Sunday, August 31, 2014

Psychic Dinner at Seacliff Restaurant

I am really excited that the psychic dinner is coming back to Seacliff this month! I have always been curious but also a little scared about psychics, did I want to know my future, would people think I was a little strange or would it be too intense? Well the lovely people at Seacliff have taken away all the mystery with a relaxed dinner style evening of readings and laughs. We went to the dinner in July and I was blown away by how accurate some of the readings were, and a little chat with Christine on the side made me realise that some people in my life were just were not going to move on.

The format of the dinner is informal and relaxed, with antipasto platters and a Bellini to start with so you can get to know the other people at your table. There is an MC, on the night I went it was Bianca Dye who is hilarious and warmed up the audience before the mains. Meals are served alternatively and I got the Barramundi which was delicious, hubby got the chicken breast! Christine hit the stage after the mains and entertained the crowd as well as doing plenty of readings.

Christine Rose is a renowned psychic and is regularly on TV and radio as well as presenting at Expos and private functions. She is great with an audience too and likes to have some laughs with the readings, some are serious, some are jovial. She works by getting people to ask her questions and she is guided by the spirits in how to answer them. Her time was light and fast as she moved through the audience, helping many people with the answers they sought. I was amazed at how accurate she was with the questions and answers, a little eerie. Christine was also lovely and I was lucky enough to share a table with her and get to ask all the tricky questions like "did her kids have the gift",Yes, all 6 of them! Or "if you are a psychic how come you got divorced, would you know in advance"? Her answer was, some relationships are part of the story, you need to live through them to get to the next stage.

After Christine read, the desserts were served, I ate the most delicious rich chocolate tart and a nice glass of wine to go with it. During the meals there is plenty of time to chat with the other guests on the table (tables of 10) After the plates are cleared, Lana got up to do some more readings.

Lana Jackson is quite different to Christine, she is a quiet, gentle lady, full of  insight. She uses the spirits as her guide and speaks to people in the room where the spirits send her. She does slower, more in depth readings. She is also on psychic TV and radio as well as running seminars to help people understand the other world and gain skills in the area of psychic development. She was very accurate in her readings on the night. Lana would be a very supportive person to see if I was going through a difficult period.

The night was so much fun and enlightening. I am not scared by psychics now and I find it all very interesting. The setting, food and service was fantastic as always, and everything ran seamlessly. I will say that although the audience is a predominantly female, there were a few guys so don't be scared of dragging along your partner, my husband had a great night. If you are interested in psychics but maybe not quite at the stage where you would like a private reading, the dinner is a great way to test the waters and see what you think in an informal way.

Tickets are available online for the October 30th Show, or by calling Seacliff on 4228 5410. I highly recommend the night!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Kindness in the Illawarra

Lately I have been struck by how many businesses are doing great things right here in the Illawarra. There are people and organisations donating time plus money to help others in the community. So I thought I would write a little blog about some of these great businesses, who do good things and some ideas on how we can spread some kindness, because research shows that when we are kind to others we become happier.

I would also urge people to visit those businesses who are making a difference in the Illawarra and help support them.

  • The Foundary in Wentworth Street Port Kembla
This a great initiative of the Salvation Army, the cafe is set up for people who want to get training in hospitality but can't get a foot in the door. The foundary offers a great place for people to learn and develop as well as a perfect place for coffee and something to eat. By buying your coffee here you might just be helping someone change their life. Open Tuesday to Friday from 7am to 3pm and Saturdays from 8am to 3pm.
  •  Three Chimneys - Wollongong
This cafe is trying really hard to work with the community in the Illawarra. In July it put up the price of all their coffees by 50c and matched it with their own donation. This amount was donated to help the homeless. They then went one step further to help directly by feeding the homeless a "lush" two course dinner every Tuesday night.

  • Alexanders Cafe Dapto
I nicknamed this place my happiness cafe a while ago because it is always full of smiles. They have suspended coffee, so if you ever have a few extra dollars by a coffee for someone else who really needs it. The also host charity nights with fashion, markets or even local business networking. It is all about the community.
  • Skin Correctives in Wollongong and Shellharbour
This great business does a lot of work for Autism in the area and help put together the Care and Share Day. This is an awesome day of indulgence for woman who care for someone with autism.

  • Haworth Music Centre Shellharbour
Glenn and the team are huge supporters of the local music scene, often donating time, equipment and finances to help the regions music industry. They also go into schools and try to help kids learn through music,  develop a healthy attitude, respect for themselves and others. The team is also a big supporter of Make-A-Wish foundation and regularly raises significant amounts of money to support this charity.
  • Lagoon Seafood Restaurant
These guys are always helping out in the community with raffle prizes, sponsoring local community events and even putting together night markets for micro businesses to display their goods to a great audience for free. Jonni is really passionate about community and connecting the small businesses of the Illawarra so that they can thrive and the Illawarra can be a place of individuality rather than just corporate giants.
  • Run Wollongong (19th October)
This is one of the best running events on the calendar, because unlike other events like City2Surf and the Color Run, who say "run for charity", you actually have raise your own money and the entry fee goes to the corporations running it. Run Wollongong is very different, with 100% of every registration going directly to Wollongong hospital! That is so awesome! Supported by the Cotton on Foundation, it's a great initiative.

These are all great businesses and events, which helps support the community right here in Wollongong. But you don't have to be a business to share the love, here are some way to spread the cheer both here in Wollongong and for family and friends out of the area.

Grab yourself some kindness cards (free) and use them! Buy someone a coffee, leave a dollar in the parking machines, tape a $5 note to a vending machine with a kind note and a kindness card.
  • Say Hi
As a society we seem to have lost the art of saying hi, I love when I am running early in the morning or in bad weather people always say hi, it seems happier people are up early. Bring back the small town feeling by saying hello when you walk past people.
  • Send Flowers
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If you don't live close, send a bunch of flowers. I particularly like to send them to workplaces because it gives the recipient an extra self esteem boost that someone truly does care and think about them. There are lots of great florists online now that can deliver flowers with cheap flower delivery to Perth or Brisbane or even locally with a competitive price. Or if you are local, pick a bunch from your garden and hand deliver them.
  •  Write a thank you card
If you sit there for a while and think about how many great things have happened each week, you realise there are a lot of people in your life who made that happen. Send a card with a stamp to break up the bill cycle in someone mail box. Had great service somewhere, let their boss know with an email or phone call, encourage people to be great at their job.
  • Buy stuff from Kids
Buy chocolates, raffles tickets or stop at the lemonade stand. If you see kids making a positive go at life and trying to help others, support them. Building confidence in kids is so important and that little conversation and couple dollars you hand out might shape their life. Never under estimate the power of our youth! This also goes for small business, by buying their product, you are sending a positive message directly to the owner. I love to support stay at home mum businesses because they are raising their kids and helping their family in a positive way.


I would love to hear about other businesses that are spreading kindness in the Illawarra, or has someone been kind to you? Would love to hear all about it!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Celebrity Chef Scholarship Dinner - TAFE Illawarra

Last week I was invited to a degustation dinner cooked by apprentice chefs at  TAFE Illawarra,  Nowra Campus under the close guidance of celebrity Chef Colin Fassnidge. The TAFE has it's own in house restaurant, Destiny's which both cookery and event students work in for a real life practical hospitality experience. The celebrity chef dinner was started by Di Laver 12 years ago to give the rural students a chance to work with the finest chefs in the industry. Each year it has grown and this year, Colin guided the students in preparing an 8  course degustation meal with matching wines.

Live video feed into the kitchen
The dinner truly is a celebration of the community and the support of the industry. There are so many people involved in helping the TAFE students gain practical industry experience. From the free range pig farmer at porkery Hill, to the local vineyards. There are so many people involved in making not only the dinner a success but who continue to support  the restaurant and the students.

The students involved in preparing and delivering the dinner are vying  for the chance to win a very special scholarship. Each year the TAFE Illawarra, gives out two prizes to cookery students and one to an events student. The scholarship includes a week of fully supported and funded work experience at a top restaurant or event organisation and accommodation in Sydney. This gives rural students the opportunity to learn from the absolute best in the industry. After the dinner some students are chosen to put a submission forward to be considered for the scholarship, the teachers then shortlist the applicants and the final choice is made by the celebrity chef based on their performance during the dinner. This years winners, Emily Johnston and James Willoughby were presented on the night and both have promising careers in front of them. Natalie Ricetti won the Diploma of Events Scholarship.

On arrival, I was offered a glass of Wileys Creek Pinot Noir Chardonnay from these lovely ladies accompanied by some beautifully seared tuna canapes and ham terrine with apple sauce, what a perfect way to kick off the evening.

After nibbles and chats, we moved into the dining room which after recent renovations now seats 150 guests and it was a sold out event. The students certainly had their work cut out for them. The tables were beautifully set up, with polished glasses and artful decorations.

First course was a fish and citrus soup which was a perfect combination of flavours and one of my favourite dishes of the evening. It was served with a Coolangatta estate Semillion which was perfectly  cut through the sharpness of the anchovy and citrus.

Recently I chatted with the head chef  of Flanagans in Thirroul about degustations and how I don't always like every dish. He explained to me that degustation is more experimental so he didn't expect everyone to love every dish but overall enjoy the whole meal. That certainly took the pressure off me doing degustation and thinking that I had to like everything on the menu. It is a chance to taste things you wouldn't normally have, and gives the chef a chance to be creative.

Back to the food, second course was Petunia Ocean trout served with wasabi snow and vanilla cucumber accompanied by a crisp glass of Silos estate chardonnary. I wasn't a fan of the wasabi snow, something a little weird about flavoured ice with food but a pretty cool technique!

Third course was Crab Taco, they changed the plate up during the day as the ingredients on the original recipe were not available so in true chef style, they improvised and created a great new crab dish. It was served with a soft Pinot Gris from Marlborough NZ.

Fourth Course was corned beef with wagyu beef bresaola, nashi pear and buffalo curd, I loved this dish, it was the perfect combination of salty, sharp, sweet and creamy! The plating was also beautiful and this dish was a great hit at the table! Served with aMontrose Mudgee Pietra Sangiovese, one of my favourite reds.

Fifth course was one of Chef Colin Fassnidges  specialities, whole slow roasted suckling pig. I hope  I don't offend anyone with this photo, but the whole pig was slow roasted and nothing was wasted! It is so fantastic to see chefs like Colin teaching the apprentices how to use the whole animal and not waste anything! The pork was so tender and moist, served with some seasoned salt and lemon wedges, it was sensational! It was accompanied by a small glass of Addlestones Cloudy English Cider.

Feeling like a celebrity at the media hub!
Now I will be honest here, I was starting to get full! and there were still two courses to go!

Luckily it was cheese time with melted brie on sourdough and a caramelised onion accompanied by a Robert Oatley Cabernet Sauvignon.

Dessert was chocolate delice a really rich light chocolate mousse with a small cornflake popsicle, cute and delicious.

At the end of a long night of indulgent food, wine and great service out comes an amazing dish of petit fours, I was too full to eat more than just one little piece of peanut brittle but it was so worth it!

I love that this restaurant is all about the students learning the trade in the most up to date and innovative way. I had a great time, the service was excellent with smiling people and great food. What an honour to be a guest at a table with chefs in the making. Destiny's restaurant is open Tuesdays and Wednesdays during term time and it is a great way to support students and the local industry.

Congratulation to the scholarship winners for this year who I am sure will go far in the industry. A huge congratulations also goes to Di Laver who has organised these Celebrity Chef Dinners for the last twelve years and will be sadly missed as she swaps teaching for retirement.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

{Review} Cooking Classes with Healthy Bites

When I was invited along to try out Sian's healthy cooking classes I was excited. These classes shared my passion for delicious food with the balance of eating well. I was interested to chat with an accredited dietician about what she thinks of food and of course learn to make some new healthy yummy dishes.

Sian watching everyone prepare food.
I love to cook, and eat..... therefore I need to be careful that I  feed my family nutritious food. As a long distance runner, getting the right nutrition in for optimal performance is really important to me, so any tips are welcome. Sian was great at answering all our questions, like which sugar is best or is there a difference between canned and dry beans.

The classes are set in the gorgeous Sandy Good Wich which is at the top end on Crown Street and has an incredible sandwich menu. I will be testing them out next week as it has amazing reviews. But that is just the setting and has absolutely nothing to do with the cooking classes.

Back to the classes! Each class has a theme, the one I did was based on a winter theme of fast food the next one is for busy professionals and how to fit nutritious food into your life.

During the class we set out to help cook four dishes, none of them were difficult but all them were very tasty and healthy. Sian also talked to us about how to make double batches and make different meals with the same base. The classes are interactive and everyone gets involved with chopping, zesting and blitzing. You also share a meals with everyone from all the things you cook over the night. We cooked the following dishes.
  • Lentil bites with lemon pesto served in pureed cauliflower
  • Chilli Beans with guacamole and roasted sweet potato
  • Apple and Blueberry crumble
  • Chia Date and Walnut Slice
All the dishes were delicious and I loved sitting down and chatting with the other participants of the class and Sian as we tucked into the 4 courses. Each dish was designed to be healthy, family friendly and accessable, there were no crazy ingredients that cost the earth.

Sians approach to her work is to help people make small changes in their lifestyle to better their health. She is sensible and talked about cutting your meat down and adding a tin of beans to make it a little healthier, swap potato mash occassionally for cauliflower mash, use lemon basil pesto rather than butter on your sandwich. This class is perfect for people wanting to learn some new recipes, meet a dietician and ask lots of questions, talk about seasonal food and how best to prepare them.

Even though the food is simple I learnt a lot, we discussed spices and how to use them to jazz up food, I learnt the right way to zest lemons and how to make a mashed cauliflower. There were lots of fresh flavours that I hadn't combined before and I have already used at home.

The next class is on 18th September and will be focused on busy professionals and will talk about getting some nutrious food into a hectiic lifestyle, I need this class too, book me in. The classes cost $55 and include dining on all the delcious dishes you make. For our class the apple and blueberry crumble was so good with a macadamia and oat top, yummy!



Sian is available to host cooking demonstrations at your event or work place, and also teaches private classes. She also runs a private clinic where she helps people achieve a healthy lifestyle and positive relationship with food, assists with food intolerances and gastrointestinal complaints and takes a sensible approach to weight loss. For more information phone Sian on 0401 332 864 or visit 

 Class Details Here

Saturday, August 16, 2014

{Review} Char Char Bar and Grill

A few weeks ago I went to check out Char Char Bar and Grill  one of Wollongong newest restaurants, I was excited because I had heard so many good things about it. The restaurant is in the new part of the WIN Entertainment Centre and specialises in steaks and ribs with a South African feel.

We went on a cold day but the sun was shining so we decided to eat outside in the enclosed area. It was nice and warm, but it still felt like you were sitting outside in the sunshine, the heaters sure did their job! They have a regular indoor area as well but I do love eating al fresco.

As soon as we walked in, we ran into some friends and the men started raving about the steaks, "best in town" they declared. I always get slightly worried about steak restaurants, they bring back memories of Loan Star style dining, not my favourite. But I didn't need to worry at all about Char Char, the food is grea,t but so is the style and there are no line dancing wait staff to be seen.

The menu has something for everyone, steak, chicken, salads, dips, fish, even kangaroo. It was actually a bit tough choosing what to eat so we decided to go with the meat platter, $99 for a whole lot of meat! Pork ribs, steak, chicken, kangaroo skewers, chicken wings and boerewor sausages, plus a side of chips! The waitress advised us that it would be heaps of food for three people and there was, if you ordered a couple of extra sides you could feed 4 adults.

Pork ribs are my absolute favourite meal and these were perfectly cooked, fell off the bone and were basted in Char Char's famous Bulu sauce, if you like ribs these are perfect! If you think things might get messy you can even take up their offer of a free bib!

The Kangaroo skewers were so tender that I was pleasantly surprised, Kangaroo can be a little tough but these skewers were just the right size for tasty and tender pieces. The steak was perfectly cooked, we eat medium rare and that is exactly how it came. We got the chicken wings with the Peri Peri sauce on the side and I am glad that we did, the sauce is so spicy, so you have been warned. Boerewor sausages are very popular sausage in South Africa although the origins are Dutch, they are packed full of spices and are very tasty. The chips rock with proper sea salt flakes sprinkled on them. I couldn't fault any of the platter, it was all perfectly cooked, I probably would order a salad to go with it next time though because it is a lot of meat!


Miss 5 ordered fish and chips from the kids menu and I was impressed that it was grilled fish and hand cut chips rather. The kids menu is also a colouring sheet and comes with pencils to keep them busy whilst their meal is cooking. There were other kids meals too like small steak, burger and chicken, plenty of options for kids.


 Wine and food does go hand in hand so I ordered a couple of lovely glasses of Sauvignon Blanc, which I enjoyed whilst the little one coloured in. I have a bit of a wine glass obsession and these one past the test, great glasses and delicious wine. They also have an extensive cocktail menu and there were lots of people enjoying them whilst we were there. The beer menu was interesting with some local boutique beers and some international ones.

Char Chars is open Wednesday - Sunday for Dinner and Friday - Sunday for lunch. The outdoor area is enclosed and toasty warm so you can choose to eat inside or in the fresh air all year round. The ribs and steaks are great and their menu has something for everyone. I give it a big thumbs up and so did my meat loving family.

Website www.charchargrill.com
1300 433 432
WIN Stadium
Shop 4, 49 Harbour Street
Wollongong NSW 2500


Sunday, July 27, 2014

{Review and Giveaway} Sydney Aquarium

I love the Sydney Aquarium, I remember being about 10 when it opened  and my grandparents took me. Gladesville and walk around the city, Darling Harbour wasn't the hub that it is now but I still loved it.
We used to spend a weak every year staying in the city with my grandparents and just one sibling it was so much fun as usually being a family of six we had to fight for attention. We would catch the bus in from

A few years ago I bought my daughter an annual pass to the aquarium because it was one of the only places that would calm her down, she is such a busy soul but loves the animals and water. We would regularly catch the train down from Wollongong and spend a few at the aquarium. I hadn't taken her for a while so I was curious to see what she though now she is almost six.
The Octonauts were visiting the aquarium over the school holidays and like most five years my little one is obsessed, she was so excited to get up close and have her photo taken. Each school holidays there are different special activities for the kids. I will let you in on a little secret though, it is even better to visit the aquarium in the low season which includes outside of school holidays because it become a tranquil escape. The aquarium is so relaxing, you can spend hours just sitting and watching the fish and sharks swim around.

There is so much to see and do, I would definitely leave at least two hours to take your time and see all the wonderful displays. There are interactive zones where kids can touch sealife under the careful guidance of the aquarium staff, this is such a great way to instill a love of sea creatures and an understanding of sealife. There are 6,000 different creatures to learn about whilst you are there so a great learning experience as well as a fun day out.

My absolute favourite part has always been the tunnels where you can watch the sharks and the huge
stingrays swim past, it feels like you are under the sea.

If you are planning a trip to the Aquarium which you should be, check out the website first there is cheap parking, prepaid ticket specials and some added extra like snorkeling and glass bottom boat rides, even shark feeding sessions.

But we are very excited to be giving away two family passes to the aquarium. One we have already opened that is exclusive to our newsletter subscribers, you can become a subscriber too here. Just tell us below what you love most about the sea below to be in the running to take the whole family to Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.


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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Winter School Holidays Wollongong

The holidays are almost here how exciting! The winter holidays are always the hardest to keep the kids busy especially if the weather turns nasty! We have a great competition which I closes very soon to win tickets to see Erths Dinosaurs at the Illawarra Fly, enter here.

We will update the website as more events are listed so don't forget to check back. What's on in Wollongong 

Movies at the Cinema
  • How to Train a Dragon 2
  • RIO 2
  • Tinkerbell Pirate Fairy
There are lots of great activities on the website as well which are open everyday, here are some of them.
Here are lots of great events!
Peppa Pig Live! Treasure Hunt
What: Kids  Where: Illawarra Performing Arts Centre   When: June 25, 2014
Life Like Touring in association with Fiery Light UK are pleased to announce that due to popular demand, Australia’s favourite family show will tour more of the country in 2014 starting with a 32 stop tour right up and down the East Coast of Australia including Wollongong!!! More Info
School Holiday Fun at Dapto Leagues
What: Kids  Where: Dapto Leagues  When: June 27, 2014 - July 10, 2014, 12:00AM
Have some free fun these school holidays at Dapto Leagues with a crocodile encounter, kids disco, magic show and golf clinics. More Info
Kids Disco at Dapto Leagues
What: Kids  Where: Dapto Leagues   When: June 27, 2014, 06:00PM - 09:00PM
Laser Lights, limbo Stick, Games and ehaps of funa nd prizes to be won
6 to 12 years only
Fully supervised | No alcohol permited
6.00 pm - 9.00 pm
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Kids Disco at Shellys
What: Kids  Where: Shellharbour Club   When: June 27, 2014, 06:00PM - 10:00PM
The Shellharbour Club holds a FREE KIDZ DANCE PARTY for members on the last Friday of every month. This fully supervised dance party allows parents to sign in their child and enjoy a night out. More Info
Meet the Octonauts at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium
What: Kids  Where: Sydney Aquarium   When: June 28, 2014, 11:00AM - July 20, 2014, 02:00AM
Explore the great big ocean with the Octonauts at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium from 28 June to 20 July 2014! With daily appearances by Captain Barnacles and Kwazii from 11am to 2pm kids are guaranteed the ultimate Octonauts experience. More Info
Circus WOW presents ActiveArt Kids Circus
What: Kids  Where: Fairy Meadow  When: June 30, 2014
We play on trapeze, aerial silks, rolla bollas, balancing objects and learn lots of object manipulation (hoops, poi, spinning plates, etc and acrobatics!

