Experience seeing the fireflies by night at the Forest of Tranquility in Ourimbah (also known as the Australian Rainforest Sanctuary). This event has run all throughout November but it is finishing on the 18th December so you have a few more weeks to see them.
Fireflies emit a greenish yellow flashing light. The display is different every night depending on rainfall, humidity and temperature which can fluctuate. You may want to bring a picnic along while you wait for them to come out. You will need to make a booking online and pay upon arrival. Entry fees are $35 for adults and $20 for children from Tuesday to Thursday and $50 for adults and $25 for children from Friday to Monday. Bring a torch for when night falls as some of the paths are not well lit.
A family friendly food and wine event in Kibble Park, 5pm until 8pm. Live entertainment, plenty of international food options and located right near the children’s playground and there will also be games for the kids. This is the last Live from 5 for 2016, with more dates to be announced later.
Lake Macquarie Council is teaming up with partnering with the Lake Mac YAC to host three Endless Summer Days over the summer season. The first is being held at Swansea Swim Centre from 12 until 4pm and activities include aquatic challenges, sports games, chill out zones and live music. Entry is $3.50 per person.
This movie is a nineties classic that has timeless appeal. Kids will love to watch the adventures of Milo the cat and Otis the dog, who grew up together on the same farm, and how they find one another after being separated. The session starts at 2pm at Hoyts Erina and there are two types of tickets available - $12 for a ticket only or $22 for a ticket that includes a small popcorn and choc top.
Not to be missed by anyone who loves Lego (both kids and adults), this event at Niagara Park Stadium will be held from 10am to 3pm.
There will be a Lego city layout, working trains and trams as well as many other amazing items on display. There will be a building area for the kids with a Minecraft theme as well as colouring in and Guess the Lego competitions and a raffle. It costs $4 per person or $10 per family and all proceeds go to Holgate Public School.
Head to the Central Coast Steam Model Co-op to ride the mini trains between 11am to 4pm.
There’s no entry fee but it costs $2.50 per ride for everyone (other than toddlers being carried by their parents). The trains don’t run on very wet or very hot days so check the Facebook page to check whether the trains are running before you go. Everyone who rides needs to wear fully covered shoes.
Held on the Marquee Lawn at the Australian Botanic Gardens in Mount Annan, the Feathered Friends Free-Flight Bird Show will feature some of the 180 species of bird that live in the Gardens. Each show starts at 4:30pm and finishes around 5pm. Tickets are $17 per person or $60 for a family of 4.Bring a picnic rug to sit on to watch the show.
For something different take the kids down to the pool to capture some unique underwater photos. Photos can be purchased on the same they’re taken with up to 10 shots given on a CD. Packages start at $30.
The Wiggles are coming to Newcastle to celebrate their 25th birthday and tickets are still available to purchase through Ticketek with performances at 10am and 1pm. Not only will Emma, Lachy, Simon and Anthony be there but also Dorothy the Dinosaur, Wags the Dog, Henry the Octopus and Captain Feathersword. They’ll be singing their biggest hits such as 'Hot Potato', 'Rock-a-Bye your Bear', 'Do the Propeller!' and 'Come On Down to Wiggle Town'. If you can’t make it to Newcastle on that day you may want to purchase tickets for the Sydney show at the Qudos Bank Arena on the 17th December.
Head down to the Central Coast Leagues Club for the last Clip and Dance event for 2016, where kids can climb and enjoy live DJ music. The cost is $17 for the first person and $10 for each extra person. It's open to all ages but under 12's must have adult supervision. Kids over 12 can stay on their own. Drinks and snacks are included in the entry price.
20th December: Screening of Sing at Cinema Paridiso in Ettalong
There is a free advance screening of Sing, at Cinema Paridiso which is only $5 for Ettalong Diggers Starfish Kids Club members, starting at 10am. Tickets for the movie can be purchased at the reception desk at the club.
Held at Gosford City Park, the annual carnival opens on Boxing Day for just over three weeks, before it finishes on the the 17th January, starting at 6pm every night. Entry is free but tickets need to be purchased for games and rides, and there are plenty to choose from, including ones for younger kids.
This race day is an event the whole family can attend in the days between Christmas and New Years Eve. There will be plenty of entertainment for kids, including a five in one jumping castle that will be supervised, puppet shows and face painting, hair feathers and tattoos. Tickets cost $10 and the gates open at 1pm.