Playing in Puddles brings you the best of the Central Coast for kids. It’s a one-stop site for mums, dads, grandparents and carers who are keen to discover all that the Central Coast has to offer their families. Whether you’re looking for a fenced playground, a cafe large enough to host your mothers’ group, a mums-n-bubs fitness class or a party venue suitable for sugar-hyped 12 year olds, you’ll find it on Playing in Puddles. We’ll do the hard work for you – we’ll keep you updated on what’s going on at the popular hotspots, plus we’ll share in the small, secret and new businesses that are sure to become your local favourites.
We want to make it simple and easy for you to find the facilities and services your family needs, so that when you want to enrol your baby in a music class or get your tween involved in their local cricket club, Playing in Puddles is your go-to resource for finding that information.
We are all about supporting local families and local businesses and helping to link the two together. So grab your sippy cups, gym bags and hats, and together let’s discover The Coast.
Who writes Playing in Puddles?
Hi, I’m Katie. I’m a mum to two gorgeous little boys, a wife to a patient, hard-working husband, and a local of the Central Coast. My boys and I love exploring – finding new parks to play in, new cafes to eat at and new events to experience.
I grew up in East Gosford – I ate ice-cream cake in the McDonald’s party train, played basketball for the Rebels, climbed The Skillion sans steps and was denied entry to Key Largo for wearing flats. Following school I studied journalism and was lucky enough to spend a few years overseas before settling in Sydney as subeditor of Australian Gourmet Traveller magazine.
Fast forward seven years, add one handsome hubby and two beautiful babies and we decided it was time to move home. But, despite growing up on The Coast, I didn’t know where to take my boys and I found it difficult to find information on what was going on. Where were the toddler-friendly playgrounds? Who ran the best music class? Which barista made the perfect babychino (i.e. coffee for mummy)? I asked my friends and they, too, were asking the same questions, and so Playing in Puddles was born.
These days, I’ve ditched the backpack for a nappy bag, I favour kids menus over degustation sittings, and my fellow reviewers are aged 1 and 3… and I wouldn’t have it any other way.