family events

Looking for family friendly events? Community festivals, fun runs, shows, displays, concerts and adventures wait in the Great Lakes. If you are coming in school holiday time there are always a wide range of events just for kids guaranteed to entertain. These events are also a great way to explore the region, make new friends and get to know the locals. Make sure you check the calendar before you come so you don’t miss out on a great event.

42nd National Chevrolet Festival

Date: Fri 21 Sep - Mon 24 Sep 2018 Venue: John Wright Park, Tuncurry Contact: 0412 195 703

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This four day event culminates in the Show n Shine on Sunday 23 September from 9am to 4pm! Spectator entry is free (gold coin donation to Westpac Rescue Helicopter appreciated).     ...

Bush Dance & Auction

Date: Fri 21 Sep 2018, 6:30pm Venue: Forster Bowling Club Contact: 0407 454 499

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Put on your shoes and get ready to dance for farmers. Tickets are $10 for adults, $30 Family (2 adults/4 children). Available at Forster Bowling Club or Gourmet Chicken Shop Forster Arcade. BYO ...

A Night in Paris

Date: Fri 21 Sep 2018, 7pm Venue: Exchange Hotel Contact: 02 6551 5067

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It's an evening of French fun with a Night in Paris! Proudly brought to you by the Taree Arts Council. Complementary drink on arrival, entertainment, music, canapes and ambiance. Time: 7pm st...

Westpac Rescue Helicopter Dinner, Dance and Auction

Date: Sat 22 Sep 2018, 6pm Venue: Gloucester Soldiers Club Contact: 0427 581 904

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The Gloucester Support Group for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service is proud to present the 20th anniversary event: Dinner Dance & Auction. Dress up for a fabulous night out supporting this ...

Longview Farm Party

Date: Fri 28 Sep - Mon 1 Oct 2018 Venue: Longview Farm Contact: 0413 508 740

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Longview is an annual event held over the October long weekend. There is a family focus / camping theme encouraged. The entertainment is exceptional:Movies under the starsFire worksLoads of live...

Old Bar Beach Festival

Date: Sat 29 & Sun 30 Sep 2018 Venue: Old Bar Road Contact: 02 6553 3666

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The Old Bar Beach Festival is an annual community event that attracts over 17,000 people each year and is held on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 September 2018. Held every year, the Kombi/Transporter sw...

Marine Rescue Forster Car Boot Sale

Date: Sat 29 Sep 2018, 8am-1pm Venue: Marine Rescue Building, Forster Breakwall Contact: 02 6555 2489

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Grab a bargain at the Marine Rescue Forster Car Boot Sale! Come and have a delicious Marine Rescue sausage sizzle. Coffee / tea and cold drinks also available. When you have found your treasu...

Stroud Country Fair

Date: Sat 29 Sep 2018 Venue: Main Street, Stroud Contact: 0414 863 045

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The day will begin with a convoy through town by the Wauchope Yesteryear Trucks and Tractors at 9am. They will continue down to the Stroud Showground. The Fair will include a variety of market...

Cake & Craft Weekend

Date: Sat 29 & Sun 30 Sep 2018 Venue: Forster Arts & Crafts Centre Contact: 02 6554 6900

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Open 9am to 3pm Saturday and Sunday. Free admission. Open day includes demonstrations of crafts as well as high quality crafts for sale. Delicious homemade cake with coffee or tea available f...

The Distinguished Gentleman's Ride

Date: Sun 30 Sep 2018 Venue: Venues across the Mid Coast Contact: 0427 196 214

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It's time to register for The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride! If you ride a classic motorcycle, enjoy dressing up and good manners, then this is the event for you! Help raise funds for Men&rs...

Live Music @ The Gazebo

Date: Sun 30 Sep 2018, 1pm-5pm Venue: Coomba Aquatic Club Contact: 0438 849 590

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Only 45km from Forster, and right on the shores of Wallis Lake, it's an afternoon of music! With a huge variety including rock n roll, swing, jazz, motown, country and international styles it's sur...

Junior Introduction to Sailing

Date: Mon 1 Oct 2016, 9am-11am Venue: Coomba Foreshore Contact: 02 6554 2455

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If you have a child or children who would like to try sailing, come along to the Coomba Aquatic Club site, Coomba Road (opposite Warramutty Street). With 2 sessions (1 & 8 October 2018), the ki...

