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Fun Places To Take Kids - Illawarra

Local attractions, fun places to take the kids for parents of babies and young children in the Wollongong / Illawarra area including trains, parks, playcentres, wildlife parks, swimming pools and more

Fairgrounds Festival 2019 - Family friendly music festival! Second Lineup Announced + Little Fairgrounds just for kids! Tickets ON SALE NOW.

Location: Berry
Phone: Via emal   Mobile: Via email
Ages: ALL - for kids and all family members   Days / Hours: Friday 6 December - Saturday 7 December. Gates Open 11am - until late
There's less than 8 weeks to go until Fairgrounds Festival returns for its momentous fifth year in Berry NSW, just a little south of Sydney. The perfect musical and culinary retreat to start your summer, the festival today announces another host of international and local additions that will join the stacked line-up.
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Science Space - Interactive science FUN! Largest hands-on science centre in NSW! Birthday Party Packages available

Location: North Wollongong
Phone: (02) 4286 5000   Mobile:
Ages: All ages!   Days / Hours: Open 6 days from Thursday to Tuesday from 10am - 4pm. Closed on Wednesdays during school term.
The internationally-recognised, Science Space is the largest hands-on science centre in NSW! SO much fun to be had for kids of all ages
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Hangtime - Last Chance to Jump ... Forever!

Location: Wollongong
Phone: (02) 4243 7805   Mobile: (02) 4243 7805
Ages: Aged 2 - 200!   Days / Hours: Friday 10am to 8pm, Saturday 10am to 7pm, Sunday 10am to 6pm
After 5 incredible years of Hangtime - it's time for a change! On Sunday 27th of October Hangtime will close its doors for the last time. Which means you've got less than 1 month to say your goodbye's and jump for one last time! Don't panic, something bigger & better is coming soon, so watch this space!
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Scarborough Hotel - Catch up with friends for a scenic lunch with a view and the French Rose is on us!

Location: Scarborough Hotel
Phone: (02) 4267 5444   Mobile: (02) 4267 5444
Ages: All ages, family-friendly dining   Days / Hours: Open every day for breakfast and lunch, Monday - Friday from 9am til 4pm and weekends til 5.30pm.
Grab your besties, girlfriends or mum's group and organise a scenic lunch date overlooking our stunning ocean views! Book a take of 4 or more and the French Rose is on us - just mention our Rose Promo when you book! Scarborough Hotel is a family friendly venue perched along the beautiful South Coast coastline with breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. It is a popular spot for whale watching, special functions and events, the Seacliffe Bridge walk and is proud to be both pram and pet friendly!
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Revolution Archery Tag - Draw your bow, a NEW revolution has begun. Mobile kids parties - the newest party experience in town!

Location: Wollongong
Phone: (02) 4243 7801   Mobile: (02) 4243 7801
Ages: 8 years+   Days / Hours: Wed/Thur/Fri 4pm to 9pm, Saturday 10am to 9pm & Sunday 10am to 6pm.
A hybrid mix of paintball, archery and dodgeball, Revolution Archery Tag is latest action packed game for both adults and children providing pure adrenaline fuelled fun in a safe environment. The newest party experience in town and the first of its kind in our region! And it gets better - we offer a mobile party service which means we come to you.
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Wollongong Botanic Garden - stunning playpark, gardens, events, nature and fab birthday party packages!

Location: Keiraville
Phone: (02) 4227 7667   Mobile: (02) 4227 7667
Ages: All welcome   Days / Hours: Non-Daylight Saving Hours: 7am to 5pm daily / Daylight Saving Hours: Weekdays 7am to 6pm & Weekends & Public Holidays 7am to 6.45pm / Closed Good Friday and Christmas Day only.
Wollongong Botanic Garden is a wonderful place to visit with its many garden collections to explore, picnic spaces to enjoy, an All Abilities Playground, a duck feeding area plus a range of family and child-focused activities including school holiday programs, garden workshops, theatrical tours and outdoor cinema.
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Early Start Discovery Space – Where Curious Minds Play! Australia's only dedicated children's museum.

Location: Keiraville
Phone: (02) 4221 3777   Mobile:
Ages: From birth to 10 years   Days / Hours: Open Tuesday to Sunday 9am – 4pm. Closed Mondays and Public Holidays.
Sail the seas, dig for buried treasure, tour the tummy, make a LEGO movie, explore a cave – plus 9 more hands-on experiences. Perfect for children (birth – 10 years ) and parents to enjoy together.
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Hangdog - For kids who believe life is an adventure!

