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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.

FREE Event for women seeking to launch or grow their business! Empowering Women's Programs.

Commencing Tuesday 4 February, 2020

5.30pm - 7.30pm

Ages: For women of all ages looking to launch or grow their business.
Cost: FREE
Venue: Zig Zag Hub
Zig Zag Hub are excited to launch their next Empowering Women’s Program! Fast track your business idea!
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Babies Proms - The Nutcracker. A classic Christmas concert for all ages. Wollongong Town Hall.

Sunday 1 December, 2019

9.30am & 11.30am

Ages: Perfect for children aged 6 months to 8 years, but suitable for all ages!
Cost: General admission: $15. Family of 4: $50
Venue: The Music Lounge - Wollongong Town Hall
To celebrate the magic of Christmas, Clear Strings presents a concert filled with musical delights! Come along and be transported by Tchaikovsky’s wonderful world of The Nutcracker.
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Little Fairgrounds, the pint-sized festival within a festival for mini moshers! Bands, activities, workshops, little rockers tent, obstacle course + MORE. Berry.

Friday 6 December - Saturday 7 December

Gates Open 11am - until late

Ages: Family-friendly event for all ages!
Cost: Kids tickets $25 + super affordable prices for Kids 12 and under!
Venue: Berry Showground
And now little rockers and babes - get excited!! Because the lineup for Little Fairgrounds has just been announced!
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Christmas in the City! Festive season FUN has arrived at Wollongong Central! Santa photos, Workshops, Sales + MORE!

7 - 24 December

Ages: All ages
Cost: Paid and FREE activities
Venue: Wollongong Central & Wollongong City Centre
We hope you can join us for Christmas in the City! Enjoy fun-filled Christmas activities, performances, decorations and promotions happening right in the City Centre this Christmas.
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Santa's Little Elves - Direct from the North Pole, order a Personalised & Authentic Letter from Santa for your child this Xmas! Orders close 2 Dec 2019.

Ages: 3 years +
Cost: $12.95 per letter/certificate (postage included)
Venue: Online
Seeing the look of sheer joy and excitement on your child's face when they receive their very own letter from Santa Claus is one of the most wonderful experiences you can ever have! At Santa's Little Elves we create authentic personalised letters from Santa that bring the magic and wonder of Christmas to life.
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MORE with Matt Preston: I3 2019 Spring Speaker Series. Kiama. Tickets ON SALE NOW!

Thursday 21 November

6pm - 8pm

Ages: Teens+
Cost: From $30
Venue: The Pavilion Kiama
Australia’s most interesting people sharing their stories on stage at The Pavilion, Kiama as part of the Institute of Interesting Ideas (I3) 2019 SPRING SERIES, featuring Pete Evans, The Joy of Food, our Death + Sex series and Matt Preston.
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Building Resilient Families - FREE Information Evening for parents. Shellharbour

Thursday 21 November, 2019

7pm -9pm

Ages: Parents & Caregivers
Cost: FREE. A gold coin donation on the evening will help continue the work Peer Support Australia are doing in the community.
Venue: Central Hotel Shellharbour
Learn from one of Australia's leading Clinical Psychologists, Andrew Fuller, as he shares his successful strategies to reinforcing resilience in children at home, maintain positive relationships, resolve conflicts, build family networks and more.
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Wollongong Makers Market - next market Saturday, 30 November – just in time for Christmas!

