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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.

Treat Dad to a feast this Father's Day at The Scarborough Hotel!

Sunday 1 September, 2019

Ages: All ages, family-friendly dining
Cost: Refer menu
Venue: The Scarborough Hotel
Scarborough Hotel is a family friendly venue perched along the beautiful South Coast coastline with breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean - and is the perfect spot to spoil Dad this Father's Day, Sunday 1 September!
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Parenting Workshops for ASD Families - Child Development Institute, Wollongong

Commences Monday 12 August and will run for 5 consecutive Mondays.

10am - 12pm

Ages: Parents & Carers
Cost: $117 per session and can be payable using your child's NDIS fund
Venue: Child Development Institute
At the Child Development Institute (CDI), we provide therapy for children living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or neuro-developmental delays, and training and research for families, educators and health professionals.
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Early Start Speaker Series - Digital Technologies & Young Children

Wednesday 21 August, 2019

6pm - 7.30pm

Ages: Parents & Carers
Cost: $15/non-members, $7.50/members
Venue: Building 21, G.08, Early Start, University of Wollongong
Let go of the guilt and join UOW Early Start Professor Lisa Kervin for an in-depth look at quality screen time and digital play for children aged 3 to 8 years.
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Institute of Interesting Ideas: Rosie Waterland - The Healing Power of Comedy. 20% off tickets with Parents Guide Illawarra!

Friday 23 August, 2019

6pm - 8pm

Ages: Teens+
Cost: PARENTS GUIDE ILLAWARRA 20% DISCOUNT CODE! Tickets from $55
Venue: The Pavillion Kiama
Rosie has survived the very worst that life can throw at you but she’s always maintained that laughter is the best medicine. Join us for the sixth event in the Institute of Interesting Ideas Winter Series, Kiama.
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Institute of Interesting Ideas: Prof Alan R Duffy - The Future of Space Travel…and Australia’s Place In It. 20% off tickets with Parents Guide Illawarra!

Friday 30 August, 2019

6pm - 8pm

Ages: Teens+
Cost: PARENTS GUIDE ILLAWARRA 20% DISCOUNT CODE! Tickets from $55
Venue: The Pavilion Kiama
Join us for the seventh and final event in the Institute of Interesting Ideas Winter Series, Kiama - Australia’s most interesting people sharing their stories on stage at The Pavilion Kiama.
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Picasso And His Dog - creative children's puppet play! Go on an adventurous ride for ages 4 years +

3 - 4 September, 2019

10am & 1pm

Ages: Recommended for ages 4 years +
Cost: $18 - $75
Venue: Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre
A refreshingly original work, wild and adventurous! Inspired by a true story, 'Picasso and His Dog' is a delightful show that celebrates the animals with whom we share our lives while exploring what it is to be creative and to create.
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FREE Family Fun Day across the Illawarra! Entertainment, free gift and visits from Bright Spark and Billyback Pack!

Thursday 5 September, 2019

9.30am - 11.30am

Ages: All ages!
Cost: FREE Event
Venue: Corrimal, Warrawong & Nowra
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Spring Into Corrimal 2019 - the largest one day FREE family festival within the Illawarra!

Sun 8 September 19

9am - 4pm

Ages: All ages
Cost: FREE Entry
Venue: Railway Street, Corrimal
Come and join the largest one-day free family festival in the Illawarra and Regional NSW! 250 market stalls, entertainment, live music and a grand parade plus designated areas for young children!
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*NEW CLIENTS get $50 off any treatments including injectables at Thrive Skin Clinic!

Open 6 days a week

Ages: All ages and all skin types for both women and men.
Cost: $50 off ALL treatments for NEW clients!
Venue: Thrive Skin Clinic
*NEW CLIENTS get $50 off all treatments and injectables at Thrive Skin Clinic! Join us at Thrive - a doctor-led team of medical professionals working at a modern skin clinic in the heart of Thirroul.
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Dr David Greening - personalised, leading expert obstetric care for Illawarra couples

Monday-Thursday 9am-5pm & Friday 9am-1pm

Ages: All ages
Cost: Contact Consulting Rooms
Venue: Dr David Greening - Consulting Rooms
If you’re looking for a highly experienced Wollongong Obstetrician to manage your pregnancy and birth, Dr David Greening and his team of midwives have been providing expert care to women and their partners across the Illawarra since 2004.
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Dr Kristy Goodwin - helping parents navigate their children’s digital world. Seminar for parents with kids 0-8 years.

