What's On

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

It’s hard to know what’s open and where you can go with the kids these school holidays. But this list brings together all the happenings across Newcastle, Hunter Valley, Port Stephens, and the Central Coast. Our biggest advice? Plan and book ahead!

Holiday Specials at Dullboy’s Social Co.

Dullboy’s Social Co has thought of it all when it comes to entertaining the kids these school holidays with a range of bowling, mini-golf, arcade specials and even mum and dad can join in on the fun!

Cheap Games
Enjoy $12 games of tenpin bowling and mini-golf when you play before 6pm.

Feel Alive for Fifty-five
For those who want a taste of it all. Get yourselves (and the kids) one game of bowling, one game of mini golf, $30 of arcade credit, plus 1 dodgem ride for only $55pp.

Early Bird Special
Kids up early? Head into Dullboy’s Social Co and enjoy their early bird special of $6 games from 9am-10am.

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In addition to the above deals, why not make a day of it at Dullboy’s Social Co and check out all of the foodie offerings at The Diner for lunch and maybe mum and dad can treat themselves to a cheeky (but well-earned) bev at Barcadia.

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Dullboy’s Social Co’s school holiday specials run from 26 Sep - 12 Oct, and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers. 

Things to do

Questacon’s Colour Exhibition | 25 Sep - 31 Jan
Launched in time for the start of the school holidays, this special touring exhibition developed by Questacon - the National Science and Technology Centre explores the science of colour and perception through more than 20 different interactive experiences. Ticket bookings essential. The Museum is open 7 days during the NSW School Holidays and general admission is free
Where: Newcastle Museum
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Brickman Awesome Newcastle | 25 Sep – 18 Oct
Hunter region LEGO fans prepare to be awed! Because Brickman is bringing their biggest exhibition, Brickman Awesome to Newcastle these holidays.
Where: Newcastle Entertainment Centre
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Teddy Bear’s Picnic at Bistro Dalby | 26 Sep – 11 Oct
Head to Bistro Dalby at Novotel Newcastle Beach for some school holiday fun. Enjoy lunch and colouring in with your teddies plus specials available for mum and dad.
Pricing: $20pp
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Spring Holiday Fun at MRAG | 26 Sep – 11 Oct
Drop into MRAG these school holidays to see inspiring exhibitions and have fun with our self-directed activities located in the gallery, or you can pick up a take-home kit to have MRAG art fun at home!
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LEGO® Playzone Workshops | 28 Sept - 9 Oct
Join the fun at Charlestown Square with the LEGO® Playzone Free workshops. Each child will receive a LEGO® Mini Build Kit and you can also Meet and Greet LEGO® characters including Batman and Batgirl every hour between 10-2pm.
Bookings are essential: click here

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Draw your pet with Michael bell | 6-8 Oct
Join local artist and Kilgour Prize 2020 winner Michael Bell for a workshop on pet portraiture. Plus, meet Michael’s pet dog Larry!
Where: Newcastle Art Gallery
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Football FIVE5 | 8 Oct
The second Fast Five5 One-Dayer will be held at the Hunter’s ‘Home of Football’ and is expected to host 40 teams of girls and boys. Running from 9.30am - 2.30pm the format will be a 5-a-side tournament with teams of a maximum of eight players aged 8 to 9 or 10 to 11 years.
Where: Lake Macquarie Regional Football Facility
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Doughnut Decorating Class | 29 Sep – 9 Oct
A doughnut decorating workshop to keep the kids busy and creative during these school holidays.
Where: Doughheads
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Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley 
The Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley Kids Club has a heap of cool activities to keep you kids entertained these school holidays, and you don’t even need to be a guest of the Resort! 
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Mega Creatures at Hunter Valley Gardens | 19 Sep - 11 Oct
Head along to see amazing creatures, including the new flying Pterosaur, Woolly Mammoth and giant Brachiosaurus. Plus, all your favourites like T-Rex, Triceratops, Dragons, Amazing Rides and more!
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Places to Explore

