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Fun Places to Take Kids

Local attractions for parents of babies and young children in the Wollongong / Illawarra area including babes in arms movies, trains, wildlife parks, swimming pools and more

Hangtime Trampoline Park - Exclusive Parents Guide DISCOUNT OFFER for Jump Time sessions and Party Bookings!

Location: Wollongong
Phone: (02) 8014 9017   Mobile: (02) 8014 9017
Ages: Aged 2 - 200!   Days / Hours: Monday to Friday 10am to 9pm, Saturday 9.30am to 7pm, Sunday 9.30am to 6pm
Bounce, Flip and Learn to Fly in our purpose built trampoline playground. Looking for an awesome, action-packed, fun-filled party destination? Well, look no further, because Hangtime Parties get rave reviews from kids and parents and here's why!
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Early Start Discovery Space

Location: Wollongong
Phone: (02) 4221 3777   Mobile:
Ages: For children birth -12 years and adults   Days / Hours: Open Tuesday through to Sunday from 9am - 4pm.
Early Start Discovery Space is Australia's only dedicated children's museum. Come to this rich, diverse and FUN interactive learning space specifically designed for children from birth to 12 years. A true family favourite venue that attracts families from all across Australia...
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Science Space - Interactive science and hands on fun plus the most digitally advanced planetarium in Australia!

Location: North Wollongong
Phone: (02) 4286 5000   Mobile:
Ages: All ages!   Days / Hours: Open 6 days from Thursday to Tuesday from 10am - 4pm. Closed on Wednesdays during school term.
The internationally-recognised, Science Space is the largest hands-on science centre in NSW! SO much fun to be had for kids of all ages
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Little Stompers - amazing entry deals and party packages on offer! Grab a Star Card today!

Location: Wollongong
Phone: (02) 4227 6695    Mobile:
Ages: 0 - 12 years   Days / Hours: Mondays - Fridays & Saturdays from 9am to 3pm, Sundays from 10am - 3pm
Bring your little stompers to the Illawarra’s most fun, safe, clean, and best value for money Play & Party Centre! Boasting a multi-level play maze, 3 lane slide and dedicated safe toddler and baby play zone PLUS 3 reserved party rooms and disco party zone! Parents and Carers Group Specials and Twins & Triplets savings also on offer. Also – grab a Little Stompers Star Card today and get unlimited entry visits for 12 months. Have a fun and stress free party with us! Let us do all the work! We have a full list of party packages to suit every budget!
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Mountain View Resort - mention Parents Guide and get 4 nights for the price of 3 at one of the Shoalhaven's best family getaways!

Location: Shoalhaven Heads
Phone: (02) 4448 7281   Mobile:
Ages: All ages!   Days / Hours: Reception open 8.30am - 6pm
Situated within the beautiful Shoalhaven Heads, the fantastic Mountain View Resort offers a great family escape! Beautifully landscaped and well-maintained, the resort is set on spacious grounds with plenty of room for relaxation and play. Families cannot get enough of Mountain View Resort, with numerous activities onsite.
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NSW Rail Museum - a fun, interactive and educational day out for the whole family!

Location: Thirlmere
Phone: 1300 11 55 99   Mobile:
Ages: All ages!   Days / Hours: Monday - Friday from 10am to 4pm. Saturday - Sunday from 9am to 5pm.
The NSW Rail Museum is a rail heritage museum located in the historic town of Thirlmere (only 50 mins from Wollongong) and is Australia's premier rail experience - a perfect day out for families! With Australia's largest collection of heritage rolling stock, state-of-the-art facilities, interactive exhibits for children, our Days Out with Thomas, the launch of the steam season with us during the Festival of Steam, regular heritage train experiences across Sydney and NSW and so much more, keep an eye on our events calendar.
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Hangdog Climbing Gym - Exclusive Parents Guide discount on casual entry and Birthday Parties!

Location: Wollongong
Phone: (02) 4225 8369   Mobile:
Ages: 3 years - 100!   Days / Hours: Monday - Friday 10am to 9pm, Saturday 9am to 7pm & Sunday 9am to 6pm.
For kids who are climbing the walls! Plus Kids Club! Hangdog Climbing Gym is the Illawarra's only purpose built indoor rock climbing and bouldering facility! With over 100 climbs on 40 ropes and the new Auto Belay system, you and your kids can experience the thrill of rock climbing in a safe and controlled environment. Get 15% off when you use this exclusive Parents Guide discount code!
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Novotel Wollongong Northbeach - luxe accommodation! Couple and family friendly room packages and dining, plus Events!

