School holidays

Summer school holidays

We've got your holidays covered with activities at our libraries, Art Gallery and swim centres!

Summer school holidays printable poster.

Activity Description Ages When Where Cost Book
School holiday learn to swim program Boost your child's confidence in the water with our intensive program. Beginner to transition levels are available. 3+ years

Week 1: Tuesday January 2 - Friday January 5 - (4-day program) $44

Week 2: Monday January 8 - Friday January 12 - (5-day program) $55

Week 3: Monday January 15 - Friday January 19 - (5-day program) $55

Week 4: Monday January 22 - Thursday January 25 - (4-day program) $44

Charlestown, Swansea and West Wallsend Swim Centres $44 for four days, $55 for five days Bookings through local swim centre.
Wildlife Wednesdays: bringing Blackbutt to you An educational and hands on experience for families 5-17 years Wednesday 3 January, 10-11am (Aquatic Challenger 11am-1pm) Swansea Swim Centre 5-17 years $7.50, under 5s $4.00 No need to book
Little Bang Discovery Club Share the joy of discovery with your child at this exciting new four-week program. Join the Little Bang Discovery Club with your child aged 3 to 5 years and enjoy hands-on activities designed to develop ideas and skills to inspire scientific exploration and learning. 3-5 years Thursday 4 January, 11-11.45am (session one of four - every Thursday) Cardiff Library $20 library members, $25 non-members for all four sessions. Book online
Dinosaur roar storytime Join us for a roaring good time with stories, games and craft. 2-6 years Friday 5 January, 10.30-11.30am Swansea Library Free Book online
Ozobots Discover the world of coding using Ozobots. This workshop is aimed at absolute beginners who would like to try coding. Presented as part of Indigenous Digital Excellence program (INDEX). 8-12 years Friday 5 January, 10am-noon and 2-4pm Toronto Library Free Book online
Aquatic Challenger Enjoy taking on this inflatable obstacle course on water 6+ years. Must be competent swimmer. Friday 5 January, 11am-1pm Speers Point Swim Centre $2.50 per person, $5.00 per family No need to book
Newsprint Animal Art Learn how easy it is to create your own original animal artworks using newspaper and collage. 4-9 years Monday 8 January, 10.30-11.30am Speers Point Library Free Book online
Pokémon Trading Card Game workshop Come along and learn how to play the Pokémon Trading Card Game. Presented by Good Games Newcastle. 6-14 years Monday 8 January, 10.30am-noon Belmont Library Free Book online
Pirate School Calling all scurvy dogs! Bring your best-mate and get ye schooled in the arts of treasure hunting, pirate storytelling, and jig-a-jig jigging. 4-8 years Tuesday 9 January, 10-10.45am The Rover, Memorial Hall Park, Cowlishaw Street Redhead Free Book online
Kayak on the lake Enjoy a paddle and see Lake Macquarie from a different perspective. All children must be accompanied by an adult. 10+ years accompanied by an adult Tuesday 9 January, 9-11am Wangi Wangi $15 per person Bookings through LMORC - Call Dave on 0458 507 758
Brilliant Beach Bags Have fun designing and printing your own beach bag using screen printing and mixed media. Be inspired by the current exhibition and gallery grounds. Guided by experienced artists and educators. Bookings and closed shoes essential. 7+ years Tuesday 9 January, 10.30am-12.30pm Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery $20 per child per session Book online
Hit the Road Young adults have the opportunity to contribute to the contemporary art installation Hit the road Jack produced by local sculptor John Turier and Hunter TAFE students. Consisting of 80 sculpted skateboard blanks, each participant will be guided by experienced artists and educators to create a design or artwork on the sculpture. The installation will remain on display in the Gallery until 4 February after which time participants will be invited to take home the cardboard sculpture they decorated. 12 -18 years Tuesday 9 January, 1.30-3.30pm Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery $25 per child per session Book online
