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Christmas school holiday activities 2017

Publish Date 10/01/2018

Here in Port Stephens there are a great range of activities for children of all ages during the school holidays Monday 18 December 2017 until Tuesday 30 January 2018.

School holidays 2017

Vacation Care

Are you looking for Vacation care in January 2018? 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

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

10 Jan 10:30-11:30am CoderDojo with Scratch Coding Workshop Raymond Terrace 7+ Free
10 Jan2:30-3:30pmCoderDojo with Scratch Coding WorkshopRaymond Terrace7+Free
10 Jan3:00-4:30pmGame On!Tomaree10+Free
11 Jan4:00-6:30pmGet on BoardRaymond Terrace7+ to adultsFree
12 Jan2:00-3:00pmYoga for Kids 5-9 years oldTomaree5-9$5
12 Jan3:30-4:30pmYoga for Kids 10-14 years oldTomaree10-14$5
15 Jan2:00-3:00pmLittle Bang Discovery Club - Session 1Tomaree4-8yrs$5
16 Jan10:00-11:00am Little Bang Discovery Club - Session 1Raymond Terrace4-8yrs$5
17 Jan10:30-11:30amBrilliant Bags and Super Slap BandsTomaree6-10$7.50
17 Jan2:00-2:45pm Introduction to KarateTomaree 3-11yrs $8
17 Jan3:00-3:45pmIntroduction to Karate Tomaree3-11yrs$8
18 Jan5:00-6:30pmFamily Movie - PawsTomareeAll agesFree
22 Jan10:30am-12:00pmPokémon Trading Card Game WorkshopRaymond Terrace6+Free
22 Jan2:00-3:00pmLittle Bang Discovery Club - Session 2Tomaree4-8yrs$5
23 Jan10:00-11:00amLittle Bang Discovery Club - Session 2Raymond Terrace4-8yrs$5

Places are limited, so bookings are essential.  Contact the library for more information and bookings - Tomaree Library on (02) 4988 0670 or Raymond Terrace Library on (02) 4988 0111.

Art Space exhibition

HSC Visual Arts exhibition

28 November 2017 - 27 January 2018

A selection of current Year 12 students Higher School Certificate Visual Arts HSC exam from both Irrawang and Hunter River High Schools. Students have submitted a Body of Work working on their own ideas ands concepts, completing the works in their choice of media area.

For more information contact

  • Hunter River High School - Alison Peters on (02) 4987 2306 or email
  • Irrawang High School - Grant Wiliie on (02) 4987 4687 or email

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 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.

Summer coastal activities

Coming back in January is the popular summer coastal series exploring our coastline and all the weird and wonderful things along it.
Bookings are essential for all activities, as places are limited. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information and to make a booking, head to our Summer Coastal Activities page or contact:

Port Stephens Visitor Information Centre
1800  600 900

The lineup of events includes:

4 Jan 4.30-6.30pm Rock Pool Ramble Fingal Bay Free
5 Jan10.15am-3.30pmSnorkelingTBAFree
9 Jan10.30am-4.30pmSeagrass SaunterBagnalls BeachFree
10 Jan10am-2pmFishing ClinicSoldiers Point$40
11 Jan9-11amDune WalkAnna BayFree
12 Jan1:30-3pmCoastal WalkTanilba BayFree
15 Jan10am-12pmGaroowa Coastal Sea Country TalkBirubi Surf Lifesaving ClubFree
17 Jan3-5pmRock Pool RambleRaymond TerraceFree
20 Jan2-3pmGaroowa Coastal Sea Country WalkThou Wall Sunset RetreatFree
20 Jan9.45-11.30amSnorkelingTBA Free

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
  • Splash the kids at Tilligerry with the Splash Pad
  • Or if you like it a little warmer visit Lakeside in the indoor heated pool

All of our aquatic centres have exciting activities lined up for the school holidays including:

  • 'Fast Track' - Intensive swimming program in the first two weeks of January that is open to everyone.
  • Giant slides and inflatables are available right throughout the school holidays. Please contact the aquatic centres directly for more information.
  • If you child is celebrating a birthday this school holidays, why not throw a birthday party at one of our centres? To book or for more informatio, please contact the centre directly.

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.

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.