Holiday guide

Lake Mac Summer Guide

We've got your holidays covered with activities at our librariesart gallery,swim centres and in Lake Mac's amazing natural environments!

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Date Time Activity Description Location Age Cost Book
1 December-3 February 10-3pm Dinosaur Imposters They're lean, mean prehistoric killing machines... just don't call them dinosaurs! Discover the intriguing world of dinosaur imposters - fascinating prehistoric creatures that roamed the land, sea and sky. Marvel at more than 200 items, from tiny trilobite fossils to full-size partial casts of a woolly rhino and Megalodon. SEEN@Swansea All ages Gold coin entry No need to book
Monday 7 January 8am-noon Intensive learn to swim program Book into a five-day program for one, two or three weeks and watch your child improve over the course of just one week. Swansea, Charlestown, Speers Point and West Wallsend Swim Centres 2.5 to 5+ years $55 for 5 days Contact local swim centre
Monday 7 January 2.30-3.15pm Unicorn sun catchers Get creative and make your own sparly unicorn sun catcher to take home Wangi Wangi Library 4yrs+ Free Fully booked
Monday 7 January Noon-2pm Aquatic challenger Bounce, slide and splash these Summer holidays on the Aquatic Challenger obstacle course. Swansea Swim Centre   $3 per person or $6 per family in addition to general entry No need to book
Tuesday 8 January 5.15 - 6.45pm Rockpool Ramble Join us on an exciting adventure exploring the rich and fascinating world of rockpools. Swansea Heads 5+ years Free Fully booked
Tuesday 8 January 10.30am-12.30pm Life-size portrait painting Paint a life-size portrait on a canvas while learnig how to mix and apply colour. Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery 7+ years $20 Fully booked
Tuesday 8 January 10.30am-noon Insight into snakes Would you know what to do if you found a snake in your house? Reptile rescuer, Teresa Purnell, will answer that question and more during this insightful discussion on snakes. Cardiff Library 6yrs+ Free Fully booked
Tuesday 8 January 5-6.30pm Insight into snakes Would you know what to do if you found a snake in your house? Reptile rescuer, Teresa Purnell, will answer that question and more during this insightful discussion on snakes. Charlestown Library 12+ years Free Fuly booked
Tuesday 8 January 11am and 2pm Robotics coding with Lego Mindstorm Learn to navigate with drop and drag coding. No coding experience required Edgeworth Library 8-12yrs free Fully booked
Wednesday 9 January Noon-2pm Aquatic challenger Bounce, slide and splash these Summer holidays on the Aquatic Challenger obstacle course. Speers Point Swim Centre   $3 per person or $6 per family in addition to general entry No need to book
Wednesday 9 January 8-9.30am Learn to SUP (Stand-up paddle boarding) Try out stand up paddle boarding and enjoy the natural beauty of our lake. Participants must be able to swim. Warners Bay 8+ years $5 Book direct with Kite and SUP by phoning 4954 2118.
Wednesday 9 January 10-11.30am Learn to SUP (Stand-up paddle boarding) Try out stand up paddle boarding and enjoy the natural beauty of our lake. Participants must be able to swim. Warners Bay 8+ years $5 Book direct with Kite and SUP by phoning 4954 2118.