Location: Wollongong
Phone: (02) 4225 8369   Mobile:
Ages: 3 years - 100!   Days / Hours: Monday – Saturday 10am to 9pm, Sunday 9am to 7pm.
Host the ultimate Adventure Party that will THRILL your kids, without worrying about set up or safety! Rain, hail or shine Hangdog parties rock on!
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Why kids love Revolution Laser Arena!

Location: Wollongong
Phone: (02) 4243 7801   Mobile: (02) 4243 7801
Ages: 5 years+   Days / Hours: Wed/Thur/Fri 4pm to 9pm, Saturday 10am to 9pm & Sunday 10am to 6pm.
Get ready for the most adrenaline-pumping party! We don’t just do ‘laser tag’... We take party kids on a thrilling, adrenaline pumping journey into another world.
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Wollongong Central - bustling shopping and foodie destination! Sign up for our upcoming events!

Location: Wollongong
Phone: (02) 4228 5999    Mobile:
Ages: Family-friendly!   Days / Hours: Monday - Wednesday & Friday 9am to 5.30pm, Thursday 9am to 9pm, Saturday 9am to 4pm, Sunday 10am to 4pm
Wollongong Central is the leading retail and lifestyle destination in the region, delivering a world class David Jones, Mecca Maxima, T2, Peter Alexander and several more specialty stores. Wollongong Central is also a well-connected bustling hub of laneways, brimming with hole-in-the wall cafes and casual dining selections, all serving up delectable treats day and night. Check out our school holidays events, ashion previews, community events, interactive exhibits, live music, performances and entertainment and lots more!
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Bubble 'n' Bounce/eightfoxavenue Indoor Sports Centre - HALLOWEEN DISCO! Plus - exclusive kids birthday parties at great prices! School Holidays Special Party Offer.

Location: Wollongong
Phone: (02) 4228 8322   Mobile: 0403 400 100
Ages: All ages welcome!   Days / Hours: 8am - 11pm 7 days. No General Admission - bookings only (subject to availability).
Plan an unforgettable party at Bubble 'n' Bounce - get the whole venue for your exclusive use! You can create the party to remember that everyone will love. 2 Hours PLUS Party Packages including party host, pizza delivery, use of ALL sporting facilities, BBQ, barista for the parents and more! Book your exclusive 2 hour "Bubble 'n' Bounce" session for up to 20 kids for just $399 during the school holidays.
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Dapto Mall - Amazing NEW Kids Play NOW OPEN!

Location: Dapto
Phone: (02) 4261 8148   Mobile:
Ages: All ages and abilities   Days / Hours: Open 7 Days
Come along and check out Dapto Mall's NEW Kids Play Area on Level 1! Dapto Mall is exited to be able to families the creation of a safe and fun environment that will provide opportunities for children to actively use their senses as they play and explore. Designed around the theme, bringing the outdoors within, the NEW Kids Play Area caters for all children, with specific zones and sensory play for different abilities that include slides, tunnels, climbing areas and activity panels.
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Little Stompers - amazing Private Party Packages on offer! Have the entire venue for yourself and your guests!

Location: Wollongong
Phone: (02) 4227 6695    Mobile: (02) 4227 6695
Ages: 0 - 12 years   Days / Hours: Mondays - Fridays & Saturdays from 9am to 3pm, Sundays from 10am - 3pm
Bring your little stompers to the Illawarra’s most fun, safe, clean, and best value for money Play & Party Centre! Boasting a multi-level play maze, 3 lane slide and dedicated safe toddler and baby play zone PLUS 3 reserved party rooms and disco party zone! Parents and Carers Group Specials and Twins & Triplets savings also on offer.
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Shellharbour Tenpin Bowl - *20% discount when you mention Parents Guide Illawarra!

Location: Warilla
Phone: (02) 4295 4300   Mobile: (02) 4295 4300
Ages: All ages!   Days / Hours: Monday - Friday from 9am to late, Saturday & Sunday from 10am to late
Hours of fun and family-friendly enjoyment without breaking the bank! Shellharbour Tenpin Bowl's 12 lane bowling centre provides a fun bowling experience for all ages! Whether your stopping by to enjoy a family event, bowling with friends, or just lunch at our cafe, we promise a great time. Let the good times roll with a bowling birthday party!
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Book a Junior Groovers Disco mobile kids party before 1 Dec, 2019 and get $50 off your party booking PLUS FREE Party Favours!

