1 First stop: check out the Hills District Mums website. There are HEAPS of ideas and suggestions and we have a dedicated school holidays section on the homepage.
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 options in and around the Hills that may have some spots left.
3 Check out the Spot On Children’s Festival at Riverside Theatres in Parramatta, 9-13 October. Now in its seventh year, the premier arts festival for kids features live entertainment, films, workshops and free activities it is sure to hit the spot for ages 2 – 10+ years and their families. Find out more and book here.
4 Many Hills shopping centres run some great holiday activities. Here are some fun options:
- Stanhope Village – a chill out zone and kids yoga
- Rouse Hill Town Centre – dino digs, billycart decorating, craft, plaster fun, a LEGO Nexo Knights Play Zone & more
- Castle Towers – The Play Pool
- Seven Hills Plaza – Spring planting & design your own pencil case
- Cherrybrook Village – DIY veggie patch
- North Rocks – reptile fun & pizza making.
5 If you’re looking to get away for a day or two, Canberra is a great option and Questacon should definitely be on your list! Crowne Plaza Canberra has a Questacon package which includes a family pass to the science and technology centre! We recently visited and LOVED it! Find out all about Questacon here.
6 And if you visit these school holidays you’ll be able to check out Floriade too, which is on right now.
7 Chase and Marshall will be visiting Parklea Markets these school holidays for some FREE paw-some fun and create your very own Paw Patrol mask! Kids will get the chance to meet Chase & Marshall PLUS there will be face painting, balloon twisting and a colouring in competition. One weekend only – Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 October, 10am to 2pm daily. In the Parklea Kids Zone, near door 7.
8 Visit some animals! There are lots of places to get up close with animals and it makes for a great day trip during the school holidays. Here are 13 suggestions.
9 Fly a kite Rouse Hill House & Farm as part of their Morning Kites activity. Saturday 29 September until Sunday 14 October. 10am to 12pm. Find out more here.
10 There are some Kids Days on at Castle Hill RSL and Lynwood Country Club. Dates below and see their Facebook page or website for more info:
- Teen Titans Go! With mask painting, colouring in competitions and more. Castle Hill RSL – Friday 5 Oct. Lynwood – Thurs 4 Oct. 11am to 2pm.
- Toy Story. With games, face painting, balloons and more! Tuesday 9 October. Castle Hill RSL only. 11am to 2pm.
- Disney Kids Day. Entertainers, games, face painting and more! Saturday 13 October. Lynwood only. 11am to 2pm.
11 Visit Fagan Park in Galston. We love this park! And the lower playground has just been redone. Find out all about the park here.
12 With Spring in full bloom, visit a nursery, buy some little potted flowers and do some gardening. There are some great nurseries in the area and some even have a cafe! Try Swane’s in Galston, Flower Power in Dural or Eden Gardens a little further afield in Maquarie Park. Bunnings also have great nursery sections.
13 Spring is a great time to visit Featherdale Wildlife Park! From joey kangaroos in pouches to penguin chicks hatching, the wildlife park is alive with bundles of new arrivals. Take advantage of the Spring Saver package ($99, valued at $139) or become a zookeeper for a day these school holidays! More info here.
14 It’s perfect weather for a bushwalk and this is a great way to get everyone outside in the sunshine! Here are some options in and around the Hills.
15 Take a look at what’s on at your local library – they often have school holiday things on!
16 Check out TimeZone Rouse Hill’s Sweet Treats offer! Get $55 Arcade Credit and a show bag when you load up $40!
17 If we’re lucky to have a couple of warm days during the holidays, visit one of the water play parks in the area. Kids seem not to mind if it’s not even that warm! Here’s a list of water play parks in and around the Hills.
18 Get into some gymnastics at The Little Gym Dural’s Open Day to celebrate their 3rd Birthday! Grab a friend and join in the free fun from 11am – 2pm on Friday 5 Oct at their Dural location. There will be an open gym, prize giveaways and of course cake!
19 We discovered this last holidays and it was great fun! The Centre in Dural runs Inflatable Holiday Fun from Tuesday 2 October to Friday 5 October and Monday 8 October to Friday 12 October. 9.30am to 4.30pm. It’s good for toddlers, with a separate area, through to kids of about 8. And there’s a cafe on site too! More info here.
20 Event Cinemas Castle Hill has free movie themed activities on. Take a look below: