School Holiday Ideas for the Central Coast

If your family  aren’t snow bunnies or jet-setting sun seekers escaping to a tropical paradise it must be about time to start thinking about the July school holidays………..less than 2 weeks away!

We love to mix it up during our school holidays with a mix of outings, catching up with friends, a paid activity or two and plenty of fun at home to relax and recharge for the next school term.

So you can start writing your own school holiday plan and making sure you aren ‘t left wondering what to do we have compiled some suggestions to get you started. Happy planning!

See a show

Central Coast Gang Show

The Central Coast Gang Show is going to take you on a family friendly adventure around Australia and the rest of the world. The local Scouts and Guides have once again worked hard to present their annual show full of dances, songs and plenty of laughs. 4 shows at the Laycock Street Theatre, Thursday 13 July 2017, 7.30pm / Friday 14 July 2017, 7.30pm / Saturday 15 July, 1pm and 7pm

Tickets available online here

Take a class

Brickz for kidz

1/2 Day and Full Day MEGA LEGO® WORKSHOPS over 2 DAYS ONLY these July School Holidays!!
Chose from all your favourite themes inspired by Minecraft®, Star Wars®, Pokemon®, Frozen®, Superheroes, Pirate Quest, Jurassic World, Amazing Animals, Brick City and so much more…build from one theme or build them all – loads of fun building, free play and games on offer!

Central Coast School Holidays Lego Brickz for Kidz

Sessions scheduled for 5 July & 12 July at Erina Community Trust Hall. Bookings here.

Julie’s Place

A great line up of school holiday classes to choose from including a mini high tea, cupcake decorating, pizza, pasta, Chinese and Thai cooking. Classes available for different age groups, from infants through to high school students.

We have road tested a school holiday class in 2017 and highly recommend the experience for kids interested in cooking.

Check out the full schedule and book online here. 

NSW Sport and Recreation School Holiday programs

Circus stuffArchery, and Parkour  are just some of the awesome sessions, kids can enrol in during the school holidays. A great opportunity to try something new without committing to a whole term of after school sessions.

Get outside

It might be cold outside but getting some fresh air is worth it for these great ideas

Ice skating @ Kibble Park, Gosford

Returning for a second year, you can strap on your skates and experience outdoor ice skating in Kibble Park from 7 July to 15 July, 10am – 7pm

$ 10 buys a 45 minute session, bookings here

Special event days scheduled for Saturday 8 July with a Disney theme day and Sunday 9 July is a family fun day.

Rockpool Rambles & Seagrass Saunters

Organised through Central Coast Council you can book in for a free guided exploration of our beautiful coastal areas with a Rock Pool Ramble on

Thursday 6 July, Norah Head, 11am / Sunday 9 July, Umina Beach South, 1pm / Monday 10 July, Toowoon Bay, 1.30pm / Monday 10 July, Terrigal Haven, 1.30pm

or Seagrass Saunters on Friday 7 July,  Bensville, 12pm / Wednesday 12 July,  Bensville, 3pm

Details on how to book available here

Go whale watching

Try spotting for whales along the coast. We recently had a visit to the Captain Cook Lookout and it was very exciting to spot two whales making their way north. You can read our profile about places to go whale watching here.

Terrigal Haven, Central Coast, NSW, Whale Watching

Take a bushwalk

We love a winter bushwalk! No humidity, the snakes are sleeping and a sunny winters days in the bush are glorious. The coast has an abundance of beautiful bushland to explore. A few easy places to check out are at Kincumba Mountain ReserveMt Ettalong Lookout or Somersby Falls.


If you are keen for more bushwalking information the website wildwalks has an amazing collection of very detailed track notes that covers off many of the Central Coast National Park areas.

Take a day trip

Holiday time means the chance to go adventuring and explore further from home. Here are three suggestions for you if this idea appeals

Hunter Valley Gardens

Snow Time in the Garden is an annual event which gives visitors the chance to experience some icy fun in the beautiful Hunter Valley Gardens.

The event runs from 24 June to 16 July, operating 10am – 7pm weekdays / 10am – 9pm weekends.

Attractions at the event include ice skating, ice toboggan, 2 large icy play zones, snow ball challenge, inflatables, arcade games and rides (additional cost.) On the weekends you can also see live ice-sculpting at 11am & 2pm.


Make and hug a snowman ⛄️#SnowTime start 24 June at #HunterValleyGardens

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Tickets can be pre-purchased online here.

Visit Lifeline Book Fair

For the book worms in your household we can highly recommend a trip down the M1 to the Lifeline Book Fair. Held at Knox Grammar school located on the Pacific Highway, Wahroonga. It runs over four days and offers 90 000 high quality second-hand books, CD & DVD. We have visited this event before and happily came away with a great collection of books to add to our bookshelf at a fraction of the full retail price.

More information found here

A day out in Sydney

So many options to choose from! Check out these current exhibitions for some ideas

Escape from Pompeii,

Sand in the City

Spiders – Alive & Deadly 

Hopefully the above ideas have kick started some planning to fill your school holiday with some fun. Enjoy

Central Coast Weekender Jen and Allie

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