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Your Guide to the July School Holidays in Wollongong

The July School Holidays are nearly upon us and there are plenty of fun and exciting activities to see and do with the kids.

We’ve compiled a list of some great events on to keep the little ones busy these holidays.

Disclaimer: These events are not run by What’s On In Wollongong, so we suggest you contact the individual venues for further details prior to the event.

Open-Air Ice Skating at Novotel Wollongong Northbeach

For the experienced skaters or those ready to tie up their laces for the first time, the Novotel is hosting an exciting open-air ice skating experience on their rooftop terrace. Grab a hot chocolate and take in views of the beach as you enjoy the classic winter activity of ice-skating.

Food and beverages will be available for sale. We recommend arriving at least 15 minutes before your session begins to ensure time to have your skates fitted.

Location: Novotel Wollongong Northbeach
2-14 Cliff Road, North Wollongong, New South Wale

Dates: 7 July – 22 July 2018

Times: Sunday to Thursday – sessions begin at 12pm and run until 7pm and Friday and Saturday – 12pm to 7pm, with two +18 plus sessions from 8pm

Prices*
Toddler (2-4 years) = from $10.00 (must be with paying adult)
Child (5-13 years) = from $15.00
Adult (14+ years) = from $19.50
Family (2 children, 2 adults) = from $55.00
*Skate rental is included in these prices.

For more information or to buy tickets, visit the website here.


Merrigong Creativity Camp

This camp is five fun-filled days of interactive activities aimed to develop your child’s creativity and acting, get their imaginative minds flowing and build self-confidence. They will get to finish the week with a viewing of The 78-Storey Treehouse live on stage. Suitable for ages 5 to 13.

Location: Wollongong Town Hall
Dates: 16 – 20 July 2018
Times: Monday to Friday 9am – 3pm

Price: $290 (Includes a ticket to see The 78-Storey Treehouse. 20% discount for additional siblings)

Reserve a spot now here or by calling 02 4224 5999.


Merrigong Design Workshops

Check out a variety of different interactive and imaginative workshops offered for the kids over the holidays.

All workshop tickets can be booked online on the Merrigong Theatre Co website.

Silly Sock Puppets
Learn to create basic puppets with Set and Costume Designer, Imogen Ross. This is a great introduction to puppet-making for young creative minds.

Date: Friday 13 July
Time: 10am
Recommended Ages: 6-9

Price: $30 – book online.

Make a Set and Tell a Story
Learn the basics of model and set design with Imogen Ross. This is the perfect introduction to theatre design for growing creative minds.

Date: Friday 13 July
Time: 1pm
Recommended Ages: 9-12

Price: $30 – book online.

Book workshop tickets online on the Merrigong Theatre Co website


The 78-Storey Treehouse Live on Stage

Take the kids to see the well-known book The 78-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton live on stage, adapted into a play by Richard Tulloch. From the same team that brought The 13- 26- and 52-Storey Treehouses Live on Stage, this show is the biggest one yet!

Running time is approximately 1 hour. This show is recommended for ages 6+.

Location: Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, 32 Burelli Street, Wollongong, New South Wales

Dates: 20 – 21 July 2018

Show Times: Friday July 20 @ 12:30pm and 3pm and Saturday July 21 @ 12pm and 3pm, and relaxed performance at 10am

Price: $39.00

For more information and to order tickets, visit the venue’s website here.

Winter Workshops at Burgh

Flip, tumble and parkour the winter school holidays away with workshops at Burgh Healthy Hub, for 3 jam-packed days of energetic entertainment. There are two amazing workshops to choose from and you can come for one day or all 3.

Location: Burgh Healthy Hub, 338 Cemetery Rd, Helensburgh New South Wales

Dates: 17 – 19 July (Come for one, two or all three days!)
Time: 10am – 3pm

Cost $60 per day (optional lunch = $5)

Flip Tumble, Dance & Act
Mornings will be spent warming up with tumbling or acrobatics. Afternoons will be spent in a variety of difference drama and dance workshops with a final creative performance to end the day.

