WALKING AND CYCLE TRACKS
We are spoilt for choice when it comes to walking and cycle tracks across the Coast. We have the Gosford Waterfront, Long Jetty cycleway and Terilbah Reserve at The Entrance, to name a few. All have big open spaces and playgrounds along the way to keep the kids entertained for hours. One of our favourite spots, however, is the Kincumber to Davistown foreshore walk. It has the flavour of a bush and foreshore walk, is relatively flat and there are plenty of spots to stop and play (or rest).
Wet weather hint: When rainy days ruin your fun, check out whether your local primary school is open to the community. Most have covered outdoor learning areas (COLAs) where the kids can practice skateboarding or bike riding, and they ensure no-one gets wet-weather cabin fever.
JUMP ON A FERRY
Central Coast Ferries, which run from Woy Woy to Empire Bay via Saratoga and Davistown, is an affordable option for local sightseeing (and for boat-obsessed kids). There is a park opposite the wharf on arrival in Woy Woy, not to mention beautiful scenery as you travel along the water. Our suggestion is to jump on the ferry at Woy Woy and travel up to Davistown for a quick bite to eat at Davistown RSL (the playground there is legendary), before heading back down.
You could also consider getting the ‘Ferry to the Footy’. Keep an eye out on their Facebook page for services to NRL and Central Coast Mariners games. Tickets: $18 adults, $9.40 per child (return).
PLAY IN THE AUTUMN LEAVES
Why not take the kids to watch the seasons change by visiting local autumnal spots in Matcham or Glenworth Valley, where the Liquidambar trees drop their vibrant orange and red leaves? It’s an experience to remember with the kids in awe of the magic of nature, and the trees are a beautiful backdrop for lovely family photos.
GET INTO YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY
Children of all ages love the library – what’s not to love? You can borrow as many books as you like (technically up to 20) and they have a ton of free activities for children of all ages. For those up to two years of age, ‘Babytime’ is a fun session of songs, rhymes and a chance to read with your little one. For those aged 2-3 years, ‘Toddlertime’ helps parents engage with their children through songs, stories and activities, while ‘Storytime’ encourages a love of reading and creativity for preschool children using stories, songs and a fun craft activity.
Did you know many of our Central Coast Libraries also run a LEGO club after school, and it’s free? It’s a really great way for youngsters to come and connect with others who have similar interests. Check out the Central Coast Council website to see what other special activities they hold throughout the year (most are free or with a small fee).
KIDS EAT FREE DEALS ACROSS THE COAST
Eating out with kids can be costly, so local Kids Eat Free deals are a great way for the family to enjoy a special meal without breaking the bank. There are plenty of venues across the region that offer free meals for children, with each paying adult.
The Sunken Monkey Hotel at Erina has a Kids Eat Free offer every day, while Bateau Bay Hotel, Norah Head Sporties Bowling & Sports Club and Wyong Rugby Leagues Club are just a few venues that offer the deal on a Sunday afternoon.