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April school holiday activities

Publish Date 10/04/2019

Here in Port Stephens there are a great range of activities for children of all ages during the Autumn school holidays from Monday 15 - 26 April 2019.

Autumn school holidays

Vacation Care

Are you looking for Vacation care in April 2019? 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 activities

Please remember that bookings for all activities are essential as places are limited. Payment where applicable will confirm your booking.







Tuesday 16 April


Easter Storytime & Craft*

Tomaree Library



Wednesday 17 April


Magical Snow Globes*

Tomaree Library



Thursday 18 April


Board Games & Pizza

Raymond Terrace Library


All ages

Thursday 18 April


Drop in Board Game Afternoon

Tomaree Library


All ages

Wednesday 24 April


Book Craft Workshop *

Raymond Terrace Library



Wednesday 24 April


Zine Workshop *

Raymond Terrace Library



Wednesday 24 April


Peter Pan and the Quest for the Never Book – Movie Screening

Tomaree Library


All ages

* Bookings are essential as places are limited. Call Raymond Terrace Library on (02) 4988 0111 or Tomaree Library on (02) 4988 0670.

Art Space exhibition

John Head - Portraiture Exhibition

6 April - 2 May

A self portrait series highlighting the strength and fallibility of people and the divergence of paths taken through life.

John shares his fight against diabetes using the metaphor of a black leg and draws attention to his own and others struggles with PTSD brought on by military service.  The work looks at the importance of people within a community and the qualities of people as being an inherent part of what makes a community.

Contact the artist with enquiries on 0409 398 529 or email johnheard3@bigpond.com.

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.

If you are looking for walking trails, or things to do visit the Port Stephens Tourism website.

Visitor Centre

Port Stephens Visitor Information Centre (60 Victoria Parade, Nelson Bay) friendly staff will help you make the most of your stay in Port Stephens. If you are looking for accommodation or tour bookings in Port Stephens, please contact our Visitor Information Centre.

If you are looking for walking trails, or things to do visit Port Stephens Tourism.

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

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

  • Tomaree Aquatic Centre
    • The Tomaree slide in operation 12:00-3:00pm daily from Saturday 13 to 28 April 2019.
    • Fast track (holiday intensive) swim lessons will be run in the centre.
  • Tilligerry Aquatic Centre
    • Pool inflatable between 10:00-11:00am every day during the school holidays.
  • Lakeside Aquatic Centre

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.

  • Caswell Reserve has a new playground and the amenities will be completed in April 2019.

Find out more about our popular parks and reserves.

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.

Lifeguards finish up for the season at the end of the school holidays on the 27 April 2019 for Birubi Beach and Fingal Beaches and on 28 April 2019 at One Mile Beach.

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!

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