Monday 16 September, 2019

7pm - 9pm

Ages: For Parents of Children Aged 0-8 Years. Teacher, Educators and Professionals also welcome.
Cost: Refer Event Booking Link
Venue: Dapto Anglican Church - Hosted by St Luke's Preschool
One of Australia’s leading digital parenting educators, authors (& mum), Dr Kristy Goodwin, helps parents navigate young children’s digital world.
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Shebah - Safety for all women & children is our No.1 priority. Australia’s first and all-women rideshare service getting you safely to where you need to go across Wollongong!

Ages: Women & Children
Cost: Refer Rider App
Venue: Shebah Wollongong
Shebah is Australia's first and only all-women rideshare service. And is now operating across Wollongong!
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Twig & Bo Florist, Bulli - stunning flowers & arrangements for everyday and special events.

Floral Studio open Tuesday - Sunday (open Mondays, by appointment only & deliveries)

Ages:
Cost: Various
Venue: Timbermill Studios
We create and specialise in stunning flower arrangements, mixing soft and pretty with Natives, Wildflowers or Lush Tropicals. We will also create beautiful bespoke arrangements for gifts, events, corporate and weddings.
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Your Voice Your Choice Conference 2019. Support and advice on NDIS plans to help live life your way!

14 - 15 October, 2019

9am - 2pm

Ages: For people with a disability, parents and carers, and service providers.
Cost: Refer booking link for prices.
Venue: Novotel Wollongong Northbeach
Do you have a child or a family member with a disability? Would you like to hear world champion athlete Dylan Alcott speak in Wollongong? At the Your Voice Your Choice National Self Advocacy Conference, you can learn from others who are leading life their way and getting the most out of their NDIS plans.
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AWARE Program: 9 week after school group for young people aged 13 to 18 living with a family member with mental health concerns who they support.

Thursdays

3.30pm  to 6pm   Thu 25 July 19 to  Sun 29 September 19

Venue: The Salvation Army Wollongong,
Address: 11-13 Burelli Street Wollongong NSW 2500
Ages: 13 - 18 years of age
Cost: FREE

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Triple P - Positive Parenting Program

Thursdays during Term 3

10am  to 12pm   Thu 25 July 19 to  Thu 12 September 19

Venue: The Foundery - Shell Cove
Address: 132 Wentworth Street Port Kembla NSW 2529
Ages: Parents & Carers
Cost: Your donation of $5 per session assists our costs

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AIDEN CAMPBELL’S ART EXHIBITION - A Hint of Circus

9am  to 5pm   Wed 31 July 19 to  Sun 4 August 19

Venue: PROJECT CONTEMPORARY ARTSPACE
Address: 255 Keira Street Wollongong NSW 2500
Ages: All ages
Cost: FREE

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FLO GIRLS “Positivity” Workshop

10.30am  to 4.30pm    to  Sun 4 August 19

Venue: Thirroul Railway Institute Hall
Address: Railway Pde Thirroul NSW
Ages: For girls in Grades 2 - 6
Cost: $160 (cost includes 6hr workshop, homemade lunch & snack, workbook + all resources)

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Breakout: What Unlocks the Box? Early Start Discovery Space

Saturday 10, 17, 24 & Sunday 11, 18 & 25 August

10.30am OR 1.30pm  to     to  Sat 10 August 19

Venue: Early Start Discovery Space
Address: Ground floor, Building 21 University of Wollongong, Northfields Ave, Wollongong NSW 2500
Ages: 5 years +
Cost: $20 members / $25 non-members per session (up to 6 children).

