School holiday fun in Newcastle

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The holidays are here! That means it’s time to come up with some boredom busting ideas that will keep the kids happy during the school holidays in Newcastle without busting your budget.

Fun, free or cheap entertainment these school holidays in Newcastle

Free and creative library fun

Check out the awesome free kid’s activities hosted by Newcastle Region Libraries.

  • Activities include May Gibbs Storytime and Bush Creature Craft, flower crown making. There is also a My Little Pony party, anime, story time and bush dancing.
  • There’s also an Upcycled T-shirt Crafternoon for teens at Wallsend District Library.
  • Check out the What’s On section of the City of Newcastle website for full details and bookings for all of these great school holiday activities.

Get wild

Get the kids off their devices and into some active outdoor fun at Blackbutt Reserve.

  • Although the new Richley Reserve playground is still under construction, the wildlife arena at Carnley Avenue is still open for fun!
  • Enjoy the reptile show for just $3 and don’t miss the feeding times and information talks for the koalas, wombats, birds and nocturnal animals.
  • The kids can also enjoy feeding the emus.

Get arty

Let the kids explore their creative side at Newcastle Art Gallery.

  • In the first week of the school holidays they’ll enjoy modelling with clay in the Mad Heads workshop.
  • In the second week of holidays they can explore the cyanotype printing process and make their very own magic blue print.

Get wet – at the museum!

Kids can have buckets of fun exploring the science of water at Newcastle Museum these school holidays in Newcastle.

  • Their free Splish Splash Science Show looks at things wet and wild and explores questions such as why water is wet, or sticky, and what makes it a liquid.
  • Or for $15 the kids can join in the Amusement Park Mayhem with Lego.
  • They’ll learn about axles, engineering and touch on Newton’s laws as they explore the Ferris wheel.

Hit the park

It doesn’t get much simpler – or cheaper! – than heading to your local park for hours of fun!

  • Parks are a great way to get the kids off your back and work off that excess energy!
  • Throw some snacks and scooters into the car and get exploring – why not use the Newcastle parks directory to venture to a new spot?
  • Don’t forget to pack yourself a picnic rug and a book. If you’re lucky, you might even get a few moments peace to relax and enjoy the sunshine!

On your bike!

Once the kids have had enough of the park, hit the bike path during the school holidays in Newcastle!

  • Kids love getting out and about on their bikes, and the Newcastle area has some great tracks and trails.
  • The City of Newcastle has some great info on cycling around our beautiful area, including cycling in Newcastle and some handy cycling maps.