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Spring School Holidays

September 26, 2018

Spring has sprung and local kids have busted from the school gates. These Spring school holidays get along to some of our region’s fab festivals and attractions to see animatronic dinosaurs, chalkart displays and Hoot and Hootabelle on stage. OR sign your child up to an awesome workshop in which they could build their own robot, join in an art class, or go abseiling and quad biking. There is so much fun to be had for kids on the Central Coast these holidays – read below to be in the know.

Free fun across the Central Coast these school holidays

Chalk The Walk at The Entrance

Chalk the Walk at The Entrance.

UPDATE 10 October 2018: Chalk the Walk event at The Entrance rescheduled to January

When the pavement is your canvas and chalk is your brush, creating an interactive gallery of chalk art that truly honours the amazing talent of local artists becomes challenging when Mother Nature has other ideas.

But don’t let the rain blues get you down! Central Coast Council is committed to supporting our community and showcasing the artistic talent of the Coast, and has rescheduled the event for 17-20 January 2019.

Central Coast Council’s inaugural Chalk The Walk art festival will transform The Entrance’s Waterfront Plaza into a community masterpiece these October school holidays. Kids – and adults, too – are invited to contribute to the artwork, which will be created over four days.

Plus, children of all ages are invited to get arty-crafty with Chalk it Up! Children’s Chalk Art! A long snake-like chalkboard will be set up on the grass at Memorial Park and kids are invited to add their own mini masterpiece (Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 October; 11am-4pm).

UPDATE: Dates have changed due to forecast wet weather. Chalk The Walk will now be held Thursday 11 Oct-Sunday 14 Oct.

Cost: Free!
When: Chalk The Walk, Thursday 11 Oct-Sunday 14 Oct.
Where: Memorial Park, The Entrance.
Contact: Hosted by Central Coast Council. Click here for more information: centralcoast.nsw.gov.au/events


Free Holiday Fun + Hoot and Hootabelle at The Entrance

Hoot and Hootabelle at The Entrance

The Entrance’s Waterfront Plaza is the place to head for free entertainment these school holidays. Central Coast Council has rounded up a host of fun events to keep your tribe smiling.

Plus there will be the carnival rides, the mini train and the daily pelican feeding at 3.30pm. And don’t forget the waterfront is home to two great playgrounds, too. Read Playing in Puddles’ write-up on the playgrounds here.

Monday 8 October: Science show and workshop. 10am-1pm, Waterfront Plaza. 

Tuesday 9 October: Magic show and roving magician. 10am-1pm, Waterfront Plaza. 

Wednesday 10-Friday 12 October: Hoot and Hootabelle – the stars of ABC Kids’ program “Giggle and Hoot” are flying in to The Entrance these holidays. They’ll be singing and dancing on the Memorial Park stage, and inviting little hooties to bop along. Hoot and Hootabelle perform at 10am, 11am and 12pm on Wednesday 10, Thursday 11 and Friday 12 October. Update: Hoot and Hootabelle may be moved to The Greens The Entrance if it continues to rain. Check Central Coast Council‘s Facebook page for updates.

Saturday 13 October: The Entrance Market. 9am-2pm, Memorial Park.

Cost: Free!
Contact: Hosted by Central Coast Council. Click here for more information: centralcoast.nsw.gov.au/events


Fun family days and special events these holidays

Mega Creatures at The Hunter Valley Gardens

Creepy crawlies, dragons and roaring dinosaurs are taking over The Hunter Valley Gardens these school holidays. Get set to come face-to-face with a stegosaurus and side step a Triceratops. On display are 14 animatronic dinosaurs (including an 8m-long T-Rex), a towering tarantula, giant cicada, mega snail and lots of fantastical dragons. And for the first time this year there will be a nest of baby dinosaurs. Cute!

The prehistoric theme doesn’t end there. The “Dinosaur Train” dinos will be performing live on stage each weekend plus Monday of the long weekend. The shows will be at 11am and 1pm with a meet and greet at 12pm.

Up for a scavenger hunt? Each day a dinosaur egg will be hidden in the grounds. Find it and you’ll  score yourself a free ticket to the Hunter Valley Gardens’ Christmas Lights Spectacular.

As well as the chance to wander the beautiful grounds, the Gardens also boasts a 35-metre long, 12-metre high super slide, a Venetian carousel, a giant swing chair, and a ferris wheel. Plus, these holidays the Hunter Valley Train will be puffing around the grounds ($7 person; the timetable is available on the Hunter Valley Gardens website).

?Playing in Puddles visited the Mega Creatures. Click here to read our review.