Kids Free Movie - The Jungle Bunch

Date: Mon 1 Oct 2018, 11am & 4pm Venue: Club Forster Contact: 02 6591 6591

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Club Forster shows FREE Family movies each Monday during NSW School Holidays. 2 sessions per day at 11am & 4pm. Popcorn & drinks available. Please note that a parent or legal guardian must ...

Coco's Closet Kids Holiday Art Workshop - Frida Kahlo

Date: Tue 2 Oct 2018, 9:30am-11:30am Venue: Coco's Closet Contact: 0410 577 050

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If your junior likes to create than this is totally up their ally...... Spring into the September Holidays with a Coco's Creative Art Workshop Tuesday 2 October 2018, 9.30-11.30. Junior Art Clas...

Kids Free Movie - Sherlock Gnomes

Date: Tue 2 Oct 2018, 2pm Venue: Hallidays Point Library Contact: 02 6559 3066

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Watch Sherlock Gnomes for free at Hallidays Point Library! Gnomeo & Juliet, recruit detective Sherlock Gnomes to investigate the disappearance of garden ornaments. Rated G. Parents must supe...

Kids Bingo

Date: Tue 2 Oct 2018, 4pm Venue: Pacific Palms Recreation Club Contact: 02 6554 0207

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Heaps of great prizes to be won! Only $10 to play which includes a free kids meal and soft drink....

Science on the Move

Date: Wed 3 Oct 2018, 10:30am Venue: Wingham Library Contact: 02 6553 4555

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Explore science through crazy, messy, slimey fun! Activity runs 10:30am - 11:30am. Bookings essential. Ages 5+ years. Supervised activity....

Kids Boot Camp

Date: Wed 3 Oct 2018, 10:30am Venue: Hallidays Point Library Contact: 02 6559 3066

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Kids Boot Camp is the perfect way to get your little ones active. Using cardio and body weight and exercises, this circuit style workout is designed just for kids. Boot Camp will have your kids mov...

Virtual Reality Experience

Date: Wed 3 Oct 2018, 11am Venue: Taree Library Contact: 02 6592 5290

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Come along and enjoy a virtual reality experience from 11am - 12pm! Bookings essential. Ages 5+ years. Supervision required....

Pool Party

Date: Wed 3 Oct 2018, 12pm-2pm Venue: Great Lakes Aquatic & Leisure Centre Contact: 02 6555 4617

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Join in the fun at the Great Lakes YMCA Pool Party! Featuring pool inflatables and water rollers Schibello Cafe will be open to satisfy any lunch time cravings Entry: $5 for members or $...

Kids Bingo

Date: Wed 3 Oct 2018, 4pm Venue: Sporties Tuncurry Contact: (02) 6554 9270

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Both Club Forster & Sporties Tuncurry bring you Kid's Bingo during the school holidays. It's loads of fun with great prizes on offer. Games are called at a slower pace for the children. Game...

Free Kids Disco

Date: Wed 3 Oct 2018, 6pm Venue: Pacific Palms Recreation Club Contact: 02 6554 0207

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Kids Disco with DJ Travis. Dancing, games and prizes. Free entry!...

Coco's Closet Kids Holiday Art Workshop - Cactus Canvas

Date: Thu 4 Oct 2018, 9:30am-11:30am Venue: Coco's Closet Contact: 0410 577 050

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If your junior likes to create than this is totally up their ally...... Spring into the September Holidays with a Coco's Creative Art Workshop Tuesday 2 October 2018, 9.30-11.30. Junior Art Clas...

Kids Free Movie - The Nut Job 2

Date: Thu 4 Oct 2018, 10:30am Venue: Wingham Library Contact: 02 6553 4555

Kids Free Movie - The Nut Job 2 - Show Event Block

Watch THE NUT JOB 2 for free at the Wingham Library! Surly and his friends must stop Oakton City's mayor from destroying their home to make way for an amusement park. Rated PG. Bookings essentia...

Pond Detectives

Date: Thu 4 Oct 2018, 10:30am Venue: Hallidays Point Library Contact: 02 6559 3066

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Join MidCoast Council Water Officers and investigate the fascinating world of life in a pond. Old enclosed shoes must be worn. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Bookings essential. ...

