Easter is fast approaching and there is lots of fun available if you plan on staying local this long weekend – from Easter egg hunts to church services, bunny meets and gingerbread workshops. Happy Easter, everyone!
Looking for an Easter service? Check our event calendar here.
Camping and an Easter egg hunt (from the skies!) at Glenworth Valley
Skip the long weekend traffic and go camping at Glenworth Valley – it’s the ultimate way to get away from it all, and it’s free for kids under 7. PLUS they have a very cool Easter surprise: on Easter Sunday the Easter Bunny will fly to Glenworth Valley in a helicopter and drop more than 4000 chocolate eggs from the sky – exclusively for Glenworth Valley campers!
Experienced campers can BYO accommodation, but if you don’t have all the gear, you can hire a tent or tipi – and the best part is you arrive to them fully set up. This is a great option for people looking for a “gentle” introduction to sleeping under the stars. The river-front camp sites have amenities and allow camp fires and the kiosk – a 10 minute walk away – has an espresso machine, so you don’t have to withdraw from your daily caffeine hit.
Cost: Children under 7 are free at all times. Camping with an Activity* Adult $12.50/night; Child $6.25/night. Camping without an Activity Adult $25/night; Child $12.50/night. Camping during peak periods* Adult $30/night; Child $15/night. Click here for conditions and further details. Tipi hire starts at $150 first night, $75 each additional night thereafter. Tent hire is $100 first night, $50 each additional night thereafter. (Please note: Tipi and tent hire is in addition to the above camp-ground rates.)
Glamping: If you like the idea of getting outdoors but don’t want to skip on comfort, glamping, too, is available. They’ll set up your tent, fluff your pillows and can even provide a hamper for your arrival. Click here for details.
Address: 69 Cooks Road, Glenworth Valley.Phone: 0243 751 222.
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Giant Easter Egg Hunt at The Hunter Valley Gardens
Join in the fun of the giant Easter egg hunts at The Hunter Valley Gardens on Saturday and Sunday of the long weekend. The hunts run every hour and on Saturday there will be an additional special Twilight egg hunt. Children race around to find plastic eggs scattered about the grounds and are then each gifted with a chocolate egg at the end of the hunt: this keeps things fair and prevents belly aches from chocolate overload. Plus, keep your eyes peeled for a giant golden egg: there will be one hidden in the Gardens each day of the long weekend, and the finder will be gifted with an annual family pass.
There will be a special appearance from the Easter Bunny himself on Sunday, plus you can watch baby chicks hatching all weekend long. On Saturday and Sunday you can decorate a gingerbread person with icing and chocolate ($5 person), and the Hunter Valley Train will be available to transport tired little ones around the grounds on Friday and Monday ($7 person; the timetable is available on the Hunter Valley Gardens website).
As well as the chance to wander the beautiful grounds, the Gardens also boasts a 35-metre long, 12-metre high super slide, a Venetian carousel, a giant swing chair and ferris wheel. You can purchase an unlimited rides wristband for $15/person or purchase a single ride on the ferris wheel for $6/person.
When: Friday March 30 9am-5pm; Saturday March 31 9am-8pm; Sunday April 1 9am-5pm; Monday April 2 9am-5pm.
Access: All of the paths within Hunter Valley Gardens are stroller and wheelchair friendly.
Price: Entry passes can be purchased online or at the entry gate. Online tickets do not restrict you to a specific date. Adult $30; Child (4-15 yrs) $20; Child Under 4 Free; Family Pass (2 Adults + 1 Child) $70; Family Pass (2 Adults + 2 Children) $85; Extra Child on Family Pass $20.
Location: The Hunter Valley Gardens, 2090 Broke Road, Pokolbin.
Phone: 02 4998 4000
Monkey Mania Easter Workshop, Gosford
A visit to Monkey Mania this week just got even better. With everything from Easter baskets, Easter hats and Easter masks available to create and decorate your little one will be torn between getting crafty and getting active on the play equipment. the combination is guaranteed to give them hours of fun.
When: Tuesday March 27, 10am-12pm. Bookings not required.
Cost: Normal entry fee applies. $10/child. Children under one are free with a paying sibling. Adult $4 includes a free coffee ($3.50 with a Central Coast Leagues Club membership card).
Where: Central Coast Leagues Club, Dane Drive, Gosford.
Phone: 0243 259 865 or 0243 259 867.
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EARLY Breakfast with the Easter Bunny at the Imperial Centre, Gosford
Enjoy a free and healthy breakfast with the Easter bunny at the Imperial Centre Gosford.
There are places remaining for the 10am and 11am sessions. Bookings are essential. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
All children will also receive a tote bag with textas.
When: Saturday March 25 at 10am and 11am.
Where: Imperial Centre Gosford, 171 Mann Street, Gosford.
Meet the Easter Bunny and collect chocolate eggs at Bateau Bay Square
There will be a chocolate Easter egg hunt at Bateau Bay Square on Saturday March 31 at 10am. There are only 50 spots available so please call the Customer Care Desk on 024332 2255 early and reserve your ticket today.
The Easter bunny will be roaming the centre on Thursday 29th and Saturday 31st April between 10am and 1pm each day.
Where: Bateau Bay Square, 12 Bay Village Rd, Bateau Bay.
EARLY Easter egg hunt and kids activities at Gosford
Local real estate agents One Agency Neil & Helena Mani are putting on a fun family event this weekend. Enjoy an Easter egg hunt, jumping castle, face painting, kids disco and lots of competitions all for just $1!
GOLD COIN ENTRY: All proceeds donated to Gosford East Public School.
When: Sunday March 25, 3pm-6pm.
Where: Lions Club Community Hall, 6 Russell Drysdale St, East Gosford.
Giant Easter egg hunt at Caves Beach
As well as the egg hunt kids will love the jumping castle, face painter, entertainment and a visit from the Easter bunny. The fun starts at 11am, with prizes for the child that finds the magical Golden Egg.
When: Sunday, April 1, 11am-3pm.
Where: Caves Coastal Bar & Bungalows, 27 Mawson Close Caves Beach, Caves Beach.
Willy Wonka’s EGGSTRAVAGANZA at Toukley
Celebrate Easter Saturday Family Fun Day at Maximilians on the Waterfront at Toukley. The free egg hunt begins at 12:30 – find the golden egg to win a prize! There will also be egg ‘n’ spoon races, a magic show, a dance party and face painting. It’s all free, and there will be special guest appearances by Willy Wonka and The Easter Bunny himself!
When: Saturday March 31, 12pm-10pm.
Where: Maximilians On The Waterfront, 2oo Main Road, Toukley.
Festival of Fun at Tuggerah Super Centre
Decorate and take home your very own Easter Hunt bag plus meet the Easter bunny. There will also be Free Piccolo’s party animal rides from 11am–2pm.
When: March 28 and March 29, 10am.
Where: Tuggerah Super Centre, Corner Wyong Road and Bryant Drive, Tuggerah.