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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.

Wicked! The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz - tickets ON SALE NOW!

12 - 21 July, 2019

2pm & 7.30pm event times

Ages: All ages
Cost: Member/Group 8+/Concession/Student/Child (2 - 18): $46 Adult: $49
Venue: Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre (SEC)
Wicked is a family musical event not to be missed this July school holidays!
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Watch TV celebrity chef Fast Ed cook up a storm at Warrawong Plaza!

Thursday 27 June, 2019

5.30pm - 7.45pm

Ages: This event is open to the public.
Cost: FREE Event
Venue: Level 1, Outside County Grocer, Warrawong Plaza.
Everyone is invited to come and enjoy a live cooking demonstration with Fast Ed as he cooks up a storm in our kitchen, using only the best products from Country Grocer at Warrawong Plaza!
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OPENING NIGHT Institute of Interesting Ideas: Melissa Doyle - The Stories That Changed Me. 20% off tickets with Parents Guide Illawarra!

Friday 28 June, 2019

6pm - 8pm

Ages: Teens+
Cost: PARENTS GUIDE ILLAWARRA 20% DISCOUNT CODE! Tickets from $55
Venue: The Pavilion Kiama
Join Melissa Doyle for an intimate conversation about the people she has met throughout her career as a journalist & host at the Opening Night of the Institute of Interesting Ideas (I3) 2019 Winter Series: June - August.
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20% off tickets with Parents Guide Illawarra! Institute of Interesting Ideas: Xanthe Mallett with Jan Fran - Why The World Needs Psychopaths, and why we're all obsessed with True Crime.

Friday 12 July, 2019

6pm - 8pm

Ages: Teens+
Cost: PARENTS GUIDE ILLAWARRA 20% DISCOUNT CODE! Tickets from $55
Venue: The Pavillion Kiama
Nobody understands psychopaths more than Xanthe Mallett and Jan Fran…and they are taking to our stage to clear up all your misconceptions. Join us for the second event in the Institute of Interesting Ideas Winter Series, Kiama.
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Robot Song – July School Holiday Fun. An uplifting family show about finding your voice and accepting people as they are.

15 - 17 July, 2019

11am, 2pm & 6.30pm

Ages: Ages 8-12 years. Contains themes about Autism Spectrum.
Cost: All tickets: $22
Venue: Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre
Robot Song is a deeply personal story. It shares an honest, intensely funny and often unconventional window into writer, director Jolyon James’ experience parenting a child on the Autism Spectrum.
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Institute of Interesting Ideas: David Gillespie - Raising Teens in the Digital Age – on stage in conversation with Maggie Dent. 20% off tickets with Parents Guide Illawarra!

Friday 19 July, 2019

6pm - 8pm

Ages: Teens+
Cost: PARENTS GUIDE ILLAWARRA 20% DISCOUNT CODE! Tickets from $55
Venue: The Pavillion Kiama
Who better to guide parents through these tricky years than Maggie Dent & David Gillespie. Bring your questions, they’ve got the answers! Join us for the third event in the Institute of Interesting Ideas Winter Series, Kiama.
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Parents! Get your SECOND $100 Active Kids Voucher - this is how...

From 1 July, 2019

Ages: For children between 4.5 - 18-years-old and enrolled in school.
Cost: Claim up to $200 per year for each child!
Venue: Service NSW
The NSW Government is now offering all NSW families a SECOND $100 Active Kids Rebate
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Sydney FC Wollongong Holiday Clinic. Book before June 21 for your chance to WIN a signed Sydney FC Shirt!

16 - 18 July, 2019

9am - 3pm each day. Registration will be at 8.30am on Tuesday 16 July, 2019.

Ages: 5 - 13 year old boys & girls
Cost: Cost includes Sydney FC Training Shirt, Shorts, Socks & Hat
Venue: Ian McLellan Park
Fitness AND fun at Sydney FC Holiday Clinics
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3D Printing School Holiday Workshops designed just for kids! LEGO, puzzles, constructions sets and more!

Tuesday 9 July & and Tuesday 16 July, 2019.

9.30am - 3.30pm

Ages: 6 - 13 years of age
Cost: $75 per child
Venue: Upward Manufacturing
Looking for a school holiday activity for your budding genius? Kids will have a blast with a range of interactive activities including 3D printing, 3D drawing, puzzles, modular LEGO and construction sets.
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Beachside Ice Skating - Novotel Wollongong Northbeach

6 - 21 July, 2019

Sessions start from 10am, with the last session at 7pm all week.