Freerun, Triking, Scalling and Stalling
Perfect for beginners, this workshop will start the day off with high intensity boxing-style cardio. They’ll spend the day working on fundamental tricks and movements at a more technical level, indoor and outdoor. They’ll end the day putting it all together and trying out the outdoor parkour course.

For more information and to book tickets visit the website or call 4294 1282.


Fun-damentals School Holiday Program

Fun-damentals provide school holiday activities for primary school aged children in Wollongong with a focus on Fundamental Movement Skills. Each day your child will participate in several sports plus they’ll have plenty of opportunity for creative activities. Soccer, netball, dodgeball, football, drawing, crafting plus so much more (view full list of activities).

Bookings can be made for one or multiple days and all skill levels and interests are catered for.

Location: Lindsay Park Primary School, Thames St, Wollongong

Dates: 9 – 20 July | 8am – 6pm

Cost: $50 per child (discount apply for siblings). CCS Subsidy available.

To book contact Daniel Morris on 0423 661 911 or email: danielsteely6@hotmail.com. You can also book online here.


Live Love Learn Art Workshop

Live Love Learn brings us an amazing Captivating Island Life Art Workshop inspired by Greg Nagel and his photography of Tahiti.

Ideal for both kids & adults, this is a perfect activity for the upcoming school holidays. You can choose to join in with your children or simply drop-off – no parent supervision required.

There are also 5 spots available for kids with special needs and their carer (carer attends for free).

Location: Wollongong Innovation Campus, Squires Way, North Wollongong

Date: 17 July | 9am – 3.15pm

Cost: $83* (normally $100) when booking via Famly.

*Special Offer
Use code FAMLYLOVESWOIW at checkout to receive a further $10 discount off already discounted prices.


Revolution Laser, Hangdog and Hangtime 

There is no need to break the bank these school holidays with these special offers available via Famly, a locally owned app that helps you discover all the fun things to do with your kids in the neighbourhood and when travelling and exploring.

Revolution Laser Family Pass
Revolution Laser Arena is the ultimate laser tag experience for all ages. It is an immersive, stand alone laser tag experience – a movie set quality arena, with a detailed backstory, the latest technology and a whole lot of fun! Play with your family and friends today.

Get Offer: $60 (normally $72)*
Valid for a family of 4
Location: Unit 1/2 Drummond St, Wollongong

*Special Offer
Use code FAMLYLOVESWOIW at checkout to receive a further $10 discount.

Hangdog Indoor Climbing
Life is an adventure and at Hangdog everyone is passionate about sharing their love for climbing and the great outdoors with the families and kids of the Illawarra and beyond. Great activity for school holidays and bad weather option (heat, rain, hail etc).

Get Offer: $50 (normally $60)*
Valid for family of 4 (no time limit!)
2 Adults/ 1Kid (5-15) and 1 Kid (+16yrs) or 2 Adults/ 2 Kids (5-15)
Location: 130 Auburn St, Wollongong

*Special Offer
Use code FAMLYLOVESWOIW at checkout to receive a further $10 discount.

Hangtime: Trampoline Fun Family Pass
Hangtime is about more than jumping on a trampoline. Get your kids out there and have fun with the whole family! Perfect for Gifts, School-holidays & bad weather options (hail, rain or shine). Just for the tiny tods!

This is a special time only for the littlelies under 110cm tall! Bring them to Hangtime and enjoy 1 HOUR of fun and know that their safety is most important to all at Hangtime. Big kids are still allowed but flips and big bouncing are NOT.

Get Offer: $30 (normally $40)*
Valid for family of 4 (min. age 2 yrs)
Location: Unit 3, Lot 2 Drummond Street, Wollongon

*Special Offer
Use code FAMLYLOVESWOIW at checkout to receive a further $10 discount.


Coding, 3D Printing and Design Workshops

The kids will love using their imaginations and building skills with these coding, gaming and 3D printing workshops with CIY Club.

With no experience or parental supervision required, the kids will be entertained and you will love the discounts thanks to locally owned business Famly. Check out the available workshops below plus a special offer.

