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Top 10 Summer School Holiday Activities in Nelson Bay, Port Stephens (Dec 2020 - Jan 2021)

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Have fun in the sun this summer
Are you on holidays in Nelson Bay and looking for fun things to do with the kids? First of all, check out the article Top 40 Things to do For Kids in Nelson Bay, Port Stephens for 40 ideas to start ticking off all around the region! As well as the usual tourist attractions, beaches, bays and family activities to do, there are also a number of other school holiday activities happening abound Nelson Bay and surrounding suburbs. Although COVID-19 has cancelled the usual New Year's Eve fireworks, Christmas Carols and many events around the region (and country), we can still enjoy summer in paradise this year!

Here are 10 more ideas to keep you busy this summer...

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Summer fun at Nelson Bay! Image: Original photos from Nelson Bay Family Carnival Facebook


1/ Nelson Bay Family Carnival is held at Neil Carroll Park every summer, much to the delight of local and holidaying families. This year will be their 69th year! Play games at sideshow alley, walk through the haunted castle, ride the sizzler and have fun at this traditional seaside fair. It will be held between 18th December 2020 to 16th January 2021, from 6:30pm onwards (weather permitting). See here for details.

2/ Twilight Christmas Markets will be held on 19th December 2020, as well as the 2nd & 16th January 2021, along the Fingal Bay Foreshore. Parents will enjoy browsing the stalls of locally-made products, while the kids will love the playground, tasty food stalls and playing on the sand! See here for details.

3/ Spirited - A Creative Play Cafe is a small indoor play centre that is popular with toddlers, pre-schoolers and primary-school aged children. These school holidays they will be having 2 hour play sessions, which comply with all COVID restrictions. Book in online to secure your session time. The cost is $16 for 2 hours, for children aged between 12 months and 12 years. See here for details. For a full article on this play centre, see here.

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A cute little indoor play centre for the littlies! Image: Spirited - A Creative Play Cafe Facebook


4/ Tomaree Library will be hosting 4 school holiday programs this January - Sketch Mania Caveman Art, Meet Edison Bot, Illustrating Workshop with Sami Bayly and The Art and Science of Cyanotype. Prices range between free, to $5 per child. Call Tomaree Library on 4988 0670 to make your booking. See here for details.

5/ Irukandji Shark & Ray Encounters will be having a school holiday program called Mini Marine Biologist, where children aged between 7 - 11 will get up close and personal with the marine residents and learn about how they live. The cost is $120 for 5 hours. See here for details. They also have the same program for older children aged between 12 and 15, at a cost of $160 for 5 hours. See here for details.

6/ SPLASH Waterpark Nelson Bay is a temporary inflatable water park that is set up each summer at Little Nelson Bay. Book online to secure your session and then get there 20 minutes early for instructions. The cost is $20 for 1 hour, with a minimum age of 6 years old. See here for details.

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Enjoy a 1 hour session bouncing, jumping and running over the obstacles! Image: SPLASH Waterpark Facebook


7/ SuperStrike Ten Pin Bowling at Salamander Bay has a School Holiday Happy Hour special for early-risers. If you bowl between 9am - 10am, the games are only $8 per person! Walk-ins only. See here for details.

8/ PCYC Nelson Bay always has a full range of sporting and craft programs for kids, each school holidays. The cost is $40 per child per day. Places fill up fast, so call 4981 3099 to secure a spot today! See here for the activities each day.

9/ Port Stephens Surf School will be running their popular surfing lessons at Fingal Bay, One Mile and Birubi Beach these school holidays! If you would like to learn how to SUP, they also offer this at Dutchmans Beach. It's not just for the kids either - mums and dads can also learn too! Group surf lessons start from $65 for 1 lesson. See here for details.

10/ Tomaree Aquatic Centre open their waterslide every day during the school holidays, between 12pm - 3pm. Visitors need to pay the $6 entry fee to the pool and then each ride is now $2 (or $6 for 7 rides/ $18 for unlimited rides within the 3 hours). Height requirements apply. See here for details. For a full article on this pool, see here.

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Check your height against the sign to see if you can ride


If you are looking for more ideas, then check out the Port Stephens Weekendnotes website for all the best family-friendly clubs to visit with playgrounds, where to get an ice-cream, what to do on New Year's Eve and where to get a delicious breakfast each day with the family.

Wear plenty of sun cream and have fun in the sun this summer!

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