Spring has sprung and there’s a tonne of fun in the works for Central Coast kids these school holidays. There’s something to excite everyone: from obstacle courses and acrobatic circus shows to fairy-garden high teas and wildlife sleep outs. Book your tickets quickly so you don’t miss out.

Kids Shows and Special Events

Glitter Sparkle Tea Party, Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley

The Glitter Sparkle Tea Party at Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley is perfect Spring-time fun. Set on the manicured grounds of the Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley, your children will be entertained by lawn games, a carousel, miniature train rides and a face-painting fairy. The high tea menu has been designed with kids in mind – think goodies such as rocky road, mini cupcakes, sausage rolls, pizza scrolls and jelly and custard.

Adults, we think you’ll love this too. Sunshine, vineyards and a glass of bubbles: sounds like Spring perfection to us.

PS. We’ll let you in on a little secret. The Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley has a kids club and they run lots of activities every school holidays. As well as the high tea, this October they’re hosting magic shows, mini chefs classes, pressed flower workshops, a karaoke party and more. Click below to see all activities and dates.

Age group: The high tea is best suited to children aged 3-12.
Where: Activities Lawn, Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley, Lovedale.
Dates: Saturday 28th September & Friday 4th October (2pm-4pm)
Price: $45 per child; $49 per adult (includes a glass of bubbles).

“By a Thread” show and workshop, The Art House Wyong

One Fell Swoop Circus bring their much-lauded production, By a Thread, to The Art House, Wyong these spring school holidays. Using no nets or safety harnesses and bringing with them their trademark 30 metres of white rope, By a Thread will keep families entertained through inventive aerial acrobatics and the spectacular skills of their incredible circus artists.

In addition to the evening performance, One Fell Swoop are also offering an Advanced Circus Skills workshop to local kids (aged 8 to 16) who have experience in dance, gymnastics or circus and are interested in advancing their skills.

Workshop: Thursday 10 October 1.30pm-3pm (ages 8-16 years). Performance: Thursday 10 October 8pm-9pm (family friendly).
Ticket Cost: Workshop including Performance $30 Book Here | Performance only $22 – $35 Book Here
Contact: 02 4335 1485

“360 Allstars” and Carnival of Colour, Hunter Valley Gardens

Accompanying the beautiful spring displays at the Hunter Valley Gardens this year, 360 ALLSTARS is bringing its super-charged urban circus to the spring event, the Carnival of Colour. Boasting world champion break-dancers, acrobatic stars, drummers and beatboxers, 360 ALLSTARS is a revolutionary performance that’s sure to thrill and inspire little rappers.

Plus, for the first time ever, the Gardens are setting up a giant indoor ball cave filled with 20,000 colourful balls! And the Gardens wonderful rides will be operating, including their Venetian carousel, 25m ferris wheel, super speedy swing chair and giant slide for the thrill seekers among us!

Be sure to book online so you don’t miss out on the 360 AllStars performances, as seating is limited! The shows are at 11am and 1pm daily and run for 30 minutes. You can reserve your show seats when you book your entry tickets online.

When: Saturday September 28 to Sunday 13 October.
Entry Costs: Adult (16yrs+) $34; Child (4-15 yrs) $25; Child under 4 free; Family Passes from $89. See website for more ticketing options. Ride costs: Tokens for individual rides are $6 each, Unlimited rides* wristbands are $15 pp. 360 ALLSTARS, roving performers and spring displays are included in entry.
Contact: 02 4998 4000, website

Adventure Zone, Australian Reptile Park

A visit to The Australian Reptile Park is a MUST these school holidays, with the park morphing into an action-packed Adventure Zone! There will be an inflatable obstacle course, bungee trampolines and a jumping castle set up – all free as part of your entry.

With LOTS of new baby animals beginning to emerge, guests can watch tiny Tasmanian devils, koalas, kangaroos, emus, alligators, birds and possums bonding with their mums in their exhibits – it doesn’t get cuter than that!

