Play with the animals

Symbio Wildlife Park

Cuddly koala, Symbio Wildlife Park - Wollongong
Cuddly koala, Symbio Wildlife Park – Helensburgh

When it comes to entertaining your kids this school holidays you can’t go past an afternoon at Symbio Wildlife Park. The look on your loved one’s face will be priceless as they cuddle a koala for the very first time. Depending on your budget or how brave your young one is, you can get up close and hand feed rare animals like meerkats, dingos, red pandas, koalas and little monkeys. This school holidays they’re offering a junior keeper program, so for an affordable price the kids can temporarily become real life zookeepers and help out with day-to-day activities. The program includes lunch, morning tea, an educational workbook, their very own junior keeper caps and memories they’ll have for life.
Where: 7-11 Lawrence Hargrave Drive Helensburgh NSW

Family fun day at the park

Stuart Park

Spacious areas for the whole family, Stuart Park - Wollongong
Spacious areas for the whole family, Stuart Park – Wollongong

Pack your picnic blanket and cricket set for an afternoon of fun the old fashioned way at Stuart Park. Located near the lagoon and a short walk to the North Wollongong Beach, you can choose between relaxing in the open spaces of the park or getting a bit of sand between the toes and heading to the beach for some swimming and sand castle building. When’s the last time the whole family spent the day at the park bonding together? The kids will be stoked when they hear they’re going to Stuart Park this school holidays.
Where: George Hanley Drive North Wollongong NSW

Fill up while you entertain the kids

The Shellharbour Club

Kids play area, The Shellharbour Club - Wollongong
Kids play area, The Shellharbour Club – Shellharbour

The Shellharbour Club is the perfect family-friendly venue to enjoy an afternoon of food, drink and fun. Thursday nights kids eat free at Fiftysix Dining located inside The Shellharbour Club, so purchase a delicious main for yourself and receive a complimentary feed for your little one. Why not organise a playdate and catch up with some friends? Converse over a smooth coffee and wholesome bistro-style meal with other parents, while the kids run wild and entertain themselves in the play area. Rarely will you find a venue that is this child-friendly, so make sure you stop here during your day of adventure in Wollongong.
Where: Cnr Wattle & Shellharbour Rd Shellharbour NSW

Did somebody say chocolate?

Chocolateria San Churro

Delicious ice cream dish, Chocolateria San Churro - Wollongong
Delicious ice cream dish, Chocolateria San Churro – Wollongong

While we all want our children to lead healthy active lives, sometimes it’s okay to treat them something a little special, after all it is school holidays isn’t it? Located in the heart of Wollongong, bring your kids down and treat them to a Chocolateria San Churro experience they won’t forget. Relax with a perfectly blended 100 percent Arabica coffee served with a complimentary choccy treat, while the kids choose between a range of sweet selections including churros, dessert cakes, ice creams, shakes, smoothies and hot chocolate (plus more). If you want to order something everybody can enjoy, there are a variety of fondue and share plate options that the family can indulge in together. Regardless of what they choose, the kids will be grinning from ear to ear when their chocolate-filled order is up.
Where: Shop GL02 Globe Lane Wollongong Central Wollongong NSW

What are your plans for the rest of the school holidays?