This year is flying by, right? Terms 3 is just around the corner! If your child is after a new activity to try out after the school holidays, you’ve landed on the right page because we’ve got some incredible ones right here.
We’re really excited by the huge range of fun and interesting kids classes on the Central Coast. Whether your child wants to get into basketball or dance, or they want to try their hand at drama or messy play, there’s something here to suit all ages, abilities, personalities, and passions – our favourites are listed below.
Scroll through to find something your kid will love. Oh, and bonus! Lots of these classes offer a FREE trial and/or term discount exclusively to Playing in Puddles’ readers, so be sure to take them up on that.
Now, let’s ride, dribble, backflip and pirouette right into Term 3!
Messy Little Munchkins, Niagara Park
Tucked into a cosy corner of Niagara Park Shopping Centre, you’ll find the magical play space of Messy Little Munchkins! Here kids aged 3 months up to 5 years can have a ball with messy play stations, so thoughtfully crafted by the staff – seriously, they are works of art! There are craft activities, play dough, paint and water play to try as well, which is great for little ones who are constantly changing interests. Messy HQ also has an amazing imaginative play area, with cubbies, play kitchens, a climbing frame and an indoor slide. One of our favourite features? The very special lightroom, where munchkins can examine bugs, look through colour blocks and check out little fish swimming in a lava lamp.
These one-hour classes are jam-packed with awesome activities (so you might get a nice long nap out of your mini afterwards). Another bonus: kids get all the benefits and fun of messy play and YOU don’t have to clean up!
Age group: Kids aged 3 months to 5 years.
Where: Messy Little Munchkins HQ, Niagara Park Shopping Centre: Shop 25, 16 Washington Ave, Niagara Park.
When: There are classes each day Monday-Friday. Check out their current timetable here.
Cost: $175 per term (10 weeks). Flexi-passes are also available (5 sessions for $100 or 10 sessions for $190).
Contact: Jess 0432 800 070, email [email protected] or visit the Messy Little Munchkins website.
Flip Out Ninja Classes, Gosford
Have a school-aged kid or teen with aerial ambitions? One who wants to twist, backflip, spin and leap like a ninja? Want them to learn these skills in a safe environment? Sign them up for Flip Out Gosford’s ninja classes. Flip Out’s teachers will show your kids how to achieve agility, coordination, and aerial awareness in a safe environment. After mastering the basics, your child will learn tricks such as front flips, backflips, twisting skills, and more. Flip Out offers beginner, intermediate and advanced classes and kids work towards learning different skills and earning coloured bandanas as they master each level!
No experience is needed to sign up, and you can join in a class casually or sign up for the full term.
Age group: Kids aged 5-16.
Where: Flip Out, Gosford.
When: Beginner classes: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 4pm | Intermediate/advanced classes: 5pm (classes run for 1 hour).
Cost: $160 per term
Contact: 4323 0162 or visit the Flip Out website.
Active Kids Voucher Accepted
Dance @ Nikki Webster Dance Classes, Erina
Got a dancer in the family who’s keen to try something new? Dance @ Nikki Webster offers one of the largest ranges of dance classes on the Central Coast! Families can choose from a bunch of classes to suit all ages and abilities, including:
+ Fairy ballet, movers & shakers, and tumbling tots (acrobatics) for the little ones aged 2 – 5 years.
+ RAD ballet, hip hop, jazz, cheerleading, acrobatics, musical theatre, anti-gravity yoga, silks, Lyra, contemporary, tap, and singing for older children and teens.
+ Elite programs including ballet development, musical theatre development, and extension elite for the experienced dancers seeking to develop their skills even further.
+ Plus, there’s even a fun and energetic dance fitness class for adults!
Want to meet the teachers, see the studio or try out a class for size? Mention Playing in Puddles and get a FREE trial!
Age group: All ages from 2+.
Where: 1/310 The Entrance Road, Erina
Contact: 0411 861 849 or email [email protected].
