With only two weeks until school is out for spring, we’ve found the best events and activities happening on the Central Coast during September and October, to suit kids of all ages.
1) Free Entertainment
Keeping the kids busy during the holidays can get expensive. Erina Fair is hosting a series of free workshops between the 26th September and the 7th October (including cartooning, gardening, karate, rugby and arts and crafts), as well as magic and wildlife shows, and a meet and greet with the characters from Paw Patrol.
Bateau Bay Square is also running free activities such as an animal nursery in the first week from the 26th to the 30th September where kids can feed and pet baby bunnies, ducklings, chicks, lambs and piglets. There will also be balloon making and face painting in the second week between the 3rd and 7th October.
Festivals are a great way to keep little ones happy with rides and an animal farm while mums and dads sample lots of different foods and enjoy live music.The Central Coast Ukulele Festival is being held on the weekend of the 24th-25th September at Memorial Park at the Entrance. The Food, Fun & Music Festival is being held two weeks later at Toukley Village Green on the 8th October.
3) Water Activities
With the weather warming up finally (yay) water activities are ideal for keeping the kids cool and the school holiday boredom at bay, without having to go all the way to the beach. Vera's Water Garden next to the Memorial Park at The Entrance on the foreshore is a free water play area with fountains, a paddling pool, plenty of shade, free wifi and a playground nearby too. There’s also pelican feeding over at the beach every afternoon at 3:30pm.
Toukley Aquatic Centre has inflatables for kids to climb and jump on and burn energy, every Tuesday and Thursday from 11:30am-1:30pm throughout the holidays.
Aquafun at Avoca Lake is open again after winter, with kayaks and paddleboats available for hire, or older kids can try stand up paddleboarding.
4) Sports Camps & Clinics
The PCYC at Umina Beach has a number of activities for kids of primary school age as part of their school holiday program, such as cheerleading and gymnastics, from the 4th-7th October. The Central Coast Mariners players Adam Kwasnik and Damien Brown are also running soccer clinics at Tuggerah for kids aged 5 to 12 from the 26th-28th September, and kids will have the chance to meet other players from the team as well.
For some outdoor fun, Kidscamp are holding their youth boot camps at different locations throughout the coast in September and October, featuring fun obstacle course for kids aged 5-11. The first one is taking place at the Dams Hotel in Wyong on the 24th September, and the next one at the Central Coast Leagues Park on the 1st October.
Bookings are required to attend these camps so contact the organisations to arrange for your child to attend.
5) Concerts & Plays
There are several concerts and plays being performed especially for kids on the coast during the spring school holidays, including Beauty and the Beast at The Art House Theatre in Wyong between the 23rd September and the 1st of October, Sam Moran live in concert at Ettalong Bowling Club on 30th September and Play School Live at Mingara Recreation Club in Tumbi Umbi on the 1st October.