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Maitland Gaol’s new online activities


With the doors to Maitland Gaol closed for the duration of the COVID-19 restrictions, the historic site has launched new online activities for kids these school holidays.

Ghostly character Snitch the Rat –the voice of the children’s self-guided audio tours – comes to life in the newly launched ‘Snitch’s Spot’ on the Maitland Gaol website, where his picture can be seen for the first time.

Snitch leads kids and parents through fun activities like making real butter and liquid hand soap and can take you on an audio adventure through the cells.

Printable activity sheets are also available, and more will be added in the coming weeks.

New activities will be announced via Snitch’s Scoop weekly newsletter.

Maitland Gaol Coordinator Gordon Sauber says the new activities are fantastic.

“It’s fantastic that we are able to engage with the community in new ways during this unprecedented time in our history,” he says.

“Opening up the online resources is the perfect way to provide parents and kids with fun things to do and learning opportunities while they are at home over the school break.”

Download the Maitland Gaol app and listen to Snitch tell the secrets of the gaol that he witnessed as the many criminals were brought in from the outside world. 

Snitch also loves to have a chat and kids are encouraged to send letters and emails with stories and drawings to Snitch at [email protected]. Snitch will respond to as many as possible.

Maitland Gaol’s online resource delivery forms part of Maitland City Council’s ongoing response to the coronavirus pandemic, which you can read more about online. 

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