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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.

The 2018 Ultimate Guide To Wollongong

Wollongong is known for being a bustling coastal city just an hour’s drive south of Sydney. So what does “the Gong” have to offer? Read on to hear our recommendations for 20 things to do in Wollongong (and nearby!).

1. Botanic Garden

It’s not a visit to Wollongong without a trip to the Botanic Garden.  From the rose garden, the duck pond and the sculptures, this is a great place to get away from the hustle and bustle and easily spend a few hours leisurely strolling. Bring a picnic and set up under a nice shady tree for a well-spent afternoon. The wee ones will love feeding the ducks and learning about the local plants and wildlife.

Other key activities include:

  • The All-Abilities Children’s Playground, which has a maze suitable for children aged 2-12
  • The Kawasaki Bridge, a Japanese ornamental bridge which renowned for being a great photo opportunity
  • A variety of garden types, including roses, herbs, woodlands, an azalea bank, succulents and a variety of rainforests.

2. Grand Pacific Drive

If you are the type who loves to take in a good drive with scenic views and unique places to stop, this day trip idea is for you. This 140km drive runs between the Royal National Park, just south of Sydney all the way to Bomaderry in the Shoalhaven Region. Hit the road and enjoy endless views of the sea as you pass through rainforests and charming seaside towns. Make sure to look out for the Sea Cliff Bridge, which is a highlight along the drive. We suggest going for a walk across the bridge to stretch your legs and take in the picturesque views and winding stretch of road.

sea-cliff-bridge-aerial
Credit: Dee Kramer Photography

In addition, The Scarborough Hotel is a great lunch spot nearby, that offers sweeping ocean views from a top-notch beer garden.

Tip: Great spot to be during the whale migration season (late April-August)

3. Nan Tien Temple

Did you know Wollongong is home to the largest Buddhist temple in the Southern Hemisphere? Known for its peace and tranquillity, Nian Tien Temple is the perfect place to spend a relaxing afternoon. Stroll the grounds and gardens to take in the incredible architecture and serenity, take part in health and wellbeing retreats or excursions offered, dig into a wholesome and unique vegetarian culinary experience, check out frequent Buddhist festivals and exhibitions held at the temple and so much more.

4. Check Out the View from Our Magnificent Lookouts

Wollongong is known for being a coastal city where the sea and mountains meet. Which is why we have so many incredible lookout spots. If you are looking for the best views, check out Bald Hill Lookout, a world-renowned hang gliding spot; Southern Gateway Centre Lookout on the escarpment; Sublime Point Lookout for a bush walk and 180-degree views of the coast; Hill 60 for a scenic look south at Port Kembla Beach and some World War 2 history; and Mt Keira Lookout for stunning views over Wollongong. Bring a picnic and spend lunch overlooking the beautiful coastline. If you’re lucky (and visiting at the right time of year) you may even see a whale breaching out to sea!

5. Science Space

What better way to spend a Saturday with the kids than at Science Space, New South Wales’ only dedicated science experience. With interactive exhibits, hands-on activities and experiments and school holiday shows, your kids will be busy discovering and learning about the world of science for hours.

For those who love their astronomy, Science Space is home to the DIGISTAR 6, Australia’s #1 most digitally advanced Planetarium.

6. Visit 17 Surf Beaches and 9 Rock Pools

Believe it or not, the Wollongong area is home to 17 stunning surf beaches and 9 amazing rock pools for swimming. Austinmer Beach + Little Austinmer Beach are two of the more popular beach spots in the region, with large rock pools and decent waves, it is approximately 25 minutes north of the Wollongong City Centre.

The Towradgi Beach Park is another great spot for the family, just north of the city centre. With its main feature – a saltwater rock pool, as well as a patrolled beach and plenty of areas for the little ones to play, it is an easy place to spend a Sunday afternoon in the summer. You’ll also find a magnificent walking track that leads to central Wollongong and further on if you feel like stretching the legs.

