Yamba is the ultimate family holiday destination due to it’s laid back attitude, outdoor lifestyle, and plenty of activities for the kids.
So whether you’re visiting Yamba during the school holidays, with toddlers or teens, here’s our top pick of activities for kids in and around Yamba to keep your little ones occupied.
Table of Contents
- Learn to Surf
- Water Park
- Jumping Pillow
- Exploring Rock Pools
- Skate Park
- Go To The Movies
- Tenpin Bowling
- Mini Golf
- Ice Cream
- Bike Riding & Go Karts
- Lolly Shop
- Indoor Rock Wall
- RC Cars & Planes
- Art Workshops
1. Learn to Surf
Kids, teens and parents will all have a blast learning to surf with Australian Champion and local surfer Jeremy Walters who runs the Yamba-Angourie Surf School.
Suitable for all ages and catering absolute beginners to average or more experienced surfers, this is the perfect family activity to take advantage of the sun and surf in beautiful Yamba.
2. Water Park
You’d be missing out if you didn’t have a splash in Yamba, but sometimes the beach can be rough or you might be looking for something a little different.
The Blue Dolphin Holiday Resort is home to the best water park, water slides and pools in Yamba and the kids will enjoy a day of quality summer fun while you relax by the poolside or have a dip yourself and join in the fun.
3. Jumping Pillow
If you’ve got younger ones who need to get their energy out and enjoy something different, the large jumping pillow at the Blue Dolphin is located right next a park and BBQ area.
Sit back and relax while the kids jump around and wear themselves out.
For more traditional family fun time, there are several fantastic playgrounds and parks around Yamba which all offer something a little different.
Lions Park is located in the middle of town and is a heavily shaded play area with slides, bridges, climbing and more conveniently located next to the skate park to occupy the older kids and with toilets and seating nearby.
Pippi Beach Park is on the headland at the northern end of Pippi Beach with plenty of parking and ocean views. This park includes swings, a slide, fort and climbing equipment but doesn’t have toilets close by.
Blue Dolphin Holiday Resort has their own park for visitors and day guests which includes multiple slides, rings, climbing and the large jumping pillow mentioned above with fantastic toilet ad BBQ facilities right next door.
The Yamba Shores Tavern is a favourite food spot in town but also has a large partly shaded playground which includes swings, slides, climbing and bridges in easy view of your table while the adults enjoy a great lunch or dinner.
Yamba is considered a coastal fishing gem spoilt for choice with river, rock or beach fishing in every direction.
With the kids, an easy and exciting time fishing a gentle beach or off the banks of the Clarence River could give them the thrill of their very first fish!
Whiting Beach is a popular fishing and family friendly swimming beach, or the various jetty’s along Yamba’s river are great places to start.
For more Yamba fishing spots be sure to see our ultimate Yamba fishing guide.
A summer spent swimming at the beach is a childhood memory for many of us, and Yamba can fill that need with ease.
Main Beach is a popular swimming and surfing beach for families and kids which is regularly patrolled and has a nearby cafe, toilets and showers in a very protected spot. There is also an ocean pool at the southern end if the surf is a bit rough for the little ones.
Just around the corners is Turner’s Beach, another popular and regularly patrolled beach with toilet and shower facilities nearby. Turner’s can be a little more exposed and is also a popular surfing spot.
Right next to Turner’s Beach is the best spot for young kids known as Whiting Beach which is a very protected river beach with no swell thanks to being located behind the break wall at Yamba. This spot is very calm and easy to get to with parking just metres away but is not patrolled so keep an eye on the little ones.
Finally there’s the swimming pools at the Blue Dolphin and the Yamba Community Heated Pool in town if you’re after something a little different and don’t want to get stuck cleaning up sand all holidays.
7. Exploring Rock Pools
Rock pools are a brilliant place for kids to discover sea creatures, shells, shapes and colours of the ocean.