When: Saturday September 29th to Sunday October 14th 2018 (including Monday of the long weekend). The gardens are open 9am-5pm; the Mega Creatures and rides operate 10am-4m.
Entry costs: Adult (16yrs+) $30; Child (4-15 yrs) $20; Child under 4 free; Family Pass (2 Adults + 1 Child) $70; Family Pass (2 Adults + 2 Children) $85. See website for more options.
Ride costs: Tokens for individual rides are $6 each; unlimited rides wristbands are $15 pp.
Where: The Hunter Valley Gardens, 2090 Broke Road, Pokolbin.
Age group: All ages.
Contact: 02 4998 4000, www.huntervalleygardens.com.au


Play School

Play School Live at Mingara

Play School is jumping out of your TV and onto the Central Coast stage on Saturday 6 October. Big Ted, Jemima and Humpty will be there to entertain your tots with classic nursery rhymes, story telling and craft. Tickets to the morning shows have sold out, so there’s only one show left: snap your tickets up quick smart before it too sells out.

Can’t make the show on the Coast? They also have shows in Newcastle (Sunday 7th and Monday 8th October) and Hornsby (Friday 5th October).

Cost: $19.80 per person. Babies under 12 months of age are free.
Who: 12 months +
Where: Mingara Recreation Club.
When: 2pm Saturday 6 October.
Contact: Call 039739 6300 or click here for further details and to book.


?Looking for a park that’s shaded, fenced and has coffee? Click here to read Playing in Puddles’ park reviews.


Kids workshops and classes across the Central Coast

3-Day Horse Riding Camp, Glenworth Valley

Image: Glenworth Valley Outdoor Adventures

Horse riding, toasted marshmallows and games around the camp fire: that’s the winter school holidays done right!

These holidays Glenworth Valley is running a 3-day overnight horse riding camp for children aged 9-16. Participants will enjoy three full days of riding with games and activities beside the campfire each evening. They’ll meet new friends, learn new riding skills, take part in a riding lesson and trail ride, muster a herd of cattle through the Valley and learn about grooming, horse care and Glenworth Valley’s horse breeding program. The final day is a fun-filled day of competition at the Gymkhana.

Cost: $550 per child. Includes full supervision and meals.
When: 8pm October 8 – 12pm October 10.
Age: Suitable for children aged 9-16 with some prior riding experience.
Where: Glenworth Valley.
Contact: (02) 4375 1222, http://glenworth.com.au


Build a robot with Robot Science

Image: Robot Science

Space rovers, hopping frogs and earthquake simulators – these are some of the cool robots kids in years K-2 will build and code these school holidays. Meanwhile the older kids in years 3-6 will build and code their robots to have a “dance-off” and sumo-battle. All of the workshops run for two full days.

There are four workshops:

+ Bateau Bay: 8.30am-3pm 4-5th October and 11-12th October for children in years 3-8: $140 (includes lunch).

+ Erina: 8.30am-3pm 8-9 October for children in kindy-year 6 (kids will be split into two age groups K-2 and Years 3-6); $160 (includes lunch).

+ Due to demand a one-day workshop has been added these holidays. Click the website link for details.


Join the circus! – Roundabout Circus

Image: Roundabout Circus

Parkour, juggling, spinning plates and flying on a trapeze – now they are some nifty tricks you don’t pick up at school. But these holidays you can master them at Roundabout Circus in Wyoming. They’re hosting heaps of circus workshops for kids of all ages (and adults too). Classes range from one hour to all day and start at just $17!

Plus they’re hosting full-day circus camps. It doesn’t get much cooler than this: learn aerial skills and then perform all you’ve learnt at the end of the day! $85 for one full day. 3rd, 4th, 10th and 11th October at 9am.You can attend both days or one. Suitable for children 7-12 year olds.

Click here to see the complete timetable of  ALL classes. Click on the class you’re interested in to learn more about each workshop.

Where: Roundabout Circus, Unit 1, 2 Evan Close, Wyoming.
Contact: 0423 324 407 or www.roundaboutcircus.com


Adventure to the max at Glenworth Valley

Image: Glenworth Valley Outdoor Adventures

This is the ULTMATE adrenaline-hyped boredom-buster school holiday camp! Kids will have an absolute blast playing laser skirmish, abseiling and either horse riding or quad biking (the choice is theirs) in this awesome “Adventure Max” full-day camp. Move over kids, we want to sign up: this looks like way too much fun. Plus, it’s great value at just $140/child (a massive saving of $205 off the usual price if activities booked separately). Click here for more details.

Want an idea of the fun at hand? Playing in Puddles went quad-biking at Glenworth Valley earlier this year. We got muddy and had a ball. Click here to read our review.

Cost: $140/child.
When: Multiple dates throughout the holidays. Click here to view them all.
Age: 12+
Where: Glenworth Valley.
Contact: (02) 4375 1222, http://glenworth.com.au


 Soccer Camps at The Football Grounds, Erina

Image: The Football Grounds

Whether you’re child is new to soccer or a bit of a pro, The Football Grounds will help them improve in all elements of the game. They’ll work on skills, drills, technique, strategies and fitness… and they’ll have a lot of fun doing it.