Location: Across the Illawarra
Phone: 0411 453 433   Mobile: 0411 453 433
Ages: All ages and families welcome!   Days / Hours: Party must be booked in before 1 December, 2019
Book your party in before 1 December, 2019 to grab this awesome DISCOUNT PARTY OFFER WITH FREE INCLUSIONS! Book your child's next private birthday party with mobile disco party organisers, Junior Groovers Disco, and get *$50 OFF PLUS FREE L.E.D Flashing Necklaces, Glowsticks & Balloons for parties of up to 35 kids!
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Headlands Austinmer Beach has it all! Family-friendly dining, romantic weekend away and THAT view! PLUS Kids eat FREE on Tuesdays.

Location: Austinmer
Phone: (02) 4200 1099   Mobile:
Ages: Family friendly – All ages   Days / Hours: 7 days a week. 7.30am - late.
Headlands Austinmer Beach is the ideal location to sit back, relax and enjoy time with family and friends. Boasting a regularly updated list of weekly events, Headlands is also a popular choice for weddings, special events and family gatherings. Or just come and sit on our large lawn overlooking the ocean and enjoy a relaxing coffee or glass of wine.
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UniActive - Awesome Recreation & Aquatic Centre open for general admission

Location: Wollongong
Phone: (02) 4221 4700    Mobile:
Ages: 3 years +   Days / Hours: 7 days a week. Open from 6am.
UniActive Recreation & Aquatic Centre isn't just for students and grown ups - kids can join in on the fun with our wonderful range of fitness programs specifically designed for children. We also have School Holiday Sports Camps and we have been teaching children to swim for over 25 years in our Swim School. We are also an excellent and FUN venue for your child's birthday party!
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Green Connect Illawarra - Farm Tours for kids teaching all about sustainability and going 'green'! Fruit & Veg boxes also available.

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Phone: (02) 4243 1537   Mobile:
Ages: Farm Tours from 3 years of age   Days / Hours:
Looking for something to do with the kids these school holidays? Green Connect are running interactive farm tours in January for kids from preschool age. We have two types of tours, one for the younger kids and one for the older students, where we explain a bit more about permaculture and sustainability. Green Connect Illawarra aims to do all this with and within our community, to make the Illawarra a more green, beautiful and environmentally sound place, and life, better.
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Bellambi Bowling Club - Parents Guide Illawarra Discount Offer at this great family-friendly venue!

Location: Bellambi
Phone: (02) 4285 9444    Mobile: (02) 4285 9444
Ages: Family-friendly   Days / Hours: Mon - Tue 9am to 9pm, Wed - 9am to 11pm, Thu – Sat: 9am to 12am, Sun - 9am to 10pm
Your local community Club that rewards YOU! Whether you are looking for a place to eat, catch up with friends, have a roll-up, keep your kids entertained or simply relax, we are the place to be!
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Illawarra Golf Complex - cheap family FUN and great kids party venue! Get your 3rd Putt Putt game FREE!

Location: Windang
Phone: (02) 4296 4427   Mobile: (02) 4296 4427
Ages: 3 years +   Days / Hours: 7 days per week 8am to 5pm Sat/Sun/Mon/Tue, 8am to 7pm Wed/Thur/Fri (bookings not required). Last balls sold ½ before close.
Looking for something fun to do with the family? Why not come down and smack some balls, hire clubs available for all ages from 3 years up. It's such a fun and different holiday activity outing - your kids will really enjoy it! Try buddying up your school child with a friend and bring them both down... Open 7 days! Great family day out on our 18 hole putt putt golf course!
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Tradies Helensburgh - Awesome Kids Club, views towards the Royal National Park + NEW playground

Location: Helensburgh
Phone: (02) 4294 1122   Mobile:
Ages: All ages & family-friendly!   Days / Hours: Sunday to Wednesday: 10am – 12am & Thursday to Saturday: 10am – 2am
Tradies Helensburgh is the perfect place for a family day out! The family-friendly Flame Tree Grill is renowned for its great value as well as a kids menu – there’s truly something for everyone! Try our famous $10 lunch specials or drop in for weekend Yum Cha. The Blue Gum Café has everything you need gather the whole gang around a family table and tuck in to kids milkshakes, Fix Coffee, cakes and more. Kids can enjoy our supervised Max’s World Kids Club!
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Award-winning Tabatinga Family Fun & Social Centre now open at Dapto! Affordable, safe & friendly children's entertainment! Drop & Dine option available.

