If you are a Novocastrian or a visitor to the city during the summer school holidays you might be looking for some inspiration of school holiday activities Newcastle. We have found 30 of the best places to go and check out with the kids over the January holidays.

  1. Catch a movie under the stars at one of the many outdoor cinema events happening over the Summer season.
  2. You still have time to see the thousands of Christmas lights at Hunter Valley Gardens this January.
  3. Dress up in your best safari outfit for an evening of adventure on a night expedition at the Newcastle Museum.
  4. Each week of the holidays on Tuesday and Thursday, the Newcastle Museum will entertain little scientists as the world of Dinosaurs is explored.
  5. 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 will explore The Art of Flowers, and week 2 will look at Blooms and Bugs.
  6. Purchase delicious seeds and grains from the Blackbutt Kiosk to feed the emus which provide the opportunity to ‘get up close’.
  7. Give your child a fun-filled day these school holidays at Camp Sixers! A high-energy, entry-level program that uses music and games-based cricket activities to ensure your child has a wonderful time learning to play like their T20 heroes.
  8. Head to the Apple Store at Charlestown on Sunday 14th January for Kids Hour where kids will be reading Max on iBooks. Celebrate the magic of storytelling through creativity and play. Kids will get hands-on by drawing characters and scenes, creating their own book cover and more using iPad Pro and Apple Pencil.
  9. In Kids Hour at the Apple Store Charlestown on the 21st January, kids will explore coding with Sphero robots by programming simple movements, loops and more. Then they’ll design a maze and navigate their robot through the obstacles.
  10. The MiniSparx school holiday program is the perfect opportunity for kids to learn, play, make new friends and develop a lifelong love of technology and robotics.
  11. Families are invited to the Maitland Regional Art Gallery this January for FREE Art activities. From box sculptures to lantern making, there is something for everyone in the family!
  12. Get back to nature at the Hunter Wetlands school holiday program where kids can make damper, build a bush shelter, learn survival skills and get up close with some of the resident reptiles.
  13. Get kids in the kitchen at The Essential Ingredient with their Mexican and Vietnamese Kids cooking classes these January holidays.
  14. The Lake Macquarie Art Gallery has kids covered these school holidays with a range of art workshops for all ages.
  15. Get crafty at The Arts Emporium these school holidays with some wonderful art and craft workshops from drawing classes to tote bags and fairy gardens.
  16. Enrol your sporty kids into the Forum Holiday Program which includes ball sports in the morning and splash zone in the afternoon.
  17. Keep the kids busy with the RSPCA school holiday program. ​Spend ​a ​day ​at ​Hunter ​Shelter ​learning ​about ​what ​goes ​on ​behind ​the ​scenes ​and ​lend ​a ​helping ​hand ​to ​make ​sure ​you ​and ​our ​animals ​have ​the ​best ​day ​ever!
  18. Escape the heat and book a session at the Forum’s Splashzone ! Two fabulous inflatables to choose from. Running Mon-Fri from the 15th-25th January.
  19. It’s the perfect time of year to teach your kids to surf. Book into one of the Newcastle Surf School School Holiday programs.
  20. Learn to code with Mason these school holidays brought to you by the Authentic Child. This 3hr workshop caters for beginners or experts!! MUST BRING own laptop or tablet PLUS CHARGER.
  21. Don’t miss Happy Hour at Superstrike Bowling centres for $5 games per person between 9am and 10am
  22. Hunter Sports Centre are inviting families to their come and try day on the 20th January. Learn more about the gymnastics programs that might be suitable for your child while having some fun in the process.
  23. Head to Westfield Kotara to see REAL LIVE funnel web spiders from The Australian Reptile Park, as one of their most experienced spider keepers showcases the deadly spider and tells you everything you need to know should you encounter one this summer!
  24. Decorate your own library bag for FREE these school holidays at Westfield Kotara. Each child will receive their own bag to decorate, plus some goodies to take home.
  25. If you love free craft, head to one of the Bunnings Kotara FREE kids DIY workshops these school holidays.
  26. These summer holidays Maitland Gaol has a full range of activities for the whole family. Be guided on a one hour mini tour and learn about the different buildings, industries the prisoners worked in and what their daily routine consisted of in Paint Your Place or find out all about detainee drill activity.
  27. As part of 20 Years On, commemorating 20 years since Maitland Gaol’s closure, the Gaol will be unlocking it’s gates for the community on the 28th January 2018. Children’s activities include; Prisoner exercise routine, Shoot the hoop competition and hand washing cloths just like the prisoners used to.
  28. Honk! Jr, based on the story of The Ugly Duckling, is coming to the Hunter these January holidays.Experience the magic as Maitland Musical Society brings one of Hans Christian Anderson’s greatest stories ever told to life in a dazzling new production that will delight the whole family.
  29. A portable puppet theatre based in Maitland. Frank’s tells traditional fairy tales in new ways for contemporary kids. All puppets, stories, costumes and props are handmade and loosely based on the Queen’s Theatre at Versailles. Frank’s Fantastic Fairytale Theatre will take you on a magical journey into the imagination!
  30. A family friendly concert featuring performances by Circus Avalon and The Veggie Plot will perform at the St John’s Cathedral Courtyard Cathedral Street, Maitland on the 20th January.