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WINNERS! 2015 Excellence Awards


winners announced

We had a fantastic response to the 2015 Coffs for Kids Excellence Awards with hundreds of votes received.

Congratulations to all the winners listed below:


1. Best Playground – Brelsford Park

2. Best Beach for Kids – Jetty Beach

3. Favourite place for a picnic or BBQ – Jetty Foreshores

4. Indoor Activity – Tabatinga

5. Outdoor Activity – Big Banana Waterslides

6. Favourite Local Tourist Attraction – Big Banana

7. Local Shop for Kids Stuff – Little Einstein

8. Best place for an organise Party – Tabatinga

9. Family Event – Buskers Festival

10. Swim Centre – Coffs Harbour Olympic Pool

11. Best kids facilities/activities at a Club – Moonee Tavern

12. Place to buy Healthy Food – The Happy Frog

13. Fish and Chip Shop – White Salt (Woolgoolga)

14. Place to get Ice-cream – Bellingen Gelato Bar

15. Favourite Bakery – K’Pane

16. Best school holiday activity – Tabatinga

17. Best New Kids/Family related business – Doctor on Duty

18. Favourite Restaurant – The Greenhouse Tavern

19. Favourite Cafe – Twisted Sister

20. Favourite Pizza Place – Almalfi’s


Special mentions:

A big shout out to Coffs mechanical repairs on Cook drive. We had our prado in for a blue ticket last week so we drove both of our cars there. Unfortunately our second car wouldn’t start after we arrived. The guys there quickly diagnosed a battery problem put in a new one in and we were off within 10mins!! Amazing service no waiting around for hours. We’ll definetly be using this business whenever we have auto servicing or problems with our cars. (Michelle)

Absolutely love taking my kids for dinner at Maria’s Italian Restaurant. (Britt)

Adorabell Hairdresser in Gordon Street Coffs Harbour, she is a young girl who is making a big go at her own business and is a delight to go to and take the kids to (Campbell)

All local businesses should be so proud they are what keep our city going xx (Lisa)

Beach stone Park Sapphire Great place for kids to play & family to have coffee meal etc (Audrey)

Best child care Provider- Midcoast Family Day Care (Penny)

Best child care provider park beach daycare always going above and beyond to provide support for their children and families really makes you feel like your valued (Jade)

Best kids activity – Nippers! (Riana)

Best school Crossmaglen Public School (Pauline)

Bluebottles is amazing for breakfast and lunch with kids, the food comes out well prepared and they do rabbit pancakes for easter (Natasha)

Boambee swim care is the most family friendly centre I have ever known! I have attended no less than 7 swim school over the last 15 years and they win hands down EVERY TIME! I wish all swim centres took the time & effort they do, always friendly service and make a lovely coffee to boot (Jude)

BusyKid – great magnetic planners & many helpful kid related hints! (Julia)

Coffs Coast Child Magazine (Kristy)

Coffs Coast Health Club has been an amazing community based business. Together we are stronger is their motto. Their kids club is fantastic, the girls in there do such a wonderful job going above and beyond to keep our kids happy and safe while U.S. Mums and dads have our work out. They support their members in their journey and at the moment are supporting Eve fundraising to help ease the stress of her cancer treatment in Sydney. (Eve is 9 years old and her mum Rebecca works in the kids club at the health club) Carla runs Coffs coast kids club going to local events and to local preschools keeping kids active, such an amazing woman. This business caters for everyone not just adults keeping healthy. I believe they should have a special mention! 🙂 (Adam)

Coffs Harbour mini GymbaRoo (Georgie)

CreAsian is an amazing place. I’ve only eaten dinner there once recently but the service, quality and taste of the menu was fabulous! (Janelle)

Curious minds has grown in leaps and bounds and is always extending their brands and educational toys as the market requests (Linda)

diamond martial arts. Good for confidence in kids, fine motor and gross motor skills also (Kelly)

Doctor on Duty is a fantastic service. Very professional and reliable. (Lindy)

Dr on Duty is a massive boost to healthcare in area, Serendipity Early Learning is also marvellous! Also for a dance classes for little people Carnivale at the Dance Pavillion at Showground. Miss Jacq does an amazing job with the kids! (Candice)

Equilibrium Skin Wellness – Best Beauty Salon (Craig)

Great doing this survey….has given me some new places to try that I haven’t been to before. (Thanks Leanne!)

