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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.

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.

 

 

 

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.

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.

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School Holidays in Wollongong | Easter 2017

The first of the school holidays for 2017 in Wollongong have arrived with a bucketload of super fun activities to suit all interests and budgets.

Early Start Discovery Space

Location
Building 21, Ring Road
UOW Wollongong Campus

Dates: 11 April – 23 April

From catapults, kites and cars, to coding your parent we offer both free and paid programs to help keep the creative juices flowing and the idle hands at work these April holidays. We’ll also be celebrating Easter with lots of fun activities such as Easter Hat making and an Easter Egg Hunt and even a glimpse of the Easter Bunny!

The fun begins Tuesday 11 April running till Sunday 23 April. (Closed Mondays & over the Easter break).
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Fun-damentals School Holiday Program

Location
Linday Park Primary School
Thames St, Wollongong

Dates: 10 April – 24 April

Each day your child will participate in several sports including; Soccer, Hockey, Cricket, AFL, Touch Football, OzTag, Baseball/Softball and Basketball.

There are also loads of fun activities such as laser tag, arts and crafts, painting, Lego, poster making, dancing, plus much more.

Open from 8.00am – 6.00pm daily.
1st child $50 – discounts apply for siblings.
Child Care Benefit and Rebate available.

Contact Daniel Morris on 0423661911
Email: danielsteely6@hotmail.com

Choose Your Own Adventure

Location
Burgh
338 Cemetery Road, Helensburgh

Dates: 10 – 12 April

Let the kids have a mountain of fun these school holidays when they choose their own adventure at Burgh.

The kids can pick from Commando Kids or Creative Circus Camp with full and half days available.

Can’t choose what to do? Yes, the kids can do both!

Suitable for ages 5 – 14 years.

Full day: $60 (10am – 3pm)
Half day: $40 (10am – 1pm)
Optional $5 lunch per day
Optional early drop off at 9am – $5 extra per day

Give the Burgh a call today on 4294 1282 or book online at www.burgh.com.au

Big Fat Smile | Fun Club School Holiday Fun

Location
13 Fun Club locations through the Illawarra

Dates: 10 April – 21 April

With 13 FUN CLUB school holiday locations and loads of different activities scheduled for each day, the kids won’t be bored these school holidays!

Have a blast on excursions like Luna Park, Bowling, Trampoline Parks, Go Karting and even the Sydney Royal Easter Show.

Our centre days are packed full of fun with activities like creative arts, discos, laser tag, Easter celebrations and so much more!

Costs are applicable for the child care benefit and the 50% government rebate.

For information and to enrol, visit our website www.bigfatsmile.com.au/funclub

Kids Easter EGG-STRAVAGANZA

Location
Novotel Wollongong Northbeach
2 – 14 Cliff Road, Nth Wollongong

Date: 11 April 2017

Hop on over to Novotel Wollongong Northbeach to enjoy a delicious selection of Easter treats, face painting, games, arts & crafts and MORE with the Easter bunny and friends.

Children $37.00
Adults $20.00 including barista coffee
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More Fun!

10 April 2017

ArtSpace School Holiday Program
98 Railway St, Corrimal
10 – 21 April

Choose Your Own Adventure at Burgh
Cemetery Rd, Helensburgh
10 – 12 April

Little Leonardo’s Art Studio
George Street, Warilla
10 – 20 April

Merrigong Creativity Camp
Wollongong Town Hall
10 – 13 April

Titans Sports Academy Clinics
Collegians Sports Centre
10 – 13 April

Giant Garden Bugs
Wollongong Botanic Garden
10 – 13 April
10am + 1pm daily

T-Rex on Tour
Shellharbour City Centre
Until 25 April

Meet a Real Bunny + Friends
Warrawong Plaza
10 April – 15 April

The Early Start Discovery Space brings “Rig-a-majig”
Upper Crown Street Mall – look for the shipping container
9 April – 11 April
11am to 2pm

Mr Men and Little Miss Meet and Greets
Roaming in Gateway Building (near Dymocks), Crown St Mall
10 April – 13 April
Between 11am & 2pm

