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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.

Christmas in the City! Festive season FUN has arrived at Wollongong Central! Santa photos, Workshops, Sales + MORE!

Until 24 December, 2019

Ages: All ages
Cost: Paid and FREE activities
Venue: Wollongong Central & Wollongong City Centre
This sales event is not to be missed – there will be city wide entertainment and activities for the whole family to enjoy, along with promotions and offers that will ensure you tick off that Christmas list early!
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Miss Zoe's School of Dance - Wollongong, Kiama & Coledale. 2020 Registration Dates. All abilities welcome!

Term 1, 2020

Ages: 2 years - adults
Cost: ZERO Registration Fee.
Venue: Wollongong, Kiama & Coledale
Come and see the Miss Zoe's difference! Miss Zoe's has been servicing the Illawarra for 12 years - they opened in Kiama in 2018 and in 2019 have opened up in Coledale!
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CIY.CLUB Kids Term 1, 2020 Coding Workshops. Claim your Creative Kids Rebate!

Term 1. 2020 starts Monday 3 February

Afternoon sessions

Ages: 7 - 17 years
Cost: Contact CIY Club. Claim your Creative Kids Rebate.
Venue: Science Space, TIGS, Bulli High School & Warilla Library
Now every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday in Term 4!
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EC Sportz Swim & Kids Gym - Term 1, 2020: Saturday Nippers and Swimming Lessons. Early Bird discounts until Dec 13!

Swim Lessons: 28 Jan. Saturday Nippers: 1 Feb.

Ages: Saturday Nippers: 6 years +. Swimming lessons: babies to adults. Kids Gym: 7 years +
Cost: First lesson for FREE! Active Kids & Creative Kids Provider.
Venue: EC Sportz Swim & Surf School
We offer a FREE trial lesson for swimming and gym lessons and we are both an Active Kids and Creative Kids Rebate Approved Provider!
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KMA Martial Arts Wollongong - Term 1, 2020! Enrol now and pay $0 until school starts + no setup fee!

Term 1, 2020

Ages: 3 years of age - adults
Cost: Enrol now and pay $0 until school starts + no setup fee! Active Kids Rebate Provider.
Venue: KMA Martial Arts Wollongong
KMA Martial Arts provides physical training and continual learning, in a fun and friendly atmosphere, suitable for kids and adults alike
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Gravity Gym - Term 1, 2020 enrolments are open now! 10% Early Bird Discount before 31 Dec. Claim your Kids Active Voucher.

Term 1, 2020

Refer online schedule

Ages: From 6 months!
Cost: Refer website
Venue: Gravity Gymnastics
Gravity Gymnastics is a brand new indoor gym space for bubs, kids and teens of all shapes, sizes and abilities! AND they are excited to introduce their Term 4 Schedule of classes for ages starting from 6 months - right up to adults!
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Circus Monoxide - Term 1, 2020 Enrolments NOW OPEN! Early Bird Discount until 31 Dec. Creative AND Active Kids Rebate Approved.

Term 1, 2020

Refer timetable

Ages: 2 years - adult
Cost: Refer website
Venue: Circus Monoxide
Fly into the circus this school term! Classes at Circus Monoxide aim to develop strength, confidence and skills in a fun, accepting and non-competitive environment. There is something for everyone in these classes, from 2 year olds to adults, and for all skill levels. Try aerials, tumbling, or, try everything in a general circus class.
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NumberWorks'nWords - English and Maths tuition from qualified professionals. Boost your child's confidence and learning in 2020! FREE Assessment.

Term 1, 2020

3.30pm - 7.30pm weekdays.

Ages: 5 - 16 years of age
Cost: Contact centre
Venue: NumberWorks'nWords
Kids Tutoring which is fun but gets great results! Every student has an individualised plan and works towards agreed personal goals. Results are celebrated.
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UniActive Swim School: Professional instructors, quality facilities and fresh air. Registrations open for 2020.

Term 1, 2020

Ages: 3 years +
Cost: Learn to Swim : $15 per class. Squads: $13 per class. Special offer: 50% discount for third child (must be from the same family). Prices are subject to change.
Venue: UniActive
Located within the University of Wollongong grounds, we have been teaching children to swim for over 25 years.
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Sydney FC Wollongong January Holiday Clinic. Have your child learn from the champions! Cost includes training uniform! EARLY BIRD OFFER UNTL 20 DEC!

Wednesday 22 - Friday 24 January

9am - 3pm each day.

