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Top 8 Water Play Activities in the Illawarra

It’s the Summer school holidays and the kids energy levels are through the roof!

That’s why we’ve put together a list of the most exciting water play fun happening right here in the  beautiful Illawarra!

Don’t forget that events can be subject to weather conditions, age restrictions, conditions or incur an entry fee. Be sure to check with individual event holders prior to attendance (relevant links below).

Happy Splashing!

Screamer Water Slide

Where: Wollongong Youth Centre, 85 Burelli Street, Wollongong
When: Friday, 12 January 2018
Time: 11am – 2pm
Ages: 12 – 18 years

Get the adrenaline pumping as you scream down the 9m high & 20m long water slide. Bring your towel! 12-18 year olds only.

Join Screamer Water Slide at Wollongong Youth Centre on Facebook.

Super Slide Day

Where: Reddall Reserve, Lake Illawarra
When: Saturday, 13 January 2018
Time: 10am – 2pm
Cost: Free

The kids will have a ball on the four awesome waterslides plus sporting demonstration and come and try sessions.

For more information visit shellharbour.nsw.gov.au

Illawarra Inflatable Fun

Albion Park Pool
Where: Russell St, Albion Park
When: 3 January & 24 January 2018
Time: 1pm – 3pm
Cost: Pool entry fees apply
For more information visit  shellharbour.nsw.gov.au

Berkeley Swimming Pool
Where: 5 Winnima Way, Berkeley
When: 2 & 16 January 2018
Time: 9am – 11am
For more information visit wollongongong.nsw.gov.au

Corrimal Pool (heated)
Where: Short St, Corrimal
When: 11 & 25 January 2018
Time: 10am – 12noon
Cost: $4.70 per child
For more information visit wollongongong.nsw.gov.au

Dapto Pool (heated)
Where: 28 Bangaroo Ave, Dapto
When: 4 & 18 January 2018
Time: 10am – 12noon
Cost: $4.70 per child
For more information visit wollongongong.nsw.gov.au

Oak Flats Pool
Where: Kingston Street, Oak Flats
When: 10 & 12 January 2018
Time: 1pm – 3pm
Cost: Pool entry fees apply
For more information visit  shellharbour.nsw.gov.au

(Giant inflatable is available at Oak Flats Pool Open Day – 12 January 2018)

Warilla Pool
Where: Benaud Crescent, Warilla
When: 17 January & 19 January 2018
Time: 1pm – 3pm
Cost: Pool entry fees apply
For more information visit  shellharbour.nsw.gov.au

Western Suburbs Pool
Where: Princes Hwy & Chapman St, Unanderra
When: 9 & 23 January 2018
Time: 9am – 11am
For more information visit wollongongong.nsw.gov.au

Kiama Leisure Centre
Where: 1 Havilah Place, Kiama
Contact:  (02) 4232 1877

Inflatable Pool Toy
When: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays during school holidays
(Not available between Christmas & New Year or Public Holidays)
Time: 12pm – 3.00pm
Ages: 5+
Cost: Fees apply

Sport and Swim
Four hours of sport and swimming with the pool toy
When: Wednesday 3 & 17 and Monday 8 January 2018
Time: 11am-3pm
Ages: 5 – 12 years
Cost:  $20 | 1st child/$18 | 2nd & 3rd child

Gym Fun and Swim
Four hours of gym and swimming with the pool toy.
When: Friday 5 &12 and Monday 15 & 22 January 2018
Time: 11am-3pm
Ages: 5-12 years
Cost: $20 | 1st child/$18 | 2nd & 3rd child

Important Information
All children must be over five years of age and be able to swim. Minimum 12 participants required.

Full payment required on booking.
Call (02) 4232 1877

For more information visit kiama.nsw.gov.au

Pool Open Day

Oak Flats Pool
Where: Kingston St, Oak Flats
When: 12 January 2018
Time: 2pm – 5pm
Cost: Free entry to the pool

Giant pool inflatable, library by the pool, music, free sausage sizzle plus giveaways.

For more information visit shellharbour.nsw.gov.au

The Big Wedgie

Where: Lang Park, Marine Dr, Wollongong
When: 16 December ’17 – 11 February ’18

This one has something for everyone, no matter your age or size.

The Big Wedgie
Minimum Height: 1.2m
Minimum Age: 7 years
Maximum Weight: 110kg

The Big Chucka
Minimum Height: 1.4m
Minimum Age: 10 years
Maximum Weight: 110kg

The Just Right Wedgie
Minimum Height: 0.8m
Minimum Age: 3 years
Maximum Weight: 60kg

The Little Wedgie
Minimum Height: 0.8m
Maximum Height: 1.2m
Minimum Age: 3 years
Maximum Weight: 40kg

Please note if weather conditions are unfavourable, The Big Wedgie may be closed! Please check The Big Wedgie Facebook page for updates!