Saturday 30 November, 2019

8.30am - 4pm

Ages: All ages
Cost: FREE
Venue: UOW Innovation Campus
The Wollongong Makers Market brings together local skilled artisans, craftsmiths and makers to showcase their talents. With over 100 stallholders selling goods of exceptional quality, it's the perfect place to find unique and personal Christmas gifts.
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Creative Programs - Cooking, LEGO Robotics & Insect Hotels at Early Start Discovery Space

November 2019

10.30am  to 11.30am/12pm   Sat 2 November 19 to  Wed 27 November 19

Venue: Early Start Discovery Space
Address: Ground floor, Building 21 University of Wollongong, Northfields Ave Wollongong NSW 2500
Ages: 3 years +
Cost: $30 members $42 non-members / $100 members $125 non-members. Creative Kids Vouchers accepted

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CIRCLE OF SECURITY™ Free 4 Week Parenting Program

5.30pm  to 8pm   Wed 6 November 19 to  Wed 27 November 19

Venue: Southern Youth and Family Services
Address: 33 Pioneer Drive Oak Flats NSW 2529
Ages: For parents and carers of children aged 0 to 8 years
Cost: FREE

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The Sound of Music - The Roo Theatre Company

Various times - refer website.

 to    Fri 8 November 19 to  Sat 23 November 19

Venue: Roo Theatre Company
Address: Addison Street & Wentworth Street Shellharbour NSW 2529
Ages: All ages
Cost: Refer website

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Dapto Camel Races at The Showgrounds

3pm  to 9pm    to  Sat 16 November 19

Venue: Dapto Showgrounds
Address: 89 Princes Highway Dapto NSW 2530
Ages: All ages
Cost: Refer event link

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Eat Street Wollongong by Foragers

Every Thursday

5pm  to 9pm    to  Thu 21 November 19

Venue: Crown St Mall
Address: Crown Street Wollongong NSW 2500
Ages: All Ages
Cost: FREE entry

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Stockland KidzWish Christmas Party

10am doors open  to 1pm    to  Thu 21 November 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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2019 Illawarra White Ribbon Day Walk

7am  to 8.30am    to  Fri 22 November 19

Venue: Wollongong North Wollongong Surf Club
Address: Wollongong NSW 2500
Ages: All ages
Cost: FREE event

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Budding Bookworms - Wollongong Botanic Garden

Every Friday (weather permitting)

10am  to 11am    to  Fri 22 November 19

Venue: Wollongong Botanic Garden
Address: Murphys Avenue Keiraville NSW 2500
Ages: 3-5 years
Cost: FREE

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Bush Play for 2 - 5 year olds

10am  to 12.30pm    to  Fri 22 November 19

Venue: Mount Keira Summitt Park
Address:
Ages: 2 - 5 year olds
Cost: $25 per family

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Family Friendly Fridays - LEGO (Dapto Library)

5.30pm  to 7pm    to  Fri 22 November 19

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

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Friday Forage Wollongong

Every Friday

9am  to 2pm    to  Fri 22 November 19

Venue: Lower end of Crown Street Mall
Address: Crown St Wollongong NSW 2500
Ages: All Ages
Cost: FREE entry

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Community Moonlight Movies: Port Kembla (Wonder Park)

Gates open at 6pm.  to 10pm    to  Sat 23 November 19

Venue: King George V Oval - Port Kembla
Address: Military Road Port Kembla NSW 2505
Ages: All ages
Cost: FREE

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Kiama Makers & Growers Market

Usually 4th Saturday of each month

10am  to 3pm    to  Sat 23 November 19

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

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Kids Railway Saturday @ Illawarra Light Railway Museum

10am  to 3pm    to  Sat 23 November 19

Venue: Illawarra Light Railway Museum
Address: 48A Tongarra Road Albion Park Rail NSW 2527
Ages: All ages
Cost: From $5

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Oz Flight Sim Expo 2019

10am  to 4pm   Sat 23 November 19 to  Sun 24 November 19

Venue: HARS Aviation Museum
Address: Illawarra Regional Airport Albion Park Rail NSW
Ages: All ages
Cost: $20 Adults - $15 Senior/Concession - $8 Children 5-14yo Children under 5 are FREE - Must be accompanied by an Adult at all times.