Location: Dapto
Phone: (02) 4261 1333   Mobile:
Ages: All ages!   Days / Hours: Mon-Thur 9:30am to 3:30pm, Fri-Sat 9:30 to 5:30pm* & Sun 9:30am to 4pm.* Drop & Dine 6pm to 9:30pm.
The award-winning chain of Tabatinga Family Fun Centres is now open at Dapto Leagues Club! Tabatinga is unique because it offers families a Drop & Dine Option every Friday & Saturday night whereby children can be dropped off at specific times to have their meal deal and play in a safe, secure and fully supervised indoor play facility, while parents enjoy the other facilities of the Club with the assurance that their children are happy, safe and nearby.
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Towradgi Park Bowls & Recreation Club - NEW Kids Playground! Awesome Uber offer! Family-friendly offers. And why locals love our menu!

Location: Towradgi
Phone: (02) 4285 5228   Mobile:
Ages: Family friendly!   Days / Hours: Mon-Wed: 9am to 11pm, Thu: 9am to 10pm, Fri-Sat: 9am to Midnight, Sun: 9am to 10pm.
NEW Kids Play Area! A great spot in the warmer months, where you can take a dip in the ocean, spend some time at the beach and then pop in for a delicious brekkie, lunch or early dinner with the family and kids! What about organising a babysitter, gather your partner or mates and utilise the awesome UBER Partnership with the Bowlo!
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Trees Adventure Nowra Park - Australia’s No. 1 Tree Ropes Course and Ziplining Experience - KIDS & ADULTS LOVE THIS!

Location: North Nowra
Phone: (02) 4421 4830   Mobile: (02) 4421 4830
Ages: 4 years +   Days / Hours: Tue-Fri 9:30am-5pm, Sat-Sun, 8.30am-5pm. Open everyday 8:30am - 5pm during school holidays.
Australia’s Number 1 Tree Ropes Course and Ziplining Experience! Only 1 hour from Wollongong, soar through the trees on flying foxes and thrilling aerial challenges! Trees Adventure is located inside the Shoalhaven Zoo so you can be a monkey while checking out the monkeys! A discount on zoo tickets are available to Trees Adventure Nowra Park customers.
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Toyworld Kiama is OPEN! Where the best toys come from!

Location: Kiama
Phone: (02) 4232 2684   Mobile:
Ages: Newborn - big kids!   Days / Hours: Monday - Friday from 9am to 5.30pm. Saturday 9am - 4pm & Sunday 10am - 4pm
Toyworld is Australia's largest and best-known network of independent toy retailers that has been serving local communities for over 40 years - and is now open for business in Kiama! Toyworld Kiama has a massive range of all the latest games, toys, puzzles, educational toys and more! Gift cards are now available (perfect present idea!) and join the Toyworld Club for discounts and special offers including your chance to WIN a $100 gift card drawn every month.
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The Illawarra Light Railway & Museum - free family fun day out! Available for childrens' parties.

Location: Albion Park Rail
Phone: 4256 4627    Mobile:
Ages: All ages   Days / Hours: Museum Days: Tuesday - Thursday - Saturday from 9:30am to 3:30pm. Train rides on the Second Sunday of each month, from 10am to 3pm. Check website for extra running days and public holiday's through the year.
Our Museum is a great place for families to have a great day out! . Entry is FREE which includes FREE usage of the picnic grounds with wood fired bbq’s and childrens' play areas..The Museum is opened traditionally on the second Sunday of each month from 10am to 3pm - often hosting other events and fun family themed nights eg Halloween.
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MagicZoom Play & Party Zone - Visit Wollongong's largest indoor family play centre!

Location: Wollongong
Phone: (02) 4228 4300   Mobile: (02) 4228 4300
Ages: 0 - 12 years   Days / Hours: Monday - Friday 9.30am - 3pm. Saturday & Sunday 10am - 4pm. School Holidays 10am - 4pm
Make us the dream venue for your family’s next play date! We have a Multi-Level Maze,Inflatable Slides, Ball Pit, Children Arcade Zone, Interactive Projector Game and a CrawlersArea! Check out our NEW online party room booking service AND we offer a special admission package for playrgoups!
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Bulli Beach, Ocean Pools and Park (with optional sand dune surfing!)

Location: Bulli
Phone:    Mobile:
Ages: ALL!   Days / Hours:
Worth the drive from anywhere! Sand dunes, ocean pools, rock pools, stunning ocean, cafe, toilets and showers
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HARS Aviation Museum - explore and get up close and personal with our aeroplanes! Museum Tours and Tarmac Days.

