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Summer School Holidays

January 5, 2019

These Summer school holidays get set for a tonne of fun across the Central Coast. There are mobile water parks, fab stage shows and a heap of free festivities. PLUS you can sign your child up to some incredible workshops in which they could flip their own pizza, learn circus aerials, build their own robot 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.


Fun family days and special events these holidays

Waterworld Central at Doyalson

Slip, slide and splash your way through the heat this Summer at Waterworld Central in Doyalson. This mobile water park will be touching down in Doyalson for much of January and promises to be the coolest way to keep cool this summer. The park includes a giant twin slide which shoots out of a dragon’s mouth, igloo pools to chill in, a wading pool to float in and, for the very daring, a colossal long drop slide to plummet down. Plus, you can try walking on water in the Waterworld Zorb Balls! It’s going to be a heap of fun.

When: 5-28 January 2019 (10am-4pm).
Age group: All ages.
Entry: Child (2-16 yrs) 2-hour unlimited rider wristband $25; Adult (17+) 2-hour Dino Slide and Pool Entry Wristband $15; Child under 2 is free to splash in the pool, but must be accompanied by either a paying adult or paying child.
Where: Doyalson RSL, Pacific Highway, Doyalson.
Contact: www.waterworldcentral.com.au


“Tinkertime: The Broken Bubble Machine” at The Art House

ABC Kids star Nay Nay from Tinkertime is bringing experimentation to the stage. If you have a curious child who loves making slime, building catapults and getting stuck into science experiments, they’re going to love this. This fun, interactive show combines dance, songs and STEM “tinkering ideas”… and your kids will learn some cool things too.

When: 10am and 1pm Wednesday 16 January (Show duration 60 mins).
Who: Best suited to children aged 3-8.
Cost: Adult $20; Child under 12 $15; Family $15.50 (2 adults and 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children). Kids under 2 are free on your lap.
Where: The Art House, Wyong.
Contact: Click here to book tickets or call 43 351 485 (Mon-Fri 10​am-5​.30pm).

The Australian Ballet’s Coppélia, Gosford

Children with a penchant for tutus and imaginary play are in for a treat these holidays. Coppelia – a tale of magic and mischief with performers from the Australian Ballet – is coming to Gosford. Children will be completely spellbound by this interactive playful comedy created specifically for young ones. With its life-size toys and enchanting costumes, this narrated version of Coppélia is sure to surprise and delight dancers both little and big.  

When: Multiple shows on Tuesday 8 January and Wednesday 9 January (Show duration 50 mins).
Who: Best suited to children aged 3+.
Cost: $39/ticket.
Where: Laycock Street Community Theatre, Gosford
Contact: Click here to book tickets 


Christmas Lights Spectacular, Hunter Valley Gardens

The Hunter Valley Gardens’ Christmas Lights Spectacular is the BIGGEST Christmas lights display in the southern hemisphere – how lucky are we that it’s just a hop, skip from our doors!

There are Cinderella castles, Ice Age squirrels, giant teddy bears and scooter-riding penguins. Their Candyland is scattered with liquorice allsorts, jellybeans, gingerbread men and lollypops, while their Fairyland is home to Tinkerbell, My Little Ponies and a giant rocking horse. A pirate ship sails the lake and dinosaurs roam the hill. There’s a nativity scene that tells the story of Christmas and lights up an angel, baby Jesus, three wise men as the First Story is narrated. The “12 Days of Christmas” section encourages you to get your carol on, as the appropriate lights turn on with each verse of the song.

A visit to The Christmas Lights Spectacular is an annual tradition for our Playing in Puddles family. We absolutely love the beauty and magic of this event.

Playing in Puddles visited the Christmas Lights Spectacular this year. Click here to read our review and to see photos of this year’s display.