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Bringing Up Great Kids Parenting Program for Carers - FREE Parenting Program

2 hours per week for six weeks

10am  to 12pm   Fri 16 August 19 to  Wed 18 September 19

Venue: PCYC, North Wollongong
Address: 2 Exeter Ave Wollongong NSW 2525
Ages: For Mums, Dads & Carers
Cost: FREE

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Code the Gong - Wollongong Library

First and third Monday of the month during school term

4pm  to 5pm    to  Mon 19 August 19

Venue: Wollongong Library
Address: 41 Burelli Street Wollongong NSW 2500
Ages: 8 - 12 years
Cost: FREE

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S.T.E.A.M Punks Club - Dapto Library

Third Monday of the month during school term

4pm  to 5pm    to  Mon 19 August 19

Venue: Dapto Library
Address: 89/111 Princes Highway Dapto NSW 2530
Ages: 5 years +
Cost: FREE

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Baby Storytime - Kiama Library

Third Tuesday of the month

10am  to 10.30am    to  Tue 20 August 19

Venue: Kiama Library
Address: Kiama NSW 2533
Ages: 0-24 Months
Cost: FREE

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Prep Open Mornings - Shellharbour Anglican College Prep Area

9.30am  to 10.30am   Tue 20 August 19 to  Thu 22 August 19

Venue: Shellharbour Anglican College Prep Area
Address: 1 Piper Drive Dunmore NSW 2529
Ages: children 4 years and under
Cost: FREE

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Southern Coffee Morning - for families of children with an autism spectrum disorder to join our coffee morning “family”, to share information and support.

10.30am  to 12.30pm    to  Wed 21 August 19

Venue: The Shellharbour Club
Address:
Ages: Parents & Carers
Cost: FREE

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Southern Stars 2019 - Come Alive

 to    Fri 23 August 19 to  Sat 24 August 19

Venue: WSEC
Address: Corner Crown & Harbour Streets Wollongong NSW 2500
Ages: All ages
Cost: Refer booking site

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Stockland KidzWish Christmas Party

10am doors open  to 1pm    to  Fri 23 August 19

Venue: WSEC
Address: Corner Crown & Harbour streets Wollongong NSW 2500
Ages: Illawarra & South Coast children aged under 18 years who are sick, disadvantaged or have a disability and their carers
Cost: FREE

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Compassionate Parenting - hosted by The Parents Clib

10am  to 12pm    to  Sat 24 August 19

Venue: Village Practice - Woonona East
Address: 24 Park Rd Woonona East NSW 2517
Ages: Parents, carers & grandparents
Cost: Refer booking link

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Dapto Art & Craft Show

9am  to 4pm   Sat 24 August 19 to  Sun 25 August 19

Venue: Dapto Neighbourhood Centre (within Ribbonwood Centre)
Address: 93-109 Princes Highway Dapto NSW 2530
Ages: All ages
Cost: $5 Adult | $3 Concession Free | Kids Under 12 years

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Kiama Makers & Growers Market

Usually 4th Saturday of each month

10am  to 3pm    to  Sat 24 August 19

Venue: Black Beach, Kiama Harbour
Address: Shoalhaven Street Kiama NSW 2533
Ages: All Ages
Cost: FREE entry

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The Lost World – Silent Film Fundraiser

2pm  to     to  Sat 24 August 19

Venue: Mt Keira Scout Camp
Address: Mount Keira Rd Mount Keira NSW
Ages: All ages
Cost: Tickets $20 pp (Child/Concession $15) (inc light refreshments—Tea/Coffee & Cordial)

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Wesley Centre Markets (formerly Nowra Makers Market)

Every fourth Saturday of the month

8am  to 2pm    to  Sat 24 August 19

Venue: Jelly Bean Park
Address: Egan's Lane Nowra NSW 2541
Ages: All ages
Cost: FREE Entry

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Coledale Markets

4th Sunday of the Month

9am  to 3pm    to  Sun 25 August 19

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

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Illawarra Live Steamers

Open to the public every fourth sunday of the month

8.30am  to The gates open about 8:30am and trains usually run from 10am until mid afternoon.    to  Sun 25 August 19

Venue: Stuart Park
Address: 2 Virginia St North Wollongong NSW 2500
Ages: All ages
Cost: Each passenger pays $2 for the 4 to 7 minute train trip.

