Winter Fair at Rouse Hill Town Centre

Ice skating – An ice skating rink has arrived at Market Square, Rouse Hill Town Centre! Enjoy a 30 minute session on the ice skating rink with your friends and family. Runs from 21 June through to 21 July. Read more here.

Creatures of the Ice – Go back to prehistoric times and view and exhibit of life-size ice animals plus join in the activity zone, with different craft items each week. From Monday 8 July to Friday 19 July. 11am to 2pm daily.

Winter Carnival – Slide down Main St on the 25 metre toboggan, ride the carousel and spin on the all new ferris wheel! From Saturday 6 July to Sunday 21 July. 10am to 9pm daily. Cost: Varies per ride, 2 hour unlimited wristband available for $20. More information here.

Note: If rides and ice skating are the plan, Rouse Hill Town Centre has a great value entertainment bundle. It includes a meal, movie, popcorn, skate session and carnival rides for only $35 for kids and $40 for adults. There are more details here.


Winterlight at Parramatta. Prince Alfred Square in Parramatta. From Friday 5 July until Sunday 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. More information can be found here.


Meet the Senses at Castle Towers

Saturday 6 July to Sunday 21 July from 10am to 3pm (5pm to 8pm on Thursday evenings). Suitable for ages 4-12 years under 4 years must be supervised by parent/guardian.

Go on an experimental journey of the five senses, where you can explore the weird and wonderful ways our senses work! See, smell, taste, hear and touch your way around a series of interactive pods these holidays and get to know the weird and wonderful ways the five senses work.

Smell-a-vision – Put your sniffing skills to the ultimate test! Spin the wheel and match the test tubes scents. Can you guess correctly?

Sounds like fun – The disco dome will carry you into a music bubble. Don’t forget to bring your dancing shoes!

Feelin’ arty – Here’s your chance to get creative with colour. Build a series of sculptures and let your imagination run wild!

Taste bud time – Bring your own flavour to the table. Decorate your very own take-home placemat, whilst learning a few tasty facts along the way.


Parklea Markets family fun day. Sunday 14 July, 11am – 2pm.

Parklea Markets hold a family fun day on the second Sunday of every month. Check out an animal farm, face painting, live music, jumping castles, rides and a colouring in competition


Galston Valley Railway Open Day. Sunday 14 July, 9.30am – 3pm.

Run by the Hornsby Model Engineers’ Co-operative, Galston Valley Railway is an amazing and unique experience, particularly if you have a train fanatic in the family! 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. And it’s right here in the outer Hills, although you’d never know from simply driving past! You can read more here. Open Sunday 14 July from 9.30am to 3pm. 29 Mid Dural Road, Galston. Make sure all train riders are in enclosed shoes!


Burramatta NAIDOC. Parramatta Park. Sunday 14 July. 12pm to 6pm.

NAIDOC is a celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and an opportunity to recognise the contributions of Indigenous Australians in various fields. NAIDOC week (7 – 14 July) showcases a national Indigenous program of events that acknowledge the diversity of Aboriginal culture and celebrating reconciliation. This year’s NAIDOC theme, “Voice.Treaty.Truth. Let’s work together for a shared future” will be a platform for acknowledgement, conversations and understanding of our history in order for all Australians to move forward together.

Burramatta NAIDOC held on 14 July, at Parramatta Park is focused on the Darug people, land and places in Parramatta and its surrounding areas.

You are invited to enjoy a range of free activities to celebrate the rich Indigenous culture through workshops, traditional arts and crafts, bush tucker, music and dance, heritage tours and market stalls. The full program for the day can be found here.


Celebrate NAIDOC Week at Rouse Hill House and Farm. Sunday 14 July. 10am to 4pm.

Join us at Rouse Hill House & Farm on Sunday 14 July for our own celebrations with cultural partner Muru Mittigar Aboriginal Cultural & Education Centre. The day is suitable for all ages and will include language workshops, dance performances, a smoking ceremony, yarning circle, weaving, boomerang painting and more! More information can be found here.


NAIDOC Week Craft Activities. All Parramatta Council libraries. 9.30am to 5pm. Sunday 7 July to Sunday 14 July.

All Parramatta Council libraries will celebrate NAIDOC week commencing on Sunday 7 July to Sunday 14 July.

NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but also by Australians from all walks of life. The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

Visit any City of Parramatta Libraries and help us create Indigenous themed bunting that will be displayed at Burramatta Day celebration.

Activities are for people of all ages and will be held during library opening hours.


Head to a market

  • Castle Hill Farmers and Fine Food Market – Saturday 13 July. 8am to 12pm. Castle Hill Showground.
  • The Growers’ Markets – Dural Country Club. Sunday 14 July. 9am to 2pm. Dural Country Club.

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