If you’re looking for something to do with the kids over the school holidays, the City of Newcastle is welcoming families back to some of its recently reopened facilities.

Blackbutt Reserve, Newcastle Art Gallery, Newcastle Museum and Newcastle Libraries all have offerings.

Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said it was wonderful to welcome the public back into the facilities.

“The reopened spaces have all adapted their operations in line with COVID-19 restrictions to protect the health and wellbeing of our visitors and staff, and we look forward to families making the most of these venues during the school holidays,” she said.

“Fort Scratchley has reopened for visitors, while Novocastrians can once again enjoy getting back to nature with our ever-popular walking trails, open spaces and animal attractions at Blackbutt Reserve.”

There’s also some fun, online, interactive activities to provide children with home-based fun.

“From live-streamed science experiments and webinar-facilitated art workshops, to digital art classes and an exciting online youth music concert featuring rising local stars, the variety of free events and activities includes something for all interests,” Ms Nelmes said.

While entry to the art gallery and museum is free, online bookings for the scheduled daily sessions at each venue are essential to assist in managing numbers in line with COVID Safe plans.

See below for a detailed list of what’s happening at each location.

Newcastle Libraries:

Follow Newcastle Libraries on Facebook and you can tune into a digital workshop with Newcastle street art legends UP&UP. Learn about street art in Newcastle and try your hand at graffiti lettering and imagery.

Local musicians Regina Kamanda, Butterknife and Wanjun will also be livestreamed right to your living room as part of a Newcastle Youth Music initiative.

Newcastle Art Gallery:

Join a Newcastle Art Gallery Educator for a free 30-minute online class using materials from around the home. Developed for primary-aged children, these free webinars are designed to stimulate playful art making possibilities.

During week one, learn about Murrurundi-born, Melbourne-based artist Peter Atkins and his use of found and collected objects to create works of art, followed by a demonstration of a simple art-making activity you can do in your home using collected objects and other recycled materials.

In week two, learn about Newcastle born, Adelaide based artist Tom Gleghorn and his use of abstract expressionism to create works of art, followed by a demonstration of a simple art-making activity you can do in your home by splashing, dribbling and flicking paint.

Newcastle Museum:

Join the Museum’s Facebook page at 3pm each Thursday in the school holidays as free science fun is streamed live.

You can continue to discover the museum at home with a range of experiments by Museum Express. Download your activities and watch the videos to create your own mini car, train or tram from recycled materials or take up some of our Museum Missions and solve the mysteries!

The museum is open Tuesday to Saturday, 9.30am-1.30pm. Online bookings are essential.

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