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Events and activities for parents and babies, toddlers and school aged children in the Wollongong and Illawarra area.

Disclaimer: The details of each event are subject to change and may be weather reliant. Please contact individual event holders prior to attendance to confirm details. Some events require pre-booking.

Institute of Interesting Ideas: Lofty Fulton - Turning Brokenness into Breakthroughs. 20% off tickets with Parents Guide Illawarra!

Friday 26 July, 2019

6pm - 8pm

Ages: Teens +
Cost: PARENTS GUIDE ILLAWARRA 20% DISCOUNT CODE!. Tickets from $55
Venue: The Pavillion Kiama
Join Lofty for an inspiring story of collusion of light and shade; a reflection on what it means to be human, to search for meaning and purpose. Join us for the fourth event in the Institute of Interesting Ideas Winter Series, Kiama.
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Institute of Interesting Ideas: Lucy Bloom - Love, Loss & Letting Loose. 20% off tickets with Parents Guide Illawarra!

Friday 2 August, 2019

6pm - 8pm

Ages: Teens+
Cost: PARENTS GUIDE ILLAWARRA 20% DISCOUNT CODE! Tickets from $55
Venue: The Pavillion Kiama
Stirring, straight-talking, incredibly inspiring, funny and full-on, Lucy Bloom is one of a kind, and so is her memoir. Join us for the fifth event in the Institute of Interesting Ideas Winter Series, Kiama.
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Paint the Gong REaD - join us for our FREE annual reading day to celebrate Book Week!

Thursday 15 August, 2019

9.30am - 11.30am

Ages: All families with children 0 - 5 years
Cost: FREE
Venue: Warrawong Plaza - meet at Centre Stage
Join BrightSpark, Billy Backpack and our special guest star story tellers for our annual reading day to celebrate Book Week! All families with children 0-5 years are invited! This is a FREE family-friendly event.
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Parents! Get your SECOND $100 Active Kids Voucher - this is how...

From 1 July, 2019

Ages: For children between 4.5 - 18-years-old and enrolled in school.
Cost: Claim up to $200 per year for each child!
Venue: Service NSW
The NSW Government is now offering all NSW families a SECOND $100 Active Kids Rebate
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Carmel & Co Gymnastics - Gym 4 Fun Holiday Program. Tramp and Bungee and our new Ninja Warrior Program!

8 - 19 July, 2019

Full day, morning & afternoon sessions

Ages: 5 - 12 years
Cost: From $30 for morning or afternoon session.
Venue: Carmel & Co Gymnastics
Starting from $30, we have half and full day options with a variety of themes and activities, from Mini Olympics and Pit Relays! Don’t forget to book your spot soon to avoid missing out, especially for our ever popular Tramp & Bungee day!
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Beachside Ice Skating - Novotel Wollongong Northbeach

6 - 21 July, 2019

Sessions start from 10am, with the last session at 7pm all week.

Ages: From 2 years of age +
Cost: $10 - $55
Venue: Novotel Wollongong Northbeach
Winter is coming to the beach with an open-air genuine ice skating experience on our rooftop terrace this July!
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Winter comes alive in the City these July School Holidays!

6 - 21 July, 2019

11am - 3pm daily

Ages: Perfect for children aged 3 -15 years.
Cost: This is a free event and no bookings are required.
Venue: Ground Level, Gateway Building (Next to Lorna Jane)
Our interactive and immersive Light Playground is a mesmerising, engaging, interactive drop-in area for children and families!
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My Forest Adventure at Illawarra Fly Treetop Adventures!

1 - 31 July, 2019

Open daily 9am – 5pm. Last entry 4pm

Ages: All ages!
Cost: Included in price of admission. Adults from $22.50. Children from $13.50. Zipline Tour (includes Treetop Walk): Adults from $60. Children from $36 (book online and save!).
Venue: Illawarra Fly Treetop Adventures
We look forward to seeing you amongst the trees for your Illawarra Fly adventure today!
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Trees Adventure Nowra Park - KidZip is on these school holidays for energetic explorers!

