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by Irenke Forsyth (subscribe)
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Snow much fun
The July school holidays are the time of the year to enjoy all the ice and snow festivals that pop up and Winter in the Park is one that allows you the bonus of escaping the city. Held in Gosford, an easy day trip from Sydney or Newcastle, you'll find lots of wintry activities to keep the kids busy.

Igloo village is the place to be for fun photo opportunities, as well as many of the craft activities. You can enjoy

Free mug decorating
Free snow globe making
Free snowflake making & painting
Free winter wreath making
Free cardboard snowmen making
Building your own cupcakes
Cupcake decorating with Cakes by Kyla (bookings essential via

Other activities outside the giant inflatable igloos include free Sun Print Magic (bookings via, snow dome fun, winter story time and a host of further wintry merriment.

Turning up the interest

Darkroom Magic, a free show, with bookings essential via

Ice Age: Hunt for the Honeycomb Caves, bringing your favourite characters to the stage

Roving performances featuring heroines Queen Elsa & Princess Anna from Frozen

Exposure Outdoor Gallery

An ice sculpture display

Live Ice carvings by international ice sculptor Kenji Ogawa

Live entertainment with the stellar line-up including Jen Hankins 'The Emerald Ruby', Bjorn Kjell, Riley Lovell, Fletcher Pilon, Kelly Griffith, Mitchell Vitler, Libby Ingels, Hamish Ross, Taeya Davison and a host of other talent

Star Chalet with live broadcasts from Star 104.5

Breakthru Ink providing free airbrush temporary tattoos

Kid's carnival rides

All of the above is on selected times and dates, so plan your visit using the program schedule downloadable on the Council's website.

Food and beverage stalls will warm your soul as will the onsite restaurant in Kibble Park, the site for this event, from 10am-4pm. There's a lot to admire too in the landscape of this green city area with its collection of trees and garden beds, fountain, plaza area and children's playground with ballpit. Benches, picnic tables, sun shade, toilets and WiFi are available as is car parking (with disability parking in Eliza St car park). Shops are nearby.

With free entry, this festival of fun with a lot to offer makes for an affordable and wonderful family outing.
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When: Daily, 10am-4pm
Phone: 02 4350 5555
Where: Kibble Park, Donnison St, Gosford
Cost: Free entry
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Not only does Kenji Ogawa create Ice Sculptures he makes Origami which he delivers to Royal North Shore Hospital's Cancer Clinic every month. He leaves some in the reception area of Radiation and Chemotherapy departments. I had the pleasure to meet him one day while a patient. I have three different ones on display in my loungeroom. One especially I treasure, as the quote (handwritten and signed by him) 'Never Give Up'. Wise words for Cancer patients.
You can view him working on a YouTube video.
A truly amazing and inspirational man.
by Gloria (score: 2|385) 374 days ago
by KJ on 05/06/2018
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