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School Holidays: They Aren't Quite Over Yet!

The last few weeks of School Holidays have flown by – but they aren't over yet! We have collated the perfect list for you to keep the kids entertained around the Valley.


Maitland Regional Art Gallery

Drop into Maitland Reginal Art Gallery (MRAG) and check out all the latest exhibitions, plus Free Art January will still be running with self-directed activities, workshops (must book) and exhibitions until January 31. You can also enjoy Free Art Sunday, where families of all ages can let their creativity run wild with materials supplied free of charge. For more information, read more here or visit

Maitland Libraries

Stories are waiting to be discovered at Maitland Libraries with enthralling tales of bravery, adventure and love residing on the shelves and online. School Holiday workshops are available, and you can also watch movies, listen to music, make your own crafts, or just chill out. For more, head to

Beat the Heat at the Pool

Beat the heat and head to your local pool this Summer! The popular splash pad at Maitland Aquatic Centre will be operating daily throughout the School Holidays, and the inflatables will also be available at East Maitland Aquatic Centre every day. Visit to find out more.

Cessnock, Kurri Kurri and Branxton Pools will be holding FREE Family Fun Day sessions each Sunday until February 21. You must book ahead by the Friday prior at Cessnock and Branxton Pools. Find sessions times and more information at

Maitland Gaol

Explore the mystery behind the thick walls of Maitland Gaol! Workhouse Woes: Detainee Drills includes a one hour guided tour and learning a prison exercise routine in the drill yard, plus guided night tours have also returned including the 150 Years Under Lock and Key tour – a definite highlight! Learn more at

Animal Encounters at Hunter Valley Zoo

Visit Hunter Valley Zoo to see an amazing array of animals, including their new Giraffes Sophie and Shingo, who arrived in November! You can interact with the animals too by feeding them or watching one of the daily shows. Meet a Squirrel Monkey, a Meerkat and more by purchasing an animal encounter! Visit



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