Kayak on the lake Enjoy a paddle and see Lake Macquarie from a different perspective. All children must be accompanied by an adult. 10+ years accompanied by an adult Tuesday 9 January, 1-3pm Murrays Beach $15 per person Bookings through Lake Macquarie Outdoor Recreation Centre on 0458 507 758
Shark Facts Know your facts before you react! Expert David Powter presents up-to-date scientific information on sharks including the most common species in NSW, their behaviours, place in the marine ecosystem, and latest science on attack prevention measures. 10+ years Tuesday 9 January, 6-8pm Charlestown Library Free Book online
Sea Caves exploration How old are the sea caves and how did they form? Explore and learn with expert geologists from Geological Survey of NSW. 5+ years Wednesday 10 January, 9-10.30am Caves Beach Free Book online
Whimsical Watercraft Have fun designing and making your own watercraft from found and re-cycled materials. Be inspired by the current exhibition and gallery grounds. Guided by experienced artists and educators. 7+ years Wednesday 10 January, 10:30am-12:30pm Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery Free Book online
Wildlife Wednesdays: Bringing Blackbutt to you An educational and hands on experience for families 5-17 years Wednesday 10 January, 10-11am (Aquatic Challenger 11am-1pm) Charlestown Swim Centre 5 - 17 years $7.50, under 5s $4.00 No need to book
Creatures of the night Ever wondered what goes on in a National Park after dark? Join a Discovery Ranger and explore Glenrock in a different light. Search for nocturnal native animals and listen to the evening songs of the bush. 5+ years Wednesday 10 January, 7.30-9pm Glenrock State Conservation Area Free Book online
High Seas Adventure Storytime Calling all pirates and mermaids, come along for some swashbuckling good fun and some high seas adventure with stories, songs and craft. 2-6 years Wednesday 10 January, 10-10.45am and 11.30am-12.15pm Morisset Library Free Book online
Comic Chat Join local Comic artists Ben Mitchell, Kathy Langlade and Lu Quade to talk about what inspires them and how they create their comics. Everyone will be invited to chat about comics they love, so bring along your favourite! 13-16 years Thursday 11 January, 4-5.45pm Toronto Library Free Book online
Maitland Riverlights lantern workshop Families are invited to create a floating lantern, which will be a part of the Maitland Riverlights Multicultural Festival on Saturday 10 February. All materials and instructions are supplied. Lanterns will be stored and transported to the festival organisers by the library. All ages Thursday 11 January, 10.30-11.30am Charlestown Library Free Book online
Discovering Dinosaurs to Dodos Join us as we explore the Dinosaurs to Dodos exhibition to discover which dinosaurs roamed Australia, and then it's time for some prehistoric fun with dino games and craft. 6 -10 years Thursday 11 January, 11.30am Swansea Library $5 library members, $7 non-members Book online
Be safe at the beach Learn about waves, rips, sun safety and sea creatures from one of our expert Lifeguards. 7+ years Thursday 11 January, 9-10am Caves Beach Free Book online
Disc golf at Rathmines Learn to play Disc Golf and then go for a round on this picturesque course overlooking the lake. 10+ years accompanied by an adult Thursday 11 January, 5.30-7.30pm Rathmines Disc Golf Course Free Book online
Rainbow Art Young children and their carers can enjoy some interactive time through art activities and storytelling. Why not enjoy a picnic in the lakeside sculpture park afterwards? Guided by experienced artists and educators. 3-6 years Thursday 11 January, 10.30am-noon Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery $10 per child/adult couple Book online
Board Stories Young adult fiction author, Gerry Bobsien will lead a creative writing workshop, which will draw inspiration from the exhibition, BOARD: surf and skate culture meet contemporary art. 11-14 years Thursday 11 January, 1-3pm Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery $25 To book, call Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery on 4921 0382.
