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You know how it’s the end of the school holidays and it’s been raining and everyone is getting a little cranky? Well quite surprisingly I found the answer! Go blueberry picking!

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I can’t believe I have never been out to this place. I’ve known about it for awhile but have just never got around to going out there. Located about 15 minutes from Coffs Harbour on Bucca Rd you can take the kids blueberry picking, then weigh and pay for them based on an honesty system. But what is amazing is the atmosphere and surroundings. It is SO peaceful out there and the scenery is stunning. The kids took their buckets and off they went, happy enough to go searching for their own blueberries. It was peaceful and it was quiet and almost immediately everyone relaxed, reset and calmed down (Mama included!).

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The blueberries grow at all levels, so even little kids can find some to pick and there were HEAPS!

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There is a gorgeous lily pond with heaps of turtles so afterwards the kids spent sometime turtle spotting and looking at draft horses in the paddocks around.

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Overall a FANTASTIC way to spend the morning and to top it all off, we came home with some delicious blueberries! And they taste SO much better than store-bought, even my 5 year old said “Mummy these blueberries taste different, they are so yummy.”

Directions:

Head North on the Pacific Highway and take the Moonee/Nana Glen exit. Continue to follow the signs to Nana Glen until you come to Bucca Road (there is also Old Bucca Rd but you don’t want to take that). Continue along to 416 Bucca Rd, on the right hand side. There are flags on the driveaway and it is sign posted.

Park your car in the shade across from the shed and head inside to find some buckets.

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Once you’ve finished picking, go in and weigh them – they cost $10 per kilo based on an honesty system. Our bag full was 600g so $6. Make sure you take small change or notes. And also hats and sunscreen and some water. And it’s a good idea to give the kids a snack before you go so they don’t eat all the blueberries!

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Apparently there is less than 2 weeks of blueberries left, so head out there ASAP or wait until the season returns later this year. You can also freeze them so we might just go back in the next day or so!

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Jan
20

Enrolling Now Term 1, 2015

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Kids Art Club –  held Saturdays at the Coffs Harbour Regional Art Gallery.  School Term 1 2015 starts Saturday 14th February. Time: 10.30 – 12.30. Age: 5 – 12 years old. Dates: 14/03, 21/03, 28/03, 14/04, 21/04, 28/04. Contact Inger Lenau. www.ingerlenau.yolasite.com.

Go4Fun – registrations are now open for Term 1, 2015. Call 1800 780 900 to register NOW or go to www.go4un.com.au. Places are limited, so be sure to get in before they all fill up. Now offering awesome prizes for attendance! Program running at Narranga Primary School in Coffs Harbour on Mondays from 4pm-6pm

Kanga Kidz – Introduces children aged 2.5yrs – 5yrs to a variety of nine different sports in a structured, safe environment – Hockey, T-ball, Soccer, Tennis, Athletics, Cricket, Basketball, Football & Golf. Click here for more info.

Harbour Tennis Academy -  lessons include: Pre-School Hot Shots (3-5yrs), PeeWee Hot Shots (5-7yrs), Hot Shot Development Group (7-15yrs), Holiday Clinics (3-16yrs) and more. Click here for more info..

Mini GymbaROO Coffs Harbour – At GymbaROO you can enjoy quality time with your child while a trained teacher guides you through activities specific to your child’s stage of development from 8 weeks to 5 years. Our structured program, based on 30 years of neurological research offers movement, music, massage, rhythm, dance, and specialized equipment to enhance your child’s co-ordination and challenge their imagination. Classes run Wednesday & Friday at Botanical Gardens.Click here for more details.
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Harbour Swim School - Enrolling now for learn to swim classes for Babies (from 6 months),  pre-schoolers and school age children.  We also offer 1 on 1 lessons for children with special needs or  learning disabilities. Stroke correction, squad classes, adult classes and aqua Zumba classes also available. All our staff are Austswim qualified and our swim school is  registered with Swim Australia.  The pool is an indoor heated pool open all year round! Contact 6652 7665 for more information. Located at Marcia St, Coffs Harbour.
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Jr. Superstar Sports –  Our programs cater for ages 18mths – adults and help develop the fundamental skills and fitness associated with gymnastics and trampolining. School term programs include Kinder Gym, Play Gym, Recreational and Competitive Gymnastics, Beginner to Advanced Trampolining and MUCH MORE! Click here for more information or call 6658 7188.
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East Coast Surf School – Learn to surf program running weekly at Diggers and Jetty Beach. Cost is $20 per week includes wetsuit and surfboard. East Coast Surf School has been running for 21 years and boasts on Excellence and Safety. The Popular MAD SURF CAMP runs in the December – January School Holidays. Check out our website www.eastcoastsurfschool.com.au or call Helene on 66 515 515.
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Coffs Coast Physie – Classes cater for ages from 3/4 years through to adult. Classes are held on Tuesday afternoons at the Coffs Harbour Showground in the Exhibition Hall.  Registration day is Thursday 29th January from 4pm – 6pm at the Coffs ShowgroundClick here for more information or contact 0411 460 377.
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Baylis Tennis Academy – Based in beautiful Sawtell, classes available from 3 years to Adults. All standards welcome. Also available are private lessons, cardio tennis, holiday clinics and more. Contact Eli on 0407296685  or find them on Facebook.
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Coffs Harbour Aquatic Centre –  25m indoor heated pool located. Swimming lessons for babies, toddlers and pre-school age children and adults. Stroke correction and training squads for children and adults/tri. Water aerobics/Metaqua classes available daily. Contact 66525700 or 0438525705  or click here for more information.
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Ballare Development School – Children are encouraged to choose dance classes/styles that appeal most to them ensuring they fully experience the joy that dancing has to offer. Classes for children and teens aged 6 to 18yrs are available, as well as a specialised pre-schooler program for children 2-6yrs. Enquire for class fees and times. Classes are small as the focus is on one on one training. Private classes are also available. Affordable fees so dance can be accessible to all... Contact Miss Sarah – 0401332201 or click here for more info.

