School's out: What's on in Maitland these summer holidays
Aqua Hire: Come on down to Lorn Beach between 9.00am and 2.00pm, and hire a kayak or stand up paddleboard to explore the still waters of the Hunter River. Hire out the watercrafts for an hour while spectators will be able to sit on the sand of the riverbank in a comfy beach chair. Starts Thursday 6 January, all tickets are $10. For more dates, visit www.mymaitland.com.au/summer.
Dive In Cinema: This popular event at East Maitland Aquatic Centre returns with three Disney favourites, starting Friday 14 January with Raya and the Last Dragon. Also screening are The Little Mermaid and Jungle Cruise. Sessions run from 6.00pm to 10.00pm (movies start at 8.00pm) and tickets for a spot in the pool at priced at $10. For more information and to book, visit www.mymaitland.com.au/summer.
Disc Golf: Stockade Hill Heritage Park in East Maitland will be transformed into a six hole golf course from 10 January until 28 February. Disc golf is similar to traditional golf, but instead of using clubs and a ball, you use a frisbee! Grab one for $5 at Maitland Visitor Information Centre or BYO frisbee.
Delve into the historic past of Maitland Gaol with these activities aimed at young people. For more information, visit www.maitlandgaol.com.au.
Junior Sleuths: Become a Junior Sleuth on a mini tour where you learn how to dust for and process fingerprints – including your own. Starts Thursday 6 January at 11am, suitable for ages five and over. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Child and adult packages start from $15.
Workhouse Woes – Convict Construction: Enjoy a mini tour of the Gaol with an expert guide before building your very own 3D paper model. Can you build the Gaol from the ground up? Starts Tuesday 4 January at 11am, suitable for ages seven and over. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Child and adult packages start from $15.
The Levee Central Maitland
Giant Games: Pair your retail therapy trip into Central Maitland with a stop at The Levee’s Shared Zone, which will be loaded with giant games (such as chess, snakes and ladders, Connect Four) to play with. Available Saturdays from 10.00am to 1.00pm. Find out more at www.thelevee.com.au.
Maitland Regional Art Gallery
Free Art January: One of Maitland’s favourite summer activities returns to Maitland Regional Art Gallery this January, with bookings now open for a range of workshops, talks, self-directed art and more across the month.
Headlined by the majestic Skywhales experience, Free Art January will teach, thrill, and entertain families of all ages. For more information and to make a booking for a session, visit mrag.org.au/free-art-january-2022.
Skywhales: Every heart sings: One of the highlights of the season for the Maitland Regional Art Gallery is this unforgettable experience, set to take flight in the early hours of a warm January morning.
Skywhales, two towering hot air balloon sculptures by Patricia Piccinini, will take to the skies from 4.30am on Saturday 15 January at Maitland’s No.1 Sportsground. This is a free event and open to the community, but bookings are essential. Visit mrag.org.au/whats-on/skywhales-every-hear-sings-patricia-piccinini to secure your place.
Keep the kids entertained this summer with a range of fun holiday activities both in branch and online at Maitland Libraries.
You can make your own music with musical scores from Hamilton and Disney, literary mocktail recipes for both entertaining and winding down, or power through a wet La Nina summer with movie sessions through Kanopy or Beamafilm...with a library card, of course!
For more on how to make the most out of your libraries throughout the summer, head into your local branch or visit www.maitlandlibrary.com.au