School holiday fun around Cessnock City, September-October 2017

EXTRAORDINARY: JD Howlett will bring his world of magic to Cessnock and Kurri Kurri libraries in the spring school holidays.

EXTRAORDINARY: JD Howlett will bring his world of magic to Cessnock and Kurri Kurri libraries in the spring school holidays.

Cessnock and Kurri Kurri Libraries are in for a magical time these school holidays with magician extraordinaire JD Howlett performing his show on Thursday, October 5.

JD’s show is full of surprises, laughs and audience participation that will get the entire family involved.

The Kurri show will start at 10am and the Cessnock show will be held at 1pm. Tickets are $5. Visit the libraries to book your place.

Younger witches and wizards will have the opportunity to learn how to perform a couple of magic tricks at the Abracadabra magic workshop at Kurri Kurri Library on September 25 at 2pm, and Cessnock Library on September 29 at 10am.

Wand-making workshops will be held at Cessnock on September 28 at 2pm and Kurri on October 3 at 2pm.

There will also be activities for teenage witches and wizards with a special Practical Magic workshop on September 28 at 10.30am. Book your place at Cessnock Library.

Other school holiday activities include terrarium workshops and a robotics meeting.

The library will also continue their regular storytime and rhymetime programs throughout the holiday period.

Tickets can be booked at the library directly or by calling Cessnock Library on 4993 4399 or Kurri Kurri Library on 4937 1638.

See the library What’s On calendar here.


Enjoy an afternoon of craft, cake and fruit at the Cessnock CWA rooms, 161 Vincent Street, on Thursday, September 28 from 1pm. Read more here.


Wind chime sculpture workshop – Tuesday, September 26 from 9.30am to 11.30am. Cost: $10 per child (includes morning tea). Suitable for kids aged 7-12. Call the gallery on 4991 6619 to book.

Paint a unicorn workshop – Thursday, October 5 from 9.30am-11.30am. Suitable for primary school-aged children. Cost: $10 per child. Call the gallery on 4991 6619 to book.


Hunter Valley Gardens will host its Mega Creatures display during the school holidays.

Mega Creatures showcases some of Australia’s largest animatronic bugs, dragons and dinosaurs.


Sterntaler Equestrian Centre, Buchanan is offering horse riding lessons and school holiday camps (up to five days). Call 0412 220 388 for more information.


Go-Karts-Go Hunter Valley has plenty of fun for people aged three and up, with go-karting, putt-putt golf and archery all on site. It’s open seven days a week at 202 Neath Road, Kearsley.