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School Holiday Fun in Wollongong

Summer School Holidays are here and ‘HAVING FUN!‘ is high on the agenda.

We have taken the stress out of finding the best ‘FUN’ by putting together a list of awesome school holiday events right here in Wollongong.

These events are popular for a reason…the kids love them! We highly recommend booking early to avoid disappointed kids.

BURGH’s Outdoor Summer Camp

Where: Burgh Healthy Hub, Helensburgh
When: 15 – 19 January 2018
Time: 9.00am – 3.00pm (with optional creche)

Burgh’s popular Outdoor Summer Camp is back in 2018 with tree climbing, Parkour, aerials and stilt walking.

This Outdoor Summer Camp  will be a jam packed week of absolute fun to keep the kids active and outdoors.

Suitable for ages 6 – 14 years. No prior experience required.

Taught by industry professionals, this dynamic program offers a variety of challenging and exciting hands-on skills for everyone.

Your child will also have the opportunity during the full week program to specialise in their choosen area. Simply specify when booking if your child has a favourite area/skill to learn.

Your child can participate in the full week program or choose the days that suit your family.

Prices
Full 5 days: $285
Per day: $60 (10am – 3pm)
Lunch: $5 per day

Optional Creche
The creche will be open daily from 9am – 5pm.
Per day: $20
Full week: $90

Bookings

Ph: 4294 1282
Email: circus@burgh.com.au
Enrol online at burgh.com.au/summercamp
                                                                                                                                                     

Early Start Discovery Space

Where: Building 21, UOW
Open Tues – Sun (closed Mon)
Times: 9.00am – 4.00pm

Perfect for visiting family over the holiday season, or a brilliant experiential present for Christmas, the Early Start Discovery Space Summer Visit Pass is the perfect way to maximise play this holiday season!

For only $79, two adults and two children* receive unlimited visits to the Discovery Space for 4 consecutive weeks. This is a fantastic way to truly experience everything we have to offer!

Extra family members can be added to the Summer Visit Pass at the time of purchase for $10 per person, with a maximum of 8 people per Pass.

Looking for more places to play?
For just $20 extra the Summer Visit Pass allows 4 weeks unlimited access to the Science Centre & Planetarium… for $99 you’ll have access to the best family entertainment in Wollongong during the Summer holidays!

Purchase Pass

Your $79 Early Start Summer Visit Pass includes 2 Adults & 2 Children.

Additional members can be added at the time of purchase for $10 per person, with a maximum of 8 people per Pass.

Please read the Terms & Conditions prior to purchasing.

Visit earlystartdiscoveryspace.edu.au

                                                                                                                                                                             

Fun-damentals Sports & Movement Skills

Where: Lindsay Park Primary School, Wollongong
When: 18 December – 22 December and 2 January – 25 January.
Time: 8.00am – 6.00pm daily

Fun-damentals provide school holiday activities for primary school children in Wollongong with a focus on Fundamental Movement Skills.

Each day your child will participate in several sports including; Soccer, Hockey, Cricket, AFL, Touch Football, OzTag, Baseball/Softball, Basketball. Plus lots of fun activities and skills sessions.

Come for a day or a whole week.

Fun-damentals ARE APPROVED FOR THE CHILD CARE BENEFIT AND REBATE (if you pay taxes you are eligible for the CCR – which means you only pay half the advertised fee – the government pays the rest).

Everyday the following activities and more will be provided based on YOUR child’s interests:

  • Sneaky Pete, Orb, Capture the Flag, Dodgeball Games, Crab, Gymnastics, Dancing, Plays, Avengers, Seekers, All Sports Lunchtime Game.
  • Lego, Drawing, Colouring, Building, Board Games, Social Games, Reading, Puzzles, HEAPS of Arts and Crafts.
  • NEW – These holidays Fun-damentals will conduct skills sessions on the sport targeted that day (modified for each age group).
  • HOT WEATHER SUMMER FUN! – Fun-damentals will plan water activities. Bring a towel and spare clothes everyday (water pistols allowed but please label) because getting wet is FUN!

