The Nelson Bay region is a popular area for families to have a holiday as it has an abundance of natural beauty and wildlife encounters,
which are attractions in themselves. There are also a lot of fun activities to do for kids
around Nelson Bay such as Irukandji Shark & Ray Encounters, Oakvale Wildlife Park
and sand boarding down Stockton Sand Dunes
- just to name a few! It is a great opportunity to get the kids off technology and spend time soaking up the sun in the beautiful Port Stephens region.
Each school holiday, there are also events held to entertain the kids - particularly in the April school holidays when Easter and chocolate are also celebrated! Check out the events listed below, which will keep the whole family entertained...
Shoal Bay Country Club
Easter fun at Shoal Bay Country Club. Image: Shoal Bay Country Club website
will be having an Easter Bunny Visit & Egg Hunt
on Easter Sunday with free kid's activities from 12-2pm, then live music from 2:30pm. During the school holidays they will also have free kid's activities every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday from 12 - 2pm with slime making, magic, pony rides, a petting zoo and more! See here
Whilst there, why not have lunch upstairs at the Kitchen & Patio
and enjoy one of their tasty wood-fired pizzas or fresh seafood offerings. The view of Shoal Bay beach from the upstairs level is absolutely stunning with bright blue water contrasted against the pure white sand (see photo, below). For a full article on Shoal Bay Country Club sees here
The Marina Market
Shoal Bay Country Club is located right across the road from Shoal Bay - take the bucket and spade!
is held on the Nelson Bay Foreshore
and has market stalls, food trucks and live music. Kids love this market as there is a lot of delicious food on offer and the market is held around the Nelson Bay Playground
, so they also get to have a play while parents can sit in the shade. The markets will be held on Friday, 7th April and Saturday, 15th April, between 4pm - 8pm. See here
for details and also check their Facebook
for the latest updates.
Spirited - A Creative Play Cafe
will be having an End of Term Celebration/ Easter Disco & Play on Thursday, 6th April at 5:30pm. They will have DJ Gonz playing the tunes, a new photo booth set up for photos, an Easter Egg Hunt and each child will receive a goodie bag to take home. See here
for details. They will also be having a school holiday workshop
and play sessions
all school holidays. For a full article on this fun indoor playground, see here
. Support a small local business in Port Stephens!
Soldiers Point Bowling Club
School holiday indoor fun at Spirited Cafe!
is a popular venue for families, due to its playground
right outside the bistro. Each school holiday they also have Kids Disco and Little Wings Kids' Bingo for members, guests and visitors! This April, the free disco will be held every Sunday night between 5pm - 8pm with music, games and prizes. The Bingo costs $10 per child (including lunch) and will be held each Thursday in the holidays at 10am. See here
for details and here
for a full article about Little Wings Kids Bingo.
(opposite Salamander Bay Square) will be having fun events for the kids with Kym the Reptile Man on 13th April ($10), paper crafts and movies. See here
Tomaree Aquatic Centre
have a waterslide that is open every weekend and every day in the school holidays, between 12pm - 3pm (check their Facebook
for updates). After you pay the pool entry price,
the waterslide cost is $2.50 per ride or 7 rides for $6.50. There is plenty of shade and food available from the kiosk. See here
Check out the water slide at Tomaree Aquatic Centre!
is back at Little Nelson Bay for the school holidays! This inflatable obstacle course out on the water is a lot of fun, with 1-hour sessions costing $25. This activity is designed for children and adults, with children aged between 6 and 9 years to be accompanied by a responsible person aged 16 years or older. See here
for details and here
for a full article on this event.
As well as checking out the events around town, also make sure you take time to walk along the bays and beaches in the area
, splash in the water and appreciate the beauty of this scenic paradise. Many of the region's attractions are absolutely free
, so enjoy the school holidays around the pristine waters of Nelson Bay - you won't want to leave!
SPLASH Waterpark, Little Nelson Bay