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Weekly Events 2nd – 8th May

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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 us by clicking here.

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.


10.30am – Playgroup at  Tabatinga FREE with entry.

10.30am – Bring your Bub to Birch, Carroll and Coyle. This week –”The Jungle Book”. All tickets $10, kids under 4yrs free.


10.30am – Playgroup at  Tabatinga FREE with entry.

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

1pm – 2.30pm – Mindful Mummas at Women’s Health Centre. Meeting weekly during school term to learn about mindfulness, meditation, gratitude practices, peaceful parenting, self care and divine feminine connection. $10 per session.


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

10.30am – Playgroup at  Tabatinga FREE with entry.

11am – 12.00pm – Coffs Harbour Library: Storytime for pre-school aged children.

12.30pm – Bring your Bub to Birch, Carroll and Coyle. This week “The Jungle Book”. All tickets $10, kids under 4yrs free.


8am – 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.

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.


10.30am – Playgroup at  Tabatinga FREE with entry.

10.30am – Bring your Bub to Birch, Carroll and Coyle. This week –”Eddie the Eagle”. All tickets $10, kids under 4yrs free.


9am – 2.30pm – Monthly Bellingen Market held at Bellingen Park. Click here for more information.

10am – Family Flick at Birch, Carroll & Coyle. All tickets $6. “Zootopia”.


10am – Family Flick at Birch, Carroll & Coyle. All tickets $6. “Zootopia”.

10am – 3pm – Mother’s Day at Urunga. Live music, great coffee and food and kids activities. Bring a rug, a bottle of wine, some cheese and biscuits, a picnic, and friends and family for a great day out in Urunga. Find out more info here.

12pm – Kids Club Crab Day every Sunday at Hoey Moey. Kids Club, crab racing and Kids eat free from 12pm – 2pm. Click here for more info.



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Enrolling Now, Term 2 – 2016

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Grasshopper Soccer – we are a community based Australian soccer organisation teaches children aged 2-12 years the basics of playing soccer in a fun, social and non-competitive environment. We provide a wide variety of programs that cater to children of all ages and abilities such as Mite (2-3yr olds), Pint Size (4-5yr olds), Intro to Micro (5-6yrs), Micro (6-8yrs) and Micro Plus (8-12yrs).  Term 1 starts 13th February in Coffs Harbour and 14th February in Woolgoolga.  Click here for more information and a Term 2 enrollment form. Free Trial for newbies! Fun for boys & girls aged 2-12yrs. Website: Also on Facebook

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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.
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.

Springloaded –  Our programs cater for ages 18mths – adults and help develop the fundamental skills and fitness associated with gymnastics and trampolining. School term programs include age appropriate Kinder Gym, Recreational and Beginner trampolining. Or if you just want to come in for a bounce you can! Click here for more information or call 6658 718.


Baylis Tennis Academy – Based in beautiful Sawtell, classes available from 3 years to Adults. All standards welcome. We offer group and private lessons, cardio tennis, squad groups, holiday clinics, Friday Night Tennis Comp and more. Coaching also available at Woolgoolga, Mylestom & Urunga. 
Contact Eli on 0407296685  or find them on Facebook.
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. Also one on one private lessons available. Our swim instructors are Austswim qualified and we are a registered swim school. Contact 66525700 or 0438525705  or click here for more information.
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 2. 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 – contact 6652 1592.

Carnivale Dance Co –  We all know children just love to dance and often join dance class purely to have fun, increase fitness levels and dance with friends.  But then there are those that live and breathe dance and all other facets of the performing arts.  We often hear parents’ say, “I can’t stop her dancing, she sings and performs all the time” or “he’s got great rhythm and loves hip hop”; well Carnivalé is the place for you.   The school’s teaching program centres on giving the children everything they need to make sure they achieve the best they can be. Carnivalé provides a perfect mix of the essential elements of technique, discipline and passion offering dance classes, private tuition and experience performing and dancing as a soloist and in a troupe for girls and boys 18mths to 9 years of age; their core specialties are Classical Ballet, Jazz, Tap and Hip Hop.  They also have an invitation only specific accelerated training program for students who demonstrate a high level of commitment, skill and dedication to their dance studies.  There are two convenient studio CBD locations. Enrolments are now open and filling fast, call/email today for the 2016 season, on 0407879708 or or visit



Serendipity Learning – Serendipity Learning is accepting enrolments NOW in six of their quality educational programs: Yoga Class, Primary Tutoring, English High School Tutoring, Innovative Early Childhood and Preparation for School Classes, Science Discovery Club and Art Lessons.

Yoga Class:

Small group Yoga classes of up to 8 children will commence in Term 2. This is an opportunity for your child to grow both physically and emotionally through development of balance, coordination, flexibility and relaxation skills.

