Free school holidays activities in Wollongong, Shellharbour and Kiama

CRAFTWORK: Renee Burgess and Benjamin Burgess with Mila Brailey and Nicole Brailey doing Easter craft at the UOW Early Start Discovery Space. Picture: Robert Peet
CRAFTWORK: Renee Burgess and Benjamin Burgess with Mila Brailey and Nicole Brailey doing Easter craft at the UOW Early Start Discovery Space. Picture: Robert Peet

There’s plenty of school holiday activities across the Illawarra that you don’t have to break the bank over.

Early Start Discovery Space, UOW Keiraville

Closed Mondays and public holidays with both free and paid programs during until April 23.

Some of the free workshops include story time, Easter egg hunts, Easter Hat Parade, robot construction, coding, craft and “eggquisite” decorations.

Annual Easter Show, Towradgi Beach Hotel, Easter Saturday

If the prices are too high to take the kids to Sydney Olympic Park, stop by TBH’s free event from 10am to 5pm on Saturday.

Obviously you’ll need to spend money on showbags, rides and market stalls but it’ll be cheaper than the big city event.

Family Fun at Wollongong Botanic Garden, Easter Saturday

From 10am to 2pm there will be a number of free Easter Egg Hunts for kids plus a series of traditional family games including the sack races, egg and spoon races, three-legged races and wheelbarrow races with chocolate prizes to be won.

Pack a picnic to enjoy with your family or perhaps you’d like to grab a sausage sizzle and drink from Rotary.

Floating Lantern Workshop, Kiama Library, April 21

Kids from six to 16 will enjoy making floating paper lanterns, inspired by the annual Loi Krathon festival in Thailand.

The lanterns will be floated on Kiama Harbour during the KISS Arts Festival. Visit the library to book.

Creative director Bryony Anderson at her exhibition, Frugal Forest. Picture: Sylvia Liber

Creative director Bryony Anderson at her exhibition, Frugal Forest. Picture: Sylvia Liber

Welcome to the Jungle, Wollongong Art Gallery, April 23

Family friendly exhibitions Frugal Forest and Into the Wild will be the focus of fun entertainment.

From 12:30pm to 3:30pm there’ll be jungle face painting, balloon art, live music, cupcake corner, sausage sizzle, paper vine and leaf craft, monkey business workshop, treasure hunt, tropical birds workshop and story time.

Events are free but spaces are limited. To book visit www.eventbrite.com.au and search “Wollongong Art Gallery”.

T.Rex at Stockland Shellharbour

The Australian Museum has brought its ultra-realistic 11-metre long Ttyrannosaurus rex model to Shellharbour until April 25.

You can find the giant beast on the plaza level outside JB Hi-Fi.

Fun at the Library

Libraries across the Illawarra are hosting free and low-cost activities from movie screenings, craft and coding workshops, live performances, gaming and discos.

To find out what’s happening at a library near you, visit council websites: www.wollongong.nsw.gov.au; libraries.shellharbour.nsw.gov.au and www.kiama.nsw.gov.au 

ONES YOU PAY FOR:

One Day Sports Camp, Berry, April 20

Children aged seven to 12 will have a jam-packed day of activities at the Berry Sport and Recreation Centre. 

Although this isn’t free, we thought $58 wasn’t too bad for the activities involved.

Kids will be challenged with a ropes course and climbing wall, canoeing, kayaking, swimming, tennis, basketball, archery, bike-riding, flying fox and a cookout.

It’s run by the NSW Government, for more information phone 13 13 02.

Wollongong Spiegeltent

Various children’s entertainers under the glamorous big top pegged down next to the Illawarra Performing Arts Centre.

Peter Combe, Children are Stinky, Justine Clarke Sings, Circus Monoxide take to the stage for daytime performances ($25 if $80 for a family of four).

www.spiegeltentwollongong.com