Gymbaroo toddler to kindy program (Rebecca)

Harbourside Markets and summer Friday night markets during summer are fabulous family friendly activities. (Sian)

Holly from the plantation hotel always goes above and beyond and especially with kids club (Katie)

I love supporting local businesses (Yay – Kirra!)

I think Springloaded is great value for money. (Jacqui)

iIwould love to recommend early learning music and Tracy Button. Tracy the amazing and caters so well for individual children. (Brianna)

I would love to say a big thank you to all those businesses that help out with special needs children and host special event days at reduced prices, it means such a lot as many of us with special needs children are low income families and can’t always afford to go out as a family. I would like to say a massive THANK YOU to Northcott for organizing a family weekend away for a few families with special needs kids. It was heaven. (Helen)

Inspired Solutions – free psychological services for children for over a decade! (Adam)

it’s good to see local businesses getting a shout out. (Thanks Lisa!)

Kristys school of fish is a new, opened in 2014, swim school with an excellent teacher, Kristy. Small lessons for kids without the busy activity of lots of lessons happening at once like as in larger swim centres. 5stars!! (Sally)

Love Moonee Beach Tavern, for the food and kid friendly atmosphere 🙂 (Tracey)

Love the twilight markets in summer at park beach… great spot to take visitors (Rebecca)

North Coast Futsal Coffs Harbour as they have just started a ‘High Performance Academy’ & the training is of the highest standard. The coach was a professional player in Brazil & we are most fortunate to have Renan Fenerich training & developing kids in this area (Sam)

Pasfields restaurant and bar (Tayla)

Plaster Party Kraze – always friendly! (Waqa)

Puresafe Pest Control, a small local family business delivering professional and friendly service every time. Give them a go! (Vicki)

Saltwater freshwater festival should be an option for best family event! (Fiona)

Serendipity is a fantastic business for young children. The eatery upstairs in mall is also great for families (Rachel)

Serendipity Learning – the thought, love and care that has gone into establishing this service is truly amazing. The owners have gone above and beyond with the curriculum, and their passion for teaching young children is without doubt. Coffs is incredibly lucky to have a teaching facility such as this. (Cindy)

Serendipity learning centre has make a huge difference in the life of my youngest grandson and his family. They are a professional and caring team and deserve every accolade available. (Helen)

Smiley Productions has such a great range of activities. (Margot)

Smileys kids entertainment is an amazing local business (Jo)

So Fun Gymnastics is great for kids of all ages and levels. The coaching staff are all attentive and patient and they appear to enjoy working with the kids. It has a great atmosphere and is all round fun while keeping the kids fit and health (Donna)

Sweet Bellingen- they adore kids and this shows through their patience and their passion for their business. (Samantha)

The Smileys best kids entertainers in Coffs. (Hannah)

The staff at Brontasuarus Pet Store have been fantastic whenever we’ve visited, even if we’re just coming to have a little look at the animals (Hattie)

The team at Tabatinga always go out of their way to entertain our children and make it affordable for big families and i feel they deserve a special mention 🙂 Another great local business is smileys. Andrew is fantastic and they always do a great job where ever we see him and his team. He always makes every child welcome and is a credit to the Coffs Coast! And of course a massive thumbs up to coffs for kids you keep us all up to date and involved in our beautiful Coffs Coast. Thank you 🙂 (Grace)

Up grades to Moonee tavern are amazing for the kids! Moonee Beach reserve is also a great spot. (Kelly)

Upstairs palm centre, kid friendly movies showing so mums can sit and have a chat and a coffee etc. (Robyn)

We are so lucky on the Coffs Coast. All our safe beaches beautiful clean parks and awesome restaurants and cafes. (Jayde)



Thanks again to Big 4 Sunshine – South West Rocks who donated a prize package including 2 nights in a Luxury cabin for up to 6 people valued at $650.00.


Jude Woods – Congratulations!

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