Port Kembla Beach is known for being one of the cleanest, safest and best-maintained beaches in the Illawarra, thanks to its pristine soft sand and crystal-clear water. Port Kembla is also home to a large Olympic pool which provides fantastic views.

port-kembla-pool
Credit: Dee Kramer Photography

7. Australian Surf Tours

For those who are ready to take on the beloved Aussie past time of surfing, spend a day with Australia Surf Tours. This specialised surf school will teach you all you need to know to leave you feeling like a pro. They offer both private and group lessons for the adults, special programs for the kids, and surf camps for all the backpackers who pass through the area. They can be found at three different spots in Wollongong – North Wollongong Beach, The Farm Beach and Bulli Beach. Check out their website for more information.

8. Endless Cycling Pathways

If you want an alternative to driving along the coast, grab your bike (or rent one!) and enjoy over 60 kilometres of on and off-road cycleway with views of the beach and escarpment. Grab the family and bike the 15km track from Wollongong to Thirroul – this stretch is flat, making it an easy and enjoyable ride for riders of all ages. Beautiful beach views, refreshing sea breezes, cafes and parks for rest stops – cycling is the perfect activity for a family day out in Wollongong.

Bike Riding
Credit: Dee Kramer Photography

9. Skydiving

If you’re an adrenaline junkie, why not cross skydiving off your bucket list at Skydive Sydney-Wollongong. As the only spot to beach skydive near Sydney, you’ll freefall at speeds of up to 220km p/h for up to 60 seconds, while taking in some of the most spectacular scenery in the country. You’ll see the beaches of Wollongong below and the beautiful New South Wales coast stretching as far north and south as the eye can see. If you are looking for a bit of adrenaline and the best views around, skydiving in Wollongong is for you.

10. Stuart Park

Stuart Park is a spacious, grassed park right next to the North Wollongong Beach. It provides ample covered eating areas, plenty of cafes nearby. Laze away near the inlet from the beach while you listen to the ocean waves and watch skydivers land, as this park is also home to the landing pad for Skydive Sydney-Wollongong. The kids will be happy for hours with a bike and scooter track, a big playground with massive slides, accessible swings and of course, a flying fox. Stuart Park is a great place to relax and is close to central Wollongong.

11. The Australian MotorLife Museum

This automotive museum is a true hidden treasure for all automobile enthusiasts. Check out the vast collection of vintage cars, vans, and many other types of vehicles. They are even home to a very rare collection of some of Australia’s earliest manufactured motor vehicles. Walking through the museum, it is evident that a great deal of hard work has gone into the restoration and presentation of the vehicles. Well worth a visit to learn more about Australia’s motoring history.

12. Early Start Discovery Space

Another great spot to take the kids on the school holidays is the Early Start Discovery Space, an interactive children’s education centre. In fact, it is Australia’s only dedicated children’s museum! With so much to see and explore, kids will spend hours imagining, dressing up, experimenting, and playing with all the sensory learning opportunities that this attraction has to offer. Highlights include the large Lego area, caves to explore, a mini marketplace with mini trolleys, the HMAS discovery, and outdoor space to dig up dinosaur bones. Don’t worry parents, there is also a great café to keep you busy as well.

13. Illawarra Performing Arts Centre

The Illawarra Performing Arts Centre is easily the area’s most loved place for the arts, located in the middle of the city’s arts precinct. It plays host to a wide variety of shows, from renowned theatre to music and dance, and even comedy. It also hosts a number of community-focused events. The size of the venue makes for a very personal, intimate experience, making you feel like part of the show, which is always a favourite for the audience. There is always something for everyone, from the kids to the adults, so check out their website here to see what is on throughout the year.

14. Hang Gliding at Bald Hill

If jumping out of a plane isn’t for you, perhaps hang gliding at the Sydney Hang Gliding Centre is. Take in the views as you glide through the air at Bald Hill, a world-renowned hang gliding location. You’ll be strapped in with an instructor from the team who together holds over 100 years of gliding experience. This experience of a lifetime is a great way to make your trip to Wollongong a memorable one.

hang gliding
Credit: Dee Kramer Photography

15. WIN Sports and Entertainments Centre

If you’re looking for a place to catch a sporting match or concert, the WIN Sports and Entertainment Centres is where you want to be. This multi-purpose facility has staged some of the world’s top artists, including Elton John, Bob Dylan and Lady Gaga. You can also catch major national sporting events, both indoor and outdoor, including NRL, basketball, soccer, and local rugby league.