Open 7 days a week during school holidays

Tuesday - Friday 10am to 5pm. Saturday - Sunday 9am to 5pm

Ages: From 4 years +
Cost: General tickets are from $25. KidZip sessions are $55, on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 9:30am of the school holidays.
Venue: Trees Adventure Nowra Park
Australia’s First Cliff Edge Experience! Only 1 hour from Wollongong, Trees Adventure Nowra Park is an exhilarating 2 Hour experience with 2m low easy courses up to 25m high insane ones! Soar through the trees on flying foxes and thrilling aerial challenges!
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Early Start Discovery Space - July School Holiday Program

6 - 21 July, 2019

Refer website for schedule

Ages: 0 - 10 years
Cost: $7.50/non-members, $5/members. Costs for workshops are additional to Discovery Space entry. Daily Activties are FREE after entry.
Venue: Early Start Discovery Space
Keep those little hands busy these school holidays with bookable workshops, including LEGO, slime, art, comic books, construction site tours and loads of free daily activities – all around the theme of USE YOUR HANDS!
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Fun-damentals Winter Holiday Program - find out why kids AND parents cannot get enough of this super popular program!

8 - 19 July

8am - 6pm

Ages: Primary School Age
Cost: 1st child $55 – discounts apply for siblings. CCS subsidy is available.
Venue: Lindsay Park Primary School
Fun Games, Sports, Arts and Crafts, Creative Arts for all skill and age levels!
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Kids' Uni July Vacation Care Program - with daily themes and special activities, boredom isn't on the menu!

8 - 22 July, 2019

8am - 6pm

Ages: 5 - 12 years
Cost: $72 per day. CCB & CCR approved.
Venue: Innovation Campus - UOW
Jam packed with fun activities, theme days & excursions to entertain the children!
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The X Trial Australian Championship - action-packed, edge of your seat experience for the whole family!

Saturday 27 July, 2019

6.30pm

Ages: A great event for all ages.
Cost: Kids tickets from $15, adults from $35 and a family of 4 from $79.
Venue: WIN Entertainment Centre
Bring the whole family out to WIN Entertainment Centre for The Australian X Trial Championship on Saturday 27 July. It is the ultimate motorcycle competition with 8 riders competing to be the winner. A 3-hour action packed showcase which guarantees and edge of your seat experience.
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School Holiday fun at your local PCYC! Bulli, Lake Illawarra & Wollongong

July School Holidays

Refer individual school holiday programs for times

Ages: 5 - 12 years of age
Cost: FREE and paid activities
Venue: Bulli PCYC, Wollongong PCYC & Lake Illawarra PCYC
Need something for the kids to do during the school holidays? The PCYC at Bulli, Lake Illawarra and Wollongong all offer short workshops during the school holidays catering to all kids and all abilities!
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Scarborough Hotel - Coffee, Cake & Rock 'n' Stroll Offer is on these school holidays!

Monday - Friday

9am - 2.30pm

Ages: All ages
Cost: Coffee, cake & babycino for just $10!
Venue: The Scarborough Hotel
Catch up with other parents for coffee and take bub for a stroll along the scenic Seacliff Bridge these October School Holidays!
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Project Bucephalus - LEGO® Robotics holiday workshops! Work as a team with mum/dad or your bestie!

15 - 16 July & 18 - 19 July

9am - 3pm

Ages: Designed to be suitable for ages 7 and up, we will accept younger students if they are accompanied by an adult.
Cost: From $135 for 2 days
Venue: UOW - Wollongong & Shoalhaven Campuses
Project Bucephalus Robotics is a Wollongong-based group that has many years of experience running robotics activities for children in the Illawarra, Shoalhaven, and Sydney areas - and they are excited to present another round of Robo Camps for the July 2019 school holidays!
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Science Space - Destination Space. Have a blast these school holidays with extended opening hours!

Extended opening hours during the school holidays: 9am - 4pm

Ages: All ages
Cost: Entry prices apply.
Venue: Science Space
This year during the School Holidays visit Science Space! Internationally-recognised, Science Space is the largest hands-on science centre in NSW!
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3D Printing School Holiday Workshops designed just for kids! LEGO, puzzles, constructions sets and more!

School Holidays

9.30am - 3.30pm

Ages: 6 - 13 years of age
Cost: $75 per child
Venue: Upward Manufacturing
Looking for a school holiday activity for your budding genius? Kids will have a blast with a range of interactive activities including 3D printing, 3D drawing, puzzles, modular LEGO and construction sets.
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Circus Monoxide - July School Holiday Program is NOW OPEN! Circus tricks, movement & creativity for kids!

8 - 19 July, 2019

From 8.30am to 5pm

Ages: 5 - 13 years of age
Cost: Full day on any or several days - $85. 5 day week $350
Venue: Circus Monoxide
If you want to tumble, fly, do amazing tricks and have fun at the circus, book a spot in our holiday program!
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CIY.Club - Minecraft, Game Coding and more these School Holidays! Claim your Creative Kids Rebate.

