Looking to escape the heat with kids in tow? Hurry on over to Westfield Tuggerah’s new indoor play area, which opened on Thursday!

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Replacing the older soft play and climbing equipment in front of Target on Level 1, Play World spans two levels and has a fun surf lifesaving theme. We love how the names of some of the Central Coast’s iconic beaches feature on the roof of the structure. Like its predecessor, Play World is all about soft play, with a maze packed with obstacles that’ll have the kids climbing, crawling and problem solving. There are also two extremely slippery slides, as well as a helicopter cockpit to explore. In front of the main structure is a big red car to ride, plus three activity wall panels.

The new play area is recommended for kids under six years olds, and we think it’s ideal for two years and over.

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Even better, you can grab a coffee from Shingle Inn, which is right next to the play area. Aldi and Coles are conveniently situated directly upstairs if you need to pop in for some supplies after a play. And don’t worry, toilets are close to hand too. You’ll find them behind you, next to Sussan.

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This new play space is just one of many changes that’s occurred at Westfield Tuggerah in recent months, so we thought we’d stop by to check out all that’s now on offer for local families – and to get the down-low on all their kids eat free deals and NEW kids passes! Read on to unlock the fun.


Other Play Areas at Westfield Tuggerah

As well as their new Play World, Westfield Tuggerah has a smaller play area at the opposite end of the shopping centre, in front of Big W. It boasts a mini slide, activity walls and a soft play maze. It is opposite a parents’ room, which has a private feeding cubicle, changing bench, microwave, sink, and adult- and child-size toilets.

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Kids also love jumping in and out of the large shallow water feature in the middle of the outdoor dining precinct. Perfect on a hot summer’s day – just remember a change of clothes!

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Kids Entertainment at Westfield Tuggerah

Westfield Tuggerah has some great entertainment options to occupy your tribe these school holidays. Why not…

  • Catch a movie at Event Cinemas, which is set to open its two BRAND NEW Gold Class premium cinemas and Vmax cinema on 19th December – just in time for “Star Wars”. Event Cinemas is located just off the food court on Level 1.
  • Head to Timezone and play some classic arcade games, dance, race cars and win prizes on the claw machine. Timezone also holds parties, and often runs school holiday promotions. You’ll find Timezone in the outdoor dining precinct.
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Get a Kids Pass at Westfield Tuggerah

Did you know you can also purchase a Kids Pass? A Kids Pass gives you deals on children’s movie tickets, as well as vouchers for Boost Juice, Yogurtland and more.

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The Mini Kids Pass – $25 (valued at $35):

The Mega Play Pass – $35 (valued at $54):

  • Event Cinemas: 1 x children’s 2D movie ticket.
  • Timezone: 30 minutes free play, bonus 50 pre-loaded tickets + unlimited standard and ticket games.
  • Yogurtland: 200g cup of frozen yogurt.
  • Boost Juice: 1 x kids size smoothie crush or juice (20% off addtional purchase of original size Boost with token redemption).
  • McDonald’s: 1 x cheeseburger happy meal.
  • Mad Mex: 2 x churros and chocolate dipping sauce

Dining at Westfield Tuggerah

The outdoor dining precinct is packed with fantastic options for families.

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If you’re in the mood for:

  • Burgers: try Grill’d. They do fab ‘mini me’ packs for the kids, which include mini burgers, chips and a juice or water.
  • Italian: Panarottis offers all your pizza and pasta favourites, and Kids Eat Free on Wednesdays off the extensive kids menu (mac and cheese, spaghetti bolognese, beef lasagne… yum!).
  • Schnitzel: The Bavarian is your go-to, whipping up eight different types of schnitzels, plus Bavarian classics like sausages and pork knuckle. The kids can choose from meals like cheese burgers, hot dogs and grilled cheese sandwiches. Kids Eat Free at lunchtime on Sundays.
  • A bit of everything: Rashays has you covered with Modern Australian dishes such as fish and chips, grilled chicken, burgers and vegetarian options. They also have an extensive dessert list, including Nutella churros and pavlova. Little ones are spoiled for choice with chicken nuggets, Italian faves and a free drink. And if you’re a VIP member, Kids Eat Free on Sundays.
  • Thai: Absolute Thai has all the popular entreés, curries, stir fry and noodle dishes. Think spring rolls, Massaman, beef in black pepper sauce and Pad Thai. For picky eaters, you can opt for one of their four banquets. They have a kids eat free on Sundays too!

After a meal, you can climb the stairs for dessert at chocolate bar Max Brenner. We recommend the choc-banana pizza and an OTT hot chocolate in a hug mug!

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Shopping at Westfield Tuggerah

Need a gift or in the market for some new toys? Head up to Level 2 and you’ll find the following stores close to TK Maxx and David Jones.

Casey’s Toys
Hooray! Casey’s Toys has recently opened at Tuggerah, making it super easy for those on the north end of the coast to enjoy the magic of this store. It stocks everything from LEGO and Barbie, to bikes, scooters and ride-ons. They also have a large range of STEM toys, and gift cards are available for when you just can’t decide!

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Curious Planet
Tweens and teens (plus littlies who are into science and tech) will have a hard time leaving this shop. There are so many great gadgets, like coding, RC and VR toys, plus telescopes, puzzles and even robot kits.

Kidstuff
Kidstuff has so many wonderful educational and creative toys, such as musical instruments, craft kits and activity books. They also boast a wide range of board games and puzzles for all age groups (perfect for family games night).

Ohana Boutique
Being in this store is like walking through an Instagram feed filled with beautiful children’s products. Think wooden toys, pretty onesies, and eco-friendly goodies like natural handmade playdough and plates and cups created from recycled plastic. Remember it for when you need to buy a baby shower or birthday present.


Events at Westfield Tuggerah

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Westfield host a heap of fun events. This past year they’ve hosted the Sweet Vibes Festival (a food fest packed with dessert trucks), installed a pop-up retro roller skating rink, held a Santa parade, had local rocker Taj Farrant perform and organised a heap more fun. To check out their upcoming events, click here.


Written By: LOUISE MEERS

Writer

Louise spent a decade in the publishing industry writing for children, and was the editor of K-Zone magazine prior to moving to the Central Coast in 2018. These days you’ll find her wrangling her toddler at playgrounds all over the Coast, and creating content from a cosy corner in her living room.