Author: TMP

10 Things to Do This Winter With Your Family in Newcastle & The Hunter

Winter is here (brrrrrrr!) and to celebrate here’s a few ideas to enjoy the season with your family. Snow Time in the Garden at Hunter Valley Gardens Enjoy all things winter without having to travel to the snow at Snow Time in the Garden at Hunter Valley Gardens. Your family can enjoy ice skating, playing in the snow, building snowmen, ice tobogganing and the opportunity to see ice sculpting. This three week event runs from Saturday 24 June to Sunday 16 July 2017. Winter Heat Festival Heat meets harbour with this popular winter event Winter Heat at Honeysuckle on Saturday 1 July, 2017 from 5pm to 9pm.If it’s similar to last year’s format, expect fire performances, food vendors, market stalls and live entertainment as well as  kids’ activities. Just be cautious with toddlers and young kids at Winter Heat as there are exposed firepits. Winter Movie Nights Enjoy some bonding time with the family! Make some popcorn and cozy up in front of the TV and watch some movies together. Or head to the movies to see some new releases Try Ice Skating Embrace winter sports and try iceskating at Hunter Ice Skating Stadium in Warners Bay. Or if you prefer to watch others skate, take your family to watch a Newcastle Northstars ice hockey game. Go see Disney on Ice One of my favourite winter shows, Disney on...

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Join The Mummy Project for a Charlestown Square Style Event Fundraiser

Enjoy a night out and contribute to a great cause! Join me, Reena of The Mummy Project at a special style event at Charlestown Square raising money for the John Hunter Children’s Hospital. Hosted by Charlestown Square stylist Natalie Baker, this fun and interactive 1 hour style workshop will showcase a range of fall/winter fashion selected from Charlestown Square retailers. Check out my blog post about last year’s style event that The Mummy Project hosted. Natalie introduced the latest in season styles, colours and provided valuable fashion advice on how to wear key items. She selected clothes and accessories...

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‘Digby and the Yodelayhee…Who?’ Book Review

Make some noise! Digby is back with a new book Digby and the Yodelayhee…Who? Local author and performer Renee Price has released the follow up to her debut book Digby’s Moon Mission and it’s a fun, ‘noisy’ read. After hearing a noisy noise, Digby is determined to find the source of the sound. He checks in on each of his friends to find out who’s making the distinctive sound. He discovers that although his friends are strumming, tooting and thumping and tapping and making music at different times, it’s not them! But in the end, they’re all jamming together...

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Commemorating 2017 Anzac Day in Newcastle & Lake Macquarie

1916 was the first year that Anzac Day was commemorated to remember the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps landing on the Gallipoli Peninsula on the 25 April 1915. One 101 years later, we still remember the service of the Anzacs. To commemorate this event, here are details about events in Newcastle & Lake Macquarie. Saturday 22 April 2017 – Newcastle Memorial Walk sunset ceremony from 5pm to 6pm at Strzelecki Lookout. This year, Australian Army Band, Newcastle under the command of Captain Michael Fitzpatrick will combine with The City of Newcastle RSL Pipe Band under the command of...

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Art in the Dark! A Review of the Torchlight Tour at Newcastle Art Gallery

Art in the dark! Welcome to Torchlight Tours at Newcastle Art Gallery designed especially for kids and their parents. It’s a fun and educational adventure through the art gallery. We show up at the art gallery with our torches shortly before sunset eagerly awaiting this fun event. To count down the time before the event start, kids could decorate a bunny mask, an ideal accessory for an Easter-themed Torchlight Tour. It was then time for the event to begin. We start with with some craft with kids having the option to draw on a t-shirt or a canvas. After...

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A Review of Family Fun Day at 2017 Newcastle Writers Festival

A Harry Potter celebration, illustration lessons, art fun and an opportunity to meet acclaimed author Jackie French – there was loads of fun activities for the Family Fun Day at the 2017 Newcastle Writers Festival. Here are a few of the sessions that we enjoyed in Wheeler Place. Jackie French presented a fantastic session reading her classic book Diary of a Wombat and regaling us with stories about Mothball the Wombat. She also spoke directly to the kids in the audience and stressed the importance of reading. We then listened to Richard Roxburgh and watched as he drew characters...

