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Coffs for Kids was born in September 2010. There have been a lot of changes in activities and events for kids over this time and it’s fantastic to see such a great variety of businesses supporting families on the Coffs Coast.

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The following was written in September 2010, when I first launched the website:

Three things happened that made Coffs for Kids come about:

Firstly, I took my son to the Coffs library one day when they had borrowed heaps of Lego from Lego Australia to build a story bridge for Children’s Book Week. What a fantastic opportunity (and a kid’s dream come true!) to sit amongst thousands of pieces of Lego with other kids building stuff. Unfortunately none of my friends knew about this event and I found myself wondering why…?

Secondly, I went to Homebase one Sunday looking for a rug for my house and suddenly I almost walked smack-bang into a shiny brand new playground. It is built just outside the cafe (I am a VERY big fan of playgrounds right next to cafes) and a really fantastic little area. But I didn’t know about it before bumping into it. I found myself asking why didn’t I know about it?

And thirdly, a little friend of mine and a real inspiration, Marina gave me the idea and endless encouragement to make this happen. Marina runs > a similar site to this one.

So Coffs for Kids was born, I aim for it to be a one-stop place to come to find things to do, services or products for your kids available in and around Coffs Harbour. I will be writing a blog almost-daily to talk about things I am up to with my kids, current things going on, or even businesses that catch my eye.

In conclusion, just a little history: my parents moved to Coffs Harbour when I was 1 year old sometime in the 70s (we don’t really need specifics here do we?!). I grew up in Coffs, moving away to Uni and then went exploring the worlda bit. I returned around 5 years ago because I could  not imagine raising my kids anywhere else.

There are tonnes of great things to do in Coffs for kids, but I fondly miss two things from my childhood: the roller-skating rink that used to be opposite Park Beach Plaza (in the building next to McDonalds) and the Drive-In cinemas that used to be out near the Good Guys. Bring them back I say!

Alison Paul

Creator/Founder/Writer/Mother to Mason & Lennox

Alison graduated from the University of Newcastle with a Bachelor of Arts – Communications degree majoring in Journalism, Writing and Public Relations. After graduating Alison then travelled extensively, returning to Sydney to work for Flight Centre as a Travel Agent on and off for 8 years (in between more travelling). Alison returned to Coffs Harbour in 2004 and now lives here with her two young sons. She now works from home doing freelance writing and editing.
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