The local home teams include:

  • St George Illawarra Dragons (National Rugby League)
  • Illawarra Hawks (National Basketball League)
  • Wollongong Wolves (National Premier League – NSW Soccer)

Upcoming events and ticketing information can be found on the WIN Sports and Entertainment Centres website.

16. Wollongong Art Gallery

A must-visit while exploring Wollongong is the local Wollongong Art Gallery. The gallery features the work of both local and Australia wide icons in the art world, from photography and painting to music, and so much more. They regularly host new exhibits and displays so there is always something new to check out at the Wollongong Art Gallery. Located in the heart of the arts precinct, it is easy to access and even easier to spend many hours enjoying all the incredible Australian art that the gallery has to offer.

17. Visit the Famous South Coast Markets

For all the foodies and art lovers out there, the Wollongong area has plenty of markets just for you. You’ll find the Coledale Markets, Puckeys Night Market, Foragers Market, Friday Forage Market and the Eat St Market. Browse the stalls, grab a bite and sit back and enjoy the music. Stock up on fresh local produce, handmade jewellery and organic products. The food markets are bustling with food stalls hosted by the region’s food producers who are passionate about the quality of the food they produce. From truffle infused burgers to the paella, with plenty of vegan, gluten-free and vegetarian options, there is a huge range of food for every taste bud. These markets run on different days across the week so be sure to check what is on when you’re in town.

18. Illawarra Light Rail Museum

For a truly unique experience, head over to Albion Park to see the historical Illawarra Light Rail Museum, just a short drive south from Wollongong. Have a look at old steam locomotives, rolling stock and learn about the history of the railway in the Illawarra region of New South Wales. The kids will love learning about the history of local trains as they go for a ride on the steam train or the miniature railway. An incredible experience that will feel like a blast from a past!

19. Aquilla Fishing Charters

Head out on the water for a day with Aquilla Fishing Charters, as they take you on an incredible adventure through some of the best fishing areas off the New South Wales coast. No fishing license is required and they provide all gear and tackle on board. With over 40 years of history fishing in the area, the team will take you out from Wollongong Harbour, show you the best spots around, and be sure to provide you with a unique and unforgettable experience. Learn more about their guided fishing excursions the Aquilla Fishing Charters website.

20. Indulge in Wollongong’s Best Cuisine

Last but not least, we thought would shine the spotlight on all the incredible places to eat in Wollongong. From Friday night spots to those slower paced Sunday breakfasts, the city has something for everyone. Lee and Me is a local favourite for brunch and coffee, located on Lower Crown Street. For your next date night, check out Bull & Bear – Wollongong’s best Spanish tapas bar. This unique spot has an edgy vibe and serves up the best Spanish classics suited to the Australian palette, such as croquetas, churros and sangria to top it off. If you’re feeling adventurous, just go for a stroll down Crown Street in the centre of the city and see what you come across – we can assure you that you can’t go wrong.

Destination Wollongong Grand Pacific Drive
Credit: Dee Kramer Photography

We hope this list has provided you with some great ideas to get out and explore all that Wollongong and the surrounding areas have to offer. From the endless beaches and coastline to the incredible museums and arts centres, you’ll never run out of unique things to do in Wollongong.

For the latest news and updates on what is happening in the city of Wollongong, be sure to sign up to the What’s On In Wollongong newsletter.

Your Guide to Easter in Wollongong 2018

Have yourself a ‘hopping‘ good time this Easter with our guide to all the fun things happening in and around Wollongong.

Find out where to take the kids for Easter egg hunts, Easter crafts and activities, and where to find the Easter Bunny! Plus we have you covered with markets, fun things for the adults plus what’s on Easter Sunday.

