We're lucky to be blessed with mostly wonderful weather on the Coast, but during the cooler months, the wet days and even those extreme heat days, it's often hard to know what to do with the kids when you find yourselves stuck inside!
1. Older Kids Play Centres: Monkey Mania and Wyong KidzHQ
For the older children, there are some great indoor play areas around the coast that often have huge soft climbing areas and slides, with lots of space to run around and burn off some energy! They usually cost between $10-15 to enter and there is usually a cafe to buy food and drink from.
Our top picks are Monkey Mania located at Central Coast Leagues Club in Gosford and KidzHQ in Wyong. Both are huge indoor play areas and make for a fun time out of the house.
Photo credit: Monkey Mania
2. Younger Kids Play Centres: Impact Centre & Kincumber Sports
At the Impact Centre in Erina, you'll find two seperate areas suited to different ages; one larger soft play area for the over 3s and a smaller soft play area with a ball pit and ride on cars for the youngest children.
Kincumber indoor sports centre is another great option for little ones. It's a large, fenced in space, filled with soft play, bikes & cars, a jumping castle and a climbing area.
Both places have easy parking, a cafe onsite and toilets. Remember to bring your socks!
If the weather isn't suitable for outside, how about heading along to your nearest cinema as a special treat for you and the kids. Check out your local for released movies and session times.
For those with younger toddlers and babies, Hoyts Erina often put on a "Prams at the Pix" session, a baby friendly cinema experience with dimmed lights and softer volumes.
At Event Cinema Tuggerah in Tuggerah, there are "Sensory Screenings" for families with special needs children as well as "Bring your Baby" sessions.
Check out your local movies for more information:
4. Ice Skating
Grab your skates and head on down to Erina Ice Arena for some freeze-tastic family fun! The rink is world class and Olympic sized, with public sessions available daily, along with events such as discos and a Playgroup on Ice. Definitely an exciting indoor activity!
5. The Library
For a free and quiet indoor activity, check out your local library. Most on the Coast have a children's area for kids to go and spend some time choosing and reading books. There are also special events being run term time and during school holidays. Story and song time is a particular favourite with younger children, where parents/carers and their children spend time together signing songs and reading books.
See your local library for more information.
6. Central Coast Shopping Centres
The local shopping centres are often an easy indoor activity for families, particularly as most have indoor play areas (that are free!) for children, such as the pirate soft play area at Erina Fair, located opposite Kmart.
During school holidays, special events are usually held to entertain the kids, plus there are a variety of different cafes and restaurants available for a wet weather treat.
7. Swimming pools (Mingara and Peninsular Leisure Centre)
Swimming is a great activity for families and when the weather means a swim at the beach is a no go, head along to your local swimming centre for a splash and a guaranteed way to wear out the kids!
At Mingara, you'll find a huge indoor lagoon pool filled with fountains, bubbles, a lazy river plus two small toddler pools.
At Peninsular Leisure Centre, there's plenty of pools to keep everyone busy and kids will love the leisure and toddler play pool.
There are family change rooms, toilets, nappy changing facilities and cafes available at both.
8. "Clip 'n' Climb" Gosford
For something a little different, why not try some indoor rock climbing? Available for children from 6 years and up, clip in and start climbing up the colourful walls at Clip 'n' Climb in Gosford.
There are 28 unique themed walls available to keep everyone busy and entertained in a fully supervised environment.
9. Inflatable World, Charmhaven
Imagine a room filled with a huge inflatable playgrounds... that's what you'll discover at Inflatable World in Charmhaven. And it's not just for kids - parents are encouraged to get involved too, so you'll all be bouncing, climbing and sliding your way to fun!
There are plenty of inflatables to choose from and there are supervisors there to ensure safety and everyone getting a fair go.
For the little ones, Inflatable World has a designated Under 5s area, so bring the whole family and have a great time!
10. Bateau Bay Ten Pin Bowling
Who doesn't love a game of ten pin bowling? Take the kids down for a family game at Bowling. With a variety of prices to suit your needs (eg single, group or family prices) plus weekly specials and school holiday deals, there's something for everyone.
You'll also find a cafe and arcade games available, plus lightweight bowling balls, ramps and bumper bars for younger players.