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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

Award-winning Tabatinga Family Fun & Social Centre at Dapto Leagues Club! 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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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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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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Wings over Illawarra 2020 - NEW DATES ANNOUNCED: Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th November 2020.

Location: Albion Park
Phone: (02) 4208 3997   Mobile:
Ages: All ages family-friendly event!   Days / Hours: Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th November 2020. Airshow 11am - 4pm.
Wings Over Illawarra 2020 - something for EVERY FAMILY MEMBER! Australia's best annual airshow spectacular, right here in the Illawarra, returns Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd May 2020 - make sure you put the dates in your diaries and join us for an aviation extravaganza! Tickets ON SALE NOW! SAVE on online tickets.
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3Sixty Indoor Skate Park Now Open! Wollongong.

Location: Wollongong
Phone: (02) 4243 7805   Mobile: (02) 4243 7805
Ages: All ages!   Days / Hours: Monday: 9am - 9pm, Saturday: 9am - 10pm and Sunday: 9am - 6pm.
Watch your kids challenge their limits at a skate park you can trust! Tiny Tot sessions all the way through to Advanced Riders!
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Green Connect Illawarra - Green Connect is a social enterprise. They reduce waste and grow fair food.

Location: Green Connect Office - Port Kembla. Green Connect Farm - Warrawong
Phone: (02) 4243 1537   Mobile:
Ages: Farm Tours from 3 years of age   Days / Hours:
Green Connect is a not-for-profit social enterprise which focuses on creating jobs for former refugees and young people in industries that reduce waste and grow fair food – by which they mean food that’s good for those who eat it, those who grow it, and the planet.
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UniActive - Awesome Recreation & Aquatic Centre offering great programs for kids of all ages.

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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Flip Out Albion Park - Mini Ninjas Term 1 Program IS HERE! Exclusive Hire for Parties, Weekly Playgroup and Jump Specials! Open 7 Days.

Location: Albion Park
Phone: (02) 4257 4092   Mobile: (02) 4257 4092
Ages: All ages   Days / Hours: Sunday to Thursday: 9am-9pm Friday and Saturday: 9am-9pm
Come in and meet the friendly team at Flip Out's brand new venue in the Illawarra! Flip Out Albion Park Open 7 days a week, be sure to find time to come in and have a blast! So get your bounce on and more - check out all the activities on offer! Little Ninjas, Flip Our Playgroup, Flip Out After Dark and more!
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Novotel Wollongong Northbeach - Couple and family friendly room packages, dining and events! Wollongong beachside accommodation.

Location: North Wollongong
Phone: (02) 4224 3111   Mobile: (02) 4224 3111
Ages: Family-friendly hotel!   Days / Hours: Open 7 days. 24 hour reception and room service
Stunning ocean views, spacious light filled rooms and a reputation for exceptional service has made the award winning Novotel Wollongong Northbeach an Illawarra gem! It is the perfect location for a fun-filled family getaway or romantic break!
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Science Space - VIRTUAL SCIENCE SPACE IS LIVE! 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: During NSW school term they are open from 10am - 4pm and closed on Wednesdays to the public.
Science Space is the largest hands-on science centre in NSW and among the TOP 10 Fun Places to take the kids ranked by Parents Guide Illawarra! Located at the University of Wollongong's Innovation Campus, the centre houses the DIGISTAR 6 Planetarium system, the largest and most digitally advanced planetarium in the state.
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Kids & families come inside and explore Port Kembla Steelworks! Exclusive Tour Discount Offer!

Location: Conison
Phone: (02) 4275 7023   Mobile: (02) 4275 7023
Ages: Port Tours: All ages welcome. Steel Tours: Minimum age of 10yrs or older – accompanied by a responsible parent/guardian.   Days / Hours: Port Tours:
Kids and families can learn all about the vital role the Port Kembla Plant and Port have played in “Sustaining Australia”. In this interactive, immersive experience, kids get kitted out in safety gear (PPE) from glasses to high-visibility jackets (all provided) and take a fascinating journey and tour through what has made our region...
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Scarborough Hotel - family-friendly dining with stunning ocean views. $10 coffee/cake/babycino offer / Weekly Playgroup

Location: Scarborough Hotel
Phone: (02) 4267 5444   Mobile: (02) 4267 5444
Ages: All ages, family-friendly dining   Days / Hours: Monday, Thursday and Friday – 11am – 4pm Saturday and Sunday 11am – 5pm CLOSED Tuesday and Wednesday
Scarborough Hotel is also a beautiful day out for the family - relax in the sunshine, kids can play on the huge lawn, sip on a glass of bubbly - enjoy brunch on the weekend or a long lazy lunch! Scarborough Hotel is a family friendly venue perched along the beautiful South Coast coastline with breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean.
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Toyworld Kiama - daily specials and new stock arriving every day!

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 35 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! They are committed to offering the best choice of toys at competitive prices and take pride in delivering knowledgeable advice and great customer service.
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Mobile 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: On request
A hybrid mix of paintball, archery and dodgeball, Mobile Revolution Archery Tag is latest action packed game for both adults and children providing pure adrenaline fuelled fun in a safe environment.
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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 age   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 – NEW DIscovery at Home ONLINE PORTAL! 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.
It's been an uncertain and challenging time. We're all struggling to provide some sort of routine and normalcy for our families. Working from home, homes schooling, whilst caring for younger children is tough – but the Discovery Space is here to help!
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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! We are back open!

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 - 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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Headlands Austinmer Beach has it all! Family-friendly dining, romantic weekend away and THAT view!

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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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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AMF Bowling

47 Princes Highway Albion Park Rail NSW 2527
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4257 9333  

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Berrima Courthouse

Cnr Argyle and Wilshire Streets Berrima NSW 2577
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(02) 4877 1505  

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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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Phone:
(02) 4296 4427  

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Dapto Leagues Club

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

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Future World

Northcliff Drive Warrawong NSW 2502
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Phone:
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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(02) 4295 4555  

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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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Phone:
(02) 4294 3456  

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All

Days Available:
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

Phone:
(02) 4885 1010  

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Ages:
All ages

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

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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
Contact:
Nicole

Phone:
(02) 4225 2211  

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Ages:
All ages

Days Available:
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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(02) 4421 4830  

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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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Phone:
(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
Contact:
Fern

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0417 389 340

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2-7 year olds

Days Available:
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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Phone:
02 4283 3588  

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5 and up

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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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