*Younger participants or those transitioning into school will be catered for with extra breaks and modified activities.

Costs
1st child $50 – discounts apply for siblings.
Fun-damentals are approved for the Child Care Benefit and Rebate.

Bookings

Fill out the Booking Request form at fun-damentals.com.au
Contact Daniel Morris on 0423661911
Email: danielsteely6@hotmail.com

                                                                                                                                                                             

Artspace

Where: Railway Street, Corrimal
When: 18 January – 1 February 2018
Age Group: 3 – 18 years

Artspace studio is the largest visual art school for children on planet art!

Located in Corrimal, the Artspace Holiday Program keeps your kids and young adults creatively entertained.

Kids love the paint tent, edible gardens, edible painting, eco sculpture, skate deck design, pot throwing, perfumery, arachnophobia, special guest artists and loads more!

Full day, 2 or 3 hour sessions available.

Join the Artspace Artists these school holidays for a jam-packed creative program for kids aged 3-18 years old.

View Full Artspace Program and Book

                                                                                                                   

Budget Friendly Fun with GOYOkids 

GOYOkids understand that keeping the kids entertained during the school holidays can be tough.

To give you a helping hand they have put together an awesome list of budget friendly fun activities that are super easy for keeping young minds active and engaged. All the of these fun ideas can take place right in your own home.

Read the GOYOkids Budget Friendly Fun for the School Holidays right here and keep this list handy! You never know when you might need it.

Christmas Lights in Wollongong

There is something truly magical about all those twinkling lights at Christmas time and the Christmas lights in Wollongong are no exception.

Check out the list below for some amazing Christmas lights in Wollongong and beyond.

Special thanks to local man Paul Harris. Paul kindly takes the time to put together a bumper packed list of all the Christmas Lights in Wollongong each year. Visit Paul’s Facebook page Christmas Light Displays in the Illawarra.

DAPTO/KOONAWARRA/WEST DAPTO/HORSLEY AND BROWNSVILLE

  • Hobbs St Horsley (“Battle of the neighbours”)
  • Caloola Ave Koonawarra
  • Robins Creek Dr Horsley
  • Truman Ave Dapto
  • Timberi Ave Dapto
  • Parkside Dr Dapto
  • Burrell Cr Dapto
  • Edgeworth Ave Kanahooka Point
  • Ellenborough Pl Horsley
  • Avonlea St Dapto
  • Highland Park Dr Horsley
  • Brooks Reach Horsley
  • Hartfield Ave Horsley
  • Bangaroo Ave Dapto
  • Rushton Drive Kanahooka
  • 4 Dombarton Place Horsley (Synchronised to music Tune to 88.9FM – 8pm – 11.30pm)
  • Armitage Ave Horsley
  • Myee St Kanahooka
  • Robert St Dapto
  • St James Cr Dapto
  • 67 Robert Street, Dapto
  • 23 Glenwood Grove Horsley
Saint James Cres, Dapto
Saint James Cres, Dapto

MT WARRIGAL/WARILLA/LAKE ILLAWARRA/WINDANG/PRIMBEE

  • Oaklands Ave Windang
  • Queen St Warilla
  • Dickson Ave Mt Warrigal
  • Pleasant Ave Warilla
  • O`reilly St Warilla
  • Gregory St Warilla
  • Helen St Warilla
  • Cuthbert Dr Mt Warrigal
  • Lakeview Pde Primbee
  • 7 Morris Place Warilla
  • Cox Pde Mt Warrigal
Dickson Ave and Cuthbert Drive, Mount Warrigal
Dickson Ave and Cuthbert Drive, Mount Warrigal

ALBION PARK/ALBION PARK RAIL/OAK FLATS/HAYWARDS BAY

  • 11 Hillside Drive Albion Park
  • Croome Rd Albion Park Rail
  • Stubbs Road Albion Park (Whole street)
  • Tongarra Rd Albion Park Rail
  • Allinga Drive Oak Flats
  • Bridge Ave Oak Flats
  • Esperance Drive Albion Park
  • Bateman Ave Albion Park Rail
  • Scarborough Cct Albion Park
  • Sawtell Street, Albion Park
  • Molongo St Albion Park
  • Violet Boulevard Calderwood
  • Gumnut St Albion Park Rail
  • Gascoyne St Albion Park
  • Devonshire Cr Oak Flats
  • 13 Fraser Cr Albion Park
  • 23 Wolfgang Rd Albion Park
  • Terry St Albion Park
  • Huon Cr Albion Park
  • Jarrah way Albion Park Rail

