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Awesome stuff to keep the kids happy these school holidays

Well, it’s that time again, parents and caregivers. The July school holidays are upon us once again.

With lockdown restrictions tentatively easing across New South Wales, this term break doesn’t need to be defined by Netflix movie marathons.

In that spirit, here are just a few awesome activities that are happening in Newcastle that we reckon our littlest citizens will get a real kick out of.

Decorate a doughnut

Picture: Megan Evans

Kids will have the opportunity to DOUGH it for themselves these school holidays thanks to Doughheads.

The Junction-based doughnuttery is hosting a series of Kids Doughnut Decorating Masterclasses throughout the break .

The masterclasses will see head chef Kallan take the kids through the finer points of doughnut creation before the up-and-coming confectioners throw on the aprons and create three mini doughnuts which are then boxed up and ready to take home.

Hit this link for tickets and remember numbers are STRICTLY limited so get in quick.

Where: Doughheads Newcastle – Shop 17, 200 Union Street, The Junction
When: July 8,9,14,15 16 from 11am

Map your fave green spaces

Picture: Liz Anelli

Awesome local illustrator Liz Anelli is working with the City Of Newcastle to map our city’s green spaces and she needs your help!

Liz wants you to head out into the field and create a ‘mud map’ of your favourite local ‘green space’, marking any parks, bush reserves, creeks, trees that your encounter as well as your favourite places to play, climb, and ride your bike.

Don’t forget to draw any wildlife you see such as birds, insects, bats and anything in between!

Head here for detailed info on how to create your very own ‘mud map’ and get out there and get exploring!

Where: Your fave green space
When: Whenever!

Hit the treasure trail

Here’s one for the up-and-coming super sleuths!

The grounds of Hunter Valley Gardens will be yours to explore with the Hunter Valley Gardens Virtual Treasure Trail.

Taking place in all corners of the ten individually themed gardens, you will encounter fun questions, photo challenges in this awesome virtual treasure hunt for the whole family.

There’s also a bunch of prizes on offer so what are you waiting for?

Where: Hunter Valley Gardens – Broke Road, Pokolbin
When: From now to 19 July

A dino-mite exhibition!

Seen@Swansea is the place to be for ALL dino aficionados these school holidays!

That’s because it is hosting the Tyrannosaurs: Ultimate Predators exhibition that will give you the opportunity to get up close and personal with the KING of dinosaurs via life-sized bone casts, info panels and models.


Entry is by gold coin donation and the exhibition is open Monday-Sunday from 10am to 4pm.

Where: Seen@Swansea – 228 Pacific Highway, Swansea 
When: Now until Sunday 23 August

…more to explore

The above are just a few suggestions for some great things to do during these July School Holidays. Make sure you check out the Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Maitland and Cessnock council sites for more info on what’s happening in our region’s awesome libraries, galleries and museums!