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5 Fun Things To Do In The July School Holidays

Keep The Kids Busy + Active With Our Pick Of Awesome Things To Do In The Illawarra During The Winter School Holidays.

by Hannah Castelli

It’s that time again! School holidays have arrived and we’re here for it. Sure, a snuggly movie day at home is good every now and then, but with so much to do in the Illawarra, it’d be a shame not to round up the bambinos and get exploring. 

We’ve put together 5 great options to keep the kids busy and active these July school holidays. 

Once you’ve worked your way through these awesome ideas don’t forget to check out our Event Directory for even more fun-packed events, classes, workshops and more.

1 :: Fun At PCYC

There is always something fun, creative and active happening at the PCYC Lake Illawarra holiday activities. From laser tag to gymnastics, through to making slime, shooting hoops, cooking and more! Head here for the list of awesomeness!


2 :: Hangdog Climbing Gym

With over 140 different climbs on 40 ropes, it adds a whole new meaning to the expression ‘the kids are climbing up the walls’. Hangdog Climbing Gym is a great way for the little ones, the big ones and the in-between ones to burn some energy and earn a good night’s sleep. 

Illawarra July School Holidays Hangdog Climbing Gym


3 :: Ice Skating By The Sea

The fabulous Kiama Winter Festival is back with so much wintery fun for kids – perfect timing for the school holidays. There’s face painting, light installations to ooh and aah at and of course ice skating. So much fun!


4 :: Smiths Ln Dairy

The school holidays are often a time we find ourselves in need of an extra coffee or two, and Smiths Ln Dairy is the perfect choice for a caffeine fix in a kid-friendly environment. 

Sip on a hot or cold bevvie from their extensive menu whilst the kidlets explore the gorgeous Discovery Garden. Browse their pantry store full of goods from local suppliers and whilst you’re here you might as well stay for brunch….go on, we insist! There are so many delicious options to choose from and a kid’s menu that would satisfy the fussiest of eaters. Did someone say pancakes?

Oh, and it’s doggo friendly! 

Illawarra July School Holidays Smiths Lane Dairy


5 :: 10B Bike Track

Let’s get rolling! Pack the bikes, the helmets, the water, the snacks… oh and the family and make your way to Dharawal National Park for a gravel trail ride through scenic bushlands.

This one is a 30km round trip so best to block out a few hours and if you’re bringing littlies along, consider only doing a portion of the track or rocking the child seat. As we are having a bit of a wet and windy year so far, it’s worth checking the National Parks Website to make sure the track is open before you head off. 

We can’t think of a better way for everyone to get away from the screens and into the green! 

Illawarra July School Holidays 10B Bike Trail Dharawal National Park


We hope you all have a ball these holidays and don’t forget to tag us @thefoldillawarra or #lovelivinglocal so we can share in all the fun!

Penny Webb

Penny is The Fold’s resident word nerd and Managing Editor. When she’s not whipping up articles about all the fabulous things to do and people to meet in the Illawarra, she moonlights as a taxi driver, ferrying three teenagers around the countryside (and back again)! Penny has an uncanny knack for attracting snakes to whatever mountain biking trail she hits on the weekend, which is quickly followed by a cheeky chardonnay or G&T to get over said slithery encounter.
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