Where: The Football Grounds, 224 Penrose Crescent, Erina.
When: Workshops run 10am-1pm on weekdays throughout the holidays. Click here to see all of their programs.
Age group: Classes are split into age groups. 5-15 year olds.
Cost: $30 per child per workshop.
Contact: 0404 444 742. Online Rego Link via their website – click here.


Full- and half-day Horse Riding Camps, Glenworth Valley

Image: Glenworth Valley Outdoor Adventures

PLUS Glenworth Valley will also be running a number of half- and full-day riding camps throughout the school holidays. They have camps that cater to beginners who may be saddling up for the first time through to very experienced riders. Depending on the ability, age and interests of students, the day will involve learning to trot, canter or even jump, and a guided trail ride through the valley. The camps are loads of fun and a great way to get your kids outdoors these school holidays.

Where: Glenworth Valley.
Contact: (02) 4375 1222, http://glenworth.com.au


Multi-sport holiday fun, Kincumber

Got an active one? Each Tuesday and Thursday these Spring holidays the kids can literally bounce off the walls at Kincumber Indoor Sports. It’s just $30/child for a day of rock climbing, soccer, dodgeball, volleyball and more. We bet they’ll sleep well that night.

This is a supervised day suitable for 5-15 year olds. Lunch can be provided for an additional sum: $3 for a sausage sandwich or $5 for nuggets and chips.

When: Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the holidays, 9am-3pm.
Where: Kincumber Indoor Sports, 19 Cochrone St, Kincumber.
Cost: $30/child.
Contact: Call 02 4368 3197 to book. Here’s their website.


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Local fun

Take a farm tour, Kulnura

Images supplied by Grace Springs Farm

Join the family of Grace Springs Farm in their morning chores these school holidays. This morning tour gives families a lovely peek into everyday farm life. Watch their cow being milked and then help feed and water the chooks, cows and ducks (and, at times, calves, chicks and ducklings!) Pick produce from their market garden and purchase some of their pasture-raised eggs. Your kids will love it, and we have no doubt you’ll love it too.

Cost: $16.50 per person. Children under 3 are free.
Who: All ages.
Where: Grace Springs Farm, Kulnura.
When: 2nd, 4th, 7th, 9th October. All from 9.30am-11.30am. Click here to make your booking.
Contact: 0425 258 699 or www.gracespringsfarm.net


Get your heart racing at Pulse Climbing, West Gosford

Image: Pulse Climbing

Want to inspire your teen to new heights these holidays? Pulse Climbing is open for extended hours during the school holidays: 10am-10pm Monday-Friday; 10am-6pm Sat; 10am-4pm Sun and most public holidays.

Who: Kids must be 5+
Where: Pulse Climbing, 8 Grieve Rd, West Gosford.
School holiday hours: 10am-10pm Monday-Friday; 10am-6pm Saturdays; 10am-4pm Sundays.
Contact: (02) 4339 2487, website.


New weekend hangs at Laser Mania, Gosford

Image: Laser Mania

Forget the movies: we have a new fun space for tweens and teens to hang on Friday and Saturday nights. Laser Mania Gosford is now open til late and offering UNLIMITED games of laser tag for just $21!

When: Friday and Saturday nights from 6pm-9pm throughout the holidays.
Where: Laser Mania is inside Central Coast Leagues Club, Gosford.
Bookings essential: please call 024325 9865 to book. More details: lasermania.com.au/gosford/


Free jumping castle and extended hours at Kids World play centre, Erina

There will be a FREE jumping castle inflated in the Impact foyer (perfectly positioned next to the cafe – hello coffee) 11am-1pm every week day of the holidays (closed public holiday).

Plus, Kids World will be open for an extra hour of fun over the Spring school holidays. On week days from the 2nd to the 12th the play centre will close at 4pm. If you have a tot who naps at midday this will be very welcome news, as it means you can fit in an afternoon visit. Don’t forget your socks!

Plus, don’t forget it’s only $5/kid entry after 1pm! (for 3 hours of play!)

❤︎ Playing in Puddles has spent many hours playing at Impact. Click here to read our review of the play centre.

Where: Impact Centre, 19 Chetwynd Rd, Erina.
Tips: Socks must be worn in Kidsworld at all times and are available for purchase at reception if required.
Contact: 0243 676 767 or www.impactc.me/erina-play-centre


Playgroup on Ice

Playgroup on Ice

As well as their regular weekly Wednesday class, Erina Playgroup on Ice will be running an additional Thursday session during the Spring school holidays!
This is a special casual program for preschoolers from 3-6yrs to give them a head start in learning to ice skate. Older siblings up to 8yrs are welcome to join in during holiday times.

When: Wednesday 3rd and 10th October plus Thursday 4th October. 9am-10am.
Where: Erina ice rink, Erina Fair.
Cost: $12/child: includes skate hire, playgroup and skate instruction + morning tea. No need to book; just pay at the door.
Contact: https://www.facebook.com/playgrouponice/


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