Of course the Illawarra is like a big kid's playground with all our ocean, green spaces and escarpment to roam in. BUT, when it comes to dedicated kid's
entertainment we've asked and they have answered...
OUR ILLAWARRA CHILDREN HAVE SPOKEN... HERE ARE THEIR TOP 10 FAVE PLACES TO GO!
Number 1 - MagicZoom Play & Party Zone
Why kids love it: Kids love getting lost in the multi-level maze. They can bounce, run, jump and play for hours while tackling the inflatable slide and ball pit area. And now with a Children's Arcade zone and MagicZoom Lego® Workshop - it is fun, creative and educational!
Great for: Age 0 - 12 years. For little babies starting to crawl right up to bigger kids who love to be active and burn lots of energy.
Why parents love it too! Kick back with a barista-made coffee and treat while children play in a safe and fun environment. Yes - you can
actually finish a conversation!
Cost: General Admission: $10. After School Special: Monday to Friday from 3pm - 5pm AND pay only $7 entry!
Location and opening days: 65-69 Keira Street, Wollongong. Mon-Fri 9am- 5pm. Sat & Sun 10am - 4pm
Contact details:(02) 4228 4300 / firstname.lastname@example.org click to visit online
Number 2 - Science Space
Why kids love it: With over 90 interactive exhibits and educational science shows, Science Space is also home to Australia's #1 most digitally advanced Planetarium system! The Science Shop also carries a huge range of STEM products.
Great for: Age 2+ and budding little scientists.
Why parents love it too! Science Space offers the perfect family day out mixing FUN with an educational focus for young and old. Parents can be part of their children's learning extension by helping them to engage and interact with what Science Space has to offer.
Cost: General Pass is $11 for a Child and $15 for an Adult OR grab the Ultimate Pass for $14 for a Child and $18 for an Adult. U12 Months FREE. Membership Packages also available.
Location and opening days: 60 Squires Way, Wollongong (located on the University of Wollongong's Innovation Campus). Mon-Sun 10am - 4pm. Closed Wednesdays during NSW term time.
Contact details: (02) 4286 5000 / Website: http://sciencespace.com.au
Number 3: Trees Adventure
Why kids love it: Zipline through the trees for a stunning and thrilling adventure activity that the whole family can join in on! And only 1 hour's drive from Wollongong. With over 80 challenges and 15 flying foxes, this is an experience that all kids will remember for a very long time...
Great for: 4 years +
Why parents love it too! A great opportunity to re-connect as a family and to share in an activity that will increase both your fitness and your child's confidence.
Cost: Child $25 (4-7 years), Child $38 (8-17), Adult $48 for all 2 hour sessions. Special School Holiday rate for kids from 8-12 $48.
Location and opening days: Located at Shoalhaven Zoo - 23 Rock Hill Rd, North Nowra. Tue-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat-Sun 9am-5pm. Open everyday during school holidays.
Number 4: Early Start Discovery Space
Why kids love it: The home of unlimited play! Children use their imagination as well as interact and participate in all the exhibits in the Space! There is outdoor play, music, role playing, reading, science, construction, and so much more!
Great for: 4 years +
Why parents love it too! An interactive educational space designed for children and adults to enjoy together and a wonderful opportunity for parents to engage with their children in play-based learning. Outdoor café with child-friendly healthy options means no need to pack lunch.
Cost: Children U12 months FREE, Children $15, Adult $15. 1 Year Membership options also available.
Location and opening days: Located in the Early Start Building at UOW’s Wollongong main campus, Northfields Ave, Wollongong NSW. The Discovery Space is located on Ring Road opposite the Western (P4) Carpark. Tue-Sun, 9am-4pm. Closed Mondays and Public Holidays.
Number 5: Green Bean Play Café & Artspace
Green Bean Play Cafe
Why kids love it: Our indoor play space is fantastic for any weather. This large space is designed for children aged 0-8 years of age with a host of fun and engaging activities including: creative arts, sport and music planned each week.
Great for: Age 0-8 years and parents!
Why parents love it too! With fresh barista coffee and a healthy menu for children and adults it's a great atmosphere for parents to connect and relax. Green Bean also caters for parties!
Cost: Children aged 1-8 are just $7 for unlimited play during opening hours. Free entry for children U12 months and parents.
Location and opening days: Ground Floor, 98 Railway Street, Corrimal NSW 2518 – The café is open Monday-Friday, 8.30pm-1.30pm. Parties can be booked between 3pm-6pm weekdays and 9.30am-5pm on Saturdays.