School Holidays

9am - 3pm

Ages: 7-17 years
Cost: Claim your Creative Kids Rebate!
Venue: Across Wollongong
Includes popular Game Coding Camps - kids will learn awesome skills and will LOVE this holiday club!
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Hangdog Climbing Gym - Unlimited Climbing with our Family Pass! PLUS Kids Learn to Climb Classes

Mega-value July School Holiday Deals!

Ages: From 4 years
Cost: Mega-value July School Holiday Deals!
Venue: Hangdog Climbing Gym
Mega-value July School Holiday Deals!
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Sydney FC Wollongong Holiday Clinic. Action-packed holiday soccer FUN!

School Holidays

9am - 3pm each day. Registration will be at 8.30am on Tuesday 16 July, 2019.

Ages: 5 - 13 year old boys & girls
Cost: Cost includes Sydney FC Training Shirt, Shorts, Socks & Hat
Venue: Ian McLellan Park
Fitness AND fun at Sydney FC Holiday Clinics
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Stockland KidzWish Christmas Party

10am doors open  to 1pm    to  Fri 23 August 19

Venue: WSEC
Address: Corner Crown & Harbour streets Wollongong NSW 2500
Ages: Illawarra & South Coast children aged under 18 years who are sick, disadvantaged or have a disability and their carers
Cost: FREE

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Dapto Art & Craft Show

9am  to 4pm   Sat 24 August 19 to  Sun 25 August 19

Venue: Dapto Neighbourhood Centre (within Ribbonwood Centre)
Address: 93-109 Princes Highway Dapto NSW 2530
Ages: All ages
Cost: $5 Adult | $3 Concession Free | Kids Under 12 years

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The Lost World – Silent Film Fundraiser

2pm  to     to  Sat 24 August 19

Venue: Mt Keira Scout Camp
Address: Mount Keira Rd Mount Keira NSW
Ages: All ages
Cost: Tickets $20 pp (Child/Concession $15) (inc light refreshments—Tea/Coffee & Cordial)

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Tai Chi for for all who care for a person on the autism spectrum.

1pm  to 2pm    to  Wed 28 August 19

Venue: Dapto Ribbonwood Centre (Acacia Room)
Address:
Ages: A gentle flowing movement class for all who care for a person on the autism spectrum.
Cost: FREE

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Kiama Bodyboard King Pro

All day event

 to    Fri 30 August 19 to  Sun 8 September 19

Venue: Surf Beach - Kiama
Address: Kiama NSW 2533
Ages:
Cost: Refer website

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Family Fun Days for Children & Families (Child Protection Week)

9.30am  to 11.30am    to  Thu 5 September 19

Venue: Corrimal Shopping Centre, Warrawong Plaza & Stockland Nowra Shopping Centre
Address:
Ages: All ages!
Cost: FREE

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Berry Small Farm Field Days

8am  to 4pm   Fri 6 September 19 to  Sat 7 September 19

Venue: Berry Showground
Address: Alexandra Street Berry NSW 2535
Ages: All ages
Cost: Refer website

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MAMMA MIA (The Arcadians Theatre Group)

Refer website for times

 to    Fri 6 September 19 to  Sun 15 September 19

Venue: The Arcadians' Miner's Lamp Theatre
Address: 141 Princes Highway Corrimal NSW 2518
Ages: Ages 5+. Contains smoke and fog effects, strobe lighting and mirror ball.
Cost: Please refer website for ticket costs.

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Figtree High School Celebrates 50 Years - Open day

10am  to 2pm    to  Sat 7 September 19

Venue: Figtree High School
Address:
Ages:
Cost: FREE

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Romans Hot Rod Association - Hot Rod Run 2019 - Show & Shine

All day event

 to    Sun 8 September 19 to  Sun 8 September 19

Venue: Black Beach - Kiama Harbour
Address: Shoalhaven Street Kiama NSW 2533
Ages: All ages
Cost: $10 entry fee

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Spring into Corrimal 2019

9am  to 4pm    to  Sun 8 September 19

Venue: Corrimal
Address: Princes Highway Corrimal NSW
Ages: All ages
Cost: FREE entry

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Madagascar, A Musical Adventure Jr

6.30pm  to 9pm   Fri 13 September 19 to  Thu 12 September 19

Venue: Shellharbour Anglican College Multipurpose Hall
Address: 1 Piper Drive Dunmore NSW 2529
Ages: 4+
Cost: $15

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Comedy for a Cause - Mount St Thomas Public School

7pm  to 11pm    to  Fri 13 September 19

Venue: Mount St Thomas Public School Hall
Address: 12-14 Taronga Avenue Mangerton NSW 2500
Ages: 18+ (Parents)
Cost: $30

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Sculptures at Killalea 2019

9am  to 5pm   Fri 13 September 19 to  Sun 22 September 19

Venue: The Farm - Killalea State Park
Address: Killalea Drive Shell Cove NSW 2529
Ages: All ages
Cost: FREE to the general public.

