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What are the Best Rainy Day Ideas For Kids in Newcastle?

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by Sue W (subscribe)
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Published May 17th 2022
Have you have woken up to a rainy day and you're wondering what to do with the kids in Newcastle? If you don't want to spend much money, then you can go to the local library and read books together, pick up some supplies and get crafty, put on your raincoats and go for a walk in the rain, enjoy free activities at the Newcastle Museum, catch the light rail to Newcastle Beach and have a hot chocolate at The Kiosk, or have a swim in the rain in the Ocean Baths in the warmer months - to name just a few ideas.

Our family have tried a number of the rainy day ideas around Newcastle for kids - but we are always on the lookout for more! Do you have a favourite venue or activity that you like to do on a rainy day? If so, I would love to hear it! Please leave a comment at the top of this article and it will be shown underneath, for others to read. On future rainy days, we will be checking out Parrey Indoor Skatepark and Hunter Ice Skating Stadium - although I'm sure there must be even more places to try! Where is your favourite? These are our family's favs - so far...

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Ten pin bowling at Dullboy's Social Co! Image: Dullboy's Facebook


Dullboy's Social Co is located at Warners Bay in Lake Macquarie and a new one has also opened up at Rutherford. This venue has arcade games, dodgem cars, mini-golf, 24 lane ten pin bowling and karaoke! It is a popular venue for both adults and children alike, with good food and fun vibes! Stay for lunch and enjoy the fare from their American Diner. My daughter went to this venue with a school holiday program and didn't stop talking about it!

Newcastle Entertainment Centre has shows for kids each school holidays such as Disney on Ice, Paw Patrol, The Wiggles and more! Check out their website for last-minute tickets.

Westfield Kotara and Charlestown Square Shopping Centre are both large shopping centres that provide a lot of family entertainment on rainy days - for both adults and kids. Westfield Kotara has the entertainment precinct at The Rooftop with family restaurants, Timezone and Events Cinemas, with all the latest family movies. Charlestown Square also has a Timezone, Reading Cinemas, Megamania Indoor Play Centre, Strike Bowling and Holy Moly Mini Golf. Both venues have undercover parking and provide a whole day of family fun! Also check out Green Hills Shopping Centre in East Maitland, which also has a Hoyts, Timezone and an extensive restaurant area.

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Hours of fun at Timezone!


Revolution is an indoor trampoline park with a variety of jumping areas, a Ninja course, inflatables, Kiddies Arena, a Ninja Wall, Dodgeball, Basketball and Bubble Soccer. There are a variety of packages that you can choose from, depending on the height of your children, which activities they want to do and how long you want to stay for. Revolution is perfect if your kids have lots of energy to burn. If you go in the school holidays, try and get there early.

Pulse Climbing in Adamstown has indoor rock climbing and bouldering for ages 5 and over. If your kids are adventurous and not afraid of trying something new, then check out this venue for something different - it is a lot of fun!

Ninja Parc is located at Cooks Hill and offers another way to tire out your kids while they have fun. Buy a 1 hour Casual Play Pass and watch your kids explore, jump, swing and conquer!

These are just some ideas to inspire you on a rainy day in Newcastle. If you're anything like our family, it needs to have something fun for the kids, but also good coffee for us! Where is your favourite rainy day venue in Newy?

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Test your strength at Ninja Parc! Image: Ninja Parc Facebook

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I enjoyed doing things at home with the kids like icing cookies, painting, or setting camping in the jungle (aka lounge).
by SocialHummingBird (score: 3|1453) 196 days ago
Good tips here. They will be very helpful as May delivers higher than average rain fall.
by Gillian Ching (score: 3|5739) 195 days ago

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