We like to start with a song or game and finish with parachute and crash the mat:) More Info
VEGEMITE SurfGroms Kids Surfing Lessons
What: Kids  Where: Various   When: June 30, 2014 - July 11, 2014, 12:00AM
VEGEMITE SurfGroms is offered under licence by Surfing Australia and aims to teach kids about surfing. It is a fun program that gets kids together promoting social awareness and co-ordination which continues into developing their surfing skills. They will also learn about the ocean through 5 different levels teaching them about beach safety, ocean awareness, basic surf rescue and a host of other topics. More Info
Kids Activities in the Library Shellharbour
What: Kids  Where: Various   When: June 30, 2014 - July 11, 2014, 12:00AM
There is heaps of stuff on this school holidays at your local Shellharbour library branch. More Info
Kids Activities in Wollongong Libraries
What: Kids  Where: Wollongong Libraries   When: June 30, 2014 - July 11, 2014, 12:00AM
Get along to your local library these school holidays for some great entertainment! More Info 
Fun-Damentals School Holidays Sports Activities
What: Kids  Where: Wollongong   When: June 30, 2014 - July 11, 2014, 12:00AM
Fun-Damentals provide school holiday activities for Primary school children in Wollongong. Activities are all based on Fundamental Movement Skills and we address at least 4 sports a day and cover sports such as AFL, Touch Football, Soccer, OzTag, Basketball, Hockey, Cricket, Softball/Teeball. Classes run every day of school holidays except public holidays during school hours. Parents can sign up for 1 or multiple days. More Info
Little Leonardos Kids School Holiday Art Classes
What: Kids  Where: Warilla   When: June 30, 2014 - July 11, 2014, 12:00AM
Join experienced artists who work alongside your children to help bring out their creative side these school holidays. The studio is designed to introduce the world of art to children in a fun filled and safe environmeLittle LEONARDO's© Art Studio for kids School Holiday Art Program for kids 5yrs and up
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School Holiday Art Classes at Towradgi Beach Hotel
What: Kids  Where: Towradgi Beach Hotel   When: June 30, 2014 - July 11, 2014, 12:00AM
TBH is again keeping the kids entertained these school holidays! More Info
Mini Master Chef
What: Kids  Where: Towradgi Beach Hotel   When: June 30, 2014 - July 11, 2014, 12:00AM
Book the kids into our very popular Mini Master Chef Classes during the winter School Holidays!
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Jewellery and Beading Classes - School Holiday
What: Kids  Where: Corrimal   When: June 30, 2014 - July 11, 2014, 12:00AM
Try your hand at making jewelery or other beading items such as a beaded spider or decorations. More Info
School Holiday Sports Camp
What: Kids  Where: University of Wollongong   When: June 30, 2014 - July 11, 2014, 12:00AM
Keep your child active and entertained over the school holiday with a sport cam. Children will learn skills as they play and try out sports such as tennis, hockey, soccer, basketball, cricket and various throwing, catching and dodging games. With a focus on participation and having a good time this program is excellent for introducing kids to new sports and for keeping them active during the school holidays. Suitable for primary school aged children. More Info
Oak Flats Roller Skating Rink
What: Kids  Where: Oak Flats   When: June 30, 2014 - July 11, 2014, 12:00AM
Have a great family fun day roller skating!!!!! See if kids or parents can skate better! More Info
School Holiday Fun at Wollongong Botanical Gardens
What: Kids  Where: Botanical Gardens   When: June 30, 2014, 10:00AM - July 04, 2014, 01:00PM
The Wollongong Botanic Garden's school holiday program runs during every term break for five days. All the programs, and their interactive and hands-on activities, are planned around an environmental theme, and are focused on teaching kids about sustainability. More Info
School Holiday Fun at Dapto Mall
What: Kids  Where:  Dapto Mall  When: June 30, 2014, 11:00AM - July 11, 2014, 02:00PM
Let the kids get creative with our FREE school holiday craft. More Info
School Holidays Workshops at the Art Gallery
What: Kids  Where: Wollongong City Gallery   When: July 01, 2014 - July 11, 2014, 12:00AM
Winter School Holiday workshops run from Tuesday 1 to Friday 11 July 2014 for age groups 5 to 8 and 9 to 14 year olds. Two hour workshops are available as well as full day workshops. More Info