Please see flyer below for days and times.

Innovative Early Childhood and Preparation for School (3-5 year olds) 

Do you have a child starting school in 2017 or 2018? Do you think they have the foundation skills needed to make a positive and confident start to Kindy?

Serendipity Learning offer weekly 90 minute classes that include:

  • Activating the brain through movement.
  • Immersion in oral language through quality literature.
  • Visual, auditory & kinaesthetic activities.
  • Fine motor skill development.
  • Literacy & numeracy activities aligned with the Australian National Curriculum. 

Benefits for your child…

~ A positive start to school ~ A love of learning ~ Happy, confident children ~ Socially aware of others

Limited spaces available for the remainder of 2016. 

Art Lessons: Serendipity Learning are offering 2 Art classes each week during Term 2, 2016. These classes are taught by professional local artist and teacher Penelope Pratley. Classes are held on Wednesday 4:30pm – 5:30pm & Saturday 10:30am – 11:30am. (Limit of 6 students only).

Primary Tutoring: Serendipity Learning offers one to one tutoring for students from years K – 8 in English, Mathematics and Enrichment for high achievers. These sessions are after school Monday to Thursday. Limited spaces are available.

English High School Tutoring: Our English tutoring program for high school students offers quality individualised programs that cater for specific student needs. 50 minute sessions for years 7-9 and 60 minute sessions for years 10-12.

Science Club: We are excited to announce that Serendipity Learning will be offering a Science Club for students in Year 3 – Year 7. This 60 minute session will run on Tuesday afternoons from 4pm – 5pm. Please refer to our website for more information coming soon.

For more information on all the courses and programs run through Serendipity please visit their website:

2016 Yoga Flyer


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Marty’s Party

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Canadian Comedian Marty Putz Returns To Australia!

With special guest Justin McGinley – comedian/clown/juggler for Circus Oz and Circus Royale.

Parent’s, tired of sing-­?alongs and stuffed characters? Then this is a MUST SEE show for you and your family. Loaded with gizmos, gadgets and weird inventions, Marty Putz and his madcap comedy show has been labeled the “Jackass for seven year olds” He’s infectious and fun, cheeky & charming, and kids can’t get enough of him.

Full of audience participation, you’d better warm up your vocal chords and stretch your throwing arm. This 60 minutes plus of mayhem will have you hurling, ducking, screaming, laughing…and most fun of all, you’ll be doing it as a family.

PARENTAL Warning: You yourself may act like a 10 year old.

Click here to find out more or book tickets online:

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School Holidays Fun

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Heaps of stuff to do in Coffs for Kids these school holidays. 


Click “SCHOOL HOLIDAYS” on the menu above or the image below.



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Child Dental Benefits Schedule

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When the Child Dental Benefits Schedule was introduced in 2014 I thought it was a fantastic initiative by the Government to provide up to $1000 worth dental care over a 2 year period for eligible kids aged 2-17 years of age.  I have utilised the CDBS, taking both my boys for check ups and cleans at The Dental Centre, all covered under the scheme.

I learnt about 2 weeks ago it was at threat of being axed by our current Government which is very disappointing news. You may have read the article in yesterday’s Advocate which you can online read here.

The article is based on the following Letter to the Editor:

We would like to draw the community’s attention to the government’s proposed closure of the Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS).
Over the past two years, many local dentists have been treating patients under the CDBS: it is a means-tested way of providing access to basic dental services such as getting children out of pain, removing decay and teaching good oral hygiene techniques. Despite the Schedule items falling short of normal fees, we (and the majority of participating dental practitioners) elected to bulk bill treatment under the programme to maximise accessibility and minimise out-of-pocket expenses.
As an indication of the impact of the programme, in 2015 we performed over 1400 examinations, placed nearly 600 fillings and cleaned the teeth of 1200 eligible kids. We have seen many families seek care who may otherwise have been unable to. The intention to disband the CDBS in the coming months will have an immediate and drastic impact on their oral health.
If you would like to show your support for the continuation of this scheme then please visit and sign the petition created by the Australian Dental Association.
Dr Scott Geddes Dr Kate Amos Dr Margaret Roberts Dr Sam Rosehill Dr Gillian Herring Dr Simon Sweet Dr Scott Davis Mr Phil Ramsden Mrs Cathy Kelleher.
The Dental Centre


So what can you do?

I encourage all parents to sign a petition online, it only takes a few seconds and the more people that sign it the more likely we will be listened to. As the final paragraph in the petition page says “we need more government funding of dental services, not less.”

Click here to sign and you can also paste to your Facebook page to share with your friends. #savetheCDBS


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There’s stacks on in Coffs this Easter Long Weekend for Kids.

Here is a selection of what’s on, but CLICK HERE for more!


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