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Love taking some time out to flick through a magazine? Youngsters love to do the same. There’s a great collection of magazines for kids to choose from at Coffs Harbour Libraries. As school begins again, what better way to introduce some extra fun and activities into your kids’ reading? A wealth of stories, an explosion of poetry, an array of articles and a selection of plays, activities, comic serials and more await young readers. Here’s a taster of what’s on offer:

General Kids’ Mags

Mania
The hottest kids’ mag in Australia! MANIA is engaging, informative and educational. Discover the latest news and trends in movies, games, cartoons, music and TV. MANIA also features fun fiction, jokes, pets, comics and sport.

Double Helix
Double Helix is fascinating and fun reading for children. Double Helix magazine is designed to foster an interest in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). The magazines are easy and fun to read, whether they are already interested in science or not. Double Helix magazine also promotes critical thinking and literacy in school-aged children and teens. Each issue includes hands-on activities, recipes, experiments, comics, puzzles and prizes to win.

K-Zone
The “Action” Mag for kids with a great sense of adventure! It is a loved by emerging independent readers, and they just love the competitions, puzzles and stories that jump out of each edition.  It includes info about gaming & coding to interest young minds and is jam packed with superheroes. 

School Magazines (published by The Department of Education)

Countdown magazine, a literary treasure trove for children reading at an 7- to 9-year old level. All features are magnificently illustrated with artwork by some of Australia’s leading artists or with carefully selected photographs.

Blast Off magazine for independent readers with an interest level around 9-10 years. . If reading for pleasure is a priority, then Blast Off is an ideal choice.

Orbit will capture the imagination of readers with an interest level around 10-11 years old. The comic serials which appear each month are a highlight for Orbitoids!

Touchdown is filled with a rich array of texts which appeal to readers aged around 12 years and older. Each magazine is packed with beautiful illustrations and photos, and the texts are sourced by roving correspondents.  

For more information: ask at your local branch – Coffs/Woolgoolga/Toormina

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The team at Coffs Harbour Libraries loves to share picture books with the children who go to the library for storytime, and they love to provide them for families to borrow, read together and enjoy the journey they provide. Picture books are an important tool in early literacy development.

Picture books provide an opportunity to share words, images, concepts. They are visually engaging, and the story can be told through the images, usually with supporting text. They offer an opportunity for children to explore and be curious – vital for the development of young minds. Young children first observe, touch, point, ask, listen, remember, and recite, and then ultimately they read. Picture books help them learn to predict, think, confirm and enquire.

Sharing a picture book enables a child to:

  • learn how things work
  • understand things
  • discover new ideas

The words and pictures that are captured in a book can take you on a journey of adventure, discovery and learning.  The words and pictures are just the beginning of the story, and it is the child’s imagination that brings the story to life.  It is their creativity that adds the excitement and magic to what you are reading, and it is their curiosity that leads them to want to find out more!

We all learn about life by reading or listening to other people’s stories and children are no different.

As children develop their reading skill, they can share the stories with family members by reading to them.  A story comes to life when you read it out aloud.

Coffs Harbour Libraries has a large collection of picture books – take a look at the selection in the online catalogue.

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Sep
20

Enrolling Now Term 4, 2017

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Coffs Harbour Squash and Swim Centre – offers “Little Squashies” a program developed for young children to introduce them to the game of squash and Friday Junior Squash for primary and secondary school kids. Also Learn to Swim Classes: Parents & Bubs (8mths – 2yrs), pre-school (2-5yrs), and school age (5yrs up). AUSTSWIM accredited instructors. REGISTRATIONS NOW OPEN FOR SEPTEMBER. For enquiries and session times contact the centre. p. 6653 6523. Click here to visit the website also on Facebook.

Grasshopper Soccer – we are a community based Australian soccer organisation teaches children aged 2-12 years the basics of playing soccer in a fun, social and non-competitive environment. We provide a wide variety of programs that cater to children of all ages and abilities such as Mite (2-3yr olds), Pint Size (4-5yr olds), Intro to Micro (5-6yrs), Micro (6-8yrs) and Micro Plus (8-12yrs).

Fun for boys & girls aged 2-12yrs. Website: www.grasshoppersoccer.com.au/ Also on Facebook

Kanga Kidz – Introduces children aged 2.5yrs – 5yrs to a variety of nine different sports in a structured, safe environment – Hockey, T-ball, Soccer, Tennis, Athletics, Cricket, Basketball, Football & Golf. Click here for more info.

Harbour Tennis Academy –  lessons include: Pre-School Hot Shots (3-5yrs), PeeWee Hot Shots (5-7yrs), Hot Shot Development Group (7-15yrs), Holiday Clinics (3-16yrs) and more. Click here for more info.