Circus Wow and Payball Fun Day
What: Kids  Where: North Wollongong   When: July 01, 2014, 09:30AM - July 03, 2014, 12:30PM
Circus Wow is going to Playball and combining circus and ball sports fun! More Info
Circus Party Performance Day
What: Kids  Where: Wollongong   When: July 01, 2014, 10:00AM - July 02, 2014, 11:00AM
A fun holiday play session where children and their carers learn some new tricks to show off to each other at the end of the class. More Info
Miniature Trains school holidays
What: Kids  Where: Albion Park   When: July 01, 2014, 11:00AM - July 03, 2014, 04:00PM
Miniature train rides for the whole family as well as the railway museum. Also open for diesel train rides on Tuesdays & Thursdays in the July School Holidays. More Info
Smurf School Holiday Activities at Figtree
What: Kids  Where: Westfield Figtree   When: July 02, 2014, 09:00AM - July 12, 2014, 04:00PM
Keep the kids entertained these school holidays at Westfield Figtree with fun & free kids activities! More Info
iFly 4 Kids Erths Dinosaur Petting Zoo
What: Kids  Where: Illawarra Fly   When: July 03, 2014 - July 06, 2014, 12:00AM
Kids and parents alike can pat the lifelike young dinosaurs which are lively, animated and affectionate. The star of the show is the Dwarf Allosaurus (155 million years old), a fearsome carnivore at the top of the food chain with dramatic and abundant teeth to rip into its prey. Its size is similar to T Rex. Presented by internationally renowned Australian theatre company Erth, Visual and Theatre company – Dinosaur Zoo is a show not to be missed! More Info
Wildlife encounters at the Shellharbour Club
What: Kids  Where: Shellharbour Club   When: July 03, 2014 - 12:00AM
Imagine how excited your children would be to come face to face with an American alligator, a colourful parrot or watch as a giant Burmese python, over 3m long, is lifted from his travelling box! Joins us for our Wild Animal Encounters and let your kids get up close and personal with animals they normally only ever see through wire mesh or glass at the zoo! This is the educational and fun (and free!) way for your kids to learn about animals from all around the world.
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Crocodile Encounters at Dapto Leagues
What: Kids  Where: Dapto Leagues   When: July 04, 2014, 11:00AM - 12:00PM
Get up close and personal with snakes, Lizards, crocodiles and a few suprises! More Info
Kids Disco at Dapto Leagues
What: Kids  Where: Dapto Leagues   When: July 04, 2014, 06:00PM - 09:00PM
Laser Lights, limbo Stick, Games and ehaps of funa nd prizes to be won
6 to 12 years only
Fully supervised | No alcohol permited
6.00 pm - 9.00 pm
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Kids School Holiday Fun Day Crown Street Mall
What: Kids  Where: Wollongong   When: July 05, 2014 - 12:00AM
Crown Street Mall will light up with entertainment on Saturday 5 July with interactive games, hip hop dancers and some exciting activities with Micky and Minnie Mouse! Don't miss out - get the kids down to enjoy some fun in the mal these school holidays. Activities will include funny and entertaining mini shows, face painting, roving entertainment, arts and crafts, egg and spoon races, sack races, barmy balloon modelling show, balloons for all the children, interactive magic show, dancing games, story telling and bubbles.
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GiveAbility Family Fun Day at Figtree
What: Kids  Where: Westfield Figtree   When: July 05, 2014, 09:00AM - 04:00PM
Saturday, 5 July is GiveAbility Day at Westfield Figtree, an annual fundraising event in support of families of children living with a disability. Here at Westfield, we recognise that families are the real heroes for children living with a disability. So on GiveAbility Day, we’re inviting you to bring the whole family to come along and enjoy a range of fun-filled activities, events and entertainment to help support this event. More Info
Day out with Thomas the Tank Engine at Thirlmere
What: Kids  Where: Thirlmere   When: July 05, 2014, 10:00AM - July 06, 2014, 04:00PM
Meet the full-sized Thomas the Tank Engine. Take a genuine steam train ride from Sodor Island Railway Station pulled by Donald the black engine. See Toby the Rail Motor and watch Henry shunting the Troublesome Trucks. More Info
Super Wrestling Heroes Kids Disco Party for KidzWish
What: Kids  Where: Dapto  When: July 05, 2014, 05:00PM - 07:15PM
