A little bit longer at... Bell's at Killcare for Stephen's 70th Birthday

Central Coast Family Photographer

Celebrating family milestones is such a beautiful way of bringing the extended family together. Stephen and his family traveled from all around the country to celebrate his 70th birthday at Bell’s at Killcare. The family matriarch, Stephen’s mother, lives on the central coast. Unfortunately she is no longer able to travel great distances, so the family traveled to her for this big birthday bash.

Stephen’s daughter reached out to me to capture family photographs during the celebrations. These guys were great sports - they did a whole bunch of formal family portraits, indoors. They had planned on having plenty of time outside, enjoying the beautiful grounds at Bells to capture their family photos. Unfortunately, on the day of the party the weather was miserable. Cold. Wet. Yucky. They braved a few minutes on the outdoor veranda, before retreating to the warmth inside.

Stephen’s grandson is a talented pianist, however he does not usually perform in public. At his grandfathers request, he performed a rousing set that had toes tapping and big smiles on faces. The younger cousins wanted to join in the fun, but they haven’t quite yet perfected their performance skills.

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School holiday activities for kids on the Central Coast

Central Coast Documentary Family Photographer

I know this wet weather has been getting people down, especially those with small people at home, slowly driving their parents up the wall. We’ve been away camping this past week and noticed that the weather never impacted the activities our kids wanted to do. They wanted to go surfing in the rain? Sure let’s do it. Bike riding through muddy puddles? Sounds like messy fun. Kids are resilient, they’re happy to get outside and be active, regardless of the weather. With that in mind, here’s some outdoor activities that my kids love to do, rain, hail or shine.

Winnie Bay Bushwalk

Winnie Bay Copacabana Avoca

My kids love a wander down the stairs from Copa to Winnie Bay. Mal the bird man was stoked to spot a Regent Bowerbird during one of our walks. Josie prefers exploring the rockplatforms and discovering shells.

rock hopping Winnie Bay

Surfing at Umina

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Umina is the perfect learn to surf spot on the Central Coast. Long, gentle waves are just right for beginners. The shallow break means that little ones that aren’t that confident can safely wade out to be part of the fun.

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Little Beach

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The kids love this bushwalk. The track is only a 10 min stroll through rainforest. If the tide is right they’ll have a swim in the rockpools once we get there. Otherwise they love just walking around the rock platforms.

Swimming at Little Beach Bouddi National Park

Saratoga Waterfront

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Tree climbing, walking along the rock wall and looking for jellyfish in the shallows, my two love a wander along the Saratoga waterfront.

Tree climbing Saratoga Waterfront

So that’s a few of our favorite things to do during the school holidays. Rug up, grab your rain coat and gum boots and get amongst it. Being outdoors is good for small people (and grown ups too!).