FARMBOROUGH HEIGHTS/UNANDERRA/FIGTREE

  • Mark St Figtree
  • Farmborough Rd Farmborough Heights
  • Blackman Pde Unanderra
  • Poplar Ave Unanderra
  • Alandale Ave Figtree
  • Murray Park Rd Figtree
  • Lindsay St Unanderra
  • Jenkins St Unanderra

BERKELEY/LAKE HEIGHTS/WARRAWONG/PORT KEMBLA

  • Northcliffe Dr Warrawong
  • Griffin St Warrawong
  • Hassan St Lake Heights
  • Gregory St Cringila

BLACKBUTT/BARRACK HEIGHTS/SHELLHARBOUR/SHELLCOVE/
FLINDERS

  • Glider Ave Blackbutt
  • Callistemon Pl Shellharbour
  • Tyrell St Flinders
  • Joondaloop Parkway Shellcove
  • Jemima Close Flinders
  • 9 Brisbane Pl Barrack Heights (Xmas maze for kids in backyard)
  • Albatross Rd Blackbutt
  • Lyrebird Cl Blackbutt
  • Cockatiel Ct Blackbutt
  • Bass St Barrack Heights
  • Whitaker St Flinders
  • Cosgrove Ave Flinders
  • Seymour Dr Flinders
  • Corunna Cr Flinders
  • 20a Elizabeth Cct Flinders
  • Bruny Pl Shellcove
  • Lake Entrance Rd Shellharbour
9 Brisbane Pl, Barrack Heights
9 Brisbane Pl, Barrack Heights

TOWRADGI/WOONONA/FAIRY MEADOW/TARRAWANNA/CORRIMAL/
BELLAMBI/BULLI

  • Campbell Street, Woonona
  • Owen St Bulli
  • Pioneer Rd Bellambi (Next to chemist)
  • East St Russell vale
  • Neville Ave Russell Vale
  • Blueberry Ct Wooonona (Edgewood Estate)
  • Mountbatten St Corrimal
  • 66 Underwood Street Corrimal
  • Peppermint Cct Edgewood Estate Woonona
  • Cawley St Bellambi
  • Duncan St Balgownie
  • Lawson St Fairy Meadow
  • Bellambi Lane Bellambi
  • Midgley St Corrimal
  • Williamson St Tarrawanna
  • Keerong Ave Russell Vale
  • Angus St Fernhill
  • 3 Scobie Cres Bellambi (15th Big Light Switch On 8pm)

WOLLONGONG/CONISTON/MT ST THOMAS/MT KEIRA/MANGERTON

  • 10 Phillips Cres Mangerton
  • 6 Wellmont Pl Mt Keira
  • 4 Parkman Place Mt Keira
  • Gladstone Ave Coniston
  • Gipps St Wollongong
  • Parkman Mt Keira
  • Reservoir St Mangerton
  • Strathearn Ave Wollongong (This year the residents will also hold a fundraiser on Christmas Eve and invite donatios to Look Good Feel Better, a free nationwide charitable program dedicated to helping women with cancer cope with the appearance side effects of their treatments. Everyone is invited!)

NOWRA/KIAMA

  • Hughes Cr Kiama Downs

Add My Lights

If you have an amazing display you would like to share with the What’s On in Wollongong audience, simply drop us a line with your details to info@whatsoninwollongong.com.au

Melbourne Cup in Wollongong

Famously known as the race that stops the nation, the Melbourne Cup is almost upon us and Wollongong’s finest establishments are not holding back.

You’ll experience the full glitz, glamour and sophistication that only the big race day can bring together with fine dining in some of Wollongong’s most picturesque locations.

Frock up, gather your friends and treat yourself to a day of splendour and fun!