Visit thebigwedgie.com.au for price details and online bookings.

Waliscags Water Worx

Where: Dapto Showground, Princes Hwy, Dapto
Enter via southern end of Mulda Street (free parking)
When: 20 December ’17 to 25 February ’18.

Only 700m from Dapto Train Station you will find Waliscags Water Worx.

With 5 themed pools with integrated slides, plus an 11m high slide for the daredevils rightfully named the Epic Racer.

The slides cater for all ages and includes special toddler only zones. Spectators are free.

When you book your tickets you have up to 4 hours of slipping, sliding and splashing fun.


Babies 0 – 3 years: FREE
Children & Adults: $23.80 – $24.50
Group Pass (4 participants): $84.15 – $95.00
Party Pass (minimum 12 participants): $19.95  per person

Children aged 1-5 years must be supervised in the water by a parent or guardian.

Tickets can be bought online or at the kiosk. Gift vouchers available. Book online and save at www.waterworx.fun


Jamberoo Action Park

Where: 1215 Jamberoo Road, Jamberoo
Open: 10am – 5pm daily (during the school holidays)

It’s where YOU control the action! Open EVERY Day this summer holiday season from 26th December 2017 until 31st January 2018.

Jamberoo Action Park is set amongst 40 hectares of amazing aqua play fun, landscaped gardens and parklands and is the perfect place to kick back and relax or join the kids on a vast range of water rides, slides and attractions.

Buy a Season Pass and get unlimited access to water thrills and spills this season.

Visit www.jamberoo.net for all the details.

Jamberoo Action Park | The Perfect Storm

Hope to see you sometime this upcoming holiday season … time to Experience The Perfect Storm only at NSW's favourite water theme park Jamberoo Action Park… OPEN *Daily until 28 February 2017 … Sammy 😉

Posted by Jamberoo Action Park on Thursday, 15 December 2016


Nowra Aquatic Park

Where: Scenic Drive, Nowra
Summer Hours:
Mon – Thurs 6am – 7pm
Friday: 6am – 6pm
Saturday & Sunday: 10am  – 5pm
Public Holiday: 11am – 3pm

With 9 lanes of heated outdoor pool plus splash pad and waterslides, the kids and ‘big kids‘ are guaranteed to have an absolute ball. Don’t forget to visit the Splash Cafe to refuel your energy!

Waterslides are OPEN DAILY 11am – 4pm until the end of January.

Entry Fees

Adult: $5.60
Child: $4.20
Family Swim – 2 Adults & 3 Children: $19.60
Children 2 years & under free with paying adult

Water Slide Fees

5 ride pass (waterslide only, excludes pool enry): $3.80
10 ride pass (waterslide only, excludes pool entry): $6.70
Unlimited water slide (includes pool entry): $13.50

Waterslide operation is subject to weather conditions.


Sunday 31st December 2017, 5.30pm – 9.30pm

Event Schedule:
5.30pm: Gates open, party starts
5.30pm-6.30pm: Waterslides/Pool/Splashpad open
6.30pm-7.30pm: Pool Dance Party of grassed area
7.30pm: Outdoor Movie

Adults $10
Children $5
Family $30 (2 adult/3children)


– Ticket entry only
– Children 10yrs and under must be accompanied by an adult
– No food or beverages (including alcohol) to be brought into the centre during the party

Visit shoalhavenswimandfitness.com.au

Splash into the School Holidays this weekend at Nowra Aquatic Park. The waterslides will be open from 11am – 3pm Saturday/Sunday throughout the school holidays

Posted by Nowra Aquatic Park on Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Waterworld Central Nowra

Where: Stockland Nowra, 32-60 East St, Nowra
When: 13 January – 28 January 2018
Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm daily

Waterworld Central is Australia’s first portable water theme park and it will be sliding into the Nowra Stockland Shopping Centre these school holidays.


Purchase your tickets online at waterworldcentral.com.au
Online tickets must be purchased by at least 8am on the day of attendance, otherwise tickets an be purchased at the gate.
Session Times
10am – 12pm, 11am – 1pm, 12pm – 2pm, 1pm – 3pm, 2pm – 4pm (weather permitting).
In the event of bad weather please check the Waterworld Central Facebook page or call 0409 912 343.

Beaton Park Pool

Please note Beaton Park Pool will close 12.30pm Sunday 17 December and will re-open Monday 22 January 2018.




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.

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


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.

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


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



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.

Budget Friendly Fun for the School Holidays

Who doesn’t love budget friendly fun for the school holidays that won’t break the bank? We all do right!

