Spring Holidays


A close friend of mine and I are the parent network coordinators for our respective son’s years at the same school. Essentially a parent network coordinator is like a parent connection between the school and parents, but we like to refer to ourselves as the social coordinators. We happily organise mums nights outs and play dates. We also happily get together before each school holidays and organise impending school holiday activities, we also do this over a bottle of wine, so you see the appeal. So I thought I’d share some of our ideas with you.

  • There are obvious things like the movies. These holidays the ones that are out are Christopher Robin, Luis and the Aliens, Teen Titans Go! to the Movies, Smallfoot and The House with a Clock in its Walls.

  • Old faves like bowling, Holy Moly Putt Putt, Inflatable World, Revolution and Ice Skating, the Wetlands, Museum and the Reptile Park

  • Playgrounds, I’m recommending these holidays to try out the new ones in Cameron Park and Richley Reserve

  • As the weather starts to get warmer we have planned a trip to Caves Beach to go cave walking (is that what you call it?)

  • We usually plan a lunch date somewhere - I’d recommend the newly revamped Argy Hotel, SJs, Wallsend Diggers, Blackbutt Hotel, the Mattara

  • Go grab a freak shake from The Depot on Darby. I took my littlest for one the other day and I think he nearly fell off his chair in shock when it arrived

  • Mega Creatures is on again at Hunter Valley Gardens and they promise new and exciting rides and creatures

My friend and I are meeting at the end of this week… come on help me out with ideas of what your plans are to entertain our little darlings these holidays!

School Holidays with the NHM

They're nearly here! Have you planned them yet? My oldest son is now in year 1 and our year have organised playdates throughout the holidays. We've organised them at a lot of fun places so I thought I would share it with you.



Hunter Valley Gardens - Snow Time in the Garden: Each July holidays our family will visit the snow time exhibition and it's definitely the closest to snow that I like to go! I do believe it is worth the money but you do need to try to get your full day's worth. This year you can ice skate, ride on the toboggan, build a snowman, have fun on the 9D adventure and watch live ice sculpting plus much more. 


Ninja Warrior Parc, Darby Street: There are two sides to this place. One is the warrior side where the kids run through a set of different obstacles and the other side is the climb side where they are harnessed up and climb up various different climbing walls. Now, the climb side states it is really for 5 and up, however my 2 year had a great crack at it! 



Holy Moly Golf or Strike at Charlestown: Stay out of the cold and be entertained for hours here. Holy Moly is a really interactive putt putt golf place that the kids will love. Then when you finish up there, Strike Bowling is in the same location. 


Movies: There's a great selection of movies these school holidays. They include, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, The Incredibles 2, Hotel Transylvania 3, Avengers, Early Man. 


Hunter Wetlands Centre Dinosaur Adventure: This is on form July 7 to July 21, between 9.30am and 1.30pm. There's an exhibition, reptiles, craft activities and a Dino search. Tickets are super cheap and $8 for non members of the wetlands. 


Plus, Newcastle always has entertainment at the libraries, art galleries and museum. The reptile park, Hunter Valley Zoo are always great options.