Active Kids Vouchers are accepted.
GKR Karate, Multiple locations across the Central Coast
Looking for a class where your child can build their fitness, discipline, confidence, character, AND well-being? Sign them up to GKR Karate now! Kids and teens will learn so much more than just martial arts in these well-rounded classes that promise to teach valuable life skills, all in a fun and encouraging environment.
Classes run all year round at eight locations across the Coast, so there should be one close to home or school. You can sign up at Gosford, Woy Woy, Bateau Bay, Umina, Tuggerah, Warnervale, Gwandalan and San Remo. GKR offer free trial classes. Just use the dojo locator, submit your details and your local sensei will get in touch!
Playing in Puddles offer: When you mention Playing in Puddles, you’ll get a discounted registration with a FREE uniform when you sign up.
Age group: Kids aged 5+ – all the way through to adults.
Where: Eight different Central Coast locations: San Remo, Warnervale, Tuggerah, Gwandalan, Umina, Woy Woy, Bateau Bay, Gosford. Enter your postcode here to find your closest one.
Cost: There is no lock-in contract. You can cancel at any time. The training fee depends upon the number of family members joining and the location. Contact GKR Karate to find out about their affordable fees.
Contact: 0450 011 640 or [email protected]
Active Kids Vouchers are accepted.
Ripples Mini Ball Program with Waves Basketball, Niagara Park
Looking for a fun activity for your 2 – 5-year-old? One that’ll see them learning some neat ball skills while practising their coordination and burning off a truckload of energy? Get them to the Waves Basketball introductory program – Ripples! Created with little ballers in mind and run by run by Level 1 Accredited Basketball Coaches, this cool program teaches toddlers and preschool-aged kids basic basketball skills in a fun, safe, happy, and inclusive environment.
Each session is 45 minutes long and will provide smiles from ear to ear as new friendships are formed both on and off the court!
Age Group: 2 – 5 years.
When: Mondays 10am – 10.45am.
Where: Niagara Park Stadium, 18 Washington Ave, Niagara Park.
Cost: $80 for a 9-week term. The cost includes a singlet and shorts.
Contact: 0448 241 509 or [email protected]
Active Kids Vouchers are accepted.
O’Grady Drama Kids’ Classes, multiple locations across the Central Coast
Term 3 at O’Grady Drama is a busy and exciting time as students work together to prepare a scripted ensemble piece for family and friends to enjoy at the end of Term 4! There is still time for new students to get involved, so sign your school-aged kids up ASAP to join the fun.
During O’Grady Drama classes, kids have the opportunity to:
+ Get creative and set themselves a challenge
+ Work as a team and bring their ideas to life through performance
+ Learn improv skills, stage presence and voice training
+ Gain heaps of confidence while having loads of fun
Age group: Kindy up to Year 12.
Where: Classes are held at Erina, Terrigal, Kanwal, Berkeley Vale, and Umina. View the website for details.
Cost: $210 per term – family discounts apply for two or more students attending.
Contact: Tim Doyle on 0403 368 517.
Creative Kids Voucher Accepted
Ready Steady Go Kids, multiple locations across the Central Coast
Ready Steady Go Kids is for children aged 18 months to 6 years. They’ll run, jump, bounce basketballs, bat cricket balls, have a load of fun, and learn great skills. This award-winning physio-designed program teaches children the fundamentals of 10 different sports and develops essential motor skills in a fun, non-competitive environment. The kids learn a new sport every fortnight, so there’s no chance of boredom.
Playing in Puddles offer: Free trial class
Where: Classes are held at Terrigal and Charmhaven.
When: Daily – multiple times. See website for details.
Contact: Visit the Ready Steady Go Kids website.
Active Kids Voucher Accepted (4-5-year-olds only. To qualify, your child must be attending school).
