August 25, 2016

Family Festival is set to be busy, fun, loud and colourful, says Kerrie Howells, who co-ordinates the event at the Avondale School Cooranbong campus. The Festival, of which Watagan Park is a major sponsor, will be held on Sunday September 11, kicking off at 9am and finishing at 2pm, Kerrie says.

“It’s really a cracker of a day filled with live entertainment and carnival rides – something for all ages from toddlers up to grandparents!” she says.

“It started about 14 years ago as a school fete, but has since grown into a huge event – a gift from our school to the community.”

Starting with the littlies, visitors can expect a series of gentle things for young children to do, with Playland specially designed for under-fives.

Playland includes junior carnival rides, jumping castles, face painting, pony rides and a petting zoo, and costs $10 online, or $15 on the day, which includes absolutely everything for the young ones.

“It’s really great for parents too, as we include a chill-out zone for them to relax and have a coffee,” says Kerrie.

For the bigger kids, the event will see the return of the carnival rides including dodgem cars, Surf’s Up, Twister, the fun house and slot cars.

Kerrie says that this year’s event will feature Laser Tag for the first time.

“There will also be an obstacle course similar to “Wipeout” for anyone brave enough to have a go!” she says.

For the mums and dads, Kerrie says there will be plenty of market and produce stalls so they can do a bit of shopping, as well as live music and entertainment.

“There will always be music pumping, with professional bands, students from the music academy and NX FM broadcasting all day,” she says.

“Not to mention Food Alley, with everything from wood-fired pizzas, a barbecue, pies, tarts, cakes and treats.”

There’s also the option to take the family on a 15-minute helicopter ride over Lake Macquarie.

The annual Fun Run starts at 9am for the sporty types who want to take on their family and friends, says Kerrie.

“There’s the untimed 1km or 3km event, with great prizes and a medal up for grabs!” she says. “Arrive at 8am and collect your entry armband, the race starts at 9am per person at $5 for 1km or $10 for 3km.

Early bird options are available, and all-day carnival ride armbands can be purchased online for $20 or bought on the day for $25.
Family Festival will be held on September 11, 9am-2pm, at the Avondale School Cooranbong campus, 119 Avondale Road, Cooranbong. Visit for tickets and more information

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