There are so many fantastic things to do in the Hills District these summer holidays!

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

If you need a helping hand with care over the break, there are stacks of camps and classes on in and around the Hills. Here’s a list.

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

Sydney Hills Outdoor Cinema returns to the Hills for its fourth season at Castle Hill Showground from Thursday 11 January to Sunday 18 February 2018! There’s an awesome line up of movies including new releases and old favourites, as well as family flicks everyone can enjoy! Tickets are on sale now.

Go for a scooter or bike ride. There are lots of parks that have paths or areas to ride on. Here’s a list of places in and around the Hills.

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

Jump in the car and head to Mudgee for a couple of days. From $125 a night (standard room, sleeps 5) enjoy the family friendly Parklands Resort where kids’ breakfast is free and they can enjoy the pool, tennis, frisbee golf, movie nights, a games room and more! Read more here.

Choreograph and perform a concert for mum and dad! Remember doing this? Dance, comedy sketches, magic or singing are great fun!

Take the family to the brand new Holey Moley Golf Club and Strike Bowling venue at Castle Towers. It’s awesome fun! Find out more here.

The Hills Shire Council is putting on stacks of events these holidays and there’s something for everyone! Make sure you’re across them all by checking out

Take the kids to the BMX racing track in Fred Caterson Reserve – way cooler than your average bike track! It’s challenging for those kids keen to test themselves but can also be used by those that are less confident. It’s free and open to the public except when Castle Hill BMX club is racing or training.

Visit Featherdale Wildlife Park Monday-Friday and take advantage of their special offer for Hills District Mums – adults at kids prices! More info here. They’re also running a fantastic Zookeeper for a Day program in January for kids! Find out more here.

Take a day trip to Windsor. It’s not far from the Hills at all. If you haven’t been before, it’s steeped in history and is as pretty as a picture! Read about our visit here.

Sneak in a little something for mum and treat yourself to good coffee, brunch or lunch at a cafe in the Hills you haven’t tried yet. Here’s a huge list of cafe suggestions in the Hills.

Go fishing – one Hills District Mum recommends Andersons Marina in Booker Bay/Ettalong…

We buy our fishing licence online and usually buy our bait at the marina. Sometimes we buy fish and chips before we get our boat and eat on the water. Boat hire is available all day, so plenty of time can be spent on the water. They also have BBQ boats for hire, which are great for a larger group. When it’s low tide, you can get out on the sand bank in the middle of the Bay.  My boys love swimming or snorkelling there. Most common fish we catch are bream, flathead and taylor.

The Australian Brewery has some great FREE kids’ activities on in January! All activities require a gold coin donation that will go towards assisting The Brewery’s January Charity of the Month for January — Ronald McDonald House Westmead. Bookings for activities are essential and can be made by calling 9679 4555 or online here: Here’s what’s on:

If you’re wanting to eat out with the kids during the holidays for a special treat, here’s a list of pubs and restaurants in or near the Hills that have a play area. Everyone wins!

Riverstone Swimming Centre will be holding dive-in movies these holidays.13 January Trolls will screen then on 27 January Boss Baby is showing. More details here.

There’s sure to be some hot days over the summer holidays. Visit one of the water play parks that aren’t too far from the Hills, and now there’s even one IN the Hills – Bernie Mullane, pictured below.

If Dad’s at home for a week or two, send him and the kids camping in the backyard – their very own staycation and some bonus mum time!

Visit a park in the Hills you haven’t tried yet. Be inspired here. Or jump in the car and visit a park a little further afield – here are some suggestions.

Event Cinemas Castle Hill has lots of fun free activities on throughout January. Here’s the calendar.

Don’t miss the first ever Blacktown International Sand Sculpting Exhibition from 13 – 28 January at Blacktown Showgrounds featuring an Alice in Wonderland theme. Tickets are now on sale and you can even attend the pre-event opening from 10-12 January and see the sculptors at work. More than 250 tonnes of sand will be trucked to the Blacktown Showground site in boxes in early January and a group of 10 international and Australian artists will then start shaping this sand into large-scale, intricate sculptures. For more information and to book tickets visit

Tick off ‘buy new school shoes’. Early January is a great time to go shopping for this important purchase. If this is your first time buying shoes or you need a bit of a refresher, here are some great tips and things to consider, written by a Hills District Mums who’s a trained professional kids’ shoes fitter. Read more.

Take a train or bus into the city and visit the Sydney Sea Life Aquarium for a special day out. It’s great fun, even for mum and dad!


Visit Fagan Park for the day. We love this park! Find out why here.

Celebrate everything that makes Australia great on Australia Day at The Hills Shire’s massive afternoon celebration with show-stopping performances, rides, kid’s activities, delicious street food, roving performers, fireworks and much more. Click here for more info.

Parramatta Council offers some cool school holiday activities such as code club, seed mosaic craft, cooking workshops and learn to dive classes – find out more here.

Check out the school holidays category of the What’s On section of

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