Location: Science Space, Innovation Campus, Squires Way, North Wollongong

Special Offer
Use code FAMLYLOVESWOIW at checkout to receive a further $10 discount.

Game Coding Camp
Learn the basics of computer coding and game creation. CIY teaches your child how to make their very first computer game, and in just one day they’ll will be able to put together a few different games including graphics and basic coding to make it interactive. Your kids can take the games home and continue to develop them.

Game Coding Camps are for beginners and intermediate Coders alike, with content suitable for attendees to learn the foundations and design different games.

Full day workshop – not adult supervision required.

Date: Mon, 9 July
Time: 9am – 3pm
Suitable for ages 7 – 17 years
Cost: $99 when booking with Famly – Book Now.

3D Printing
A fun, half-day interactive 3D Printing Workshop where you and your child discover an exciting future technology together.

Working as a team, you and your child will discover the endless possibilities of 3D Printing through fun and interactive modern technology techniques, led by the friendly team of leading education experts from Me3D (me3d.com.au).

Date: Tues, 10 July
Time: 12.30pm – 3.30pm
Suitable for ages 6 – 16 yrs

Cost: $108 when booking with Famly – Book Now.

Website Design Camp
Learn how to design a website from scratch utilising one of today’s most engaging and popular design systems. You will be able to make your very own custom website and you will be able to load it in a browser. Design your own colours, images and menus whilst being introduced to the basics of website development.

Date: Tues, 10 July
Time: 9am – 3pm
Suitable for ages 7 – 17 yrs

Cost: $99 when booking with Famly – Book Now.

Full Day Coding Workshop
Learn the basics of computer coding, website development, game creation, robotics and more. Ideal for beginners and intermediate levels. Join the CIY.Club community and attend a full day, Club session.

Date: Mon, 16 July
Time: 9am – 3pm
Suitable for ages 7 – 17 yrs

Cost: $99 when you book with Famly – Book Now.

3D Printing and Design Camp
Learn the basics of 3D design. Coders get an exciting opportunity to experience a new technology that is changing the way we view, imagine and interact with the world around us.

Date: Tues 17 July
Time: 9am – 3pm
Suitable for ages 7 -17 yrs

Cost: $99 when you book with Famly – Book Now.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some More Great Ideas for July School Holidays in Wollongong

  • Wollongong Libraries – Circus Skills classes, Lego Robotics, 3D printing, knitting and even a MASH tent where you can learn how to bandage an arm. All activities are free but most require bookings.
  • Visit Wollongong Botanic Garden for the Outdoor Reading Room or burn off energy at the All Abilities playground which boasts a climbing net, viewing platform and maze. You will also find special school holiday activities.
  • Visit Wollongong Youth Services for activities in a safe, fun, accessible, supervised, drug and alcohol free spaces.
  • Wollongong Central will host Questacon’s travelling exhibition Fascinating Science plus a Get Active Zone.
  • Warrawong Plaza will host Prehistoric Creatures displays and craft zone plus free Library Story Time.
  • Check out our 2018 Ultimate Guide to Wollongong for more inspiration!
  • Go for a bush walk (you’ll love it!). You can check out one of our recent walks with the kids right here.
  • To keep up to date with the latest events in Wollongong, be sure to sign up to our newsletter today.
  • Take the kids up to Brokers Nose for amazing views over Wollongong.

DJUKI MALA | Spiegeltent Wollongong

In their inaugural Wollongong performance, award-winning indigenous dance sensations DJUKI MALA literally blew the top off the Spiegeltent!

Surpassing all expectations, these instantly likeable boys hailing from Elcho Island in North East Arnhem Land were simply charisma on legs… and boy could they dance.

With their cheeky, high-energy personalities, they each have a powerful and undeniable presence on the stage. You simply can’t peel your eyes from the stage.

Welcoming you into their world with open arms, DJUKI MALA thoughtfully express their traditions and values through the art of storytelling and dance with an enormous pinch of humour (ladies wear waterproof mascara!).

It’s a fast-paced journey from traditional Yolngu dance through to modern day hits and there is more than one surprise moment!