Mini GymbaROO Coffs Harbour – At GymbaROO you can enjoy quality time with your child while a trained teacher guides you through activities specific to your child’s stage of development from 8 weeks to 5 years. Our structured program, based on 30 years of neurological research offers movement, music, massage, rhythm, dance, and specialized equipment to enhance your child’s co-ordination and challenge their imagination. Classes run Wednesday & Friday at Botanical Gardens. Click here for more details.
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Harbour Swim School  Teaching children from 6 months through to adults our swim school is the complete package for all your learn to swim needs. Our highly qualified and experienced staff have a passion for teaching your children. Our modern indoor facility is heated to 32 degrees all year and our sparkling water is ozone treated which reduces the demand for harsh chemicals. You will find us at 81 Marcia Street on the eastern side of the highway.So if you are after high quality lessons at reasonable prices call in and see us or phone uson 6652 7665.

Springloaded –  Our programs cater for ages 18mths – adults and help develop the fundamental skills and fitness associated with Gymnastics, Trampolining and now introducing Parkour and Tumbling. Springloaded programs run within School terms. Book in for a trial today! 6658 7188 or visit springloaded.com.au. Also follow on Facebook

Baylis Tennis Academy – Based in beautiful Sawtell, classes available from 3 years to Adults. All standards welcome. We offer group and private lessons, cardio tennis, squad groups, holiday clinics, Friday Night Tennis Comp and more. Coaching also available at Woolgoolga, Mylestom & Urunga.

Contact Eli on 0407296685  or find them on Facebook also check out their website: www.baylistennisacademy.com.au
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Coffs Harbour Aquatic Centre –  25m indoor heated pool located near Park Beach Plaza. Swimming lessons for babies, toddlers and pre-school age children and adults. Stroke correction and training squads for children and adults/tri. Water aerobics/Metaqua classes available daily. Also one on one private lessons available. Our swim instructors are Austswim qualified and we are a registered swim school. Contact 66525700 or 0438525705  or click here for more information.
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Ballare Development School – Children are encouraged to choose dance classes/styles that appeal most to them ensuring they fully experience the joy that dancing has to offer. Classes for children and teens aged 4 to 18yrs are available. Classes in ballet, modern, contemporary, jazz and a new class in acrobatic dance are on offer at BDS.  Enquire for class fees and times. Classes are small as the focus is on one on one training. Private classes are also available. Affordable fees so dance can be accessible to all.
Contact Miss Sarah  on phone; 0401332201, via email; ballare_development_school@outlook.com, on Facebook, or click here for more info.

Coffs Harbour Regional Conservatorium – is now enrolling students for all courses in Term 4. We teach all types and styles of music including: Early Childhood Music classes 9 months-5 years of age, Tuesday to Friday mornings. Private or shared lessons for a variety of instruments; keyboard, piano, guitar, brass, strings, woodwind, voice and percussion. The Primary Choir for ages 7-13 rehearses on Tuesdays at the Conservatorium. Click here for more information – http://www.coffscon.org.au/ contact 6652 1592.

Carnivale Dance CoWe know you have heard about them and now it is your chance to be a part of it, the highly acclaimed Carnivalé!!! The school has a specifically tailored program designed for pre-school and primary school aged students aged from 18 months to 7 years, which feeds directly into the company’s junior division.  The junior division then offers vocational syllabus classes in classical ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, contemporary and musical theatre with opportunities for exams, solo and team eisteddfods & other performances.  They also offer recreational open classes and all under the caring direction of Artistic Director Jacqueline Carniato, with over 30 years experience in dance & entertainment.  “Carnivalé ensures that the individuality and creative potential of each student is embraced and nurtured and our heir unique program provides the perfect mix of inspiration, technical training, discipline and appreciation for the performing arts” says Jacqueline.  Their classes are presented in a friendly, encouraging and positive environment and be assured the choreography, music & costuming are age-appropriate; there are two convenient CBD training centres – BUT bookings are essential as class sizes are kept to a minimum for quality tuition, so visit www.carnivaledanceco.com TODAY and send your enrolment enquiry to their friendly team and they will help you find the perfect dance class for your future SUPERSTAR!!

Call/email today on 0407879708 or carnivaledanceco@gmail.com or visitwww.carnivaledanceco.com. to pre-book your place don’t miss out!

 

SERENDIPITY LEARNING – Serendipity Learning offers quality educational programs to families of the Coffs Coast. Our programs run through the school terms.

In Term 4 we are accepting enrolments in the following programs;

  • High School Preparation Classes for Years 5-7 –  Monday afternoons 4.30-5.30pm 

In our High School Prep classes, students focus on study skills and time-management. They also develop their research techniques. We encourage our students to become independent and organised learners. Classes are weekly with a maximum of 6 students. 

  • Preschool Enrichment & School Readiness Classes – Tuesday 9.15-10.45am 

These classes are designed for those children starting school in 2018. Our 90-minute classes complement existing pre-school education and give children the skills and confidence to ensure their start to school is fun and positive. Max of 8 students per class. 

  • Children’s Yoga Classes –    Friday 3.30-4.30pm 

Our Yoga classes are fun-filled and interactive. Our Yoga Instructor Julia is also a qualified Early Childhood teacher. Yoga techniques are learnt through stories, play and music. There is a maximum of 6 students in this class. 

