Council School Holiday Program

In need of entertainment these school holidays? We run and support school holiday events across the Coast and have pulled together a great program of events and activities for all ages to keep the family entertained.

What's On at our Leisure Centres

There are plenty of activities and pool entertainment at our Leisure Centres across the Coast these school holidays. From pool inflatables, waterslides and jumping castle fun through to basketball clinics, a Pool Lifeguard Course and intensive learn to swim lessons. You can also join up to the Active Kids Sports Program and enjoy two hours of fun indoor games and activities including basketball, soccer, volleyball and rock climbing.

Get your kids active and part of Council’s FiT for Life community!

What's On at The Entrance

Bring the kids down to The Entrance these school holidays for a range of fun free activities including special performances by Hoot and Hootabelle – our favourite owl-pals from the hit kids TV show, Giggle and Hoot.

There will also be a science show and workshop, a Magic show and roving magician, daily pelican feeding from 3.30pm and amusement rides.

What's On Sustainability

Learn about sustainability with our free Green Living Workshops and Rock Pool Rambles ecological discovery talks. Get your hands dirty and make a seed bomb with clay and compost, create your own terrarium, build a bee or insect hotel, learn how to grow your own food and try your hand at making non-toxic body care products.

You can also join us and the Ocean and Coastal Care Initiative guides as we explore and discover our coastline – what creatures will you find in our local rock pools?

What’s On at the Gallery

Gosford Regional Gallery and Edogawa Commemorative Garden is a peaceful place where you can tap into your talents and get creative – Mum and dad can grab a coffee at the Café too! Break free of the drawing books and learn how to draw YOUR OWN cartoon characters, learn tips and tricks on how to get a better portrait drawing or how to paint on silk, or even create a beautiful wall hanging using simple loom weaving techniques.

We will also be celebrating our special relationship with our sister city – Edogawa City in Japan. Try your hand at Origami, join us for Kamishibai – a traditional form of Japanese storytelling, learn Taiko Drumming, the secrets to Bonsai, traditional Japanese calligraphy plus much more!

What’s On across our Libraries

Make the most of Central Coast’s libraries this school holidays with a full program of free events for all ages. The program kicks off with a Where’s Wally Scavenger Hunt at all our library branches commencing on Tuesday, 2 October and running across the holiday period. Enjoy Skateboard Deck Art, Funky Slime Craft, Lego and other arts and craft activities. Come along to a poetry workshop with local author Meg Gatland-Veness, and if you are into table top war games, join us for Red Orc-tober, Star Wars or Saga of Heroes.

What’s On for our Youth

Our Youth Services team have developed a dynamic program of activities across technology, professional skills development, sports and creative workshops. YOUTHfest Umina kicks off the School Holidays with a day of sport, art and other activities. There are also workshops on animation, film editing, vocal master class, song and copy writing, and a special ‘Employ Me’ information day offering top tips on how to dress for success and interview to impress and an inclusive bouldering climbing activity for all abilities.

Event Guide

 
Most suitable for 3-6 years
 
Most suitable for 6-11 years
 
Most suitable for 11-17 years
 
Most suitable for 17+ years
 
All ages

 

Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 September
SportsFest - EDSACC, Central Coast Highway, Bateau Bay
 
10am-5pm. Free event. Click here for more details.
All holidays
Free Drawing in the Garden
 
 
Visit Gosford Regional Gallery during the School Holidays and participate in our free ‘Drawing In The Garden Art Competition’ for budding artists. Age prize winners will receive a certificate and award. Entries close Friday 12 October and artworks will be exhibited in the Gardens from 13-14 October.
Pelican feeding from 3:30pm, amusement rides and live music at The Entrance.
 
