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Jul
04

Things to do – Winter School Holidays

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Whether you are visiting Coffs Harbour or somewhere else on the Mid North Coast these school holidays, here are a few ideas to keep the kids entertained:

1. Check out the SCHOOL HOLIDAYS page on this website where I have listed activities and events on locally for kids. You can also check out websites such as “Kids Port Macquarie” if you will be in the Port area at all.

2. The National Parks NSW website is a great place to head to find out about things do to in the great outdoors. You can do a search based on location, activity and time of year. Find a great walking track, waterfall, bike tours, horse riding and more.

3. The beach can be enjoyed in winter as well! Go searching for rockpools, build a sandcastle or do a scavenger hunt like my kids and I have done on a sunny Winter’s Day. Click here for my scavenger list! (you can also do this hunt in any park, or even your backyard!)

4. Winter is Whale season! There is a fantastic website where you can locate viewing hotspots, tips and guidelines, whale facts and learn about the “Wild about Whales” free app, the kids will love it!

 

5. Visit the vistnsw website for events that are happening on the North Coast or anywhere else in NSW!

6. Get the kids to jump on the Wilderquest website (part of NSW National Parks), learn how to become a Wilderquest ranger, discover amazing places, play games, earn points and collect badges. They can also learn of any special programs running for kids in your local National Park.

7. Search for your local library, museum, theatre etc for any special holiday activities on these school holidays.

8. If you feel like a little road trip or couple nights away and visit the Hunter Valley Gardens, they have a really amazing “Snow Time in the Garden” running these school holidays.

9. Do a day trip in your local area and act like a tourist! There are so many amazing places to discover on your doorstep that we often forget about. Look up Google Maps and find a spot to head to and explore for the day. Or let your kids choose where you’ll go for your family adventure.

10. If you want a quiet indoor activity I just came across this fantastic website, “Sew a Softie“. Sew a Softie is an initiative that aims to ignite a love of hand sewing in a new generation. It encourages parents and children to turn off their computers, put down their smart phones and discover the fun and fulfillment that comes from creating a simple-to-sew softie together. There are tutorials, a gallery and your kids can even become ambassadors! Love it!

 

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Apr
11

Easter School Holidays

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Click here to check out what’s going on these school holidays!

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Mar
16

Market on this Weekend!

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Nov
18

Darlington Park: Part 2

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Read about the truly marvellous idea of a staycation here.

and Read Part 1 on our stay at Darlington Park here.

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So, aside from the wonderful accommodation, the gorgeous, well maintained park and super relaxed atmosphere, I’ve saved the best until last – the facilities for families and kids is phenominal!

Now I don’t often let my kids wander off without an adult but Darlington Park feels like another world, safe and peaceful and I didn’t have any qualms about letting the kids go off to the jumping pillow or playground on their own.

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There are two jumping pillows (one for big kids and one for little kids), a fenced in playground, a games area AND the most amazing pool area with two huge pools, a little pool for babies and not one – but two slides.

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There is also a weekly activity guide for more family fun!

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There are also lots of other activities we didn’t have time to do: go-karts, archery, lawn bowls and tennis. And if you are an NRMA member you will receive a 50% discount on all activities.

Darlington Park has it’s own beautiful cafe called “Ponds Cafe” with heaps of seating inside and out, a great menu with very reasonable prices. (my kids loved the $2 cornettos after a big day of swimming).

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There is also a golf course alongside the ocean where the friendly kangaroos seem to enjoy the course as well.

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AND of course, I mentioned the beach?

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But possibly the biggest thrill for my kids was the kangaroos. They are so tame and you can find them in different areas of the park. They told us at check in not to pet or feed them which is fine, but what a wonderful place to co-exist with these beautiful animals.

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Now if at the end of a holiday brothers are walking arm in arm (which NEVER happens, like the photo below) – then it must’ve been a pretty damn good holiday! Thanks Darlo!

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To find out more about Darlington Park including accommodation, specials, park information and more make sure you have a good look at their website.

You can also follow them on Facebook to keep up-to-date with special events and activities, accommodation specials and more.

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