Spot On Children’s Festival at Riverside Theatres in Parramatta, 9-13 October.

Now in its seventh year, the premier arts festival for kids features live entertainment, films, workshops and free activities it is sure to hit the spot for ages 2 – 10+ years and their families. Find out more and book here.

Be a Farmer for a Day at Golden Ridge Animal Farm. Friday 12 October, Saturday 13 October and Sunday 14 October.

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!  Purchase tickets here.

Lifeline Giant Book Fair Castle Hill. Friday 12 October, Saturday 13 October and Sunday 14 October. 8am to 5pm. Oakhill College.

You can visit the Lifeline Giant Book Fair at Oakhill College Castle Hill on Friday 12 October, Saturday 13 October and Sunday 14 October, open from 8am to 5pm both days. This book fair is HUGE. They will have tens of thousands of books in as-new and near-new condition.  All funds raised support the vital services Lifeline Harbour to Hawkesbury provides for our local community – so help a good cause while grabbing your next great read!

Castle Hill Farmers and Fine Food Market – Saturday 13 October. 8am to 12pm. Castle Hill Showground.

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.

Get Your Groove On. Saturday 13 October. From 1pm. Bella Vista Farm.

Think Hunter Valley wine, boutique beers, amazing food, cheese, massage stations, lights in the trees, dancing on the grass, tarot readers, funky stalls and lots more, right in beautiful Bella Vista Farm!

Who doesn’t love gourmet food, wine and a music festival featuring artists like Pete Murray, Thirsty Merc, Clare Bowditch and Birds Of Tokyo? You can bring the family, make it a girls’ day out or even a date day & night. And Hills District Mums can save a huge $50 when you purchase a Get Your Groove On ‘Two Pack Plus’ Ticket and Hamper Package. To access this great special offer, just use the promo code ‘HILLSMUMS’ when purchasing here.

Disney Kids Day at Lynwood Country Club. Saturday 13 October. 11am to 2pm.

Galston Valley Railway Open Day. Sunday 14 October, 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! We love it – you can read more here. 29 Mid Dural Road, Galston. Make sure all train riders are in enclosed shoes!

School holiday activities running over the weekend

  • Castle Towers. Slide into fun at The Play Pool! Check out the a fun ball pit filled with pool toys, shapes, beach balls and more. It’s the perfect place for fun and selfies, so come and join the pool party. Suitable for children aged 4-12 years. Tuesday 2 October to Sunday 14 October. 10am to 4pm (open until 8pm on Thursdays).
  • Rouse Hill Town Centre.
    • Carnival on Main Street. Jump right in with a carnival in Main Street! Tea cups, lady bugs, bungee trampolines, fairy floss & more. Friday 5 October to Sunday 14 October. 10am to 1pm. Ride $5, 3 hour wristband $30.
    • Plaster creations. Enjoy creating and painting a HUGE range of 3D figures. Monday 1 October through to Sunday 14 October. From $5.

Earn Your Tucker at Rouse Hill House and Farm. Sunday 14 October. 10am to 12pm.

Help feed the chickens, collect the eggs, grind the corn, make the butter and pump the water. At the end of the program, you’ll sit on the verandah for some well-earned tucker! Below is a list of the main activities:

  • Pump the water and grind cereal grains, and then feed it to the chickens before collecting their eggs.
  • Learn how to do the egg test to make sure your egg is fresh.
  • Churn the butter on the verandah, washing off the buttermilk and patting the butter into shape, before taking it home.

Ages 5+.  Tickets can be purchases here

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