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Do you have family or friends with kids under 5? Tell them about the FREE swimming lessons for children under 5! It’s all part of Learn To Swim Week 2015, on from 28th September – 2nd October.

Drowning is the number one cause of accidental death in children under five so we hope this special event will lead to more children learning the vital skills of how to swim and ultimately help reduce our drowning statistics.

Register your child for a free swim lesson at a participating swim school, good news is the Coffs Aquatic Centre are offering FREE lessons in our area.

Visit for details and to sign up for FREE lessons.



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From September 20-27, the 2015 Coffs Harbour International Buskers & Comedy  will hit town with jugglers, acrobats, still life acts, stand up comedians and all manners of crazy characters from around the world and all over Australia.


This year the festival will settle in for three days at Toormina Gardens, Wednesday 23rd, Thursday 24th and Friday 25thSeptember.

Performing in the heart of the Centre will be one of the star attractions of the festival, New Zealand based actor Guy Langford who plays a children’s character Super Sam – a superhero in training.  He’s going to be the bestest-most-awesomest superhero the world has ever seen…times infinity!  The only problem is, he hasn’t found his superpower yet.  But don’t worry kids, you can help him!


Toormina Gardens will feature three days of activities with buskers including Benny B, Gargoyle, Andino Magic, Magic Jake, the Laughing Clowns and more.  There will also be free facepainting and free ‘Groupies’ photo fun with The Photo Shack.  All the action kicks off at 10.00am daily and provides  great no cost school holiday entertainment.



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This year Woolgoolga Curryfest celebrates it’s 10th year – and organisers are pulling out all the stops to ensure it is the best yet. 

A Destination NSW flagship event, Woolgoolga Curryfest celebrates the cultural diversity of Woolgoolga and the surrounding Coffs Coast communities. 

The festival will incorporate activities and events to bring our community together: multicultural cuisine, local restaurant nights, dancing, music, musical theatre, an outdoor movie on the beach, arts & crafts, cultural activities, over 100 market stalls and mindfulness & meditation.

Woolgoolga Curryfest is a great event for kids.  For a start, kids are free at the entrance gates (adults $4 each).  There is a special kids zone being organised by two local primary schools and a pre-school.  There is special kids entertainment, face painters and sand wizard, not to mention lots of yummy ice cream and candy stalls and lots of food alternatives, including for the non-curry eaters.

Check out the website at for the full details on what’s on and make sure you also follow them on Facebook.

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Overcoming Mummy Exhaustion

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Thanks to Aaryan Smith, local naturopath, for writing this article.

I see exhausted Mother’s in my clinic each week with symptoms ranging from utter exhaustion, anxiety, teariness, horrible PMS symptoms, headaches, insomnia, low libido, depression, digestive upset and skin breakouts. Juggling multiple roles is really common for Mums these days with some combining paid work, being a fulltime mother, canteen, P & C, cleaning, cooking, peace maker, fundraising, sports, and the list just keeps going. I’ve also found that many Mums in Coffs are by themselves during the week or for even weeks at a time as their partners work away.

Talking about your feelings with someone you trust is a great place to start if you’re feeling stressed, anxious or down. I find that some Mums don’t feel comfortable talking to people they know so they take comfort in chatting to someone impartial like myself, their GP or other health professionals. If your symptoms are more physical or hormonal keeping a record of when and what your symptoms are is also really useful. Implementing regular exercise, eating a nourishing diet and adequate sleep is also essential for optimal health and wellbeing. Many Mums I see have problems with getting enough sleep whether that be from night feeds or stress and most Mums tell me that they need help balancing their diets so we also address this in our consultations.  One of the major things us Mums always forget is time out for ourselves. A good starting point is to think about activities that you used to really enjoy before kids and try to create strategies in your lifestyle so that these can be included once again.