Scratch Art

Date: Thu 4 Oct 2018, 2pm Venue: Taree Library Contact: 02 6592 5290

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Do your own drawings or use picture templates as you create colourful scratch art boards. Activity runs 2pm - 3pm. Bookings essential.  Ages 4-12 years. Supervised activity....

Kids Bingo

Date: Thu 4 Oct 2018, 4pm Venue: Club Forster Contact: 02 6591 6591

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Both Club Forster and Sporties Tuncurry bring you Kid's Bingo during the school holidays. It's loads of fun with great prizes on offer. Games are called at a slower pace for the children. Games ...

Kids Movie - Peter Rabbit

Date: Thu 4 Oct 2018, 5pm Venue: Great Lakes Aquatic & Leisure Centre Contact: 02 6555 4617

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Great Lakes Aquatic and Leisure Centre hosts kids movies during the school holidays. For $10pp the kids will receive the movie, mini sandwiches, fruit cups, a popper and treats. BYO pillow and b...

Sydney Sixers Beach Blast

Date: Thu 4 Oct 2018 Venue: Main Beach, Forster Contact: (02) 8302 6059

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The Sydney Sixers Beach Blast is back during the October school holidays and we will once again be bringing Australia’s favourite summer sport to the best backyard in the country. Driven by S...

Taree Show

Date: Fri 5 - Sun 7 Oct 2018 Venue: Taree Showground Contact: 02 6551 3245

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Friday is a fun day along with horse events kicking off the show. Saturday we have racing pigs with one of the pig races raising money for a local charity, motorbike displays, vintage tractors, gra...

Science on the Move

Date: Fri 5 Oct 2018, 10:30am Venue: Gloucester Library Contact: 02 6538 5258

Science on the Move - Show Event Block

Explore science through crazy, messy, slimey fun! Activity runs 10:30am - 11:30am. Bookings essential. Ages 5+ years. Supervised activity....

Create and Meditate

Date: Fri 5 Oct 2018, 10:30am Venue: Harrington Library Contact: 02 6556 1652

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Join Kate from Gumboots by the Sea in this session designed for primary aged children to help them embrance emotions, imagination and feel empowered as they bring calm into their world. Activity ru...

TOTs Tours

Date: Fri 5 Oct 2018, 11:15am-12pm Venue: Manning Regional Art Gallery Contact: 02 6592 5455

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Do you have pre-school aged children? Join us for TOTs Tours - Exciting and fun art engagement for under 5's with their parents or carers. Under 5's will explore the current exhibition through s...

Pool Party

Date: Fri 5 Oct 2018, 12pm-2pm Venue: Great Lakes Aquatic & Leisure Centre Contact: 02 6555 4617

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Join in the fun at the Great Lakes YMCA Pool Party! Featuring pool inflatables and water rollers Schibello Cafe will be open to satisfy any lunch time cravings Entry: $5 for members or $...

Shoebox Craft

Date: Fri 5 Oct 2018, 2:30pm Venue: Tea Gardens Library Contact: 02 4997 1265

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Use a simple shoe box and your imagination to create mini worlds. Activity runs 2:30pm - 3:30pm Bookings essential Ages 5-11 years. Supervised activity....

Science on the Move

Date: Fri 5 Oct 2018, 3:30pm Venue: Stroud Library Contact: 02 4994 5204

Science on the Move - Show Event Block

Explore science through crazy, messy, slimey fun! Activity runs 3:30pm - 4:30pm. Bookings essential. Ages 5+ years. Supervised activity....

Free Kids Disco

Date: Fri 5 Oct 2018, 5pm - 8pm Venue: Tea Gardens Hotel Contact: 02 4997 0203

Free Kids Disco - Show Event Block

Join in the fun these school holidays ... Fully supervised event in the Dolphin Room of the Tea Gardens Hotel. Free entry and free finger food for the kids! 5pm to 8pm...

Free Kids Animal Petting Zoo

Date: Sat 6 Oct 2018, 12pm - 2pm Venue: Tea Gardens Hotel Contact: 02 4997 0203

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Bring the kids over these school holidays to meet, pat and cuddle the animals! From 12pm to 2pm the beer garden of the Tea Gardens Hotel will be taken over by animals galore. Free event...

Light the Night

Date: Sat 6 Oct 2018 Venue: Discovery Parks Forster Contact: 02 6554 2123

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Now in its tenth year, Light the Night is a unique event bringing Australia’s blood cancer community together all over the country. Those attending raise money to help give local families fac...

