It’s been lovely to see our communities coming up with creative new ways to connect our kids during lockdown. In 2020 we saw rainbow artworks pasted to doors, chalk games painted on driveways, and teddy bears perched on window sills across our suburbs. This time it’s been decidedly quieter… but some fun new ideas have started over recent weeks, and we’re excited to share them with you.

PS. If you’ve seen other ideas/places, do please share them with us at [email protected] We love seeing your photos too. And please keep checking back – we’re getting told about new ones each day, and we promise to keep updating this feature each week.

Spoonville has popped up on the Kincumber-Davistown walk.

Spoonville at Kincumber | Reader Image used with permission

A local family created Spoonville in Kincumber after seeing other Spoonvilles in Melbourne. The idea is super cute and simple. Grab a wooden spoon (any spoon from home) and get crafting to create a spoon character. Then, while taking your exercise along this cycleway, add your spoon to the village.

Location: On the Kincumber-Davistown cycle path. About 300m beyond the Broadwater playground.


We’ve heard that Spoonvilles are popping up across the Coast

Here are some other areas you’ll find them. Or, you can scroll down to check out our map and spy a Spoonville or Rockville near you!

Tumbi Umbi

Spoonville at TLS Faith Community, Tumbi Umbi | Image by Carla Vakaduruo – used with permission

Location: TLS Faith Community, 9 Beckingham Road, Tumbi Umbi.


Killarney Vale Pre-School

Location: Killarney Vale Preschool, 50 Adelaide Street, Killarney Vale.


Wadalba

Spoonville at Wadlba| Images by Carissa Edwards – used with permission.

Location: Johns Road (10 houses up from the new Wadalba Park), Wadalba.


Shelly Beach

Spoonville at Earl Street Reserve | Image by Katie Allan– used with permission

Location: Earl Street Reserve, 35W Phillip Street, Shelly Beach.


Holgate

Spoonville at Holgate | Image by Colleen Birch – used with permission

Location: 367 Wattle Tree Rd, Holgate.


Mardi

Location: 7 Greenwich Place, Mardi.


Erina

Spoonville at Erina | Image by Connie Russo – used with permission.

Location: Erina Leagues Club oval.


Bateau Bay

Spoonville at Bateau Bay | Images by Karlie Gudgin – used with permission

Location: Passage Road, Bateau Bay


Chittaway Bay

Spoonville at Chittaway Bay | Images by Ashleigh Johnston – used with permission

Location: Aloha Drive, Chittaway Bay


Wadalba

Location: Outside the school grounds on the corner of Van Stappen Rd and Orchard Way, Wadalba.


Woy Woy Waterfront

Location: Between Bowden Road and Park Road on Woy Woy waterfront.


Woy Woy Community Garden

Spoonville at Woy Woy Community Garden | Image by Alicia Taylor – used with permission

Location: Woy Woy Community Garden, Moana Street, Woy Woy.


Wyoming

Spoonville at Wyoming | Image by Jacki Wieckowski – used with permission

Location: Jacaranda Family Practice, Renwick Street, Wyoming.


Kariong

Location:  On the path of Peppermint Park and Langford Drive, Kariong – across from the small creek.


Wamberal

Spoonville at Wamberal | Image by Emma Jane Peachey – used with permission

Location: Cabarita Street, Wamberal.


Forresters Beach

Spoonville at Forresters Beach | Image by Rheannon Loker – used with permission

Location: Oceanmist Estate, Mistview Circuit (opposite number 44), Forresters Beach.


Avoca

Spoonville at Avoca | Image by Sally Reeves – used with permission

Location: Peel Street, Avoca.


Terrigal Public School

Spoonville at Terrigal | Image by Shuri Griffiths – used with permission

Location: Back gate of Terrigal Public School, Ena Street, Terrigal.


Woodland Road, Terrigal

Spoonville at Woodland Road, Terrigal | Image by Valentina Piozzo – used with permission

Location: Woodland Road, Terrigal


We’ve also heard of more popping up at these locations – if you spot them, we’d love to add your photos to our list!

  • Narara: Out the front of Narara Valley High School, cnr Fountains Rd & Pandala Road, Narara.
  • Killarney Vale: Tuggerah Lake Cycleway – located on the Killarney Vale-Tumbi section of the track (in line with 12 Himenoa St Killarney Vale). The closest access is at the end of Adelaide Street and then turn right and head towards Long Jetty).
  • Forresters Beach: “Spoonville at Forries” is located out the front of Di Matteos cafe at 27 Forresters Beach Rd.
  • Woy Woy: On the Blackwall Mountain – Woy Woy track.
  • Green Point Waterfront: Accessible between 20 and 18 Asca Drive.
  • Parklife Pop-Up Coffee: Rotary Park, Terrigal.


Get rockin’ to Rockville in Davistown

Rockville in Davistown |Reader Image used with permission

The rock craze has long been a wonderful way for kids to connect (see below), but a few people have changed it up a little given lockdown. Now, not only can you find hidden rocks across the Central Coast, but you can also find Rockville, a small rock village in Davistown.

Location: cnr Pyang Rd and Morton Cres, Davistown.


Here are some more Rockvilles to keep your eye out for:

Erina

Location: Cnr Dakara Ave and Girraween Ave, Erina



Rock Painting Hide ‘n’ Seek

Rock Painting Hide ‘n’ Seek is a creative activity that all the family can be involved in, and that has been going on for years – not just since COVID-19 emerged. Here’s how it works: Paint some rocks and hide them at local parks, on bushwalks and on beaches for others to find. The finder can either keep or re-hide the rocks. It’s a beautiful, simple way to spread joy in our community.

There are two Facebook groups we recommend you follow to learn more and for updates on where rocks have been hidden across the Coast.
NSW Rocks
Central Coast Rocks


PS. If you’ve seen other Spoonville’s or Rockville’s, or other fun ideas like this, do please share them with us at [email protected] We love seeing your photos too.

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Written By: KATIE STOKES

Founder & Editor

After working in print and online media for more than a decade, Katie launched Playing in Puddles in 2017. A mum of two young boys and local of the Central Coast, Katie loves discovering and sharing all that’s happening in our region.