Wednesday 9 January 10.30-11.30am Sea creatures of Lake Macquarie Join volunteers from Ocean and Coastal Care Initiatives (OCCI) Lake Macquarie and discover some of the creatures which live in the waterways of Lake Macquarie, the important role they play in the lake's ecosystem and how we can help protect them. Toronto Library 5yrs+ Free Fully booked
Wednesday 9 January 11.30am-12.15pm Unicorn sun catchers Get creative and make your own sparly unicorn sun catcher to take home Charlestown Library 4yrs+ free Fully booked
Wednesday 9 January 10.30-11.30am Rainbow Connection: craft and storytime Craft and story time Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery 3-6 years $10 per child/adult couple Fully booked
Thursday 10 January 10.30-11.15am Dinosaur Imposter talk When is a dinosaur, not a dinosaur? Discover pre-historic creatures who roamed the Earth with palaeontology expert Michael Dawson. Mike is currently exhibiting some of his private collection of fossils at SEEN Swanea Speers Point Library 6yrs+ Free Fully booked
Thursday 10 January 2pm Dinosaur Imposter Movie Shhh, it's a secret. We can't tell you what the movie is, but we can tell you it will be full of pre-historic fun and adventure. BYO cushion and movie snacks. Swansea Library 5-10 yrs Free Fully booked
Thursday 10 January 9.30-11.30am Aboriginal art and craft Join an Aboriginal Discovery Ranger for a morning of Art and Culture as you meander along the Yuelarbah Track. Create your own artwork to take home. Glenrock State Conservation Area 5+ years Free Fully booked
Thursday 10 January  9-11am Kayak on the Lake Enjoy a paddle and see Lake Macquarie from a different perspective. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Dora Creek 10+ years $15 Bookings through School of Yak - Call Glenn on 0417 421 174
Thursday 10 January 2-4pm Kayak on the Lake Enjoy a paddle and see Lake Macquarie from a different perspective. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Cockle Creek 10+ years $15 Bookings through School of Yak - Call Glenn on 0417 421 174
Thursday 10 January 10.30am-12.30pm Assemblages: art making using everyday objects and materials Create a 3D artwork using every day objects and materials. Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery 7+ years $20 Book online
Friday 11 January 10am and 11.30am Curious cubs Experiment with fun this summer. Play, explore, build and discover with your child these summer holidays at a water-themed science workshop. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Charlestown Swim Centre 3-8 years (parental guidance at each workshop required) 5-8 years $12.50 and under 5s $9.50 (Includes Science show and pool entry). Fully booked
Friday 11 January Noon-2pm Aquatic challenger Bounce, slide and splash these Summer holidays on the Aquatic Challenger obstacle course. Charlestown Swim Centre   $3 per person or $6 per family in addition to general entry No need to book
Friday 11 January 10.30am Meet the author and illustrator - Grey Glasses-itis Join Lessons of a Lac as they share their newly released book Grey-glasses-itis , book four of the popular 'Lessons of a LAC' series . Grey-glasses-itis aims to help children understand the link between how they see things and how they feel, and how they can have some influence over their feelings, helping them to build their emotional resilience. Books will be available for sale and signing. Toronto Library 4-10yrs Free Book online
Saturday 12 January 10-11am Fantastical creatures and where to find them Love Harry Potter and Fantastical Beasts? We will step you through the process of imangining your own mythical creature, and then create an encyclopedia entry for your creature to take home. Suitable for ages 9yrs+ Morisset Library 9yrs+ Free Book online
Saturday 12 January 9-10.30am Sea cave exploration How old are the sea caves and how did they form? Explore and learn with expert geologists from Geological Survey of NSW. Caves Beach 7+ years Free Fully booked
Monday 14 January Noon-2pm Aquatic challenger Bounce, slide and splash these Summer holidays on the Aquatic Challenger obstacle course. Charlestown Swim Centre   Cost is $3 per person or $6 per family in addition to general entry No need to book