Pool Inflatable Fun
 
 
Gosford Olympic Pool 11am-2pm. Peninsula Leisure Centre 10am and 11am sessions. No bookings required. Cost: included with pool entry.
Waterslide Fun
 
 
Peninsula Leisure Centre. 11am and 2pm sessions. No bookings required. Cost: included with pool entry.
Where’s Wally Scavenger Hunt
 
 
Tuesday 2 to Sunday 14 October. All our library branches during opening hours.
Week 1
Friday 28 September
YOUTHfest Umina
 
Umina Skate Park, Sydney Ave. 2-8pm. No bookings required.
Monday 1 October
Public holiday 
Tuesday 2 October
Intensive Learn to Swim Program
 
 
Peninsula Leisure Centre (4325 8123), Gosford Olympic Pool (4304 7250), and Toukley Aquatic Centre (4304 8060). Bookings essential, please call for times and prices.
Skateboard Deck Art
 
The Entrance Library. 10.30am-12pm and 2-3.30pm. Bookings Essential 4350 1550.
Animation Workshop 1.0
 
 
The Hub Erina, North South Rd. Erina Fair 11am-1pm and 2-4pm. Bookings essential. Cost $10. 
Pool Inflatable Fun
 
Toukley Aquatic Centre 11.30am-2.3pm. No bookings required. Cost: included with pool entry.
Jumping Castle Fun
 
Peninsula Leisure Centre. 12pm and 2pm sessions. No bookings required. Cost $7.50.
Red Orc-tober table top game
 
 
Lake Haven Library. 1-3pm. Bookings Essential 4350 1570.
Swish Technics Basketball Clinic
 
 
Lake Haven Recreation Centre. 2-4pm. Bookings essential phone 4304 8020. Cost $17.50.
Pillowcase Decorating
 
Gosford Library. 3-4pm. Booking Essential 4304 7500.
Wednesday 3 October
Intensive Learn to Swim Program
 
 
Peninsula Leisure Centre (4325 8123), Gosford Olympic Pool (4304 7250), and Toukley Aquatic Centre (4304 8060). Bookings essential, please call for times and prices.
Certified Pool Lifeguard 3-day Course
 
Wyong Olympic Pool. 9am-4pm each day. Bookings essential 4304 8050. Cost $485.
Pulse Climbing
 
 
Pulse Climbing Gosford. 10am-12pm. Bookings essential. Cost $10.
Funky Slime Craft
 
Tuggerah Library. 10.30-11.30am. Ages 4-8. Booking Essential 4350 1560.
Life Near Water Workshop: OCCI
 
Kincumber Library. 1.30-2.30pm. Booking Essential 4304 7641.
CNTL + ALT + A Film Editing Workshop
 
The Hub Erina, North South Rd. Erina Fair. 2-4pm. Bookings essential. Cost $10.
Thursday 4 October
Certified Pool Lifeguard 3-day Course
 
Wyong Olympic Pool. 9am-4pm each day. Bookings essential 4304 8050. Cost $485.
Lego Scavenger Hunt
 
Tuggerah Library. 10-11am. Bookings Essential 4350 1560. 
Create Your Own Character with Belinda Lindhardt
 
Gosford Regional Gallery. 10.30am-12.30pm. Bookings essential. Cost $25.
Animal Sun-catcher Workshop
 
Lake Haven Library. 11am-12pm. Bookings Essential 4350 1570.
Pool Inflatable Fun
 
Toukley Aquatic Centre 11.30am-2.3pm. No bookings required. Cost: included with pool entry.
Jumping Castle Fun
 
Peninsula Leisure Centre. 12pm and 2pm sessions. No bookings required. Cost:$7.50
Drawing Faces and Portraits with Belinda Lindhardt
 
Gosford Regional Gallery. 1.30-3.30pm. Bookings essential. Cost $25.
Mod Podge Mania
 
Kincumber Library. 2-3.30pm. Booking Essential 4304 7641.
Design your own Cap
 
Umina Library. 2-3.30pm. Bookings Essential 4304 7333.
Active Kids Sports Program
 
Lake Haven Recreation Centre 2-4pm. Bookings required 4304 8020. Cost $17.50.
Discover Your Voice, Vocal Master Class
 
 
 
The Hub Erina, North South Rd. Erina Fair. 2-4pm. Bookings essential. Free for pre-registered 2018 Discovered and Battle of the Bands participants. Others $10. Young people not in the Discovered program can go on the waitlist for an available spot.
Creative Engineers Professional Development Workshop 1.0
 
