Keep the kids amused these holidays

SAND ART: Learning the tricks to sand sculpting is just one way to keep the kids entertained these holidays. Picture: Supplied
SAND ART: Learning the tricks to sand sculpting is just one way to keep the kids entertained these holidays. Picture: Supplied

If you always wanted to master the art of sand sculpting to impress the kids at the beach then here is your chance to learn from an expert.

Master sculptor Dennis Massoud will present a sand sculpting workshop on January 21 at Blacksmiths beach.

It is just one of the many activities being provided throughout Lake Macquarie and Newcastle to keep the kids, and parents, entertained throughout the summer holiday break.

You can explore the rockpools of Swansea Heads with experts during the Rockpool Ramble on January 12.

There is also the chance for kids to improve their cycling skills. 

They can learn from Olympic cyclist and Hunter local Scott Steward on January 18 in a workshop which aims to give kids the skills to travel safely to school and to increase their confidence on two wheels.

Toronto Motor Yacht Club will host a Come and Try Sailing afternoon on January 20.

If you are more of a land person then you can instead design your own watercraft with a workshop at Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery on January 12.

Richley Reserve at Blackbutt will come alive with aquatic action on January 17 for a Junior Ranger environmental fun day.

There will be water slides, dip-netting, craft, environmental art and wildlife encounters.

Learn how to make colourful works of art by painting with watercolours through a straw at Newcastle Art Gallery. Workshops will be running all of next week.

There is also the chance for kids to create their very own superhero outfits at a range of workshops being held at Newcastle City Council libraries this month.

Some events are free while others have a fee and require a booking.

Check the Lake Macquarie City Council (www.lakemac.com.au) and Newcastle City Council (www.newcastle.nsw.gov.au) websites for more information.

Learn all about the way the human body works with a fun and interactive exhibition at the Newcastle Museum, which is on until the end of the holidays.

There are also plenty of beaches, parks, cycleways and reserves to explore as a family as well.