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South Coast Food and Wine Festival

 to    Fri 13 September 19 to  Sun 15 September 19

Venue: Berry Showground
Address: Alexandra Street Berry NSW 2535
Ages: All ages
Cost: Refer website

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Illawarra Relay For Life

From 9.30am  to    Sat 14 September 19 to  Sun 15 September 19

Venue: Foleys Road, Gwynneville
Address:
Ages: All ages
Cost: Refer website for registration costs.

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North Gong Hotel Dog Day

Starts at 12pm  to     to  Sat 14 September 19

Venue: North Wollongong Hotel
Address: 3 Flinders Street Wollongong NSW 2500
Ages: All ages
Cost: FREE to attend

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Sculptures at Killalea - Family Day

10am  to 2pm    to  Sat 14 September 19

Venue: The Farm, Killalea
Address: Shell Cove NSW 2529
Ages: All ages
Cost: FREE

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Wollongong 5k Colour Frenzy

7am  to 10am    to  Sun 15 September 19

Venue: Stuart Park, Wollongong
Address:
Ages: All ages
Cost: Refeer website.

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Dr Kristy Goodwin - Digitalised Childhoods (0-8 Years)

7pm  to 9pm    to  Mon 16 September 19

Venue: St Luke's Preschool
Address: Moombara Street Dapto NSW 2530
Ages: Parents/Carers
Cost: Tickets required

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Sculptures at Killalea - Twilight Food Market

2pm  to 7pm    to  Sat 21 September 19

Venue: The Farn, Killalea
Address: Shell Cove NSW 2529
Ages: All ages
Cost: FREE

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Stanwell Park Spring Fair

10am  to 4pm    to  Sat 21 September 19

Venue: Stanwell Park Public School
Address: Stanwell Avenue Stanwell Park New South Wales 2508
Ages: All ages
Cost: Free

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Folk by the Sea - Kiama

Various times - refer website

 to    Fri 27 September 19 to  Sun 29 September 19

Venue: Kiama Showground
Address: Bong Bong Street Kiama NSW 2533
Ages: All ages
Cost: Youth (12-18yrs) (2 Day) $30 ▪ Child (U/12yrs) (2 Day) Free

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Play School Live in Concert: Humpty’s Showtime

12pm & 2pm

 to     to  Fri 28 September 18

Venue: University Hall - Wollongong University
Address: Northfields Ave Keiraville NSW 2500
Ages: All ages
Cost: Refer booking link

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The Next Step - WSEC

5pm  to     to  Sat 28 September 19

Venue: WSEC
Address: Corner Crown & Harbour Streets Wollongong NSW 2500
Ages: 3 year +
Cost: Refer website

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Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes and Dirty Beasts

Fri 4 Oct, 10am Fri 4 Oct, 12.30pm Sat 5 Oct, 10am* & 12.30pm * Relaxed performance

 to    Fri 4 October 19 to  Sat 5 October 19

Venue: IPAC - IMB Theatre
Address: 32 Burelli Street Wollongong NSW 2500
Ages: Ages 5- 12. Contains haze, smoke, strobe effects and loud music.
Cost: All tickets: $32

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ReBoot in Bermagui

 to    Sat 5 October 19 to  Sat 6 October 18

Venue: Lamont Street, Bermagu
Address: Bermagui NSW 2546
Ages: All ages
Cost: Refer website for registration costs.

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Yours and Owls Festival 2018

12pm  to 10pm   Sat 5 October 19 to  Sun 6 October 19

Venue: Stuart Park
Address: George Hanley Drive North Wollongong NSW 2500
Ages: 18 years +
Cost: TBC

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Escape Artfest

Various times.

 to    Thu 10 October 19 to  Sun 13 October 19

Venue: Various locations around Milton and Ulladulla
Address: Milton & Ulladulla NSW 2538
Ages: All ages
Cost: Refer website for costs.

