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Winter School Holiday Activities

Here's some ideas to keep the kids happy these School Holidays!

Beachside Ice Skating

Come to Wollongong’s very own winter wonderland at the Novotel Wollongong Northbeach. 

Ice Skating

With real ice and a beach view – it makes for the perfect entertainment for young and young at heart.

When: 7th - 22nd July
Where: Novotel Northbeach Wollongong
Ages: All Ages
Time: Sessions start from 12 midday, with the last session at 7pm on Sunday – Thursday, Friday & Saturday evenings will hold additional sessions from 8pm that are strictly over 18 only sessions.
Price: Adult 14+ From $19.50/ Child 5-13 yrs From $15.00/ Toddler 2-4 yrs From $10.00 (must be accompanied by a paying adult)/ Family (2ad & 2ch) From $55.00

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Wizards of Mugworts School

Visit the Botanic Garden and enjoy the magic and mystery with the Wizards of Mugwort, explore the magical creatures here; dragons, whomping willows, gloves for foxes and much more. Make a magical wand and some wit-sharpening potions to take home. Inspirational activities for pre - and primary school age muggles and their families. Food and beverages will be available for purchase from the Lions Club Stall and Coffee van on-site.

Activities will include:

  •  The Wizards of Mugworts Garden Show 
  •  Magical Creatures Treasure Hunt 
  •  Witch crafts 
MugwortsWhen: 9th - 13th July
Where: Wollongong Botanic Garden
Ages: 3 to 12 years (Children must be accompanied by an adult)
Time: 10am - 1pm daily
Price: $12.50 per child Parents and Carers are free/ $23.50 for family of two or more children/ $300 for 30 children Vacation Care Groups. Book and pay via Eventbrite Or payment on the day (by card only).

Note: Your ticket is transferable and can be used on any given day of the school holiday activity program.

Contact Wollongong Botanic Garden for large group bookings.

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3D Printing Workshop

Working as a team, you and your child will discover the endless possibilities of 3D Printing through fun and interactive modern technology techniques, led by the friendly team of leading education experts from Me3D.3D Print

When: 10th July 
Where: Innovation Campus, North Wollongong
Ages: 6-16 years
Time: 12:30pm -3:30pm
Price: $108.00 per child

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Art Workshops

Book the kids in for some crafty fun these school holidays at the Wollongong Art Gallery.
There are activities for 5-8 years & 9-14 including: Collages, portraits, pet rocks and more! Wollongong Art Gallery

When: 10th – 13th July
Where: Wollongong Art Gallery
Ages: 5-8 years & 9-14 years
Time: Varies - depending on workshop
Price: $22 to $55 per child

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Silly Sock Puppets

Developed for primary school students who love to create things, this series of holiday workshops will encourage your child to see everyday objects as potent performance-making tools.Silly Sock Puppets

When: 13th July
Where: Wollongong Town Hall
Ages: 6 – 9 years 
Price: $30 per child

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Make a Set, Tell a Story

This workshop is a great introduction to basic model making and set design for young designers. Make a Set

When: 13th July
Where: Wollongong Town Hall
Ages: 9 – 12 years
Price: $30 per child

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Mini Master Chef

Mini Master Chef at Towradgi Beach Hotel where the kids get to make, bake and eat their own creations.

Book the kids into the very popular Mini Master Chef Classes during the July School Holidays. Mini Master Chef

When: 16th- 20th July
Where: Towradgi Beach Hotel
Time: 10:30am - 12pm
Ages: 4-10 years
Price: $15 per child (bookings are essential).

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Merrigong Creativity Camps

With the guidance of professional artists and educators, the Creativity Camps are designed to activate kid’s imaginations and build self-confidence.
Campers are encouraged to develop their creative story-telling and acting skills, and develop ongoing friendships with other like-minded children.Creativity Camp

When: 16th – 20th July
Where: Wollongong Town Hall
Ages Groups: 5 – 7 years, 8 – 10 years, and 11 – 13 years
Price: $290 per child (20% discount for additional siblings or when booking all three camps)

Bookings are essential, please click here for more information.

The 78-Storey Treehouse Wollongong! Win a family pass (4 tickets) to the show!!

A play by Richard Tulloch, adapted from the book by Andy Griffiths & Terry Denton. The Treehouse just keeps on growing. With yet another 13 levels, it’s now got a Scribbletorium, a high-security potato chip storage facility, even an open-air movie theatre.

78 Storey Treehouse

Enter the 78 Storey Treehouse Colouring Competition!
Competition is open from 9th to 16th July, all entries must be received to the IPAC Box Office or returned via email: M4@merrigong.com.au by COB Monday 16th July. Winner will be announced by 5pm Tuesday 17th July. 

You can pick up a copy of the colouring competition at the IPAC Box Office, or download the PDF here and print your own! Winner will be announced by phone or email provided. 

When: 20th -21st July
Where: Illawarra performing Arts Centre
Ages: 6 yrs+ (Contains a small amount of theatrical haze)
Price: $39

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Questacon Fascinating Science Exhibition

Questacon's travelling exhibition Fascinating Science covers everyday scientific principles and problem solving puzzles. The free exhibition contains 26 exhibits, which offer 32 interactive experiences that will entertain and engage kids of all ages on topics of logic, balance, fluids, illusions and mathematical puzzles.


