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!
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
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.
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!
Sideshow games + more!
*Wristbands are $25 per person per session. session times are 10am to 2pm and 1pm to 5pm.
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’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.
Annual Burgh Easter Egg Hunt
Where: Burgh Healthy Hub, 338 Cemetery Rd, Helensburgh
Time: from 8am
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
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.
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 Sunday Session
Where: PEPE’S on the beach, Wollongong
When: Sunday, 1 April 2018
Time: 2pm – midnight
DJ’s on the Deck from 3pm
Feat. DJ KEYES & DJ Ace
VIP Cabana Bookings & Bottle Service Packages
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).
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.
Where: Dapto Showground, Princes Hwy, Dapto
Enter via southern end of Mulda Street (free parking)
When: 20 December ’17 to 25 February ’18.
Only 700m from Dapto Train Station you will find Waliscags Water Worx.
With 5 themed pools with integrated slides, plus an 11m high slide for the daredevils rightfully named the Epic Racer.
The slides cater for all ages and includes special toddler only zones. Spectators are free.
When you book your tickets you have up to 4 hours of slipping, sliding and splashing fun.
Babies 0 – 3 years: FREE
Children & Adults: $23.80 – $24.50
Group Pass (4 participants): $84.15 – $95.00
Party Pass (minimum 12 participants): $19.95 per person
Children aged 1-5 years must be supervised in the water by a parent or guardian.
Tickets can be bought online or at the kiosk. Gift vouchers available. Book online and save at www.waterworx.fun
Jamberoo Action Park
Where: 1215 Jamberoo Road, Jamberoo
Open: 10am – 5pm daily (during the school holidays)
It’s where YOU control the action! Open EVERY Day this summer holiday season from 26th December 2017 until 31st January 2018.
Jamberoo Action Park is set amongst 40 hectares of amazing aqua play fun, landscaped gardens and parklands and is the perfect place to kick back and relax or join the kids on a vast range of water rides, slides and attractions.
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!
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.
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)
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!)
Hughes Cr Kiama Downs
Add My Lights
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