Ages: 5 - 13 year old boys & girls
Cost: Cost includes Sydney FC Training Shirt, Shorts, Socks & Hat PLUS *3 x Game Junior Membership
Venue: UOW
Our McDonald's Summer Holiday Clinics are on sale now! Register today to go in the draw for our awesome Early Bird prize!
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Science Space - Medieval Science Activities & School Holiday Camps: EARLY BIRD TICKETS UNTIL 17 DEC!

Medieval Science Activities: 2 - 27 January. School Holiday Medieval Camps: 20 - 24 January.

Ages: Kids aged 6-12 years who have a love for creating, exploring and inventing.
Cost: School Holiday Camps - $89/day early bird/member price, $99/day standard price.
Venue: Science Space
Head back in time to the middle ages this summer as you enter the world of Medieval Science!
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The Gruffalo Spotters Trail with Summer Storytime at Illawarra Fly Treetop Adventures

Saturday 14th December – Tuesday 28th January

Open daily 9am – 5pm. Last admission 4pm.

Ages: All ages!
Cost: The Gruffalo Spotters Trail and Storytime included in price of Treetop Walk.
Venue: Illawarra Fly Treetop Adventures
These school holidays, Illawarra Fly Treetop Adventures is celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the classic children's book The Gruffalo, by encouraging families to embark on the Gruffalo Spotters Trail!
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Carmel & Co Gymnastics - Gym 4 Fun Holiday Program. Get 50% off your 3rd day!

School Holidays

Full day, morning & afternoon sessions

Ages: 5 - 12 years
Cost: Both Active and Creative Kids Voucher Approved!
Venue: Carmel & Co Gymnastics
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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Sunset Cinema Wollongong is BACK! Tickets on sale now. Big screen movies under the summer sky....

12 December - 22 February

Gates open at 7pm

Ages: All ages
Cost: Refer website for Adult, Child, Concession and Family ticket prices
Venue: Wollongong Botanic Garden
Sunset Cinema Wollongong is BACK THIS SUMMER at the Wollongong Botanic Garden! Beanbags, beverages & buckets of popcorn - tickets ON SALE NOW!
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Big Fat Smile – Fun Club Summer School Holiday Program - OPEN NOW FOR BOOKINGS! Illawarra wide.

Monday - Friday from early til late December/January School Holidays

Ages: 5 - 12 years of age
Cost: Costs are applicable for the child care subsidy
Venue: Across Wollongong and the Illawarra NSW
Big Fat Smile puts the FUN into the School Holidays and are taking bookings now for their SUMMER SCHOOL HOLIDAY PROGRAM!
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Mother/Daughter Circle Event & Puberty Workshop: For girls 9 - 12 years and their mums. Resilience, self-esteem for pre-teens. *10% discount for both workshops.

Tuesday 21 January & Sunday 16 February

9.30am - 3.30pm

Ages: 9 - 12 years of age
Cost: $110 - $140 (food provided). 10% discount if both workshops are booked.
Venue: Austinmer NSW
Jo Rockendorfer is delivering two very important Workshops in January and February, specifically for young girls aged between 9 - 12 years, to help educate and develop awareness so that they can properly manage the changes their body undergoes during the onset of puberty and their teenage years.
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Australia Day Family Aquathon and Warrigal Walk, Run, Roll. All ages + pram friendly. Up to 20% off for families! Wollongong Harbour.

Sunday 26 January, 2020

8am

Ages: 7-12 years (Kids distance), 13yrs+ (Aquathon). Parents can participate with their child and assist in the swim if they need to.
Cost: Kids $35-45, Adult $45-60. Up to 20% off for 'Aquathon' family entries!
Venue: Wollongong Harbour
​Celebrate Australia Day in and out of the water with Illawarra's favourite summer community fitness event the MMJ Australia Day Aquathon and Warrigal Walk, Run, Roll. This event is ideal for children, families and pram friendly.
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Trees Adventure Nowra Park - KidZip is on these school holidays for energetic explorers!

Tuesday – Friday: 9:30am – 5pm. Saturday & Sunday: 8:30am – 5pm

Ages: From 4 years +
Cost: General tickets are from $25. KidZip sessions are $55.
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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The Miss Zoe's Experience 2020 - School Holiday Dance Workshop (come for one class or all day!)

