Life with kids on the Central Coast
Christmas School Holidays can be very hard for any family living on the Central Coast. Firstly, we are all prepared for the most expensive day of the year and are worn out by all the Christmas functions and parties we end up attending. It seems that we only look as far as Christmas/Boxing Day and if we are in the right frame of mind to New Years.
Then January ticks over and the kids start to get bored and I mean really bored. The Christmas presents are considered old and boring. You start to wonder what is there to do which is family friendly and affordable. After all, I’ve just spent all my extra savings on Christmas and perhaps the sales stocking up for the year ahead. Oh dear, what am I going to do with my kids for the next couple of weeks? Arrg!
We are abundant with natural attractions such as our beaches and lakes however, we are also a major tourist destination especially during the school holiday period. Parking becomes something of a pain.
Kids in the back seat of the car jumping up and down getting overworked as they just want to get out and play in the water yet there is no parking anywhere. Giving up, you return home deflated with the kids very upset. How often does this happen?
The local Community Businesses, Shopping Centres and the RSL Clubs have cottoned onto this niche market, creating ways to encourage Central Coast families into their establishment. It helps us parents keep the kids occupied during the summer holidays in air-conditioned comfort.
The Shopping Centres have always offered the entertainment shows and what they now call the ‘interactive zone’ but they have gone that bit further. Here are some things we have done around the Coast;
There are loads of free activities from pavlova decorating and craft, cookie decorating at Muffin Break, animal talks from Australian Walkabout Wildlife Park. Aboriginal canvas and rock stone paintings, stencil craft works, lantern making just in time for Australia Day to mention a few.
There was also the free outdoor movie event: Cinema under the Stars including free popcorn, water, aeroguard and sun cream thanks to Newcastle Permanent and Central Coast Stadium. They had plenty of activities for the kids to partake in including Bongo drum lessons, Circus workshops, Mariners soccer rink etc (yes, they were all free too).
Now this I can work into the weekly budget.
Next time the school holidays roll around, be sure to keep an eye out for all the fun activities you and the kids can have for as little as $5 a day.
Meet Jane from 4 Pairs of Itchy Feet.