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

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

(For Christmas events, visit the Newy with Kids Christmas Events guide)

Oh Yeah, I Forgot About That Exhibition

Thursday 18 November 2021 – Sunday 27 February 2022 | Newcastle Museum | 10 – 5pm | Free | Details

Why you should go: The Oh yeah, I forgot about that: A decade of change seen through the eyes of Mr Trevor Dickinson, Artist Exhibition opens Thursday 18 November at Newcastle Museum and is a free, fun and artistic stroll through Newcastle over the last ten years. Have a look at our city through the eyes of a popular, local artist. To celebrate Newcastle Museum’s own changes, they have commissioned two new artworks of something constant, the big red hooks and something that had changed, The OAK Milk display in A Newcastle Story Work gallery, that is debuting in this exhibition. All the works in this exhibition are of things that have changed since 11 August 2011 when Newcastle Museum threw open their doors to welcome millions of visitors to explore our history, science and our city’s identity.

Curious Legends Presents “Wallsend Wyldings” – Wyldings Dinner – RESCHEDULED FROM NOVEMBER 26

Friday 3 December 2021 | Wallsend Park | 5-8pm | Free | Details

Why you should go: Discover puppets in the park! Join Curious Legends and Newy with Kids for a Wyldings Dinner in Wallsend Park. There’s plenty of fun for the whole family to enjoy including live music, roving puppets and craft activities as well as GIANT Wyldings from the Curious Legends studio. The family-friendly event which runs from 5 pm to 8 pm features luminous puppets, live music & a lantern parade. Bring a picnic and enjoy the entertainment. The event is free but registration is required.

Friday Chill at Pacific Park

Every Friday from 3 December 2021 to 18 February 2022 | Pacific Park, Newcastle East | 6.30-9.00pm | Free | Details

Why you should go: Friday Chill is a free music event held on Friday summer evenings in Pacific Park and hosted by Soul Cafe. At Friday Chill artists from across the region perform chilled out tunes from 6:30pm till 9.00pm. Soul invites the community and visitors to the Newcastle region to come along and join them for a picnic in the park! BYO picnic food and beverages or take advantage of the gourmet food served by a selection of local food vendors. Donations collected at the event go towards the fantastic work Soul Cafe does all-year round.

Sustainable Play Preschool Summer Planting Open Day

Saturday 4 December 2021 | Sustainable Play Preschool, Barnsley | 9-1pm | Free | Details

Why you should go: Sustainable Play Preschool are throwing their doors open as they get their kitchen garden ready for summer and they would love your help. Connect with nature, taste test their delicious menu and enjoy a morning jam-packed with fun activities for the whole family! Everyone is welcome.

The Wizard of Oz 2.0 – Online Event

Saturday 4 & Sunday 5 December 2021 | Online Event | 2pm & 6pm both days | From $20| Details

Why you should go: Support the Young People’s Theatre who have had a tough year in 2021 having to cancel and reschedule shows due to COVID-19. The Wizard of Oz 2.0 is an ONLINE EVENT only and tickets are to be purchased at a per viewer basis. Tickets start from $20 for a 1-person household. When a tornado rips through Kansas, Dorothy and her dog, Toto, are whisked to the magical land of Oz.  They follow the Yellow Brick Road toward the Emerald City to meet the Wizard, they meet a Scarecrow that needs a brain, a Tin Man missing a heart, and a Cowardly Lion who wants courage along the way. The wizard sets them a difficult task in return for a way home to Kansas.

Curbside Critters Family Workshops with Curious Legends

Sunday 5 December 2021 | Hamilton | 1.30-2.30pm & 3-4pm | Free| Details

Why you should go: Create from trash! Join the crew from Curious Legends in their Hamilton studio to learn what YOU can create from everyday TRASH! Do you have bits of string, plastic coffee lids, old containers? Don’t throw it away! Reused items make the coolest critters. Supported by Port of Newcastle, this free workshop is all about Trash, and creative things to make so it doesn’t end up in our streams, rivers, and oceans. All workshop participants are invited to bring their new Trash Friend to Curb, a larger-then-life performance on December 11, where ENORMOUS pieces of Trash come to life in Gregson Park.

The Great Baby Dinosaur Show

From Saturday 11 December 2021 – 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.

Dungog Rumble

Saturday 11 December 2021 | Bank Hotel, Dungog | From 11am | TBA | Details

Why you should go: Dungog Rumble is an annual Car, Bike, Truck & Hotrod show raising money for charities. This year Dungog Rumble will be raising funds for Soldier On Australia and Patrick Gillan. There will be live music, trophies, raffles and a Show & Shine.

Celebrate Hamilton’s 150th Birthday

Saturday 11 December 2021 | Beaumont Street & Gregson Park | From 10am | Free | Details

Why you should go: On Saturday 11 December, the suburb of Hamilton will turn 150 years old!  It’s a huge milestone and to celebrate Hello Hamilton is presenting a family-friendly event. The businesses and community of Hamilton will celebrate with activities commencing from 10am to mark this historical occasion. See the Newy with Kids article for further information.

Curb – Presented by Curious Legends

Saturday 11 December 2021 | Gregson Park, Hamilton | 5-9pm | Free | Details

Why you should go: What happens when a giant Banana Peel, Bendy Straw, and Shoe meet in a park? At night, with illuminated giants… it MUST be another Curious Legends production! Join Curious Legends for the launch of their new show – Curb. The culmination event of Hamilton’s 150 Year Celebrations, Curb is a performance for children and their families. Exploring Trash, loneliness, and what to do if you’ve lost your Peel! Another outdoor, fun, family friendly, event from Curious Legends! The show starts at 8pm, with Gregson Park coming alive from 5pm. Live music with a FUNK vibe, yum food trucks, quirky roving artists, giant puppets, and Curious Legend’s unique brand of friendly insanity!

Woodstockton Music Festival

Saturday 11 December 2021 | Stockton Bowling Club | 12-8pm | Tickets $22 (Kids 15 & under Free | Details

Why you should go: Stockton Bowling Club presents the annual Woodstockton Music Festival! Woodstockton is the ultimate family-fun day, with food stalls galore and a kids zone to keep the little ones busy. Tickets must be purchased in advance this year, as they need to account for crowds and maintain a COVID-Safe environment for everyone. The fantastic line-up of tribute acts are as follows: Leeroy & The Rats as THE DOORS, Steve Edmonds as JIMI HENDRIX, Normi J as JIMMY BUFFETT, Woman of Rock as JANIS JOPLIN and Amigos.

LIVE at The Levee

Friday 17 December 2021 | The Levee Maitland | 5.30-9.30pm | Free | Details

Why you should go: Enjoy live music in Maitland. On the third Friday evening of the month, The Levee comes to life with live music outdoors. Grab a bite to eat at the many options within the precinct, relax with friends, unwind and let the music ease you into a weekend state of mind. In December and January, LIVE at The Levee will be popping up in Coffin Lane complete with a bar and deliciously paired food option. December’s artist is Zoe K.

Feast Fest Twilight Food Market – CANCELLED

Saturday 18 December 2021 | Griffith Park, Stockton | 4-8pm | Free | Details

Why you should go: Fun for the whole family. This free event features food, beer, wine, stalls, music and a kids zone.

Photo: Curious Legends

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