Easter is nearing and the April school holidays are on the horizon… the mornings are feeling a little chilly and chocolate eggs are lining supermarket shelves.

Local small businesses and event planners have spent months preparing this awesome line up of fun for you all. They’ve organised coding and electronics camps, Circus stage shows, Mad Hatter tea parties and even a garden of large roaring dinosaurs!

We’re aware that this is an unprecedented time and that changes are occurring rapidly in response to COVID-19. We are in touch with business owners and event planners and are updating this feature as changes occur.


CANCELLED: Mega Creatures at Hunter Valley Gardens these school holidays!

UPDATE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

Mega Creatures are taking over the Hunter Valley Gardens again these Autumn school holidays! Head along and say “G’Day” to the NEW flying Pterosaur, Woolly Mammoth, Sabre-Toothed Tigers and giant Brachiosaur! But don’t worry, the usual favourites will be there too so if you’re due a visit to see T-Rex, Triceratops and the famous Dragons you won’t be disappointed!

Kids can delight in all the attractions of the Hunter Valley Gardens including their popular carousel, ferris wheel, swing chair, inflatable world and superslide.

Easter Weekend: Want even more? Head to the Gardens on Easter weekend and join in the biggest Easter egg hunt in the Hunter Valley! Every child will receive a gift of Easter chocolate upon completion of the hunt, plus each day there’ll be a golden egg hunt to win an annual family pass to the Hunter Valley Gardens!

Age group: All ages.
Where: The Hunter Valley Gardens, Polkolbin.
When: Mega Creatures will be open every day 9am-5pm from 10-26 April (including Good Friday). Easter activities will run 10-13 April.
Entry Cost: 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. Order your Garden Entry tickets online – this gives you access to the Easter and Mega Creatures events. See website for more ticketing options.
Ride costs: Tokens for individual rides are $6 each; unlimited rides wristbands are $15 pp (Rides pass tickets are available for purchase in the event area at the Gardens).

PS. We visited Mega Creatures last year and had an absolute ball. Click here to read Playing in Puddles’ review.


Outdoor Cinema at Glenworth Valley

Grab your camping chairs or a picnic rug and head to Glenworth Valley for a family night of fun at their outdoor screening of Peter Rabbit 1 The Movie (PG). As well as awesome children’s entertainment on the big screen, there’ll be popcorn, pizza, burgers and an open bar! You can even spend the night and camp at their beautiful camping ground – just don’t forget to book your campsite in advance!

When: Easter Saturday 11 April 6-8pm. Gates open 4:30pm.
Where: Scenic lawn of the Valley Event Centre, Glenworth Valley
Cost: Tickets are only $10 for children (0-16 years) and $12 for adults, and are now on sale.


CANCELLED: Backbone by “Gravity and Other Myths” at The Art House, Wyong

UPDATE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

Internationally renowned circus company Gravity and Other Myths (GOM) will be bringing their third work Backbone to the Central Coast stage these Autumn School holidays. Their last show A Simple Space achieved huge international success and we’re expecting equally amazing things from their new piece, Backbone – a performance examining the various perceptions of what strength is.

This unique celebration of human interconnectedness is set in the here and now and will test the limits of strength: physical, emotional, individual and collective. This is a powerful performance that is sure to awe kids – and adults alike!

When: Tuesday 21 April, 8pm | Wednesday 22 April, 2pm
Where: The Art House, Wyong.
Cost: Adult $39, Concession $35, Members $30, Group of 10+ $30, Under 30 $22.
Contact: 02 4335 1485

PS. Did you know the Art House has a cafe with a courtyard? If you’;re attending the matinee show come earlier for lunch and make a special day of it. Click here to see Playing in Puddles’ review on the cafe.


CANCELLED: School Holiday Activities at Gosford RSL

UPDATE: THESE EVENTS HAVE BEEN CANCELLED.

Harry Potter fans can put their trivia skills to the test at Gosford RSL these school holidays at the Quiz-Itch quiz show! Kids can come along dressed in their favourite Harry Potter costumes and win a prize for the best dressed.

If that’s not enough excitement, there’s also kids Zumba and Bingo on the list of fun activities on offer this Autumn break!

Harry Potter Quiz-Itch Quiz Show
When: Friday 24 April, 11am.
Where: Gosford RSL, Gosford.
Cost: Kids $10, parents are free but must remain in the room. Book early – tickets are available at reception.