When: 2 November 2018 until 26 January 2019 (closed 25 December 2018). Gardens open daily 9am-4pm; lights open 5.30pm-10pm.
Age group: All ages.
Entry: Christmas Lights Spectacular Entry | Adult $30; Child (4-15 yrs) $25; Child Under 4 Free; Family Pass (2 Adults + 1 Child) $79; Family Pass (2 Adults + 2 Children) $99; Extra Child on Family Pass $21. See website for more options. Rides: Tokens for individual rides are $6 each; unlimited rides wristbands are $15 pp.
Where: The Hunter Valley Gardens, 2090 Broke Road, Pokolbin.
Contact: 02 4998 4000, www.huntervalleygardens.com.au


“In the Heights” at The Art House Wyong

Blue Saint Productions – In The Heights – Grant Leslie Photography

“In The Heights” – a quadruple Tony Award-winning musical – is exclusively premiering at Wyong’s The Art House before it hits Sydney. Where normally you would have to drive to Sydney for this type of critically-acclaimed show, this January you can watch it right here on the Coast.

This contemporary musical is about the residents of a New York City neighbourhood on the brink of change and brings steamy salsa, live Latino music and powerful performances to the stage.

If you’re looking for an awesome experience to gift your family this Christmas, snap up tickets: this is one not to be missed.

When: 7.30pm Thursday 10 January; 7.30pm Friday 11 January; 2pm Saturday 12 January; 7.30pm Saturday 12 January. (Show duration 2 hrs 20 min).
Age group: Best suited to children 8+.
Cost: Adult $70; Child under 12 $40; Under 30 $45; Concession (Australian Govt Issued Pensioner Card) $62; Family $180 (2 adults and 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children). Kids under 2 are free on your lap.
Where: The Art House, Wyong.
Contact: Click here to book tickets or call 43 351 485 (Mon-Fri 10​am-5​.30pm).


“Escape from Trash Mountain” stage show & workshop at The Art House, Wyong

Want to see an epic tale of trashy proportions? Forget Oscar the Grouch in his tin can, this is puppetry for trash lovers. Little creatives with big imaginations will be transported into a new realm as they watch their puppet heroes fight off trash bats, outwit hideous monsters and escape landfill. This fun production combines messages of creativity and sustainability and is sure to get your little ones both performing and recycling.

Workshop + Show Package! Kids will create their own trash puppet in this hands-on 90-minute workshop that combines craft and learnings about sustainability. PS. don’t worry, it’s clean and safe too.

When: 10am Friday 18 January SHOW; 11.30am Friday 18 January WORKSHOP; 10am Saturday 19 January SHOW; 11.30am Saturday 19 January WORKSHOP. (Show duration 40 mins; workshop duration 90 mins).
Age group: Show best suited to children 3+. Workshop best suited to children 5+.
Cost: Show only Adult $20; Child under 12 $15; Family $62 (2 adults and 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children). Kids under 2 are free on your lap. Show and Workshop $30 per child (Parents can stay to watch the workshop).
Where: The Art House, Wyong.
Contact: Click here to book tickets or call 43 351 485 (Mon-Fri 10​am-5​.30pm).


“Children are Stinky” stage show & workshop at The Art House Wyong

Combine daredevil stunts, circus acrobatics, multiple hula hoops and mischievous fun and you have “Children are Stinky” – a laugh-out-loud performance for kids. They sold out at the Edinbugh Fringe and now this action-packed extravaganza is coming to Wyong to entertain you.

Workshop + Show Package! Want your kids to meet the cast and have a go at the tricks themselves? The cast are running workshops that’ll have kids hula hooping, tumbling and performing circus skills too.

Cost: Show only Adult $20; Child under 12 $15; Family $62 (2 adults and 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children). Kids under 2 are free on your lap. Show and Workshop $30 per child (Parents can stay to watch the workshop).
Who: Show best suited to children 2+. Workshop for children 5+.
Where: The Art House, Wyong.
When: 2pm Monday 21 January WORKSHOP; 6pm Monday 21 January SHOW; 12pm Tuesday 22 January SHOW; 2pm Tuesday 22 January WORKSHOP (Show duration 55 mins; workshop duration 1 hr).
Contact: Click here to book tickets or call 43 351 485 (Mon-Fri 10​am-5​.30pm).


Take a farm tour, Kulnura

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.

