BREAKING NEWS SATURDAY 26 JUNE: CENTRAL COAST RESIDENTS TO STAY AT HOME FROM 6PM TONIGHT UNDER PUBLIC HEALTH ORDER. The NSW Government has this afternoon announced that a stay-at-home order will apply to all of Greater Sydney (including the Central Coast) from 6pm today (26 June) until 11.59pm Friday, 9 July.⁠ ⁠ Everyone on the Central Coast must stay at home unless it is for an essential reason. For more details on restrictions, please visit the NSW Government website. For updates on school holiday camps, please look below and refer to each business’s website. 


There’s a heap of fun happening these Winter school holidays on the Central Coast and beyond! From tobogganing, ice skating and stage shows to science academies, basketball camps and messy play classes, school holidays for Central Coast families have never been so exciting!

So without further ado, here are our top picks for Central Coast kids and teens this Winter break!

School Holidays Central Coast

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Messy Little Munchkins School Holiday Classes


Cancelled due to COVID lockdown.

Little ones are welcomed back to Messy Little Munchkins’ Messy HQ at Niagara Park these Winter school holidays where they’ll have a heap of sensory fun and get very VERY messy! They’ll get to dabble with craft, play dough, paint, and messy play at each of the different play stations. Plus, they’ll also be able to freely explore cubby houses and a whole heap of toys in the imaginative play area, as well as discover and learn in the nature corner.

Throughout the Winter school holidays, you can book into their casual sessions as often as you like: this is a great way to have a go before the term-long classes commence!

When: Tickets for MLM school holiday casual classes will go on sale from Friday 18 June 2021. Visit here to see the full timetable.
Who: Children aged 4 months up to 5 years.
Cost: School holiday casual passes from $15.
Where: Messy Little Munchkins Messy HQ, Shop 25, 16 Washington Avenue, Niagara Park.
Contact: Call 0432 800 070 or email [email protected].


Mini Magical Harvest Festival at The Tame Fox, Erina

Cancelled due to COVID lockdown.

Looking for whimsical adventures for the whole family these school holidays? Head to The Tame Fox cafe in Erina where you’ll find the gorgeous outdoor space and its fully fenced playground completely transformed into an interactive magical land of harvest festival fun!

Families can expect a huge line-up of fun FREE activities happening every day throughout the Winter break, including drawing contests, face painting, mini market stalls, nature play, scavenger hunts, as well as four awesome paid workshops – all hosted by Style Design Celebrate.

To see a full list of all events and activities on offer or to book a workshop, visit the Tame Fox Erina Facebook page.

When: Sat 26 June to Sunday 11 July | 8am – 3pm daily. See the Tame Fox Erina Facebook page for workshop dates and times.
Where: The Tame Fox Cafe, Erina
Cost: FREE activities as well as some paid workshops starting at $15.
Age Group: Fun for the whole family.
Contact: Call 4365 0760 or visit The Tame Fox website.


Snow Time at Hunter Valley Gardens

This event is still operating for families outside Greater Sydney.

Families can enjoy some icy fun at the Hunter Valley Gardens these Winter school holidays as the hugely anticipated Snow Time event returns for another year! Kids and adults can grab a dose of winter wonderland fun as they glide on the giant ice skating rink, slide down the mega ice toboggan, explore animatronic Arctic creatures in the giant snow cave, and build a snowman in the man-made Snow Play Zone!

A varierty of food stalls will be serving up a whole array of hearty nosh and warm beverages. Plus there’ll be roving entertainment and the usual bunch of exciting amusement rides, including the ferris wheel, tea-cups, swing chair, and carousel – everything you could want for a thrilling day out with the fam!

Want to make a weekend of it? We recommend you make the most of this event and book into the nearby Harrigan’s Irish Pub or Mercure Resort Hunter Valley Gardens. It’s a great excuse for a mini winter getaway and you’ll avoid two car trips in one day!