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Jamberoo Village Market

Last Sunday of the Month

9am  to 2pm    to  Sun 25 August 19

Venue: Reid Park
Address: Cnr Allowrie & Churchill Streets Jamberoo NSW 2533
Ages: All Ages
Cost: FREE entry

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Planted - Vegan Market

9am  to 2pm    to  Sun 25 August 19

Venue: The Waterfront Town Centre - Shellharbour
Address: 100 Cove Blvd Shellharbour NSW 2529
Ages: All ages
Cost: FREE

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Dumbledore's Army - A monthly meeting of wizards and muggles to create, discuss and enjoy all things Harry Potter.

Once a month during school term

4pm  to 5pm    to  Mon 26 August 19

Venue: Wollongong City Library
Address: 41 Burelli Street Wollongong NSW 2500
Ages: Open to all high school aged students.
Cost: FREE

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Puckeys Night Market

Last Wednesday evening of every month

4pm  to 9pm    to  Wed 28 August 19

Venue: The UOW Innovation Campus
Address: Puckey Avenue Innovations Campus - UOW NSW 2500
Ages: All ages
Cost: FRE admission

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Tai Chi for for all who care for a person on the autism spectrum.

1pm  to 2pm    to  Wed 28 August 19

Venue: Dapto Ribbonwood Centre (Acacia Room)
Address:
Ages: A gentle flowing movement class for all who care for a person on the autism spectrum.
Cost: FREE

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R.A.G.E [Reading Arts Gaming Entertainment] - Warrawong Library

Last Thursday of the month during school term

3.30pm  to 4.30pm    to  Thu 29 August 19

Venue: Warrawong Library
Address: 133 King Street Warrawong NSW 2502
Ages: 8 - 12 years
Cost: FREE

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100 Stories Before School - Corrimal Library

Last Friday of the month

10am  to 10.30am    to  Fri 30 August 19

Venue: Corrimal Library
Address: 15 Short Street Corrimal NSW
Ages: Pre-school age
Cost: FREE

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Eat Street Bulli - Night Market

Last Friday night of every month

5pm  to 9pm    to  Fri 30 August 19

Venue: Bulli Showground
Address: Grevillea Park Road Bulli NSW 2516
Ages: All ages
Cost: Gold coin entry

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Family Friendly Fridays - NRL Trivia (Dapto Library)

5.30pm  to 7pm    to  Fri 30 August 19

Venue: Dapto Library
Address: 89/111 Princes Highway Dapto NSW 2530
Ages: All ages
Cost: FREE

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Kiama Bodyboard King Pro

All day event

 to    Fri 30 August 19 to  Sun 8 September 19

Venue: Surf Beach - Kiama
Address: Kiama NSW 2533
Ages:
Cost: Refer website

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RoboClub Term 3 Session 2 @ Kiama Library

Every Friday during Term 3

4pm  to 5pm    to  Fri 30 August 19

Venue: Kiama Library Auditorium
Address: 7 Railway Pde Kiama NSW
Ages: 8 - 12 years of age
Cost: Session 2 - five weeks 30 August - 27 September - $100.00 (RoboLink accepts Creative Kids vouchers)

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Creative Drawing 4-Week Workshop - Early Start Discovery Space

Saturday 31 August, 7, 14 & 21 September

10.30am  to 12pm    to  Sat 31 August 19

Venue: Early Start Discovery Space
Address: Ground floor, Building 21 University of Wollongong, Northfields Ave Wollongong NSW 2500
Ages: 6 years +
Cost: $100 members/$125 non-members. Creative Kids Vouchers accepted.

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​LEGO Robotics 4-Week Workshop - Early Start Discovery Space

Sunday 1, 8, 15, 22 September

10.30am  to 12pm    to  Sun 1 September 19

Venue: Early Start Discovery Space
Address: Ground floor, Building 21 University of Wollongong, Northfields Ave Wollongong NSW 2500
Ages: 6 years+
Cost: $100 members/$125 non-members. Creative Kids Vouchers accepted.

