School holidays

There are a great range of activities for children of all ages during the school holidays in Newcastle.

Download the September/October 2014 school holidays brochure PDF  (1.75Mb).

Blackbutt Reserve

The Newcastle Permanent Junior Ranger Fun Day is on again! As September is biodiversity month, activities will promote the importance of protecting, conserving and improving biodiversity within Australia. Kids get a free sausage sandwich too (adults $1 each).

  • Date: Tuesday 30 September 2014
  • Time: 11am - 1pm 
  • Cost: Free
  • Location: Top flat, Richley Reserve (entry off Freyberg Street)

Call 4904 3344 for more information.

Newcastle Art Gallery

Newcastle Art Gallery will be running exhibition-inspired workshops and tours during the school holidays. Children will make landscape dioramas, 2D landscapes, pinch pot cups and vases! Bookings are essential. Check out Newcastle Art Gallery what's on for all the details.

Newcastle Museum

The Museum is turning its eyes to the skies as the world commemorates World War 1. Learn about codes and ciphers and make a spy toolkit, be a co-pilot or join our craft tables and make stuff that flies, whirls and whooshes! Find out what's on and book in early!

Newcastle Region Library

Magic happens! Drop into your local library these school holidays and enjoy magical stories, songs, craft and fun. Check out the school holidays brochure for event details or visit the what's on page.

Fort Scratchley open day

Visit Fort Scratchley historic site on Monday 6 October and learn about its rich military history, incredible network of underground tunnels and the ever expanding museum collection. The whole family can discover how this site helped shape our City.

  • Open from 1000 to 1600
  • Big guns will be fired at 1100, 1300 and 1500
  • Shortened tunnel tours available on the day
  • Items from the museum collection on display

Night OWLS opening night

Night OWLS is an initiative of The City of Newcastle and Newcastle Youth Council that aims to foster creativity and engage young people in delivery of community safety outcomes. Fly into Newcastle Museum from 23 September to 3 November 2014 to view creative lighting solutions for Newcastle’s city centre. The Night OWLS opening night is at Newcastle Museum on 25 September 2014 from 5.30pm – 7pm. More information.

Make a splash!

Take a dip at your local pool or beach these school holidays. Lambton Swimming Centre opened for the season on 16 August and Mayfield, Wallsend, Stockton and Beresfield pools open on Saturday 20 September 2014. Lifeguard patrols commence at Newcastle, Stockton, Dixon Park and Merewether Beaches on 20 September 2014. Newcastle Ocean Baths, Nobbys Beach and Bar Beach are patrolled all year round.

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Contact us

City Administration Centre
282 King Street
Newcastle NSW Australia 2300

Tel: 02 4974 2000