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SCHOOL’S OUT: How to keep the kids entertained during the July ’19 holidays

The July school holidays are almost upon us, and parents everywhere are starting to scratch their heads to find fun activities to keep the little ones entertained and away from the iPad screen.

Thankfully our region is literally chock-a-block with family-friendly fun to be had over the break and we have compiled a handy little list packed full of school holiday activities to keep the kids happy.

Are you ready for fun?

Get adventurous and healthy

Looking for something fun for the kids in Newcastle? Well, Look no further than Cooks Hill based adventure playground Ninja Parc’s holiday clinics.

These clinics are designed for kids to learn new skills while having a great time into the bargain. And get the full experience from the Ninja, Climb and Sports Parc.

Holiday Clinics are available in two sessions, 9am-12 pm and 1 pm – 4pm. Running weekdays from July 3 to 19.  All clinics are fully supervised and selling out quick! Book Now to avoid disappointment.

Head here for more info

S’more to do at Crowne Plaza

Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley’s unique S’mores and Sweets evening will bring you a great outdoor family event to enjoy delicious food, beverages, warm coffees, and hot, gooey marshmallows dipped in delicious chocolate while you and your loved ones snuggle up under a picnic rug and warm yourself near toasty fires to watch a movie on the big screen, under the night sky.

Along with this, there is a great schedule of events available, including a Night At The Zoo, a partnership between Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley and Hunter Valley Zoo.

For more, check out the full schedule here , contact or phone 4991 0944.

Cruise the Coast

CoastXP is a premier Hunter Coast adventure boat experience which launched last year in Newcastle. From the months of June to November CoastXP will be conducting daily whale watching or Encounter Tours along the Hunter coastline.

“Over the next few months, expect to see thousands of these gentle giants cruise along our coastline. With it showing us their acrobatic displays, including lobtailing or fluke slapping, spy hopping, pectoral fin slapping and of course, breaching,” Coast XP founder Dominic said.

CoastXP’s Encounter Tours are an immersive introduction to the coastline of Newcastle and its landmarks, with authentic commentary of the coastline’s history, aboriginal heritage and its marine life including not only whales but dolphins and seals too!

Head here for more information.

Make, see, do!

It may be cold outside, but there’s a winter wonderland of activities provided by City of Newcastle this July holidays. Whether your kids are interested in art, books, science, movies, or the great outdoors, there’s something for everyone. 


Visit any of the local libraries during these holidays for more school holiday fun than you can handle!

Some of the activities you can expect to enjoy include: Story Stomp storytimes for children ages 3-7; Spooky Tales at night; Paper plane making, The Great LEGO Challenge, map making with Liz Anelli and much more.

Bookings for all events are essential. Head here for more information

Newcastle Art Gallery

Newcastle Art Gallery has a range of activities for children aged 5-12 olds inspired by current exhibitions.

If the likes of tissue paper painting, sculpture and the Art Cart which engages with the exhibitions on display through discussion and art-making are up your little one’s alley then the Art Gallery is the place to be these school holidays.

Newcastle Museum

Drop by the Newcastle Museum this holiday to join in the fun activities including a ‘Spy’ workshop that gives you the chance to become a top-secret agent.

Burgeoning sleuths can also delve deeper into the secret life of a spy with the Detective’s Table event where you can learn the tricks of the trade and become an official Museum Detective.

Blackbutt Reserve

Get to know Blackbutt’s residents and learn stacks of interesting facts during a Reptile Show, held daily at 11am. Tickets are only $3pp and available at the Kiosk on the day.

Blackbutt Reserve is open every day during the school holidays, 10am – 5pm. Get along and make your favourite clay creature in the Wildlife Arena. Tickets are $3pp, available at the Kiosk on the day. Sessions will be held Monday to Friday in school holidays; 2 sessions, 12.30pm & 1.00pm

Fore more info on all the fun City of Newcastle has to offer, head here.

Written by Newcastle Live

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