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Published December 1st 2020
Free & fun things to do for the little ones
When you have young children, you're always on the lookout for fun, safe and interactive things to do, that won't break the bank. Often the best days are when you do something simple - like taking a picnic to the local playground and collecting feathers that you find.
If you are feeling stuck of what to do when you are in the Nelson Bay region however, keep reading for some ideas to entertain the kids and make everyone happy - including you! If you have any more ideas or have discovered somewhere new, please leave a comment at the bottom of this article and share your tips - it will then be shown under this article for others to read. Don't worry though, your toddler won't be bored for long!
1/ Oakvale Wildlife Park would have to be the number one choice for things to do with young ones, as it is designed just for them! Local schools send their Kindy classes on excursions to this little zoo every year, to learn about baby farmyard animals and get the chance to feed them. Buy some food at the front entrance and feed baby goats, cows and sheep at the farmyard area, then hop on the tractor train for a tour of the property.
Ensure you also take the pram, as there is a path that circles the rest of the wildlife park looking at various other animals - from Australia and beyond. When the kids are tired, stop for lunch and then cool down at Splash Bay, which is a water park for kids that is also included in the price. Leave all your towels and swimming costumes in the car and you can exit the zoo to go out and get them (you will be wearing a wrist band to get back in). See here for their website. See here for a full article on Oakvale Wildlife Park.
3/ Swimming in the Bays is a safe way to have a splash and a cool down in the summer months, without any waves or rips. Many families love swimming at Shoal Bay, Little Nelson Bay, Nelson Bay (near the playground) and Little Beach, as they are all beautiful to swim at and have toilet facilities nearby. Take your sun cream, sun tent and buckets and spades and spend the morning in paradise.
4/ Fish Feeding at d'Albora Marina is a daily activity in the heart of Nelson Bay, which is enjoyed by all ages. It isn't a big event, but smaller kids love to watch the staff from the marina throw out the fish pellets and watch the fish come to the surface. See here for a full article.
5/ Spirited - A Creative Play Cafe is an indoor play centre which has a small toddler area and a colourful play section for all ages, with a slide and two levels of obstacle courses to climb through. It is a small venue, tucked away behind Bunnings in Taylors Beach. Although it may not be as large as city indoor play centres, it has plenty for young ones to do for an hour or two, with healthy treats to eat from the small cafe. At the time of writing, it is best to book your session online to ensure you get a place. See here for details. See here for a full article.