Although it’s chilly, there’s still lots to do in the school holidays. We’ve put together a list of things to keep everyone entertained. Have fun!
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.
Get painting! Take advantage of Little Plaster House’s buy one plaster, get one FREE deal these school holidays! Unit F76, 24 Lexington Drive, Bella Vista.
Go for a bush walk in the Hills. There are a few lovely walks right on our doorstep. Check them out here.
Treat the kids to lunch or dinner – for free! Book at the Novotel Parramatta’s 350 Restaurant and Lounge and kids eat FREE at lunch and dinner every weekend until 30 July 2017! More info here.
Calling all treasure hunters! On Wednesday 12 July, join Hills Shire Mayor Yvonne Keane and popular children’s entertainer Sam Moran from ‘Play Along with Sam’ on a time-travelling treasure hunt through Castle Hill Heritage Park these school holidays. There are three sessions available, register now to avoid disappointment. Open to Hills residents only.
Visit Featherdale Wildlife Park – it’s right near the Hills! And there’s a great offer for July – kids go free! Find out more here.
Check out Parramatta Winterlight, a winter wonderland of fun in the heart of Parramatta. Skate, eat and play from 30 June until 13 July. More details and tickets here.
Set off for a mini break. You could head to the Hunter Valley and participate in Snow Time at the Garden at the Hunter Valley Gardens or make it a long weekend and visit somewhere like Canberra where there are heaps of things for kids to do! The Blue Mountains is another great place to visit with kids and there’s also Mogo Zoo down south if the kids can handle a slightly longer car trip.
Check out the new interactive exhibition at Rouse Hill House & Farm. The exhibition features a highly detailed LEGO® brick model of Rouse Hill estate, cleverly crafted by LEGO® certified professional Ryan McNaught, and mini-figures of Rouse family members and friends. More info and tickets here.
Many Hills shopping centres run some great holiday activities. Here’s a summary of the first week’s activities:
- Castle Towers – Robokids coding workshops NOW BOOKED OUT!
- Rouse Hill Town Centre – build a bear workshops, live shows, Minecraft & science workshops and more. Details here.
- North Rocks Shopping Centre – circus workshops
- Stanhope Village – Shopkins and Hot Wheels interactive zones
- Castle Mall – winter wonder workshops
The Australian Brewery has a jam-packed holiday program for kids, with something on every day such us pizza making, live shows and laser tag. The full schedule is below.
If you’re really brave, go camping in the backyard and toast marshmallows. Or if that’s too chilly, camp out in the living room for something different!
Rouse Hill House & Farm has some great outdoor activities on. Check out ‘Bush Tucker’ (4, 6, 11 & 13 July, 10.30am-12.30pm) where you’ll search for bush tucker plants with Aboriginal guides from Muru Mittigar around Rouse Hill House & Farm. Learn about bush foods and make a traditional ‘Johnny cake’! Click here to book. Take a look at what else is on during the holidays at all the Sydney Living Museums venues here.
Pack a picnic and head to Fagan Park for the day – it’s one of our favourite places in the Hills. Read more about it here.Take part in the Golden Ridge Animal Farm Be a Farmer for a Day. Friday 7 July, Saturday 8 July and Sunday 9 July. Find out more details here.
If you’re needing to tick ‘take kids to dentist’ off your to-do list, local dental practice Cherrybrook Family Dental Care has a special no gap check up and clean deal these holidays! Find out more here.
See a movie. Here are the kids’ flicks showing at Event Cinemas Castle Hill.
Take the kids to Lynwood Country Club. They have a great play area and The Farm, where kids can see rabbits, birds, sheep and more. They’ll be entertained by the animal feedings and learn about life on the farm.
NAIDOC Family Fund Day and Open Day is on Wednesday 12 July from 10am to 1pm at Balcombe Heights Estate. The event will open with a Welcome to Country and include a smoking ceremony, indigenous wood carving, storytelling and entertainment from the One Good Day Choir. Fun for the kids with a jumping castle, children’s arts and crafts activities, Rural Fire Service and Police. The Learning in the Hills classrooms open with arts and craft displays and demonstrations and a book sale.
Go for a drive and check out the historic town of Windsor, right near the Hills. We visited a few months ago. Read more here.
Throw the bike or scooter in the boot and visit one of the many parks in the Hills with a track to ride. Here’s a list.
Event Cinemas has lots of movie themed activities on. Check them out below: