There are so many fantastic things to do these summer holidays!
1. First stop: check out the Hills District Mums website. There are HEAPS of ideas and suggestions for things to do that will keep everyone entertained!
2. If you need a helping hand with care over the break, there are stacks of camps and classes on in and around the Hills, for all types of interests. Here’s a list. Book soon as they fill up.
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! See Rouse Hill House & Farm in LEGO® Bricks, meet the staff from Muru Mittigar then paint a boomerang and your face to experience the ancient art of dance and storytelling in the beautiful bush setting or take a family friendly tour. Find out more here.
4. Go for a bush walk in the Hills! There are a few lovely walks right on our doorstep. Check them out here.
5. There are fun activities on at several local shopping centres in January. Check them out below:
- Rouse Hill Town Centre: Mon 14 Jan to Fri 18 Jan – Shimmer and Shine workshop. Mon 21 Jan to Fri 25 Jan – Nickelodeon craft zone with character meet and greets.
- North Rocks Shopping Centre: Mon 14 Jan to Fri 18 Jan – koala biscuit decorating. Mon 21 Jan to Fri 25 Jan – back to school craft.
- Seven Hills Plaza: live sea creatures interactive display and a Captain Barnacles meet and greet. Commencing Tues 8 Jan.
- Stanhope Village: Summer activity zone full of craft and fun. Tues 15 – Fri 18 Jan, Tues 22 – Fri 25 Jan, 11am – 2pm.
- Castle Towers: the Botanical Buddies lab. Sat 12 Jan – Sun 27 Jan.
6. 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.
7. Get a new bike or scooter for Christmas? Test it out at one of the many parks that have paths or areas to ride on. Here’s a list of places in and around the Hills.
8. Sydney is full of beautiful spots to swim and they’re not all surf beaches by the coast. Here’s a list of some of our favourites, perfect for a day trip over summer!
9. If your kids are fans of How To Train Your Dragon, then they’ll love the free, immersive light installation at Event Cinemas Castle Hill to celebrate the new movie opening on 3 January! Castle Towers is one of only a handful of cinemas in NSW to host the installation and kids can lose themselves in the enchanting surrounds, grab a photo with Toothless and Light Fury, and go in search of other dragons from the franchise. It’s live from 21 December.
10. Choreograph and perform a concert for mum and dad! Remember doing this? Dance, comedy sketches, magic or singing are great fun!
11. Towards the end of the school holidays, celebrate everything that makes Australia great on Australia Day at The Hills Shire’s massive afternoon celebration at Bella Vista Farm on 26 January from 12pm – 9pm. There’s an impressive list of Aussie acts, kids dedicated zones and Australiana-themed entertainment including children’s entertainment group Hi-5, party group The High Rollers Big Band and The Voices Supergroup with Taxiride’s Jason Singh, Boom Crash Opera’s Dale Ryder, X Factor winner Reece Mastin and Choirboys’ Mark Gable. Enjoy rides, street food, roving performers and Australiana displays including sheep shearing, blacksmithing, whip cracking and working dog demonstrations from Tobruk Sheep Station. More details here.
12. 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.
13. Let your children experience what it’s like to be a Featherdale Zookeeper in their summer school holiday break! On selected dates, children aged 8 – 14 years can head to Featherdale and get a firsthand experience in caring for Australian wildlife! More information can be found here.
14. If you’ve never visited Timezone at Rouse Hill Town Centre, it’s a great holiday treat – even for mum and dad! We visited recently and loved that there were some old school arcade style games, while the kids got into the latest crazes! Good fun for everyone! They often have deals on too so it’s worth checking out their website before your visit – timezone.com.au
15. 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.
16. For a bit of a Summer holiday treat, head to one of the venues in Sydney for some water slide action! You’ll need to travel but it’s great fun! Here’s a list of good ones.
17. 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.
18. Join in the fun at Sydney Dance Company this Summer and develop skills in a range of dance styles. For boys and girls, from the beginner to experienced dancer, Sydney Dance Company workshops are a great way for young people to improve their dance technique and learn new routines taught by Sydney’s best teachers and choreographers. Baulkham Hills, 8 – 11 Jan. More info here.
19. Celebrate Australia Day at Stanhope Village on Saturday 26 January with a sausage sizzle, thong throwing comp, roaming entertainment, face painting and more! More info here.
20. Visit Fagan Park for the day. We love this park! Find out why here.
21. 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!
22. Take a drive to Galston Valley Railway if you have a little train enthusiast in the family! It’s open to the public once a month and will be open during the holidays on Sunday 13 January. Run by the Hornsby Model Engineers’ Co-operative, it’s a miniature railway with a main line length of about 1km running through a picturesque bush setting, with a mix of steam and diesel trains. Find out more here.
23. There’s sure to be some hot days over the summer holidays. Visit one of the water play parks in and around the Hills.
24. 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!
26. Event Cinemas Castle Hill has lots of fun, free movie-themed activities on throughout January. Here’s the calendar.
27. 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.
28. 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!