“Get excited and ready to party, as The Super Wrestling Heroes Team and The Kidzwish Foundation make their return to The Dapto Ribbonwood Centre on the 5th of July from 5pm-7.15pm, and throw a Super School Holiday Spectacular Event like no other! Come down and see their hilarious comedy stage performances, fun interactive games and activities, disco music and dance floor, facepainting and the famous comedy cake ”in the face” smash. The Kidzwish Foundation will also be running a BBQ and Canteen. Don’t forget to dress up because the best dressed SUPERHERO or VILLIAN on the night will win themselves a Personalised Super Wrestling Heroes Championship Belt! More Info
Make & Do school holiday program in Bowral
What: Kids  Where: Bowral  When: July 07, 2014 - July 08, 2014, 12:00AM
The Make & Do school holiday program is back this winter with brand new sessions at the Highlands’ newest school holiday hub, the Bradman Centre Bowral. The workshops, designed for children aged six to 12, cover a wide range of fun activities: clay cups and saucers, making videos, drawing, painting, photography and much more. “Most of our sessions have nothing to do with cricket, and all to do with allowing the kids to be creative and interactive. And for those that are into cricket, the bonus is they are surrounded by inspiration.” More Info
Toddler High Tea at Lagoon
What: Kids  Where: North Wollongong   When: July 07, 2014, 09:30AM - 11:30AM
Lagoon is hosting High Tea, without the fine bone china…. For parents, carers and their little ones. More Info
Science Centre and Planetarium School Holiday Program
What: Kids  Where: Wollongong  When: July 07, 2014, 09:30AM - July 11, 2014, 11:00AM
The Science Centre is the perfect place to inspire kids with interactive exhibits and a fantastic planetarium. Join them for some great school holiday workshops. More Info
The Listies  - Earworms at IPAC
What: Kids  Where: Illawarra Performing Arts Centre   When: July 08, 2014 - July 09, 2014, 12:00AM
Wollongong has fallen in love with their shows about computers and movies, now The Listies return with their new show! Imagine The Young Ones hosting Play School - if The Young Ones had downloaded two gigabytes of fart noises. Now The Listies are back with the chaotic and ingenious Earworms - an interactive show recorded live during each show and then posted online so you can listen back later. Earworms is raucous, unruly and guaranteed to have the whole audience (even Dads) rolling on the floor laughing.
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Miniature Trains school holidays
What: Kids  Where: Albion Park   When: July 08, 2014, 11:00AM - July 10, 2014, 04:00PM
Miniature train rides for the whole family as well as the railway museum. Also open for diesel train rides on Tuesdays & Thursdays in the July School Holidays. More Info
UOW ConocoPhillips Science Experience
What: Kids  Where: University of Wollongong   When: July 09, 2014 - July 11, 2014, 12:00AM
School Holiday Fun for the kids! The UOW ConocoPhillips Science Experience is on 9-11 July, with an interesting and fun 3 days of school holiday science for students in Years 9/10. With plenty of hands-on science activities, sessions include Cool Physics, Chemistry Creations and much more as well as a field trip to the Science Centre. The kids definately won't be bored these coming school holidays! More Info
Wildlife encounters at the Shellharbour Club
What: Kids  Where: Shellharbour Club  When: July 10, 2014, 11:30AM - 12:30PM
Imagine how excited your children would be to come face to face with an American alligator, a colourful parrot or watch as a giant Burmese python, over 3m long, is lifted from his travelling box! Joins us for our Wild Animal Encounters and let your kids get up close and personal with animals they normally only ever see through wire mesh or glass at the zoo! This is the educational and fun (and free!) way for your kids to learn about animals from all around the world.
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Kids Disco at Dapto Leagues
What: Kids  Where: Dapto Leagues  When: July 10, 2014, 06:00PM - 09:00PM
Laser Lights, limbo Stick, Games and ehaps of funa nd prizes to be won
6 to 12 years only
Fully supervised | No alcohol permited
6.00 pm - 9.00 pm
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Illawarra Light Railway - Miniature Trains
What: Kids  Where: Albion Park   When: July 13, 2014, 11:00AM - 04:00PM
Miniature train rides for the whole family as well as the railway museum. More Info

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