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Christmas school holiday activities 2018

Publish Date 20/12/2018

Here in Port Stephens there are a great range of activities for children of all ages during the school holidays Thursday 20 December 2018 until Monday 28 January 2019.

Christmas school holidays 2018

Vacation Care

Are you looking for Vacation care in December 2018 and January 2019? Vacation Care provides programmed activities, learning experiences and excursions for school age children from 4 -13yrs. Find out more about Vacation Care.

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.  Contact Tomaree Library on (02) 4988 0670 or Raymond Terrace Library on (02) 4988 0111.

Date

Activity

Venue

Time

Age

Cost

10 January

Crocodile Encounters
Supervision is required for younger children

Tomaree Library

10.30-11.15am

All ages

$10.00

10 January

Crocodile Encounters
Supervision is required for younger children

Raymond Terrace Library

2.30-3.15pm

All ages

$10.00

15 January

Creature Character Storytime & Craft
Come along dressed as your favourite creature or storybook character

Tomaree Library

10.30-11.15am

2+

$1.50

17 January

Kids Movie – Adventure Planet

Tomaree Library

2.00-3.30pm

All ages

Free

18 January

JD’s World of Magic

Raymond Terrace Library

10.30-11.15am

3+

$10.00

18 January

JD’s World of Magic

Tomaree Library

2.30-3.15pm

3+

$10.00

23 January

Curious Creatures Craft
Come along and create monster craft and hand puppets

Tomaree Library 10.00-11.00am 5+ $5.00

23 January

Curious Creatures Crafternoon
Come along and create a curious creature

Raymond Terrace Library

2.00-3.00pm

8+

Free

24 January

Micro Pet
Create a unique micro pet using BBC micro:bit and speakers

Raymond Terrace Library

2.00-3.00pm

8+

$5.00

Art Space exhibition

Port Stephens Council Art Collection

In January 2019 Raymond Terrace Art Space will be showcasing some of the works from the Port Stephens Council Art Collection.

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 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 2019 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. All children must be accompanied by an adult. All participants must wear enclosed shoes that can get wet. No thongs. Bookings essential, places limited.

For more information and to make a booking, head to our Summer Coastal Activities page or contact:
Port Stephens Visitor Information Centre on 1800  600 900.

DateTimeProgramVenueCost
Monday 7 January 2019 3:30-5:30pm Rockpool ramble
As the ocean retreats, discover the creatures that inhabit rocky shores in our area. Our local experts will help you identify plants and animals, and explain how we can minimise our impact on them.
  • Suitable for adults and kids over 8yrs
  • No swimming allowed whilst on this activity
Fingal Bay Free but RSVP
Saturday 12 January 2019 10-11:30am Garoowa Coastal Sea Country
Aboriginal Place - guided walk
Trace the steps of the Worimi and learn of their strong connection with Soldiers Point, its marine environment and history.
  • Thou Walla Sunset Retreat, 2 Ridgeway Ave, Soldiers Point
Soldiers Point Free but RSVP
Wednesday 16 January 2019 10-11am Garoowa Coastal Sea Country
A journey through time - talk
Learn how Aboriginal people have used and cared for the waters around Port Stephens from the first sunrise
  • Birubi Surf Life Saving Club, James Paterson St, Anna Bay
Anna Bay Free but RSVP
Wednesday 16 January 2019 2-4pm Bugs, beautiful bugs
Come along and discover some of the fascinating bug species that live in our local environment.
  • Suitable for all ages
Tilligerry Habitat Free but RSVP
Saturday 19 January 2019 2:30-4:40pm Seagrass saunter,
sand and seagrass. Learn about the importance of this “nursery of the sea” and discover its hidden inhabitants like squid, fish, prawns, crabs and more.
  • Suitable for all ages
Bagnalls Beach Free but RSVP 
Saturday 19 January 2019 11:30am - 1:00pm Nature walk
Explore our sandy shore and meet the local fauna that live along the coast.
  • Suitable for adults and kids over 8yrs * No swimming allowed whilst on this activity
Birubi Beach Free but RSVP
Tuesday 22 January 2019 3:30-5:30pm Rockpool ramble
As the ocean retreats, discover the creatures that inhabit rocky shores in our area. Our local experts will help you identify plants and animals, and explain how we can minimise our impact on them.
  • Suitable for adults and kids over 8yrs
  • No swimming allowed whilst on this activity
Boat Harbour Free but RSVP

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.


Share Our Space Program

Schools are the heart of our communities and offer a range of quality recreational and play facilities.

Over the coming school holidays, the NSW Department of Education is rolling out a program at 167 schools across the state which will open up the playgrounds, ovals and sports fields for the whole community to enjoy.

School HolidaysDatesTime
Summer 24 Dec 2018 - 25 Jan 2018 8am - 6pm

To find out which schools in Port Stephens are involved, please visit the schoolinfrastructure.nsw.gov.au or contact them on 1300 679 332.


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
    • Slide daily
    • Fast track Holiday intensive swimming lessons 7 to 18 December 2018
    • Family fundays, Saturday and Sunday 3pm to 6pm
  • Tilligerry Aquatic Centre
  • 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.

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.


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.