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Fathers DAY - September Farms Market

Usually First Sunday of the Month

10am  to 3pm    to  Sun 1 September 19

Venue: Killalea State Park
Address: Killalea Drive Shell Cove NSW 2529
Ages: All ages
Cost: Free Entry

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The Farm's Market - Father's Day (September)

First Sunday every month

10am  to 3pm    to  Sun 1 September 19

Venue: The Farm - Killalea
Address: Killalea State Park Shellharbour NSW 2529
Ages: All ages
Cost: FREE

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Code Club - Thirroul Library (for 8 years +)

First Monday of the month. Bookings essential

3.30pm  to 4.30pm    to  Mon 2 September 19

Venue: Thirroul Library
Address: 356 Lawrence Hargrave Drive Thirroul NSW 2515
Ages: 8 years +
Cost: FREE

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Kidz Connect - Dapto Library

First Monday of the month during school term only.

4pm  to 5pm    to  Mon 2 September 19

Venue: Dapto Library
Address: 93 Princes Highway Dapto NSW 2530
Ages: 5- 12 years
Cost: FREE

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Dapto Night Markets

1st Thursday of every month

5pm  to 9.30pm    to  Thu 5 September 19

Venue: Dapto Showground
Address: 89 Princes Highway Dapto NSW 2530
Ages: All ages
Cost: FREE

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Family Fun Days for Children & Families (Child Protection Week)

9.30am  to 11.30am    to  Thu 5 September 19

Venue: Corrimal Shopping Centre, Warrawong Plaza & Stockland Nowra Shopping Centre
Address:
Ages: All ages!
Cost: FREE

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Gerringong Library Storytime

First Thursday of the month.

10.30am  to 11.15am    to  Thu 5 September 19

Venue: Gerringong Town Hall
Address: Fern Street Gerringong NSW
Ages: Preschool ages
Cost: FREE

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Berry Small Farm Field Days

8am  to 4pm   Fri 6 September 19 to  Sat 7 September 19

Venue: Berry Showground
Address: Alexandra Street Berry NSW 2535
Ages: All ages
Cost: Refer website

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Bulli Bazaar

First Friday of each month

From 5pm  to     to  Fri 6 September 19

Venue: Bulli Showground
Address: Grevillea Park Rd Bulli NSW 2515
Ages: All welcome!
Cost: FREE

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Ghostbusters – SciFri Cinema Science Space

Doors open 6:30pm for 7pm show time.

6.30pm  to 9.30pm    to  Fri 6 September 19

Venue: Science Space
Address: 60 Squires Way Wollongong NSW 2500
Ages: Rating: PG (there is sexually suggestive content)
Cost: $12.50 plus booking fee

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MAMMA MIA (The Arcadians Theatre Group)

Refer website for times

 to    Fri 6 September 19 to  Sun 15 September 19

Venue: The Arcadians' Miner's Lamp Theatre
Address: 141 Princes Highway Corrimal NSW 2518
Ages: Ages 5+. Contains smoke and fog effects, strobe lighting and mirror ball.
Cost: Please refer website for ticket costs.

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Figtree High School Celebrates 50 Years - Open day

10am  to 2pm    to  Sat 7 September 19

Venue: Figtree High School
Address:
Ages:
Cost: FREE

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Open Day @ The Illawarra Grevillea Park

10am  to 4pm   Sat 7 September 19 to  Sun 8 September 19

Venue: Grevillea Park
Address: Grevillea Park Road Bulli NSW 2516
Ages: All ages
Cost: Adult $5, Children FREE

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Foragers Market Bulli - September

Second Sunday of every month.

9am  to 3pm    to  Sun 8 September 19

Venue: Bulli Showground
Address: Grevillea Park Road Bulli NSW 2516
Ages: All Ages
Cost: Gold Coin Donation

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In Her Shoes Market - Wollongong

9am  to 2pm    to  Sun 8 September 19

Venue: Pioneer Hall, Wollongong
Address: 84 Market Street Wollongong NSW 2500
Ages: All ages
Cost:

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Romans Hot Rod Association - Hot Rod Run 2019 - Show & Shine

All day event

 to    Sun 8 September 19 to  Sun 8 September 19

Venue: Black Beach - Kiama Harbour
Address: Shoalhaven Street Kiama NSW 2533
Ages: All ages
Cost: $10 entry fee

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