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10 Awesome Kids Events to Book Now

February 8, 2018
Learn & Play exhibition at The Powerhouse Museum

Central Coast families, get excited: 2018 is going to be a year of fun. We’ve picked out the best of the kids events coming your way in 2018. We’ve found Wiggles shows, triathlon meets, Alice in Wonderland performances and Mammoth exhibitions. There is something here to excite every child no matter their age or interests, and they’re all located on the Central Coast or in nearby Newcastle or Sydney. We recommend you snap tickets up now, as some events are already starting to sell out.

Bookmark this feature! As events sell out or pass, we’ll add new ones to this feature. Be sure to bookmark this page, so you don’t miss out on tickets to the best events and exhibitions on offer to Central Coast kids.

1) The Sanitarium Weet-Bix Kids Tryathlon


Having fun at the Sanitarium Weet-Bix Trythalon

On your marks, get set… The Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon is racing into Woy Woy on February 18! Sign up your kids and encourage them to have a go: it’s not about winning – just getting active and having fun! Steve Willis, (best known as The Comando from “The Biggest Looser”) will be there to encourage little racers and to hand out finishing medals.

Get in quick and sign up now: online registration closes Sunday 11 February. Entry is open to kids aged 7-15. Racers can compete as an individual in the triathlon or aquathon (swim and run only), or race with a friend.

Get $5 off per child with Playing in Puddles’ exclusive DISCOUNT code: Jump4TRY

Race length: 7-10 year olds – 75m swim, 3km cycle and 500m run; 11-15 year olds – 150m swim, 6km cycle and 1km run.

TRYathletes will swim at the Olympic-sized pool in the Peninsula Leisure Centre, cycle through the surrounding closed suburban streets and run on James Browne Oval.

When: 7am-1pm, February 18.

Age group: Kids aged 7-15 can enter.

Cost: Individual Tryathlon Participant (swim, bike and run) $65.95 (discounts for multiple children); Aquathon individual (Swim + Run only) $60.95/child; Team of Two (Complete the TRYathlon as a team of two. One team member will complete the swim, the other the bike and both team members will complete the run together) $121.90.

Click here to register.

2) Alice in Wonderland at The Art House, Wyong

Alice in Wonderland at The Art House Wyong

Alice in Wonderland at The Art House Wyong

Published more than 150 years ago, Lewis Carroll’s classic tale of the girl who fell down the rabbit hole has proven to be both timeless and entertaining.

“This is a contemporary take on Alice In Wonderland and it’s about the brave act of being yourself, despite what others think,” director Cristabel Sved says.

You and your children will love watching this wacky tale come to life on the stage.

When: 2 shows (10am and 6pm), Friday 2 March, 2018.

Age group: Best suited to children 4+ (one hour show; no interval).

Cost: Adult $25; Child (under 12) $20; Family of four $75.

Click here to book tickets or call 43 351 485 (Mon-Fri 10​am-5​.30pm).

3) Raymond Crowe: The Unusualist at The Art House, Wyong

Raymond Crowe The Unusualist at The Art House Wyong

Raymond Crowe The Unusualist at The Art House Wyong

Want to see a magician, comedian, inventor, ventriloquist and shadow and mime artist live on stage? Raymond Crowe is all of these performers rolled into one, and he’s coming to Wyong to perform for you. This talented stage-master has entertained David Letterman and Queen Elizabeth and performed alongside Bon Jovi and Russell Brand!

When: 7.30pm, 17 February 2018.

Age group: Best suited for kids 10+ and adults.

Cost: Adult $35; Child (under 12) $20; Concession $30; Young adult (under 30) $25; Art House Member $25.

Click here to book tickets or call 43 351 485 (Mon-Fri 10​am-5​.30pm).

4) Learn & Play! TeamLab Future Park at The Powerhouse Museum, Sydney

Powerhouse Museum's Learn & Play exhibition

Powerhouse Museum’s Learn & Play exhibition

This exhibition is seriously fun. It’s a sensory overload of sound and light and colour, and kids absolutely love it. Playing in Puddles visited a few weeks ago, and we’ve been raving about it to everyone since.

Children are invited to roll (and roll over) giant beach balls that change colour when tapped. You can colour in a stencil of a person, scan it and then watch your drawing dance across a large screen and interact with other drawings. You can slide, tumble and somersault down a carpeted slippery zone while colourful whales, turtles and frogs are lasered into the space around you. You can play hopscotch on a ginormous pad that responds to your jumps.

PLUS, as if all of that wasn’t enough, you can visit all of the Powerhouse’s permanent exhibitions. Kids get a kick out of riding the unicycle, seeing the old steam train, climbing aboard a rocket and viewing The Wiggles exhibit, which includes a big red car, Captain Feathersword’s pirate ship and a stage that you can dance on with The Wiggles (well, their screen presence anyway).

We recommend you book in a visit now before “Learn & Play” ends.

When: On now until 30 April 2018, 10am-5pm. Book an entry time for the exhibition by clicking the link below.

Age group: Everyone! (okay, maybe not babies).

Cost: Entry to the Learn & Play exhibition includes entry to The Powerhouse. Adult $28; Concession $22; Child (4-16 years) $17.30; Family (2 adults & 2 children or 1 adult & 3 children) $74; Children under 4 are free; MAAS Members are free.

