AUTUMN 2021

SUMMER FUN FOR KIDS on the Coast
Splash about at the water play park. Experience sensory art play, or let kids — from tots to teens — try their hand at being a mini Picasso. Forage, pluck and pick your own fruit, flowers or veges. Kick a ball, kick a goal. There's lots of summer fun to keep the kids amused.

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SPLASH ABOUT

Get set to make a splash at Splash Park, the new accessible water play park that has opened at Woy Woy’s Peninsula Leisure Centre.

The ocean-themed play area includes a 300-litre mega-soaker tipping-bucket and sculptural fountains that children are encouraged to play with and manipulate. There’s a ship’s mast that tips water onto kids, a large red anchor that sprays water, a blue pole that creates an umbrella of water, and a mythical blue sea creature that squirts water from its mouth.

At one end of the water park is a quieter play for toddlers, and the other end has been designed with more boisterous play in mind: think water cannons that can be moved and aimed at friends, as well as a large spiral that’s begging to be run through. Peninsula Leisure Centre: 02 4325 8123; 243 Blackwall Road, Woy Woy.

ARTISTIC PLAY

Little Seeds ArtPlay recently launched on the Central Coast, bringing their tiny tots art classes to Terrigal. Children learn through play, and these fun-filled, unstructured classes let them be creative through open-ended art experiences. In each session, the children are invited to explore multiple stations that encourage sensory play. They can build with clay, create a large-scale drawing, push toy cars through paint, or get absorbed in tipping, splashing and scooping a sensory tub full of things to do. It’s messy. It’s imaginative. And it’s a heap of fun.

And the best part is that parents are encouraged to get involved too. Bring your paint shirts and let your imagination out to play. ⁠

⁠In each term, there are 5-week classes for children aged 16 months to 6 years, as well as Christmas workshops and school holiday classes for children up to 10 years old. littleseedsartplay.com/

PICK YOUR OWN

Did you know that there’s a local farm in Jilliby where you can forage for blueberries, pluck tomatoes from vines and pick tulips from the ground? Located on the Central Coast plateau, The Giving Farm (aka Central Coast Veggie Patch) is a family-friendly farm where you can experience pick-your-own days and meet some feathered and hooved animals.

When it’s time to harvest, Missy, Anthony and their three kids swing open their farm gates and invite you to walk their paddocks and pick from their crops. You might be harvesting grape tomatoes one month, and mini cucumbers the next. At other times they have rows of tulips, sunflowers or lavender available to pick.

‘Our tomatoes taste so different to those people buy in the shops,’ says Missy. ‘Kids get to pick and taste a real tomato.’

They also get to cuddle the chooks, pat the lamb and feed the goats. It’s guaranteed to get even the most urbanised visitors thinking of a farm-change.

centralcoastveggiepatch.com.au/ Dates for pickings are announced on facebook.com/TheGivingFarmAU

KICK A BALL, KICK A GOAL

A new soccer school has arrived on the Coast! If you have a boy or girl who’s happiest kicking a ball around, here’s the chance to sign them up. The Central Coast School of Soccer (CCSS) run ‘elite’ school holiday soccer camps as well as futsal skills-development programs.

Run by UEFAC- and FA L2-qualified coaches, these programs are designed for players, ‘Who wish to accelerate their technical skills, physical fitness and unlock their football potential,’ says CCSS coach Jack Marsh.

The programs are for kids aged 5 to 16, whether they’re a beginner or experienced player. And there’s a real focus on improving each child’s skillset. The summer school holiday camps run for 4 half-days, and the futsal skills development program runs for 8 weeks. centralcoastschoolofsoccer.com.au/

MINI PICASSOS

You’re probably familiar with Pinot ‘n’ Picasso’s adult paint ’n’ sip classes, but did you know they also run kids’ classes in the school holidays? There’s no BYO (of course) and the artworks are appropriately chosen to appeal to a wide range of children: think panda bears, rabbits wearing flower crowns and dreamy dreamcatchers. The sessions are suitable for children aged 7 to 17, and are run by a qualified schoolteacher. https://www.pinotandpicasso.com.au/terrigal/

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