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

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Still one month of summer to go. Here is this month’s top events in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie & The Hunter specially selected for families.

The Great Baby Dinosaur Show

Runs until 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.

Capturing Nature Exhibition

Runs until Sunday 13 March 2022 | SEEN@Swansea | 10am – 1pm | Gold Coin Entry | Details

Why you should go: In this exhibition you can travel back to a time when photography was revolutionising science, art and society. Never-before-seen images dating from 1857 to 1893 have been printed from the Australian Museum’s collection of glass plate negatives and are some of Australia’s earliest natural history photographs.

Newcastle Orienteering – Come and Try Series

Every Wednesday in February 2022 | Various Locations | Starts are available anytime between 5pm and 6:30pm | Free | Details

Why you should go: Newcastle Orienteering Club is hosting a Come and Try Series on Wednesday afternoons in different locations in February. Line courses are approximately 1km in length for mini courses and 0.5km for micro courses and have easy navigation. No street crossings will be required. A compass is not required. This series uses electronic flags / stands and electronic punching. Basic tuition is available. This is a free non-competitive course suitable for kids and first-timers.

Music at the Museum

Every Thursday from 20 January to 24 February | Museum Park, Workshop Way | 5-8pm | Free | Details

Why you should go: Music at the Museum is a free, family-friendly, outdoor live music event presented by NIMA in association with the Newcastle Museum. Featuring a great lineup of live acts plus food trucks or BYO picnic, chairs, rugs, food and drink.

Newcastle Caravan Camping Lifestyle Expo

Friday 4 February – Sunday February 6 2022 | Newcastle Entertainment Centre | 9am – 5pm (closes at 4pm on Sunday) | $16 (Adults 17+), $12 (Concession), Free (16 and under, accompanied by an adult) | Details

Why you should go: With over 160 Exhibitors and thousands of products on display, the Newcastle Caravan Camping Lifestyle Expo is the ultimate way to check out what caravan and camping is all about. Get the latest and greatest from the caravan and camping industry in one easy location. It’s the perfect place to pick up some tips and tricks, talk to an expert, compare products and plan your next holiday! With free entertainment for the kids and guest appearance by Pat Callinan on Friday and Saturday the 4th and 5th of February.

Soul Cafe’s Friday Chill

Friday 4, 11 & 18 February 2022 | Pacific Park Newcastle | 6.30pm – 8.30pm | Free | Details

Why you should go: A free music event, community members and visitors are invited to a picnic in the park every Friday night in summer until February 18. BYO picnic and picnic blanket or enjoy food and beverages served by a selection of local food vendors while you chill out and enjoy music from local performers.

Hunter Region Botanic Gardens Botanical Bonanza Open Day

Saturday 5 February 2022 | HRBG, Heatherbrae | From 9am | Free | Details

Why you should go: The Hunter Region Botanic Gardens will be holding a Botanic Bonanza Open Day free to the public which will include: Workshops and information booths, entertainment by Hunter Heroes, bonsai display, orchid house tours, free guided tours of the Gardens and more.

Inflatables on the Green – Club Charlestown

Saturday 5 & Sunday 6 February 2022 | Club Charlestown | 3.30-8pm | $10 per child | Details

Why you should go: Enjoy the outdoors when Inflatables on the Green returns to Club Charlestown in February. Stay for an hour or stay for 4! Kids passes are $10 per child for up to 4 1/2 hours of fun. No pre booking required. Inflatable passes can be purchased on the day. NSW Discover Vouchers can be used as Inflatables entry.

Friday Night Feast at The Station

Friday 11 February 2022 | The Station, Newcastle | 5-9pm | Free | Details

Why you should go: Hunter Events Group presents Friday Night Feast at The Station, a family friendly food festival where you can taste the town and immerse yourself in the best street eats the Hunter Region has to offer! With food trucks, live music, market stalls, kids entertainment and more.

Newcastle Seaside Scavenge

Saturday 12 February 2022 | Dixon Park, Merewether | 11-3pm | Free | Details

Why you should go: This summer, Seaside Scavenge will be making its way to Newcastle for a day of eco-education, live music, op-shopping, waste wise workshops and much more! The event is a wonderful opportunity for participants to reconnect with their community and the local environment, as well as reconsider their relationship to waste. For every 10 pieces of litter collected, participants are rewarded with one Trash Token to use in a pop-up market of quality hand-picked pre-loved clothes, books and toys. PLUS the event will be filled with live music, talks from local eco-change makers, hot tips and tricks on how to live more sustainably and even a plastic, micro-recycling demo. Learn how to close the loop on waste all whilst caring for our oceans and meeting awesome new people. Visit the website for more details.