Monday 14 January 8 am - 12 pm Intensive learn to swim program Book into a five-day program for one, two or three weeks and watch your child improve over the course of just one week. Swansea, Charlestown, Speers Point and West Wallsend Swim Centres 2.5 to 5+ years $55 for 5 days Booking essential
Monday 14 January 9-10am Be safe at the beach Learn about waves, rips, sun safety and sea creatures from one of our expert Lifeguards. Caves Beach 7+ years   Book online
Tuesday 15 January 11am Monster storytime and craft Join the fun at our romping, stomping Monster storytime and craft. Windale Library 3-7yrs Free Fully booked
Tuesday 15 January 12.30-2.30pm Fossil forest tour Find fabulous fossils of plants that grew here 250 million years ago. Learn how to identify them with a local Discovery Ranger from NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service. Dudley Beach, meet at Bombala street entrance 5+ years Free Fully booked
Tuesday 15 January 5.30-7.30pm Disc golf Learn the skills and rules of disc golf and then go for a round on this picturesque course overlooking the Lake. Rathmines Disc Golf Course 10+ years Free Fully booked
Tuesday 15 January 9-10am Be safe at the beach Learn about waves, rips, sun safety and sea creatures from one of our expert Lifeguards. Caves Beach 7+ years Free Book online
Tuesday 15 January 11am Friendship bracelets If you know how to tie a knot, you can make a friendship bracelet. Come to the Library and learn how to make a bracelet. Edgeworth Library 8-12yrs Free Fully booked
Tuesday 15 January 10.30am-12.30pm Architecturally inspired model making Make a 3D sculpture based on model making techniques used by architects Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery 7+ years $20 Fully booked
Wednesday 16 January 10.30-11.30am Storytime and yoga   Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery 3-6 years $10 Book online
Wednesday 16 January 9-11am Seagrass saunter Underwater wildlife! Discover some of the many species who call Lake Macquarie's seagrass beds home. Wangi Wangi 5+ years Free Fully booked
Wednesday 16 January 2-4pm Creating dragons art workshop Join artist and illustrator Kirrili Lonergan to create your own mixed medium dragon art work, and paper mache dragon egg at our hands on workshop. All materials supplied. Charlestown Library 10yrs+ Library member $20 Non-library member $22 Fully booked
Wednesday 16 January 9-10am Interwoven (Aboriginal weaving) Learn about traditional Aboriginal weaving and story in this beautiful setting whilst creating your own keepsake to take home. Green Point Foreshore Reserve 3-6 years Free Fully booked
Wednesday 16 January 10.15-11.45am Interwoven (Aboriginal weaving) Learn about traditional Aboriginal weaving and story in this beautiful setting whilst creating your own keepsake to take home. Green Point Foreshore Reserve 7+ years Free Fully booked
Wednesday 16 January 5pm-6.30pm Show and tell on the geology of the Lake Take a scenic stroll along the lake and learn interesting facts about the ancient history of this beautiful part of our city with expert geologists from Geological Survey of NSW. Wangi Wangi - boat ramp car park off Watkins Road 7+ years Free Fully booked
Wednesday 16 January 10.30am and 1.30pm Holiday code club Create your own computer game or animation at our hands on workshop, and discover the world of coding. For ages 8-11 years. Suitable for beginners to coding . Morisset Library 8-11yrs Free Fully booked
Wednesday 16 January Noon-2pm Aquatic challenger Bounce, slide and splash these Summer holidays on the Aquatic Challenger obstacle course. Swansea Swim Centre   $3 per person or $6 per family in addition to general admission No need to book
Wednesday 16 January 12.30-2.30pm Art and yoga An afternoon of mindfullness with yoga and artmaking Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery 7-12 years $20 Book online
Thursday 17 January 10.30-11.30am Fantastical creatures and where to find them Love Harry Potter and Fantastical Beasts? We will step you through the process of imangining your own mythical creature, and then create an encyclopedia entry for your creature to take home. Speers Point Library 9yrs+ Free Fully booked
Thursday 17 January 6-7.30am Dawn chorus walk Did you know more than 110 species of bird have been identified at this lagoon? Enjoy a sunrise walk, spot and listen to some of these feathered friends with local bird expert Grahame Feletti. Level easy walk. Belmont Lagoon 10+ years Free Fully booked
