The holidays are here again! Spring holidays are lovely as the weather is warming up and you can get out in the sunshine without worrying too much about it being stinking hot. Here are some ideas to keep everyone busy for the next couple of weeks.
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. Book in a camp, class or workshop. If you need a hand with care over the break, a school holiday workshop or camp is a lifesaver … and super fun too! Many have been on hold due to COVID but now they’re back and looking forward to welcoming Hills kids! There’s something for everyone – from zookeeper for a day, gymnastics, swimming, basketball, netball, aerial workshops & more! Here’s the HDM Spring school holidays guide.
3. Set off on a mini break! Rural NSW is crying out for visitors and don’t forget about one of our favourite places, Canberra where there are heaps of things for kids to do and mum and dad will enjoy it as well! Currently, lots of places are open such as Questacon, Cockington Green, the National Arboretum and the Australian War Memorial. Make sure you check with each venue as to how they’re operating as you may have to book times etc. For a list of cool things to tick off on your visit click here.
4. Most of the shopping centres are keeping their school holiday programs COVID-19 friendly. Here are some options:
- North Rocks Shopping Centre – kids eat free at Suzie Duke’s
- Seven Hills Plaza – safari fun
- Castle Towers – outdoor explorers
- Rouse Hill Town Centre – Spring potting, lemonade & bliss ball making workshops
5. Go for a bush walk in the Hills! There are a few lovely walks right on our doorstep. Check them out here.
6. Build a fort or a cubby. We just do it indoors with pillows and sheets but if the weather’s nice you could get creative outside too!
- SEA LIFE Sydney
- WILD LIFE Sydney
- Madame Tussauds
- Sydney Tower Eye
- Illawarra Fly Treetop Walk
8. Build an obstacle course indoors or outdoors. This is a great one for exercise and something the whole family can help with. Just ensure it’s safe! Here’s some inspiration.
9. Set up a scavenger hunt. Click here to find some of the ones we’ve developed.
10. Visit a water play park. 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.
11. Make some puppets and put on a puppet show. A quick Google and you’ll find lots of ideas.
13. 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.
14. Build a structure with a deck of cards. The tallest is the winner!
15. Pubs with a playground. 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!
16. Learn basketball! Is your child really keen to learn to play basketball? The Hills Hornets Basketball Assocation is running holiday camps for all levels. Find out more here.
17. Ride the Sydney Metro Northwest. If you’re still to do a day on the metro trains, here are some ideas for adventures right by the stations serviced by the new line that little ones will enjoy.
18. Make a recycling boat. Use items around your house (e.g. recycling and arts and crafts) and create a boat that can float on water.
19. Build a robot. Again, recycling is great for this!
20. Have a paper plane competition. Google different methods of making planes and see which one goes the furthest.
21. 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!
22. Visit Berry Island Reserve. About half an hour’s drive from the Hills, Berry Island Reserve is a beautiful spot to visit for a day trip or picnic. There’s lots of space, harbour views, a playground and a short bush walk. Find out more here.
23. Check out the Hills District Mums Activity Library. If you have a child under the age of 5 years old, our library of suggestions will keep your child busy and engaged. Perfect for school holidays, rainy days, stay at home days and days where you just can’t work out what to do with them! Kids up to the age of 10 might enjoy most of these activities too. Click here.
24. Go for a bike or scooter ride. One of the great things that has happened during COVID-19 lock down is that more kids got out on their bikes! Here’s a list of places in the Hills for your kids to ride their bike or scooter.
24. Choreograph a dance or put on a magic show. Good old fashioned fun!
26. Visit Fagan Park for the day. We love this park! Find out why here.