THURSDAY January 4
World Junior Surf Championship
Kiama’s Bombo Beach will host some of the world’s best surfers under 18 years, competing for the prestigious world title.
Representatives from each of WSL’s seven regions Australasia, Africa, Europe, Hawaii, Japan, North America and South America have battled through to the top of their respective Junior Qualifying Series (JQS) for a coveted spot in the World Junior Championships.
The event window will be open from January 4 to January 12, with competition held in the best possible surf conditions. Check the website each morning to see if the event is on!
Wilderquest at Minnamurra Rainforest Centre
Take the family on a ranger guided tour on Ranger activity day – a hands on one hour session for children aged 6-12 years to try out some of the skills and equipment required to be a National Park Ranger.
It provides young people a unique chance to see how rangers work in the rainforest environment and look after national parks, plants and animals.
There will be three sessions throughout the day: 9:30am - 10:30am, 10:45 - 11:45am and 12pm - 1.00pm.
At Minnamurra Rainforest Centre, Minnamurra Falls Road, Via Jamberoo. Accompanying Adults Free, Child $10.00.
Bookings essential – (02) 4236 0469
FRIDAY January 5
Wollongong Twilight Markets
Join them and bring in the New Year at the Wollongong Twilight Markets, on the lawns of Flagstaff Hill overlooking Wollongong Harbour.Come for the food and stay for the fun, with live music, art, lawn games...
Hercules: The Pantomime
Until January 13 the Roo Theatre in Shellharbour present Hercules: The Panto.
A traditional pantomime featuring the hero, the villain, the dame, the pop hits you all know, the colourful costumes, and lots of interaction with the audience.
A happy ending is ensured with Hercules winning his Princess, Medusa getting her hands on the King and the Gryphon gaining his wings.
Pool Open Day & Movies Under The Stars
Albion Park Pool is having an Open Day where the kids can have lots of fun on the giant pool inflatable. There’s a free aqua aerobic demonstration, they can try some tye-dying, Library by the pool and more.
This will be followed by movies under the stars featuring Disney’s Moana.
This is an alcohol and glass free event. From 5:30pm to 9:30pm.
SATURDAY January 6
Shellharbour Summer Carnival
The fun goes until January 21 at Pioneer Park on Addison Street in Shellharbour. Operating from 6pm daily – free entry, parking and fireworks (cost per ride).
Dodgem cars, Downdraft, Wacky Worm Roller Coaster, Storm Ride, Round Up, Paratrooper, Train, Tea Cups, Mini Ferris Wheel, Bungee Trampolines, Slide, Mini Inflatable World, Sling Shot Ride and more.
Find them on FACEBOOK.
Justice League at Sunset Cinema
The open-air cinema season in Wollongong’s Botanic Garden is in full swing.
The pop-up movie theatre will run until 10th March 2018 and is screening a mix of Oscar favorites, the latest blockbusters, golden oldies and films for the whole family.
Sneaky Burger will also be parked up for the season, along with boutique wine from MadFish and craft beers from 4 Pines.
They’ll also be fundraising for Kidzwish, Food Fairness Illawarra and The Housing Trust.
SUNDAY January 7
Giant water slides are popping up everywhere around the Illawarra with another theme park open in Dapto.
Waliscags Water Worx is open until February 25 at Dapto Showground, with five themed inflatable pools each with their own slide – plus one giant “super” slide.
Art & Music
Catch live music alongside the Botanica exhibition at Kiama’s Little Blowhole Art Bar.
Blues guitarist Mark Thornton will bring the musical delights on Sunday from 1pm to 4pm.
While the exhibition (including paintings by artists Jamie Cole, Greg Martin Vale, Karen Wright, and Robyn Sharp) will be on show until January 28.
Find them on FACEBOOK.
The long-running Wollongong Conservatorium Jazz Series kicks off with free Sunday concerts at the family friendly Town Hall Chamber in Wollongong this Sunday.
The series features some of Australia’s leading jazz artists like trombonist James Greening and ARIA Award winning saxophonist Sandy Evans alongside some of the Illawarra’s up and coming young musicians.
This weekend it’s Greening leading a jazz group of advanced music students from the Wollongong Conservatorium including Marley Rooney (keyboard), Toby Dunan (drums), and David Quinn (bass).
From 2pm to 5pm on January 7, 14, 21 and 28 at Town Hall Chamber, 63 Crown Street in Wollongong.