The school holidays are here which means two weeks of kids and families looking for things to do over the holiday period. You will have no time to get bored with 50 of the best school holiday activities Newcastle below.

  1. Journey down the rabbit hole with the Young People’s Theatre in their next school holidays production-Alice in Wonderland.
  2. Follow the fizzing and popping to Maitland this weekend for Steamfest 2018. In addition to the fabulous steam train journeys, families will love the vintage machinery displays and demonstrations, live music, interactive heritage walks and displays, vintage car display, market stalls, food stalls, kid’s activities and more.
  3. Are you a lover of all things Peter Rabbit? Have your very own adventure in the garden at Maddie’s of Bolwarra with Upstage Youth Theatre. Participate in a guided treasure hunt – but look out for Mr McGregor and Mr Fox! Finish with some fun drama games and craft activities to take home. Children and carers invited to bring a picnic to enjoy in the grounds afterwards.
  4. Upstage Theatre’s Drama Calmer classes led by Fyona from Yoga Brave help young people navigate a way through acknowledging emotions and learning techniques to self-calm and be ok with them.
  5. Get back to nature at the Hunter Wetlands school holiday program where kids can make masks or candles, make a damper and build a bush shelter, learn survival skills and get up close with some of the resident reptiles.
  6. Hunter Valley Gardens has the ultimate plan for your kids during the April school holidays with rides, animals, inflatable zones, face painting and more.
  7. Have fun learning about spiders and insects these school holidays at The Newcastle Museum with science shows and craft activities.
  8. Budding artists are invited to the Newcastle Art Gallery for two weeks of the school holidays with workshops that revolve around current exhibitions in the gallery. Week 1 invites kids to learn about collage whilst week 2 will see kids  combine cardboard shapes into a Margel Hinder or George Baldessin inspired sculptures then use colour to transform your artwork.
  9. Developed by an engineer and a primary school teacher, the MiniSparx program is perfect for curious creative kids aged between 8-12. Throughout the two-day event, your little MiniSpark will be introduced to the fascinating world of engineering, by giving them the opportunity to design and build their very own robots.
  10. Purchase delicious seeds and grains from the Blackbutt Kiosk to feed the emus which provide the opportunity to ‘get up close’.
  11. On the 15th April kids 4-10 years are invited to the Apple Store Charlestown for Kids Hour: Book Club where they will reading The Slightly Annoying Elephant on iBooks.
  12. On the 22nd April kids can compete in the Sphero Maze the Apple Store Charlestown. Kids will explore coding with Sphero robots by programming simple movements, loops and more.
  13. Drop in to the Maitland Regional Art Gallery these school holidays to do a series of self-directed activities throughout the gallery. Try portrait drawing, or create a collage book, or draw your own favourite local scene.  Crack the code with code breaker or simply discover new ideas with like-minded friends as you walk through the many exhibitions on display these holidays.
  14. Book your little creatives into an art workshop at the Lake Macquarie Art Gallery these school holidays. Choose from Architectural prints, Tye Dye Textile Art or drop in on Sundays with the whole family and get creating in Art Space.
  15. Enrol your sporty kids into the Forum Holiday Program which includes ball sports in the morning and splash zone in the afternoon.
  16. Get crafty at The Arts Emporium these school holidays with some wonderful art and craft workshops from drawing classes where you will be focussing on people.
  17. Escape the heat and book a session at the Forum’s Splashzone ! Two fabulous inflatables to choose from. Running Mon-Fri from the 16th-20th April.
  18. Jump along & play with Julie Logan Music at The Place Charlestown. Share joyful voices and lively instrument play. Don’t forget to dress up!
  19. Step back in time and head to The Place Charlestown for a Pop-Up Retro Videogame Console Arcade brought to you by Gamer Collect.
  20. Don’t miss Happy Hour at Superstrike Bowling centres for $5 games per person between 9am and 10am
  21. Based on the iconic animated film, with an Academy Award-winning score by Alan Menken, Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, Disney’s Aladdin JR. performed by Hunter Drama is sure to send you soaring on a flying carpet ride filled with romance and adventure.
  22. Choose from a selection of art workshops at the Arthouse Studios including; button art, abstract art, clay modelling and so much more.
  23. To celebrate the new PETER RABBIT film in cinemas March 22, Westfield Kotara have partnered with Sony Pictures to bring you the exciting live PETER RABBIT stage shows featuring all of your favourite characters.
  24. Learn from the best in the Grill’d cooking class designed for little chefs, let them get hands on in making their ultimate burgers from healthy ingredients and instructions from a Grill’d chef.
  25. Roll’d are revealing their culinary Soldier® secrets in an exciting kids workshop at their Kotara. Bring your kids for this tasty tutorial on how best to create everyone’s favourite healthy snack –Vietnamese rice paper Soldiers®!
  26. The Harry Hartog Greenhills school holiday schedule is jam packed full of fun these school holidays. Pop along to story time with various children’s authors, book into the Teddy Bear’s Sleepover, enrol in the Be Your Own Daring Rebel workshop or join the Be Your Own Author workshop.
  27. Superhero Fest will be held over three fun filled, action packed days in Charlestown Square Centre Court from Thursday 26 to Saturday 28 April. Find out what your superhero name is, let your cape fly in our super hero photo booth and fuel your powers with all the super food you can think of!
  28. If you love free craft, head to one of the Bunnings Kotara FREE kids DIY workshops these school holidays.
  29. Create a peg doll or dig for Gaol treasure at the Maitland Gaol these autumn holidays.
  30. From Monday 16 to Friday 27 April, Stockland Green Hills will transform into the ultimate kids ‘Summer Camp’ with range of free sporting activities, team challenges and giant games to play including Mini Olympics, Ninja Warrior, Boot Camp, Giant Chess, Jenga and more.
  31. Nature is Fun is back again for two days at the Hunter Botanic Gardens these school holidays. Kids can explore the bush, collect specimens, and make craft items.
  32. Event Cinemas are preparing for a jam-packed autumn spectacular this March/April with the introduction of their autumn school holiday program. Bring the kids along to watch the biggest family blockbusters and get creative with FREE arts and crafts activities.
  33. During this kids holiday workshop, Lu Quade will guide participants through the process of creating their own little world and populating it with interesting characters and story hooks – using imaginative writing, illustration, storytelling, collaborative storytelling games, mapmaking and sculpture. The workshops are fun and playful – inspiring imagination and unlocking creativity.
  34. Roll Up. Roll Up. Join in the circus fun and learn new skills and performance tricks, including hula hooping, juggling and basic acrobatics at Circus in the Park.
  35. Wheeler Place will come alive again these April school holiday’s as Playgrounds Park bring their set up back for another Skate & Scoot event.

Keep the kids entertained with our top school holiday activities Newcastle these autumn school holidays!