 
The Hub Erina, North South Rd. Erina Fair. 5-7pm. Bookings essential. Cost $10.
Intensive Learn to Swim Program
 
 
Peninsula Leisure Centre (4325 8123), Gosford Olympic Pool (4304 7250), and Toukley Aquatic Centre (4304 8060). Bookings essential, please call for times and prices.
Friday 5 October
Certified Pool Lifeguard 3-day Course
 
Wyong Olympic Pool. 9am-4pm each day. Bookings essential 4304 8050. Cost $485.
Intensive Learn to Swim Program
 
 
Peninsula Leisure Centre (4325 8123), Gosford Olympic Pool (4304 7250), and Toukley Aquatic Centre (4304 8060). Bookings essential, please call for times and prices.
Weaving Wonderland
 
 
The Entrance Library. 10.30-11.30am and 2-3pm. Booking Essential 4350 1550.
Spring is in the Air
 
 
Bateau Bay Library. 10.30am-12pm. Booking Essential 4350 1580.
Iron-On Transfers
 
Toukley Library. 1-2.30pm. Bookings Essential 4350 1540.
Friday Fun Craft
 
 
Erina Library. 2-4pm. No Bookings Required. Enquiries 4304 7650.
Lego Club
 
Gosford Library. 3.30-4.30pm. Bookings Essential 4304 7500.
Discovered – Semi Final 1
 
The Hub Erina, Yout Entertainment Venue. 7-10pm. Free event. Bookings essential.
Saturday 6 October
The Entrance Market
 
Memorial Park, The Entrance. 9am-2pm. No bookings required.

 

Week 2
Monday 8 October
Intensive Learn to Swim Program
 
 
Peninsula Leisure Centre (4325 8123), Gosford Olympic Pool (4304 7250), and Toukley Aquatic Centre (4304 8060). Bookings essential, please call for times and prices.
Employ Me Workshops
 
 
The Hub Erina Youth Entertainment Venue. From 9.30am. Free event. Bookings essential.
Origami in the Garden with Junko
 
Gosford Regional Gallery. 10am-4pm. No bookings required.
Shodo – Japanese Caligraphy with Tomoko
 
Gosford Regional Gallery. 10am-1pm. Bookings essential.
Science Show and Workshop
 
 
Waterfront Plaza, The Entrance. 10am-1pm. No bookings required.
Moribana: Ikebana (flower arranging) Workshop
 
Gosford Regional Gallery. 10am, 11am and 1pm. Bookings essential.
Rock Pool Rambles
 
Terrigal Haven. 1pm. Free event. Bookings essential 0404 450 429.
Kamishibai - Storytelling in the Garden
 
 
Gosford Regional Gallery. 1-3pm. Bookings essential.
Gaming in Libraries: Star Wars
 
Kincumber Library. 2-4pm. Bookings Essential 4304 7641.
Poetry Workshop
 
Woy Woy Library. 2.30-4pm. Booking Essential 4304 7555.
Taiko Drumming
 
Gosford Regional Gallery. 3-4pm. Bookings essential.
Pillowcase Decorating
 
Bateau Bay Library. 3-4pm. Booking Essential 4350 1580.
Tuesday 9 October
Intensive Learn to Swim Program
 
 
Peninsula Leisure Centre (4325 8123), Gosford Olympic Pool (4304 7250), and Toukley Aquatic Centre (4304 8060). Bookings essential, please call for times and prices.
Green Living Workshops: Seed bombs and Herb Heads
 
Buttonderry Waste Facility. 9-10.30am. Bookings essential.
Magic Show and Roving Magician
 
 
Waterfront Plaza, The Entrance. 10am-1pm. No bookings required.
Colourful Wall Art Weaving with Vanja Zetovic
 
Gosford Regional Gallery. 10.30am-12.30pm. Bookings essential. Cost $25.
Mod Podge Mania
 
Kincumber Library. 10.30am-12pm. Booking Essential 4304 7641.
Worm Farm and Recycling: Cleanaway
 
Toukley Library. 11am-12.30pm. Bookings Essential 4350 1540.
Yukata Dress Up with Central Coast Japanese School
 