While regular exercise and nourishing food are the basics, I often need to look deeper into your story and this is when a naturopathy consultation is useful. Do you have a hormonal imbalance that is contributing to your fatigue, mood swings or acne? Your diet may be low in key nutrients which form the building blocks for your brain chemicals which affect how you’re feeling. Are you unable to detoxify certain hormones or toxins from your body contributing to poor skin, abdominal weight gain, or PMS? My consultations include a comprehensive health history, full body system review, dietary review and functional pathology testing if we need further information.  I also have some mothers who come to me for a therapeutic remedial massage and this is all some need to recharge their batteries.

Being a mother is the toughest job you will ever undertake but it will also be the most rewarding. Look after yourself and forgive yourself for being slightly selfish on the odd occasion so that you can be a healthier and happier Mum.

Aaryan works from her professional clinic in the beautiful village of Nana Glen, a short picturesque drive from Coffs Harbour.   She is available for consultations by calling 0414 344 865 or emailing Also take a look at her website – and Facebook page.

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{This article originally appeared in the Coffs Coast Advocate earlier this year}

A LOCAL author and teacher is calling on children and parents to be part of her Sparky and Shady empowerment workshops.

Kathy Sheehan created the courses after years of “research, trialling and testing”.

“If you believe in your child and you know they have a unique purpose that only they can fulfil, send them along to a Sparky and Shady workshop these holidays to be empowered and inspired,” she said.

Kathy said her passion to empower kids started 23 years ago after a motorbike accident left her feeling “helpless and hopeless”.

Since then she has worked tirelessly to work out a simple program giving kids knowledge and practical strategies in an imaginative and non-religious way to help them cope with problems, believe in themselves and gain the confidence and courage they need to follow their dreams.

Children attending workshops with Kathy say they learnt “important stuff like how to love their scared side Shady, trust their loving side Sparky and how to let go of baggage that weighs them down”.

“I can help your child understand how their body, personality, feelings and thoughts all work together and inspire them to make the difference they were born to make,” Kathy said.

Head to kathysheehan. or call 0409 711 608.

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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 –”Vacation”. All tickets $10, kids under 4yrs free.


10.30am – Playgroup at  Tabatinga FREE with entry.

10.30am  – midday – “Grumpey’s Smiley’s Playgroup” at – Grumpy’s Ginger Beer Cafe – free!

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

5.30pm – Family night at The Plantation Hotel. Meals from $8.50 / kids meals $6.50. Let the kids be entertained by Sprinkles the fairy while you relax!


10.30am – Playgroup at  Tabatinga FREE with entry.

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

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


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.

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 – 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.



9am – 2.30pm – Centenary Fair at Repton Public School. Day jam-packed with entertainment! Chocolate Wheel, Hoola-Hoop workshops, bagpipes, children’s singing and dancing performances, music sets by Bonnie, Fireside Celts, Red Dragonfly, Geoff Turnbull and of course some formalities with our dignitaries our school captains and the cutting of the centenary cake!

There’ll be a jumping castle, sumo wrestling, face-painting, a memorabilia room, market stalls, High-tea and delicious cakes, icecream, nachos stand, sausage sizzle, curry hut and much more




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 4 – 2015

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Grasshopper Soccer – we are a community based Australian soccer organisation that aims to teach 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).  Click here for more information and a Term 4 enrolment form: Enrolment Form Term 4 (1). / 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 Kinder Gym, Play Gym, Recreational and Competitive Gymnastics, Beginner to Advanced Trampolining and MUCH MORE! Click here for more information or call 6658 7188.

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. Courses for Mum’s also available in our Surf Sister Program! “Go on mum, give it a go!” Wetsuits and soft safe surfboards are provided. Check out our or call Helene on 66 515 515.
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 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 – 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.  NEW! Saturday classes are now being offered and are open for new enrolments and also introducing a NEW class for 6 – 24 month olds.  Click here for more information.

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.

Go4Fun – registrations are now open for Term 4 , 2015. Call 1800 780 900 to register NOW or go to 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.

Serendipity Learning – Serendipity Learning are accepting enrolments NOW in two of their quality education programs: Innovative Early Childhood and Preparation for School (3-5 year olds) & Art Lessons!
Innovative Early Childhood and Preparation for School: Do you have a child starting school in 2016? 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

    For more information please visit click here.

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