Ages: From 2 years of age +
Cost: $10 - $55
Venue: Novotel Wollongong Northbeach
Winter is coming to the beach with an open-air genuine ice skating experience on our rooftop terrace this July!
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My Forest Adventure at Illawarra Fly - July School Holidays!

6 - 21 July, 2019

Open daily 9am – 5pm. Last entry 4pm

Ages: All ages!
Cost: Included in price of admission. Adults from $22.50. Children from $13.50. Zipline Tour (includes Treetop Walk): Adults from $60. Children from $36 (book online and save!).
Venue: Illawarra Fly Treetop Adventures
We look forward to seeing you amongst the trees for your Illawarra Fly adventure today!
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Winter comes alive in the City these July School Holidays!

6 - 21 July, 2019

11am - 3pm daily

Ages: Perfect for children aged 3 -15 years.
Cost: This is a free event and no bookings are required.
Venue: Ground Level, Gateway Building (Next to Lorna Jane)
Our interactive and immersive Light Playground is a mesmerising, engaging, interactive drop-in area for children and families!
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The X Trial Australian Championship - action-packed, edge of your seat experience for the whole family!

Saturday 27 July, 2019

6.30pm

Ages: A great event for all ages.
Cost: Kids tickets from $15, adults from $35 and a family of 4 from $79.
Venue: WIN Entertainment Centre
Bring the whole family out to WIN Entertainment Centre for The Australian X Trial Championship on Saturday 27 July. It is the ultimate motorcycle competition with 8 riders competing to be the winner. A 3-hour action packed showcase which guarantees and edge of your seat experience.
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Carmel & Co Gymnastics - Gym 4 Fun Holiday Program. Tramp and Bungee and our new Ninja warrior program!

8 - 19 July, 2019

Full day, morning & afternoon sessions

Ages: 5 - 12 years
Cost: From $30 for morning or afternoon session.
Venue: Carmel & Co Gymnastics
Starting from $30, we have half and full day options with a variety of themes and activities, from Mini Olympics and Pit Relays! Don’t forget to book your spot soon to avoid missing out, especially for our ever popular Tramp & Bungee day!
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Trees Adventure Nowra Park - KidZip is on these school holidays for energetic explorers!

Open 7 days a week during school holidays

Tuesday - Friday 10am to 5pm. Saturday - Sunday 9am to 5pm

Ages: From 4 years +
Cost: General tickets are from $25. KidZip sessions are $55, on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 9:30am of the school holidays.
Venue: Trees Adventure Nowra Park
Australia’s First Cliff Edge Experience! Only 1 hour from Wollongong, Trees Adventure Nowra Park is an exhilarating 2 Hour experience with 2m low easy courses up to 25m high insane ones! Soar through the trees on flying foxes and thrilling aerial challenges!
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Circus Monoxide - July School Holiday Program is NOW OPEN! Circus tricks, movement & creativity for kids!

8 - 19 July, 2019

From 8.30am to 5pm

Ages: 5 - 13 years of age
Cost: Full day on any or several days - $85. 5 day week $350
Venue: Circus Monoxide
If you want to tumble, fly, do amazing tricks and have fun at the circus, book a spot in our holiday program!
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CIY.Club - Minecraft, Game Coding and more these School Holidays! Claim your Creative Kids Rebate.

8 - 12 July, 2019

9am - 3pm

Ages: 7-17 years
Cost: Claim your Creative Kids Rebate!
Venue: Across Wollongong
Includes popular Game Coding Camps - kids will learn awesome skills and will LOVE this holiday club!
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Fun-damentals July School Holiday Program - find out why kids AND parents cannot get enough of this super popular program!

Dates TBC - stay tuned!

8am - 6pm

Ages: Primary School Age
Cost: Basic Rate $50 (eligible for CCR & CCB). Sibling discounts.
Venue: Lindsay Park Primary School
Fun Games, Sports, Arts and Crafts, Creative Arts for all skill and age levels!
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Gardens in Space - Wollongong Botanic Garden July School Holiday Program

8 - 12 July, 2019

10am - 1pm daily

Ages: Activities are suitable for children aged 5 to 10 years. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Cost: $13 per child. $24 for family of two or more children. Entry into the Garden is free.
Venue: Wollongong Botanic Garden
Get your spaceships ready for a trip to the Gardens of the Galaxy this July!
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July School Holiday FUN with creative exploration at Merrigong Creativity Camp & The Surfer and the Mermaid!

