What’s On This Week: Virtual Events for Australian Families During Lockdown

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Check out the line up of free virtual family events in Australia this week as school holidays kick off. As in-person activities and events have been cancelled due to lockdown, virtual events have been popping up online for you to enjoy with your kids.

Here are fun sessions being offered by Australian Reptile Park, Newcastle Museum, SEA Life Sydney Aquarium, local magician Joel Howlett and more. All events are in AEST. We’ll add more to the list as we find out about them. Know of an Australian virtual family or kids event not on the list? Send us an email

Monday 20 September

10am – Enjoy a virtual visit to WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo and learn about the cassowary on a live stream.

10:30am – Local magician Joel Howlett will be doing Magic for Kids videos each weekday of the school holidays. These videos will include tricks, puzzles and jokes with household items. Tune in to JD’s World of Magic Facebook page to watch the sessions.

2pm – Drop in for a live stream at Australian Reptile Park. The live streams will be available at 2pm on the Australian Reptile Park’s Facebook, Instagram & TikTok. Monday’s topic is dragons.

Tuesday 21 September

10am – Share in a child’s early art experiences and discover artworks from the National Gallery of Victoria together with online sessions designed for children aged 2 – 5 years and their parents or carers. In this session, Japan and Me, discover Japanese artworks from the NGV Collection and learn how clothing and accessories were used in 1920s – 30’s Japan to represent the wearer’s identity. Children can join the discussion by sharing their likes and dislikes and taking part in spotting and guessing games before watching a simple origami demonstration to try at home. Bookings required.

10:30am – Local magician Joel Howlett will be doing Magic for Kids videos each weekday of the school holidays. These videos will include tricks, puzzles and jokes with household items. Tune in to JD’s World of Magic Facebook page to watch the sessions.

11am – Join Newcastle Museum resident scientist Catherine for New Museum at Home Experiments. The session will stream on their Facebook page.

11am – Does your child love books, drawing and dinosaurs? If so, the State Library of Victoria have the perfect school holiday activity for you! Author, illustrator and former zoologist Andrew Plant is fascinated by many animals throughout history, but his favourite – are dinosaurs. Join in online for a creative storytelling workshop and some prehistoric fun! The workshop at 11am is suitable for children ages 5-8, and the workshop at 1pm is suitable for children ages 9-12. Both workshops also include a special dinosaur drawing session! Registration required.

11am – Join Little Warriors and Sharni Williams to hear from the 2 x Olympian and Gold Medallist. In this session, Sharni will share her journey to becoming an Olympian, captaining her country, and the importance of chasing your dreams. Little Warriors, powered by SLOCOACH, is a virtual 30 min interactive program for kids. Each weekday, there will be an online training session with a well known Australian athlete. Free but registration required.

2pm – Drop in for a live stream at Australian Reptile Park. The live streams will be available at 2pm on the Australian Reptile Park’s Facebook, Instagram & TikTok. Tuesday’s topic is quokkas.

2pm – Tune in for a LEGO session at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium as they will be celebrating our every day heroes! Join Master Model Builder on Tuesday at 2PM and learn how to build a Ambulance Car, Police Car and Fire Truck on SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium’s Facebook page. Head over to the Fun Hub to download your parts list to get ready!

Wednesday 22 September

10:30am – Local magician Joel Howlett will be doing Magic for Kids videos each weekday of the school holidays. These videos will include tricks, puzzles and jokes with household items. Tune in to JD’s World of Magic Facebook page to watch the sessions.

2pm – Drop in for a live stream at Australian Reptile Park. The live streams will be available at 2pm on the Australian Reptile Park’s Facebook, Instagram & TikTok. Wednesday’s topic is feeding Elvis the crocodile.

2pm – Join WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo live to learn more about Tasmanian Devils. Learn everything about what makes these wonderful marsupials our superheroes. The live stream runs on the WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo Facebook page.

Thursday 23 September

10:30am – Local magician Joel Howlett will be doing Magic for Kids videos each weekday of the school holidays. These videos will include tricks, puzzles and jokes with household items. Tune in to JD’s World of Magic Facebook page to watch the sessions.

11am – Join Newcastle Museum resident scientist Catherine for New Museum at Home Experiments. The session will stream on their Facebook page.

10am – Join SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium live to learn more about Eagle Rays. Tune into the live stream on the SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium Facebook page.

11am – Join Little Warriors and hall of fame cricketer Lisa Sthalekar. In this session, Lisa will talk about her passion for the game of cricket, how she sets goals and what it takes to be one of the greatest players of all time. Little Warriors, powered by SLOCOACH, is a virtual 30 min interactive program for kids. Each weekday, there will be an online training session with a well known Australian athlete. Free but registration required.

2pm – Drop in for a live stream at Australian Reptile Park. The live streams will be available at 2pm on the Australian Reptile Park’s Facebook, Instagram & TikTok. Thursday’s topic is Komodo dragons.

4:30pm – Enjoy a free online cooking class with Donna Hay. Who’s ready for some school holiday cooking fun? Join Donna for Taco Thursday, everyone’s favourite food night! Whether it’s Tuesday or Thursday, these easy DIY tacos are super simple and delicious for the whole family. Registration required.

Friday 24 September

10:30am – Local magician Joel Howlett will be doing Magic for Kids videos each weekday of the school holidays. These videos will include tricks, puzzles and jokes with household items. Tune in to JD’s World of Magic Facebook page to watch the sessions.

12pm – Learn about the importance of living sustainably in this session by Australian Museum. The teddies of Teddy Bear Garden band together to save the jellybean trees before it’s too late! After the show, children will be presented with a challenge: can you make your own sock puppet? Registration is required. Participants will be sent a Zoom link and session details prior to the event. Suitable for kids aged 2 – 7.

12pm – Discover science and technology through gaming in this session by Australian Museum. Battery Low teaches cutting-edge science in new and exciting ways. Join the Arludo team and special guest scientists as they uncover the science and technology behind your favourite games. Tune in for the livestream on the Australian Museum website.

2pm – Drop in for a live stream at Australian Reptile Park. The live streams will be available at 2pm on the Australian Reptile Park’s Facebook, Instagram & TikTok. Friday’s topic is funnel web spiders.

Saturday 25 September

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Sunday 26 September

Get inspired with Newcastle Brickfest. This is a community event created by local volunteer LEGO fans for LEGO fans. As a result of the lockdown, the events has switched to a free virtual event and will be held online on Sunday, September 26, from 10am on the Newcastle Brickfest Facebook Page. Come along and explore all the exhibits created by local LEGO fans just like you! There will be something for everyone at this virtual show, including MOCs (My Own Creations), Modular Buildings, Star Wars & Marvel creations, plus many more categories. 


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