Play Services

This section highlights play services available in our region such as playgroups, school holiday and after school programs and more.

Community organisations are welcome to email us at play@healthyillawarra.org.au  to include information about their play programs here.

Healthy Cities Illawarra  support a number of community activity programs for primary aged children. These programs promote the importance of play outside, active lifestyles and well being. All of the activities are FREE to join.

Horsley’s Outdoor Krew (HOK)

The HOK program runs every Thursday afternoon (3pm-4:45pm) during school terms and is free for children aged 9-12 years old. Meeting at Gerringully Park behind the Horsley Community Centre the children, along with the two project officers and volunteers, utilise the park for outdoor games, sports and activities.

The HOK program includes activities and talks about the importance of physical activity and nutrition as well as healthy lifestyle skills. Fun, Interactive sessions provide children with interesting after school activities that support them to learn more about what it means to lead a healthy life.

Healthy snacks are provided for afternoon tea and participation in HOK is FREE

2528 @ Crew Park

The 2528 project is an after school outdoor play program for children aged 5 – 12 years and their families. It runs every Wednesday afternoon from 2.50pm – 4.15pm in Crew Park, King Street Warilla. Trained community volunteers work with children to plan play activities, games, sport, art and community regeneration activities.

The focus of the 2528 Project is to further the wellbeing of local children, families and the broader community. This is done through the delivery of a wide range of fun activitiesboth in the park and with local partners. Skills are built through play opportunities that are child centered;building physical wellbeing and resilience. For more information contact Aaron on 0449007365.

T.A.L.K Project

TALK Project is funded by Communities for Children Shellharbour and offers school engagement projects running in Warilla North, Barrack Heights and Mt Warrigal Public Schools in Shellharbour. The aim of these programs are to build trust through positive activity, learning and konnection.

Warilla North Public School

Tuesday           – Friends Club  (currently full – school referral only)

Wednesday     – Book Club (Lunch Time / Library)

Barrack Heights Public School

Tuesday          – Play Pod 4 Girls (Lunch Time)

Wednesdsay  – Play Pod 4 All ( Lunch Time)

Mt Warrigal Public School

Thursday         – TALK Club STARTING SOON

Play for Pre Schoolers

Play from an early age is so much more than ‘just a means of passing time’ during this time of rapid early development play supports babies and pre school children to

  • Work out who they are
  • Learn how the world works and where they fit into it
  • Supports exploration of their physical capability
  • Provides opportunity for social interaction and communication

It’s A Fact!   

Play is really important in developing the brain from birth onwards!

Play Groups New South Wales is an organisation that support community run playgroups across the state.

To find a service near you, please visit

Play Group NSW

Big Fat Smile also offer a number of playgroup sessions as part of their Include Me Program. Playgroups can be found in parks, neighbourhood centres and in public schools across the week.

Monday at Primbee Park from 10am – 12noon

Tuesday at Corrimal East Public School from 9am – 11am

Wednesday at Warrawong Public School from 9.15am – 11.15am & Bellambi Neighbourhood Centre from 9.30am – 11.30am

Thursday at Happy Valley Reserve from 10am – 12noon

Friday at Bellambi Public School from 9am – 11am

Play for Primary School Kids

There is a saying ” You don’t stop playing because you grow old, You grow old because you stop playing’. With this in mind it is important to realise the value of play to all children. Regardless of age or ability play is important for healthy growth; physically, socially, intellectually, creatively and emotionally.

Healthy Cities Illawarra promotes this philosophy with the community projects that it co-ordinates and supports (please see above for HOK, 2528 Project and TALK Project) the following links give us an insight as to why children need to continue playing past there early years.