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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 –”Magic Mike XXL”. 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.

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!

6pm – “That Sugar Film” on at Women’s Health Centre. Bookings Essential $5. Click here for more info.


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 – “Magic Mike XXL”. 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.

10.30am – Bring your Bub to Birch, Carroll and Coyle. This week –”Ant Man 2D”. All tickets $10, kids under 4yrs free.


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


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




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INVENT A NEW Ice-cream flavour! (1)

Coffs for Kids and Cold Rock have an awesome competition for you!

All you have to do is invent a new ice-cream flavour for Cold Rock Coffs Harbour to make!

It’s easy! Take a look at the list below of current flavours available at Cold Rock Coffs, think of a new flavour you’d like to try and fill out the entry form.

Cold Rock Coffs will choose a winner and that person can bring up to 10 family and friends to try out the new flavour! You and your family and friends would be the first to try out the new flavour. How awesome is that?

Hurry! Competition closes Thursday 16.7.2015.

If you are under 18 years old you can also enter, just make sure you have your parent’s permission.

Here are the current flavours available at Cold Rock Coffs, so make sure you “invent” a new ice-cream that’s NOT on this list:

Aussie Vanilla
Caramel Mud
Salted Caramel
Cookies and Cream
Cake Batter
Rum and Raisin
Choc Hazelnut
Peanut butter
Turkish Delight
Pecan and maple
Red Velvet
Pink Lemonade
Sticky Date
White Cookies & Cream



Terms and conditions:

1. Competition starts 2.7.2015 and finishes 16.7.2015. 2. Entrants must be over 18 years old or have their parent’s permission to enter. 3. The prize is ice-cream for up to 10 family and friends of the new “invented” flavour. Prize cannot be exchanged for cash, any other product or be transferred. 4. Entrant must be able to come into Cold Rock Coffs Harbour after the winner is announced to redeem their prize. 5. Email addresses will be collected by Coffs for Kids and added to the monthly newsletter subscription list but you can unsubscribe at any time. 6. Entrant must be willing to be photographed for the purposes of marketing (Facebook/Instagram). 7. We reserve the right to adjust terms and conditions at any time.

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winners announced

We had a fantastic response to the 2015 Coffs for Kids Excellence Awards with hundreds of votes received.

Congratulations to all the winners listed below:


1. Best Playground – Brelsford Park

2. Best Beach for Kids – Jetty Beach

3. Favourite place for a picnic or BBQ – Jetty Foreshores

4. Indoor Activity – Tabatinga

5. Outdoor Activity – Big Banana Waterslides

6. Favourite Local Tourist Attraction – Big Banana

7. Local Shop for Kids Stuff – Little Einstein

8. Best place for an organise Party – Tabatinga

9. Family Event – Buskers Festival

10. Swim Centre – Coffs Harbour Olympic Pool

11. Best kids facilities/activities at a Club – Moonee Tavern

12. Place to buy Healthy Food – The Happy Frog

13. Fish and Chip Shop – White Salt (Woolgoolga)

14. Place to get Ice-cream – Bellingen Gelato Bar

15. Favourite Bakery – K’Pane

16. Best school holiday activity – Tabatinga

17. Best New Kids/Family related business – Doctor on Duty

18. Favourite Restaurant – The Greenhouse Tavern

19. Favourite Cafe – Twisted Sister

20. Favourite Pizza Place – Almalfi’s


Special mentions:

A big shout out to Coffs mechanical repairs on Cook drive. We had our prado in for a blue ticket last week so we drove both of our cars there. Unfortunately our second car wouldn’t start after we arrived. The guys there quickly diagnosed a battery problem put in a new one in and we were off within 10mins!! Amazing service no waiting around for hours. We’ll definetly be using this business whenever we have auto servicing or problems with our cars. (Michelle)

Absolutely love taking my kids for dinner at Maria’s Italian Restaurant. (Britt)

Adorabell Hairdresser in Gordon Street Coffs Harbour, she is a young girl who is making a big go at her own business and is a delight to go to and take the kids to (Campbell)

All local businesses should be so proud they are what keep our city going xx (Lisa)

Beach stone Park Sapphire Great place for kids to play & family to have coffee meal etc (Audrey)

Best child care Provider- Midcoast Family Day Care (Penny)

Best child care provider park beach daycare always going above and beyond to provide support for their children and families really makes you feel like your valued (Jade)

Best kids activity – Nippers! (Riana)

Best school Crossmaglen Public School (Pauline)

Bluebottles is amazing for breakfast and lunch with kids, the food comes out well prepared and they do rabbit pancakes for easter (Natasha)

Boambee swim care is the most family friendly centre I have ever known! I have attended no less than 7 swim school over the last 15 years and they win hands down EVERY TIME! I wish all swim centres took the time & effort they do, always friendly service and make a lovely coffee to boot (Jude)