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Shoalhaven Timber Festival

From 9am  to     to  Sat 12 October 19

Venue: Milton Showground
Address: 107 Croobyar Road Milton NSW 2538
Ages: All ages
Cost:

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Symphonic Epics

7pm  to 8.30pm   Sat 12 October 19 to  Sun 13 October 19

Venue: Wollongong Art Gallery & Bowral Memorial Hall
Address: Wollongong Art Gallery & Bowral Memorial Hall
Ages: All ages
Cost: Refer booking link

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The Illawarra Festival of Wood

10am  to 5pm   Sat 12 October 19 to  Sun 13 October 19

Venue: Bulli Showground
Address: Princes Highway Bulli NSW 2516
Ages: All ages
Cost: Refer website

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DP Battle Royale: Surf Competition

Refer website for times.

 to    Fri 18 October 19 to  Sun 20 October 19

Venue: Thirroul Beach
Address: The Esplanade Thirroul NSW 2515
Ages: All ages
Cost: FREE

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Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival

9am  to Till late   Fri 18 October 19 to  Sun 20 October 19

Venue: Kangaroo Valley
Address: 179 Moss Vale Road Kangaroo Valley NSW 2577
Ages: All ages
Cost: Refer website for ticket prices. Kids U12 years FREE

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Sand And Sea Festival

 to    Fri 25 October 19 to  Sun 27 October 19

Venue: Jervis Bay
Address: 9 Beach Street Huskisson NSW 2540
Ages:
Cost:

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Shoalhaven River Festival

 to     to  Sat 26 October 19

Venue: Nowra
Address: Scenic Drive Nowra NSW 2541
Ages: All ages
Cost:

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Car Show & Family Day @ Jamberoo

From 9.30am  to 2pm    to  Sun 27 October 19

Venue: Jamberoo Oval
Address: Churchill Street Jamberoo NSW 2533
Ages: All ages
Cost: Gold coin donation

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Festival of Choirs

 to     to  Sun 27 October 19

Venue: Kiama Showground
Address: Bong Bong Street Kiama NSW 2533
Ages: All ages
Cost:

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Jamberoo Car Show and Family Day

From 9.30am  to     to  Sun 27 October 19

Venue: Jamberoo Oval
Address:
Ages: All ages
Cost: Admission is by gold coin donation, with the money raised going towards Jamberoo Red Cross and Jamberoo Rural Fire Brigade.

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Illawarra Lapidary Club: Jewellery Gems and Minerals Festival

9am - 4pm (Saturday) & 9am - 3pm (Sunday)

 to    Sat 2 November 19 to  Sun 3 November 19

Venue: Heininger Hall - (part of the) Dapto Ribbonwood Centre
Address: 109 Princes Highway Dapto NSW 2530
Ages: All ages
Cost: $3. Children under 12 years FREE

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triHusky Huskisson Triathlon Festival (Little Husky)

 to     to  Sun 3 November 19

Venue: Huskisson
Address: Hawke Street Huskisson NSW
Ages: All ages!
Cost: Refer website

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Australian Supercross Championship

5pm  to     to  Sat 9 November 19

Venue: WSEC
Address: Croner Crown & Harbour Streets Wollongong NSW 2500
Ages:
Cost: Refer website

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Oz Flight Sim Expo 2019

10am  to 4pm   Sat 23 November 19 to  Sun 24 November 19

Venue: HARS Aviation Museum
Address: Illawarra Regional Airport Albion Park Rail NSW
Ages: All ages
Cost: $20 Adults - $15 Senior/Concession - $8 Children 5-14yo Children under 5 are FREE - Must be accompanied by an Adult at all times.

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Kiama Auto Expo - Rotary Clubs of Gerringong and Kiama

 to     to  Sun 24 November 19

Venue: Kiama
Address: 2 Bong Bong Street Kiama NSW 2535
Ages: All ages
Cost: Refer website

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Wollongong Makers Market

8.30am  to 4pm    to  Sat 30 November 19

Venue: UOW Innovation Campus North Wollongong
Address: Squires Way North Wollongong NSW 2500
Ages: All ages
Cost: Donation

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Fairgrounds Festival

Various times

 to    Fri 6 December 19 to  Sat 7 December 19

Venue: Berry Showgrounds
Address: 35 Alexandra Street Berry NSW 2535
Ages: All ages
Cost: Refer website

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Shellharbour Skate and Surf Festival

 to    Fri 6 December 19 to  Sun 15 December 19

Venue: Shellharbour
Address: Shellharbour NSW
Ages:
Cost: FREE

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IGA Callala Triathlon Festival

6.30am  to 2.30pm    to  Sat 7 December 19

Venue: Calalla Beach
Address: Quay Rd Calalla Beach NSW
Ages: All ages and abilities!
Cost: Refer website

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Callala Carols

4pm  to 8.30pm    to  Sun 22 December 19

Venue:
Address: 44 Emmett Street Callala Bay NSW 2540
Ages: All ages
Cost: FREE

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