Top Picks for Kids

Easter Family Fun Day
Where: Wollongong Botanic Garden
When: Saturday, 31 March 2018
Time: 10am – 1pm
Cost: Free

We are so excited to see the return of the Easter Family Fun Day in 2018. This is a free community event proudly presented by the Rotary Club of Wollongong and Wollongong Botanic Garden.

What’s On
  • 10am – 11am Easter Egg Hunt*
  • 10.30am – 12.30pm Symbio Mobile Wildlife Zoo
  • 11.30am Discovery Centre theatre show
  • Jazz tunes from local students of the Conservatorium of Music
  • Children’s fun entertainment & activities brought to you by the Garden’s Ranger party experts & Wollongong Botanic Garden’s Discovery Centre.
  • A BBQ by Rotary, refreshments and coffee will also be available for purchase on the day.*Note: During this time age groups will run in order from 10am, starting with 0-5 years, 6-8 years and 9-12 years. Children will hunt for a token in exchange for an easter egg.

TBH Annual Easter Show
Where: Towradgi Beach Hotel (carpark)
When: Saturday, 31 March 2018
Time: 10am – 5pm
Entry: Free Entry

There is no need to travel up to Sydney when we have our very own amazingly fun Easter Show right here in Wollongong!

What’s On
  • Carnival rides*
  • Show bags
  • Reptile show
  • Farmyard animals
  • Magicians
  • Free face-painting
  • Sideshow games + more!

*Wristbands are $25 per person per session. session times are 10am to 2pm and 1pm to 5pm.

Free Easter Activities for the Kids

Kids Easter Basket Decorating at Figtree Grove
When: Saturday, 31 March 2018
Time: 10.30am – 1.30pm.
More info.

Easter Central  at Wollongong Central
When: 26 to 31 March 2018
Activities include Easter colouring in, Easter Sand Sculpture Building, Sand Sculpture Workshops, Butterfly House Feeding Experience, Easter craft activities, chocolate fountain experience and a visit from the Easter Bunny (31 March 11am – 2pm).
More info.

Easter Fun Day at Dapto Mall
When: Saturday, 31 March 2018
Time: 11am – 2pm
Annual Easter Egg Hunt through-out the centre, create an Easter tote bag to collect yummy Easter eggs, face painting and the Easter Bunny will be roaming the centre. More info.

Easter Bunny Visits Warilla Grove Shopping Centre
Join in the Easter Fun at Warilla Grove Shopping Centre with a visit from the Easter Bunny on Thursday 29th March and Saturday 31st March between 10:30am to 2:30pm each day.

Easter Bunny’s Breakfast + Live Show at Warrawong Plaza
When: Saturday, 31 March 2018
Time: 8.30am – 9.30am
Join The Cadbury Easter Bunny for a special Easter Breakfast in the Warrawong Plaza Food Court. Breakfast which will include fruitless hot cross buns, a piece of fruit and a bottle of apple juice or water. Following the Breakfast there will be a live Cadbury Easter Bunny show at Centre Court commencing at 10am.Bookings are essential. $5 deposit per child, refundable upon attendance at the event. Tickets are on sale now at the Customer Service Desk.

Easter Fun at Stockland Shellharbour
When: Saturday 31 March 2018
Time: 10am – 3pm
Meet the roaming Easter Bunny and have fun with Easter craft activities.

What’s On Easter Sunday

Annual Burgh Easter Egg Hunt 
Where: Burgh Healthy Hub, 338 Cemetery Rd, Helensburgh
Time: from 8am
Cost: FREE
Whilst your searching for your eggs keep your eyes peeled for an appearance from a very cheeky rascally rabbit PLUS enjoy Hot Cross Buns, Coffee, BBQ Breakfast and of course CHOCOLATE!!! Everyone is invited so come have some fun at this FREE event.

Easter Sunday at Windjammers
Where: 2-14 Cliff Rd, Wollongong
Time: 12.30-2.30pm
Easter Sunday lunch at Windjammers includes:
– Deluxe BBQ & seafood buffet
– EGG-stravagant chocolate themed dessert buffet
– 3 hour beverage package
– Live entertainment
– Kid’s face painting
Bookings Essential – more info.

