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LIVE RECOMMENDS: Five picks for July school holiday kicks!

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

With cries of ‘I’m bored’ already on the wind, there’s no need to despair because there’s more school holiday fun happening in our part of the world than you can poke a stick at.

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.

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


Dough-It-Yourself

The good folks over at Doughheads are doing all they can to keep your little monsters occupied during their time off, by creating cute-as-a-button monster-themed Dough-It-Yourself doughnut packs!

Each pack contains a regular size doughnut, buttercream and assorted toppings – everything you need to throw your very own Monster Party at home!

These packs are available online or in-store from Saturday 26 June. Head here for more info!

Reptile Mania at Blackbutt

Get to know some of Blackbutt’s reptile residents during a reptile show in the Wildlife Arena.

Blackbutt’s expert team will allow attendees to meet, learn about, and at times interact with, their favourite scaly, slithery friends! You will learn interesting facts about their behaviour, physiology and habitats, and if you’re lucky… an opportunity to get up close and personal!

Reptile shows will be held Monday to Friday at 11.00am and 11.45am during the school holidays.


LEGO Wonderland!

Calling all brickheads! The Bricks 4 Kids winter workshops are the perfect boredom buster and, this time around will be running in Newcastle, Belmont and New Lambton, covering everything from Mining and Crafting, to Movie Mashups and Space adventures!

Our school holiday programs are designed for kids aged five – 12 and are staffed by trained, screened instructors. With specially-created in-house models and plenty of time for creative play, there’s oodles of fun to be had!

Head here for more information.


Get Crafty With Cardboard

Head to Newcastle Museum to explore the wonderful world of international architecture as seen through the lens of the renowned Australian photographer John Gollings, and use his photographs as an inspiration to help create a cardboard mini-city at the Museum. 

Use your imagination and think outside of the box these school holidays on Wednesday 30 June at 10am, 11.30am and 1.30pm.

Head here for more info and to book.


A storytelling adventure

Lake Mac’s Museum of Art and Culture (MAC) is hosting Sea Quest – a beguiling storytelling adventure in the MAC Sculpture Garden from Tuesday 6 to Thursday 8 July.

Your pirate captain’s evil deeds have left you, the pirate crew, cursed to never return home unless you can give proof of three good deeds you have done.

Explore different sculptures outdoors, hearing myths and legends from around the world from a real Storyteller. You will search for clues, solve problems, create something beautiful to take away, and something beautiful to leave behind and of course, break the curse!

Head here for more info and to book.

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