Friday 24 January

9:30am - 3pm

Ages: Suitable for ages 5-17yrs and split into two age groups.
Cost: 1 Class = $10, All day = $50
Venue: Miss Zoe's School of Dance
Come and have fun at Miss Zoe's these school holidays! All welcome!
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Bright Smiles Multisensory Learning Centre - Creative Writing School Holiday Workshops

December/January School Holidays

9am - 2pm

Ages: 4.5 - 15 years of age
Cost: $100. Creative Kids Voucher Approved.
Venue: Bright Smiles Mutlisensory Learning Centre
Bright Smiles Multisensory Learning Centre - School Holiday Programs!
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Gravity Gymnastics - burn some energy and keep ACTIVE with our School Holiday Program! Get the 3rd day HALF PRICE!

6 - 24 January

Full & half day sessions available

Ages: 3 years+
Cost: Full Day: $45 / Half Day: $20. Book 2 days, get the 3rd half price.
Venue: Gravity Gymnastics
Get the kids out of the house and keep them active! Themes include Ninja Fun, Street, Tumble & Tricks, Gymnastics and Games & Challenges!
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CIY.Club School Holiday Camps - Minecraft Team Play, Game Coding and more! Claim your Creative Kids Rebate.

7 - 20 January

9am - 3pm

Ages: 7-17 years
Cost: Claim your Creative Kids Rebate!
Venue: Warilla Library & Science Space
Includes popular Game Coding Camps - kids will learn awesome skills and will LOVE this holiday club!
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Kazzajazz READY SET DANCE & BALLET School Holiday Classes! Come and try before 2020!

4, 11,18 & 25 January

9.30am / 10.30am

Ages: 2 - 5 years
Cost: Upon booking
Venue: Kazzajazz Modern Dance Studio
This is your child's chance to be introduced to the fantastic world of dance. Whilst learning valuable social skills and making new dance-friends for life!
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Circus Monoxide - School January Holiday Program. Early Bird Discount before 15 Dec!

6 - 24 January

From 8.30am to 5pm

Ages: 5 - 13 years of age
Cost: $350 for 5 days or $85 or a full day on any or several days. Creative Kids Voucher Approved.
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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Shellharbour Tenpin Bowl - Discounted school holiday game & kids lunch deals!

School Holidays

Ages: All ages!
Cost: Refer School Holiday Specials.
Venue: Shellharbour Tenpin Bowl
Hours of fun and family-friendly enjoyment the School Holidays without breaking the bank! What better way to spend the day then by having fun bowling!
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EC Sportz - Swim Lessons & Surf School Holiday Program. Early Bird Discount until 13 Dec!

6 - 24 January

Mornings only

Ages: 4 years +
Cost: We accept Active & Creative Kids Vouchers
Venue: EC Sportz Swim & Surf School
EC Sportz - Swim & Surf School Holiday Program
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Farm Experience for Kids at Green Connect

Various dates in January School Holidays, 2020.

Two sessions: 9am & 10.30am

Ages: All ages. The farm is not readily accessible by pram so you’ll need to carry infants.
Cost: *$10per child aged 3yrs and up; $10 per accompanying adult.
Venue: Green Connect
These school holidays, get the kids learning all about sustainability and going 'green' with Green Connect!
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Flip Out Albion Park! Jump & Slushie Specials! Open every day of the School Holidays

Open every day of the school holidays!

Sun to Thur 9am – 9pm, Fri & Sat 9am – 10pm.

Ages: All ages!
Cost: Summer Super Size Offers!
Venue: Flip Out Albion Park
The big green trampoline has arrived in Albion Park! Come in and meet the friendly team at Flip Out's brand new venue in the Illawarra! Flip Out Albion Park opens these October School Holidays and will be open every day of the holidays so you can get your bounce on!
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Kids Creative Workshops and Family Paint Sessions at Pinot and Picasso Wollongong

December/January School Holidays

Refer session times on website.

Ages: Perfect for children aged 8 and up!
Cost: $39 per child.
Venue: Pinot & Picasso
School Holidays is fast approaching and we're excited to announce Pinot and Picasso Wollongong's first ever art class for kiddies!
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NumberWorks'nWords - Summer Holiday Program 2020

21 -24 January

10am - 12pm

Ages: 5 - 16 years of age
Cost: $118 inc. GST per two hour session.
Venue: NumberWorks'nWords
Looking for a fun way to keep those sleepy brains running over the holidays? Searching for an extra boost to prepare for the beginning of a new school year? Once again, we are running our very popular Summer Holiday Program in January 2020!
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Project Bucephalus - LEGO®, Robotics & Programming January 2020 Workshops!