PLUS the popular family-friendly zoo slumber event The Aussie Bush Wildlife Sleep Out will be returning on Friday 11th October. Guests can camp out under the stars amongst wildlife, experience an evening of wildlife shows, enjoy an Aussie bush tucker BBQ, toast marshmallows and cook damper over a camp fire!

When: Every day during the spring school holidays.
Australian Reptile Park, Pacific Highway, Somersby.
Cost: See website for entry fees.
Contact: (02) 4340 1022, website

“Grease” at The Grove Hall, Wyong

Shake along to the ‘High School Hop’ these school holidays as Wyong Musical Theatre Company (WMTC) presents everyone’s favourite musical, Grease! The audience will be singing along to all of the classics ‘Grease is the word’, ‘Hopelessly Devoted to You’, ‘Sandy’ and ‘You’re the One That I want’ while also being delighted by a cleverly adapted script with a 2019 twist! This one will be a heap of fun for all the family – although parents should be mindful of the mature themes in this particular storyline!

When: 27, 28, 29 September and 1, 4, 5, 6, 8, 11 & 12 October. For specific show times, visit the website.
Cost: Tickets $25 each.
Contact: 1300 366 470, website

Play School live shows, Newcastle and Central Coast

Play School is coming to the Central Coast and Newcastle!

This October, join Humpty, Jemima, Big Ted, Little Ted and our long-time favourite presenters Alex and Teo (pictured) for 45 minutes of showtime fun as Play School hits the stage!

This year’s show is called Humpty’s Showtime and it promises lots of singing and dancing – and is sure to delight little (and big) Play School fans.

The first shows have already sold out, so don’t delay snapping up your tickets.

When and Where:
+ Central Coast shows: Saturday 5 October at Tumbi Umbi (Central Coast).
+ Newcastle shows: 6 October & 7 October at Broadmeadow (Newcastle).
Cost: Tickets $22 each; babies under 12 months are FREE!
Contact: www.KidsPromotions.com.au

Grill’d Kids Masterclasses at Westfield, Tuggerah

Budding chefs can learn to make healthy burgers and eat them too at Grill’d Tuggerah’s Kids Masterclasses!  This is a great way for kids to learn more about healthy eating whilst picking up some culinary skills at the same time!

Children must be 12 years old or under, plus bookings are essential so make sure you get in quick!

When: Tuesday 1 and Tuesday 8 October (11am-11.45am).
Cost: Tickets are $12 and include a burger, chips and a drink.
Contact: To book, call 02 4351 3055 or visit the Westfield Tuggerah website for more information.

Kids Holiday Camps

Raw Challenge Spring School Holiday Camps!

Raw Challenge at Doyalson is hosting school holiday camps this October! For just $30 your kids can run, jump and climb on Raw Challenge’s epic obstacle course! Plus, they’ll get lunch (an ice block, sausage sandwich and drink) and enjoy a science show, a movie screening or a reptile show at the nearby Doyalson RSL.

Age group: Kids aged 5-16. Click the link for more details on this. 
When: Tuesday 1, Wednesday 2, Friday 4, Saturday 5, Tuesday 8, Thursday 10 and Friday 11 October (9am-1pm). 
Where: Raw Challenge, Doyalson, Central Coast. 
Contact: www.rawchallenge.com.au/

Kids 2 Keeper camps, The Reptile Park

Calling all aspiring zoo keepers! If your kids have a passion for all things wildlife, the Australian Reptile Park’s ‘Kids 2 Keeper’ programs promise to keep them entertained these school holidays. 

Mini Kids (3-6yrs): Meet reptiles and koalas up close, feed Australian birds and kangaroos, and play with star tortoises. Dates: 30th September and 8th October (9.30am-11am). The cost is $50 for adults and children. A paying adult must accompany children.

Little Kids (7-12yrs): From meeting the koalas to watching an exclusive spider milking show, your little animal lovers will learn heaps about the interesting and fun aspects of zoo keeping. Dates: 30th September, 4th, 8th, 9th and 11th October (12pm-4pm). $80 per child. If you’re a parent and would like to stay in the Park while your child attends Little Kids 2 Keeper, the Park are offering a discounted rate of $25 per person.

