Spring School Holiday Activities 2017

Monday 25 September to Friday 06 October 2017

Spring has arrived and so have the spring school holidays!

We recently put a shout-out for all the awesome things that can help fill your spring school holiday break throughout the Greater Port Macquarie this September/October. This is what we’ve found so far, if there is anything else to add please let us know.

In the mean time, make sure you also check out our what’s on events calendar, as we add new events everyday and you never know, something cool could pop up at any moment!

School holiday activities

Spring school holiday activities in Greater Port Macquarie area include:

Frugal Forest School Holiday Workshops

If you’re looking for something fun, but still educational for your kids these holidays, look no further than Frugal Forest School Holiday Workshops.

Kids will be taken on a guided forest tour, conduct a trash treasure hunt and take part in a craft session where they will make more parts for the forest. They will learn about waste, the effect on our environment and what we can all do about it.

Mums and Dads can relax in the Rainforest Cafe​ or head off to do a few necessary jobs while the kids enjoy a grand forest adventure.

  • Monday 25 September, Wednesday 27 September, Tuesday 3 October + Wednesday 4 October
    Time: 10:00am – 11:30am
    Cost: $9 per child (max 25 children per session)
    Ages: 5-12 years
    Location: Sea Acres Rainforest Centre Port Macquarie

Bookings essential: reserve your place now by calling Sea Acres on 02 6582 3355
More information: Frugal Arts


Holiday Dance Camp w/ Movement Studios

Movement Studios is hosting a Holiday Dance Camp for the whole community to come along and dance together with two amazing guest teachers Alexis Strumolo and Julie Saxby Munns.

If you aren’t a student of Movement Studios that’s not an issue please come along and enjoy!

  • Monday 25 September – Wednesday 27 September
    Time: 9:30am – 3:00pm
    Cost: $15 per student per day
    Location: Movement Studios, 4 Bayside Circuit Laurieton

Bookings essential: 0429 494 977
More information: Movement Studios


Jamie’s Juniors Rugby League Come & Try Days

Jamie’s Juniors come and try days are being help in Wauchope, Port Macquarie and Lake Cathie these school holidays.

Jamie’s Juniors is a non contact Rugby League based program for ages 2-6 year olds.

  • Monday 25 September + Tuesday 26 September
    Time: 9:00am + 10:00am sessions
    Cost: Free
    Location: St Andrews Park Wauchope
  • Tuesday 26 September, Wednesday 25 September + Thursday 28 September
    Time: 9:30am, 3:30pm + 4:20pm sessions
    Cost: Free
    Location: Wood Street Port Macquarie
  • Friday 29 September
    Time: 9:30am session
    Cost: Free
    Location: Cathie Lake, Lake Cathie

Bookings essential: 0438351256
More information: Jamie’s Juniors Rugby League Program


Little Chefs School Holiday Workshops

Little Chefs School Holiday Workshops Greater Port Macquarie

Little Chefs Workshops are about providing children with skills to last a lifetime, encourage creativity, give them an appreciation of where food comes from and its exciting (and tasty!) possibilities. It’s about promoting pleasure through flavour and texture, and encourage children to talk and think about food in ways that employ all the senses.

Kids Cooking Class

For kids 8 to 16 years old. All kids cooking classes are held at The Creative Hub, Level 1 Port Central in Port Macquarie at the cost of $15.00 per child per session. Booking essential, spots are limited.

Coloured Pasta
  • Dates TBA from 10:30am – 12:00pm
Sushi Class
  • Dates TBA from 10:30am – 12:00pm

Bookings essential: 02 5525 1000
More information: Nick’s Cooking Classes


MIND YOUR ART Exhibition Launch

In support of Mental Health Month in October, headspace Port Macquarie proudly presents MIND YOUR ART – an Art Competition and Exhibition open to youth aged 12-25 years old.

Come along and support the artists who entered the MIND YOUR ART competition with exclusive viewing of the artwork, live music by Hannah Pead, live art demonstrations by our judges and presentation of winners.

Tickets are free and drinks are available at the bar. Artworks will be on display until Tuesday 31 October 2017.

Special guests include local artists Simon Luxton, Adam Murray and Mel Casey.

Bookings:  reserve your free tickets
More information: for more info about the launch night call Jules on 02 6588 7300


Out There Creative Kids Holiday Art Workshops

Out There Creative Kids Holiday Art Workshops aim to inspire creativity and exploration of art materials and art techniques, using an amazing array of natural and recycled materials to create fun artworks.