When: Saturday 19 June – Sunday 18 July | Garden entry open from 9am – 5pm. Snow Time activities run from 9.30am – 6pm.
Where: Hunter Valley Gardens, Broke Road, Pokolbin.
Cost:  Adult $34; Child (4-15 yrs) $25; Child Under 4 Free; Family Pass (2 Adults + 1 Child) $85; Family Pass (2 Adults + 2 Children) $105; Extra Child on Family Pass (4-15 yrs) $22. Single-use tokens are $6 and unlimited rides wristbands $20 and are available at the ticket booth at the rides area in the Hunter Valley Gardens.
Age Group: Suited to all ages.
Contact:
02 4998 4000
Hunter Valley Gardens will be accepting NSW Dine & Discover vouchers for Garden/Snow Time entry or amusement rides.

 


Special Deal at Flip Out, Gosford

Cancelled due to COVID lockdown.

Parents and carers can treat energetic kids to some ‘bouncing off the walls’ fun at Flip Out Gosford these school holidays where they’ll get an hour of jumping time + a pair of Limited Edition Winter Grip Socks for just $20! Or, why not double the fun and get a 2-hour session + Limited Edition Grip Socks for only $30! So, instead of them spinning, leaping, twisting, and backflipping off the lounge-room couch this Winter break, they’ll have a huge trampoline arena where they can expel all that energy!

When: Available during the Winter school holidays only.
Where: Flip Out, Hely Street, West Gosford.
Cost: 1 hour + Grip Socks $20 | 2 hours + Grip Socks $30.
Age Group: Suited to children of all ages. 
Contact: Call 4323 0162 or email [email protected].

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Hamlet: Prince of Skidmark by The Listies at The Art House, Wyong

Look out, Listies fans! Your favourite funnymen are back at The Art House, Wyong these Winter school holidays and this time they’re bringing even more side-splitting humour with their new stage show, Hamlet: Prince of Skidmark! This very cheeky, very clever, and utterly irreverent riff on Shakespeare’s Hamlet (especially for kids obvs) is guaranteed to have children and their adults chortling away in their seats as they bare witness to a show filled with supersonic gags, hilarious costumes, expertly timed stage magic and a bucket-load of silliness!

When: Fri 25 June, 10am and Sat 26 June, 10am.
Where: The Art House Theatre, Wyong.
Cost: Adult $25 | Children $20 | Family of 4 $75 | School Groups $15.
Age Group: Recommended for children aged 5+ and their families.
Contact: Call 4335 1485.
The Art House will be accepting NSW Dine & Discover vouchers.


Roundabout Circus’ 2021 Production of Alice in Wonderland

Join Alice and the Roundabout Circus gang as they go down the rabbit hole in the group’s fantastical adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s 1865 English novel, Alice in Wonderland! Follow Alice’s adventure into a subterranean fantasy as she meets all of the wonderful storybook characters, including the Queen of Hearts, the Mad Hatter, and the frantically late White Rabbit!

Can’t make the live production? Roundabout Circus will be streaming their Friday evening performance (9 July) live via Zoom – get your tickets below!

When: Fri 2 July, 6pm | Sat 3 July, 2pm | Sun 4 July, 10.30am | Fri 9 July, 6pm | Sat 10 Jul, 2pm.
Where: Roundabout Circus, U 1, 2 Evan Close, Wyoming.
Cost: Adult $25 | Children (4-12 years) $20 | Infants 3 and under: FREE (need to sit on the lap of a parent) | Family of 4 (2A + 2C) $70 | Zoom tickets are available for online viewing on Friday 9 July 2021, 6-7:30 pm. $10.00.
Age Group: All ages.
Contact: Call 02 4311 7133.
Dine & Discover Vouchers can be used to purchase tickets. Not valid with Family Pass discounted tickets.

 


The Owl and the Pussycat at The Art House, Wyong

Postponed to 12 and 13 July 2022. 