Gosford Regional Gallery. 11am and 1.30pm. Bookings essential.
Green Living Workshops: Make an Upcycle Terrarium
 
Buttonderry Waste Facility. 11am-12.30pm. Bookings essential.
Learn to Cross Stitch
 
Lake Haven Library. 11am-12pm. Booking Essential 4350 1570.
Pool Inflatable Fun
 
Toukley Aquatic Centre 11.30am-2.3pm. No bookings required. Cost: included with pool entry.
Jumping Castle Fun
 
Peninsula Leisure Centre. 12pm and 2pm sessions. No bookings required. Cost:$7.50
Green Living Workshops: Make a Bee or insect Hotel
 
Buttonderry Waste Facility. 1-2.30pm. Bookings essential.
Rock Pool Rambles
 
Toowoon Bay. 2.15pm. Free event. Bookings essential 0404 450 429.
Painting Silk Mandalas with Vanja Zetovic
 
Gosford Regional Gallery. 1.30-3.30pm. Bookings essential. Cost $25.
Origami in the Garden with Junko
 
Gosford Regional Gallery. 10am-4pm. No bookings required.
Aikido Martial Arts for Beginners
 
 
 
Gosford Regional Gallery. 11am-12pm (Kids 4-12). 1-2pm (Teens and Adults). Bookings essential.
Kamishibai - Storytelling in the Garden
 
 
Gosford Regional Gallery. 1-3pm. No bookings required.
Swish Technics Basketball Clinic
 
 
Lake Haven Recreation Centre. 2-4pm. Bookings essential phone 4304 8020. Cost: $17.50
Animation Workshops 2.0
 
 
The Hub Erina, North South Rd. Erina Fair 11am-1pm and 2-4pm. Bookings essential. Cost: $10.
Snow Globe Creations
 
Kariong Library. 3-4pm. Booking Essential 4325 8155.
Taiko Drumming
 
Gosford Regional Gallery. 3-4pm. Bookings essential.
Wednesday 10 October
Intensive Learn to Swim Program
 
 
Peninsula Leisure Centre (4325 8123), Gosford Olympic Pool (4304 7250), and Toukley Aquatic Centre (4304 8060). Bookings essential, please call for times and prices.
Green Living Workshops: Let’s go Potty - Making  pots and growing seedlings
 
Erina Library. 9-10am. Bookings essential.
Hoot and Hootabelle Stage Show
 
Memorial Park Stage, The Entrance. 10am, 11am, 12pm. No bookings required. 
Connect Day
 
 
 
Come along and connect with local services and get involved in some fun activities. Lake Haven. 10am-2pm. Free event. Bookings not required.
Bonsai for Beginners
 
Gosford Regional Gallery. 10am, 10.30am, 11am and 11.30am. Bookings essential.
Shodo – Japanese Caligraphy with Tomoko
 
Gosford Regional Gallery. 10am-1pm. Bookings essential.
Lego Scavenger Hunt
 
Umina Library. 10-11am. Booking Essential 4304 7333.
Green Living Workshops: Far out, how to Sprout - Kitchen gardens, sprouts & microgreens
 
Erina Library. 10.30-11.30am. Bookings essential.
Tints and Shades with Sandra McArthur
 
Gosford Regional Gallery. Bookings essential. 10.30am-12.30pm. Cost $25.
Stories in the Teahouse
 
Gosford Regional Gallery. 10.30-11.30am. Bookings Essential 4304 7650.
Green Living Workshops: Making non-toxic body care products
 
Erina Library. 12-1pm. Bookings essential.
Faces with Sandra McArthur
 
Gosford Regional Gallery. 1.30-3.30pm. Bookings essential. Cost $25.
CNTL + ALT + A Film Editing Workshop
 
The Hub Erina, North South Rd. Erina Fair. 2-4pm. Bookings essential. Cost $10.
Introduction to the Ukulele
 
Kincumber Library. 2-3pm. Ages 10-14. Booking Essential 4304 7641.
Taiko Drumming
 
