Spring has sprung and the school holidays are just around the corner. While they're going to look a little different from the usual due to lockdown, it's not all bad news!
Luckily for the kids (or more importantly the parents), Newcastle's cultural attractions have been working hard behind the scenes to put together some online school holiday workshops.
From art classes to science experiments, there's plenty happening to stave off boredom and add something unique to your days. The best part – all events are free!
Keep reading to discover what's online these school holidays…
Newcastle Art Gallery
Join Newcastle Art Gallery for interactive online art programs for primary school aged children delivered by a Gallery Educator.
Taking inspiration from the KILGOUR PRIZE 2021 exhibition, kids will learn how to make assemblages of faces using cardboard and other materials from around the home. Learn how to cut and construct a basic face shape, then collage other facial features to make your own unique design!
Have some materials ready to go such as cardboard, cereal boxes, egg cartons, assorted dry pasta, string, foil, coloured pencils or markers, scissors and glue.
Event dates: Monday 20th & Wednesday 22nd September, 10am. Free online event, bookings required here.
Join in for an interactive art workshop using materials from your garden or local park! Go on an adventure and gather up some flowers, twigs and leaves to create your own nature craft. Kids will learn how to draw little figures before decorating with blooms and foliage.
Have some materials ready such as a collection of flowers, a sheet of A4 paper, coloured pencils or markers, scissors, paintbrush, glue and any other natural materials like twigs, feathers and leaves.
Dates: Monday 27th & Wednesday 29th September, 10am. Free online event, bookings required here.
Once registered for an event, a Zoom link will be sent by email along with a reminder email closer to the event date. Both programs will also be recorded and then made available to stream on-demand, so you can watch for inspiration and create later.
See what the wildlife are up to during lockdown on the Blackbutt Facebook page, or get stuck into one (or all) of the fun activity sheets! Test your knowledge of wildlife at Blackbutt Reserve using the wildlife crossword, take a walk around your yard or street as see what you can find as part of a scavenger hunt, make your own stick insect, or go for a nature walk and see how many of the listed items you can find.
Calling all budding scientists…get your science fix these school holidays thanks to Newcastle Museum's Museum Express at Home. The next series of fun science experiments to try at home will be streamed on the Museums Facebook page - tune in and get ready to explore, create and learn at home.
Tuesday 21 September: Museum Express at Home episode 5
Tuesday 28 September: Museum Express at Home episode 6
Scientist Catherine is also back to chat about all the science you have been doing at home in lockdown, featuring a shoutout to five of her favourites! The emphasis will be on fun science that doesn't need a lot of ingredients or supervision.
Thursday 23 September: Show us your Science! event 1
Thursday 30 September: Show us your Science! event 2
Get rewarded for all your stay at home reading, watching and listening obsessions thanks to the Stay at Home and Read Beanstack Challenge. Get your library fix while stuck at home as you get to know the free movie and music streaming platforms, search the podcast offerings, listen to an audiobook, or read an eBook or eMagazine. It's free and easy to join – get started by signing up to the challenge and logging your reading. You'll also be in the running to win a weekly $50 MacLeans Booksellers voucher!
If you're interested in the STEAM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths), the Spring STEAM Beanstack Challenge might just be for you. Read, review and STEAM ahead for your chance to enter the weekly Spring STEAM Challenge draw with some exciting prizes on offer!
If you love Young Adult Fiction, these activities will be right up your alley! Get stuck into Young Adult Book Bingo - read five books in a row to get bingo and go in the draw to win some great prizes, or test your knowledge at the Young Adult Books Kahoot Trivia Quiz.
Looking for more school holiday inspiration? Check out our blog page full of ideas for things to do around Newcastle.