When: Multiple dates throughout December and January. Click here to make your booking.
Who: All ages.
Cost: $16.50 per person. Children under 2 are free.
Where: Grace Springs Farm, Kulnura.
Contact: 0425 258 699 or www.gracespringsfarm.net


Kids workshops and classes across the Central Coast

Kids cooking class, Pinocchios Wine & Pizza Bar, Gosford

For the first time ever Pinocchios Wine & Pizza Bar are running kids cooking classes these school holidays. It’s an opportunity for your children to have fun in the kitchen, learn some lifelong skills, enjoy a delicious lunch and be entertained – and all the while you can enjoy a wine and grazing platter nearby. Genius! Kids will learn how to mix, knead and roll their own dough. They’ll then choose their own toppings, eat their creations and be given recipes and a dough jar to take home. Parents, you can watch from the side with a wine and grazing platter. We suggest you grab a few friends and make it a date. 

When: Wednesday 16 January and Thursday 17 January (12pm).
Who: Best suited to children aged 5-13.
Cost: Kids pizza class $30/child. Optional: Parents Grazing Plate and Glass of Wine $10.
Where: Pinocchios Wine & Pizza Bar, Gosford.
Contact: Click here to book.

Motiv8Sports 3-Day Splash City Summer Camp, Erina

When you combine 20 sports, Slip ‘n’ slides, water bombs, water pistols, a heap of energetic kids and some awesome instructors you know you’re set for a heap of fun. The team at Motiv8Sports are back this January and this time they’re combining their 20 non-contact team sports sessions with five wet & wild challenges to ensure their campers beat the heat and have a blast this summer. These camps ALWAYS sell out, so don’t delay bagsing your space.  

When: 16-18 January (8.30am-3.30pm).  
Who: Children in Kindy-Year 6. 
Cost: From $125. See website for details.
Where: Central Coast Grammar School, Erina Heights. 
 

2019 Strings Summer School, Gosford

Is your child learning the violin, viola, cello or double bass? They’ll love making new friends, learning new songs and furthering their muso talents at Central Coast Conservatorium’s Strings Summer School. This program is open to all string players of all levels aged 5 to 17.  Early-bird discounts are available until December 14. 
 
When: Monday 14 – Thursday 17 January 2019.
Who: Open to string players of all levels aged 5 to 17.
Cost: From $135. See website for options and further details. 
Where: Central Coast Conservatorium, Gosford.
Contact: Click here to book or call 4324 7477. 

Summerfest at Erina

The 2019 Summerfest Holiday Program promises games, drama, sports, performance, Bible stories,  friendships and a lot of fun for kids of all ages this Summer. The morning Summerfest activities are aimed at children aged 6 months to year 7 and are split according to age groups; the evening sessions are for teens (years 7-12) and include laser skirmish, live music and water sports.
 
Parents of children aged 6 months to 5 years need to remain on the premises, but parents of older children are free to drop n run. Parents can also attend a series of free talks, such as “Parenting in the new millennium” by counselor Margie Cohen (Mon 7th Jan), “Fast fresh delicious food ideas” by Erina’s Activate Foods chefs Marty and Megan Bowden (Tues 8th Jan), and “What’s it like to grow up today; Common issues for teens” by Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychologist Stephanie Hayes (Fri 11th Jan).
 
When: 7-11 January 2019. You can attend one day or multiple days (9am-11.30am).
Who: Children aged 6 months to year 7. Children are split into age groups. 
Cost: $7/child per day or $13 per family per day for kids aged 6 months-year 7. Entry to the evening Youth Program is just $2/person.
Where: EV Church, 331 Terrigal Drive Erina.
Contact: Click here to book.

Stone & Sprocket Summer Holidays, Somersby

Get your little explorer adventuring these school holidays with Stone & Sprocket. They’ll build cubbies, cook damper and bush walk the Strickland Forest. This is “getting back to nature” in its purest form.

When: Monday 7, Tuesday 8 & Wednesday 9 January. Join for one day or all three. (9am-12pm). 
Who: For children aged 6-12.
Cost: $65/child. Discount for siblings and also for multiple days. 
Where: Strickland State Forest, Somersby.

 
3-Day Horse Riding Camp, Glenworth Valley

Horse riding, toasted marshmallows and games around the camp fire: that’s the winter school holidays done right! These holidays Glenworth Valley is running two 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.