Click here to book tickets (You don’t have to book in advance, but pre-booking is recommended, as daily ticket allocations do sell out).

5) Lah-Lah’s 10th Birthday Party show at Mingara

Lah Lah's Big Live Band at Mingara, Tumbi Umbi

Lah Lah’s Big Live Band at Mingara, Tumbi Umbi

Lah Lah’s Big Live Band, the stripy-socked stars of ABC Kids, are celebrating double digits this year! You’re invited to celebrate their 10th birthday with them at their live stage show at Mingara in July. Plus, you’ll get the opportunity to meet the band and their instruments after the show. Now that’s pretty special.

When: 10am, 14 July at Mingara Recreation Club, 12/14 Mingara Dr, Tumbi Umbi.

Age group: Best suited for 2-7 year olds. (50 minute show plus meet and greet).

Cost: $27.80/person (+ booking fee). Children 12 months and under are free.

Click here to book tickets. Tickets go on sale February 12.

6) Paw Patrol Live! “The Great Pirate Adventure”, Sydney and Newcastle

All paws on stage… Paw Patrol is going live! You’ll catch Chase, Zuma, Ryder and all the gang from Adventure Bay in this fun larger-than-life puppetry show. There will be shows in both Sydney and Newcastle. Tickets for the tour go on sale to the general public through Ticketek on Thursday February 8, but if you’re a Telstra customer you can buy them earlier.

For more details, click here.

When: + Sydney shows: Saturday 19 May 10am, 1pm, 4pm. + Newcastle shows: Wednesday 23 May 10.30am, 1.30pm, 4pm.

Age group: Best suited to kids aged 1-5.

Cost: Ticket prices differ for each location, but generally start at $29/person. Children under 12 months are free on the knee.

Click here to book tickets.

7) The Wiggles Wiggle, Wiggle, Wiggle Tour!

The Wiggles Wiggle Wiggle Wiggle show

The Wiggles Wiggle Wiggle Wiggle show

The Wiggles are bringing your toddler’s favourite tunes to the stage. The show will no doubt include popular hits “Do the Propeller” and “Fruit Salad” plus appearances from Dorothy, Wags, Henry and Captain Feathersword.

When: + Chatswood Concourse: 14 March 10am, 12.30pm. + Hornsby RSL: 16 March 12.30pm.

Age group: Best suited to kids aged 1-5.

Cost: Ticket prices differ for each location, but start at $29.75 plus booking fees.

Click here to book tickets.

8) The Gruffalo, Laycock Street Theatre, North Gosford

“He has terrible tusks and terrible claws. And terrible teeth in his terrible jaws.”

“The Gruffalo” – written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler – is a tale loved by children everywhere. Playing in Puddles watched the live show in Chatswood last year and we loved the songs, comedy and theatricality.  In fact, we’re thinking we might book tickets to see it again.

When: 12pm and 6pm Friday 14 September and 10am Saturday 15 September (the evening show has plenty of tickets left, but the day-time ones are selling out fast).

Age group: Best suited to children aged 3-10 (though, we took our 20 month old and he loved it).

Cost: Adults $26; Concession/Laycock Street Members/Groups 10+ $23; Children (Under 12) and School Groups $20.

Click here to book tickets or call  43 233 233 (Mon-Fri 10​am-5​pm).

9) Josephine Wants to Dance at The Art House, Wyong

Josephine Wants to Dance at The Art House Wyong

“Josephine Wants to Dance” is a gorgeous tale by Aussie picture-book award winners Jackie French and Bruce Whatley, and now it’s dancing, twirling and pirouetting onto The Art House stage. This is a tale about dreaming big, believing in yourself and kangaroos in point shoes. We hope to see many tutu-wearing tots in the audience.

When: 6pm 14 May and 10am 15 May.

Age group: Best suited to children aged 3-10.

Cost: Adult $25; Child (under 12) $20; School Group $15; Family (2 adults and 2 children) $75.

Click here to book tickets or call 43 351 485 (Mon-Fri 10​am-5​.30pm).

10) “Mammoth, Giants of the Ice Age” Exhibition at The Australian Museum, Sydney

Lyuba at The Australian Museum

Lyuba at The Australian Museum

This baby isn’t really a baby in that she isn’t tiny and she isn’t young. Lyuba is a real 42,000-year-old baby mammoth and you can view her now at The Australian Museum on her first visit to the southern hemisphere. Now that alone is pretty awesome, but there’s more mammoth fun to come (we couldn’t help ourselves with the pun). At this special exhibition you can touch real fur, tusks and teeth of ancient mammoths and view seven full-scale replicas of the hair beasts.

And don’t forget about the permanent exhibitions. Dinosuars, the Kids Space (where kids can touch everything), and you can even stay overnight! For more info on all that’s on, click here.

When: “Mammoth, Giants of the Ice Age” exhibition is on until 13 May 2018.

Age group: Best suited to children 2+.

Cost: These are online prices – it costs a little more to buy on the door. It’s also cheaper if you’re a member of the museum. Adult $20; Concession $16; Child (5-15 years) $12; Child (0-4 years) FREE; Family (2 Adults, 2 Children) $51; Family (1 Adult, 2 Children) $35.

Click here to book tickets.

Looking for an activity to do this week? Check out our what’s on calendar to find an event near you today.


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