Author: TMP

Teach your kids another language: Community language schools in Newcastle & the Hunter

Want your kids to learn your mother tongue or learn another language? There’s a variety of language schools in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, the Hunter and the Central Coast which facilitate kids learning. The following are members of Hunter Community Languages, a small, not-for profit organization based in Newcastle that supports communities in teaching their first language, or “mother tongue” to children in their community. The organization provides assistance with applying for funding, free workshops for teachers, equipment lending including P.A. systems and a set of class iPads as well as helping to develop program resources. Currently there are many...

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Take a book, Give a book, Share a book – How the Street Library Movement is growing in Newcastle & The Hunter

Want to borrow or donate a book and get to know your neighbours? Get involved with a Street Library. Street Libraries are sprouting up around Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and the Hunter region promoting a love of reading and providing a chance for communities to connect. “Take a book, Give a book, Share a book” is the motto of the Street Library movement. It’s basically a micro library that you install in your front yard that’s accessible to the street. People can walk by and take or donate a book to the Street Library as they wish, without checking them...

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Get up close to animals in the Newcastle & Hunter Region

Do your kids love seeing animals? Here are some places in the Newcastle area that gives families the opportunities to see Australian natives and exotic creatures up close. Blackbutt Reserve: Blackbutt Reserve is a 182 hectare reserve in the middle of Newcastle’s suburbs which features walking trails, children’s playgrounds and tranquil picnic areas with free electric barbeques. However, its wildlife exhibits are the main attraction as it is home to koalas, emus, wallabies, wombats and peacocks. A series of boardwalks make it easy to push a stroller and let young ones view the creatures up close in the enclosures.There’s also...

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Eating Out With Kids: Restaurants with Playgrounds in Newcastle & Surrounds

Eating out with kids isn’t always easy. So it makes sense to look for cafes or restaurants that offer kids playground or kids area. Here’s some places in Newcastle and Lake Macquarie that offer playgrounds or kids area. Eating Out with Kids: Local Restaurants with Playgrounds or Kids Area Argenton Hotel (Argenton) With a giant outdoor playground and spacious cabana shelters, The Argenton Hotel is a top family-friendly dining spot in Lake Macquarie. The play equipment is recommended for kids 4 to 10 but parts of the play equipment would be suitable for younger kids especially if the playground...

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Kids Eat Free (Or Cheap) in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie & The Hunter

Don’t feel like cooking? Here’s a list of where kids can eat free or cheap in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and the Hunter region.  Disclaimer : Kids Eat Free promotions can change without notice. Please check with the restaurant before visiting to make sure dining offers are still valid to avoid disappointment. Monday Argenton Hotel – Kids meals $5 for lunch and dinner on Monday and Tuesday. Excludes public holidays. Cantina at Wests New Lambton (Evening) – For every adult main meal purchased, an accompanying child (12 years & under) can choose a Kids Meal Deal that includes a kid...

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Five Kids Books about Starting School

Starting school is a major milestone for both you and your child! If you’ve got a little one starting Kindy soon, here’s some books to help with the transition. My First Day at School by Meredith Costain & Michelle Mackintosh My First Day at School is designed to help reassure and prepare school-age children for that magical first day in an unfamiliar environment. It follows the experiences and emotions of four very different children from their first teary farewells to their parents through to the joy of making new friends and the discovery that school can be an exciting...

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8 Ways To Get Motivated to Exercise

Anyone else lacking motivation to exercise? This winter, I have spent way too much time sitting on my sofa, eating Tim Tams and forgoing exercise. However, I’ve managed to get my exercise mojo back. Here’s 8 ways to get you motivated to exercise Wear your fitness clothes Dig out your fitness clothes and start wearing them. Even just the act of putting on fitness gear can motivate you to get moving. I know I’m more inclined to work out once I put on my gym gear. And if you don’t have any decent fitness wear, buy some. You can...

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The Wiggly Christmas Big Show on sale now

The Wiggles will be back in Newcastle for their traditional pre-Christmas shows at Newcastle Entertainment Centre on Tuesday 19 December 2017 at 10am and 1pm. The Wiggly Christmas Big Show will feature all your favourite Wiggles songs such as Do the Propeller and Rock A Bye Your Bear, as well as Christmas songs like Go Santa Go! You’ll see The Wiggles, their Wiggly friends and dancers, Santa Claus, dancing reindeers and for the first time ever, it will snow on stage! Tickets go on sale on Friday 7 July at 10am. Prices are $40.65 (Hot Potato) and $36.60 (A...

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New adventure playground planned for Blackbutt Reserve

Have you heard about the new adventure playground planned for Blackbutt Reserve? Here are some artist’s renditions of the proposed playground. The playground at Richley Reserve will include a climbing tower with bridges, slide and fireman pole, rope courses, tunnels, teepee, rock and stick play, tunnel slide, spinner, swings, sand pit, see saw and imaginative play spaces. It looks amazing and will be great for family day outs. The new $1.5 million play facility is expected to be completed by Newcastle City Council by the end of 2017. It’s suited to all ages with adult supervision required for younger...

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Centennial Park

Centennial Park is an urban oasis in the heart of Cooks Hill. With its large grassy surrounds and brand new playground, it’s a top spot to take the kids. There’s brand new equipment including lots of climbing equipment, a fort with slides, see saw, swings (including a toddler swing, regular swing and a group swing), spinner and a balancing thing. If you have children who love to balance and climb, there’s climbing equipment and a balancing feature. With the nearby rotunda and large grassy area, Centennial Park is a great place for birthday parties, play dates or just a...

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Bag a Bargain at My Kids Market

Want to score yourself a bargain on gently used baby and kids clothing, toys or goods? Head to My Kids Market which operates three or four times a year at the Newcastle Basketball Stadium. The next market is on Sunday 29 October, 2017. I love this market as it’s a fantastic place to find preloved goods for boys and girls from birth to 7 years. Yes, Ebay and Gumtree are great for bargains as well but I love being able to check the condition of stuff before I buy it. Here, you’ll find plenty of stallholders selling their excess...

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Enjoy Winter Family Fun at Snow Time in the Garden at Hunter Valley Gardens

It was a beautiful winters day today to experience the first day of Snow Time in the Garden at Hunter Valley Gardens today. Lots of sun and not too cold! This is one of my favourite local events as it wraps up all the fun activities of winter like ice skating, tobogganing, snowman making and snowball fights in one fun day. Originally from Canada, I’ve had enough snow and ice to last me a lifetime but still want to share the fun of winter with my daughter without having to drive to the snowfields. So Snow Time in the...

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