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April school holiday activities

Publish Date 28/03/2017

Here in Port Stephens there are a great range of activities for children of all ages during the school holidays Monday 10 April 2017 until Monday 25 April 2017.

Vacation Care

Are you looking for Vacation Care in April 2017?

View the Port Stephens Children Services programs for Medowie and Raymond Terrace:

Contact our Children's Services Administration Office on 02 4980 0308 or childcare@portstephens.nsw.gov.au for more information and to request enrolment forms.

Library activities

During the school holidays Port Stephens Library is offering a range of fun and exciting activities for children and young adults.

Find out about the Library and community events running over the holidays.

What's on in Port Stephens

Check out everything that's happening around the Port Stephens area. We've got information on community, cultural and Council events. View the Council and Community events calendar.

Port Stephens Season of Sailing - Australia's best yachting champions will be racing during 3-9 April 2017. Bring your binoculars and come and watch this sailing spectacular. Proudly sponsored by Council.

If you are looking for the top 10 School Holiday Fun activities visit Port Stephens Tourism.

Visitor Centre

Port Stephens Visitor Information Centre friendly staff will help you make the most of your stay in Port Stephens.

Find out more about where to stay, events that are on and what to do while in Port Stephens.

Skate parks

Help burn off some of the kids energy on their skateboards, scooters and BMX.

Council has seven skate parks that cater for beginners to skilled riders. All skill levels are equally entitled to use the ramps, however skate parks are not an appropriate place for toddlers using mini-bikes or toy riders.

Find our more about our skate parks in Port Stephens.

Aquatic Centres

Have fun on the water, there’s something for everyone at one of the Port Stephens aquatic centres.

  • Family fun at Tomaree with the big slide
  • Splash the kids at Tilligerry with the Splash Pad
  • Or if you like it a little warmer visit Lakeside in the indoor heated pool
  • Take up affordable sailing options or just a picnic at Grahamstown Sailing & Aquatic Club (GS&AC)

Parks & reserves

Port Stephens is home to numerous and picturesque reserves and parks ready for you to explore. There are numerous playgrounds, public amenities, open spaces and picnic facilities across the region making the area a perfect place to live or visit.

Find out more about our popular parks and reserves.

Go cycling

Take the kids out on their bikes along one of the cycling tracks in Port Stephens. Port Stephens has designated cycleways that provide safe cycling around the peninsula, taking you from Salamander Bay right through to Fingal Bay with some spectacular waterviews as you pass from Bagnalls Beach to Dutchies Beach to Nelson Bay. There's some shaded riding through bush and reserves from Shoal Bay to Fingal Bay and plenty of parks, playgrounds and cafes along the way.

Find out more about the long and shared cycleways in Port Stephens.

Dog parks

Take the dog out for a walk. Port Stephens has numerous parks and reserves where dogs may be exercised off-lead.

Find out where you may exercise your dogs on/off leash and the dog prohibited areas.

Surf lifeguard patrol times

Port Stephens Council contracts professional lifeguards from Surf Life Saving Services NSW (SLS NSW) trading as Australian Life Guard Services (ALS) to provide weekly patrols for Birubi Beach and Fingal Beaches with a 7 day per week patrol (including public holidays) at One Mile Beach. The service for all beaches will conclude on the 25 April 2017. Professional Patrol operating hours for all beaches are from 9 to 5pm. They operate 5 days per week at Birubi and Fingal and 7 days per week at One Mile Beach.

Take care on the roads

Excitement is in the air as school holidays begin. If you are lucky enough to be heading away with the family over the next few weeks, please remember to stay safe on the roads.

Fatigue is one of the 3 big killers on our roads, make use of one of the many Driver Reviver sites on the way to and from your destination. Find a rest stop

With more drivers on the road during the holidays, make sure you factor in the additional trip time, to help manage your travel time visit Live Traffic NSW.

During holiday times in Port Stephens, our beaches and parks can be very popular for families. So for all the adults in a child’s life when walking near roads, footpaths, driveways and car parks;

  • Hold your child's hand until they are at least 8 years old,
  • ensure they hold onto a pram, stroller, bag, trolley or your clothing if you cannot hold their hand, and
  • closely supervise them up to at least the age of 10.

Young children are fast and small and can get into danger very quickly. And for the motorists out there, please slow down when children are around.