Big Kids (13-18yrs): Handle snakes, lizards, frogs, alligators, birds and mammals, and then present an animal at the Keeper Kids show in front of public visitors! SOLD OUT these holidays! Stay tuned for Summer dates. $120/person.

Where: Australian Reptile Park, Pacific Highway, Somersby.
Contact: (02) 4340 1022, website

Free Activities

FREE Holiday Fun at Kibble Park, Central Coast Council

Spring has sprung and there’s no better time to hit the park. Central Coast Council is bringing archery, slot cars, gardening workshops, mobile video games and dirtgirl to Kibble Park!

The always-popular gumboot-wearing dirtgirl is hitting the stage for one day only to sing, play and show kids how to compost, recycle, plant a garden, and of course, get grubby. It’s a character-suited show and it’s completely free.

Thursday 3rd Octoberdirtgirl stage show (shows start at 10am, 11am and 12pm) + Pit Stop slot cars (10am-1pm) + Mobile video games (10am-1pm).
Friday 4th October – Pit Stop slot cars + Mobile video games | 10am-1pm.
Thursday 10th October – Spring-themed gardening workshop + Hover S.A.F.E archery | 10am-1pm.
Tuesday 11th October – Hover S.A.F.E archery | 10am-1pm.

Where: Kibble Park, Gosford.
Proudly presented by Central Coast Council. Check their Facebook page for updates.

FREE Face painting + art ‘n’ craft at Lake Haven Centre

Kids love having their faces painted, and these holidays they can have it done for free at Lake Haven Centre. Plus there will be a heap of sticky, messy arts ‘n’ crafts activities available for them to get busy with. It sure makes shopping easier if you have activities such as these on hand to encourage kids to be good in the supermarket.

When: Monday 30 September, Tuesday 1 October, Wednesday 2, Thursday 3, Friday 4, Tuesday 8, Wednesday 9, Thursday 10, Friday October (10am-2pm). 
Where: Set up near Woolworths at Lake Haven Centre
Cost: Free.

FREE Holiday Fun at The Entrance

The Entrance is again bringing us a great selection of fun, free activities to keep the kids happy these school holidays! This Spring they’re bringing everyone’s favourite blue train, Thomas, to the Memorial Park stage, and inviting the Roundabout Circus team and a heap of scaly reptiles to The Entrance Foreshore.

+ Mon 30th September: Monster Bubble Display (10am-12pm)
+ Tue 1st October: Roundabout Circus (10am-1pm)
+ Wed 2nd October: Reptile show (10am-1pm)
+ Thu 3rd October: Waste workshop (10am-12pm) + Star 104.5 Road Star Party (10am-1pm)
+ Fri 4th October: Storytime and Parker the Platypus appearance (11am-12pm) + Fossil Dinosaur Workshop (11am-1pm)
+ Mon 7th October: Live Entertainment (12pm-3pm)
+ Tue 8th October: Dream Catcher Craft activity (10am-1pm)
+ Wed 9th October: Thomas and Friends live stage show (10am, 11am & 12pm)
+ Thu 10th October: Thomas and Friends live stage show (10am, 11am & 12pm)
+ Fri 11th October: Thomas and Friends live stage show (10am, 11am & 12pm)

Where: All activities are held at Memorial Park or Waterfront Plaza, The Entrance.
Cost: FREE.
Proudly presented by Central Coast Council

Come try the Harry Potter Invisibility Cloak at Westfield, Tuggerah

Calling all Witches, Wizards and Muggles, appear to disappear with The Cloak of Invisibility! These school holidays, head to Centre Court at Westfield Tuggerah and try the Invisibility Cloak to see the magical illusion unfold before your own eyes!

When: Tuesday 8, Wednesday 9, Thursday 10, Friday 11 and Friday 12 October (10am-3pm). 
Where: Level 1, Centre Court Westfield Tuggerah.
Cost: Free.

Bookmark this page. We’ve heard whispers of more exciting events coming these holidays… details are being finalised and will be announced here soon.

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