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Autumn School Holidays

  • 20 March 2021

Unleash your imagination...

The Autumn School Holidays are almost here, and thanks to Newcastle’s cultural attractions there's plenty on offer to keep the little ones entertained and out of mischief!

Kids are invited to unleash their imaginations at a range of exciting events and workshops across the city that will have them thinking like never before. Whether it’s writing the adventure of a lifetime, inspiring a passion for poetry, or joining in on fascinating science experiments, there's something to ignite the minds of curious kids of all ages. 

Newcastle and Wallsend Library branches will be a hive of activity with ‘how to’ workshops on just about everything – create an exciting paper illustration or a stupendous shadow puppet, or get hands-on in a cyanotype printing workshop. Creative little geniuses can let their imaginations run wild in the dramatic and visual storytelling workshops or the practical and informative Story Stomp sessions.

Have you visited the Digital Library at 12 Stewart Avenue yet? Whether it’s dancing with Pepper the Robot, making a short film with a green screen, VR demonstrations, or exploring space on the huge interactive screen, there’s something to keep the whole family entertained.  

Over at Newcastle Museum, kids can get inventive at the Science Busking workshops or inspire their passion for poetry in the beginners Poetry Workshops where attendees will use, but are not limited to, the Museum’s 1X4 exhibition as inspiration for writing. This workshop is one of a series of free events celebrating poetry hosted by Girls on Key, a feminist poetry organisation representing women and gender diverse poets and spoken word artists through its monthly poetry readings around Australia and a small press. Participants of the workshop are also invited to perform their work at the free open mic event as part of the launch event. 

Budding artists will love what’s on offer at Newcastle Art Gallery. Kids can indulge their passion for art and food in the Illustrating Food Workshops, or get hands-on in local Aboriginal artist led bracelet weaving and dilly bag making workshops.

If the whole family is keen to get involved, come along to Tastes of the Bush, a Gallery-wide, family-friendly, celebration of Aboriginal art, food and culture. Experience the unique flavours of Australia with Oz Tukka who will be offering free tastings of food flavoured with Australian native spices. Enjoy a special dance performance by Catapult Dance and explore traditional and contemporary craft through artmaking activities and live demonstrations (bookings required). 

You can start planning your holidays now with a range of free and bookable options from City of Newcastle’s cultural facilities. For more ways to unleash your imagination these Autumn School Holidays visit newcastle.nsw.gov.au/school-holidays or search the ‘children & family’ category on What’s ON.

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