Celebrate NAIDOC Week at Rouse Hill House and Farm. Sunday 15 July. 10am to 3pm.

Join the family-friendly celebration of NAIDOC Week and Aboriginal culture, on Darug country.

Start of the day with a Welcome to Country by Leanne Watson and Rhiannon Wright and a Smoking Ceremony by Nulungu Dreaming. Then help raise the Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Australian flags to open the event.

Take part in a range of family-friendly activities throughout the day:

  • Listen to performances by award-winning poet, singer and dancer Gumaroy Newman.
  • Try your hand at the ancient art of boomerang throwing and paint one to take home.
  • Participate in one of our popular Darug language workshops held in the unique setting of the 1888 Rouse Hill school house.
  • Meet native animals with Get Wild.
  • Step inside the historic homestead on one of our house tours.

Enjoy a barbecue cook-up by Mad Mob and tea and coffee from Darcy St Project.

Burramatta NAIDOC. Parramatta Park. Sunday 15 July. 12pm to 6.30pm.

The community is invited to the Burramatta NAIDOC festivities in the picturesque surrounds of Parramatta Park. On the day, there will be a full program of free family-friendly activities and special performances.  This year’s program will feature:

•    Singer-songwriter Casey Donovan
•    Performances by Evie J Willie and Rebecca Hatch
•    Food Stalls and a free BBQ
•    Open corroboree sand circle
•    GWS Giants activities
•    Traditional dance and music
•    Arts, craft and games
•    Heritage tours
•    Aboriginal astronomy
•    A spectacular fireworks finale

Pavilion Flat, Parramatta Park, Entrance George Street, Parramatta 2150.

NAIDOC Celebrations at Winston Hills Mall. Saturday 14 July and Sunday 15 July. 10am to 2pm.

Immerse yourself in the oldest surviving culture on earth with Winston Hills Mall and Kadoo Tours. Come walk in the footsteps of Tim Ella, a traditional man of this Yuin Nation where he takes you back to his ‘Dreaming’, to the stone age where man lived in harmony with the land.

This unique experience commences with a ‘Welcoming Ochre Ceremony’ at 11am each day followed by bush tucker tasting, didgeridoo (boys only) and clap stick (girls only) lessons, indigenous dancing and much more!

The kids will also love designing their own boomerang and being able to touch and feel traditional indigenous artefacts that will be on display.

Winter Fair at Rouse Hill Town Centre.

An ice skating rink has arrived at Market Square, Rouse Hill Town Centre! Enjoy a range of activities including ice skating, bubble soccer, basketball on ice, food, prize giveaways and lots more! Runs from 25 June through to 22 July.  Read more here.

This weekend there’s a Mexican Fiesta at 6.15pm on Friday night and a silent disco on Saturday and Sunday nights from 7.45pm.

Opening hours:  Everyday: 10am – 9pm

Winterlight at Parramatta.

From Friday 6 July until Saturday 21 July enjoy 17 fun-filled days at one of Sydney’s biggest winter festivals, complete with a range of family-friendly activities, including the largest open-air rink in Sydney, dedicated kid’s rink, an elevated ice slide, illuminated Ferris wheel, free children’s activities, amusement rides, delicious gourmet food and live music at the Alpine Food Village and more. 10am to late daily. Prince Alfred Square in Parramatta.

More information can be found here.

Castle Hill Farmers and Fine Food Market. Saturday 14 July. 8am to 12pm. 

Pop on down to these fresh food markets – it’s a great Saturday morning if the sun’s shining. If you haven’t been, click here for an idea of what to expect. There’s an array of locally made gourmet food and produce, including cheeses, breads, traditional pastas, fresh fruit and veg and in our opinion the best bacon and egg roll in the Hills. Castle Hill Showground, Saturday 14 July, 8am to 12pm.

Humpback Whale Sculture Workshops at Castle Towers

Monday 9 July to Sunday 22 July from 10am to 2pm.  No bookings required, all ages welcome.

Drop by one of the free recycled art workshops with the kids this school holiday period and help bring to life a 1.2m-high sculpture of a mother humpback whale. Each day kids and adults are invited to head along to paint and decorate their own recycled plastic objects under the guidance of artists. Check back regularly over the fortnight to see the sculpture evolving! Upon its completion at the end of school holidays, the Castle Towers whale will be displayed as a beautiful piece of community art and timely reminder of the impact of plastic pollution on our oceans.

Lego fun at Cherrybrook Village

When: Monday 9 July through to Sunday 15 July. 11am to 2pm.

Join in the fun with LEGO® bricks these school holidays. There’s lots of great prizes to be won and a special guest appearance by Lego Emmet. FREE.

Golden Ridge Animal Farm Be a Farmer for a Day. Friday 13 July, Saturday 14 July and Sunday 15 July.

Get your hands dirty on the farm and have a day you won’t forget. Golden Ridge Animal Farm is open every day in the school holidays. A standard visit to the farm follows a path of activities – holding baby animals, walking around the farm feeding and seeing the larger farm animal varieties, milking the cow and bottle feeding the baby lambs and goats. The Be a Farmer for the Day events are extra special. You get full access to the farm and get to visit any animal whenever you like, fully supervised by one of our farmers. Plus there’s scarecrow stuffing, egg collecting, pony rides, animal feeding, sheep and goat racing, gumboot throwing competitions and more! Find out more details here.

North Kellyville Square First Birthday event. Saturday 14 July. 10am to 2pm.

School Holiday Activities at The Australian Brewery

Kids go free in July at Featherdale Wildlife Park!

For the month of July, Kids will receive FREE admission to Featherdale Wildlife Park with the purchase of a full-priced adult ticket! Get the family together and make it a fun day out at Featherdale! With every full-paying adult, get up to THREE kids in for FREE. This is not valid in conjunction with any other promotion or offer.

Dates: Sunday, 1 July 2018 – Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Time: 8am – 5pm daily, last entry 4:45pm

Full details here.

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