Zumba
When: Friday 17 April, 10am.
Where: Gosford RSL, Gosford.
Cost: Kids $10, parents are free.

Bingo
When: Tuesday 14 and Tuesday 21 April, 2pm.
Where: Gosford RSL, Gosford.
Cost: $7 for 10 games (includes marker and activity pack).

Contact Gosford RSL on 4323 2311 to enquire or to book.


Central Coast School Holiday Camps


CIY Club Coding Camps, Erina

Whizz kids with a passion for computers, gaming or electronics can attend these awesome one-day coding camps run by CIY.Club in Erina these April school holidays.

Game Coding Camp: Children will learn the basics of computer coding and game creation at this one-day camp. During the session, they’ll learn how to make their very first computer game and by the end of it, they’ll be putting together a few different games including graphics and basic coding to make them interactive.

When: Friday 17 April, 9am – 3pm.
Where: Woodport Public School, Erina
Cost: $99*
Age Group: Suited to children aged 7-14.

Electronics Camp: Kids attending this one-day Electronics Camp will be introduced to real world, hands on electronic design. They’ll have fun designing, creating and building cool projects, combining the hardware they build with software and coding that they write themselves! Not only will they develop skills that will support them at school and in the future, but they’ll have an awesome time doing it!

When: Tuesday 21 April, 9am – 3pm.
Where: Woodport Public School, Erina
Cost: $99*
Age Group: Suited to children aged 8-14.

*CIY.Club accept the $100 Creative Kids voucher so you can redeem this against the full cost of either one of these camps.


Adventure Max Camps at Glenworth Valley

If a spot of adventure is what your kids are looking for during the holiday break, then Glenworth Valley’s Adventure Max full-day camps are guaranteed to tick the boxes!

Kids will kick off the day with a 2 hour horse ride, or children 12 and above can opt for a 1.5 hour quad bike ride around the beautiful Aussie bush landscape. Next, they’ll be hopping into a kayak for 2.5 hours of gentle paddling along Popran Creek before breaking for lunch.

During the afternoon, children will participate in team games as they explore the fascinating Glenworth Valley. They’ll then finish the action packed day off with an adrenaline charged game of laser skirmish!

Or, if a family day of adventure is what you’re after, Glenworth Valley are open everyday of the Easter school holidays with all the usual experiences available!

When: Tuesday 14, Thursday 16, Tuesday 21 and Thursday 23 April, arrive at 8.15am and be picked up by 4.15pm.
Where: Glenworth Valley Outdoor Adventures.
Cost: $150 per person (a massive saving of $195 off the usual price if activities booked separately).
Age Group: Suited to children aged 7-16 years. Children must be 12 or above to participate in quad biking activities.

NOTE: Camp places are limited to ensure each child receives individual attention and instruction. Bookings are essential. To make a booking call 4375 1222.


CANCELLED: School Holiday Camps at Slam Factory Indoor Skatepark

UPDATE: THESE CAMPS HAVE BEEN CANCELLED.

Keep the little thrill seekers entertained these school holidays at one of Slam Factory Indoor Skatepark’s school holiday camps! These 3-hour camps include heaps of fun skatepark-related games, as well as professional coaching, drills to improve fundamental skills, equipment maintenance sessions and a tour underneath the ramps!

When: Skateboard and Scooter Camps -Tuesday 14, Thursday 16, Tuesday 21 and Thursday 23 April | Skateboard, Scooter and BMX Camps – Wednesday 15 and Wednesday 22 April, 10:30am-1:30pm (free time from 10am-10:30am and 1:30pm-4pm included in price).
Where: Slam Factory Indoor Skate Park, Tuggerah.
Cost: $39.95 per person or $34.95 for 2+ (either siblings, friends or multiple camps).
Age Group: Suited to children aged 5+


CANCELLED: Basketball SKILLS Camps at Breakers Indoor Sports Stadium

UPDATE: THESE CAMPS HAVE BEEN CANCELLED.

Get set to shoot some hoops at Breakers Indoor Sports Stadium these school holidays at one of their fantastic basketball SKILLS camps! All sessions available are open to players of all ages and abilities – children will be split into smaller groups according to skills level on the day.

Parents can drop their children off at the stadium between 8am-8:30am and can pick them up between 3:30pm and 4pm, making this a great option for working parents during the break!