Kids Social Connection Club at Coastal Active Ability, Tuggerah
Do you have a child or teen with additional needs? If so, you’ll be very interested to hear about the Kids Social Connection Club Program from local business Coastal Active Ability in Tuggerah! This exciting program provides after-school activities for kids with disability and additional needs and has a heap of session themes to choose from. From music therapy, recreational gymnastics, and cooking classes to gaming sessions. Pokémon or Minecraft-themed activities and building their own LEGO robot – you can be sure there’s an activity to suit your child’s interests.
PLUS, Coastal Active Ability provides transport to pick children up from school and can also drop them home too!
Age group: 7 – 15 years.
When: Monday to Thursday from 3:30pm to 5:30-6pm throughout the school term.
Where: Coastal Active Ability, Unit 5 / 6 Morton Cl, Tuggerah.
Cost: NDIS supported. For details, visit the Coastal Active Ability website.
Contact: Call 4358 8308 or email [email protected].
Kids’ Group Horse Riding Lessons and Pony Leads at The Outlook Riding Academy, Terrigal
Have you got a horse fan or animal lover in your house? Get them to riding lessons ASAP! We are so lucky to have a beautiful, family-run equestrian centre right here on the Central Coast. The Outlook Riding Academy is nestled between Terrigal and Avoca Beach and provides private and group lessons to kids (and adults, if you want to join in!) of all ages and abilities.
Private lessons are great as riders receive one-on-one support and instruction – perfect for beginners to ease into a new activity and build up their confidence. First-timers can also take part in Pony Leads, which is a fun way to get to know the horses, learn how to care for them, build skills and knowledge, and explore the paddocks and the Academy’s rainforest track.
Or if kids want to ride with their school friends or other people their age, group lessons can be arranged for two or more riders of roughly the same ability and age. These are awesome for learning problem-solving skills and making new friends who love horses and live in your area! Something to keep in mind – little ones will need to complete a few private lessons until they are comfortable riding independently, at which point they’ll have the option to join a group class.
Lessons run every day (except Sunday) and The Outlook Riding Academy also hosts pony birthday parties on Thursday and Saturdays!
To see the range of classes available, visit The Outlook Riding Academy website.
Age group: All ages from 3+.
Where: The Outlook Riding Academy, Scenic Highway, Terrigal
Cost: Private lesson $99 per hour | Group lesson $77 per hour.
Contact: Sam on 0427189567 or email [email protected]
Active Kids Voucher Accepted.
A Range of Music Classes at the Central Coast Conservatorium of Music
If music is your child’s jam, you’re in luck for Term 3 because Central Coast Conservatorium of Music in Gosford offers some great classes, covering a range of ages, abilities and musical interests.
There’s a fabulous developmental music programme, which aims to develop good listening and comprehension skills, and enhance concentration. We love that there’s one for all different age groups too. You can sign up for their Baby Class – this spans birth to two years and is all about adult and child interaction through bouncing and patting rhymes, singing together and encouraging vocalisation and moving to music.
Then there’s Creative Music Play, which are classes for kids aged 1-5, 5-6, 6-7 and 7-8. These start off by introducing kids to musical concepts in fun ways, then move on to reading and writing music, understanding pitch and rhythm, then small group instrumental tuition begins in the later years. You can read more about each age level here.
Other awesome classes at Central Coast Conservatorium of Music include keyboard classes for kindy up to year 10, plus private music lessons in cello, clarinet, drums, flute, guitar, oboe, piano, saxophone, trumpet, violin, voice and heaps more. Find the full list here.
To see absolutely everything they have to offer in Term 3 and beyond, head on over to their website.
Where: Central Coast Conservatorium of Music, 45 Mann St, Gosford.
Cost: Dependent on the class. See their 2022 course fees.
Contact: Customer Relations on (02) 4324 7477 or [email protected]
Creative Kids Voucher Accepted.
Looking for more kids classes? Check out our kids classes directory for even more classes near you.