Ninja Parc
Fully supervised kids programs these school holidays. Designed to get kids engaged in physical activity while learning new skills and having fun. Available weekdays for kids aged 6-14, the program is packed with running, climbing and balancing activities.
Pricing: From $35pp
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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 treetops on self-guided rope courses. On the Central Coast, kids can experience NetWorld.
Pricing: From $18pp
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Oakvale Wildlife Park
Head along with the family and explore the free-roaming animals, keeper talks, feedings shows, playground, BBQ facilities as well as an onsite café.
Pricing: From $17.50pp
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Revolution Sports Park
Located in Maryville, Revolution Sports Park is home to THREE major areas of fun; trampoline park, 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 $15pp
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Hunter Ice Skating Stadium
Get into the winter spirit and take the kids for a skate on the ice. Head along to Hunter Ice Skating Stadium at Warners Bay for a whole new world of frozen fun.
Pricing: From $11pp
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CoastXP
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.
Pricing: From $60pp
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Go Karts Go
Do the kids like racing? Well, Newcastle’s biggest, fastest and most exciting 4-stroke go kart track at Go Karts Go Broadmeadow is open and ready and roaring to go!
Pricing: From $30pp
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Newcastle's Famous Tram
City tours are back and are a great way to get the kids to see Newcastle from a different perspective!
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Hunter Wetlands Centre
Take a walk or ride your bike around the site. Pack your camera and photograph some of the amazing wildlife. Keep an eye on the site for an updated July school holidays program!
Pricing: From $5pp
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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 in Newcastle; Adamstown and Warners Bay, as well as one on the Central Coast at Gosford.
Pricing: From $15pp
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Newcastle Art Gallery
The Newcastle Art Gallery has re-opened to visitors with separate, two-hour daily sessions, with sessions from 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm. Alternatively, join a Newcastle Art Gallery Educator for a free 30-minute online class using materials from around the home. Developed for primary-aged children, these free webinars are designed to stimulate playful art making possibilities.
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Newcastle Museum
There are three timed session available per day from Tuesday-Saturday. Bookings are essential.
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Blackbutt Reserve
some emu food from the kiosk, talk a stroll along the boardwalk, grab a picnic basket or just go wild in the playground. For the more adventurous why not take a hike on one of the many walking trails.
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Maitland Gaol
Is open with their self-guided audio tours. Alternatively, head online and let the kids explore the gaol’s rich history with help from their online mascot; Snitch’s Spot!
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Central Coast Marine Discovery Centre
Take the kids down the coast to explore the aquatic wonders at the Marine Discovery Centre. Bookings are essential!
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Australian Reptile Park
The Central Coast reptile park has reopened! Enjoy live entertaining shows, themed exhibits and behind the scenes tours. Learn about conservation work and their lifesaving snake and spider venom collection work!
Pricing: From $21pp
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Sandboarding on Stockton Dunes
Get the adrenaline pumping and sandboard down Stockton sand dunes. It’s a great experience for the whole family and the Sand Safari team are operating six separate sessions every Saturday and Sunday.
Pricing: From $30pp
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Toboggan Hill Park
Take on the challenge of the 1km Toboggan Run reaching speeds up to 50km p/h. With lots of other activities available at the centre; you can spend a whole day there!
Pricing: From $5pp (per activity)
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Fighter World
For the lovers of planes! There’s plenty to see and do with many improvements and some new displays.
Pricing: From $10pp
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Hunter Valley Gardens
Spend a day exploring the ten different gardens and four rides available!
Pricing: From $20pp
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Hunter Valley Zoo 
Feed the free-roaming animals or listen in on one of the daily shows!
Pricing: From $15pp
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Farm Visit
Bottle feed baby calves, meet the milking cows, learn to make and taste freshly churned butter.
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