City Beach Function Centre

Melbourne Cup may be the event that stops the nation, but City Beach Function Centre is the event that stops the Gong!

Set to be Wollongong’s most prestigious Melbourne Cup Day event on Tuesday, 7 November, you’re already a winner when you book a table at City Beach.

Hosted by Mel and Trav from 96.5 Wave FM, there will be no shortage of indulgence and excitement on the day.

– Champagne reception
– Dumpling Bar on the balcony
– Exquisite four course lunch
– Premium beverage package
– TAB runner for the main race
– Sweeps & prizes
– All the race day action streamed live
– Totally Instagrammable photo-op area
– Sweeps

Frock up and getting ready to have some fun!

Check out the mouth-watering menu and book today. 

Tickets: $129.00 per person
Time: 12.00pm – 4.00pm

BOOK NOW

The Lagoon Restaurant

Other than track-side, there’s only one place to celebrate the Melbourne Cup, and that’s beach-side at The Lagoon Seafood Restaurant.

We probably don’t need to tell you, but the Melbourne Cup party at The Lagoon is legendary.

You’ll enjoy live music by Quinny, fashions on the field and a 5-hour drinks package, as well as a glass of Moet on arrival and a delicious 4-course deluxe lunch.

Tables of approx. 10 people (you don’t need to take a whole table though!).

Tickets: $130.00 per person.
Time: 11.30am – 4.30pm

Book on 4226 1677 or email bookings@lagoonrestaurant.com.au

Visit lagoonrestaurant.com.au

PEPE’s On the Beach

PEPE’s are celebrating Melbourne Cup with the ultimate Garden Party.

Cocktail fountain on arrival, 3.5hr beverage package ( tap beers, selection of wines, bubbles, soft drink, tea & coffee), seafood grazing table and a selection of specialty canapes & petite fours.

There will be plasma screens to watch the racing action, Flower wall photo booth plus Fashions on the Beach with Goodie bags for the best dressed.

After Party with DJ from 3.30pm till late (free entry).

VIP cabana bookings available with Bottle service packages

Tickets: $115.00 per person.

Visit pepesonthebeach.com.au

 LevelOne Harbourfront

The Levelone Melbourne Cup package includes cocktails on arrival, 14 course canapé menu plus a 3.5 hour beverage package including beer, wine and of course champagne.

Enjoy live acoustic entertainment from 12 – 5pm, plus live race coverage and a calcutta auction.

Tickets: $109.00 per person
Time: 12.00 noon – 5.00pm

Call 4227 2999 or email info@levelone.com.au

The Birdcage Luncheon  – Shellharbour

Whether you love the glamour, the fine food, the fashion or the pulse-quickening excitement, SOCIETY is the place to be this Melbourne Cup!

Enjoy bubbly and canapes on arrival followed by a decadent 3 course luncheon, games and prizes. Also enjoy watching the race on our giant screen in a private area of Precinct.

Tickets: $60.00 members | $65.00 visitors
Time: 12.00pm – 4.00pm

Buy tickets online or at Reception.

Melbourne Cup Luncheon – TBH

This year Towradgi Beach Hotel wants to celebrate the most prestigious Thoroughbred horse race with you:

Fresh Seafood Buffet & Carvery Buffet
Drink on arrival
Prizes for best dressed
Sweeps
Full TAB Facilities
Watch all the action on our Big Screens, Live & Loud!

Tickets: $69.00 per adult | $20.00 per children under 12 (must be accompanied by legal guadian). Book for 10, only pay for 9!
Time: From 11.30am

Phone: 02 4283 3588 or functions@towradgibeachhotel.com.au

Headlands Austinmer Beach

Sip on bubbles and enjoy a 3-course meal while cheering on the horses! Tickets include canapes, 3 courses & 4 hour beverage package.

TAB facilities | Sweeps on the day | Best dressed prizes!

Tickets – $130.00pp. Table of 10 – $1,200.
Time: 12.00noon – 4.00pm

To reserve a table phone 4200 1099 or email  events@headlandshotel.com.au

By the Beach at Diggies

Diggies will be hosting it’s first Melbourne Cup lunch!