Set sail in a pea-green boat to The Art House this July and see the children’s favourite “The Owl and the Pussycat” brought to life on stage! Kids aged 4-10 and their adults can expect to be enthralled by a musical adventure filled with stunning vocals, interactive theatre, puppetry, and a troupe of musical Puffins! ⁠

Where: The Art House Theatre, Wyong.
Cost: Adult $20 | Children $15 | Family of 4 $60 | School Groups $12.
Age Group: Recommended for children aged 4-10 and their families.
Contact: Call 4335 1485.
The Art House will be accepting NSW Dine & Discover vouchers.

 


Junior Science Academy Program, Terrigal

The Junior Science Academy from Macquarie University is bringing science and robotics fun to Terrigal these school holidays at these awesome science camps for primary school-age children. During these full-day sessions, kids will blast off into a world of wonder as they explore science, technology, engineering, and maths (STEM) concepts through a heap of fun, hands-on activities. They’ll learn about space, dinosaurs, explosions, medicine, rocks, and so much more!

These camps are a great option for working parents as supervision is provided both before and after lessons start.

When: Thursday 1 and Friday 2 July | Lessons run between 9.30am – 4.30pm or 9:30am-4pm for classes listed as K-1. Supervision is provided from 8am (prior to lessons starting) and until 5:30pm (after lessons finish).
Where:
The Central Coast Marine Discovery Centre (located at 11 Terrigal Drive, Terrigal – next to Rotary Park/ Parklife). 
Cost:
$130 per day.
Age Group:
Primary-school age children.
Contact:
Email [email protected] or call 02 9850 1118 or 0448 172 163.
The Junior Science Academy is a registered Creative Kids Provider.


‘FUN’damentals School Holiday Basketball Camps

School Holidays Central Coast
FUNdamentals Poster | Image ©Breakers Indoor Sports Stadium

Cancelled due to COVID lockdown.

Basketball fanatics can spend hours dribbling, passing, and shooting hoops at the FUNdamentals basketball camps at Breakers Indoor Sports Stadium these Winter school holidays! With a focus on teaching new skills, improving on existing skills, and reinforcing the fundamentals of basketball, these camps are designed for kids who want to better their game while having LOTS of fun doing it.

Camps are tailored to all levels and participants will be placed in groups according to skill, age, competition level, and also any friends they may want to be grouped with!

Special Deal: Get a FREE T-shirt when you book a 3 day camp!

When: Tuesday 29 & Wednesday 30 June and Thursday 1 July | 5-9 Years: 9am – 12pm | 10-12 Years: 1-4pm | 13+ Years: 1-4pm.
Where:
Breakers Indoor Sports Stadium Duffys Road, Terrigal.
Cost:
Individual sessions: $45 per participant | $100 for 3-day camp per participant ( includes a FREE camp t-shirt).
Age Group:
5 – 17
Contact:
Call 4385 3577 or email [email protected].


‘Get Buckets’ School Holiday Basketball Camps

School Holidays Central Coast
‘Get Buckets’ Poster | Image ©Breakers Indoor Sports Stadium

Cancelled due to COVID lockdown.

Competitive kids will get the opportunity to shoot shoot shoot at the ‘Get Buckets’ basketball scoring camp at Breakers Indoor Sports Stadium these school holidays. During this fun camp, players can have a go at shooting in any way they can – whether it be from attacking the basket or shooting from the outside (and all the moves that make those shots possible)! Kids will learn the beauty of teamwork, as well as develop their own individual skills to become better at scoring. All skill levels are welcome!

Special Deal: Get a FREE T-shirt when you book a 3 day camp!

When: Tuesday 6, Wednesday 7 & Thursday 8 July | 5-9 Years: 9am – 12pm | 10-12 Years: 1-4pm | 13+ Years: 1-4pm.
Where:
Breakers Indoor Sports Stadium Duffys Road, Terrigal.
Cost:
Individual sessions: $45 per participant | $100 for 3-day camp per participant ( includes a FREE camp t-shirt).
Age Group:
5 – 17
Contact:
Call 4385 3577 or email [email protected].


The Outlook Riding Academy School Holiday Camps, Terrigal

If you’ve got kids who are passionate about horses and riding, these awesome school holiday camps at The Outlook Riding Academy in Terrigal promise to provide a rich and unforgettable learning experience.

