For many of us, fond memories of childhood include paint covered fingertips, dirt smeared faces and the thunder of feet down the hall as a game of tips bursts indoors.

In a world dominated by iPads, gaming consoles and candy crush, it’s not a bad idea to install a few play areas in your new home for your family to enjoy.

If you don’t mind the tinny thump of a basketball on concrete, install a basketball ring and let dad show off his slam dunk or practice for the half time show at an Illawarra Hawks home game.

If your children aren’t old enough to be shooting hoops there is a DIY project that can be tackled as a family: building a cubby house.

Think of warm evenings spent sprawled on the grass, you call for tools and your kids place a hammer into your outstretched hand. In the meantime they dart around in excitement and solemnly discuss which teddy bear will endure the first tea party.

Tuck away a few board games for rainy days. Trivial Pursuit is always popular or for the more raucous evening; cards against humanity.

Wollongong has plenty options for out of the house fun. Black Duck Ceramics hold pottery classes for adults and kids or for more heart pounding action you could try Revolution Laser Arena.