Location: North Wollongong
Phone: (02) 4224 3111   Mobile: (02) 4224 3111
Ages: Family-friendly hotel!   Days / Hours: Open 7 days. 24 hour reception and room service
Stunning ocean views, spacious light filled rooms and a reputation for exceptional service has made the award winning Novotel Wollongong Northbeach an Illawarra gem! It is the perfect location for a fun-filled family getaway or romantic break!
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Revolution Laser Arena - Parents Guide Exclusive discount on casual entry and parties!

Location: Wollongong
Phone: (02) 8014 9017   Mobile:
Ages: 5 years+   Days / Hours: Wed/Thur/Fri 4pm to 9pm, Saturday 10am to 9pm & Sunday 10am to 6pm.
The Next Generation in Live Action Gaming! Plus get a Parents Guide exclusive 15% discount, click below to see the discount code..
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Toyworld Kiama is OPEN! Where the best toys come from!

Location: Kiama
Phone: (02) 4232 2684   Mobile:
Ages: Newborn - big kids!   Days / Hours: Monday - Friday from 9am to 5.30pm. Saturday 9am - 4pm & Sunday 10am - 4pm
Toyworld is Australia's largest and best-known network of independent toy retailers that has been serving local communities for over 40 years - and is now open for business in Kiama! Toyworld Kiama has a massive range of all the latest games, toys, puzzles, educational toys and more! Gift cards are now available (perfect present idea!) and join the Toyworld Club for discounts and special offers including your chance to WIN a $100 gift card drawn every month.
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Inflatable World Wollongong - bouncing fun every weekend and amazing birthday party venue!

Location: North Wollongong
Phone: (02) 4225 2211   Mobile:
Ages: All ages   Days / Hours: School Holidays everyday and Saturdays & Sundays: 10am - 4pm
Inflatable World Wollongong is THE place for family fun!  Home to part of Australia's biggest group of pop up playgrounds, Inflatable World offers bouncing fun for people of all ages!
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Headlands Austinmer Beach has it all! Family-friendly dining, romantic weekend away, great coffee catch up, and THAT view!

Location: Austinmer
Phone: (02) 4200 1099   Mobile:
Ages: All ages and family=friendly   Days / Hours: 7 days a week. 7.30am - late.
With stunning ocean views, luxe accommodation and family-friendly dining, Headlands Austinmer Beach is the ideal location to sit back, relax and enjoy time with family and friends. Boasting a regularly updated list of weekly events, Headlands is also a popular choice for weddings, special events and family gatherings. Or just come and sit on our large lawn overlooking the ocean and enjoy a relaxing coffee or glass of wine. Headlands Austinmer has something for everyone!
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Holiday Haven - Best value family holidays! SPECIAL OFFER 30% off winter accommodation!

Location: Across the Shoalhaven
Phone: Refer website for phone numbers of individual locations.   Mobile:
Ages: All ages & family-friendly!   Days / Hours: All year round!
30% off Winter Accommodation Offer! Holiday Haven offers amazing all-year round accommodation no matter your budget! Boasting beautiful prime position locations all across the Shoalhaven, you wil be spoilt for choice! And Kids under 5 get to stay FREE! What are you waiting for?
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Illawarra Fly Treetop Adventures - Amazing rainforest experience awaits! Get your 1 year unlimited entry pass!

Location: Knights Hill
Phone: 1300 362 881   Mobile: 1300 362 881
Ages: All ages!   Days / Hours: Illawarra Fly: Open every day 9am - 5pm (last admission at 4.15pm). The Zipline is open from Thursday to Sunday (closed Monday to Wednesday).
The award winning Illawarra Fly Treetop Adventures is one of Australia’s premier Treetop Walk and Zipline Experiences – and is home to the longest & highest steel rainforest walk in the world! Grab a MyFly Pass and get UNLIMITED FREE ENTRIES for 12 months!The Treetop Walk offers stunning panoramic views take in everything from the rainforest canopy, coastal towns and out to the Pacific Ocean. The Zipline Tour is officially the highest zipline tour in Australia!
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Artspace - welcomes children and adults to imagine and create on planet art!

