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!

Plenty for a Twenty
Enjoy two games of tenpin bowling plus three game plays on select arcades for only $20pp!

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 in to 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 4-20 July, and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers. 

Things to do

Kid's Doughnut Decorating Masterclass | 7-9 & 15-26 Jul
A doughnut decorating workshop to keep your kids busy and creative during the school holidays with Doughheads. 
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Code Breakers | 4 Jul
Are you good at solving puzzles?  Do you think that you can locate some hidden features in Maitland Regional Art Gallery? If so, grab yourself a clipboard with Code Breaker from the art gallery Front Desk and use the clues to break the code!
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Free Art Sundays
Every Sunday families are invited to drop into the Maitland Regional Art Gallery for free art activities inspired by the exhibitions on display.
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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 this school holidays, and you don’t even need to be a guest of the Resort!  Your little ones will love making winter crafts and water colour painting or getting outdoors for a bit of gardening or hide and seek rocks!
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Who’s at home in your backyard?
We consider ourselves pretty lucky in Newcastle to have amazing parklands and natural areas surrounding our city suburbs. Local illustrator Liz Anelli is working with City of Newcastle to map our unique green spaces and celebrate the many benefits they bring our community. To help Liz with this enormous task, you can create a mud map of your local green space and point out the places that are important to you.
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Hunter Valley Gardens Treasure Trail | 4-21 July
Explore all the beautiful corners of the ten individually themed Gardens searching for clues and answers on this fun for the whole family virtual treasure hunt. With prizes for all children upon completion, and a major prize awarded to the highest point scorer in both the adult and children’s version of the Virtual Treasure Trail of a luxury weekend at Mercure Resort Hunter Valley Gardens valued at $1,290.
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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 treetops on self-guided rope courses. On the Central Coast, kids can experience NetWorld.
Pricing: From $19pp
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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 $10pp
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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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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 noon and 2pm to 4pm. 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. Or join the Museum scientist Catherine on the Museum’s Facebook page at 3pm each Thursday in the school holidays as free science fun is streamed live.
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Blackbutt Reserve
Winter school holidays are the perfect time to explore Blackbutt Reserve. Grab 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
Has reopened 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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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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