Easter Egg Hunt + Meet the Easter Bunny
Where: Headlands Austinmer Beach Hotel
When: Sat, 31 March + Sun 1 April
Time: 11am

Giant Easter Egg Hunt
Where: Jamberoo Action Park
When: Sunday, 1 April
Time: 9.30am (don’t be late!)
Hunt for 1000’s of yummy chocolate Easter Eggs at the GIANT Easter Egg Hunt at Jamberoo Action Park. It is FREE to participate, must be either a paying guest or a Season Pass Holder. Easter Egg hunt starts at 9.30am SHARP. ONLY for children aged between 4-12 years. More info.

Easter Sunday Eggstravaganza
Where: Red Dog on the Green, Figtree
Time: from 12noon
Easter Egg Hunt, have some fun on the Slip n Slide, Run n Splash Water Slide, fun with Dragonfly Parties plus kids crafts, games & face painting activities throughout the day.

Easter Egg Hunt & Live Music
Where: Mountain Ridge Wines Cellar Doors & Restaurant, Berry
Easter Egg hunt: 9:30am (regular breakfast menu will be available) and the second hunt of the day will be on at 12:30pm (set menu and kids menu available only). Kate Young will also be playing from 12pm till 3pm. Booking are essential: (02) 4448 5825. Visit Mountain Ridge Wines for more information.

Easter Family Race Day
Where: Shoalhaven City Turf Club
Time: 11am – 5.30pm
Visit Shoalhaven City Turf Club

Dragons v Knights
Where: WIN Stadium
When: 1 April 2018
Time: 4.00pm

Easter Markets

Kiama Farmers’ Market – Easter Market & Kids Spud Hunt
When: Wednesday, 28 March 2018
Where: Surf Beach, Kiama
Time: 3pm – 6pm

Eat Street Market by Foragers
When: Thursday, 29 March 2018
Where: Crown St Mall
Time: 5 – 9pm

Good Friday Market, Kiama Makers & Growers
When: Friday, 30 March 2018
Where: Black Beach, Kiama
Time: 9am – 2pm

Warrawong Markets
When: Saturday, 31 March 2018
Where: Northcliff Dr, Warrwong
Time: 7am – 1pm

The Farm’s Market
When: Sunday, 1 April 2018
Where: Killalea State Park, Shellharbour
Time: 10am – 3pm

Dapto Showground Markets
When: Sunday, 1 April 2018
Where: Dapto Showgrounds
Time: 7am – 1pm

Foragers Market
When: Every Sunday
Where: Bulli Showgrounds
Time: 9am – 2pm

Something for the Adults

Original Sin INXS Show
Where: Towradgi Beach Hotel & Waves
When: Thursday 29th March 2018
Time: 8.30pm
Cost: Free

Marty Bright + Support
Where: Wollongong Comedy
When: Saturday, 31 March 2018
Time: 8pm – 11pm
Tickets $15 online | $20 at the door

John Waite
Where: Anita’s Theatre, Thirroul
When: Saturday, 31 March 2018
Time: 8pm
Tickets on sale now

Easter Sunday Session
Where: PEPE’S on the beach, Wollongong
When: Sunday, 1 April 2018
Time: 2pm – midnight
Entry: Free
DJ’s on the Deck from 3pm
Feat. DJ KEYES & DJ Ace
VIP Cabana Bookings & Bottle Service Packages
Dance Floor
Dessert Cocktails

The Villains – CD Launch
Where: Towradgi Beach Hotel
When: Sunday 1st April at 7.30pm
Cost: $13.94


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.

Prices

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

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.

***NYE 2017 POOL PARTY & OUTDOOR MOVIE NIGHT ***

WHEN:
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

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

TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE ONLINE AT SHOALHAVEN TICKETS:
https://shoalhaventickets.com.au/event/nye-17-pool-party-outdoor-movie-event-6146

T&C’s
– 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.

Prices
25.00
10.00

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.

 

 

 

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