Burramatta NAIDOC. Saturday 13 July, 10am – 4pm The Crescent, Parramatta Park.

Celebrate NAIDOC Week with fun, food, music and activities at a FREE outdoor festival and concert headlined by JK-47.

  • Shop for art, clothes and jewellery at the market stalls.
  • Enjoy the workshops and traditional dance.
  • Entertain the kids with free activities.
  • Grab lunch from the food trucks.
  • Watch the concert headlined by hip hop artist JK-47.

Join in an immersive experience as we celebrate Dharug and other First Nations people’s rich culture and enduring strength.

The theme for 2024 National NAIDOC Week is ‘Keep the fire burning! Blak, loud and proud’, honouring the enduring strength and vitality of First Nations culture.

All welcome! Entry is free!

Find out more HERE.


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NAIDOC Week at Rouse Hill Estate. Sunday 14 July. 10am to 2pm.

On Sunday 14 July, Museums of History NSW is partnering with Muru Mittigar to bring you a FREE day of fun activities for the whole family. Experience a Welcome to Country by Uncle Colin Locke and Smoking Ceremony by Uncle Wes Marne, followed by dance performances by the Khuna Family Dance Group, before joining elders Uncle Wes and Uncle Colin in the yarning circle and discover more than a century of knowledge, culture and strength.

Throughout the day you can also enjoy didgeridoo performances and storytelling or learn weaving techniques with Ngiyampaa and Guringai multidisciplinary artist Tarni Eastwood, owner of Nula Weaving, based on Dharug land. See how Brad Burrows creates traditional tools, and drop in to Muru Mittigar Aboriginal Cultural and Education Centre to learn how to throw a boomerang, make art, or check out Aboriginal art and artefacts while listening to some great yarns.

Rotary and the Country Women’s Association will be on hand to provide light refreshments and food.

Check out the full program and book your FREE tickets online here. 356 Annangrove Road, Rouse Hill.


Performances at Riverside Theatre

Children are Stinky – Thursday 11 July to Saturday 13 July. Winners of the coveted Children’s Choice Award and a sell-out Edinburgh Fringe sensation, this award-winning kid’s comedy can’t wait to perform in Parramatta! High calibre circus, a rocking soundtrack, and genuine belly laughs propelled the Australian debut of Children are Stinky to Sell-Out seasons across the world. This is a show to be seen. Suitable for ages 3-12. Innovative stagecraft combined with mischievous fun have wowed reviewers and audiences alike with their focus on high skilled acrobatics and entertaining circus mix with a fun accessible narrative. Buy tickets here.


Family Day: Alchemy. Castle Hill Powerhouse. Saturday 13 July. 10am to 4pm.

Powerhouse Castle Hill presents a free day of demonstrations, workshops, tours, drop-in activities and fun for people of all ages. The day’s program is inspired by Alchemy, a current exhibition showcasing First Nations creative practitioners from across Australia.

In addition, the Powerhouse Winter School Holidays program runs from 6–21 July 2024. It provides a range of in-depth workshops and free drop-in creative experiences, including popular digital programs Adobe, digital illustration, and artist-led creative workshops. Families are invited to adventure through exhibitions to discover the stories and histories of objects on display. Powerhouse Castle Hill is open every Saturday and Sunday from 10am–4pm.


Castle Towers – the Champions Arena.

Make your way through the arena to complete 5 interactive sporting activities. 8 – 21 July, 10am – 2pm. More info here.


Pick your own fruit – Mandarin season

Throwing all the kids in the car and heading off fruit picking is a great activity that the whole family can enjoy! It’s a great way to show kids where their fruit comes from while also being out in the sunshine and fresh air. We’re lucky here in the Hills to have fabulous farms right on our doorstep so the journey isn’t too far – as we all know, with young kids there’s no such thing as enjoying a long, leisurely drive!

Here are our tips for places to visit this Winter. Most places charge a price for for what you pick. Also, things change due to seasons and weather, so make sure you check the farm’s website or Facebook page for opening times before you set off. And don’t forget to take your own bags.


Visit Inflatable World in Dural!

These school holidays, your kids can get out some energy jumping on a wide range of inflatable rides at The Centre in Dural while you can sit back and enjoy their cafe. 2 hour sessions are available between the hours of 9am to 4pm, no prior booking required. Tickets start at $9 for kids 4 and under, and $17 for kids 5 and over, but discounts are available for multiple kids or multi day bookings. See website for details.

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