15 - 19 July

9am - 3pm

Ages: 5 - 13 years
Cost: 5 day camp: $290 per child*. *20% discount for additional siblings or when booking all three camps. Cost includes a ticket to see the scheduled school holiday kids’ show with the group.
Venue: Wollongong Town Hall - Main Auditorium
Merrigong Creativity Camp is back these school holidays!
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Kids' Uni July Vacation Care Program - with daily themes and special activities, boredom isn't on the menu!

8 - 22 July, 2019

8am - 6pm

Ages: 5 - 12 years
Cost: $72 per day. CCB & CCR approved.
Venue: Innovation Campus - UOW
Jam packed with fun activities, theme days & excursions to entertain the children!
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Science Space - Destination Space. Calling all junior astronauts! Have a blast these school holidays at our full day Space Camps.

Space Camps: Week 2 of School Holidays 15 July – 19 July. Extended opening hours during the school holidays: 9am - 4pm

Ages: Space Camps (for ages 6-12 years)
Cost: Science Camps: standard price $89 /per day
Venue: Science Space
This year during the School Holidays visit Science Space! Internationally-recognised, Science Space is the largest hands-on science centre in NSW!
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Port Kembla Steelworks and Public Port Tours

 to    Fri 3 May 19 to  Sat 29 June 19

Venue: BlueScope Northgate Entrance
Address: Springhill Rd Coniston NSW
Ages: All ages
Cost: Refer admission costs

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BlueScope WIN Wollongong Eisteddfod

Refer website for session times.

 to    Sat 1 June 19 to  Sat 13 July 19

Venue: IPAC
Address: 32 Burelli Street Wollongong NSW 2500
Ages: All ages
Cost: Refer website

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Babies Love Books - Shellharbour City Library & Museum

Every Thursday during school term.

10am  to 10.30am    to  Thu 20 June 19

Venue: Shellharbour City Library & Museum
Address: Cnr of Cygnet & College Avenue Shellharbour City Centre NSW 2529
Ages: 0 -18 months
Cost: FREE

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Barista Course - Wollongong Youth Centre

Every Thursday during school term

4pm  to 6pm    to  Thu 20 June 19

Venue: Wollongong Youth Centre
Address: 85 Burelli Street Wollongong NSW 2500
Ages: 12 - 18 years
Cost: FREE

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Born To Read Early Literacy Program - Thirroul Library

Every Thursday during school term. 10am & 11am

10am & 11am  to     to  Thu 20 June 19

Venue: Thirroul Library
Address: 356 Lawrence Hargrave Drive Thirroul NSW 2515
Ages: 0-12 years
Cost: FREE

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Eat Street Wollongong by Foragers

Every Thursday

5pm  to 9pm    to  Thu 20 June 19

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

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Hangout Thursdays - Wollongong Youth Centre

Every Thursday during school term

3pm  to 8pm    to  Thu 20 June 19

Venue: Wollongong Youth Centre
Address: 85 Burelli Street Wollongong NSW 2500
Ages: 12-18 years
Cost: FREE

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Immunisation Clinic - Dapto Ribbonwood Centre

Third Thursday of Every Month from 9:30am -11:30pm & 1:30pm - 3:30pm.

 to     to  Thu 20 June 19

Venue: Ribbonwood Centre
Address: 93-109 Princes Highway Dapto NSW 2530
Ages:
Cost: FREE

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Nights On Crown: Luminous Land

6pm  to    Thu 20 June 19 to  Sat 22 June 19

Venue: Crown Street Mall
Address: Crown Street Wollongong NSW 2500
Ages: All ages!
Cost: FREE Event

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

Fortnightly on a Thursday

4pm  to 5pm    to  Thu 20 June 19

Venue: Wollongong Library
Address: 41 Burelli Street Wollongong NSW 2500
Ages: 5-7 years
Cost: FREE

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The Lair - Youth Drop In

Every Thursday during school term

3.30pm  to 5.30pm    to  Thu 20 June 19

Venue: Dapto Ribbonwood Centre
Address: 93-109 Princes Highway Dapto NSW 2530
Ages: 12- 18
Cost: FREE

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TIGS: 2019 High School Musical: Live on Stage

 to    Thu 20 June 19 to  Sat 22 June 19

Venue: Illawarra Grammar Centre
Address: Production 10 - 12 Western Avenue Mangerton NSW
Ages: All ages
Cost: Adult: $25 Child: $15

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Toddler Time @ Thirroul Library

Every Thursday

10am  to 10.30am    to  Thu 20 June 19

Venue: Thirroul Library
Address: 352-358 Lawrence Hargrave Drive Thirroul NSW 2515
Ages: 2 to 3 years
Cost: FREE

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Toddler Time @ Wollongong Library

Every Thursday during school term

10am  to 10.30am    to  Thu 20 June 19

Venue: Wollongong Library
Address: 41 Burelli Street, Wollongong Wollongong NSW 2500
Ages: 2 to 3 years
Cost: FREE

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Wriggle & Jiggle Storytime @ Warrawong

Every Thursday during school term.

