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School holiday fun in Lake Macquarie

Lake Macquarie City Council’s school holiday program is offering locals a chance to enjoy activities in art, science, history and more this October.

The council’s Lifelong Learning and Engagement Coordinator, Jess Dowdell, said there would be a range of activities for kids – some in person and others online. 

“We wanted to create a school holidays program that can be enjoyed safely by everyone,” Ms Dowdell said.


Lake Mac Swim Centres will be hosting intensive Learn To Swim programs at Charlestown and Swansea Swim Centre over the holidays. These four and five-day programs will teach kids all about pool safety and swimming techniques. To reserve a spot, call the swim centres directly. 


For budding artists and creatives, the Museum of Art and Culture will be hosting The Big Draw Festival. These workshops will explore drawing with different materials, including colour ink and oil pastel. Classes are limited to eight people, so booking is essential. Head to the website to book.

Local Aboriginal artist, Saretta Fielding, will host Better Together. The drawing session will allow kids will be able to create a large-scale community drawing of the Lake Macquarie area. Please register your interest online.


For those looking for something to do at home while broadening upon their history knowledge, Caring for Country is for you.

This series of online interactive workshops will provide insight into cultural history and connection to the land, as well as more practical activities like traditional dance and weaving. For dates and times, head to the website.

Fun indoors and out

Ms Dowdell said numbers for events had been restricted to apply with COVID guidelines, protecting local families.

“We will have a range of measures in place to help make our school holiday program COVID-safe.

“We want the community to be able to enjoy our cultural facilities in an atmosphere that feels safe for everyone.”

Go to Lake Mac Library’s website for more information.

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