Location: Corrimal
Phone: (02) 4283 9967   Mobile: (02) 4283 9967
Ages: 3 -16 years    Days / Hours: During school terms and school holidays
Artspace studio is the largest visual art school for children on planet art! At Artspace we let kids play, create and express through quality opportunities and resources via an eclectic and diverse artistic and creative program. And we throw in some creative grownups for good measure. Our Creatives advocate for every child’s right to imagine and create!
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Trees Adventure

Location: North Nowra
Phone: (02) 4421 4830   Mobile: (02) 4421 4830
Ages: 4 years +   Days / Hours: Tuesday - Friday 10am to 5pm. Saturday - Sunday 9am to 5pm. Open everyday of school hols
Australia’s Number 1 Tree Ropes Course and Ziplining Experience! Only 1 hour from Wollongong, soar through the trees on flying foxes and thrilling aerial challenges!
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Wollongong Botanic Garden - Explore & Discover!

Location: Keiraville
Phone: (02) 4227 7667   Mobile: (02) 4227 7667
Ages: All welcome   Days / Hours: Non-Daylight Saving Hours: 7am to 5pm daily, Daylight Saving Hours: Weekdays 7am to 6pm & Weekends & Public Holidays 7am to 6.45pm. Closed Good Friday & Christmas Day.
Wollongong Botanic Garden is a great place to visit with its many garden collections to explore, picnic spaces, All Abilities Playground, duck feeding area plus a range of family/child-focused activities including holiday programs, workshops, theatrical tours, yoga, stortyime and cinema.
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2018 Childrens' Theatre Events - Merrigong Theatre Company - Plus Vacation Care Creativity Camps!

Location: Wollongong
Phone: (02) 4224 5999   Mobile: (02) 4224 5999
Ages: 5 years +   Days / Hours: Box Office: 10am - 4pm
Merrigong is the home of young people's theatre in 2018! From ages 5 years +, stimulate your child's mind and creativity with exciting theatre events, school holiday activities and workshops!
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MagicZoom Play & Party Zone - Visit Wollongong's largest indoor family play centre!

Location: Wollongong
Phone: (02) 4228 4300   Mobile: (02) 4228 4300
Ages: 0 - 12 years   Days / Hours: Monday - Friday from 9am to 4pm. Saturday & Sunday 10am to 4pm
Make us the dream venue for your family’s next play date! We have a Multi-Level Maze,Inflatable Slides, Ball Pit, Children Arcade Zone, Interactive Projector Game and a CrawlersArea! Check out our NEW online party room booking service AND we offer a special admission package for playrgoups!
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Wollongong Central - bustling shopping and foodie destination! Sign up for our upcoming events!

Location: Wollongong
Phone: (02) 4228 5999    Mobile:
Ages: Family-friendly!   Days / Hours: Monday - Wednesday & Friday 9am to 5.30pm, Thursday 9am to 9pm, Saturday 9am to 4pm, Sunday 10am to 4pm
Wollongong Central is the leading retail and lifestyle destination in the region, delivering a world class David Jones, Mecca Maxima, T2, Peter Alexander and several more specialty stores. Wollongong Central is also a well-connected bustling hub of laneways, brimming with hole-in-the wall cafes and casual dining selections, all serving up delectable treats day and night. Check out our school holidays events, ashion previews, community events, interactive exhibits, live music, performances and entertainment and lots more!
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The Collective @ Berrycool Estate - family friendly markets, cafe, nursery, shops, local produce and more!

Location: Coolangatta
Phone: 0439 088 804 (Emily) or 0498 718 595 (Tash)   Mobile:
Ages: All ages - community/family events.   Days / Hours: Open 7 days
SUCH an amazing place for all families! Dog and child friendly cafe, nursery, local and sustainable produce. Saturday markets deliver you fresh produce, live music & kids activities.
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Illawarra Golf Complex - whack some balls, do 18 holes or a great kids party venue!

Location: Windang
Phone: (02) 4296 4427   Mobile: (02) 4296 4427
Ages: 3 years +   Days / Hours: 7 days per week 8am to 5pm Sat/Sun/Mon/Tue, 8am to 7pm Wed/Thur/Fri (bookings not required). Last balls sold ½ before close.
Open 7 days! Great family day out on our 18 hole putt putt golf course!
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Scarborough Hotel - Family, pet & pram friendly! Plus a great special events venue...

