School holidays

Summer school holidays

We've got your holidays covered with activities at our libraries, Art Gallery and swim centres! Plus, we have some great activities for the older kids and adults with our Explore Our Great Outdoors program.

Check out our activities calendar to plan your school holiday activities with us.

Download the timetable (PDF)

Date Time Activity Description Location Ages Cost Bookings
Wednesday 4 January 11am-1pm Aquatic Challenger Challenge yourself on our aquatic challenger. Charlestown Swim Centre All ages $2.50 per person, $5 family (+ regular pool entry fee) No need to book
Friday 6 January 2017  10-11am Crafty Kids: Make your own superhero mask Drop in anytime to decorate your own superhero or supervillain mask to take home. Speers Point Library 3-7 years Free No need to book
11am-1pm Aquatic Challenger Challenge yourself on our aquatic challenger. Speers Point Swim Centre All ages $2.50 per person, $5 family (+ regular pool entry fee) No need to book
Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 January 11am-1.30pm Aquatic Challenger Challenge yourself on our aquatic challenger. Swansea Swim Centre All ages $2.50 per person, $5 family (+ regular pool entry fee) No need to book
Monday 9 January   11am-noon Captain Underpants Party Join us for the ultimate Captain Underpants party with gross games, funny food and crazy craft. Come dressed up with your best undies- on the outside! Swansea Library 8-12yrs $5 members $7 non-members Open
9.30-10.30am Be safe at the beach Learn about waves, rips, sun safety and sea creatures from the experts. Part of the Explore Our Great Outdoors program. Caves Beach 7+ years Free Fully booked
4-5.30pm Seagrass Saunter Underwater wildlife! Discover some of the many species who call Lake Macquarie’s seagrass beds home. Part of the Explore Our Great Outdoors program. Wangi Wangi 5+ years Free Fully booked
Monday 9 January-Friday 13 January Various times available Learn to Swim Boost your confidence with our intensive summer program. Beginner through to squad classes are available. Bookings are essential. Charlestown, Swansea and West Wallsend Swim Centres 3+ years $50 Book with your local swim centre
Tuesday 10 January  10-11am Superhero Training Camp Test your superpowers at our Superhero Training Camp and create your own superhero item to take home. Cardiff Library 5-12 years $5 members $7 non members Fully booked
10.30am-12.30pm Paint the Lake A painting workshop using the lake as inspiration. Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery 7+ years $20 per child Bookings through Visitor's Services - 4921 0382
Wednesday 11 January     11.30am-12.15pm Superhero Portraits Get creative at our hands on workshop. Let us take your photo, then design and draw your own costume, then add your special super powers to turn yourself into a superhero or super villain. Everyone will make their own portrait to take home. Charlestown Library 6+ years Free Fully booked
10-10.45am Hairy Maclary storytime and craft Come along to our special storytime and craft which will feature Lynley Dodd's classic stories of Hairy Maclary. Create your own shaggy Hairy Maclary to take home. Morisset Library 3-6 years Free Fully booked
10-11am Wildlife Wednesday Includes a 'Bringing Blackbutt to You' animal displays and two shows from 10-11am as well as pool entry and the Aquatic Challenger from 11am-1pm. Charlestown Swim Centre All ages $4 up to 5 years $7.50 5-17 years No need to book
10.30am-12.30pm Art from Nature Construct an artwork using the local natural environment as inspiration. Part of the Explore Our Great Outdoors program. Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery 7+ years Free Fully booked
2.30-4pm Rockpool Ramble Join us on an exciting adventure exploring the rich and fascinating world of rockpools. Part of the Explore Our Great Outdoors program. Swansea Heads 5+ years Free Fully booked
Thursday 12 January    10.30am-noon Cartooning for Beginners Join us at Toronto Library learn how to create your own cartoon characters with former Newcastle Herald cartoonist Peter Lewis at this hands-on workshop. Toronto Library 8+years $12 members, $14 non-members Fully booked
10.30am-12.30pm Whimsical Watercraft Design and make your own watercraft from found and recycled material. Part of the Explore Our Great Outdoors program. Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery 7+ years Free Fully booked
10.30-11.30am Ozbots- coding for kids Discover the world of coding using Ozobots. Running over 3 weeks, this course is suitable for those new to coding with easy to understand exercises each week to build up your skills. Continues Thursday 19 January Cardiff Library 8-12yrs Free Fully booked
3-4.30pm Rockpool Ramble  Join us on an exciting adventure exploring the rich and fascinating world of rockpools. Part of the Explore Our Great Outdoors program Swansea Heads 5+ years Free Fully booked
