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April School Holiday Ideas in Nelson Bay, 2020

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by Sue W (subscribe)
Lover of exploring, family, food and fun!
Published March 16th 2020
Update April 2nd 2020
Due to COVID-19, the school holiday events at the end of this article have been cancelled.

Indoor & outdoor ideas for these school holidays
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!

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Get some fresh air and go for a walk


OUTDOOR IDEAS

Ride your bikes or scooters around your house, hotel or along the Nelson Bay Foreshore.
Go for a swim at a family friendly bay.
Go for a snorkel at Fly Point.
Walk to the top of Tomaree Head Summit (more suitable for older children due to its steep climb).
Go fishing.
Take your dog, or a neighbour's dog, for a walk.
Explore the Stockton Sand Dunes at Birubi Beach.
Collect shells along the scenic Shoal Bay or Fingal Bay.
See the article Top 40 Things to do For Kids in Nelson Bay for more ideas - check with each venue to see if they are open and operating hours.

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Hop on your bikes and ride along the Nelson Bay Foreshore to Little Beach


INDOOR IDEAS AT HOME

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.

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Read books under your fort!


SCHOOL HOLIDAY PROGRAMS & ACTIVITIES (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.
Tomaree Library 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.
Murrays Brewery has family Easter events planned.
Zone Active have school holiday programs each holidays, with ninja course runs, trampolining and silks.
Nudie SurfGroms will be having 5 day Learn to Surf programs for 5 - 12 year olds.
Spirited Cafe indoor play centre at Taylors Beach have school holiday events and activities for all ages.
Soldiers Point Bowling Club has Kids Discos and Little Wings Kids Bingo each school holidays.
Bunnings Port Stephens have DIY Kids Workshops each school holidays.

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!

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Hit the surf these school holidays! Image: SurfGrom Facebook

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Where: Nelson Bay, Port Stephens
Cost: Free ideas & school holiday programs (see websites for details)
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