When: Shooting Camp – Wednesday 15 and Tuesday 21 April | Ball Handling & Fundamentals Camp – Friday 17 April | Triple Threat Camp – Monday 20 April | 3-on-3 Camp – Thursday 23 April.
Where: Breakers Indoor Sports Stadium, Terrigal.
Cost: $55 per child per day. The registration fee includes includes morning tea, lunch and a full day of activities. Kids are asked to bring along a basketball, a water bottle and snacks for afternoon tea.
Age Group: Suited to children aged 5-17 years.

NOTE: Places for April school holiday camps are limited due to courts 3-4 being resurfaced during this time – book now to secure your spot!


FREE SCHOOL HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES


CANCELLED: FREE School Holiday Fun at Toukley

UPDATE MARCH 19: Please note this event has been cancelled.

From bouncing around an inflatable obstacle course to building a solar powered toy car, there are a heap of awesomely fun, FREE activities to keep the kids entertained at Toukley these Autumn school holidays!

Saturday 11 April – Roving Easter Bunny |Toukley Town Centre | 10am – 1pm.
Thursday 16 April – Build a Solar Powered Toy Car Workshop* (ages 7+) | Canton Beach Foreshore | 10am-11am, 11.30am-12.30pm, 1pm-2pm.
Thursday 16 April – Craft Activities | Canton Beach Foreshore | 10am-2pm.
Friday 17 April – Angry Birds Stage Show | Toukley Community Hall | 11am, 12pm, 1pm.
Monday 20 April – Paint an Umbrella Workshop (while stocks last) | Canton Beach Foreshore |10am-1pm.
Wednesday 22 April – Inflatable Obstacle Course, Craft and Face Painting | Canton Beach Foreshore |10am-2pm.

*Bookings are essential. Bookings open 20 March. Click here to make a booking.

Proudly presented by Central Coast Council. Check their Facebook page for updates.


CANCELLED: FREE School Holiday Fun at Kibble Park, Gosford

UPDATE MARCH 19: Please note this event has been cancelled.

Kibble Park is a favourite hub for fun and FREE entertainment during the school holidays and there’s heaps on offer this Autumn. From “Angry Birds” live stage shows and inflatable obstacle courses to mini golf, there’s something for everyone!

On Saturday 18 April, come dressed in your craziest hat for the annual Mad Hatter’s Tea Party! Tim Ellis’s incredible Mad Hatter’s Magic live stage show will mesmerise at 11.30am, join in the hat parade and enjoy the free amusement rides and a Cakes by Kyla cupcake (for the first 500 children).

Saturday 11 April – Roving Easter Bunny (10am-1pm).
Wednesday 15 April – Angry Birds Stage Show (11am, 12pm and 1pm).
Friday 17 April – Paint an Umbrella Workshop (while stocks last) | (10am-1pm).
Friday 17 April – STAR 104.5 Road Star Party (10am-1pm).
Saturday 18 April – Mad Hatter’s Tea Party (10am – 2pm).

  • 10am – 2pm Free amusement rides and Photobooth
  • 10am – 12.00pm Make a Mad Hatters Hat
  • 11.30am – 12.30pm The Mad Hatter’s Magic Show (live stage show)
  • 12.30pm – 1pm Games
  • 1pm – 1.30pm – Mad Hatter’s Hat Parade


Wednesday 22 April – Youth Performances and Free Activities (10am-1pm).
Friday 24 April – Inflatable Obstacle Course (10am-2pm).
Friday 24 April – Mini Golf (10am-2pm).

WHERE: Kibble Park, Gosford.

Proudly presented by Central Coast Council. Check their Facebook page for updates.


CANCELLED: FREE School Holiday Fun at The Entrance

UPDATE MARCH 19: Please note this event has been cancelled.

Little Kingdom’s fairy princess Holly and her best friend Ben Elf are coming to The Entrance this April! Plus kids can get involved in Hover S.A.F.E. archery, kite making, umbrella painting, solar-powered toy car building, Kindifarm petting, face painting and pot plant decorating – all for FREE.

With the outdoor mini water park and daily pelican feeding, every kid loves to head to The Entrance during the school holidays, but this Autumn’s line up of activities means your kids will be begging to go back every day!