Coffs Harbour Regional Conservatorium - is now enrolling students for all courses in Term 4. We teach all types and styles of music including: Early Childhood Music classes 9 months-5 years of age, Tuesday to Friday mornings. Private or shared lessons for a variety of instruments; keyboard, piano, guitar, brass, strings, woodwind, voice and percussion. The Primary Choir for ages 7-13 rehearses on Tuesdays at the Conservatorium. Click here for more information of contact 6652 1592.

Carnivale Dance Co –  Carnivalé Dance Co. is the Coffs Coast’s premier specialist Petit Performance School; a school dedicated to infant, pre-school and primary performing arts education.  The school’s unique performance programs introduce children as young as 6 months old to different kinds of drama, music and dance styles. There are two convenient studio CBD locations. Term 1 begins January 27th. Vacancies are still available but be quick classes are filling fast. Click here for more information.

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Women’s Health Centre – various programs on for parents and Grandparents including Beginners Tai Chi, mindfulness course, antenatal pilates and much more – click here for more information.
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Jan
20

10 Yummy School Lunch Ideas

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Last year I did a blog post “20 Lunchbox Ideas” with some really yummy savory and sweet recipes for your kids’ lunchboxes.

Here are a few more I have come across which more concentrate on lunch ideas to pack for school. (Click on the heading in blue below each image to be redirected to the recipe page).

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Easy Cheesy Muffins + 4 other muffin recipes

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Mini Hawaiian Lunchbox Pizzas

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Cheesy Sausage Tarts

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Vegetable and Ham Noodle Cups

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Bacon and Vegetable Slice

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Vegemite and Scroll Scrolls

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Healthy Ham Veggie Cups

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Mini Quiche Cups

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Vegetable Fritters

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For more ideas, have a look at this blog post from The Organised Housewife: “Back to School Lunch Ideas” and also this one: “50+ Freezer Friendly Lunchbox Food Ideas” and don’t forget there is also Pinterest for a tonne of ideas!

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Jan
15

Coming to the Jetty Theatre!

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‘Lily Can’t Sleep’, a fun and imaginative show from Brisbane based Debase Productions will have everyone laughing at the Jetty Theatre on Saturday 14 February at 10am and 12pm..

New day. New school. New house.New room..
Everything’s changing for Lily. Night falls and she’s got a lot on her mind. No wonder she can’t get to sleep. Her mum tells her to count sheep, but what good is that when one of them is running amok in her room!? Enter Baarbara, an all-singing, all-dancing woolly entertainer who helps Lily dream up ways to put what’s worrying her to bed.
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Mixing mega fun word play with fantastic physical comedy, this sweet and imaginative piece of theatre will take you on an adventure to a land where anything is possible. Playing with the ritual of ‘going to sleep’, Lily explores themes that both children and mums and dads will relate to, creating laugh out loud fun for the whole family!
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Created for children 3-8 years old.Tickets available now at www.jettytheatre.com
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Coffs for Kids has teamed up with the Jetty Theatre to give away a double pass (one adult and one child) to ‘Lily Can’t Sleep’. To be in with the chance of winning, simply head to our Facebook page and leave a comment under this post. Easy! Winner will be announced Friday 30th January.

 

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Jan
05

School Holidays

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From movies to art classes, tennis to free guided walks – there is HEAPS going on in Coffs for Kids these school holidays.

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I was VERY pleased to be offered an opportunity to interview one of the members of Hi-5, Tanika.

Tanika Anderson is the newest member of Hi-5, replacing Lauren Brant in June this year. Hi-5 will visiting Coffs Harbour as part of their “House Hits” tour with a show at C.ex Coffs on Sunday 25th January.

Special thanks to Tanika who answered my questions while currently on tour with Hi-5 in Malaysia!

Hi-5 launched in 1999 when you were just 5 years old – do you remember watching it as a kid?

I sure did! I used to sing and dance in front of the TV whenever the shows were on!

If so, did you watch it and think “I want to be on Hi-5 when I grow up?”

It actually inspired me to be a performer. I never thought that I would one day I’d actually get to become a Hi-5er!