BusyKid – great magnetic planners & many helpful kid related hints! (Julia)

Coffs Coast Child Magazine (Kristy)

Coffs Coast Health Club has been an amazing community based business. Together we are stronger is their motto. Their kids club is fantastic, the girls in there do such a wonderful job going above and beyond to keep our kids happy and safe while U.S. Mums and dads have our work out. They support their members in their journey and at the moment are supporting Eve fundraising to help ease the stress of her cancer treatment in Sydney. (Eve is 9 years old and her mum Rebecca works in the kids club at the health club) Carla runs Coffs coast kids club going to local events and to local preschools keeping kids active, such an amazing woman. This business caters for everyone not just adults keeping healthy. I believe they should have a special mention! :-) (Adam)

Coffs Harbour mini GymbaRoo (Georgie)

CreAsian is an amazing place. I’ve only eaten dinner there once recently but the service, quality and taste of the menu was fabulous! (Janelle)

Curious minds has grown in leaps and bounds and is always extending their brands and educational toys as the market requests (Linda)

diamond martial arts. Good for confidence in kids, fine motor and gross motor skills also (Kelly)

Doctor on Duty is a fantastic service. Very professional and reliable. (Lindy)

Dr on Duty is a massive boost to healthcare in area, Serendipity Early Learning is also marvellous! Also for a dance classes for little people Carnivale at the Dance Pavillion at Showground. Miss Jacq does an amazing job with the kids! (Candice)

Equilibrium Skin Wellness – Best Beauty Salon (Craig)

Great doing this survey….has given me some new places to try that I haven’t been to before. (Thanks Leanne!)

Gymbaroo toddler to kindy program (Rebecca)

Harbourside Markets and summer Friday night markets during summer are fabulous family friendly activities. (Sian)

Holly from the plantation hotel always goes above and beyond and especially with kids club (Katie)

I love supporting local businesses (Yay – Kirra!)

I think Springloaded is great value for money. (Jacqui)

iIwould love to recommend early learning music and Tracy Button. Tracy the amazing and caters so well for individual children. (Brianna)

I would love to say a big thank you to all those businesses that help out with special needs children and host special event days at reduced prices, it means such a lot as many of us with special needs children are low income families and can’t always afford to go out as a family. I would like to say a massive THANK YOU to Northcott for organizing a family weekend away for a few families with special needs kids. It was heaven. (Helen)

Inspired Solutions – free psychological services for children for over a decade! (Adam)

it’s good to see local businesses getting a shout out. (Thanks Lisa!)

Kristys school of fish is a new, opened in 2014, swim school with an excellent teacher, Kristy. Small lessons for kids without the busy activity of lots of lessons happening at once like as in larger swim centres. 5stars!! (Sally)

Love Moonee Beach Tavern, for the food and kid friendly atmosphere :) (Tracey)

Love the twilight markets in summer at park beach… great spot to take visitors (Rebecca)

North Coast Futsal Coffs Harbour as they have just started a ‘High Performance Academy’ & the training is of the highest standard. The coach was a professional player in Brazil & we are most fortunate to have Renan Fenerich training & developing kids in this area (Sam)

Pasfields restaurant and bar (Tayla)

Plaster Party Kraze – always friendly! (Waqa)

Puresafe Pest Control, a small local family business delivering professional and friendly service every time. Give them a go! (Vicki)

Saltwater freshwater festival should be an option for best family event! (Fiona)

Serendipity is a fantastic business for young children. The eatery upstairs in mall is also great for families (Rachel)

Serendipity Learning – the thought, love and care that has gone into establishing this service is truly amazing. The owners have gone above and beyond with the curriculum, and their passion for teaching young children is without doubt. Coffs is incredibly lucky to have a teaching facility such as this. (Cindy)

Serendipity learning centre has make a huge difference in the life of my youngest grandson and his family. They are a professional and caring team and deserve every accolade available. (Helen)

Smiley Productions has such a great range of activities. (Margot)

Smileys kids entertainment is an amazing local business (Jo)

So Fun Gymnastics is great for kids of all ages and levels. The coaching staff are all attentive and patient and they appear to enjoy working with the kids. It has a great atmosphere and is all round fun while keeping the kids fit and health (Donna)

Sweet Bellingen- they adore kids and this shows through their patience and their passion for their business. (Samantha)

The Smileys best kids entertainers in Coffs. (Hannah)

The staff at Brontasuarus Pet Store have been fantastic whenever we’ve visited, even if we’re just coming to have a little look at the animals (Hattie)

The team at Tabatinga always go out of their way to entertain our children and make it affordable for big families and i feel they deserve a special mention :) Another great local business is smileys. Andrew is fantastic and they always do a great job where ever we see him and his team. He always makes every child welcome and is a credit to the Coffs Coast! And of course a massive thumbs up to coffs for kids you keep us all up to date and involved in our beautiful Coffs Coast. Thank you :) (Grace)

Up grades to Moonee tavern are amazing for the kids! Moonee Beach reserve is also a great spot. (Kelly)

Upstairs palm centre, kid friendly movies showing so mums can sit and have a chat and a coffee etc. (Robyn)

We are so lucky on the Coffs Coast. All our safe beaches beautiful clean parks and awesome restaurants and cafes. (Jayde)



Thanks again to Big 4 Sunshine – South West Rocks who donated a prize package including 2 nights in a Luxury cabin for up to 6 people valued at $650.00.


