The school holidays are almost here and it is time to think about what to do for a whole two weeks this October! The Nelson Bay and Port Stephens region has a wide array of kid-friendly activities and venues to check out (see here for ideas), however it is also interesting to see what else there is to do around the region. Do your kids love to be outdoors and get out on the water? Or do they prefer quieter activities indoors? Do they love cute and fluffy farm animals? If so, you can't go past Oakvale Wildlife Park, which has a farmyard area that is perfect for the little ones. Older kids may like to go on a whale watching cruise, or see if they can spot them from local lookouts, as they make their migration south.
Keep reading for a range of ideas on what to do these school holidays. You may want to get out the diary - they all sound like fun!
Free school holiday activities at d'Albora Marinas, Nelson Bay Foreshore! Image: d' Albora Marinas Facebook
1/ d'Albora Marinas on the Nelson Bay Foreshore will be having a whole host of school holiday activities, with daily fish feeding, sand art, air-brush tattooing, Bricks4kids workshops, a petting zoo, feature creatures and the Sacred Tree Markets (5th/ 6th October). See here for details and here for the full program. Every day there is something fun to do for kids at the marina, including playing at Nelson Bay Playground nearby!
2/ Shoal Bay Country Club host free kids activities every Sunday between 12pm - 2pm, with petting zoos, discos and crafts on the agenda from week to week. Also during these October school holidays they will be hosting two shows - TheKaty Perry & Taylor Swift Tribute Show (Thursday, 3rd October) and The Transformers Show (Thursday, 10th October), at a cost of $10 per child. Parents will also love Shoal Bay Country Club for the food and views! See here for details and show bookings.
Image: Original images from Shoal Bay Country Club Facebook
3/ Spirited - A Creative Play Café at Taylors Beach will be hosting S.T.E.A.M. Workshops for kids from preschool to Year 8. "S.T.E.A.M". stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. They will also be hosting a Back To School Disco on Sunday, 13th October. See here for the events listings.
4/ Tomaree Library will be having school holiday workshops in coding and science, as well as story time and craft for preschoolers. Activities range from free to $10, with bookings essential (get in early to secure your place - these activities fill up fast!) See here for details.
School holiday fun at Tomaree Library, opposite Salamander Bay Square shopping centre. Image: Port Stephens Council website
5/ Soldiers Point Bowling Club will be hosting Little Wings Kids Bingo on the 3rd and 10th October (at a cost of $10 per child including lunch), as well as free Kids' Discos on 29th September, 6th October and 13th October. These events are for members and guests of the club, as well as visitors or locals who live outside the area. All welcome! See here for details.
Win prizes and have fun at Little Wings Kids Bingo!
Did you find some fun activities to keep your kid(s) busy these school holidays? Check back with Weekendnotes Port Stephens for more events listed, when advertised. With so many beautiful beaches, bays, walks and activities to do around the region, your kids will enjoy every moment of their school holidays in Nelson Bay - guaranteed!