  • Dates TBA
    Out There Creative Space, 45 Wallace Street, Wauchope
    6 – 9 yr olds 9am -12 noon $25
    10 -14 yr olds 1pm – 4pm $30
  • Dates TBA
    PMPA Performing Arts, Albert Circuit, Port Macquarie
    6 – 9 yr olds 9am -12 noon $25
    10 -14 yr olds 1pm – 4pm $30

Bookings essential: 0402 856 582
More information: Call Francessca O’Donnell on 0402 856 582


Port Macquarie Surf School Holiday Program

Marine Discovery Day

Drop the kids off with the team at Port Macquarie Surf School for a full day of surfing and marine discovery. Included in the full day is 2 surf lessons and a visit to the Marine Discovery Centre to learn about the creatures in the underwater world and how we can be conservationists in this environment. All surfing equipment and transport is included for the day.

  • Wednesday 27 September
    Time: 9:00am – 3:00pm
    Cost: $65
    Location: Flynns Beach, Port Macquarie

October School Holiday Surf Camp

Looking for an amazing over night camp for the grommets these school holiday? Why not take them surfing with Huddo! This camp is designed for beginner and intermediate surfers. All transport and main meals are provided. The grommets will progress faster than ever before, learning surf safety, surf awareness and surf etiquette, all whilst having fun with their buddies.

  • Wednesday 4 October to Thursday 5 October
    Drop off: 9am Wednesday 4 October @ Flynns Beach, Port Macquarie
    Pick up:
     3pm Thursday 5 October @ Flynns Beach, Port Macquarie
    Cost: $220

Bookings essential: 02 6584 7733
More information: Port Macquarie Surf School


School Holidays @ Glasshouse

Glasshouse Sprouts' Art Sessions Greater Port Macquarie

Glasshouse Sprouts’ Art Sessions

For kids 4 to 9 years old and their carers. All Glasshouse Sprouts’ Art Sessions are held at Glasshouse in Port Macquarie at the cost of $5.00 per child per session. Booking essential, spots are limited.

  • Wednesday 27 September + Wednesday 4 October
    Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm
    Cost: $5 per child per session
    Location: Glasshouse Port Macquarie

Glasshouse Sprouts Road Show

The Glasshouse Sprouts program is on the move! Kids and their grownups will have fun creating art together! The artworks are inspired by Glasshouse Regional Gallery exhibitions and are a great way to learn creatively.

Bring your kids and come along to one of our Glasshouse Sprouts Road Show activities these school holidays.

  • Thursday 28 September
    Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm
    Cost: $5 per child per session
    Location: Port Macquarie Library
  • Thursday 5 October
    Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm
    Cost: $5 per child per session
    Location: Wauchope Library

Bookings essential: 02 6581 8888
More information: Glasshouse Port Macquarie


School Holidays @ Port Macquarie Horse Riding Centre

Port Macquarie Horse Riding Centre school holiday program for children aged 6+, includes a group lesson, trail ride, ground work and plenty of hoisin’ around. Catering for beginners through to more experienced riders.

  • Monday to Friday of NSW School Holidays
    Time: 9:30am – 3:00pm
    Cost: $110 per day

Bookings: 0487 004 483
More information: Port Macquarie Horse Riding Centre


School Holidays @ your Library

There will be something for absolutely everyone these school holidays! From Yoga for Toddlers to Blackout Poetry for Teens. Bring your brains to the Mighty Family Trivia Quiz at Wauchope and catch the buzz at Laurieton with the Bee Workshop.  Look out for the Library Van at the Port Family Fun Day. Pop in to the Pop Up IT Day at Port Library and bring your money for the Magnificent Makers’ Market. And … take a look at the Giant Water Dragon.

Little Bang Discovery Club

Hands on Science Workshop for 4 to 7 years olds with Parents/Carers.

  • Tuesday 26 September
    Time: 10:30am – 11:30pm
    Cost: Free
    Location: Port Macquarie Library
    Bookings essential: 02 6581 8755

The Wonderful World of Bees

Join Ana from Amber Drop Honey as we find out all about bees.

  • Why are they so important to us?
  • How do they work together to get the job done?
  • How can we help bees in their work?

Take a look at bees up close (but safely behind glass) and learn more about their world. Have fun with some bee craft and a story or two. This activity is for 8 years plus.

Honey will be available for purchase.

  • Wednesday 27 September
    Time: 10:30am – 12:00pm
    Cost: Free
    Location: Laurieton Library
    Bookings essential: 02 6581 8177

Mighty Family Trivia Quiz Morning

All ages welcome. Test your brain power with lots of fun activities. Book a family table or come along and make new friends. Lots of surprise library pack prizes! Bonus points if you wear a crazy hat.

  • Thursday 28 September
    Time: 11:00am – 12:30pm
    Cost: Free
    Location: Wauchope Library
    Bookings essential: 02 6581 8162

Kooloonbung Creek Arboretum

Come and celebrate the refurbishment of Kooloonbung Creek Arboretum.

Local Birpai Artist, Trish McInherney will be sharing her Water Dragon story and helping you make a weaving using local natural resources from 10:15am to 11:15am. The Official Opening with morning tea will be at 10:30am. Meet at the beautiful Water Dragon, access via Gordon Street (opposite Finnians).

