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Top five Newcastle school holiday boredom busters

The April 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 Easter 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?

1.Wizard of Oz Arena Spectacular

The most beloved movie-musical of all time comes to life on the stage in this spectacular arena production from the Harvest Rain Theatre Company.

More than 500 performers will join Dorothy, the Tinman, Scarecrow and Lion in a journey through Oz on a MEGA scale. The famous songs will be brought to life with all your favourites including Somewhere Over the Rainbow, We’re Off to See the Wizard, In the Merry Old Land of Oz and Follow the Yellow Brick Road.

Follow the Yellow Brick Road to Newcastle Entertainment Centre on Friday 26 – Sunday 28 April. Get your tickets here.

2. Tree Top Adventure Park

Your little swingers are bound to have a blast as they get up close and personal with mother nature as they weave and fly through the tree tops on self-guided rope courses. 

Flex your adventurous spirit and test yourself mentally and physically with over 100 elevated obstacles with rope ladders, wobbly bridges, tunnels, cargo-nets and zip lines.

The Tree Top Adventure Park is located at Blue Gum Hills Regional Park, Minmi Road, Minmi. For more information, visit https://www.treetops.com.au/locations/newcastle

3. Fantastic Mr Fox

Hunter Drama are getting into the school holiday spirit, bringing the Roald Dahl classic Fantastic Mr Fox to The Playhouse, Civic Theatre stage.

With famous flourish, a vaguely criminal team of stooge farmers: “Boggis and Bunce and Bean. One fat, one short and one lean” wage war on a cunning band of frenzied colleagues. Whatever their prowess as poultry farmers, their sole objective is the extermination of our hero–the noble, the clever, the Fantastic Mr. Fox!

Fantastic Mr Fox is on at The Playhouse, Civic Theatre from Wednesday 24 April to Sunday 28 April. To secure your tickets, visit https://premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/show.aspx?sh=MRFOX19

4. Dinner with the Easter Bunny at Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley

Have you ever dreamed of wandering into the Easter Bunny’s garden home, meeting the Easter Bunny and then sitting down to have dinner? Well now’s your chance. Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley is holding a special dinner with the Easter Bunny on the eve of Easter full of games, activities, a photo booth and a wonderful Easter feast before the Easter Bunny has to go and deliver Easter Eggs all over the countryside.

These fun-filled activities are available to guests of Crowne Plaza, making the idyllic location the perfect place for a family Easter getaway.

As well as this, there are plenty of other great activities scheduled around the resort grounds throughout the holidays. Check out the full schedule or contact events.hunter@ihg.com or 4991 0944 for more details.

Newcastle Art Gallery

5. Arts, crafts and more

When it comes to keeping the kids entertained, the City of Newcastle certainly has no shortage of options.

Our town’s up and coming makers can hone their skills at Newcastle Art Gallery with papier mache and clay workshops suitable for ages 5-12 throughout the school holidays inspired by the current exhibitions, while Newcastle Museum will be running a flora and photographs workshop, a museum ‘whodunit’ science show and Illustrators Alive – a live exhibit of natural history illustrators.

Blackbutt Reserve promises oodles of natural fun, with stick insect making workshops and daily reptile shows and Richley Reserve promises to tucker your little ones out with its 60-metre long adventure playground, featuring a ropes course, swings, an adventure tower and more.

Check out your local library for stacks of arts, crafts and making fun for all ages. Best of all most events are free!

To find out more about all of the great City of Newcastle happenings, visit http://newcastle.nsw.gov.au/School-Holidays

Written by Stephen Bisset