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What's On in the School Holidays

Here's our MONSTER guide on what to do with the kids these school holidays

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There are loads of things to do these school holidays, we’ve pulled together this MONSTER list to keep them entertained!
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Whether it's a visit to the museum, creative workshop, Kids Festival or getting outdoors exploring nature, there's loads of ways to keep the kids busy these school holidays, starting with....

Charliechella Kids Festival | 28 Sep-3 Oct
You've most likely heard of Coachella, but have you heard of Charliechella?? The way more exciting kid-friendly version is rolling into Charlestown Square. Over the school holiday break there'll be loads of FREE entertainment happening including tribute shows of artists; Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Billie Eilish and Bruno Mars, Festival Crafts, a Sparkle Station, Festival Game Zone, Silent Disco and tons more activities to keep the kids busy. 

Also, be sure to get your festival pass stamped each day you attend Charliechella, if you come back over three days you'll receive a $10 gift card from Casey’s Toys*.
Where: Charlestown Square
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Charliechella Festival



Decorate A Pretzel | 28 Sep - 13 Oct
Kids can decorate their very own pretzels from 12pm - 2pm every day these school holidays.
Where: Beerhaus
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Junkyard Beats | 30 Sep
In the hands of Junkyard Beats, ordinary household items are transformed into extraordinary booty shaking musical instruments and unwanted junk comes alive in exciting and surprising ways.
Where: Charlestown Library 


Grilled Burger Masterclass | 30 Sep
Learn to make healthy burgers and eat them too! Grill’d Kotara will teach your little ones the tricks of the trade, and show them how to make our famous burgers from the bun up.
Where: Grill’d Kotara
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Children’s Mini Garden Workshop | 1, 3, 8 & 10 Oct
The Mini Garden Workshops are a great opportunity for kids to get super creative and make their own miniature gardens with plants and flowers provided by us!
Where: Newcastle Flower Markets
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Comics-Us | 2 Oct
Create a crazy selfie while exploring mixed media techniques, at the special holiday edition of Comics-us.
Where: Toronto Library
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3D Splat Drawing Workshop | 3
Learn how to draw cool 3D designs using the SPLAT, a simple drawing tool suitable for any age.
Where: Charlestown Library

Gardening For Kids | 3 
Learn how to plant veggies and start your own native garden to attract wildlife to your garden.     
Where: Toronto Library

Music & Robotics | 10 Oct
Learning new coding techniques, using LEGO EV3 Mindstorm robots, to create new performance-based concepts with acoustic musicians. Teach robots to dance, play music and interact with real-life instruments. Create original music using the University of Newcastle's world-class recording studios.
Pricing: $130pp
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Keeper For A Day | 30 Sep-11 Oct
This fully escorted workshop offers exclusive behind the scenes access that enables kids to explore the wonders of wildlife. Kids will meet a keeper and gain an insight into how they spend their day, learn interesting and fun aspects of zoo keeping such as studying animal behaviour, enter an animal’s enclosure, learn how to handle an animal and visit our “off display” reptile room.
Where: Australian Reptile Park
Pricing: From $50pp
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Sami Bayly Book Launch | 28
Join Harry Hartog for the launch of local artist Sami Bayly's new book 'The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Ugly Animals.'
Where: Harry Hartog
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Rooftop Garden Games | 30 Sep - 2 Oct
Try the giant Jenga, a game of quoits or be the family champion at Connect Four or giant dominios.
Where: Westfield Kotara
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Learn to Swim Week | 30 Sep-4 Oct
Free learn to swim lessons for beginners five years and under. Learn CPR techniques and basic first aid at a workshop presented by Council's Lifeguards. Enjoy a demonstration then practice what you learn on CPR mannequins.
Where: West Wallsend, Speers Point, Charlestown and Swansea Swim Centres


Laser Tag Warrior | 30 Sep-3 Oct
Experience adrenaline pumping, full-throttle laser tag in a pool environment.
Where: Charlestown and Speers Point Swim Centres