Expect the unexpected and you will leave wanting more. Watch out for those electric hips!

Would we see it again? Hell yes!

You can literally feel the happiness and joy in their performance and it’s infectious.

DJUKI MALA is hilarious, uplifting and full of soul!

Performance Times

Sat 14 Apr at 2:30pm
Sun 15 Apr at 6:30pm

Where

The Spiegeltent Wollongong
The Arts Precinct
Burelli St, Wollongong

Tickets

$50.00

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The Animals Live in Wollongong | Centro CBD

Iconic rhythm, blues and rock band, The Animals, are heading to Wollongong with their legendary lyrics for a live gig at Centro CBD on Thursday, 18 May 2017.

With music as relevant today as it was in the 1960’s, The Animals have provided anthems for generations with hit songs such as ‘We Gotta Get Out of This Place‘, ‘The House of the Rising Sun‘, ‘It’s My Life‘ and ‘Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood‘.

Formed in 1962 and 1963 in Newcastle Upon Tyne in England, The Animals were part of the legendary ‘British Invasion’ and entered the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.

With great success in Australia with 9 Top 50 hits, we can’t wait to see them in the Gong.

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Drummer John Steel had a chat with us and we soon discovered his still a cheeky English lad.

You went to art school as a teenager, and have previously described yourself as a ‘dropout’. Were you a bit of a rebel back in the day?

John: Yeah, I think so. The art school thing was the way to avoid doing a proper job I think. I did have a bit of an artisic streak but I was a terrible academic.

That first day at art school was when I met Eric Burdon and that was the first stirring of The Animals.  Eric and I discovered that we had the same taste in music, movies and all kinds of stuff and next thing you know we formed a band.

What was it like to be part of the  famous ‘British Invasion’ into America?

John: It was a really exciting time. Everything was a new experience. Suddenly we went from being fans of the music to playing it.

We were five working class Geordie lads from the North West of England.  In those days that wasn’t a common thing in America.

All of a sudden it was these crazy kids from England charging over to America and having a great time. It was the first time we were able to stand and say this is our music. It was thrilling to be able to do that.

Who were your musical influences?

John: Great rock n rollers like Chuck Berry and Little Richard, early Elvis, Buddy Holly, Fats Domino, there were so many great ones.

We started to delve down deeper and found where it all came from which was the blues with people like Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker and Lightnin’ Hopkins. There were some fantastic blues artists which had been playing some amazing music without being recognised really.

‘We Gotta Get Out of This Place’ was an anthem to the US Armed Forces during the Vietnam War and continues to be an anthem to this day. Why do you think it is still relevant today?

John: Over the years it has developed into a universal anthem for just anyone who wants to make a change or go in a different direction.

Everyone has a moment in their lives where they think i’ve gotta get out of this place. It’s a perfect song for those kinds of situations.

You have previously described the success of ‘House of the Rising Sun’ as life changing.

John: It was a number one hit record all over the world. It opened doors everywhere for us. It was the song that put The Animals on the map.

The Animals music has withstood the test of time with new generations of fans.  How does that make you feel?

John: It’s astonishing. It always gives me a lot of pleasure to see. When we are playing in a foreign country there are always kids in the front rows singing the songs and they know them better than I do.

We really have the great fortune to have some dark songs about real life rather than middle of the road kind of pop songs. These songs seem to have an effect on any generation.

You have an amazing list of hit music to reference. How do you go about putting a set list together?

John: Our set list is never the same. We always play the hits but we have such a large catalogue of material that we just shuffle them around.

We’re not a cabaret act, we’re a rock n roll band. We like to keep things fresh. It’s great to play songs we haven’t played in donkey years and it’s great to get the audiences’ reaction.

The band members have changed over the years. What keeps you performing with The Animals?

John: It’s love of the music, enjoying the travelling and performing in front of an audience that gives you great feedback. There’s nothing like getting a standing ovation at the end of your show.

We always close with ‘Land of the Rising Sun‘ and it never fails to get people on their feet so it’s always the last number that we play. I’m such a lucky fellow to just be able to do that for a living.