When: 9th-22nd July
Where: Wollongong Central, Ground Level Gateway Building
Ages: All Ages are Welcome
Price: Free

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                                            School Holiday Activities

Illawarra Fly Treetop Adventures

The Illawarra Fly Treetop walk is 1.5km return, it takes in native rainforest along the steel walkway which features two gently swaying cantilevered arms, and a central tower raised nearly 50 metres from the forest floor. IFly

The Illawarra Fly Zipline Tour is officially the highest zipline tour in Australia! It involves flying on a series of cable spans and suspension bridges up to 35 metres above the forest floor! The zipline tour includes access to the Treetop Walk to create a 2.5 hour experience where you can truly immerse yourself in the natural environment.

Open: 7 days 9am – 5pm – last admission 4pm. Bookings are essential for Zipline Tours.

Address: 182 Knights Hill Road, Knights Hill
Ph. 1300 362 881

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Purchase your tickets here.

Trees Adventure

Trees Adventure has a challenge for everyone! There is 13 flying fox experiences to enjoy that are up to 30 metres high! As well as up to 75 challenges on the exciting courses that will have you swinging, leaping, climbing and flying through the forest – while enjoying the views over the Shoalhaven Zoo and River.Trees Adventuretr

Open: Tuesday to Friday: 10am to 5pm, Saturday & Sunday + Public & School Holidays: 9am to 5pm,
Monday: During School Holidays, Public Holidays and for group bookings only
Address: 23 Rock Hill Road, North Nowra
Ph. 02 4421 4830

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Science Space

The Science Space offers exciting science experiences which are suitable for all ages. Visitors can enjoy shows in their very own science theatre or browse over 100 hands on interactive exhibits that challenge the imagination and engage the senses. 
Science Space
Science & Planetarium shows are on daily during the school holidays. Science shows (free) at 11am & 2pm, Planetarium shows at 12pm, 1pm & 3pm, tickets available at front desk.

Kiosk is open 11:30am – 2:30pm during holidays. 
Daily 10am – 4pm during school holidays

Open: Daily 10am – 4pm during school holidays
Address: 60 Squires Way, North Wollongong (University of Wollongong’s Innovation campus)
Ph. 02 4286 5000

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Early Start Discovery Space

The Early Start Discovery Space is an extraordinary destination for children from birth to 10 years and their families.

The Discovery Space is Australia’s only dedicated children’s museum; offering interactive, playful experiences to inspire imagination and ignite a love of learning. Come on an adventure where together children and adults explore, discover and create. Early Start

Open: Tuesday to Sunday 9am – 4pm
Address: Located on the University of Wollongong’s main campus
Ph. 02 4221 3777

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If it's a wildlife experience you are after, cuddling up to a Koala or hand feeding a Kangaroo, Symbio really does get you closer!

Enjoy the many shows and demonstrations that are given throughout each day. Giving you the chance to get up close and personal to Symbio's wildlife.Symbio Monkeys

Open: Daily from 10am – 5pm
Address: 7-11 Lawrence Hargrave Drive, Helensburgh
Ph. 02 4294 1244

Purchase your tickets here.

Inflatable World Wollongong

Inflatable World Wollongong is home to the biggest indoor inflatable playgrounds in Australia and is THE place for family fun! Get your BOUNCE on the weekends and during school holidays. Inflatable World

Open: Saturdays, Sundays and during school holidays from 10am - 4pm.
Address: 69 Montague Street, North Wollongong
Ph. 02 4225 2211

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Participate in an awesome sport at Hangdog. They have over a 140 different climbs on 40 ropes, offering a great range of climbs from easy to extremely challenging.Handog

Hangdog teaches you how to belay (hold and control the rope) your partner safely in a few minutes at the beginning of your first visit.

Open: Monday - Friday 10am - 9pm, Saturday: 9am - 9pm and Sunday: 9am - 7pm
Address: 130 Auburn Street, Wollongong
Ph. 02 4225 8369

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Jump yourself silly at Hangtime Trampoline Park. With over 800 square metres of bouncing space, including dodgeball courts, a foam pit, a slam dunk and performance walls for those who are after a challenge.
Hangtime is sure to be the ultimate experience for your family and friends.Hangtime

Open: Monday: 10:00am - 7:30pm, Tuesday to Friday: 10:00am - 9:00pm, Saturday: 09:30am - 7:00pm, Sunday: 09:30am - 6:00pm
Address: Unit 3, Lot 2 Drummond Street
Ph. 02 8014 9017

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Revolution Laser

Revolution Laser Arena is the next generation in live action laser gaming. A movie set quality arena, a dedicated backstory, the latest technology & a whole lot of fun.Revolution laser

Open: Wednesday – Friday 4:00pm-9:00pm, Saturday 10:00am – 9:00pm, Sunday 10:00am – 6:00pm
Address: Unit 1/lot 2 Drummond Street
Ph. 02 8014 9017

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Jervis Bay Wild

Jervis Bay Wild showcases the beautiful eco system and marine life (Dolphins, Whales & Seals) of Jervis Bay Marine Park in Huskisson on Cruise and Eco tours with the most luxurious fleet on the South Coast.Jervis bay Wild

Tours depart 10:30am and 1:00pm daily – duration is approximately 2 Hours

Address: 58 Owen St, Huskisson
Ph. 02 4441 7002

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