Jude Woods – Congratulations!

,          Ph: (02) 65-666-142

Make sure you follow Big 4 Sunshine on Facebook for news and great specials!.

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Baby Bella Sale this Saturday!

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Do you need a pram, stroller, cot, nursery furniture, linen, toys, baby sleeping bags, modern cloth nappies, gifts and other baby and pregnancy products and accessories?

Everything is on sale this Saturday only – 9am – 4pm, cnr Isles and Industrial Dr, Coffs Harbour (turn opposite hospital).

Visit the website and Facebook page.


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Enrolling Now Term 3, 2015

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Kids Art Club –  held Saturdays at Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery.  School Term 3 starts 25/07. Contact Inger

Go4Fun – registrations are now open for Term 3 , 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

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 3. 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.
Serendipity Learning Centre – Start preparing your child now for a positive learning journey! Serendipity Learning is committed to providing children with innovative, engaging and quality education programs that will foster a love of learning. We are accepting enrolments for Term 3 in the following programs:  Innovative Early Childhood and Preparation for School (3-5 year olds) and Tutoring 1:1 (K – 6). For more information and our pre enrolment form, please visit click here.
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Kids Recipe #6 from Go4Fun

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chickpeaThis recipe idea brought to you by Go4Fun Coffs Harbour!

Chickpea Crunchies

Chickpea crunchies make for a healthy, protein filled snack that you and your family can enjoy on the run! Use for lunchbox fillers; keep in an airtight container in your car for unexpected hunger cravings, or toss through salad for added crunch.


400g chickpeas, drained & rinsed

Salt & pepper or any other herbs + spices that you enjoy such as paprika, garlic powder, cumin, chili etc.


  • Preheat oven to 180° Line a baking tray with baking paper.
  • Place chickpeas on prepared tray. Sprinkle with spices and toss gently to coat.
  • Roast for about 1 hour or until golden & crispy. Cool on baking tray. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 days.

Go4Fun is a family-based healthy lifestyle program that aims to teach parents and their kids about the importance of being active and healthy. If you have a child who would benefit from learning more about making healthy lifestyle choices then please check out our website or call 1800 780 900 for more information.



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Introducing Sparky & Shady

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sparky1Do you know that 1 in 4 young people aged 16 – 24 has a current mental health condition?

Kathy Sheehan, a local author, primary school teacher and behaviour management specialist believes this is a direct result of our children’s lack of self-awareness.

“No one teaches our kids how their body, personality, feelings and thoughts all work together. Then as soon as something terrible happens to them (big or small) they listen to the fearful voice in their head (‘Shady’) and eventually believe they are hopeless, helpless and worthless.”

This is exactly what happened to Kathy after a motorbike accident at 22 and it has been her quest ever since to make sure it doesn’t happen to other young people. Kathy has spent the last 23 years researching, teaching, testing and writing her ‘Sparky and Shady’ program to empower kids to be self-aware so they can cope with problems, believe in themselves and follow their dreams.

Kathy believes that many grown ups in our society are unhappy and unfulfilled because they too have believed the fearful voice in their head that tells them they ‘can’t achieve their dreams’ and that in the big picture they ‘can’t make a difference’. Kathy totally disagrees, she believes every single person on earth is here to do something loving and amazing that no one else can do in the exact same way. Empowering a whole new generation to listen to and trust the loving voice in their head (Sparky) will break this cycle!

If you are interested in empowering your child aged 7-15, Kathy runs two-day workshops for kids each school holiday.

In the workshops children meet Sparky (their loving side) and Shady (their fearful side) and learn:

  • How to tell the difference between their loving and fearful thoughts.
  • How their body, personality, feelings and thoughts all work together.
  • Three strategies to manage their body, feelings and thoughts – ‘Short cuts’
  • A strategy that works to cope with problems and let go of ‘baggage’ – ‘Pit Stop’.
  • Three secrets to believe in themselves.
  • Three secrets to follow their dreams.

To reinforce their new knowledge and to support kids to use the practical strategies learnt in the workshops, children can follow up with eight weeks of after school classes to help them develop healthy habits for life.

Ideally parents can support and reinforce their children’s learning by attending the one-day parent workshop on the last Saturday of each school holidays.

For more details go to

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