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Christmas Family Fun Day - Balgownie Hotel

2pm  to 5pm    to  Sun 24 November 19

Venue: Balgownie Village
Address: 141 Balgownie Rd Balgownie NSW 2519
Ages: All ages
Cost: FREE 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 24 November 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 24 November 19

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

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Kiama Auto Expo - Rotary Clubs of Gerringong and Kiama

 to     to  Sun 24 November 19

Venue: Kiama
Address: 2 Bong Bong Street Kiama NSW 2535
Ages: All ages
Cost: Refer website

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Kids Free Movie Screenings! - Woonona Bulli RSL

6pm  to     to  Sun 24 November 19

Venue: Woonona Bulli RSL
Address: 455 Princes Hwy Woonona NSW 2517
Ages: All ages
Cost: FREE

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Open Day Xmas Market - Illawarra Lapidary Club Inc

9am  to 2pm    to  Sun 24 November 19

Venue: Club Rooms
Address: 51 Meadow Street Tarrawanna New South Wales 2518
Ages: Suitable for all ages
Cost: FREE

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Planted - Vegan Market

9am  to 2pm    to  Sun 24 November 19

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

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The Cockatoo Run 2019

11am  to 5pm    to  Sun 24 November 19

Venue:
Address:
Ages: All ages
Cost: Illawarra Adult (Sitting) $90.00 Illawarra Senior(Sitting) $80.00 Illawarra Child (Sitting) $65.00

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The Learner Log Book Run - Wollongong

9.30am  to 12 noon    to  Sun 24 November 19

Venue: Wollongong
Address: Wollongong NSW
Ages: All learner drives must have 40 or more log book hours.
Cost: FREE (inc. driver reviver stop snacks & McDonald’s voucher on completion)

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Christmas Shopping at the Discovery Space

Various times

 to    Mon 25 November 19 to  Mon 9 December 19

Venue: Early Start Discovery Space, University of Wollongong
Address: Northfields Avenue (Early Start Building 21) Wollongong NSW 2500
Ages: All ages!
Cost: Members will receive 20% off all shop items and 10% off for the general public.

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The Drama Studio – Mr Chicken Saves the Day

7.30pm  to 9.15pm   Tue 26 November 19 to  Thu 28 November 19

Venue: IPAC
Address: 32 Bureli Street Wollongong NSW 2500
Ages: All ages
Cost: Adult: $35 Pensioner/Senior: $22 Student/Children U13: $22

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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 28 November 19

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

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Toddler Time: Christmas Craft - Figtree Grove Shopping Centre

10am  to 1pm    to  Thu 28 November 19

Venue: Figtree Grove Shopping Centre
Address: Figtree NSW
Ages: For toddlers!
Cost: FREE

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100 Stories Before School - Corrimal Library

Last Friday of the month

10am  to 10.30am    to  Fri 29 November 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 29 November 19

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

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Junior Groovers Disco - The Fraternity Club

6pm  to 8.30pm    to  Fri 29 November 19

Venue: The Fraternity Club
Address: 11 Bourke Street Fairy Meadow NSW 2519
Ages: 6 - 12 years
Cost: $10

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Frozen 2 Screening

9:45am, 1.20pm, 3.15pm and 6.15pm  to 6:15pm   Sat 30 November 19 to  Sun 1 December 19

Venue: Gala Twin Cinemas
Address: 204 Cowper Street Warrawong NSW 2502
Ages: 2-18 years old
Cost: $11-12 excluding booking fees

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Wollongong Makers Market

8.30am  to 4pm    to  Sat 30 November 19

Venue: UOW Innovation Campus North Wollongong
Address: Squires Way North Wollongong NSW 2500
Ages: All ages
Cost: Donation

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Babies Proms - The Nutcracker

9.30am  to 10.15am    to  Sun 1 December 19

Venue: The Music Lounge - Wollongong Town Hall
Address:
Ages: Suitable for all ages.
Cost: General admission: $15 Family of 4: $50

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Carols and Markets 2019 | Bulli Anglican Church

