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April school holiday activities 2018

Publish Date 05/04/2018

Here in Port Stephens there are a great range of activities for children of all ages during the school holidays Monday 16 April 2018 until Sunday 29 April 2018.

Autumn school holidays

Vacation Care

Are you looking for Vacation care in April 2018? Vacation Care provides programmed activities, learning experiences and excursions for school age children from 4 -13yrs.

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

Contact our Children's Services Administration Office on (02) 4988 0308 or childcare@portstephens.nsw.gov.au for more information and to request enrolment forms.


Library School Holiday Program

We are pleased to announce our April 2018 school holiday program. Bookings are essential for all activities as places are limited. You can contact the library or follow the links below for more information.

DateVenueActivityTimeCost Suitable for ages
18 April Raymond Terrace Library Introduction to Raspberry Pi 2.00-3.30pm Free 8-12
19 April Tomaree Library Family Board Games 5.00-7.00pm Free all ages
23 April Tomaree Library Bushwalk and Nature Craft 10.30am-12.00pm $7.50 5-8
23 April Tomaree Library Bushwalk and Nature Craft 2.00-3.00pm $7.50 9-12
24 April Raymond Terrace Library Make your own Snow Globe 2.00-3.00pm $5.00 5+
27 April Tomaree Library Bushwalk and Haiku Writing Workshop 2.00-3.30pm Free 12+
27 April Raymond Terrace Library Family Movie "Paws" and craft activity 2.00-4.00pm $2

all ages

Art Space exhibition

6 April - 4 May 2018
Artisan Collective Port Stephens

Artisan Collective Port Stephens is a group of artisans working together to display and sell a locally produced art or product in a retail environment. The retail environments are empty shops that in collaboration with the owner and the group activate an empty space providing an opportunity for the local and visiting community to experience locally made artwork, skincare products, and beeswax candles and wraps.

Email Sally Ann Walker or phone on 0410 618 488 about Artisan Collective Port Stephens

Find out more about Art Space exhibitions.


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.

  • Friday 13 April 2018 - Picnic on the Lawn:  Raymond Terrace Library front lawn from 3.30pm - 6pm. Chill out with a DJ, giant games, trivia and more.
  • Friday 13 April 2018 - The Drop Launch. The Drop, Tilligerry (previously the Girl Guides Hall) from 3.30pm - 6pm. The official launch of 'The Drop' drop in centre for young people.
  • 9-15 April 2018 - Sail Port Stephens 2018
  • Sunday 15 April 2018 - Port Stephens Skate and Skoot Competition - Facilitated by Tyca Port Stephens
  • 17-19 April 2018 - Come try Sailing - Facilitated by Sailability NSW
  • Sunday 22 April 2018 - Art & Music Workshops with Up & Up.11am – 2pm, Medowie Skate Park, Medowie.

If you are looking for walking trails, or things to do 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.


Aquatic Centres

Our swimming pools are top quality in the state, ranking high safety scores in NSW.

Have fun on the water, there’s something for everyone at one of the Port Stephens aquatic centres. Remember swimming is a year-round activity.

  • Family fun at Tomaree with the big slide
    • Tomaree Aquatic Centre will have the water slide from 12pm to 3pm daily over the school holiday.
    • Fast track learn to swim program; which is an intensive holiday learn to swim program.
  • Splash the kids at Tilligerry with the Splash Pad
  • If you like it a little warmer visit Lakeside in the indoor heated pool
    • Inflatable Fun Everyday at Lakeside during school holidays 12-2pm.

Commercial operators

There are a range of licensed commercial operators in Port Stephens providing fantastic services on local beaches, playing fields and reserves. These operators include:

Find out more about the commercial operators in Port Stephens.


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.

Check out the new Boat Harbour playground.


Beaches and foreshores

Port Stephens has a variety of beautiful beaches, foreshores and reserves on offer with large patrolled beaches ideally suited for surfing and small enclosed beaches perfect for a family picnic or get together.

Port Stephens Council contracts professional lifeguards from Surf Life Saving Services NSW to provide weekly patrols for Birubi Beach and Fingal Beaches with a 7 day per week patrol (including public holidays) at One Mile Beach.

Please note there are Birubi Headland traffic and parking changes for Easter and the school holidays.


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.


Take care on the roads

Just because Schools on a break, doesn’t mean our Children can't still be learning!  Holding hands, walking and talking with young children is a fantastic way to help our little people learn how to stay safe in and around traffic. This is called Commentary Walking.

Parents and caregivers play an important part in teaching their children about road safety. Children learn largely by experience, and as parents and carers we have regular, daily opportunities to discuss road safety with our children while on the way to the shops, park, beach or school.

When crossing the road, talk about where and when it is safe to cross the road…….and why!  (How many times does a small child ask us that question?)

When crossing the road, look out before you step out.