Turner’s Beach, Pippi Beach and Main Beach in Yamba all have areas with rocky shores that are the perfect place for kids to explore and discover what lies under the waves.
8. Skate Park
Yamba’s Skate Park is great for kids of all ages from toddlers to teens and is located near Lions Park with toilets, seating, parking and sports fields nearby just a few minutes walk down the main street.
Fitted with a fun mini ramp section with extension, good street area with ledges and rails, there are ramps to suit kids of all levels and ages.
9. Go To The Movies
Take the kids out for movie at Yamba Cinema and catch the latest kids and family films without spending a furtune.
There’s plenty at the snack bar and two locations so you can pick the best time to suit your day.
10. Tenpin Bowling
Catering for all ages, kids can have just as much fun as teens and adults some classic tenpin bowling.
With two lanes, and a play area, arcade games and restaurant the Yamba Bowling Club is well set up for some indoor fun with the family.
It is also the perfect way to escape the weather on a rainy or exceptionally hot day!
11. Mini Golf
Pick a putt and enjoy some laughs with a family friendly game of mini golf. Whether you keep score or not, mini golf is lots of fun for the little ones, and us bigger kids too.
If your child is old enough to hit a ball with a putter, they are old enough to play mini golf at the Blue Dolphin Holiday Resort’s new 18 hole mini golf course.
Get out on the water with the kids and enjoy a gentle paddle with Yamba Kayak.
You can hire what you need or arrange a guided tour and this might be an activity when the kids get to relax and enjoy the ride, ideal for ages 7 and older.
There is also kayak hire available at the hire shack for guests of the Blue Dolphin Holiday Resort.
13. Ice Cream
What’s summer without ice cream!?
Yamba Icecreamery is right in town along the main street, so it’s super easy to stop by on your way to the beach or the park.
Made in store there’s a great range of traditional and new flavours the kids will love (and you will too)!
14. Bike Riding & Go Karts
Let the kids jump on their bike or hire a go kart at the Blue Dolphin Resort and they can explore the park while you relax in the restaurant or by the pool.
There’s also bike hire available in town at Xtreme Cycle and Skate for the whole family where you can ride together along the many bike paths along the river and around Yamba’s beaches for a relaxing afternoon.
The bike path runs right past the Blue Dolphin if you’re staying in town and continues into town and out to Turner’s Beach and along the break wall for watching dolphins and ocean views.
15. Lolly Shop
Yamba’s famous fudge and lolly shop is a popular spot for children and adults with a sweet tooth to control.
With a wide range of specialty, vintage and all time favourite lollies, fudge, and chocolate this is a must visit at least once.
16. Indoor Rock Wall
The indoor climbing wall at the Yamba Bowling Club is a great activity for the more adventurous children and teens who want to test their climbing skills.
These walls are not too high so they don’t require harnesses like larger climbing gyms, and there’s a soft padded floor for gentle landings.
You can sit back with a coffee or lunch and watch the kids have fun while the younger ones enjoy the arcade or indoor play area.
Even in beautiful Yamba we get rainy days or extreme heat, so indoor activities for the kids can be a great backup or easy day option.
Lego is great for toddlers to tweens but you’ll find plenty of older kids and parents alike building, breaking and enjoying some Lego time.
The Yamba Photo Store is the place to go for Lego in Yamba with a fantastic range of the traditional, themed and very large sets to satisfy everyone.
18. RC Cars & Planes
Do your kids love remote control? Get down to the Raymond Laurie Sports Centre for their innovative RC play days which are open for all ages.
You must have your own vehicle, whether that’s a car, plane, helicopter, drone or something else. Their big indoor courts are the perfect place to race and test your skills with other RC hobbyists.
19. Art Workshops
Get creative at the Yamba Art Space which regularly holds children’s art workshops and classes for painting, craft, weaving, origami and more over the holiday season.
There are also more general classes available if you’ve got older kids, teens or would love to get involved yourself and create something special to take home with you.
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And there’s even more for them to do in town!
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