There are so many great things to do in the Hills District these school holidays, so get planning for a jam-packed couple of weeks full of fun!

1. First stop: check out the Hills District Mums website. There are HEAPS of ideas and suggestions for things to that will keep everyone entertained!

2. Do you still need to arrange a camp, class or activity if you need to work or just need to fill in a day or two? Here are some ideas for options in and around the Hills that may have some spots left.

3. Visit Rouse Hill House and Farm. This local icon is a Sydney Living Museums historic house and runs a number of school holiday activities – there’s lots to see and do! See Rouse Hill House & Farm in LEGO® Bricks, take a family friendly tour and learn about bush tucker. Find out more here.

4. Easter and ANZAC Day both fall during the school holidays and there’s lots on for both. For a full list of what’s happening in and around the Hills to mark these occasions click here.

5. If you’re wanting to celebrate Easter out, the Bella Vista Hotel is hosting an Easter Brunch feast in the hotel’s new Garden area over Easter Saturday, Sunday and Monday, with the option to upgrade to Bottomless Cocktails for mum and dad! For more information or to book, click here.

6. Check out what’s on at Sydney Olympic Park during the holidays. There’s swimming, diving, water polo, basketball, AFL, cricket, netball, gymnastics, soccer, archery, laser tag and more! More info here.

7. Set off for a mini break. You could visit somewhere like Canberra where there are heaps of things for kids to do that mum and dad will enjoy too! Here’s a list.

8. Go for a bush walk in the Hills! There are a few lovely walks right on our doorstep. Check them out here.

9. Young people of The Hills are encouraged to take part in Hills Youth Week celebrations, April 10 – April 18! Youth Week is an opportunity for young people to share ideas, attend live events, showcase their talent, celebrate and have fun. Activities range from workshops on well-being & health, safe driving and song writing to a family fun day, basketball competition and lots more! Full program & more info here.

10. There are fun activities on at several local shopping centres in April. Check them out below:

  • North Rocks Shopping Centre: Decorate your own Easter tote bag, meet the Easter bunny and make your own slime!
  • Seven Hills Plaza: Take the Easter fresh food test or make a kaleidoscope.
  • Stanhope Village: take part in a Build-a-Bear workshop or enjoy food themed fun!
  • Castle Towers: Choose a class, book your place, pop on your free chef’s hat & apron and get cookin’!
  • Castle Mall: Decorate your own bunny mask or Easter basket and meet the Easter bunny.
  • Rouse Hill Town Centre: take part in the huge Easter egg hunt, Easter themed activities and a Dr Seuss week.

11. The Australian Brewery has a jam-packed holiday program for kids, with something on every day such us bingo, cupcake decorating and plaster craft. The full schedule is below.

12. Sign up for the Tim Harris Writing Workshop. Known for his highly acclaimed Exploding Endings books join author Tim Harris as he harnesses every child’s wacky sense of humour to create quirky, original stories. Suitable for kids in years 3 to 6. Wednesday 17 April. 10.30am to 11.30am. $15. Castle Hill Library.

13. Take part in the School Holiday Walk – Platypus Walk. Platypus once lived in Excelsior Creek where this walk will be held. Learn why they are no longer seen in this beautiful valley. See bush tucker plants and plants used in colonial times. Suitable for children aged 8 to 13 years and their carers. Meet at the end of Excelsior Avenue, Castle Hill. Wear closed shoes and a hat. Bring water and a snack. Thursday 18 April. 9.30am to 11.30am.

14. Check out a park a little further afield – click here for some fun options. School holidays mean you may have more time to venture from the Hills!

15. Go fruit picking. There are a few great options not far from the Hills and Autumn is the perfect time! Find out more here.

16. If you’re looking for a day out in the city head to the Museum of Sydney and experience the new family exhibition How Cities Work. More info here.

17. Take a bus, train or ferry ride to somewhere you haven’t visited before!

18. Get baking. Let’s face it, kids do like to cook, even if it creates total chaos in the kitchen! And with ANZAC Day taking place during the holidays, ANZAC biscuits are a great option!

19. Splurge on an Easter treat! Several places in the Hills are doing Easter themed delights that the kids (and you!) will love. Check out the options here.

20. Check out or take part in the Rouse Hill Billy Cart Derby! It’s on Sunday 28 April from 10am – 3pm and is a great opportunity for families and businesses from the greater Rouse Hill and Kellyville areas, and beyond, to come together and enjoy some fun and friendly competition racing push Billy Carts, in teams, along the Billy Cart track on Main Street, Rouse Hill Town Centre! More info here.