out more about services and programs in the area.

Wednesday, 26 May 2021 | 396 High Street, Maitland | 10 – 2pm | Free | Details

Why you should go: The Quokkas are a five piece band of professional musicians, made up of different cultural backgrounds and physical abilities, focused on helping the next generation of Aussie children explore the world and make them more accepting and inclusive. Their mission is to “Make Music That Makes A Better Future!”

Paw Patrol Live! “Race to the Rescue”

Saturday, 29 May & Sunday, 30 May 2021 | Newcastle Entertainment Centre | Saturday 10am & 1pm, Sunday 10am | Prices start at $29.90, Children under 24 months free | Details

Why you should go: Based on the hit animated TV series on Nickelodeon, produced by Spin Master Entertainment, PAW Patrol Live! “Race to the Rescue” Presented by Stan. returns to Australia in April-May 2021 for an action-packed, high-energy, musical. Saturday tickets are for the cancelled and rescheduled 2020 shows and the tour now includes an additional Sunday show.

The Jack Murphy Scooter Fest

Saturday 29 May 2021 | Parrey Skatepark, Cardiff | 9am | $25 with proceeds to HMRI | Details

Why you should go: Scoot for HMRI. The Jack Murphy Scooter Fest will be back to raise funds for the Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI) for research into Sudden Cardiac Death. This event is in memory of Jack Murphy who died suddenly in 2018 of Sudden Cardiac Death.

Featured image credit: Variety, The Children’s Charity.

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