4pm  to 8pm    to  Sun 1 December 19

Venue: Bulli Anglican Church
Address: Park Road Bulli NSW 2516
Ages: All ages
Cost: FREE Entry

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December - The Farms Market

First Sunday every month

10am  to 3pm    to  Sun 1 December 19

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

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Figtree Grove Sensory Santa Sessions

Sun 1 Dec 8.30am-9.30am / Thurs 5 Dec 7.30pm-8.30pm

 to    Sun 1 December 19 to  Thu 5 December 19

Venue: Figtree Grove Shopping Centre
Address: 19 Princes Hwy Figtree NSW 2525
Ages: All ages
Cost:

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Run Shellharbour 2019

8am  to     to  Sun 1 December 19

Venue: Shellharbour Surf Life Saving Club
Address: 115 Junction Rd Shellharbour NSW 2529
Ages: All ages
Cost: See Website for Costs

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Woonona Lions Christmas Carols In The Park

6.30pm  to 9.30pm    to  Sun 1 December 19

Venue: Strachan Park, Woonona
Address: Princes Highway Woonona NSW 2517
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 December 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 December 19

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

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Toddler Tales @ Kiama Library

First Tuesday of the month during school term only.

10.30am  to 11am    to  Tue 3 December 19

Venue: Kiama Library
Address: 7 Railway Parade Kiama NSW 2533
Ages: 1 - 3 years of age
Cost: FREE

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Scholastic Book SALE - Wollongong

8.30am  to 4.30pm    to  Thu 5 December 19

Venue: Pioneer Hall - Wollongong
Address: 84 Church Street Wollongong NSW 2500
Ages: All ages
Cost: Save 50-70% off RRP on everything!

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Science Space Wollongong Late Night Christmas Shopping

4pm  to 6.30pm    to  Thu 5 December 19

Venue: Science Space
Address: 60 Squires Way, Innovation Campus North Wollongong NSW 2500
Ages: All ages
Cost: Tickets are free but essential and will include: 20% off all purchases*

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Carols by Candlelight – Shellharbour City Council

5pm  to Fireworks at 8.30pm    to  Fri 6 December 19

Venue: Reddall Reserve
Address: 13 Reddall Parade Lake Illawarra NSW 2528
Ages: All ages
Cost: FREE

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Carols in Corrimal 2018

6pm for a 6:30pm start  to     to  Fri 6 December 19

Venue: Ziems Park, Corrimal – Senior Field
Address: Corrimal NSW 2518
Ages: All ages
Cost: Coin donation to the Surf Life Saving Club

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Early Start Discovery Space - 3 Day Xmas Party

Various times

 to    Fri 6 December 19 to  Sun 8 December 19

Venue: Early Start Discovery Space
Address: Building 21, University of Wollongong, Northfields Avenue Wollongong NSW 2500
Ages: 2 - 12 years
Cost: General entry applies for visitors. FREE for Members. Workshops at cost.

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EATS & BEATZ present ‘International Foodie Fest’

First Friday of each month

5pm  to 9pm    to  Fri 6 December 19

Venue: Bulli Showground
Address: Grevillea Park Rd Bulli NSW 2517
Ages: All ages
Cost: Gold coin donation

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Fairgrounds Festival

Various times

 to    Fri 6 December 19 to  Sat 7 December 19

Venue: Berry Showgrounds
Address: 35 Alexandra Street Berry NSW 2535
Ages: All ages
Cost: Refer website

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Family Gingerbread Night - Bulli Anglican Church

6.30pm  to 9.30pm    to  Fri 6 December 19

Venue: Bulli Anglican Church
Address: 66 Park Rd Bulli NSW 2516
Ages: All ages
Cost: $30 pr Gingerbread House Making Kit

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Warrawong Plaza Christmas Events 2019
Wollongong Central Xmas Banner
Kiama Toyworld
Dr Kamal Ahmed & South Coast Smiles



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