Friday 13 January    10am-noon Insight into Snakes Would you know what to do if you found a snake in your house? Reptile rescuer, Teresa Purnell, will answer that question and more during this insightful discussion on snakes. Part of the Explore Our Great Outdoors program. Charlestown Library All ages Free Open
11am-1pm Aquatic Challenger Challenge yourself on our aquatic challenger. Speers Point Swim Centre All ages $2.50 per person, $5 family (+ regular pool entry fee) No need to book
2-2.45pm Bushrangers - heroes or villains? Both parents and children will enjoy stories of our bushranging past with author Greg Powell, author of Bushranger Tracks. Discover the stories behind our most famous bushranger Ned Kelly, and other local bushrangers. You decide- were they heroes or villains? Books will be available for purchase and signing on the day. Belmont Library 7+ years Free Open
4-5.30pm Fossil forest ramble Walk amongst the remains of a forest blown down by an ancient volcanic blast. From the fossil evidence, work out where the volcano used to be. Part of the Explore Our Great Outdoors program. Swansea Heads 5+ years Free Fully booked
Saturday 14 January 9-11am Noon-2pm Kayaking at Wangi Enjoy a paddle and see Lake Macquarie from a different perspective. Part of the Explore Our Great Outdoors program. Wangi Wangi 10+ years $10 per person Bookings through Newcastle Kayaking - ph. 0458 507 758
Monday 16 January    Various times available Learn to Swim Boost your confidence with our intensive summer program. Beginner through to squad classes are available. Bookings are essential. Charlestown, Swansea and West Wallsend Swim Centres 3+ years $50 Book with your local swim centre
9.30-10.30am Be safe at the beach Learn about good and not so good waves, rips, sun safety and sea creatures from the experts. Part of the Explore Our Great Outdoors program. Caves Beach 7+ years Free Open
2.30-4.30pm Ghost Jam: Ghost stories and storytelling workshop Presented by Sean Murphy Comedy, Ghost Jam will be an afternoon in two parts. Enjoy Sean's comedy show which will enthral with it's pairing of booming music and silly, spooky storytelling. Then join Sean for a hands-on storytelling workshop where kids will be guided through the creation and performance of their own original Ghost Stories. Cardiff Library 5-12 years $15 members $20 child non member Open
5-6.30pm Inside ancient rivers Explore sea caves carved into the cliffs. How old are they and when did they form? Learn to read the geological history in the layers of rock. Part of the Explore Our Great Outdoors program. Caves Beach 5+ years Free Fully booked
Tuesday 17 January    10am-2pm Fishing clinic Learn fishing skills. Cost includes a shirt, hat, rod and reel and a bag of goodies. Part of the Explore Our Great Outdoors program. Thomas Halton Park, Croudace Bay 8-14 years  $40 per person Fully booked
11-11.45am Summer Fun Storytime Join us for stories and craft as we celebrate summertime holidays Edgeworth Library 3-8 years Free Open
10.30am-12.30pm Connect to Country Aboriginal Cultural Day Experience traditional, local Aboriginal Culture craft, stories and dance. Part of the Explore Our Great Outdoors program. Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery All ages Free Open
1-2.30pm Cartooning for Beginners Kids! Learn how to create your own cartoon characters with former Newcastle Herald cartoonist Peter Lewis at this hands-on workshop. Charlestown Library 8+ years $12 members $14 non-members Fully booked
Wednesday 18 January      10-11am Wildlife Wednesday Includes a 'Bringing Blackbutt to You' animal displays and two shows from 10-11am as well as pool entry and the Aquatic Challenger from 11am-1pm. Swansea Swim Centre All ages $4 up to 5 years $7.50 5-17 years No need to book
9-11am Cycling skills workshop Learn cycling skills for safer and more confident riding with Olympic cyclist, Scott Steward. Part of the Explore Our Great Outdoors program. Speers Point Park 7-12 years Free Fully booked
10.30-11.30am Lego Superhero Selfies Build your scene using our fun LEGO kits then - using the special LEGO app - add yourself to your picture, and become a superhero . Everyone will get a picture to take home. Suitable for children 5+ yrs. Toronto Library 5+ years Free Fully booked
10.30am-12.30pm Paint the Lake A painting workshop using the lake as inspiration Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery 7+ years $20 per child Bookings through Visitor's Services - 4921 0382
11am-1pm Aquatic Challenger Challenge yourself on our aquatic challenger. Charlestown Swim Centre All ages $2.50 per person, $5 family (+ regular pool entry fee) No need to book
2.30-3.15pm Sea creatures of Lake Macquarie Discover some of the creatures that live in the waterways of Lake Macquarie, the important role they play in the Lakes’s ecosystem and how we can help protect them. Part of the Explore Our Great Outdoors program. Swansea Library 5-10 years Free Fully booked
