Whether it’s building a giant sandcastle on the beautiful sandy beaches, feeding pelicans or hitting the skate park – there are so many amazing free kids activities on the Central Coast where you don’t need to spend a single dime.
11 Free Central Coast kids activities
Check out our favourite 11 FREE Central Coast kids activities your little ones can enjoy on your next family getaway.
The Peninsula Recreation Precinct
The Peninsula Recreation Precinct is a multi-purpose recreation facility located at Umina Beach incorporating a recreation building, playground, park facilities, sporting and environmental opportunities. The multi-level playground is a unique, challenging and innovative play space with equipment suitable for all ages and levels. Park facilities include BBQ and picnic facilities all linked by fully accessible pathways. And the best part is, it’s located just moments away from our holiday resort.
Daily pelican feeding at The Entrance
Pelican feeding is conducted daily at The Entrance, Memorial Park from 3.30pm. Be early and watch as the pelicans arrive earlier, eager for a feed. A special area has been built where the pelicans gather each afternoon, waiting to be fed fish donated by the local fish shop. This gives the feeding officers an opportunity to locate and treat any injured birds. While not entirely free, all you need to do is make a small donation. (Image source: Visit NSW)
Go swimming in Avoca Rock Pools
Take the towels, pack the sunscreen and head down to Avoca Rock Pool, an ocean pool located in one of the most popular swimming spots on the Central Coast. With shallow and gentle rock pools, the kids can have a splash while you soak up the beautiful Central Coast sun. Located just a short 25-minute drive from NRMA Ocean Beach Holiday Resort, Avoca Rock Pool offers a great day out for the whole family. (Image source: icentralcoast)
Wyong Milk Factory
Established in 1906, the Wyong Milk Factory is a favourite among the locals. The complex has so much to explore. They have an outdoor park for kids to play in, interactive kids play area inside Wyong Milk Factory Tavern with a 3D projector and an indoor climbing gym. There’s a gelato/lollie shop with pinball and Pacman machines that the kids will love. Every Sunday afternoon between 3.00 pm to 7.00 pm, the factory puts on live music and a free jumping castle. Holiday activities are also available every school holidays. To find out more, visit https://wyongmilkfactory.com.au/
Visit the Norah Head Lighthouse
Take the kids on an excursion to The Norah Head Lighthouse. Located on a headland, this magnificent lighthouse offers breathtaking ocean views and is the perfect spot to watch the afternoon sunset hitting the gorgeous rocks below. (image source: Norah Head Lighthouse)
Grind it up at Bato Yard Skate Park
Have a little Tony Hawk or pro scooter star in the making? Then head down to Bato Yard Skate Park in Bateau Bay for some action-packed fun. Whether it’s BMX, scooters or skateboards – this impressive skate park boasts a mixture of both street and transition sections, including a giant skate bowl that some of Australia’s biggest pro skaters rave about as being one of the best in the country. There’s even a parkour area for those who prefer moving without wheels. (image source: Visit Central Coast)
View the Running of the Horses at Glenworth Valley
This is truly an iconic sight to see with the kids. Picture 200 horses running together from their overnight stabling yard and into the paddocks to graze. This epic event takes place at 4.30 pm every day, but locations vary from time to time, so it’s best to check with the horse-riding staff on the day to get the details. (Image source: The Running of the Horses)
If it’s another hot day, then a visit to the beautiful Somersby Falls is a must. Put the togs on the kids and stay cool underneath two of the most beautiful waterfalls around. Let the kids explore the rocks, puddles and the various green life that surrounds them. Make sure to bring along your camera too for some epic waterfall chasing shots. After, head over to the BBQ area and cook up a feed with the family. Somerby Falls makes a great day, and while the falls are free to experience, parking is $8, but in our opinion, it’s totally worth it. (Image source: icentralcoast.com)
A beach play at Umina Beach
Directly across from NRMA Ocean Beach Holiday Resort is the popular Umina Beach. In fact, it’s one of the Central Coast ‘s most popular beaches for families, as it’s ideal for swimming and catching a few waves on a surf board. Take down a beach ball, some buckets and spades, plenty of sunscreen and you’ve got yourself a perfect beach day just waiting to happen.
Explore the beauty of Brisbane Water National Park
Brisbane Water National Park is on the Central Coast near Gosford, north of Sydney. The park offers a range of wonderful experiences the kids will love. Spot the colourful spring wildflowers, learn all about the ancient Aboriginal engraving sites and check out the scenic views from the lookouts. There are great fishing spots to discover, along with walking and cycling trails that cross rainforest and rugged sandstone country. The park’s waterways are a great place to spend a day on the water, so don’t forget your kayak.
Run wild inside NRMA Ocean Beach Holiday Resort
Inside NRMA Ocean Beach Holiday Resort is a kid’s paradise. All our little guests have free access to all our features and facilities on offer, including the SplashBay Waterpark, swimming pools, adventure playground, giant jumping pillow, kids club, go karts and so much more.