During these awesome winter camps, kids aged 5-15 will get to:⁠
+ Saddle up for an unforgettable horse riding experience which may include a trail, jumping, bareback, or lunging a horse.⁠
+ Meet the horses, learn how to clean the stables, groom a horse and feed them.⁠
+ Take part in group games and activities including animal bag making, horse-decorated cushions, archery, educational nature walks (featuring bowerbird nests!), and more.
+ Toast marshmallows or cook damper on the fire pit!

When: 29 June – 2 July & 6 – 9 July | 8.30am – 4pm (pick up by 4.30 pm).
Where: The Outlook Riding Academy, Scenic Highway, Terrigal.
Cost: $250 per child, per day (discounts are available when booking multiple days). BYO lunch, and snacks.
Age Group: Suited to children aged 5-15 years.
Contact: Phone Sam on 0427 189 567 or email [email protected].
The Outlook Riding Academy is a registered Active Kids Provider.


All Sports Days at Kincumber Indoor Sports

All Sports Days | Image ©Kincumber Indoor Sports

Cancelled due to COVID lockdown.

Looking for fun vacation-care options for your little ones? Kincumber Indoor Sports’ popular All Sports Days are back and are running on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the Winter school holidays.

Kids can play a whole heap of games including dodgeball, soccer, bull rush, volleyball, and even do rock climbing. They have the option to bring their own lunch or pre-order from a selected menu at the centre cafe. This is a great fun option for energetic kids!

When: 29 June, 1, 6 & 8 July, 9am – 3pm.
Where: Kincumber Indoor Sports, 19 Cochrone St, Kincumber.
Cost: Only $32 per day per child.
Age Group: Kids aged 5-14 years.
Contact: Call 4368 3197 to book a place for your child – hurry as spots are limited!


Kids’ Bingo at Gosford RSL

Cancelled due to COVID lockdown.

If you’re looking for easy-peasey, family-friendly fun, look no further than 10 games of kids’ Bingo at Gosford RSL! Children will be kept entertained while they have a go at the fun game, plus they’ll get activity bags, markers, and the chance to win a lucky door prize!

Something for the adults we hear you ask? Heck yes! While the kids are kept busy with Bingo, playing table tennis in the super-sized backyard, or scrambling their way through the Mini Mania indoor play area, adults can kick back with a schnitty from the huge pub food menu and enjoy a coldie!

When: Kids’ Bingo will be held on Tuesday 29 June and Tuesday 6 July at 1.30pm. Gosford RSL is open daily from 9am til late.
Where: Gosford RSL, West Gosford.
Cost: $7 entry for 10 games.
Age Group: There’s something for all ages at Gosford RSL.
Contact:
Call 4323 2311.
Gosford RSL will be accepting NSW Dine & Discover vouchers.

 


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NSW School Holiday Dates for 2021 and 2022

We know it’s tricky to plan vacations in advance and to get school holiday camps sorted so parents can continue to work. To make it that little bit easier, here are the school holiday dates for NSW public schools in 2021 and 2022.

2021 NSW school holiday dates

  • Winter 2021 school holidays – Monday  28 June 2021 to Friday 9 July 2021
  • Spring 2021 school holidays – Monday 20 September 2021 to Friday 1 October 2021
  • Summer 2021 school holidays (Eastern division; Central Coast) – Monday 20 December 2021 to Thursday 27 January 2022
  • Summer 2021 school holidays (Western division) – Monday 20 December 2021 to Thursday 3 February 2022

2022 NSW school holiday dates

  • Autumn 2022 school holidays – Monday 11 April to Friday 22 April
  • Winter 2022 school holidays – Monday 4 July to Friday 15 July
  • Spring 2022 school holidays – Monday 26 September to Friday 7 October
  • Summer 2022 school holidays (Eastern division; Central Coast) – Wednesday 21 December to Thursday 26 January 2023
  • Summer 2022 school holidays (Western division) – Wednesday 21 December to Thursday 2 February 2023