Get your friends together to enjoy a delicious 5 course meal, with accompanying 4 hour drinks package including Pommery Champagne and Oysters on arrival.

There will be Fashions by the Beach and prizes from Quay Supply, Frolic Girls,Toscani Hair, Jimmy Gan, Pommery Champagne, Blue Athletic and more.

Tickets: $140.00

Please call us on 4258 3490 or email eat@diggies.com.au

 

For more great events happening in and around Wollongong simply head to our homepage and search ‘Melbourne Cup’.

What’s On in Wollongong is not an event holder and event details are subject to change. Please check details with individual venues prior to booking or attending any event.

 

 

What’s On for Halloween in the Gong

Get your freak on this Halloween with a load of fun events around Wollongong for young and old!

It’s not all just ‘trick or treats‘!

Spooky Fun for the Kids

Your little ghosts and goblins will love some scare-free activities.

Halloween Disco
Thirroul Bowling, Leagues and Recreation Club
When: 27 October 2017
Time:  5.30pm – 7.30pm

Ghost Train
Illawarra Light Railway Museum
When: 28 October 2017
Time: 4.00pm – 10.00pm

Halloween Disco
Corrimal Bowling Club
When: 28 October 2017
Time: 5.30pm – 9.00pm

Tickets just $10.00 and include a meal from the bistro.
Call 4284 4786 to book (tickets are limited).

Creepy Halloween NIght with DJ23
Flip Out North Wollongong
When: 28 October 2017
Time: 6.00pm – 11.00pm

Halloween Party
Central Hotel Shellharbour
When: 29 October 2017
Time: 2.00pm – 4.00pm

Hangdog Halloween
Hangdog Climbing Gym
When: 30 October 2017
Time: From 5.00pm

Buy a Carved Halloween Pumpkin
Warrawong Plaza
When: 31 October 2017
Time: 9.30am – 2.30pm

Lah-Lah & Buzz Halloween Mini-Concert
Early Start Discovery Space
When: 31 October 2017
Time: 10.30am – 11.15am

Freak Out with the Adults

The Grand Ball Halloween Special
The Grand Hotel, Wollongong
When: 27 October 2017
Time: From 8.00pm

Halloween at the Harp
The Harp Hotel
When: 27 + 28 October 2017

Mr Crown’s Haunted Harvest Weekend
Mr Crown, Wollongong
When: 27 +28 October 2017

Halloween Punk Show
Rad Bar
When: 28 October 2017
Time:  From 7.30pm

Parkside Halloween
Towradgi Beach Hotel & Waves
When: 28 October 2017
Time: From 9.00pm

Pepe’s Halloween Industry Night Edition
PEPE’s on the Beach, North Wollongong
When: 30 October 2017
Time: From 5.00pm

Halloween Gig
Urge Records, Thirroul
When: 31 October 2017
Time: 8.00pm – 11.00pm

Sneak Out Halloween
Hotel Illawarra
When: 31 October 2017
Time: 8.00pm – Midnight

What’s On in Wollongong is not involved in the running of any events.

Please contact individual event holders to confirm details before attending events.

If you have a Halloween event you would like us to add to the list simply send your details to info@whatsoninwollongong.com.au

Luka Lesson & The Medics’ Kahl Wallis Live In Wollongong

Australian slam poet champion and hip-hop artist, Luka Lesson and The Medics’ lead singer, Kahl Wallis will be playing live in Wollongong this Thursday, 12 October at Jane’s Bar.

Fresh from dual appearances at this year’s Splendour in the Grass, Luka and Kahl are amped to bring the Living Artefact Tour to Wollongong with their newly released powerful new song called Living Artefact.

Living Artefact has been received very well so far with love from triple j’s Hip-Hop Show, Roots ‘n’ All, FBi Radio and ARIA nominated artist, L-FRESH the Lion.

It all started when Luka invited Kahl to perform at a few of his shows and sent him a demo of a song called ‘Living Artefact‘,  Kahl recorded vocals on the chorus at his little home studio.

