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What's On In The School Holidays

MONSTER guide to what's on this July

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There are loads of things to do these school holidays, we’ve pulled together a MONSTER list to keep them entertained:

The Ultimate Entertainment Pass
Charlestown Square has thought of it all when it comes to entertaining the kids these school holidays. The Entertainment Pass covers the BIG 5 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.

Entertainment Pass
School Holiday Fun at Charlestown Square
Free Face Painting in the Secret Garden 12-14 July (Mermaid Theme) & 19-21 July (Frozen Fever Theme)
Celebrate NAIDOC Week with Free Indigenous Art & Weaving classes for kids, hosted by Speaking In Colour 13-15 July 10am-1pm
Sky Jump Trampolining, Ride On Animals, Side Show Alley and more. Throughout the entire School Holidays.

Timbernook Going Medieval Program
Spend the day outdoors - building castles, making swords, designing and constructing catapults and so much more.

VRXP Virtual Reality Experiences
If you are looking for something for the whole family these school holidays then look no further than VRXP. Experience the depths of the deep blue as you approach the edge of a shipwreck, your palms will get sweaty as the doors of an elevator open when you’re 30 stories up, you will be ducking and weaving to avoid the fire from space robots as you protect your spaceship. It’s incredible.
Art Heroes Fantasy Femo Workshops at The Fernery

Femo is fun as! Dive into a world of imagination and sculpt anything using elastic putty. Make your cat, a forest, a melting clock, your mum, anything!

The Fernery

LEGO Brickfest
15 July 2018 9.30am-5.30pm 
HUGE LEGO exhibition at the Newcastle Jockey Club! There will be heaps of exhibits, plus a build area, speed build competitions, remote control driving area, raffles and cosplay characters. 

Printmaking Workshops for Kids or Teens
18 & 19 July 2018 9.30am-1pm
Make your own fine art prints that you can take home & frame! Use your prints to make cards! The three & a half hour workshops will introduce students to monoprinting and relief printing. 

Newcastle Library
LEGO robot games, family movies, 3D printing, paper plane workshops and lots more.

Kara Wood Kids Ceramics Workshops
10, 12, 17, 19 July 2018
Children's workshops for budding artists. Workshops are set around various themes like Crazy Creatures, Make a Bowl on the Wheel, Parent and Child Cup Workshop, Parent and Child Succulent Pot Workshop. Includes all materials and firing.

Kara Wood

Jurassic World Craft Village
16-20 July 2018 11am-2pm Westfield Kotara, Level 1 outside David Jones
Paint and design your very own 3D dinosaur and take a photo with the walking dino character.
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Newcastle Art Gallery
School Holiday Workshop Making Jewellery With Beads9-13 July three sessions daily 10.30am, 12pm and 2pm
Assemblage Sculpture Workshop16-20 July three sessions daily 10.30am, 12pm and 2pm

The Movement Collective
11 & 19 July 9am-12pm ages 4-9
12 & 18 July 9am-12pm ages 10-16
Kids learn different skills from acrobatics, rings, obstacle courses and lots of games and lots of prizes to be won!

The Movement Collective

Touch a Truck
9-11 July 2018 10am-2pm Westfield Kotara, Level 1 outside David Jones
Kids can inspect and have their photo taken with trucks used in the Westfield Kotara development. They get to dress up like a construction worker and imagine life as a builder. Plus free face painting each day.
Touch A Truck

Art Attack Kids Holiday Workshops
Art Mania Studio at Wallsend is hosting lots of art workshops throughout the school holidays, including tie-dyeing, head dresses, cartooning, fairy & gnome homes, origami and abstract portraits. All $40 bookings online.

Circus In The Park at Pacific Park
12-13 July 2018 10.30am and 12.30pm (90 minutes) Circus Workshops
10am, 12pm & 2pm aerial circus performances 
Roll Up. Roll Up. Join in the circus fun and learn new skills and performance tricks, including hula hooping, juggling and basic acrobatics!

