At the time of writing, the Coronavirus is causing havoc all over the world. With the school holidays coming up, what will it mean for children and families? Will we have to stay home in isolation, or can we get outdoors and enjoy all the wonderful activities that Port Stephens have to offer? With the situation changing daily, it is important to check the Department of Health website for updates
Keep reading for some outdoor ideas (as long as we stay 1.5 metres from other people), some indoor ideas (if we have to stay at home) and some of the children's programs that are planned. These school holidays will certainly be one that we have never experienced before. Here are some ideas to get you started - whatever the situation!
Get some fresh air and go for a walk
Walk to the top of Tomaree Head Summit
(more suitable for older children due to its steep climb).
Take your dog, or a neighbour's dog, for a walk
INDOOR IDEAS AT HOME
Hop on your bikes and ride along the Nelson Bay Foreshore to Little Beach
Buy LEGO or toys online and have them delivered to your door.
Create a Treasure Hunt in your back garden, or buy some Easter eggs and start an Easter Egg Hunt - whatever the date!
Skype friends and family and play games such as Eye Spy.
Throw a huge tablecloth over your dining table and create fort underneath.
Print off activity sheets or colouring-in from websites such as Nick Junior
Collect empty toilet rolls (if you have any!) and see who can make the best toilet roll craft.
Play board games, Uno or make your own Snakes & Ladders Board. Teach your kids how to play Solitaire.
Build a veggie patch and buy seeds online. Research which vegetables will grow well in autumn.
SCHOOL HOLIDAY PROGRAMS & ACTIVITIES
Read books under your fort!
(Check with each website to ensure they will be going ahead)
Nelson Bay PCYC
have a school holiday program with basketball, slime making, ninja courses, boxfit, cooking and more.
will be having a Rock Art workshop on 15th April, at a cost of $5 per child.
Shoal Bay Country Club
will have FREE school holiday activities such as an Easter Egg Hunt, pony rides, petting zoo, reptile show and more.
have school holiday programs each holidays, with ninja course runs, trampolining and silks.
will be having 5 day Learn to Surf programs for 5 - 12 year olds.
indoor play centre at Taylors Beach have school holiday events and activities for all ages.
Hopefully you have found at least one idea off this list to entertain your kids these school holidays - whatever the situation. As parents, we may need to get a little more creative with ideas, so if you have any more suggestions, please leave a comment at the bottom of this article. Enjoy this time with your kids - whatever the holidays bring!
Hit the surf these school holidays! Image: SurfGrom Facebook