You joined Hi-5 this June replacing Lauren and you are currently on a tour of Asia. You must be pretty excited about returning home for your first Australian tour?

I’m very excited and can’t wait to perform in front of my family and friends. 

So first stop is Forster, and second stop is Coffs Harbour?

Yes! We’ll be in Forster on January 24th at Club Forster and then Coffs Harbour on the 25th January at C.EX Coffs.

Have you been to Coffs Harbour before? If so, what do you remember about it/favourite places?

My grandparents actually live in Sawtell! I used to fly up to Sawtell every school holiday and spend at least 2-3 weeks quality time with my Nan, Granda and my little cousins. Now I fly up to see them whenever I get the chance. 

We often go the Coffs Harbour jetty and have the famous Fish and Chips and climb Muttonbird Island :)

I also have relatives in Coffs Harbour and Nambucca Heads. My little cousins goes to Boambee Public School and they are very excited that I’m in Hi-5, so this tour is very special to me.

Are you going to have an opportunity to do some sightseeing?

One of the things I used to do with my family was go on horse riding trails, go-karting, enjoy the scenic drives to Bellingen and Dorrigo. Hopefully I would be able to do these again next time I visit.

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I read that your favourite animal is the Dolphin and Chats’ favourite food is mashed banana. Both of you will be in heaven here with two icons that make Coffs Harbour famous, the Big Banana and Dolphin Marine Magic – are these places on your list of places to visit while you are here?

Oh yes, whenever I visit Coffs Harbour, the Big Banana is always on my “To Visit” list. I love the toboggan rides, the Water Park and am always fascinated with how they make candy in the Candy Kitchen. 

We’re actually visiting The Big Banana on Friday 16th January, I can’t wait to have the cast join me on the toboggan ride!

I have visited the Dolphin Marine Magic before and got to feed the dolphins, hopefully I’ll be able to swim with them one day.

Hi-5 is loved all over the world, is shown in over 80 countries and has reached over 10 million kids since they started. When you look at these numbers and think you are apart one of the Hi-5, does this overwhelm you?

I’m so honoured to be part of Hi-5 and to know that I will play a part in continuing to entertain children around the world is so special. I consider myself very fortunate.

You recently launched a new TV series on Nickelodeon Junior, and you’ve already done a lot of work in TV and on stage. What would you prefer?

I enjoyed both as they are so different. Working on the TV series taught me how to deal with the technical aspect which is such an invaluable experience. With stage shows I get to perform live and interact directly with the audience. I always get a buzz with the positive energy all the kids exudes at the shows! Oh I must not forget the beautiful parents who bring their kids to our shows, some of them grew up watching Hi-5 too!

Happy Birthday for the 8th January! Any plans for your 21st?

Thank you! It’ll be a quiet celebration with my family and friends.

 

Hi-5 will be coming to C.ex Coffs at 10am Sunday 25th January.

You can buy tickets at reception or online at www.cex.com.au.

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Welcome to our guide to the upcoming weekly events for the Coffs Coast … if you know of an event not listed please email alison@coffsforkids.com. You can also check our calendar for events on the Coffs Coast for families and kids.

Please note: there are a number of Playgroups in our area operating weekly. You can click here to find your nearest with contact details and more information.

Monday

10.30am – Playgroup at  Tabatinga FREE with entry.

Tuesday

10.30am – Playgroup at  Tabatinga FREE with entry.

10:30am – 12:00pm free Tuesday Playgroups at Beachstone Cafe in North Sapphire. Includes craft activities, bubbles, dancing and games.

11am – 11.45am – Woolgoogla Library: Storytime for pre-school aged children.

6pm – Carols on the Green at the Boambee East Community Centre. Click here for more info.

Wednesday

10.30am – Playgroup at  Tabatinga FREE with entry.

11am – 12.30pm - Coffs Harbour Library: Storytime for pre-school aged children.

Thursday

8am growerslittle– 3.30pm – COFFS COAST GROWERS MARKET.   Local & regional produce, home-made treats for all to enjoy! Everything from fresh fruit & veg, seafood, bread, cakes, pastries, meat, flowers and plants, jams and condiments, roasted coffee, tea, nuts, olives, smallgoods, pasta and more.

Santa will visit the Growers Market on Thursday 18 December from 10am for about an hour (he will have a limited number of small gifts to give out!) 

10.30am – Playgroup at  Tabatinga FREE with entry.

10am – midday – Coffs Coast Family Support Playgroup at Boambee Memorial Hall. Click here for more information.

11am – 11.45am – Toormina Library: Storytime for pre-school aged children.

6pm – Sawtell Carols by Candlelight on the 18th Fairway. Click here for more info.

Friday

10.30am – Playgroup at  Tabatinga FREE with entry.

5pm -9pm – Food Market at Park Beach Reserve. Rides & games for the kids. Licensed bar available, bring your picnic rug and chairs for a great day out. Gold coin entry.

Saturday

5pm – 9pm – Carols Urunga at Morgo St Reserve. Click here for more info.

6pm – 9pm – Woolgoolga Carols by the Sea at Woolgoolga Beach Reserve. Click here for more info.

 

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