10.30am  to 11am    to  Thu 20 June 19

Venue: Warrawong Library
Address: Level 1, 67-71 King Street Warrawong NSW 2502
Ages: 0 - 2 years
Cost: FREE

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Budding Bookworms - Wollongong Botanic Garden

Every Friday (weather permitting)

10am  to 11am    to  Fri 21 June 19

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

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Express Yourself Art - Wollongong Youth Centre

Every Friday during school term.

2pm  to 4pm    to  Fri 21 June 19

Venue: Wollongong Youth Centre
Address: 85 Burelli Street Wollongong NSW 2500
Ages: 12-18 years
Cost: FREE

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Friday Flicks - Kiama Library

Bookings and details for each film open 9.30am on the 1st of the month.

2.45pm  to 5pm    to  Fri 21 June 19

Venue: Kiama Library Auditorium.
Address: 7 Railway Pde Kiama NSW
Ages: 15 years +
Cost: FREE

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Friday Forage Wollongong

Every Friday

9am  to 2pm    to  Fri 21 June 19

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

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Green Bean Cafe - Art De' Dance

Every Friday during school term

10am  to 10.45am    to  Fri 21 June 19

Venue: Green Bean Cafe
Address: Corrimal NSW 2518
Ages: 1- 7 years
Cost: $7 for unlimited play during opening hours (ages 1-8 only). Free entry for children under 12 months.

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Illawarra International Day of Yoga

7am  to 3pm    to  Fri 21 June 19

Venue: Free parking at Bald Hill and Govinda Valley Retreat
Address: 51 Lady Carrington Road Otford NSW
Ages:
Cost: Refer event ticket prices

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Itsy Bitsy Builders - Shellharbour City Library & Museum

Every Friday & Saturday during school term.

11am  to 11.30am    to  Fri 21 June 19

Venue: Shellharbour City Library & Museum
Address: Cnr of Cygnet & College Avenue Shellharbour City Centre NSW 2529
Ages: 18 months - 3 years
Cost: FREE

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Junior Groovers Disco - The Fraternity Club

6pm  to 8.30pm    to  Fri 21 June 19

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

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RoboClub Term 2 Session 2 @ Kiama Library

Every Friday during Term 2

4pm  to 5pm    to  Fri 21 June 19

Venue: Kiama Library Auditorium
Address: 7 Railway Pde Kiama NSW
Ages: 8 - 12 years of age
Cost: Session 2 - five weeks 7June - 5 July - $100.00 (RoboLink accepts Creative Kids vouchers)

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StoryFest

 to    Fri 21 June 19 to  Sun 23 June 19

Venue: Various locations within Milton
Address: Milton NSW 2538
Ages: All ages
Cost:

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Uniform Shop Fundraiser Trivia Night - Mount St Thomas Public School

6.30pm  to 11pm    to  Fri 21 June 19

Venue: Mount St Thomas Public School Hall
Address: 12-14 Taronga Avenue Mangerton NSW 2500
Ages: 18+ (Parents)
Cost: $15

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A Railway Saturday @ The Illawarra Light Railway

10am  to 2pm    to  Sat 22 June 19

Venue: Illawarra Light Rail Museum
Address: 48A Tongara Road Albion Park NSW 2527
Ages: All ages
Cost: Refer website

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Hangout Saturdays - Wollongong Youth Centre

Every Saturday during school term

1pm  to 4pm    to  Sat 22 June 19

Venue: Wollongong Youth Centre
Address: 85 Burelli Street Wollongong NSW 2500
Ages: 12-18 years
Cost: FREE

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Illawarra World Yoga Day Celebrations

 to    Sat 22 June 19 to  Sun 23 June 19

Venue: Dapto Ribbonwood Centre
Address: Princes Highway Dapto NSW 2530
Ages: All ages
Cost: $10 - $100

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Kiama Makers & Growers Market t

Usually 4th Saturday of each month

10am  to 3pm    to  Sat 22 June 19

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

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Luka Lesson In Session - HSC Seminar

9.30am  to 1.30pm    to  Sat 22 June 19

Venue: Shellharbour Civic Centre
Address: 76 Cygnet Avenue Shellharbour
Ages: HSC students
Cost: $50.00 - $55.00