Luka is Australia’s best selling poet and hip-hop artist with a love of story-telling and a passionate for his art form.

Hip-hop made me fall in love with story-telling – poetry just pushed me over the edge. I guess Def Jam Poetry series on Youtube really hit me hard in the early days, it caught me with just how raw and powerful the medium is. Since then countless poets and performances have made me fall in love with the genre again and again – Luka.

Luka represents a standard of rap that holds onto a morally and ethically conscious form of expression which includes no racism or sexism. Previously described as a ‘conscious hip-hop artist‘, Luka is no longer a fan of the term as it’s been overused in the rap world.

Their new singleLiving Artefact’ holds great meaning for both Luka and Kahl.

I refused to have my history packed into a museum and have my culture encased behind glass. I am a living embodiment on my ancestors, the lineage is not broken, the history is not just to be studied, but to be lived – Luka.

For me it’s a personal, spiritual journey which has deep connection to ancestors and country. I’m a living continuation of my ancestors and we are living proof of how to maintain resilience and strength, respecting and acknowledging those who have come before us, who have shaped and inspired our voice – Kahl

Poetically and artistically ‘Living Artefact‘ touches on the displacement and continued forced assimilation of First Nations people around the world.

I honestly want to keep spreading peace and love, but also the truth. Following in the footsteps of other great artists from all over the world that have paved the way for new generations of incredible creative and inspirational people. Come together, learn, listen and help ourselves to be stronger to continue the fight against war, ignorance, racism, pollution, pain and suffering. – Kahl.

Both huge fans of eachother’s art, Luka and Kahl also hold similar beliefs and see eachother as brothers.

Maintaining their heritage and helping today’s youth is high on the agenda for both Luka and Kahl.

An active member of the Writer’s Republic, Luka described it as a platform for poets, writers, story tellers and oral tradition holders.

In Plato’s “Republic” he said that all poets should be exiled, for they are a bad influence on society – so we started another republic, specifically for us, where the words are our Kings and Queens. – Luka.

Luka also works with Australian high school students via the Odysseus Live Project, a retelling of the ancient Greek story of the Odyssey in slam poetry and hip-hop.

Started via a conversation with the composer James Humberstone from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, the Odysseus Live Project has been a couple of years in the making now and they hope to have it done by the middle of 2018.

Working with Australian high school students for the past 11 years, Luka explained that it is an important and powerful part of what he does as an artist, as he believes it is important to give back and let other voices shine and be amplified.

Kahl works with The Jimmy Little Foundation, delivering workshops to Indigenous children in remote communities and spends a lot of time in Arnhem Land and the Northern Territory writing songs with young people.

Music helped me a great deal when I was growing up, it gave me a creative outlet to speak my mind and in turn learn how to record and write song. I was inspired to share my story and knowledge with younger people and also learn stories from them and other First Nation young people. – Kahl.

With an already hectic lifestyle you won’t be suprised to hear that the boys have more amazing projects on the go.

Luka recently ran his  first ever writers’ retreat in his grandfather’s village of Monolithos on the island of Rhodes.

Much like Wollongong, the village is small and picturesque, and sits between the ocean and the mountains.

Myself and the poets visited ancient sites and reflected on the process of writing. We wrote poems and practised memorisation and learnt about performance techniques. After four days we performed all of our work for the local people in the amphitheatre in the village. It was totally magic and we will be doing it every year. – Luka

(More details regarding the retreat can be found at – www.RhodesPoetryRetreat.com)

Kahl  is proud and excited about his upcoming debut solo album soon to be released.

It’s been produced by James North in Brisbane, I had an incredible experience working with him. We both spent roughly 3 weeks tucked away recording in his small but musically inspiring studio earlier this year. – Kahl

The yet untitled album is a collection of songs that Kahl has been writing and performing over the past 4 years as a solo artist and includes stories of power, peace, love, loss, identity, culture, strength, resilience and respect.

Luka Lesson & The Medics’ Kahl Wallis will be live at Jane’s Bar (40 Flinders St, North Wollongong) this Thursday, 12 October 2017 at 6.00pm.

Under 18’s permitted with guardian.

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