Things to do in the Illawarra this weekend

THIS WEEK’S PICK

THE WIGGLES, Wednesday, December 19

OK, it is on during the week and not this weekend, but – if you’re lucky – there may still be tickets for either of the two shows. This is a big one.

It is the last time that the four original Wiggles – Murray, Jeff, Anthony and Greg – will visit Wollongong after two decades of phenomenal global success.

Get ready for pram-gridlock on the streets around the WIN Entertainment Centre and a great many excited toddlers wearing dinosaur tails.

Venue: WIN Entertainment Centre. Tickets: $38. Time: 10am and 1pm. Details: wec.org.au.

DANCE

iDance, Tuesday, December 18

Enjoy fun, exciting and power-packed performances contrasted with elegance and grace as students from iDance showcase a variety of dance styles. The show contains fog and smoke effects, strobe lighting, mirrorball and loud noise  effects. Tickets: $29.50. Details: merrigong.com.au.

Linda Shaw, Wednesday, December 19

Linda Shaw Dance Centre presents an end-of-year dance concert featuring highlights from Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty. Tickets: $38.50. Details: merrigong.com.au.

Beverley Rowles, Friday, December 21

Beverley Rowles School Of Dance presents La Fille Mal Gardée. The story tells how Lise, a beautiful young villager, is in love with Colas, a farmer. Tickets: $33.50. Details: merrigong.com.au.

CAROLS

Shellharbour, Saturday

Bring the whole family along to enjoy a celebration of Christmas brought to you by the combined churches of Shellharbour City. Carols by the Harbour will be at Little Park, Addison Street. Festival from 5pm-7pm, carols by candlelight from 7.30pm and fireworks at 9pm. Free.

Figtree, Saturday

Colin Buchanan will be the star of this event kicking off at 5.30pm at Figtree High Oval, Gibsons Road. Expect carnival rides, kids’ activities and fireworks. For details visit figtreecommunitycarols.org.au.

Dapto, Sunday

Dapto Uniting Church, Princes Highway, is offering messy food fun, card making, DIY crackers, family dinner and more. It starts at 4.30pm. Details: daptomessychurch. blogspot. com.

OUT & ABOUT

Tools, all weekend

View this free exhibition on woodcraft and sales of traditional tools at the Old Fire Station Gallery, Terralong Street, Kiama. Many items will be on sale made by the local woodcraft group. Until December 24. Details: kiamawoodcraft.org.

Kembla Grange, Saturday

Spend the afternoon at the Kembla Grange races. Gates open 11am, adults $10, pensioners $3, children under 18 free (accompanied by an adult). Kembla Grange Racecourse, Princes Highway, Kembla Grange. Ph 42617211.

Bowling, Sunday

Cheap day out for the family from 9am to 11.30am at AMF Illawarra, 47 Princes Highway, Albion Park Rail. Cost: $10 per person includes one game of bowling and three amusement machine tokens.

MUSIC

Muddy Waters, Saturday

Tribute show at the Towradgi Beach Hotel to the legendary blues musician. Includes award-winning band members of The Flood  and The Backsliders. Tickets: $22 from moshtix.com.au.

Bondi Cigars, Sunday

The Bondi Cigars are renowned as a hard-driving and well-oiled machine that delivers tight, timeless R&B with a distinctive Australian feel. Venue: Towradgi Beach Hotel, from 3pm. Details: towradgibeachhotel.com.au.

Ska-Fari, next Saturday

The Bennies, The Kujo King, Phat Meegz and more play Yours & Owls, Kembla Street, Wollongong from 7.30pm. Tickets: $7. Details: yoursandowls.com.au.

FOR THE DIARY

Carols, next Saturday

Helensburgh Community Carols at Helensburgh Baptist Church, including candles, sausage sizzle, a visit from Santa, Gloware and  activities for the kids. Start: 7.30pm. Venue: Charles Harper Park.

Sunset Cinema, through the summer

Gather together your family and friends, pack a picnic and head outdoors for an unforgettable night under the stars. Program continues until January 19. Venue: The Fig Lawn, Botanic Gardens, Murphys Avenue, Keiraville. Details: sunsetcinema.com.au.

Circus, January

Circus Monoxide at Fairy Meadow is offering workshops through the holidays. See circusmonoxide.com.au.

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