Be safe at the beach Learn about waves, rips, sun safety and sea creatures from one of our expert Lifeguards. 7+ years Friday 12 January, 9-10am Caves Beach Free Book online
Aquatic Challenger Enjoy taking on this inflatable obstacle course on water. 6+ years. Must be competent swimmer. Friday 12 January, 11am-1pm Speers Point Swim Centre $2.50 per person, $5.00 per family No need to book
Sand sculpting workshop and competition Want to make the best sand castles on the beach this summer? Join master sculptor Dennis Massoud for a sand sculpting workshop before putting your new skills to the test in a fun, family-friendly sand sculpting competition. Skills workshop 9-9.30am, sand sculpting competition 9.30-11am. Bookings not required. Bring two buckets per person. Competition categories: Family group (max. two adults, four children) and open (up to six adults). All ages Saturday 13 January, 9-11am Redhead beach Free No need to book
Aquatic Challenger Enjoy taking on this inflatable obstacle course on water 6+ years. Must be competent swimmer. 13-14 January, 12-2pm Swansea Swim Centre $2.50 per person, $5.00 per family No need to book
Junior fishing clinic Learn fishing skills. Cost includes a shirt, hat, rod and reel and a bag of goodies. 8-14 years Monday 15 January, 10am-2pm Speers Point Public Jetty $40 To book, call Fisheries Education Officer on 0408 609 332 or email emma.mitchell@dpi.nsw.gov.au.
Maitland Riverlights lantern workshop Families are invited to create a floating lantern, which will be a part of the Maitland Riverlights Multicultural Festival on Saturday 10 February. All materials and instructions are supplied. Lanterns will be stored and transported to the festival organisers by the library. All ages Monday 15 January, 10.30-11.30am Morisset Library Free Book online
Superhero Storytime Dress as your favourite superhero and join in the fun with stories, games and craft. 2-6 years Monday 15 January, 11-11.45am Edgeworth Library Free Book online
Crafty Kids: paddle pop stick craft Create your own pet tortoise or a spinning ballerina using paddle pop sticks. 5+ years Monday 15 January, 11am-noon Windale Library Free Book online
Interwoven (Aboriginal weaving) overlooking the Lake Learn about traditional Aboriginal weaving and story in this beautiful setting whilst creating your own keepsake to take home. 3 - 6 years Monday 15 January, 9-10am Green point foreshore reserve , Black jacks point Free Book online
Interwoven (Aboriginal weaving) overlooking the Lake Learn about traditional Aboriginal weaving and story in this beautiful setting whilst creating your own keepsake to take home. 7+ years Monday 15 January, 10.15- 11.45am Green point foreshore reserve , Black jacks point Free Book online
Show and tell on the geology of the lake Take a scenic stroll along the lake and learn interesting facts about the ancient history of this beautiful part of our city with expert geologists from Geological Survey of NSW. 7+ years Tuesday 16 January, 5pm - 6.30pm Green point foreshore reserve , Black jacks point Free Book online
Marble mazes Create your own marble maze game using recycled materials. 5+ years Tuesday 16 January, 11am-noon Belmont Library Free Book online
African drumming in the park Learn African drumming the fun way! Join us for a drum workshop of awesomeness creating rhythms drawn from West Africa. 6+ years Tuesday 16 January, 9.30-10.30am Speers Point Park Free Book online
Pirate school Calling all scurvy dogs! Bring your best-mate and get ye schooled in the arts of treasure hunting, pirate storytelling, and jig-a-jig jigging. 4-8 years Tuesday 16 January 3-3.45pm The Rover, Community Hall Reserve, Wyee Road, Wyee Free Book online
Skateboard stencils Create your own stencil designs for a skateboard or finished wall hanging. Be inspired by the current exhibition and gallery grounds. Guided by experienced artists and educators. 7+ years Tuesday 16 January, 10.30-12.30pm Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery Free Book online