Gosford Regional Gallery. 3-4pm. Bookings essential.
Rock Pool Rambles
 
Norah Head. 3pm. Free event. Bookings essential 0404 450 429.
Thursday 11 October
Intensive Learn to Swim Program
 
 
Peninsula Leisure Centre (4325 8123), Gosford Olympic Pool (4304 7250), and Toukley Aquatic Centre (4304 8060). Bookings essential, please call for times and prices.
Hoot and Hootabelle Stage Show
 
Memorial Park Stage, The Entrance. 10am, 11am, 12pm. No bookings required.
Create Your Own Character with Belinda Lindhardt
 
Gosford Regional Gallery. 10.30am-12.30pm. Bookings essential. Cost $25.
Yukata Dress Up with Central Coast Japanese School
 
Gosford Regional Gallery. 11am and 1.30pm. Bookings essential.
The Gruffalo’s Child: Special Storytime
 
 
Tuggerah Library. 11am-12pm. No bookings required. Enquiries 4350 1560.
Pool Inflatable Fun
 
Toukley Aquatic Centre 11.30am-2.3pm. No bookings required. Cost: included with pool entry.
Jumping Castle Fun
 
Peninsula Leisure Centre. 12pm and 2pm sessions. No bookings required. Cost: $7.50
Gaming in Libraries: Kings of War
 
Tuggerah Library. 1-3pm. Bookings Essential 4350 1560.
Drawing Faces and Portraits with Belinda Lindhardt
 
Gosford Regional Gallery. 1.30-3.30pm. Bookings essential. Cost $25.
Kamishibai - Storytelling in the Garden
 
 
Gosford Regional Gallery. 1-3pm. No bookings required.
Springtime Craft
 
Woy Woy Library. 2-3pm. Booking Essential 4304 7555.
Taiko Drumming
 
Gosford Regional Gallery. 3-4pm. Bookings essential.
Rock Pool Rambles
 
Terrigal Haven. 3.15pm. Free event. Bookings essential 0404 450 429.
Creative Engineers Professional Development Workshop 1.0
 
 
The Hub Erina, North South Rd. Erina Fair. 5-7pm. Bookings essential. Cost $10.
Meg Gatland-Veness: Young Adult Author Event
 
 
Erina Library. 5-6pm. Bookings essential 4304 7650.
Friday 12 October
Intensive Learn to Swim Program
 
 
Peninsula Leisure Centre (4325 8123), Gosford Olympic Pool (4304 7250), and Toukley Aquatic Centre (4304 8060). Bookings essential, please call for times and prices.
Hoot and Hootabelle Stage Show
 
Memorial Park Stage, The Entrance. 10am, 11am, 12pm. No bookings required.
Bird Feeder Workshop
 
The Entrance. 10am-12pm and 2-3.30pm. Booking Essential 4350 1550.
Active Kids Sports Program
 
Lake Haven Recreation Centre 2-4pm. Bookings required 4304 8020. Cost $17.50
Friday Fun Craft
 
Erina Library. 2-4pm. No Bookings Required. Enquiries 4304 7650.
Gaming in Libraries: Saga of Heroes
 
Erina Library. 2.30-4.30pm. Bookings Essential 4304 7650.
Lego Club
 
Gosford Library. 3.30-4.30pm. Bookings Essential 4304 7500.
Saturday 13 October
Drawing in the Garden Competition Exhibition
 
Gosford Regional Gallery and Gardens. 10am-4pm. No bookings required.
Sunday 14 October
Drawing in the Garden Competition Exhibition
 
Gosford Regional Gallery and Gardens. 10am-4pm. No bookings required.

 

Special Events

Sportsfest

After the popularity of last year’s inaugural event, SportsFest is back again in September, and will showcase a variety of Central Coast sports and recreational opportunities. This not-to-be-missed event includes festivities ranging from interactive sporting activities, come ‘n try sessions and professional demonstrations through to live entertainment, market and food stalls and a dedicated Kidz Zone.

Share our space

Over the coming school holidays, the NSW Department of Education is rolling out the ‘Share Our Space’ at 184 schools across the state.

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Last updated : Wed 12 Sep 2018