Saturday 11 April – Roving Easter Bunny (10am-1pm).
Tuesday 14 April – Kindifarm (10am-2pm).
Wednesday 15 April – Kite Making Workshops* (9-10am, 10.30-11.30am, 12-1pm & 1.30-2.30pm).
Wednesday 15 April Face Painting (10am – 1pm).
Thursday 16 April – Pot Plant Workshop (while stocks last) | (10am-1pm).
Friday 17 April – Hover S.A.F.E. Archery (10am-1pm).
Monday 20 April – Build a Solar Powered Toy Car Workshop* (ages 7+) | (10am-11am, 11.30am-12.30pm, 1pm-2pm).
Monday 20 April – Face Painting (10am – 1pm).
Tuesday 21 April – Paint an Umbrella Workshop (while stocks last) | (10am-1pm).
Wednesday 22, Thursday 23 & Friday 24 April – Ben and Holly Stage Show (10am, 11am & 12pm).

WHERE: Memorial Park and Pelican Plaza, The Entrance.

*Bookings are essential. Bookings open 20 March. Click here to make a booking.

Proudly presented by Central Coast Council. Check their Facebook page for updates.


CANCELLED: FREE School Holiday Fun at Wyong

UPDATE MARCH 19: Please note this event has been cancelled.

If you like the sound of inflatable obstacle courses, umbrella painting workshops, solar-powered toy car building workshops and an “Angry Birds” stage show this school break, then Wyong is the place to be! Parents at the northern end of the Central Coast will be stoked with the variety of activities on offer these Autumn school holidays.

Saturday 11 April – Roving Easter Bunny | Wyong Town Centre | 10am-1pm.
Tuesday 14 April – Build a Solar Powered Toy Car Workshop* (ages 7+) | Frank Ballance Memorial Park, Wyong | 10am-11am, 11.30am-12.30pm, 1pm-2pm.
Thursday 16 April – Angry Birds Stage Show | Oasis Centre Wyong | 11am, 12pm, 1pm.
Tuesday 21 April – Inflatable Obstacle course | Wyong Town Park, Wyong | 10am-2pm.
Friday 24 April – Paint an Umbrella Workshop (while stocks last) | Frank Ballance Memorial Park, Wyong | 10am-1pm.

*Bookings are essential. Bookings open 20 March. Click here to make a booking.

Proudly presented by Central Coast Council. Check their Facebook page for updates.


CANCELLED: FREE School Holiday Fun at Woy Woy

UPDATE MARCH 19: Please note this event has been cancelled.

Get set for some ‘pop-up’ fun these Autumn school holidays as Woy Woy brings Central Coast kids a selection of creative activities, accompanied by atmospheric acoustic performances to keep them happy and entertained!*

Thursday 16 & Thursday 23 April | Grow your Own Grassy Head Workshops | 10-11.30am. Recommended for age 5+.
Thursday 16 & Thursday 23 April | Make your own Cards Workshops (12.30-2pm). Recommended for age 5+.
Friday 17 & Friday 24 April | Make a Macrame Plant Hanger Workshops |10-11.30am. Recommended for age 8+.
Friday 17 & Friday 24 April | Create your Own Scrunchie Workshop | 12.30-2pm. Recommended for age 12+.

WHERE: Woy Woy Oval Forecourt, Woy Woy

*Bookings are essential. Bookings open 20 March. Click here to make a booking.

Proudly presented by Central Coast Council. Check their Facebook page for updates.


CANCELLED: Easter Egg Raffle and FREE Disco at Mangrove Mountain Memorial Club

UPDATE MARCH 19: Please note this event has been cancelled.

Kids can start the Easter fun early by throwing some shapes at the FREE ‘Bop til You Drop Disco’ at Mangrove Mountain Memorial Club this April. Register your child’s name at the bar to receive a gift!

Plus, there’ll be an epic Easter Egg raffle with over $1,500 worth of awesome prizes to be won. Tickets are on sale now!

When: Friday 3 April, 6.30-8.30pm. Raffle will be drawn at 7pm.
Where: Mangrove Mountain Memorial Club and Gold Course, Mangrove Mountain.
Cost: Free.

Visit their Facebook event page for any updates!


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There are a heap of fantastic local attractions that offer activities for kids and teens every day throughout the holidays. Check out our feature and book in some top school holiday fun! Click here to view our “Awesome Activities for Kids and Teens” feature.