Thursday 19 January   8-10am Gondwana plant fossils Find fabulous fossils of plants that grew here 250 million years ago. and Llearn how to identify them. Part of the Explore Our Great Outdoors program. Dudley Beach 7+ years Free Fully booked
10.30-11.15am Meet the author and illustrator - Brave Books will be available for purchase and signing on the day. Morisset Library 4-8 years Free Open
10.30am-noon Rainbow Connection Craft and story time Young children and their carers can enjoy craft activities together during this popular holiday session. Story time included. Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery 3-6 years $7.50 a child Bookings through Visitor's Services - 4921 0382
6.30-8.30pm Shark facts Know your facts before you react! Learn about sharks and their behaviour inclduing the most common species in NSW and outcomes of the NSW Government's 2015 Shark Summit. Part of the Explore Our Great Outdoors program. Swansea-Belmont Surf Club 10+ years Free Open
Friday 20 January    9-11am Ride from Swansea to Coon Island and return Enjoy a leisurely cycle from Swansea to Coon Island and return with Olympian, Scott Steward. Part of the Explore Our Great Outdoors program. Swansea Bridge 10+ years Free Open
11am-1pm Aquatic Challenger Challenge yourself on our aquatic challenger. Charlestown Swim Centre All ages $2.50 per person, $5 family (+ regular pool entry fee) No need to book
2.30-3.15pm Sea creatures of Lake Macquarie Discover some of the creatures that live within Lake Macquarie, the important role they play in the Lakes’s ecosystem and how we can help protect them. Part of the Explore Our Great Outdoors program. Wangi Wangi Library 5-10 years Free Fully booked
4-7pm Sailing on the Lake Experience the pleasure of sailing in this introductory session that will include some basic sailing instruction followed by a short exciting twilight race. Part of the Explore Our Great Outdoors program. Toronto Royal Motor Yacht Club 10+ years Free Fully booked
Saturday 21 January 10am-12.30pm Blacksmiths sand sculpture workshop and competition Join master sculptor, Dennis Massoud, for a sand sculpting workshop before participating in the third Blacksmiths sand sculpture competition. Bring two household buckets per person. Competition categories: family group (max. two adults and four children) and open group (up to six adults).  Skills workshop from 10.30-11am followed by the sand sculpture competition at 11am-12.30pm. Part of the Explore Our Great Outdoors program. Blacksmiths Beach all ages Free No need to book
Monday 23 January - Friday 27 January Various times available Learn to Swim Boost your confidence with our intensive summer program. Beginner through to squad classes are available. Charlestown, Swansea and West Wallsend Swim Centres 3+ years $50 Book with your local swim centre
Monday 23 January  10-11am Crafty Kids: Make your own superhero mask Drop in anytime to decorate your own superhero or supervillain mask to take home. Windale Library 3-7 years   No need to book
2-2.45pm Superhero Storytime Dress as your favourite superhero and join in the fun with stories, games and craft.  Belmont Library 2-6 years Free Open
Tuesday 24 January  10.30-11.15am Super Teddies Storytime Join Dave, Daisy and their friend Super Ted for an adventure filled with drama, stories and songs. Bring along your favourite teddy or stuffed toy to join the fun! Toronto Library 2-6 years Free Fully booked
10.30- 11.15am Hero and villain book covers Get ready for the new school year! Using collage, create your own superhero book covers to take home with your favourite heroes and villains.  Speers Point Library 6-12 years Free Fully booked
Wednesday 25 January  10-10.45am Pirate Storytime Join us for some swashbuckling good fun and some high-seas adventure with stories, songs and craft. Swansea Library 2-6 years Free Open
11.30am-12.15pm" Star Wars Origami May the force be with you! Come along and learn how to create Jedi master Yoda and the villain from the dark side Darth Vader using origami. Morisset Library 8-12 years   Open
11am-1pm Aquatic Challenger Challenge yourself on our aquatic challenger. Charlestown Swim Centre All ages $2.50 per person, $5 family (+ regular pool entry fee) No need to book
Thursday 26 January  Noon-4pm Endless Summer Days Live music, aquatic floats, chill out zones, sporting games. Speers Point Swim Centre All ages $3.50 per person No need to book
Noon-10pm Lake Mac Festival Enjoy live music by Pseudo Echo and Lisa Hunt, market stalls, free kids activities, family movie "Oddball" on the big screen and a fireworks display. Speers Point Park All ages Free No need to book

Bookings are essential for all activities.

Page last updated: 12 January 2017