It’s that time of year again, the skies are getting dreary and the kids are all hyped up on chocolate with nothing but time on their hands. The Easter school holidays. The kids kick off their break on the 8th of April right up until ANZAC day, and by now you’re asking yourself… how are you going ensure you’re not tearing your hair out by the end of the holiday period? Never fear, here at Newcastle Live we’ve done the leg work for you. Here’s a handy little list packed full of school holiday activities to keep the little ones entertained and keep you grounded whilst you’re at it.
After something a little different for the kids? Maitland Gaol is hosting a whole bunch of kid specific, low cost entertainment over the school holiday period. From silent discos, to daring escape tours, to treasure hunts, there’s sure to be a little something for everyone to take back to show and tell.
Ever wanted to take a look around the historic sight yourself? Tours are available daily and throughout the school holidays, adults tickets are all at kids prices!
Have your kids got a thirst for knowledge? Head into the Newcastle Museum to check out a whole heap of free and low cost activities for the kids. From LEGO exhibits, science experiments to activities for the (really) little ones, you can’t go past this!
For the animal lovers out there, the folks at Blackout Reserve are once again holding a Junior Ranger Fun Day on Wednesday the 12th of April 11:00am – 1:00pm. Sponsored by the Newcastle Permanent, there will be a jumping castle, outdoor activities, crafts and encounters will all sorts of furry characters. Parental supervision is absolutely essential and closed in shoes are a must. Best of all though… It’s FREE!
Newcastle Art Gallery
The Newcastle Art Gallery have done it again, and have put together a stellar list of school holiday workshops, for kids aged 5-12. Everything from paper boats, underwater self portraits and torchlight tours. There’s something for every budding artists. The hour long sessions cost $10 and are all fully supervised.
Brickman Interactive Lego Experience
Ryan McNaught – the only certified LEGO professional in the Southern Hemisphere will be showcasing some incredible creations throughout April at the Newcastle Entertainment centre, just in time for the school holidays. Ryan’s collection is made up of over 5 million LEGO bricks and is surely not one to be missed.
For all the budding brickies who are feeling awe-inspired by Ryan’s work, the specially designed interactive master builder zones will give visitors the opportunity to build their own LEGO creations.
Your local library should be your first point of call for any school holiday activities. From CSI workshops, Easter story time, LEGO challenges, optical illusions and even a “stitch your own selfie” workshop, make sure you head into your local library for an endless list of entertainment for the kids. Bookings are essential.
Civic Theatre – Disney Channel ‘The Next Step – Live On Stage’
Catch some of your Disney Channel favs on stage at the Civic theatre Thursday the 13th of April. This same tour sold out in record time last year so be sure to get in quick and snag your tickets.
Did you know that Newcastle is a wonderful place, there’s a whole town out there to explore, people to see, places to go and things to uncover. Why not hit the rock pools at Nobbys? Bike the break wall. Go fishing at Warners Bay. Fly a kite in King Edward Park. Go and kick the footy. Do fun things and have the best day ever.