School holidays may be over but the AquaSplash inflatable park is still open on Brisbane Water during February, from 9am to 7pm. Kids 5 or older but children aged 5 to 9 need to be accompanied by an adult, with a maximum of 2 children per adult. It's $13 per session for kids aged 9 to 13, and $16 for people 10 and over. Sessions run for 50 minutes every hour. Book tickets by calling 4304 2300.
Take the kids and their friends to skate and dance at the regular Friday or Saturday night discos on ice from 8-10pm. They’re also being held on the 10th, 11th, 17th, 18th, 24th and 25th of February. It costs $10 per child.
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.
Head to Erina Fair for a day of free dance classes with Dance @ Nikki Webster to raise funds for the Cancer Council. It’s taking place at Centre Court from 10am until 4pm. DJ Jazzy will also be there scouting for talent to appear in her new music video.
Kids who love athletics can sign up to participate in this fun event, starting with a swim at the Peninsula Leisure Centre pool, cycling through the streets and finishing with a run at James Browne Oval. It starts at 7am and is open to kids aged seven to fifteen. Register on the website or on the day. Prices start at $54.
This is a new free playgroup for kids aged three to five that will be held every Tuesday from 9:30 to 10:30am at Wyong Public School. They can build and play while parents socialise. Call 0401 414 177 to register.
This play program for kids aged one to five is a great way for little ones to build their social
Held every second Friday, kids can dance, play games, go on the jumping castle, and get their faces painted and make balloon animals while Mum and Dad eat dinner or listen to live acoustic music in the lounge. It costs $6 per child for non-members.It’s best for kids five or older, although kids under five can attend if they have an adult present to supervise them.
Also being held on the 24th February, kids can do indoor rock climbing and enjoy live DJ music for $17 per child and $10 for each extra child in the same family. Under 12's must have a parent with them but kids over 12 can stay on their own. Drinks and snacks are included in the entry price.
This show has lots of kids entertainment such as pony rides and an animal nursery, live music and fire engines to climb on, as well as showbags to purchase. They can also watch the rodeo and fireworks on Saturday evening the 11th February, starting at 5pm. Animals will be performing in the pavilion each day, and you can even bring your own pet to enter in the pet show on Sunday the 12th February if you want to.
The show is free to the public to attend on the 10th January but tickets are $5 per child on Saturday and Sunday or $25 for a family of two adults and two children. You can purchase tickets on the website.
This outdoor cultural festival kicks off at 4pm, and is being held in three different laneways in Wyong town centre, and each lane has a different theme. Holiday Park Lane is the best one for families with the Whoosh Kidz Zone where there will be lots of free activities including a jumping castle, yard games, crafts, face painting, balloon art and the tumble town soft play area. There’s even a Teen Zone for the over 12’s which will have a rock climbing wall, skate ramp and games. The whole family can enjoy a sausage sizzle there for lunch, too.
If you want to keep exploring the other lanes, the Coastwide First National Lane will have the main stage with live music and bean bags, cushions and seating in the chill out zone, the food stalls and dining area, and an interactive fish bowl arcade. The Grand Hotel Lane will have the Lawn Cinema open-air movie, which is Enchanted, starting at 8:15pm.
This play program held every Thursday from 10am to 11:15am is a great way for kids aged one to five to build their social skills and have fun. The theme for this day is "Old School Sports" with hula hoops, ring toss and bean bag relay. The next one after this is being held on the 23rd February with an obstacle course that is suitable for preschoolers and toddlers. Call the centre on 4392 7677 to make a booking.
This the last event being held as part of the partnership between Lake Macquarie Council and the Lake Mac YAC. It is running from 12pm to 4pm and there will be live music, pool floats, and games on the grass. Entry is $3.50 per person.
This is the first movie being shown as part of the Disney Princess Film Festival during February and March. It’s the modern live action version and tickets are only $8 per person. Tangled is also being screened two weeks later on the 24th and 25th February.
Kids aged six to twelve will enjoy this theatre adaption of the book Mr Stink, about a little girl called Chloe and her friendship with a very smelly local tramp. The show goes for an hour and there are four performances taking place over the two days at 10am, 12pm and 6pm on the Thursday and 10am on the Friday. Tickets are $18 for kids and $25 for adults.
There will be lots of Lego activities and games at The Playhouse’s Lego disco, and of course dancing. It costs $10 for kids aged 4 to 12 to attend from 6 to 9pm. Call the club on 4349 7799 to make a booking.
Do you have any little “Beliebers” in the family? If so take them to this Saturday concert to sing and dance along to all of Justin’s hits. Tickets cost $14 per person for everyone two years old and up. The show starts at 11am but doors open at 10:15am and there is no allocated seating so first in gets the front row seats. Kids under two can go in free with siblings but you need to advise that they will be attending. Call Club Reception on 4323 2311 to purchase tickets.
This family activity night will have kids bingo, trivia for the adults, raffles and charity auctions to raise money for cancer research. It’s free to attend and starts at 5:30pm.
26th: Special Sensory Screening of Sing at Event Cinemas Tuggerah
Kids with special needs are catered to at this special screening of Sing, starting at 11am. The lighting is dimmed, the sound is lowered and kids are free to walk around and make noise. Tickets cost $8 each and kids under two are free.
Possum Tales Storytime Club runs every week (except during school holidays) at 11am at each of the Central Coast libraries for children aged two to five. Kids can listen to stories, sing songs and do simple crafts. They’re held at Toukley Library on Tuesdays, Bateau Bay and Lake Haven Library on Wednesdays, and Tuggerah and The Entrance Library on Thursdays. Call the library where you want to attend for more information.
Bush Kids Kindy is a nature play program for preschoolers aged two to five at Kariong Eco Garden every Friday from 9.30am to 11am. It starts on the 3rd February and runs until the 7th April when the school holiday starts. It costs $10 per session to attend and you need to pay in full for all 10 sessions. You can book via the website.
There’s also a Coffee Club and Playgroup on Ice for mums held every Wednesday morning throughout the year at Erina Ice Arena.