Hallidays Point Car Boot Sale

Date: Sun 7 Oct 2018, 8am-12pm Venue: Hallidays Point Village Centre Contact: 0488 160 126

Hallidays Point Car Boot Sale - Show Event Block

Proudly brought to you by the Lions Club of Hallidays Point. Held on the first Sunday of every month at the Hallidays Point Village Centre car park. With approximately 15-20 stalls you can pick ...

Manning Valley Concert Band - 100 Years of Anzac

Date: Sun 7 Oct 2018, 2pm Venue: Manning Entertainment Centre Contact: 02 6592 5466

Manning Valley Concert Band - 100 Years of Anzac - Show Event Block

Join the Manning Valley Concert Band on Sunday, 7th October at 3 pm for our concert, “100 Years of ANZAC”. As we commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War 1, the band wi...

Junior Introduction to Sailing

Date: Mon 8 Oct 2016, 9am-11am Venue: Coomba Foreshore Contact: 02 6554 2455

Junior Introduction to Sailing - Show Event Block

If you have a child or children who would like to try sailing, come along to the Coomba Aquatic Club site, Coomba Road (opposite Warramutty Street). With 2 sessions (1 & 8 October 2018), the ki...

Kids Free Movie - Sherlock Gnomes

Date: Mon 8 Oct 2018, 11am & 4pm Venue: Club Forster Contact: 02 6591 6591

Kids Free Movie - Sherlock Gnomes - Show Event Block

Club Forster shows FREE Family movies each Monday during NSW School Holidays. 2 sessions per day at 11am & 4pm. Popcorn & drinks available. Please note that a parent or legal guardian must ...

Scratch Art

Date: Mon 8 Oct 2018, 2pm Venue: Hallidays Point Library Contact: 02 6559 3066

Scratch Art - Show Event Block

Do your own drawings or use picture templates as you create colourful scratch art boards. Activity runs 2pm - 3pm. Bookings essential.  Ages 4+. Parents must supervise children 5 years a...

Kids Free Movie - Ferdinand

Date: Mon 8 Oct 2018, 2pm Venue: Forster Library Contact: 02 6591 7256

Kids Free Movie - Ferdinand - Show Event Block

Watch Ferdinand for free at the Forster Library! After Ferdinand, a bull with a big heart, is mistaken for a dangerous beast, he is captured and torn from his home. Determined to return to his fami...

Superheroes Workshop

Date: Tue 9 Oct 2018, 10:30am & 5:30pm Venue: Taree Library Contact: 02 6592 5290

Superheroes Workshop - Show Event Block

Come draw Superheroes with illustrator Matt Lin in a fun, easy and step-by-step drawing workshop! For anyone that loves to scribble! Ages 8-12 years session: 10:30am - 12pmAges 13+ years session: 5...

Pool Party

Date: Tue 9 Oct 2018, 12pm-2pm Venue: Great Lakes Aquatic & Leisure Centre Contact: 02 6555 4617

Pool Party - Show Event Block

Join in the fun at the Great Lakes YMCA Pool Party! Featuring pool inflatables and water rollers Schibello Cafe will be open to satisfy any lunch time cravings Entry: $5 for members or $...

Kids Bingo

Date: Tue 9 Oct 2018, 4pm Venue: Pacific Palms Recreation Club Contact: 02 6554 0207

Kids Bingo - Show Event Block

Heaps of great prizes to be won! Only $10 to play which includes a free kids meal and soft drink....

Superheroes Workshop

Date: Wed 10 Oct 2018, 10:30am Venue: Forster Library Contact: 02 6591 7256

Superheroes Workshop - Show Event Block

Come draw Superheroes with illustrator Matt Lin in a fun, easy and step-by-step drawing workshop! For anyone that loves to scribble! Ages 8-12 years session: 10:30am - 12pm Bookings essential.&n...

Shutterbugs

Date: Wed 10 Oct 2018, 10:30am Venue: Hallidays Point Library Contact: 02 6559 3066

Shutterbugs - Show Event Block

Love taking photos with your camera or phone? Let's learn some tips to make your photos even better with photographer Judith Conning. Bring your camera with you. Ages 8-12 years. Supervised acti...


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