School holiday activities in Newcastle for 2021

We've found the best wallet-friendly activities in Newcastle to keep the kids entertained.

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With the school holidays fast approaching, you might feel at a loss for what to do. But never fear, we've got your back. While lockdown rules out certain events and activities, there's still plenty to do at home and outdoors for recreation.

Friends bubbles

The NSW government has announced that from 12pm Tuesday September 2021, "friends bubbles" will be allowed for kids aged 18 and under across the state. The following rules apply:

  • Similar to the singles bubble for adults, children aged 18 and under can select 2 friends to form a 3-way friends bubble.
  • Once the children in the bubble have been selected, they're not permitted to join another group or have multiple bubbles.
  • All 3 children must live in the same LGA or live within a 5km radius.
  • The adults of each household must all be fully vaccinated.
  • When parents/carers are dropping their child off, they cannot stay and interact with other parents/carers.

Get crafty

Order a kit, open it up and get crafting during the school holidays. The kiddos will love things like face painting and making puppets.

Learn to code with Python

Python is used as a programming language by websites all over the world. Knowing how to write this popular type of code is a useful skill in today's world. With fun classes and camps to get kids engaged, learning won't feel like a chore.

Hula hoop together

Need an excuse to pick up a hula hoop yourself? These lessons are perfect for kids who want to have endless fun and stay active. Plus, you can get the whole family involved.

Kids storybook reading and 40-minute hula hoop lesson
Kids storybook reading and 40-minute hula hoop lesson


Try learning about code

The school holidays are a perfect time to learn new skills. Coding has never been more accessible to kids than it is today. There are programs suited to every level and ability.

Meet a furry friend online

Bring the petting zoo to you. These online encounters are the perfect way for your child to learn more about the animal kingdom these school holidays while keeping safe from the comfort of home.

Sign them up for virtual camp

There are online camps with all sorts of interesting activities for kids running in the holidays. They can learn everything from how to design a website to telling amazing stories through animation.

Have fun with a robotics program

Suitable for both kids and teens, these robotics programs can cater to those with no experience at all and those who have already begun tinkering. Small classes mean your child gets the attention and help they need to complete a fun project.

Learn cooking skills

Applications for Junior MasterChef have closed for this year but it's never too early to start practising for the future. The courses and kits will have kids and teens alike whipping up treats in no time.

Explore code with Minecraft

Minecraft is a world of possibilities. You can build, break and remake things just to your liking. These fun school holiday programs will let your kids explore unique worlds while also improving their digital literacy and coding skills.

Pick up a paintbrush

Set up the canvas away from the carpet and let their creativity sweep across it. Painting is a therapeutic and relaxing pastime that can provide your child with an outlet for creative expression.

Dreamtime Stories and Painting for Kids
Dreamtime Stories and Painting for Kids


Free school holiday activities in Newcastle

  • Explore the Hunter Region Botanic Gardens
  • Visit Glenrock
  • Go kayaking on Tuggerah Lake
  • Have a picnic day at the beach
  • Have a barbeque at Jesmond Park

Need more ideas? Check out our 50 free activities to keep the kids busy these school holidays.

When are the 2021/22 school holidays in Newcastle?

Term 1 school holidays5 April - 16 April 2021
Term 2 school holidays28 June - 9 July 2021
Term 3 school holidays18 September - 1 October 2021
Term 4 school holidays20 December - 27 January 2021/22

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Frequently asked questions about Newcastle school holidays

What should I keep in mind with COVID-19 when going out during the school holidays?

If you do choose to venture out during the break, be sure to maintain proper hygiene and social distancing practices.

Are all attractions in Newcastle open?

No, Newcastle's attractions are closed during the spring school holidays due to restrictions.

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