January 2020 School Holiday Program

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 $140 for 2 days. Register BEFORE the end of the year and you can still use your 2019 Creative Kids Voucher!
Venue: Wollongong & Shoalhaven
Project Bucephalus Robotics is a Wollongong-based group that has many years of experience running robotics activities for children in the Illawarra & Shoalhaven.
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Putt Putt at Illawarra Golf Complex - a fun and inexpensive holiday activity for all the family!

Open 7 days

8am - 5pm

Ages: All ages!
Cost: Putt Putt Family of 4 for just $28! $9 per person 1st game, $6 per person 2nd game, 3rd game free (same visit). Range balls $16 per bucket of 100. Hire Club $3 each.
Venue: Illawarra Golf Complex
Get one FREE game of Putt Putt! Illawarra Golf Complex is the home of golf in the Illawarra. We offer a golf driving range, lessons and a putt putt course for some extra fun for the kids these holidays.
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Summer School Holidays at the Garden: Big Brave Bugs

20 - 24 January

10am - 1pm daily

Ages: Activities are suitable for children aged 5 to 10 years. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Younger siblings may participate.
Cost: $13.50 per child. $24 for family of two or more children. A child ticket is required for children over 3 years. No cost for supervising adults.
Venue: Wollongong Botanic Garden
Let your imagination grow wild at the Botanic Garden this Summer! Young scientists and bug lovers alike, grab your magnifying glasses and prepare to help save the bugs from pollution and protect their homes.
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UniActive's School Holiday Sports Camps! January 2020 Program

10 - 24 January

Various times

Ages: 5-12 years of age
Cost: Refer booking form
Venue: UOW Recreation and Aquatic Centre
Our School Holiday Sports Camps are run Mon-Fri during the School Holidays and there are still spots available for our January 2020 program
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What's On at Bundanon – Summer 2020

The Big Draw: Sunday 19 January. Open Days: Every Saturday and Sunday in January.

10.30am – 4pm

Ages: All ages
Cost: $12 adults, $8 concession, Children under 16 FREE.
Venue: Bundanon Homestead & surrounds
Bundanon Trust is kick-starting the summer holidays with extended visiting times at Arthur Boyd's art studio and historic Homestead and our annual family-friendly event, The Big Draw.
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Children's Christmas Craft - Kiama Library

10.30am  to 11.30am    to  Wed 18 December 19

Venue: Kiama Library
Address: 7 Railway Parade Kiama NSW 2533
Ages: Primary school-aged children
Cost: FREE

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Elf School - Wollongong City Library

10am  to 12pm    to  Thu 19 December 19

Venue: Wollongong City Library
Address: 41 Burelli Street Wollongong NSW 2500
Ages: 3 - 5 years
Cost: FREE

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Home Alone | Dive in Movies @ Jamberoo Action Park

6pm  to 7.30pm    to  Sat 21 December 19

Venue: Jamberoo Action Park
Address: 1215 Jamberoo Rd Jamberoo NSW
Ages: RATED: PG
Cost: FREE on the day with any entry admission paid.

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Bulli Foragers Market - Christmas Twilight Market

5pm  to 10pm    to  Sun 22 December 19

Venue: Bulli Showground
Address: Grevillea Park Road Bulli NSW 2516
Ages: All Ages
Cost: FREE entry

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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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Coledale Markets

4th Sunday of the Month

9am  to 3pm    to  Sun 22 December 19

Venue: Coledale Public School
Address: 699 Lawrence Hargrave Drive Coledale NSW 2515
Ages: All Ages
Cost: Gold coin entry

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New Year’s Eve - Wollongong

 to     to  Tue 31 December 19

Venue: Belmore Basin, Wollongong
Address:
Ages: All ages
Cost: FREE

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Kids HONK! Band - HONK! Oz Festival of Street Music

Officially runs from Thursday 5pm through to Saturday Afternoon 3pm.

 to    Thu 9 January 20 to  Sat 11 January 20

Venue: Wollongong Conservatorium of Music & The Wollongong Arts Precinct
Address: Wollongong NSW 2500
Ages: 9-13 years of age
Cost: Registration is $25 - includes a 2016 HONK! Oz T-Shirt

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Illawarra Folk Festival 2020

9am  to Late   Thu 16 January 20 to  Sun 19 January 20

Venue: Bulli Showground
Address: Slacky Flat Bulli NSW 2518
Ages: All ages
Cost: Varying prices - please see website Earlybird Camping ends 23rd December 2019