NAIDOC Week at Westfield Kotara
11 July: NAIDOC Week: Harry Hartog Aboriginal storytelling. Join Harry Hartog for a kids NAIDOC themed story time session
11 July: NAIDOC Week: Harry Hartog kids creative writing competition. Visit the Harry Hartog store as they announce the winners of the kids creative writing competition.
14 July: Kids art appreciation workshop. In this activity kids will hear about Indigenous art, to then learn how to create their own leaf painting.
5 July: Kids Aboriginal weaving workshop. Kids will have the opportunity to learn about traditional Aboriginal weaving, with help to make their own weaving keepsake.

Newcastle Museum Science Shows
10, 12, 17 & 19 July    11.15am, 12.15pm & 1.15pm
Be amazed by tough balloons and singing glasses. See what happens to energy as balls bounce and collide. Get caught out by our friction balls.

Crafty Creatures at Blackbutt Reserve
Mon-Fri throughout the school holidays 12.30pm-1.30pm 
Come to Blackbutt Reserve and get crafty making a clay creature.

Blackbutt Reserve

Learn To Swim
Intensive learn to swim programs at West Wallsend and Charlestown Pools. 

Lake Mac Libraries
Lots of events are planned including mindfulness and yoga, using paper collage, NAIDOC week celebrations, Scratch programming, Ship'OFools' mini musical, science shows, lots more. 

Lake Macquarie Art Gallery
Join a half-day art making workshop, encouraging experimentation with a variety of techniques while being inspired by the current exhibition. July workshops are inspired by the exhibition Re(A)d Earth and feature Aboriginal artist tutors.

Central Coast Council Activities
Here's a list of all that's happening on the Central Coast these school holidays.

Harry Potter High Tea
15 July 2018, 2-4pm Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley
Enter a world of magic and enjoy an abundance of sweet treats and snacks at our first Harry Potter themed Kids High Tea. The little ones will also enjoy a range of entertainment including a magician, face painting and arts and crafts.

Lego Long Lunch
21 July 2018 11am-12.30pm Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley
The kids will love the range of brick building activities which will be sure to challenge and inspire their creativity. Following the 1 hour workshop, each little builder will construct their own mini-burger to demolish for lunch.

Plus lots more activities happening at Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley.

Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley

Shoal Bay Country Club Kids Activities
Every Sunday from 12-2pm
Think kids concerts, magic shows, kids trivia, games and crafts days, and kids karaoke, and a range of fun activities. SBCC’s restaurants also have child options on their menus, so those of us who suffer the curse of a family of picky eaters can rest easy.

Snow Time in the Gardens
30 June – 22 July 2018 10am – 6pm
Hunter Valley Gardens - 2090 Broke Rd, Pokolbin 

Messy Kids Program at Newcastle ArtSpace
10 & 17 July 10am-3pm
Fun and zany workshops making creatures, painting, sculpting, mask making and storytelling . A day of inspiring creativity and fun for primary school kids.

Evolving Wetlands at Hunter Wetland Centre
7 July - 21 July 2018 9.30am - 1.30pm daily
An interactive exhibition showcasing a unique collection of dinosaur fossils and replicas with a focus on the wetlands environment.
In addition to touring the exhibition, kids of all ages can have a go at some DinoCraft or set off for a game of Dino Spy, finding as many dinosaurs as they can.

Hunter Wetlands

Maitland Art Gallery Holiday Events
There's lots happening at Maitland Art Gallery these school holidays:  Art factory, Code Breaker, Colour Code Breaker, Cool art July, MRAG Island Treasure Hunt: Search for the Golden Poo, Free Art Sundays and Sensational art trail.  

Maitland Gaol
Beanbag Cinema, Junior Sleuth - Fingerprinting, 150 Years Under Lock and Key, Escapes Tour, Ex-Warder Tour, Friday the 13th - Kids Lockdown.

Maitland Library
July Imaginarium and lots of other events.

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