You’ll want to keep this one on the fridge as it will be your ‘go-tolist‘ for creative fun activties to keep young energectic minds busy on a budget.

This blog was kindly written by local mum of two and co-founder of GOYOkids Nancy Lawford-Miles . Take it away Nancy!

School holidays are a time to sit back, relax and recoup from a busy term gone, and prepare for the next one ahead.

It’s a time when kids get to be kids. It’s a shake off from the hussle out the door each morning, a break from classroom structure and lean time management.

It’s a time to spend on the floor with toys, to stay in pyjamas until lunch, to reignite sibling play and find wild times in the good old outdoors.

For us (as parents and carers) it’s a chance to let go of our routine of lunch box prep, clean school shirts, (probably a tidy house!), and to make the most of these special years hanging out with our kids whilst we are still cool to hang with!

This unstructured time to play can have a significant impact on a child’s mental health, often helping to reduce levels of stress and anxiety. It allows kids unscheduled time to be creative, to reflect, and to decompress.

On the other end of the scale it offers many benefits in developing their imagination, dexterity, and physical, cognitive, and emotional strength.

So here’s a list we’ve compiled of creative fun you and your kids can enjoy on a budget at home these holidays. They’ve been tried and tested by our kids, ticking the fun box for us, as i’m sure they will for you too!

Portrait Painting on Glass

The ultimate NO CLEAN UP fun!

The idea for this came from my eldest child’s interest in learning to draw faces. I thought it would help him with shape and proportion. For my younger child I knew he would just enjoy the freedom to be let loose with paint on any scale!

With squeals of excitement they got stuck in straight away! The boys took it in turns to stand on the other side of the glass and have their bodies painted. It was wonderful to see their concentration and hear the giggles as the brush swept around to trace their faces.

Once they were done I gave them the hose and a squeegee. They had just as much fun cleaning up as they did painting! My windows have never looked so clean!

Yoga for Kids Audio Book

This is about young kids with a loveable energy having fun, jumping, stretching, moving and learning how to be in control of their bodies and minds. Kids with gorgeous wild imaginations listening to a story that will have them leaping like a kangaroo, flying in a space rocket into the great unknown and breathing in the warm spring air.

GOYOkids yoga stories are designed to be super fun and easily used at home with no previous yoga experience necessary.

Download a kids yoga audiobook from GOYOkids, listen to the story and follow the simple instructions.

Why not have some fun with it and play it from your mobile device in the garden or even the park? This is a great activity for the entire family and you’re guaranteed to have heaps of fun!

Rock Painting and Sharing


This is such a fun thing to do and helps promotes the idea of sharing and kindness.

Just gather some smooth pebbles and get painting! You can let the creative juices flow or maybe paint some kind words. Acrylic paints work best but you can paint over your design with PVA glue to make your pebbles more weatherproof;don’t worry the glue will dry clear.

Once they have dried, take them to your local park or beach and hide them for others to find! You could even get a few other families on board and start a rock hide and find like we did earlier on this year.

ILLAWARRA "ROCKS" – Creative Nature Play

ILLAWARRA "ROCKS" – Creative Nature PlayWe've hidden some Yoga Story Stones at "Coalcliff beach". We'd love to hear if you find any, and if your hiding some you've painted, be sure to let us all know where so we can come and hunt for them ❤Inspired by https://www.facebook.com/MaggieDentAuthor/posts/1561992530512022 let's get painting, hiding and hunting!

Nai-post ni GOYOkids noong Linggo, Hunyo 11, 2017

Hopscotch with a Twist

This is heaps of fun and all you need is chalk!

Think Twister versus Hopscotch. Use chalk to draw out some feet and hands in different combinations to get the kids balancing, twisting and hopping. Get as creative and wacky as you like, pop on some music, invite the neighbours kids over and let the fun begin.

Sticky Tape Nature Trail

A nature trail is a great way to get out and about and explore your surroundings. We used a rolled up piece of cardboard and covered it in sticky tape (it’s blue because we only had painter’s tape left in the drawer).

You could also use a flat piece of cardboard with contact paper, but the roll worked well as it fitted around my child’s wrist.

Then head out on an adventure and see what you can find! Spring is a great time of year for this as nature is in full bloom.

It’s always fascinating to observe, that when I spend unstructured, unscheduled time with my children, it opens up a deep channel of communication between us.

This channel isn’t always so free flowing in the bustle of the busy school term, when the kids come home too tired and unmotivated to discuss their day with me (despite my constant prompting!). But throw us a cruisy afternoon hanging out together under the great Aussie sky, and you’ll be amazed at what I can find out!

Blog written by Nancy Lawford-Miles
Co-Founder of GOYO kids

GOYOkids create brain breaks using popular children’s stories to teach yoga for kids.

Visit www.goyokids.com.au

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