Original members John Steel and Mick Gallagher along with Danny Handley and Scott Whitely will bring The Animals live to Centro CBD (28 Stewart St, Wollongong) on Thursday, 18 May 2017.

Tickets

Dinner (main meal) and show – $99.00
Show only – $65.00

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Anzac Day Services in Wollongong

ANZAC Day Services and commemorations will take place throughout the Illawarra on Wednesday, 25 April 2018.

Tuesday 24 April 2018

Vietnam Memorial Anzac Day Service

Flagstaff Hill, Wollongong – Vietnam Veterans memorial.
Time: 6.30pm.
For more information call Pam Bowmaker (02) 4228 6774.

ANZAC Day
Wednesday 25 April 2018

Wollongong City Anzac Day Dawn Service

Where: Wollongong Cenotaph, McCabe Park (march forming outside City Diggers to Cenotaph).
Time: 4.45am for 5am service.
More information: Wollongong RSL Sub Branch (02) 4225 9818.

Corrimal RSL Dawn Service

Where: March from Corrimal RSL to the Memorial at Anzac Grove off Railway Street for service and return to RSL.
Time: Form up 5.30am, Service at 6 am.
More information: John Simpson 0403 928 506.

Coledale RSL Dawn Service

Where: Meet at Reserve most eastern end Cater St 5.50am for march to Coledale RSL. 6am Service and then gold coin breakfast at the Club.
Time: 5.50am, service at 6am.
More information: Coledale RSL – Hayley Smart (02) 4267 1873.

Austinmer/Thirroul RSL Sub-Branch

Where: March from car park adjacent to Austinmer Surf Club to Austinmer War Memorial. Breakfast at Thirroul Bowling Club.
Time: 5.45am, service at 5.50am.
More information: Tony Starling 0425 212 428.

Austinmer/Thirroul RSL Sub-Branch

Where: Dawn Service at William Woodward Park, Thirroul. Breakfast at Thirroul Bowling Club.
Time: 6am.
More information: Tony Starling 0425 212 428.

Dapto RSL Club

Where: Dawn Service at Memorial at Dapto Railway Station.
Time: ​6am.
More information: Mick Johnston (02) 4261 7333.

Woonona-Bulli RSL Club

Where: March from IGA car park at Woonona to the cenotaph at Woonona-Bulli RSL Club.
Time: Form up 5.45am, march 6am followed by service.
More information: Les at Woonona Bulli RSL Club (02) 4284 1577.

Wollongong Anzac Day City March

Where: March commences lower Crown Street Mall turning right into Kembla Street, then right into Burelli Street, then left into Church Street, pass the Cenotaph in McCabe Park, and dispersing into MacCabe Park after Pioneer Hall. Official service will commence in the Wollongong Town Hall at 11.30am.
Time: 10am march commences. Service commences at 11.30am approx.
More information: Wollongong RSL Sub Branch (02) 4225 9818.

Dapto Bowling Club

Where: Sunset service at Dapto Bowling Club.
Time: 5.30pm sunset Service.
More information: Dapto Bowling Club (02) 4261 1160.

Helensburgh RSL

Where: Dawn Service at Charles Harper Memorial Park, Helensburgh. Breakfast to follow at Helensburgh Tradies and/or The Centennial Hotel.
Time: 5.45am dawn service.
More information: Michael Ali, Helensburgh RSL 0418 974 074.

Port Kembla RSL Club

Where: Small service at the RSL Club on Allan St.
Time: 6am service.
More information: Terry Wetherill 0417 241 827.

Stanwell Tops

Where: Service at Stanwell Tops Memorial Park followed by refreshments.
Time: 10am service.
More information:Lions Club of Helensburgh, Christine Keane 0425 200 979.

Windang

Where: Parade commences from Lake Illawarra Hotel carpark to Club Windang for service.
Time: 7.45am parade commences followed by service.

More information: Club Windang (02) 4296 4044.​

Information sourced from Wollongong City Council. Visit wollongong.nsw.gov.au