Location: Scarborough
Phone: (02) 4267 5444   Mobile: (02) 4267 5444
Ages: All ages   Days / Hours: Open every day for breakfast and lunch, Monday - Friday from 9am til 4pm and weekends til 5.30pm.
Scarborough Hotel is a family friendly venue perched along the beautiful coastline with breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean.
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Symbio Wildlife Park - top Illawarra family attraction, plus an amazing kids birthday party venue!

Location: Helensburgh
Phone: 02) 4294 1244   Mobile:
Ages: All - under 3's are FREE   Days / Hours: 7 days a week: 9.30am - 5pm
Such a brilliant family outing, get up close and personal with all the wildlife, from creepy crawlies to big cats to hand feeding roo's and wallabies. An unforgettable experience for kids of all ages...
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Bellambi Bowling Club - Parents Guide discounted offer at this great family-friendly venue!

Location: Bellambi
Phone: (02) 4285 9444    Mobile: (02) 4285 9444
Ages: Family-friendly   Days / Hours: Mon - Tue 9am to 9pm, Wed - 9am to 11pm, Thu – Sat: 9am to 12am, Sun - 9am to 10pm
Your local community Club that rewards YOU! Whether you are looking for a place to eat, catch up with friends, have a roll-up, keep your kids entertained or simply relax, we are the place to be!
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Bubble 'n' Bounce

Location: Wollongong
Phone: (02) 4228 8322   Mobile: 0403 400 100
Ages: All ages welcome!   Days / Hours: 8am - 11pm 7 days. No General Admission - bookings only (subject to availability).

Plan an unforgettable party at Bubble 'n' Bounce - get the whole venue for your exclusive use!

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Bulli Beach, Ocean Pools and Park (with optional sand dune surfing!)

Location: Bulli
Phone:    Mobile:
Ages: ALL!   Days / Hours:
Worth the drive from anywhere! Sand dunes, ocean pools, rock pools, stunning ocean, cafe, toilets and showers
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Bundanon Trust - Enjoy a tranquil, cultural & unique day out!

Location: Illaroo
Phone: (02) 4422 2100    Mobile: (02) 4422 2100
Ages: All ages   Days / Hours: Bundanon - Open to the public every Sunday from 10.30am - 4pm. Riversdale - only open to the public when concerts and events are on.
Enjoy a tranquil, cultural and unique day out with the family at this beautiful & historical property - only 90 minutes from Wollongong!
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Dapto Leagues Club - Award Winning WB Brasserie and action-packed Kids Zone!

Location: Dapto
Phone: (02) 4261 1333   Mobile:
Ages: All ages!   Days / Hours: 7 days from 9am to 3am
The leading club in Dapto and its surrounds! We offer the BEST food in the area and we will not be surpassed. Great staff, great food and more! Become a member today and enjoy all the benefits of our Kids Zone and our Award-Winning WB Brasserie! Family friendly dining at its best!
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Green Bean Play Cafe - The perfect escape for kids.....and parents!

Location: Corrimal
Phone: (02) 4283 9982   Mobile: (02) 4283 9982
Ages: up to 7 years   Days / Hours: Monday – Friday, 8.30am to 1.30pm
With a free daily activity, great coffee and plenty of free play to keep the kids occupied, Green Bean Play Cafe is a great playdate option for parents!
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Shellharbour Tenpin Bowl - Family friendly fun on a budget! Great night out for all ages!

Location: Warilla
Phone: (02) 4295 4300   Mobile: (02) 4295 4300
Ages: All ages!   Days / Hours: Monday - Friday from 9am to late, Saturday & Sunday from 10am to late
Hours of fun and family-friendly enjoyment without breaking the bank! Shellharbour Tenpin Bowl's 12 lane bowling centre provides a fun bowling experience for all ages! Whether your stopping by to enjoy a family event, bowling with friends, or just lunch at our cafe, we promise a great time. Let the good times roll with a bowling birthday party!
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UniActive - Awesome Recreation & Aquatic Centre open for general admission

Location: Wollongong
Phone: (02) 4221 4700    Mobile:
Ages: 3 years +   Days / Hours: 7 days a week. Open from 6am.
UniActive Recreation & Aquatic Centre isn't just for students and grown ups - kids can join in on the fun with our wonderful range of fitness programs specifically designed for children.
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AMF Bowling

47 Princes Highway Albion Park Rail NSW 2527
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Phone:
4257 9333  

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Bring Your Baby Movie Sessions

Shellharbour Greater Union, 4 Memorial Drive Shellharbour NSW 2529
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02 4295 4555  

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Crazy Put Put - Illawarra Golf Complex

