There are so many great 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. Several local shopping centres have some free holiday fun on!

 

4. Check out your local library. There are great libraries in the Hills including Dural, Castle Hill and Vinegar Hill – they’re also nice and cool on warm summer days.

5. 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! They also double as good picnic spots.

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

7. Check out John Wearn Reserve in Carlingford! The playground is safari themed and great for kids. There is also a skate park and courts for older kids to play on. Read more here.

8. Getting 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.

9. Head out for the day to the Ian Potter Children’s WILD PLAY Garden in Centennial Park. If you haven’t been before, it’s well worth the trip from the Hills to the East! Find out more here.

10. Enjoy a day trip to somewhere you haven’t been before. We’ve enjoyed trips to Dangar Island and Patonga.

11. Take the kids to the BMX riding. There’s a 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. And there’s a new track at Turon Reserve Baulkham Hills!

12. Check out the new nature playground at Bobbin Head Reserve. If you don’t mind your kids getting dirty the upgraded playground at Bobbin Head, Mt Colah is for you! The playground is essentially one big sandpit! It includes a six metre high climbing net, a timber parkour deck challenge, swings, a couple of slides and tunnels to crawl in. It’s fully fenced and shaded in places. To find out more visit here.

13. 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.

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

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

16. 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!

17. There’s sure to be some hot days over the summer holidays. Visit one of the water play parks in and around the Hills. We’ve checked with a few of the local councils are for now water play will continue and they will monitor restrictions and water needs.

18. 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.

19. 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.

20. Visit Aquatopia in Prairiewood. We went last year and it was awesome for our kids, aged 6 and 8. We thought $65 for a family of four was great value too. Find out more here.

21. Visit the Maritime Museum in Darling Harbour. There’s boatloads of fun to be had every day including enjoying creative play inside Patch Theatre’s Sea of Light, art making and scientific experiments in Kids on Deck, exploring the harbour’s smallest inhabitants at the Ocean Lab, adventuring on a museum trail, exhibitions and vessels to explore and so much more.

22. Check out the recently refurbished playground at Glenhaven Oval. This only opened a couple of weeks ago and is right by a cafe if you’re up for coffee and/or milkshakes.