11 April 2017

Code It Yourself Club
Various locations

Diary of a Wombat
Illawarra Performing Arts Centre

Easter Virtual Reality
Warrawong Plaza
11 April – 13 April

Wollongong’s Science Centre & Planetarium brings “A Taste of Science”
Upper Crown St Mall – look for the shipping container
11am – 2pm

Design a Tote 
Stockland Corrimal (near Dan Murphy’s)
11am – 2pm

Chalk Paint for Kids
The Wild Flower Studio, Kiama

12 April 2017

Yoga Workshop
355 Princes Hwy, Woonona

DIY Podcast
Austinmer Scout Hall

Reiki for Children
Wollongong Harbour

Easter Hat Creation
Stockland Corrimal (near Dan Murphy’s)
11am – 2pm

Lavender Lily School Holiday Show
Thirroul Dance Academy

13 April 2017

Paul Capsis – Addicted to Nightlife
The Arts Precinct
Ages 16+

A Taste of Science – FREE
Upper Crown St Mall
11am – 2pm

Free Kids Disco
Dapto Leagues Club

Kids in the Kitchen
Stockland Corrimal (near Dan Murphy’s)
11am – 2pm

School Holiday Camp
Fire Phoenix Martial Arts, Corrimal
9am – 3pm

14 April 2017

Chopper’s Republic of Anzakistan
The Arts Precinct
Ages 16+

Kiama Makers + Growers Market
Jumping castle, facepainter, plaster painting, icecream van, side show Balloon Bust and Knock em Down for the kids
9am – 2pm

15 April 2017

Easter Family Fun Day
Wollongong Botanic Garden

Easter Show 2017
Towradgi Beach Hotel

Easter Fun for Kids
Crown St Mall
11am – 2pm

16 April 2017

Easter Sunday Lunch/Dinner
Windjammers Restaurant

17 April 2017

Circus Workshops
Crown St Mall
17 – 20 April
11am – 2pm daily

Petting Zoo
Crown St Mall
17 – 20 April
11am – 2pm daily

18 April 2017

Flower Crown Workshop
The Wildflower Studio, Kiama

Kids in the Kitchen
11am-1pm daily
Warrawong Plaza

19 April 2017

Peter Combe in Bellyflop in a Pizza
The Arts Precinct

Health & Fitness Basketball Camp
URAC Sports Hub
Ages 12-18yrs

Kids in the Kitchen
11am-1pm daily
Warrawong Plaza

20 April 2017

Justine Clark Sings!
The Arts Precinct

Frank Woodley – I, Woodley
The Arts Precinct
Ages 16+

FREE Paw Patrol Stage Shows
Warrawong Plaza
20 – 24 April

Reiki for Children
Wollongong Harbour

21 April 2017

Children are Stinky
The Arts Precinct

Garden Storytime
Wollongong Botanic Garden
11am – 12pm

School Holiday Hangout
Wollongong Salvos

Super Wrestling Heroes Kids Disco
Dapto Leagues Club

22 April 2017

Pokemon Scavenger Hunt for Starlight Children’s Foundation
MacCabe Park

Make a Hand Surf Plane
Illawarra Workwork School
Ages 15+  accompanied by adult

23 April 2017

Mt Keira Summit Park Sunday Sounds
10am – 12pm

Kids Eat Free

Conditions may apply. Offers may not be available on public holidays. Please check with individual venues prior to attending.

Blu Oranage
Monday – Friday

Towradgi Beach Hotel
Sunday night from 5pm

Casablanca Restaurant on Crown
Only available Sunday, 23 April

The Meatery
Kid eats free from 12-5pm Monday – Friday from Monday 10th –  Friday 21st April

Bally Hotel
Sunday lunch and dinner

Steelers Seafood and Grill
Offer available Sunday 5pm – 7.30pm

If you run an activity for kids in or around Wollongong during the school holidays and would like us to add you to our list simply email you details to info@whatsoninwollongong.com.au