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Celebrating Easter 2017 in Newcastle & the Hunter

The best things in life are sweet! Whether you believe that the Easter Bunny or the Easter Bilby delivers eggs to Australian children, have fun celebrating Easter with your family. As well as Easter events around the Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and Hunter region, there’s lots of fun crafts, books and activities to enjoy at home to celebrate Easter. Celebrating Easter 2017 in Newcastle & the Hunter Easter Events In the lead up to Easter, Newcastle Region Library has Easter storytimes at all of their branches from 10 April to 13 April. Hop into your local library to celebrate eggs...

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April 2017 School Holidays: What’s On in Newcastle & The Hunter

There’s no excuses for bored kids as there’s loads of indoor and outdoor activities to keep kids occupied for the April school holidays. Whether your kids are interested in art, books, science, movies, or outdoor fun, there’s something for everyone. And it’s not just for school-aged kids, there’s plenty of holiday activities planned for the under 5 crowd. Visit the Events page on The Mummy Project website for a day-by-day guide for what’s on around the area. Libraries & Museums Starting with the libraries, there’s plenty to keep kids occupied. Newcastle Region Library is offering Easter storytimes and science storytimes at different branches to entertain kids. There’s also LEGO Master Builders challenge as well as a selfie cross-stitch workshop. Bring your teddy and some snacks and enjoy a Teddy Bears Picnic in Lambton Park on 20 April. There will be stories, songs and a craft session. Join the SMART Team from Newcastle University as Newcastle Region Library launches our new preschool science program and school age hands-on science resources. They’ll kick off celebrations with the Best of SMART show – the popular liquid nitrogen show at Wallsend Library on 11 April. There’s also sessions to get hands on with robotics and make optical illusion. Maitland City Library has a variety of fun workshops revolving around the theme “Paper Planet”. These workshops covering a range of activities from writing your...

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Bleed For You: How buying tampons can save the world

Can buying tampons save the world? Yes, they can! A Newcastle business Bleed For You is helping women help other women simply by purchasing monthly tampons. I caught up with Vanessa Alexander, one of the founders of Bleed For You to find out more about their new social conscious business. What is Bleed For You? Bleed For You is a Newcastle based, subscription, free delivery to your door, organic tampon company, committed to giving 50% of profits away to support women. We will be sharing the profits locally and internationally, with the accounts and donations overseen by our Charities...

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‘Me and You’ Book Review

If you could bottle the joys of childhood in a book, it would be the new rhyming picture book Me and You by local author Deborah Kelly. It’s a wonderful celebration of childhood family fun. Written from a child’s point of view, it summarises their favourite activities and the special people in their lives who make it fun. Whether it’s mum or dad, grandparents, cousins, neighbours and adored pets, there’s plenty of love to go around and memories to be made. There’s all kind of fun days such as yummy-scrummy days (making cupcakes), artsy-crafty days (doing arts and crafts), pedal-pushing days (bike riding) and sandy-sandwich days (visiting the beach). But my favourite day of all is silly-billy days with lots of tummy tickling and giggling fun. It’s a heartwarming book complemented by the beautiful detailed drawings by illustrator Karen Blair who perfectly captures the joys and bonds of childhood. For parents especially, this book is a great reminder to enjoy this special time with kids as they seem to grow up so quickly. Share the book Me and You with your kids and come up with your own names for your family days! ‘Me and You’ is published by Penguin Australia. RRP $24.99. The Mummy Project received a review...

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My Kids Market NSW

Want some gently used baby and kids clothing, toys or goods for a fraction of the retail price? Head to My Kids Market (formerly Kidspot Baby and Kids Market). My Kids Market NSW provides families with the opportunities to purchase quality preloved items at huge savings. The market is filled with local stallholders selling their family’s gently used baby and kids goods that they no longer need. Families can declutter their home and earn some extra cash by recycling items instead of adding them to landfill. Everything families need is at My Kids Market NSW including baby and kids...

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‘I’m Australian Too’ Book Review

What journeys we have travelled, from countries near and far! Together now, we live in peace, beneath the Southern Star. Just in time for Harmony Day is a new picture book by much-loved Australian author Mem Fox. I’m Australian Too celebrates multicultural Australia and its rich diversity of citizens. No matter what we look like or where we’re from, Mem Fox reminds us that we’re all Australian with our own story.From an indigenous Australian boy reminding us that his mob has been here forever to a refugee hoping to be granted a visa, the book is filled with different...

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