Central Coast families, get excited: we’ve picked out the best of the kids events coming your way. Get set for Play School stage shows, Disney on Ice performances and snow – yep, SNOW! 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.
So here, in no particular order, are our top events to book in 2018.
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1) Wolfgang at The Art House
Wolfgang reinvents Mozart’s music for a young audience and adds circus flair to keep them entertained. A live musician will take to the stage along with a backflipping acrobat called Wolfgang (from the Circa Contemporary Circus) to bring together this fun, quirky show of acrobats, movement and music. We’ve got our tickets. Don’t delay getting yours.
PLUS, did you hear that The Art House now has an on-site cafe? A bite here before or after the show will make your little one feel all grown up and special. The cafe’s open 10am-5pm Monday-Friday.
Cost: Adult $25, Child $20, Family $75. Kids under 2 are free on your lap.
Who: Best suited for 3+
Where: The Art House, Wyong.
When: July 19 6:30pm; July 20 10am and 2pm.
Contact: Click here to book tickets or call 43 351 485 (Mon-Fri 10am-5.30pm).
2) Play School Live in Concert “Once Upon a Time”, Central Coast
“There’s a bear in there and a chair as well, there are people with games and stories to tell.” Play School has been entertaining Aussie children for more than 50 years with its creative milk bottle craft, dress ups and singing. It’s one of the few shows that really hasn’t changed that much – it’s simple fun and kids love it. And now, with your favourite presenters and nursery characters hitting the stage, we’re confident you and your kids will love the live show too.
Your tots will be encouraged to raise their voices and dance along to classic nursery rhymes such as “Little Miss Muffett”, “Incy Wincy Spider”, “Humpty Dumpty” and Der Glumph”. Jemima, Big Ted, Little Ted and Humpty are guaranteed to perform, and the “real” presenters will be announced closer to the show. Keep an eye on the Kids Promotions Facebook Page for the announcement.
When: 12pm Saturday 6 October at Mingara Recreation Club (12/14 Mingara Drive, Tumbi Umbi). Can’t make the Mingara show, but still want to attend? The show is also being performed at nearby Hornsby (10am Friday 5 October at Hornsby RSL) and Newcastle West (12pm Sunday 7 October; 10am and 12pm Monday 8 October: Newcastle Exhibition & Convention Centre).
Age group: Best suited to children 1-7 (one hour show; no interval).
Cost: $19.80 per person (plus $6.60 processing fee per booking). Babies under 12 months of age on the day of the show are free and do not require a ticket. Please note that these fees are for the Mingara show only. Please check the website for prices specific to the other locations.
Click here to book tickets or call 1300 788 028 / 039739 6300 (Mon-Fri 9am-4pm).
3) The Gruffalo’s Child at The Art House, Wyong
The Gruffalo’s Child – written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler – is a tale loved by children everywhere. Playing in Puddles watched the live show of The Gruffalo in Chatswood last year and we loved the songs, comedy and theatricality, so we were very excited to see its sequel is coming to The Art House in October.
Do you remember the tale? One wild and windy night the Gruffalo’s Child ignores her father’s warnings about the Big Bad Mouse and tiptoes out into the deep dark wood. After all, the Big Bad Mouse doesn’t really exist… does he? Book your tickets to see.
When: 6pm Monday 29 October + 10am and 1pm Tuesday 30 October. The show runs for 55 minutes.
Age group: Best suited for kids 3+.
Cost: Adult $25; Child (under 12) $20; Family (4 tickets max) $18.75 per person. Kids under 2 are free on your lap.
Click here to book tickets or call 43 351 485 (Mon-Fri 10am-5.30pm).
4) Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic
This very special “Disney on Ice” is a celebration of the legacy of Disney and its many characters who have entertained countless children during the past century. You’ll meet long-loved stars Mickey and Minnie, Donald and Goofy as well as myriad Disney Princesses who have wowed little tots for generations. Parents will be transported back to their younger (less wrinkly) days with renditions of classics such as The Lion King‘s “Hakuna Matata”, while kids will no doubt join Elsa, Anna and Olaf in a sing-along of Frozen‘s “Let it Go!”
Fifty professional skaters will take to the ice to bring you this momentous performance that includes characters from more than 14 Disney tales, including Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, Toy Story and Finding Nemo. Plus, this year there will also be special guest appearances from everyone’s favourite Zootopia pals, Judy Hopps and Nick Wilde!
When: Friday 13 July-Sunday 15 July at Newcastle Entertainment Centre. Wednesday 18 July-Monday 23 July at Qudos Bank Arena Sydney. Shows run multiple times each day. The show runs for nearly 2 hours (including a 20 minute intermission).
Age group: Best suited to kids aged 2+.
Cost: Tickets from $25. Children 23 months and under are free on the knee.
5) Snow Time in the Hunter Valley Gardens
You don’t have to make the trek to Thredbo to experience the fun of the snow. For three weeks during the July school holidays The Hunter Valley Gardens will transform into an icy winter wonderland!
Put on your skates and take to the ice rink, slide down the mega ice toboggan and build a snowman in the man-made Snow Play Zone! There will be rides, entertainment, warm beverages… and we’re betting we’ll see a few snowball fights too.
Playing in Puddles visited and had a ball. Click here to read our review.
When: 30 June – 22 July, 2018.
Age group: Everyone!
6) Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Sydney Capitol Theatre
Roald Dahl’s fabulous tale Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has long captivated children. We loved the book. We loved the films (who was your favourite Wonka – Johnny Depp or the late Gene Wilder?) and we have no doubt we’re going to love the live show that is due to hit Sydney’s Capitol Theatre in January 2019.
The cast will sing songs from the original film, including “Pure Imagination”, “The Candy Man” and “I’ve Got a Golden Ticket” as well as new Broadway scores. With its oompa-loompas, golden egg-laying geese, chocolate waterfall and shrinking machine, it’s sure to be an absolute gobstopper… or showstopper.
Tickets are not yet on sale, but you can register your interest online. Sign up to the Capitol Club to receive priority access to tickets. Playing in Puddles will keep you posted on their release as well.
7) Peppa Pig’s Surprise, Newcastle and Chatswood
Peppa Pig is hitting the stage! Life-sized puppets of George and Peppa will sing, dance and jump in muddy puddles to the delight of your tots. Pedro, Suzy Sheep and even Mr Potato have all flown from the UK to bring this special show to you, and the staging, props and puppets are second to none. It might not be the cheapest show around, but if you have a Peppa fan, it’s a guaranteed winner (and a perfect early Christmas present). Check out the video below for all the cuteness.
When: Multiple shows: 9th July at Newcastle and 10th-13th July in Chatswood. The show runs for 1 hour.
Age group: Best suited to children aged 18 months-7 years.
Cost: Tickets from $34.90.
? Looking for an event to attend this week? Check out our what’s on calendar.