Lightning on the Lawn – Stockton Bowling Club

Saturday 12 February 2022 | Stockton Bowling Club | From 1pm | $5 per adult, Gold Coin Donation for the kids, pay at door | Details

Why you should go: Get down to Stockton Bowling Club and support Variety the Children’s Charity. With guest appearance from Lightning McQueen, Live Music, Kids Entertainment, Raffles and more.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Charlestown Square

Thursday 10 – Sunday 13 February 2022 | Charlestown Square | Various times | Free | Details

Why you should go: Love is in the air this Valentine’s Day at Charlestown Square. From Thursday 10 until Sunday 13 you can get a Love Snap polaroid photo with your loved ones in the free photobooth (various times – refer to the Charlestown Square website for times). On Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 you can give a free personalised card with a card illustrated by Steph Bayne (bookings essential). Also visit the Charlestown Square website to make your own romance filled fortune cookies, win your share of $20,000 worth of prizes and more.

Purple Pear Farm Outdoor Folk Concert

Saturday 19 February 2022 | Purple Pear Farm, Anambah | 5-8.30pm | Tickets start from $18.41 (GA) | Details

Why you should go: Enjoy a family-friendly outdoor twilight concert at Purple Pear Farm followed by a campfire session till late. Featuring a feast of Hunter Valley and Newcastle folk musicians. BYO Chair and drinks. Purple Pear wood fired oven pizza available for purchase. Overnight camping available (contribution).

Sunset Cinema – Kahibah Sports Club

Saturday 19 February 2022 | Kahibah Sports Club | From 5pm | FREE | Details

Why you should go: Enjoy a free screening of the Disney movie Luca from 7pm at Kahibah Sports Club. The event kicks off at 5pm with face painting and music, with the film screening at 7pm. Bring your own picnic blanket, rugs and cushions (limited number of picnic rugs and chairs and tables set up) and grab your food, drinks and snacks from the club.

Inflatables on the Green – Club Lambton

Saturday 19 & Sunday 20 February 2022 | Club Lambton | 3.30-8pm | $10 per child | Details

Why you should go: Enjoy the outdoors when Inflatables on the Green returns to Club Lambton in February. Stay for an hour or stay for 4! Kids passes are $10 per child for up to 4 1/2 hours of fun. No pre booking required. Inflatable passes can be purchased on the day. NSW Discover Vouchers can be used as Inflatables entry.

‘We R gonna GET U!!’ – Cyberbullying film premiere

Thursday 24 February 2022 | Lake Cinema, Boolaroo | From 5.30pm | Gold coin donation | Details

Why you should go: Written and produced by Rathmine’s resident, teacher, librarian and father of two, Keith Olbery, ‘We R gonna GET U!!’ is a short film (just over 20 minutes long) written to raise awareness of cyberbullying and stimulate discussion and workshops in the community so students and the general public can learn how to deal with it and stop it. Proudly supported by Lake Macquarie City Council and LivingWorks Australia, the film premieres at 6.30pm with refreshments from 5.30pm and open discussion from 7pm.

Turn Down the Heat – The Levee

Saturday 26 February 2022 | The Levee Precinct, Maitland | 6-9pm | Free | Details

Why you should go: Take the kids to Live Laneways at the Levee Precinct for an adventure into other worlds. Make your way down the laneways near Drill Hall Lane to discover Underwater World and the Fairy Garden. With fun interactive activities by Alchemy of Arts kids will become part of the scenery when they make their very own sea monster or magical creature costume. Each lane has it’s own sweet treat thanks to Tropical Sno Hunter Valley and Sweet B’s Creations! There are also plenty of nearby eateries at The Levee to cap off a great night out for the family.

Family Bowls Day – Stockton Bowling Club

Sunday 27 February 2022 | Stockton Bowling Club | 11.30-1pm | Gold Coin Donation on Entry | Details

Why you should go: Stockton Bowling Club is having a Family Bowls Day to raise money for Hunter Breast Cancer Foundation. All welcome. Activities for the whole family.

Dullboy’s Social Co. Carnival

Sunday 27 February 2022 | Dullboys, Warners Bay | 11am-3pm | Free entry | Details

Why you should go: Roll up, roll up to the Dullboy’s Carnival. With $12 games of bowling or mini golf ⁠til 6pm. Be amazed by the live circus performers⁠, bounce to your delight on the jumping castle⁠, free face painting⁠, carnival food and drink⁠s⁠. A fun day out for the whole fam⁠ily. Book your lane via their website.

The Great Baby Dinosaur Show – Low Sensory Session

Sunday 27 February 2022 | Newcastle Museum | 3-4.30pm | $10 (Adults 18+), $7 (Concession), $5 (3+), Free (2 and under), $25 (Family, 2A 2C), FREE (Carers, Educators 1:8) | Details

Why you should go: Do you want to meet the dinosaurs at The Great Baby Dinosaur Show but the special effects lighting, roaring and movement of the dinosaurs is a bit overwhelming for you or your children? This is a special session where the lights will be kept up, and Newcastle Museum will politely ask their dinosaurs to stay very still and quiet! (This means they turn them off!) Bookings required.

New Annual Arts and Culture Festival – POSTPONED UNTIL SEP/OCT 2022

Why you should go: New Annual, the City of Newcastle’s arts and culture festival features music, dance, contemporary performance and visual art in a celebration of activity across the city. Spanning 10 days, with activities and events for all ages and a mix of free, low cost and ticketed events. A full festival program can be found on the New Annual website.

Featured image credit: Friday Chill

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