Thursday 17 January 10.30am-12.30pm Traditional Aboriginal weaving Learn traditional basket weaving techniques from local Aboriginal woman Michelle Earl Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery 12+ years $20 Fully booked
Friday 18 January 10am and 11.30am Curious cubs Experiment with fun this summer. Play, explore, build and discover with your child these summer holidays at a water-themed science workshop. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Speers Point Swim Centre 3-8 years (parental guidance at each workshop required) 5-8 years $12.50 and under 5s $9.50 (Includes Science show and pool entry). Fully booked
Friday 18 January 11am-noon How to use a two-way radio workshop Attention boaties! Stay safe and have fun on the water. Learn how to use a two-way radio plus other useful stuff from our local Marine Rescue experts. Marine Rescue Lake Macquarie Pelican Base 14+ years Free Fully booked
Friday 18 January 4-7pm Try sailing on the Lake Experience the pleasure of sailing in this introductory session that will include some basic sailing instruction followed by a short twilight race. Participants must be able to swim. Royal Motor Yacht Club Toronto 10+ years Free Fully booked
Friday 18 January Noon-2pm Aquatic challenger Bounce, slide and splash these Summer holidays on the Aquatic Challenger obstacle course. Speers Point Swim Centre   $3 per person or $6 per family in addition to general entry
Friday 18 January 10-11am Fantastical creatures and where to find them Love Harry Potter and Fantastical Beasts? We will step you through the process of imangining your own mythical creature, and then create an encyclopedia entry for your creature to take home. Wangi Wangi Library 9yrs+ Free Book online
Friday 18 January 10-10.45am Dinosaur Imposter Storytime Come along for roaring good fun with stories, games and craft. Visit the Dinosaur Imposters exhibition and discover the different kinds of creatures that lived with the dinosaurs! Swansea Library 3-7yrs Free Fully booked
Saturday 19 January 9-11am Sand sculpture workshop and competition Want to make the best sand castles on the beach this summer? Join master sculptor Dennis Massoud for a sand sculpting workshop before putting your new skills to the test in a fun, family-friendly sand sculpting competition. Skills workshop 9am - 9.30am, sand sculpting competition 9.30am - 11am. Blacksmiths Beach All ages Free Register your interest online
Saturday 19 January 10.30am-3.30pm Traditional Aboriginal basket weaving   Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery 16+ years $75 Fully booked
Sunday 20 January 9am-3pm Come and try mountain biking Come along for 1 or 2 hours or stay for the whole day! Hunter Mountain Bike Association will have members on hand to work with kids, beginners, riders with a disability and intermediate level riders. There is the opportunity to practice skills on some test features in and around the car park with an experienced mountain biker, ride the Development Trail or ride around a longer trail loop with an experienced mountain biker who can help you hone your skills! Awaba Mountain Bike Park All ages Free Register your interest online
Sunday 20 January 9am-5pm Swim with the Stars Improve your skills and techniques with Olympics silver medallist James "The Missile" Magnussen, Commonwealth Games backstroke silver medallist, Bradley Woodward, and breaststroke bronze medallist, Matt Wilson, at this all-day clinic. Speers Point Swim Centre Up to 14 years (minimum district level ability ) $150 per child Book online
Sunday 20 January 10.30am-3.30pm Jewellery design From drawing to modelling to wax carving to casting Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery Adults $85 Book online
Monday 21 January 10-11.30am Giant fun in the park Join us for Giant stories, and giant family fun , with our our X-large outdoor games including connect four, snakes and ladders and quoits. The Rover- Allambi Park, Valentine All ages free No need to book
Monday 21 January 9.30-10.30am African drumming in the park Learn African Drumming the fun way! Join us for a drum workshop of awesomeness creating rhythms drawn from West Africa. Speers Point Park 6+ years Free Fully booked