  • Thursday 28 September
    Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm
    Cost: Free
    Location: Kooloonbung Creek Arboretum, Gordon Street Port Macquarie

Glasshouse Sprouts Road Show

The Glasshouse Sprouts program is on the move! Kids and their grownups will have fun creating art together. The artworks are inspired by Glasshouse Regional Gallery exhibitions and are a great way to learn creatively.

Bring your kids and come along to one of our Glasshouse Sprouts Road Show activities these school holidays.

  • Thursday 28 September
    Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm
    Cost: $5 per child per session
    Location: Port Macquarie Library
    Bookings essential: 02 6581 8888 (Glasshouse)
  • Thursday 5 October
    Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm
    Cost: $5 per child per session
    Location: Wauchope Library
    Bookings essential: 02 6581 8888 (Glasshouse)

Pop Up IT Open Day

You’re invited to come in and try the latest in weird techie stuff at Port Macquarie-Hastings Library’s new Tech Room – Virtual Reality, 3D Printer, Makey Makey, Raspberry Pi. All ages welcome. No bookings required, just come along.

Makers Market

Makers Market @ Port Library – young stall holders are invited to sell their handicrafts.

  • Wednesday 4 October
    Time: 9:30am – 12:00pm
    Location: Port Macquarie Library
    Registration essential: 02 6581 8755 (Virginia Cox)

Yoga For Young Ones

Join Phoebe from Nectar Creative Therapies for two Yoga sessions. Pre-schoolers with parents/carers are invited to join in a workshop from 10:00am to 10:30am and school aged children (6 years to 10 years) from 11:15am to 11:45am.

  • Wednesday 4 October
    Time: 10:00am – 11:45am
    Cost: Free
    Location: Port Macquarie Library
    Bookings essential: 02 6581 8755

Port Macquarie Family Fun Day

Join in all the fun at Findlay Park Port Macquarie. Loads of fun for all the family. 10am to 1pm. Look out for the Library Van.

  • Thursday 5 October
    Time: 10:00am – 1:00pm
    Cost: Free
    Location: Findlay Park, Findlay Avenue Port Macquarie (near Westport High School)

Blackout Poetry

Returning by popular demand, we are gathering to explore this exciting idea. Blackout poetry focuses on rearranging words to create a different meaning. A great activity for teens.

  • Friday 6 October
    Time: 10:00am – 11:30am
    Cost: Free
    Location: Port Macquarie Library
    Bookings essential: 02 6581 8755

Soul Surfing Holiday Program

Fab Fun Days

Soul Surfing full day holiday program is a jammed packed day full of fun with 2 surf lessons, beach games and maybe some yoga. Surf and beach safety is covered as well as surf skills.

Includes surfboard, wetsuit, rashshirt, sunscreen and loads of fun. Please send your kids with hats, sunscreen, warm clothing, morning tea and lunch.

  • Monday 25 September (normal program)
    Wednesday 27 September (includes putt-putt golf)
    Wednesday 4 October
    (normal program)
    Friday 6 October
    (includes ten pin bowling)
    Time: 9:00am – 3:00pm
    Cost:
    $65 per child per day
    Ages: suits kids aged 5 – 14 years
    Location: Port Macquarie

Spring 2017 Program

Have your kids Surf Smart for this Summer! These lessons will cover all the basics with ocean safety and simple surf skills and techniques. If some progress faster then we will cater for their abilities while maintaining group safety and fun.

Includes surfboard, wetsuit, rashshirt, sunscreen and loads of fun. School pick up and afternoon tea as part of after school program.

  • 15 Lessons Kids Package
    5 x 2 hour lessons during September/October school holidays PLUS
    10 x After school surfing sessions (1 day per week)
    Cost: $275 (total package)
    Location: Port Macquarie

Bookings: 0428 480 266
More information: Soul Surfing


The Nature School Holiday Program

The Nature School will be offering two full day programs and two half day programs during September/October school holidays.

The Nature School Spring School Holiday Program 2017

The Nature School Spring School Holiday Program 2017

A great opportunity for older children who have either already experienced The Nature School or would love to see what it’s all about. Aimed at children 5-12 years old. Places are limited so books are essential.

  • Full Day Program – Tuesdays
    Dates: 26 September + 3 October
    Time: 9:00am – 3:00pm
    Cost: $70 per day
  • Half Day Program – Thursdays
    Dates: 28 September + 5 October
    Time: 9:00am – 1:00pm
    Cost: $50 per day

Bookings: thenatureschool.org.au
More information: The Nature School


We hope you enjoy your Spring School Holidays in Greater Port Macquarie!


We’d appreciate your help in keeping this information up to date and in ensuring we have covered everything on Spring School Holiday Activities for 2017 in the Greater Port Macquarie area. If you have anything to add to this post, want to be include in future feature articles, want to write a review about any of the listings or feel a correction should be made, please contact us today, we’d love to hear from you!
Page last updated: Wednesday 6 September 2017

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