Wildlife Wednesdays: Bringing Blackbutt to you An educational and hands on experience for families 5-17 years Wednesday 17 January, 10-11am (Aquatic Challenger 11am-1pm) Speers Point Swim Centre 5 - 17 years $7.50, under 5s $4.00 No need to book
Insight into snakessss - kids workshop Kids, would you know what to do if you found a snake Reptile rescuer, Teresa Purnell, will answer that question and more during this insightful discussion on snakes 6+ years Wednesday 17 January, 10-11am or 11.30am-12.30pm Morisset Library Free Book online
The Chalk Rainbow : meet the author Join us for stories, songs and craft at a special storytime with author Deborah Kelly, as she reads her new picture book The Chalk Rainbow. 3-7years Wednesday 17 January, 10.30-11.15am Speers Point Library Free Book online
African drumming in the park Learn African drumming the fun way! Join us for a drum workshop of awesomeness creating rhythms drawn from West Africa. 6+ years Wednesday 17 January, 9.30-10.30am Speers Point Park Free Book online
Gondwana Fossil Forrest Ramble Find fabulous fossils of plants that grew here 250 million years ago. Learn how to identify them with a local Discovery Ranger from NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service. 5+ years Wednesday 17 January, 3-5pm Dudley Beach, meet at Bombala street entrance Free Book online
Brilliant Beach Bags Have fun designing and printing your own beach bag using screen printing and mixed media. Be inspired by the current exhibition and gallery grounds. Guided by experienced artists and educators. Bookings and closed shoes essential. 7+ years Wednesday 17 January, 10.30am-12.30pm Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery $20 per child per session Book online
Aquatic Challenger Enjoy taking on this inflatable obstacle course on water. 6+ years. Must be competent swimmer. Thursday 18 January, 11 am-1 pm Speers Point Swim Centre $2.50 per person, $5.00 per family No need to book
JD's World of Magic Fun for the whole family! Be amazed by award winning magician Joel Howlett at his all new show. All ages Thursday 18 January, 10-10.45am and 11.30am-12.15pm Charlestown Library $8 library members, $10 non-members Book online
Dawn Chorus walk Did you know more than 110 species of bird have been identified at this lagoon? Enjoy a sunrise walk, spot and listen to some of these feathered friends with local bird expert Grahame Feletti. Level easy walk. 10+ years Thursday 18 January, 6-7:30am Belmont Lagoon Free Book online
Rainbow Art Young children and their carers can enjoy some interactive time through art activities and storytelling. Why not enjoy a picnic in the lakeside sculpture park afterwards? Guided by experienced artists and educators. 3-6 years Thursday 18 January, 10.30am-noon Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery $10 per child/adult couple Book online
Rockpool Ramble Join us on an exciting adventure exploring the rich and fascinating world of rockpools. 5+ years Thursday 18 January, 3.30-5pm Swansea Heads Free Book online
Try Sailing on the Lake Experience the pleasure of sailing in this introductory session that will include some basic sailing instruction followed by a short twilight race. Participants must be able to swim. 10+ years accompanied by an adult Friday 19 January, 4-7pm Royal Motor Yacht Club Toronto Free Book online
Rockpool Ramble Join us on an exciting adventure exploring the rich and fascinating world of rockpools. 5+ years Friday 19 January, 5-6.30pm Swansea Heads Free Book online
Dinosaur Roar Storytime Join us for a roaring good time with stories, games and craft. 2-6 years Friday 19 January 10.30-11.30am Swansea Library Free Book online
Over and out: boat safety and two-way radio workshop Attention boaties! Stay safe and have fun on the water. Learn how to use a two-way radio plus other useful stuff from our local Marine Rescue experts. 14+ years Friday 19 January, 10-11am Marine Rescue Lake Macquarie Pelican Base Free Book online
Pirate School Calling all scurvy dogs! Bring your best-mate and get ye schooled in the arts of treasure hunting, pirate storytelling, and jig-a-jig jigging. 4-8 years Saturday 20 January 10-10.45am The Rover, Reserve in The Circlet (opp. shopping centre), Rathmines Free Book online