Monday 21 January 4-5.30pm Rockpool ramble Join us on an exciting adventure exploring the rich and fascinating world of rockpools. Swansea Heads 5+ years Free Fully booked
Monday 21 January Noon-2pm Aquatic challenger Bounce, slide and splash these Summer holidays on the Aquatic Challenger obstacle course. Speers Point Swim Centre     No need to book
Monday 21 January 8am-noon Intensive learn to swim program Book into a five-day program for one, two or three weeks and watch your child improve over the course of just one week. Swansea, Charlestown, Speers Point and West Wallsend Swim Centres 2.5 to 5+ years $55 for 5 days Contact local swim centre
Monday 21 January 4-5.30pm Harry Potter trivia Calling all Harry Potter fans, test your knowledge of the wizarding world at our trivia night. Toronto Library 10yrs+ Free Book online
Tuesday 22 January 2-3pm African drumming in the park Learn African Drumming the fun way! Join us for a drum workshop of awesomeness creating rhythms drawn from West Africa. Speers Point Park 6+ years Free Fully booked
Tuesday 22 January 9.30-11.30am Wilderquest - Bush Detectives Join a Discovery Ranger to listen, see, touch and smell the delights of Awabakal Nature Reserve. Join the adventure for evidence of animal tracks in the park with a Discovery Ranger. Awabakal Nature Reserve 5+ years Free Fully booked
Wednesday 23 January Noon-2pm Aquatic challenger Bounce, slide and splash these Summer holidays on the Aquatic Challenger obstacle course. Charlestown Swim Centre     No need to book
Wednesday 23 January 11am-12.30pm Dinosaur Imposter party Join us for a mammoth morning of games, fun facts, craft and snacks. Learn all about creatures from the prehistoric era that might look like dinosaurs but weren't! Meet palaeontology expert Michael Dawson who will take you on a tour of his pieces for the Dinosaur Imposters exhibition. Swansea Library 8-12yrs $5 library members $7 non-member Fully booked
Wednesday 23 January 10am and 11.30am and 3pm Have a Hoot storytime Join us fora giggles and a hoot of a time, with owl stories, songs and craft. Morisset Library 3-7yrs free Fully booked
Wednesday 23 January 9:30 - 11:30am Cycle Scupture Tour by the Lake Join this leisurely ride along the foreshore with a Lake Mac art expert to hear about the new sculpture trail. Warners Bay Shared Pathway 10+ years Free Book online
Thursday 24 January 10am Holiday code club Create your own computer game or animation at our hands on workshop, and discover the world of coding. Suitable for beginners to coding . Speers Point Library 8-11yrs free Fully booked
Thursday 24 January 10am -5pm Pop-up retro video game console arcade Remember Sega Rally Championship, Pong and Duck Hunt? Enjoy playing an original videogame consoles released between the late 1970s and the 1990s, with a mix of popular consoles and rare items. Select from a range of gamees to play supplied by Gamer Collect. Charlestown Library All ages Gold coin entry No need to book
Thursday 24 January 10am - 2pm Kids Fishing Clinic Learn fishing skills. Booragul Foreshore Reserve (First Street, Booragul) near the Art Gallery 8 - 14yrs $40 - cost includes a shirt, hat, rod and reel and a bag of goodies. To book, call Fisheries Education Officer on 0438 817 906 or email emma.mitchell@dpi.nsw.gov.au.
Friday 25 January 11am Meet the author and illustrator - Grey Glasses-itis Join Lessons of a Lac as they share their newly released book Grey-glasses-itis , book four of the popular 'Lessons of a LAC' series . Grey-glasses-itis aims to help children understand the link between how they see things and how they feel, and how they can have some influence over their feelings, helping them to build their emotional resilience. Books will be available for sale and signing. Cardiff Library 4-10yrs free Book online
Friday 25 January Noon-2pm Aquatic challenger Bounce, slide and splash these Summer holidays on the Aquatic Challenger obstacle course. Swansea Swim Centre   $3 per person or $6 per family in addition to general entry No need to book
Saturday 26 January Noon-9pm Lake Mac Festival Spend this Australia Day at the Lake Mac Festival! Bring your friends and family to Speers Point Park to enjoy all the free family fun including live music, kids' activities, a movie on the big screen and a spectacular fireworks finale! Speers Point Park All ages Free No need to book

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