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Albion Park Show

8.30am  to 11pm   Sat 18 January 20 to  Sun 19 January 20

Venue: Albion Park Showground
Address: 108A Tongarra Road Albion Park NSW 2527
Ages: Al ages
Cost: Children under 5yrs - Free Saturday Adults: $15.00 Children: $10.00 Aged Pensioners: $10.00 Family: $40.00 Sunday Adults: $10.00 Children: $5.00 Aged Pensioners: $5.00 Family: $25.00

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Operation Ouch - Anita's Theatre

1pm  to 4.45pm    to  Wed 22 January 20

Venue: Anita's Theatre
Address: 264 - 270 Lawrence Hargrave Drive Thirroul NSW 2515
Ages: All ages
Cost: Refer booking link

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172nd Annual Kiama Show

8.30am  to 10.30pm   Fri 24 January 20 to  Sat 25 January 20

Venue: Kiama Showground
Address: 2 Bong Bong Street, (off Manning Street) Kiama NSW 2533
Ages: All ages
Cost: $5 - $35

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Australia Day Aquathon 2020 + Warrigal Fun Walk

8am - 10am (Acquathon). 10am (Walk)  to 11.15am (Presentation)    to  Sun 26 January 20

Venue: Wollongong Boat Harbour
Address: Wollongong NSW 2500
Ages: All ages, all abilities!
Cost: Refer website for registration costs

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Australia Day Celebrations - Breakfast by the Lake

7am  to 10am    to  Sun 26 January 20

Venue: Reddall Reserve
Address: 13 Reddall Parade Lake Illawarra NSW 2528
Ages: All ages
Cost: FREE Entry/$4 breakfast

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Australia Day Celebrations across Kiama

Early till late

 to     to  Sun 26 January 20

Venue: Across Gerringong, Jamberoo, Kiama Downs and Kiama
Address: Kiama & surrounds NSW
Ages: All ages
Cost: FREE and at cost

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Australia Day Fireworks

From 9am  to     to  Sun 26 January 20

Venue: Wollongong Harbour
Address:
Ages: All ages
Cost: FREE

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Australia Day in Wollongong

8am  to 9pm    to  Sun 26 January 20

Venue: Belmore Basin, Flagstaff Hill & Lang Park
Address: Wollongong NSW 2500
Ages: All ages
Cost: FREE Events

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Australia Day Ozzy Doggy Show

3.30pm  to 4.30pm    to  Sun 26 January 20

Venue: The Ozzy Doggy Show will be held opposite the northern end of Lang Park, near Wollongong Harbour.
Address:
Ages: All ages
Cost: Pre-registrations are open until 5pm Monday 13 January. Use our online form to sign up.

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132nd Berry Show

7.30am  to 10pm   Fri 31 January 20 to  Sat 1 February 20

Venue: Berry Showground
Address: 35 Alexandra Street Berry NSW 2533
Ages: All ages
Cost: Refer website

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ROCK SWAP - Illawarra Lapidary Club Inc

8am  to 2pm    to  Sun 23 February 20

Venue: Stuart Park
Address: George Hanley Drive North Wollongong NSW 2500
Ages: Suitable for all ages
Cost: FREE

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Kiama Jazz & Blues Festival 2020

All day event

 to    Fri 6 March 20 to  Mon 9 March 20

Venue: Multiple Venues, Kiama
Address: Kiama NSW 2533
Ages: All ages
Cost: FREE

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Moonlight Movies - Figtree: The LEGO Movie

Gates open at 6pm  to 10pm    to  Sat 14 March 20

Venue: Roy Johanson Park, Figtree
Address: Euroka Street West Wollongong NSW 2500
Ages: All ages
Cost: FREE

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Maggie Dent: From the Sandpit to Adulthood

7pm  to 9pm    to  Mon 16 March 20

Venue: St Luke's Dapto
Address: Moombara Street Dapto NSW 2530
Ages: Parents & Carers
Cost: Early Bird Ticket - $20 until Nov 30th 2019. Tickets - $35 each

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Sculpture in the Garden - Wollongong Botanic Gardens

9am  to 5pm   Sat 4 April 20 to  Thu 23 April 20

Venue: Wollongong Botanic Gardens
Address: Murphys Avenue Keiraville NSW 2500
Ages: All ages
Cost: FREE

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Wings Over Illawarra 2020

Gates open: 9am. Flying Display begins at 10:30am  to    Sat 2 May 20 to  Sun 3 May 20

Venue: Illawarra Regional Airport
Address: Airport Road Albion Park Rail NSW 2527
Ages: All ages
Cost: Tickets start from $20

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