71 - 91 Windang Road Windang NSW 2528
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(02) 4296 4427  

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Dapto Leagues Club

Cnr Station St & Bong Bong Rd Dapto NSW 2530
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02 4261 1333  

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Future World

Northcliff Drive Warrawong NSW 2502
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Phone:
02 4274 2939   

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Monday to Thursday 10am to 4pm

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Greater Union Shellharbour

4 Memorial Drive Shellharbour NSW 2529
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(02) 4295 4555  

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Greater Union Wollongong

68 Burelli Street Wollongong NSW 2500
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02 4228 4888  

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Illawarra Fly Treetop Adventures

182 Knights Hill Road Knights Hill NSW 2577
Contact:
Illawarra Fly Treetop Adventures

Phone:
1300 362 881  

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Ages:
All ages

Days Available:
9am - 5pm (Last Entry 4:15pm)

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Illawarra Light Railway Museum

48a Tongarra Road Albion Park NSW 2527
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Phone:
02 4256 4627  

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Illawarra Yacht Club

1 Northcliffe Drive Warrawong NSW 2502
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Phone:
(02) 4274 6622  

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7 days

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Jamberoo Action Park

1215 Jamberoo Road Jamberoo NSW 2533
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(02) 4236 0114  

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Minnamurra Rainforest Centre

Budderoo National Park, Minnamurra Falls Road, (Tourist Drive No.9) via Jamberoo NSW 2533
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(02) 4236 0469   

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9am-5pm Daily

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Nowra Shoalhaven Park - Trees Adventure

23 Rock Hill Road North Nowra NSW 2541
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(02) 4421 4830  

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Nowra Wildlife Park

Rock Hill Road North Nowra NSW 2541
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02 4421 3949  

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Play Maze Kids Fun Centre - Unanderra

Unit 2/ 29 Princes Highway Unanderra NSW 2526
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(02) 4271 1555  

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Playmaze for Kids

1/39 Durgadin Dv Albion Park Rail NSW 2527
Contact:
Kerrie

Phone:
(02) 4257 7529  

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Ages:
1-12 years

Days Available:
Mon-Fri 9.30am-5.00pm, Sunday 10.00am-4.00pm. Open most public hols

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Ponyland

Domville Road Otford NSW 2508
Contact:
Fern

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0417 389 340

Ages:
2-7 year olds

Days Available:
9.30am - 2pm

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R&R Education Emporium

Level 1/3B Raymond Road Thirroul Thirroul NSW 2515
Contact:
Renee Jones (nee Koperberg)

Phone:
0400 674 267  

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0400 674 267

Ages:
2 1/2 -12 years

Days Available:
Tuesday - Friday 10am -6.00pm

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Shellharbour Tenpin Bowl

8-10 Sunset Avenue Barrack Heights NSW 2528
Contact:
Andrew/Narelle

Phone:
(02) 4295 4300  

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Ages:
All ages

Days Available:
Monday - Friday 9am to late & Saturday - Sunday 10am to late

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Shellharbour Tenpin Bowl

10 Sunset Avenue Warilla NSW 2528
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(02) 4295 4300  

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Symbio Wildlife Park

Lawrence Hargrave Drive Helensburgh NSW 2508
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(02) 4294 1244  

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Open every day from 9:30am to 5pm

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The Fraternity Club

11 Bourke St Fairy Meadow NSW 2519
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02 4283 3333  

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The Shellharbour Club

Cnr Wattle & Shellharbour Rds Shellharbour NSW 2529
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02 4296 7155  

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Tiger Putt Putt & Little Tiges Play Centre

2/75 Princes Highway (behind BP), Albion Park Rail NSW 2527
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Phone:
(02) 4257 9778  

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Up to 10 years of age.

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Towradgi Beach Hotel

170 Pioneer Road Towradgi NSW 2518
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Phone:
02 4283 3588  

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5 and up

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Trainworks

10 Barbour Road Thirlmere NSW 2572
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Phone:
02 4681 8001  

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Wollongong Science Centre and Planetarium

Wollongong Science Centre, Innovation Campus, 60 Squires Way North Wollongong NSW 2509
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Phone:
02 4286 5000  

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All ages

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Open 6 days a week from Thursday to Tuesdays from 10am - 4pm (closed Wednesdays during the school term).

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Woonona Bulli RSL

455 Princes Hwy Woonona 2517 NSW
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Phone:
02 4284 1577  

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