When: 7-9 January 2019 and 21-23 January 2019.
Who: Suitable for children aged 9-16 with some prior riding experience.
Cost: $575 per child. Includes full supervision and meals.
Where: Glenworth Valley.
Contact: (02) 4375 1222, http://glenworth.com.au

Build a robot with Robot Science, Erina

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.
 
When: 8.30am-3pm 23-24 January.
Who: Kindergarten- year 8 (kids will be split into three age groups K-2, years 3-5 and years 6-8).
Cost: $160 (includes lunch).
Where: Impact Centre, Erina.
Contact: 0406 896 612 or www.robotscience.com.au

Join the circus in Wyoming

Want your child to learn aerials? For the first time this January Roundabout Circus is offering this class to children from as young as five years old! Plus they’re running classes in parkour, juggling, spinning plates and flying on a trapeze – now they are some nifty tricks you don’t pick up at school. Roundabout Circus is 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 $10!

When: Classes throughout January 2019. See timetable above.
Who: 5 to adult.
Cost: From $10 (see timetable above).
Where: Roundabout Circus, Unit 1, 2 Evan Close, Wyoming.
Contact: 0423 324 407 or www.roundaboutcircus.com


Adventure to the max at Glenworth Valley

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 $150/child (a massive saving of $205 off the usual price if activities booked separately).

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.

When: 15, 17, 21 & 24 January 2019.
Who: 12+
Cost: $150/child.
Where: Glenworth Valley.
Contact: (02) 4375 1222, http://glenworth.com.au

All Day Sports Days at Kincumber

Let your kids play all day long long at Kincumber Indoor Sports. They’ll rock climb, kick soccer balls, play volleyball and more while you get stuff done. Just $30 for a day of fun.   
 
When: Tuesday 15th and 22nd January and Thursday 17th and 24th January (9am-3pm).
Who: Kids aged 5-14.
Cost: $30/child.
Where: Kincumber Indoor Sports, Kincumber. 
Book: Call 43 683 197 to book. 

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

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


Free fun across the Central Coast these school holidays

Chalk The Walk at The Entrance

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

If this is sounding a little familiar, you’d be right. This festival was originally scheduled for October, but rain meant the event had to be postponed. Fingers crossed for sunshine this time round.

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 19 and Sunday 20 January; 11am-4pm).

Cost: Free!
When: Chalk The Walk, Thursday 17 – Sunday 20 January 2019.
Where: Memorial Park, The Entrance.
Contact: Hosted by Central Coast Council. Click here for more information: centralcoast.nsw.gov.au/events


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A Luminous Christmas, The Entrance

A visit to The Entrance is a must this December with Central Coast Council installing some very special Christmas lights. Animated Christmas tales are being projected onto large overhead panels that you can walk under as part of a 30-day LED light show. In addition to the lights, schools and bands from around the Coast will perform on various nights throughout December. 

When: A Luminous Christmas 1 December 2018-30 December 2018, 8pm-10pm.
Location: Waterfront Plaza, The Entrance.
More info: Click here.
Price: Free.

Carols in the Park, The Entrance

Grab a rug and join family and friends for an evening of Christmas carols, entertainment, stalls and more. The evening will kick off at 6pm with children from Gosford Musical Society’s “Madagascar” performance taking to the stage. There will be much carol singing plus a visit from Saint Nick at 7pm. The night will conclude at 8pm to ensure Santa has plenty of time to make his deliveries. Don’t forget to drop by Waterfront Plaza to view A Luminous Christmas (the LED display switches on at 8pm – see our write-up above for more details).

When: Monday 24 December 2018, 6pm-8pm.
Location: Memorial Park, The Entrance.
More info: Click here.
Price: Free.


New Year’s Eve Fireworks 

Fireworks, fairy floss, face-painting and sno cones: The Entrance is coming alive with colour and fun this New Year’s Eve. Families will be well entertained with a sensory wonderland to walk through, craft activities,rides, and band Pseudo Echo taking to the stage. Food trucks will be dishing out the likes of banh mi, nachos, gozleme and South American BBQ.

Event starts at 6pm; fireworks 9pm. Check Central Coast Council’s Facebook Event page for weather updates.

When: New Year’s Eve (Thursday 31 December), 6pm-9pm.
Location: Memorial Park, The Entrance.
More info: Click here.
Price: Free.


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