Serendipity Learning also offers the following programs; 

  • 1:1 Primary School Tutoring 
  • 1:1 High School Tutoring – MATHS 
  • 1:1 High School Tutoring – ENGLISH 
  • Children’s Art Classes 
  • STEM Club for Years 1-4. STEM is fun, hands-on learning in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths 
  • Homework Club – For Primary students keen to get their weekly homework done with the assistance of a teacher. Maximum of 6 per class

To express your interest in any of our educational programs, please complete a Pre-Enrolment Form on the Serendipity Learning website or alternatively, contact Serendipity Learning on 0413 763 143.

 

 

 

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Sep
17

Time Out Adventures

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My family and I were very lucky to be invited to an afternoon visiting Time Out Adventures last Saturday afternoon. Located amongst the gorgeous grounds at Pacific Bay Resort, Time Out is open to the public which is good for us Coffs locals!

There are SO many activities to do at Time Out, the hardest thing would be choosing which activity to do! So whether it be a fun afternoon of family bonding, something to occupy the kids during the school holidays or weekend, a special treat or even a birthday party, Time Out is the perfect place to spend an hour or two.

Here are some of the activities we did:

BUMPER BALLS

The best thing about this activity is it can be enjoyed by anyone. You don’t need any special sporting skills (I certainly don’t have any!) and it is SO much fun. Not only that, even if you aren’t “on field” it’s hilarious to watch. I couldn’t stop laughing.

Simply crawl inside the big blown up balls, and try your best to run around and stay on your feet. There are games played as well, such as last “bumper” standing and bumper soccer.

You can have any number of people particating as the activity can be quite tiring, so it’s good to have a rest and sit back and laugh watching the others get bumped around. I would also suggest this activity is good for ages 8 years and upwards.

More information – http://www.timeoutadventures.com.au/activities/bumper-balls-coffs-harbour/

 

SPASH GOLF

Splash Golf is heaps of fun, especially for those who have never played golf before! My kids loved it! Step up to the platform, grab a ball from your bucket and aim for the floating targets. There are even prizes to be won for hitting a target or getting a hole in one. The lagoon where the splash golf is played is just gorgeous, what an amazing setting for some family fun! The youngest in the family even enjoyed this, so probably fine for 5 year olds upwards.

More information: http://www.timeoutadventures.com.au/activities/splash-golf-pb/

SEGWAY

By far the number #1 favourite activity of everyone for the afternoon. You’ve seen segways before but not many people have a chance to try one. Well, cruising around on the paths at Pacific Bay is the perfect opportunity for an introduction!

Riding a Segway is quite simply amazing; it feels like nothing you’ve experienced – because there’s never been anything like it. It’s very easy to learn and our instructor was very helpful and hands on. Please note, Segways are only available for kids over 28kgs.

More information: http://www.timeoutadventures.com.au/activities/segway-fun-ride-coffs-harbour/

PADDLEBOATS

The newest addition to the Time Out Coffs family, these are SO much fun for the whole family. They can seat four and it’s a lovely little ride out around the lagoon. Perfect lazy afternoon activity and getting out in the fresh air. Just make sure Dad is in the front to paddle!

OZBOBBLE

Another favourite, and also very funny to watch for those not participating. It’s hard to describe what these are if you’ve never seen one in action before so here’s a short time lapse:

 

Once inside your Ozbobble (it’s like a Zorb ball but on water) you will run, float, somersault and more on water without getting wet. Then afterwards go for a swim in the lovely pools to cool down and relax. Access to the pool is included in the price of the Ozbobble fun.

More information: http://www.timeoutadventures.com.au/activities/ozbobbles-coffs-harbour/

 

And at the end of all that fun and activity, of course we needed to sit down for that well earned ice-cream. Also available at the Time Out Cafe are snacks, coffee, slushies and other food and drinks.

 

There are other activities to do at Time Out such as the gorgeous 9 hole golf course, archery and bopping heads music video. You can combine activities or get special packages. AND don’t forget, Time Out is the perfect place to have a birthday party for the ‘older kids’ who have outgrown places like Tabatinga and Springloaded. My 12 year is old is begging for his next birthday party to be an OzBobble pool party!

Time out is probably the first place that I’ve taken my kids that I’ve enjoyed as much as they have, and they’ve been talking about it non-stop since we went. It’s one of those experiences we will all remember, we definitely made some memories that afternoon!

A BIG thanks to Glen, the manager, for personally escorting us and showing us around all the activities. Glen and his staff are very friendly, relaxed and easy going and definitely made the afternoon a lot fun for us.

You can find out more by clicking on the website (just hit NSW and then “Coffs Harbour” to search for our location) http://www.timeoutadventures.com.au/activities-search/.

You can also call 02 6659 7006 or 1300 090 767.

The Time Out “Activities Hut” is located at Novotel Pacific Bay resort, the entrance is on the left just past the Marine Science Centre.

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