January 19, 2017

There’s so much to do with kids over the school holidays, right on our doorstep! The whole family will have a fantastic day out at all these local attractions.

Speers Point Park

Just a short 30-minute drive from Watagan Park, Speers Point Park, right on the shore of Lake Macquarie, makes for a fantastic day trip, says Lake Macquarie City Council.

“The Lake Macquarie Variety Playground is a 2ha play area for kids of all ages and abilities,” the council says. “Equipment includes a giant nine-metre spiral slide, a 12-metre high climbing structure, including climbing spider web nets, a double flying fox, a maze, a range of swings, a bike circuit with two intersecting tracks, a wheelchair accessible play boat, music play elements, including a xylophone and musical buttons on the floor. There is also accessible water play, a performance stage and a mini amphitheatre.”

The council says there is also a quiet zone retreat designed to allow children to have some time out. Amenities, picnic and barbecue facilities are located adjacent, as is Sal’s by the Lake Café.

Lake Macquarie Variety Playground, 20 Park Road, Speers Point.

Hunter Valley Zoo

With lions, alligators, goats, reptiles, meerkats and birds, the Hunter Valley Zoo is a wonderful spot for school holiday fun! Kids can feed the animals and there is plenty of natural space where some of the animals freely roam about. There are talks on at various enclosures, including lions, wombats, Capuchin monkeys, Malayan tapirs, meerkats and Marmoset monkeys. You can book an encounter with several animals too – why not cuddle a meerkat!

The zoo pledges to provide a safe, caring and natural environment to ensure the welfare of all species housed for exhibit, educational and conservation purposes within the zoo.

Hunter Valley Zoo,138 Lomas Lane, Nulkaba. Open every day in the school holidays. Call 4990 7714 or visit huntervalleyzoo.com.au

Amazement Farm

From farmstay accommodation to friendly farm animals and mazes to explore, Amazement Farm offers activities for the whole family.

“We have multiple magical mazes, a petting zoo with bunnies, guinea pigs, mini goats, sheep, mini cows, ponies, alpacas, emus and chickens,” they say. “There is also a bird sanctuary, various scheduled shows, yard activities and sporting games going on throughout the day.”

With a kids’ playground, mini kids’ bike track and an enchanted forest walk, the kids will have so much to do, says the farm. “There are also giant adult pedal cars so the grown ups can have a play too,” they say.

Amazement Farm also caters for special occasions and group bookings, and offers multiple picnic areas and the Big Barn Café for meals and snacks.

Amazement Farm, 170 Yarramalong Road, Wyong Creek. Call 4353 9900. Visit amazement.com.au

Hunter Wetlands Centre

With a school holiday discount for primary school-aged children – $2 per child! – and heaps of special activities on offer, Hunter Wetlands Centre is a fantastic place to take the kids for a touch of nature exploring.

Discover more than 250 wildlife species located throughout the 45ha site of the Hunter Wetlands Centre, while enjoying walking trails, guided tours, canoeing, dipnetting, feeding talks, birdwatching, children’s discovery playground, Café Jacana, picnic and barbecues, seasonal and activity program and much more, says the centre.

“Visitors continue to be inspired by these tranquil surroundings that provide a habitat for unique and diverse wildlife,” the centre says.

Hunter Wetlands Centre, 412 Sandgate Road, Shortland. Call 4951 6466. Open seven days 9am-4pm. Visit wetlands.org.au for more information.

Live outside the box at Watagan Park

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