Circus Avalon Safari | 5, 6, 7, 12 & 13 Oct
This 90-minute performance featuring some of Australia's most awarded performers will have the entire family on the edge of their seats as you join Mr. Safety on an expedition through the jungle and witness incredible feats of skill, strength and beauty!
Where: Callaghan College
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Storytime with Pip Smith and Beau Wylie | 9
The talented authors, Pip Smith and Beau Wylie are coming to Harry Hartog for a special storytime. The duo will be reading their latest children's book 'Theodore is Unsure'.
Where: Harry Hartog
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Big Draw Festival | 10
Bring your imagination to life at the Big Draw Festival with giant chalk boards. This event is a fun way for kids to enjoy the benefits of being creative whilst being inspired by the outdoors.
Where: Warners Bay Foreshore
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Spring Street Festival | 12 Oct
Featuring clothes, jewellery and book swap, vegetarian food stalls, local artists, and workshops on topics such as urban farming and fast fashion. This is a street party with a purpose!
Where: Laman St
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Peter Pan Jr. | 10-12 Oct
Join Peter and his mischievous fairy sidekick, Tinkerbell, visit the nursery of the Darling children late one night and, with a sprinkle of pixie dust, begin a magical journey across the stars that none of them will ever forget.
Where: Civic Theatre
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Mattara Festival of Newcastle | 5-13 Oct
Mattara Festival has got family entertainment covered these September school holidays! Wallsend Park will be packed with activities from the 5th Oct. – 13th October 2019 and best of all, it’s free entry!
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Aussie Animal Painting | 1-11 Oct
Paint your favourite aussie animal and receive an animal stamp in the Wildlife Arena in school holidays. Create a fridge magnet with your animal or hang on your bedroom wall.
Where: Blackbutt Reserve
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Teddy Bears Picnic | 1-11 Oct
Bring your teddy and a picnic and join in the teddy bear games, craft, dip-netting and more. At 12 o’clock all the teddies (and owners) will gather for a teddy parade around the pond.
Where: Hunter Wetlands Centre
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HMRI Open Day | 11 Oct
Join us for a day of fun and education where you can meet the researchers and find out all about the work happening behind the scenes.
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Places To Explore


Treetops Adventure Park
Head along to either the Newcastle or Central Coast location and experience the iconic Australian bush like never before. Get up-close and personal with native Australian flora and fauna, as you climb, weave and fly through the tree tops on self-guided rope courses. On the Central Coast the kids can experience the recently installed NetWorld and can bounce, play, discover and explore an exciting new world.
Pricing: From $14pp
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Dullboys Social Co.
Kids of all ages (that includes you adults too) can expect to have a fun time. Connect with friends and family over a game of bowling, mini golf, dodgem cars or a round of Down the Clowns. Sit down to a tasty meal or Dullboy’s signature shake from the diner.



Charlestown Square Entertainment Passes
When it comes to entertaining the kids these school holidays the Entertainment Pass covers the BIG must-dos for the kids; a movie at Reading Cinemas, Strike Bowling or Laser Skirmish, Megamania, Timezone and lunch. There’s one for under 15s and one for over 15s and they’re jam full of the fun stuff.
Pricing: $39pp
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Oakvale Wildlife Park 
Head along with the family for a full day out. With free roaming animals you can hand feed, keeper talks, feeding shows, playgrounds, bbq facilities as well as an onsite cafe; what more could you want?
Pricing: From $16.50pp
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Revolution Sports Park
Located in Maryville, Revolution Sports Park is home to THREE major areas of fun. The trampoline park, the inflatables park and the bubble soccer area. What a great way for the kids to burn off some energy whilst you can relax for a minute or two! 
Cost: From $14pp 
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Hunter Ice Skating Stadium
Get into the Winter spirit and take the kids for a spin on the ice. Head along to Hunter Ice Skating Stadium at Warners Bay for a whole new world of frozen fun.
Pricing: From $15pp
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It’s the middle of whale watching season so it’s the perfect time to get the kids to experience a whale watching tour right in the heart of Newcastle. Choose from the adventure, encounter or ride and fly tours.
Pricing: From $60pp
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Go Karts Go
Kids like racing? Well, Newcastle’s biggest, fastest and most exciting 4-stroke go kart track at Go Karts Go Broadmeadow is the perfect fit.
Pricing: From $30pp
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Hunter Wetlands Centre
Take a walk or ride your bike around the site; book a tour or go canoeing. Bring your camera and photograph some of our amazing wildlife. Kids can have fun at the Discovery Playground, try dipnetting and meet some of our birds and reptiles. There are also special events like School Holiday programs, Easter Fun Day and art exhibitions.
Pricing: From $5pp
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Ninja Parc
Ready to get the kids moving? The Ninja Parc indoor obstacle course includes rope climbs, bouldering challenges, vertical and horizontal doors and a sea of poles, each offering the opportunity to improve agility and unleash your inner Ninja!
Pricing: From $17pp
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Pulse Climbing
Can’t get the kids to stop climbing? Head to the Indoor rock-climbing space, Pulse Climbing. With two locations, one at Adamstown and the recently opened Warners Bay space; you’ve got no excuses!
Pricing: From $20pp
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The Rooftop Kids Pass
Enjoy hours of fun with the Westfield Kotara Rooftop kids passes. Choose from the Mini Rooftop Pass or the Mega Rooftop Pass, now available to purchase from our Concierge desk.
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*T&Cs apply. One gift card per person. Gift card must be spent instore at Casey’s Toys Charlestown by 17th November, 2019. Only valid at Casey’s Toys Charlestown. Single use only, must be used in full. Cannot be exchanged for cash or used on gift cards.


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