Cheap activity #1

Jesmond Park 
Take your kids to Jesmond Park this school holidays if you’re looking for an afternoon of excitement and don’t feel like spending a fortune doing so. Located in the outer Newcastle suburb of Jesmond, you can pack a picnic and use the barbeque and shelter facilities provided to cook up your food while the kids go crazy in the playground. Your children will never want to spend another moment at home again after they’ve experienced an afternoon at Jesmond Park this school holidays
Where: Jesmond Park Jesmond NSW
Hotel Jesmond

Friendly atmosphere, Hotel Jesmond - Jesmond
Friendly atmosphere, Hotel Jesmond – Jesmond

Don’t let the little ones have all the fun! After an afternoon of watching over the kids and pushing them on the swings, you’ll feel like you deserve a nice cold beer or wine to wind down. But since Jesmond Park is no place for this, you’ll only have to walk a kilometre down the road before you bump into Hotel Jesmond. Let the kids play some pool while you and the partner pick from a diverse range of tap beer and fine wines that’ll help you relax. If you’re still feeling a bit hungry after your picnic then  House of Peking Restaurant located within the Jesmond Hotel serves up some of the finest Yum Cha in Newcastle. They also offer a takeaway menu for those kids that may be getting a little bit restless after their big day.
Where: Hotel Jesmond 182 Newcastle Road Jesmond NSW 

Cheap activity #2

The Foreshore Park
If you’re looking for something a little more central, The Foreshore Park could be a better option for you and the kids. Do you need to get some much needed shopping done? Kill two birds with one stone as you amuse the kids with an afternoon of mayhem at the park, before taking a short walk to the many cafes and shops located just metres from the park itself. Either way the electric barbeques, playground, picnic facilities and toilet blocks located at The Foreshore Park will make for a nice affordable day with the family.
Where: The Foreshore Newcastle East NSW
Juicy Beans Cafe

Lovely beachy vibes, Juciy Beans Cafe - Newcastle
Lovely beachy vibes, Juicy Beans Cafe – Newcastle

If you want to keep up with the kids at The Foreshore Park for the entire afternoon, you’re going to need a nice wholesome brekky washed down with a smooth barista style coffee to keep those energy levels where they need to be. Situated under the Merewhether Surf Life Saving Club, the award winning Juicy Beans Cafe provides a rustic setting, along with friendly customer service, so you and the family can enjoy a nice meal or drink overlooking beachfront views. If you’re looking for a more natural energy kick, pick from their range of raw smoothies. Whatever you do be sure to treat the kids to one of Juicy Bean’s famous homemade muffins, baked with love.
Where: 1 John Parade Merewether Beach

Cheap activity #3

Newcastle Beach 
With winter just around the corner be sure to take the kids down to Newcastle Beach for a fun-filled day in the sun while you still can. Whether you want to teach your children how to surf in a few of the calmer shore breaks on offer or your kids are more interested in building a pretty sandcastle, there is always something for your child to do at Newcastle Beach. So pack your towel, sunscreen, and beach cricket set for a day at Newcastle Beach the children won’t forget.
Where: Newcastle Beach Newcastle NSW
Bistro SandBar

Beachfront views, Cafe SandBar - Newcastle
Beachfront views, Cafe SandBar – Newcastle

Whether you’re looking to fill up before an afternoon of fun at the beach, or you need to refuel after an epic afternoon of surfing with the family, the Bistro Sandbar will cook you up a tasty meal to satisfy your cravings. Located a stones throw away from Newcastle Beach itself, enjoy all your bistro-style favourites, with a French twist, cooked with only the freshest ingredients. Sink into your chair as you soak up the casual beachfront atmosphere. If you want to treat the kids further then their sticky date pudding is sure to do the trick, but make sure it’s after you’ve visited the beach so they don’t get a stitch in the surf.
Where: 1 Moroney Avenue Newcastle East NSW

Have you already got your family activities planned this school holidays? Let us know what restaurant you’ll refuel at along the way.