Learn to SUP (Stand-up paddle boarding) Try stand-up paddle boarding and enjoy the natural beauty of our lake. Participants must be able to swim. 8+ years Saturday 20 January, 8-9.30am Warners Bay $5 Book direct with Kite and SUP by phoning 0414568545.
Learn to SUP (Stand-up paddle boarding) Try stand-up paddle boarding and enjoy the natural beauty of our lake. Participants must be able to swim. 8+ years Saturday 20 January, 10-11.30am Warners Bay $5 Book direct with Kite and SUP by phoning 0414568545.
Seagrass saunter Underwater wildlife! Discover some of the many species who call Lake Macquarie's seagrass beds home. 5+ years Monday 22 January, 9-10.30am Wangi Wangi Free Book online
Interwoven (Aboriginal weaving) overlooking the Lake Learn about traditional Aboriginal weaving and story in this beautiful setting whilst creating your own keepsake to take home. 3-6 years Monday 22 January, 9-10am Green point foreshore reserve , Black jacks point Free Book online
Digby and the Yodelayhee... Who? - Meet the author Join author Renee Price for a special storytime with puppets and songs, based on her latest book Digby and the Yodelayhee... Who? Books will be available for purchase and signing on the day. 3-8 years Monday 22 January, 11-11.45am Cardiff Library Free Book online
Crafty Kids: Paddle pop stick craft Create your own pet tortoise or a spinning ballerina using paddle pop sticks. 5+ years Monday 22 January Wangi Wangi Library Free Book online
Interwoven (Aboriginal weaving) overlooking the Lake Learn about traditional Aboriginal weaving and story in this beautiful setting whilst creating your own keepsake to take home. 7+ years Monday 22 January, 10.15- 11.45am Green point foreshore reserve , Black jacks point Free Book online
Creatures of the night Ever wondered what goes on in a National Park after dark? Join a Discovery Ranger and explore Glenrock in a different light. Search for nocturnal native animals and listen to the evening songs of the bush. 5+ years Tuesday 23 January, 7:30-9pm Awabakal Nature Reserve Free Book online
Planetarium Learn about the wonders of the universe, surrounded by thousands of stars, as an awe-inspiring realistic night sky is projected around you within the planetarium dome. Presented by Skyworks Planetarium. 6+ years Tuesday 23 January, 1-2pm and 2.30-3.30pm Belmont Library $10 library members, $12 non-members Book online
Beach Fun Storytime Join the summertime fun with stories, songs and craft. 2-6 years Tuesday 23 January, 11-11.45am Windale Library Free Book online
Wildlife Wednesdays: Bringing Blackbutt to you An educational and hands on experience for families 5-17 years Wednesday 24 January, 10-11am West Wallsend Swim Centre 5 - 17 years $7.50, under 5s $4.00 No need to book
Discovering Dinosaurs to Dodos Join us as we explore the Dinosaurs to Dodos exhibition to discover which dinosaurs roamed Australia, and then it's time for some prehistoric fun with dino games and craft. 6-10 years Wednesday 24 January, 11.30am-12.30pm Swansea Library $5 library members, $7 non members Book online
Harry Potter Trivia Calling all Harry Potter fans! Test your knowledge of all things Harry Potter with trivia and games for muggles. 8-12 years Wednesday 24 January, 10-10.45am, 11.30am-12.15pm and 3-3.45pm Morisset Library Free Book online
Surf sculpture Create your own sculptural beach thongs using printmaking, painting and assemblage. Be inspired by the current exhibition and gallery grounds. Guided by experienced artists and educators. 7+ years Wednesday 24 January, 10.30am-12.30pm Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery Free Book online
Insight into Snakessss 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. 12+ years Wednesday 24 January, 6.30-8.30pm Cameron Park Community Centre Free Book online
Ozobots Discover the world of coding using Ozobots. This workshop is aimed at absolute beginners who would like to try coding. 8-12 years Thursday 25 January, 1.30-3.30pm Speers Point Library Free Book online

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