Active Ideas for Kids July School Holidays

We’ve compiled a list of ideas to keep your kids and family active these July School Holidays. There are activities suitable for all ages, see for yourself:

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Charlestown Square Roller Skating Rink

Saturday 6th – Sunday 21st July 2019 from 10am


Charlestown Square is celebrating its 40th birthday with a 70’s Roller-Skating Rink.

Find the roller skating rink daily from 10am in Centre Court, Level 1 near Myer. Tickets are $5 per person for a 45-minute session.

Tickets are available to purchase in centre or online


NOTE: The Roller Rink is suitable for children 2 years and above.


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Holiday Intensive Program

Monday 15- Friday 19 July 9am

Five-days of intensive lessons reinforce the skills gained in Learn to Swim classes and helps your child retain information quicker. Watch your child improve their ability over the course of just one week.

West Wallsend Swim Centre          

3 years and over

Five-day program $55

Bookings essential, call West Wallsend Swim Centre on 4921 0738

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Parks & Playgrounds

If the weather permits, Newcastle & Lake Macquarie are filled with a great selection of parks and playgrounds.

Newest Playground Facilities:

  • Fletcher Street Reserve, Adamstown
  • Cressington Way Reserve, Wallsend
  • Stockton Active Hub, South Stockton

Find the nearest park or playground on the council website.

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Dullboys Social Co.

 Bowling, arcade games, dodgem cars and mini-golf. The perfect solution for indoor activities when the winter weather brings dark clouds and rain (note: the mini-golf is outside so you’ll have to save that for a sunny day). There’s even a diner and bar with plenty of treats to keep you satisfied.

School holiday special:

$6 bowling

Get in early for $6 games of bowling per person. Only available from 9-10am from 05.07.19 – 22.07-19

For more information head to Dullboys’ website.

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Treetops Adventure Park

Visit either the Newcastle or Central Coast location and explore nature with an adventure. Take your pick of the fun work out at the Adventure parks, amazing heights of the Vertical Challenges, the extreme thrill of the Crazy Rider or bounce, play, discover and explore at NetWorld.

Pricing from $14pp. Bookings are recommended. For more information head to the Treetops website.

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Pulse Climbing

If you’re looking for something different, Pulse Climbing offers facilities for all levels of climbing from beginners to elite. The atmosphere is relaxed and welcoming, with highly experienced staff on hand for safety instruction and to give tips on climbing technique and training.

Pulse climbing has three locations:

Adamstown – Top rope climbing and bouldering

Warners Bay (new) – Bouldering

West Gosford – Bouldering

Minimum climbing age is 5.

Minimum belaying (holding the rope of a climber) age is 12.

For pricing, opening hours and information on the facilities, head to the Pulse Climbing website.

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Ninja Parc

Are your kids full of energy? Won’t sit still? Ninja Parc is a great way for them to release that energy, moving, swinging and jumping their way through the Ninja Parc course.

Ninja Parc has classes or casual play for people of all ages, so the whole family can join in!

The Ninja Parc indoor obstacle course includes rope climbs, bouldering challenges, vertical and horizontal doors and a sea of poles, each offering the opportunity to improve agility and unleash your inner Ninja!

Kids under the age of eight must be accompanied on the Ninja Parc course by an adult when partaking in free play. We also recommend kids (partaking in free play) be over the age of six to ensure they’re capable of tackling the Ninja Parc course with confidence.

Additionally, Ninja Parc offers classes for Mini Ninjas aged three to six years, and Little Ninjas aged seven to 12 years. For further detail, see our groups page, or call your closest Ninja Parc.

Visit the Ninja Parc website for more information.

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Revolution Sports Park

Located in Maryville, the Revolution Sports Park site occupies a 4,600 metre square space with 3 arenas: The trampoline park, the bubble soccer arena and the inflatable field. There’s also a cafe for parents to relax while the kids play.

For more information, visit the Revolution Sports Park website.

Charlestown Square 2019 Kids Entertainment Pass and Super Entertainment Pass

Charlestown Square 2019 Kids Entertainment Pass and Super Entertainment Pass

The NEW 2019 Kids Entertainment Pass and Super Entertainment Pass are now on sale (from $39pp) at the Customer Service Desk. These entertainment bundles can save you money and give your kids something to do these school holidays!

Each Entertainment Pass includes a ticket to Reading Cinemas- with a bonus small popcorn, Ribs and Burgers offer, Strike Bowling, Holey Moley, Timezone plus lots more!

Pick up your Entertainment Pass from the Customer Service Desk at Charlestown Square (Level 1 near JB Hi-Fi).

Click here for more information.

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Go Karts

Seeking adventure and thrill? Go-karts are sure to get the adrenalin pumping. Visit Go Karts Go at Broadmeadow, or the indoor Xtreme Karts Warners Bay.

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Hunter Ice Skating Stadium

Take the kids along to Hunter Ice Skating Stadium at Warners Bay for some winter fun. There’s also a cafe with a range of food, snacks and beverages. School holiday pricing starts at $15pp.

For more information, visit the Hunter Ice Skating Stadium website.

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Hunter Wetlands Centre

Plan a visit to the Wetlands these school holidays and take a closer look around or venture further from the Visitor Centre.

  • bring your bike and ride all the way to the Rainforest Shelter
  • hire a canoe and view the site from the water
  • Pick up a Scavenger Hunt List and see how many of the things you can find
  • go dipnetting and see what’s below the water

They also have some special activities planned to help you get to know the Wetlands and its residents better.

  • Guided Canoe Tour for Families
  • Behind the Scenes Tour (8 – 12 year olds)
  • Waterbird Drawing Workshop (8 – 12 year olds)
  • Buggy Tours for Families (30 minute)
  • Birdwatching at Water Ribbon Pond.

Entry fees start at $2, children under 3 are free.

Closed in shoes, hat, sunscreen and insect repellent are strongly recommended. Closed in shoes are required for some activities.

 Click here for more information on the July School Holidays Program.

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Newcastle July School Holiday Activity Guide

As you can see, there are plenty of options around Newcastle and Lake Macquarie to stay active and outdoors with your kids these July School Holidays. There are also various options for when it’s raining.

If it’s a nice day, taking the kids for a bike ride, walk or to a park can be enough (particularly if you’re trying to save money). During winter it can be difficult to find the motivation to exercise, however, you will feel much better after being active, especially if it’s with the whole family.

Other resources:

  • Newcastle City Council’s school holiday activity guide
  • Lake Macquarie City Council’s school holiday activity guide

The July 2019 school holidays are from Saturday 6 July to Sunday 21 July.

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