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Saturday Movies (Bumblebee) - Wollongong Library

11am - 1pm & 2pm - 4pm

 to     to  Sat 22 June 19

Venue: Wollongong Library
Address: 41 Burelli Street Wollongong NSW 2500
Ages: All ages
Cost: FREE

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Trivia Night Unanderra Public School

7pm  to 10pm    to  Sat 22 June 19

Venue: Wests Illawarra
Address: Hargreaves St Unanderra NSW 2525
Ages: Adults only
Cost: $15

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Warrawong Markets

Saturdays

7am  to 1pm    to  Sat 22 June 19

Venue: By the lake
Address: Northcliff Drive Warrawong NSW 2502
Ages: All Ages
Cost: FREE entry

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Wesley Centre Markets (formerly Nowra Makers Market)

Every fourth Saturday of the month

8am  to 2pm    to  Sat 22 June 19

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

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Coledale Market

4th Sunday of the Month

9am  to 3pm    to  Sun 23 June 19

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

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Dapto Showground Market

Sundays

7am  to 1pm    to  Sun 23 June 19

Venue: Dapto Showground
Address: Princes Hwy Dapto NSW 2530
Ages: All Ages
Cost: $1 Entry

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Pyree Village Art and Handmade Market

Fourth Sunday of every Month

9am  to 1.30pm    to  Sun 23 June 19

Venue: 888 Greenwell Point Road, Pyree
Address: 888 Greewell Point Road Pyree NSW 2540
Ages: All ages
Cost: FREE Entry

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Angels at Work: Hats, Heels and Sparkling High Tea

1pm  to 3.30pm    to  Mon 24 June 19

Venue: Sage Hotel, Wollongong
Address: Unit 60/62 Harbour St Wollongong NSW 2500
Ages:
Cost: Refer website

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Babies Love Books - Oak Flats Library

Every Monday during school term

10am  to 10.30am    to  Mon 24 June 19

Venue: Oak Flats Libray
Address: Central Avenue Oak Flats NSW 2529
Ages: 0 - 18 months
Cost: FREE

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Bullet Journals (8+) - Corrimal Library

Every Monday during school term only.

4pm  to 5pm    to  Mon 24 June 19

Venue: Corrimal Library
Address: 15 Short Street Corrimal NSW
Ages: 8 +
Cost: FREE

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Kiama Coastal Classic Running Festival

All day event

 to     to  Mon 24 June 19

Venue: Black Beach, Kiama
Address: Kiama NSW 2535
Ages: All ages - run, jog or walk it!
Cost: Refer website for registration costs.

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Mini Makers - Warilla Library

Every Monday during school term.

10.30am  to 11.30am    to  Mon 24 June 19

Venue: Warilla Library
Address: Cnr Lake Entrance and Shellharbour Roads Warilla NSW 2528
Ages: 3 - 5 years
Cost: FREE

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Toddler Time @Corrimal Library

Every Monday

11am  to 11.30am    to  Mon 24 June 19

Venue: Corrimal Library
Address: 15 Short Street Corrimal NSW 2518
Ages: 2 to 3 years
Cost: FREE

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Babies Love Books - Albion Park Library

Every Tuesday during school term.

10am  to 10.30am    to  Tue 25 June 19

Venue: Albion Park Library
Address: Russell Street Albion Park NSW 2527
Ages: 0 - 18 months
Cost: FREE

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Born To Read Early Literacy Program - Corrimal Library

Every Tuesday during school term

11am  to 12pm    to  Tue 25 June 19

Venue: Corrimal Library
Address: 15 Short Street Corrimal NSW 2513
Ages: 0-12 Months
Cost: FREE

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Bundaleer - Wollongong Youth Centre

Every Tuesday during school term.

3pm  to 5pm    to  Tue 25 June 19

Venue: Wollongong Youth Centre
Address: 85 Burelli Street Wollongong NSW 2500
Ages: 12-24 years
Cost: FREE

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Code the Gong - Wollongong Youth Centre

Every Tuesday during school term

4.30pm  to 6pm    to  Tue 25 June 19

Venue: Wollongong Youth Centre
Address: 85 Burelli Street Wollongong NSW 2500
Ages: 12 - 24 years
Cost: FREE

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Hangout Tuesdays - Wollongong Youth Centre

Every Tuesday during school term

3pm  to 6pm    to  Tue 25 June 19

Venue: Wollongong Youth Centre
Address: 85 Burelli Street Wollongong NSW 2500
Ages: 12-18 years
Cost: FREE

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