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, crazy obstacle challenges, 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 10 events to book in 2018.
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1) Obstacool at Mingara
Obstacool is returning to the Central Coast in May, and this time adults, too, can join in the fun. How great is that? Too often us parents are relegated to the sidelines to encourage our kids from afar. In this “Obstacool” event you can slip, slide, jump, climb and laugh along with your kids. Your kids will love watching you get involved and no doubt beating you at every challenge – let’s face it they’re far more nimble and flexible than us “oldies”.
If you prefer to be a cheerleader than player you can do that too. Spectators are free and very welcome to attend.
There are six starting times, and each group has 45 minutes to scramble through the course:
- Wave 1 – 9:00am – 9:45am
- Wave 2 – 10:00am – 10:45am
- Wave 3 – 11:00am – 11:45am
- Wave 4 – 12:00pm – 12:45pm
- Wave 5 – 1:00pm – 1:45pm
- Wave 6 – 2:00pm – 2:45pm
It’s best to book in advance, but you can also buy tickets on the day (subject to availability). On the day, you can pay by Eftpos or cash.
When: Saturday 5 May 2018.
When: Mingara Recreation Club, Mingara Drive, Tumbi Umbi.
Age group: For kids 4+. Adults can join in too.
Cost: $15 per person.
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: 10am 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 games, rides, entertainment and warm beverages… and we’re betting we’ll see a few snowball fights too.
Tickets are not yet on sale, but we recommend you add a little reminder in your diary now so you don’t get too booked up. Playing in Puddles will let you know when tickets are available.
When: 30 June – 22 July, 2018.
Age group: Everyone!
6) 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. Kids under 2 are free on your lap.
Click here to book tickets or call 43 351 485 (Mon-Fri 10am-5.30pm).
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7) 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.
8) Vivid’s “Light for the Wild” at Taronga Zoo, Sydney
Taronga Zoo stole the show at Vivid last year, and it’s returned more determined than ever to retain it’s crown as the best family-friendly Vivid destination.
Why is it so good? Firstly, it’s ticketed, so unlike the rest of the city where it’s open to the public for free, numbers here are limited. Yes, that means you have to pull out your wallet, but it also means you’re not jostling with thousands of others to get a glimpse of the lights.
Secondly, the sculptures are animals that are recognisable to your teeny tots. They’ll get a thrill chasing lasers of turtles, walking through a giant illuminated shark, and coming face to face with blue gorillas, a pink rhino and a giant yellow Corroboree frog.
You can add additional experiences to make it a really special and memorable day-trip: include a day at the zoo, dinner at The View restaurant or a Sky Pass ticket, which provides access to the Taronga Zoo Sky Safari at night so you can view the zoo from above and get a unique perspective of Vivid Sydney’s Circular Quay light displays. The Sky Pass tickets sell incredibly fast, so don’t delay nabbing them.
When: 5.30pm Friday 25 May to 9.30pm Saturday 16 June.
Age group: Everyone!
Cost: Monday-Thursday (Ex Public Holiday) Adults $23.95; Children $17.95; Concession $21.56. Friday-Sunday & Public Holidays Adults $26.95; Children $18.95; Concession $24.26. Children under 4 are Free. For costings of all additional experiences, click the link below.
9) 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. Paw Patrol has become super popular among the toddler/preschool age group, and you can bet they’ll be super stoked seeing these cartoon characters come to life on the big stage.
Shows are being held in both Sydney and Newcastle.
When: + Sydney shows: Saturday 19 May 10am, 1pm, 4pm. + Newcastle shows: Wednesday 23 May 10.30am, 1.30pm, 4pm. The show runs for 90 minutes (including a 15 minute interval).
Age group: Best suited to kids aged 1-6.
Cost: Ticket prices differ for each location, but generally start at $29/person. Children under 12 months are free on the knee.
10) Peppa Pig’s Surprise, Laycock Street Theatre, North Gosford
Peppa Pig is coming to Laycock on June 10! 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: 12pm, 2pm and 4pm Sunday 10 June. The show runs for 1 hour.
Age group: Best suited to children aged 18 months-7 years.
Cost: Adults/Children $39.90; Laycock Street Theatre Members/Groups 4+ $37.50; Children under 1 are free on the knee.
Click here to book tickets or call 4323 3233 (Mon-Fri 10am-5pm).
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