Location: Albion Park
Phone: (02) 4257 4333   Mobile:
Ages: All ages. Premium Tour, Cockpit Tour and Wing Walk - adults only.   Days / Hours: The Museum is open daily from 9:30am to 3:30pm (except Christmas Day).
The HARS Aviation Museum is unlike any other museum you may visit! A guided tour is a must - visitors must be escorted through all but a small portion of the areas as they are working hangars with real aeroplanes. Expect to spend up to two hours exploring!
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AMF Bowling

47 Princes Highway Albion Park Rail NSW 2527
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4257 9333  

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Bring Your Baby Movie Sessions

Shellharbour Greater Union, 4 Memorial Drive Shellharbour NSW 2529
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02 4295 4555  

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Crazy Put Put - Illawarra Golf Complex

71 - 91 Windang Road Windang NSW 2528
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(02) 4296 4427  

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Dapto Leagues Club

Cnr Station St & Bong Bong Rd Dapto NSW 2530
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02 4261 1333  

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Future World

Northcliff Drive Warrawong NSW 2502
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02 4274 2939   

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Monday to Thursday 10am to 4pm

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Greater Union Shellharbour

4 Memorial Drive Shellharbour NSW 2529
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Greater Union Wollongong

68 Burelli Street Wollongong NSW 2500
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02 4228 4888  

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Helensburgh Golf Putt Putt Complex

2 Lawrence Hargrave Drive Helenburgh NSW 2508
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(02) 4294 3456  

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All

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Every day 8am - 7.30pm

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Illawarra Fly Treetop Adventures

182 Knights Hill Road Knights Hill NSW 2577
Contact:
Illawarra Fly Treetop Adventures

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1300 362 881  

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All ages

Days Available:
9am - 5pm (Last Entry 4:15pm)

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Illawarra Light Railway Museum

48a Tongarra Road Albion Park NSW 2527
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02 4256 4627  

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Illawarra Yacht Club

1 Northcliffe Drive Warrawong NSW 2502
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(02) 4274 6622  

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7 days

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Inflatable World Wollongong

69 Montague Street North Wollongong NSW 2500
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Nicole

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(02) 4225 2211  

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All ages

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School Holidays everyday and Saturdays & Sundays: 10am - 4pm

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Jamberoo Action Park

1215 Jamberoo Road Jamberoo NSW 2533
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(02) 4236 0114  

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Minnamurra Rainforest Centre

Budderoo National Park, Minnamurra Falls Road, (Tourist Drive No.9) via Jamberoo NSW 2533
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(02) 4236 0469   

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9am-5pm Daily

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Nowra Shoalhaven Park - Trees Adventure

23 Rock Hill Road North Nowra NSW 2541
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Nowra Wildlife Park

Rock Hill Road North Nowra NSW 2541
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02 4421 3949  

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PlayMaze

1/39 Durgadin Drive Albion Park NSW 2527
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(02) 4271 1555  

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0 - 12 years

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Open 7 days

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Ponyland

Domville Road Otford NSW 2508
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Fern

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0417 389 340

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2-7 year olds

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9.30am - 2pm

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Symbio Wildlife Park

Lawrence Hargrave Drive Helensburgh NSW 2508
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(02) 4294 1244  

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Open every day from 9:30am to 5pm

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The Fraternity Club

11 Bourke St Fairy Meadow NSW 2519
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02 4283 3333  

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The Shellharbour Club

Cnr Wattle & Shellharbour Rds Shellharbour NSW 2529
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02 4296 7155  

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Tiger Putt Putt & Little Tiges Play Centre

2/75 Princes Highway (behind BP), Albion Park Rail NSW 2527
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(02) 4257 9778  

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Up to 10 years of age.

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Towradgi Beach Hotel

170 Pioneer Road Towradgi NSW 2518
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02 4283 3588  

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Trainworks

10 Barbour Road Thirlmere NSW 2572
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02 4681 8001  

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Wollongong City Libraries

Variety of locations Wollongong NSW 2500
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(02) 4227 7111  

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Wollongong Science Centre and Planetarium

Wollongong Science Centre, Innovation Campus, 60 Squires Way North Wollongong NSW 2509
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02 4286 5000  

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All ages

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Open 6 days a week from Thursday to Tuesdays from 10am - 4pm (closed Wednesdays during the school term).

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Woonona Bulli RSL

455 Princes Hwy Woonona 2517 NSW
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02 4284 1577  

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