Contact details: General enquiries: (02) 4283 9982, Party planning: (02) 4283 9900 or email email@example.com
Artspace – Art Studio
Why kids love it: Artspace is a professional visual arts school for kids to be experimental, creative and have loads of fun.
Great for: 3-16 years. Artspace runs a popular preschool program, fine arts drawing classes, an after-school mixed media stream and classes for cartooning enthusiasts plus much more!
Why parents love it too! Artspace also hosts a six week adult program for beginners and intermediate artists. The course includes a number of projects directed by our qualified artists to support your creative journey and for some, to reconnect with their love of art-making.
Cost: Our trial classes are just $20. Please see our website for full details on term and school holiday fees. All materials are included in the cost of each program.
Location and opening days: Ground Floor, 98 Railway Street, Corrimal NSW 2518 (next to the Green Bean Play Café) Monday-Friday.
Contact details: For more information and bookings call 0242 839 967 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.bigfatsmile.com.au/artspace
Why kids love it: Thrilling, fun, team work and like being in the movies!
Great for: Age 5-18 years who have an interest in gaming, action movies and gentle combat!
Why parents love it too! Exercise in disguise - great for couch prone gamers!
Cost: Single Mission $8. 3 Missions $20. 2 hours of unlimited Laser ONLY $15 (available Wed & Thurs)
Location and opening days: Unit 1, Lot 2 Drummond Street, Wollongong. Wed - Fri 4pm - 9pm. Sat 10am-9pm. Sun 10am - 6pm
Number 7: Hangdog Climbing Gym
Why kids love it: Kids can experience the thrill of rock climbing in a safe and controlled environment. Join the Kids Club - it is the perfect opportunity for your child to improve their climbing, learn skills and meet other climbers. Action-packed birthday party packages.
Great for: 3 years - 100! Kids Club from 7 - 17 years.
Why parents love it too! Climbing tests us mentally and physically and is a challenge the whole family can conquer together!
Cost: Casual Entry (Under 16) $12. 16 years + $16. Multi Pass options available. Single Kids Club Visit $25 (5 x Kids Club
Pass also available). Grab an Adventure Pass and Climb, Jump and Zap for only $40! (valued at $80).
Location and opening days: 130 Auburn Street, Wollongong. Mon – Fri 10am - 9pm, Sat 9am - 7pm & Sun 9am - 6pm.
Number 8: Hangtime Trampoline Park
Why kids love it: Illawarra's premier Trampoline park! With wall to wall trampolines, dodgeball competitions, a foam pit, performance walls, slam dunk, skills and fitness classes Hangtime has something for all ages and abilities - need we say more?
Great for: All ages and abilities
Why parents love it too! Parents can kick back with a coffee on the viewing platform while kids bounce their sillies away!
Hangtime also has birthday party packages complete with a dedicated party host to entertain the kids. And for parents wanting to discover
a way to unite fitness and fun, join the Hangtime B-Fit Program.
Cost: 30 mins for $8, 1 hour for $14, Family pass (for 4) $40, Multi Pass options available. Grab an Adventure Pass and Climb, Jump and Zap for only $40! (valued at $80).
Location and opening days: Unit 3, Lot 2 Drummond Street, Wollongong. Mon - Fri 10am - 9pm, Sat 9.30am - 7pm, Sun 9.30am -
Number 9: Circus Monoxide
Why kids love it: A fun stress release from the pressure of school and exams, increased strength, focus, coordination and flexibility, and the benefits for children with autism as it provides an easy going, inclusive environment which encourages the individuality of each child.
Great for: 2 years - adults
Why parents love it too! Seeing your child's increased confidence in their own abilities - kids develop their sense of what is a safe risk and improved resilience. Parents too can get involved with 'Circus Fit' classes for adults.
Cost: Prices start from $170 per term. Early bird and multiple classes discounts available.
Location and opening days: Unit 3/3 Princes Hwy, Fairy Meadow. Open 7 days
Contact details: (02) 4285 0066 / email@example.com / www.circusmonoxide.com.au
Number 10: Illawarra Golf Complex
Why kids Love it: Great for a family game of golf or a great stress release for teens around exam time!
Contact details: (02) 4296 4427
Location and opening days: 1 - 91 Windang Road, Windang. 7 days per week 8am to 5pm Sat/Sun/Mon/Tue, 8am to 7pm Wed/Thur/Fri (bookings not required). Last balls sold ½ hour before close.
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With our thanks to the kids that voted and each venue listed who we have worked in partnership with Parents Guide and who have sponsored this Top 10 list!