• Daylight Saving starts – Sunday 1 October. More information on time changes here.
  • Labour Day Public Holiday – Monday 2 October.
  • School Term 4 starts on Monday 9 October.


Do you still need to arrange a camp, class or activity if you need to work or just need to fill in a half-day, a day or more? Here are some options in and around the Hills that may have some spots left.

Spot On Children’s Festival 2023 at Riverside Theatres. 23 September to 4 October.

Across 12 jam-packed days, this year’s festival features a fun-filled line-up of events, all guaranteed to keep your little (and big ones) entertained throughout the school holidays.

From 23 September to 4 October, Riverside Theatres is excited to present a program full of joy and wonder, hosting magical theatre and musical performances, workshops and many more entertaining events for the whole family.

Find out more here.


Fun at local shopping centres

  • Kidchella at HomeCo Castle Hill. Thursday 5 October to Saturday 7 October. 10am to 1pm.
  • Castle Towers – Colour Quest. Monday 25 September to Sunday 8 October. 10am to 2pm.
  • Rouse Hill Town Centre – Adventure Camp. Saturday 30 September to Sunday 8 October. 10am to 2pm.
  • North Rocks Shopping Centre – Reptile Rascals. Check out their website for more details.


Bella Vista Hotel

Hudson Hotel 


West Pennant Hills Sports Club


School Holidays at Powerhouse Castle Hill 

The Powerhouse Spring School Holidays Program runs from 23 September to 8 October 2023 and provides a range of in-depth workshops and free drop-in creative experiences, including popular digital programs Minecraft, Coding and Digital Design. Find out more here.


  • Bella Vista Farm Open Day. Sunday 1 October. 9am to 2pm.
  • Discovery walkthroughs: Fashionable Trends.  Powerhouse Castle Hill. Every Saturday and Sunday in September. From 11am.
  • Rouse Hill Estate open to the public. Every Sunday. 10am to 4pm.
  • The Farm at Lynwood Country Club. Every Sunday 11am – 2pm. Bring the kids along to see rabbits, birds and sheep! They’ll be entertained by the animal feedings and learn about life on the farm.
  • Kidchella at HomeCo Castle Hill. Thursday 5 October to Saturday 7 October. 10am to 1pm.
  • Lifeline Giant Book Fair Castle Hill. Friday 6 October, Saturday 7 October and Sunday 8 October. 9am to 5pm. Oakhill College.
  • Hills Food and Wine Festival. Sunday 8 October. Bella Vista Farm. 11am to 6pm.
  • Galston Valley Railway Open Day. Sunday 8 October. 9.30am – 3pm.
  • Terrarium Workshop at Castle Hill RSL. Thursday 12 October from 7pm
  • Parramatta Lanes. Wednesday 11 October to Saturday 14 October. 5pm to 10pm.
  • Savour the Flavour – Hawkesbury. Saturday 14 October. Richmond Park. 4pm to 9pm.
  • Family Fun Day at Dural Country Club. Sunday 15 October. From 11am.
  • Blacktown City Pet Festival. Sunday 15 October. Blacktown Animal Rehoming Centre. 10am to 2pm.
  • Nurragingy Miniature Railway. Sunday 15 October. 10am to 3pm.
  • Heathers the Musical. Friday 20 October – Sunday 29 October. Blackout Theatre Co, Pioneer Theatre, Castle Hill.
  • Granny Smith Festival. Saturday 21 October. 9am to 8.30pm. Eastwood.
  • Inala Fair. Sunday 22 October. 9am to 3pm. 99 Franklin Road Cherrybrook.
  • Kings Langley Village Fair. Sunday 22 October. Pearce Reserve Kings Langley.  9am to 3.30pm.
  • Spooky Storytime. Dress up and join the fun at Hills Shire Council Libraries annual Spooky Storytime. Stories and games to delight not fright! Create your own mini trick or treating bag to take home. Suitable for children in school years K-2.
  • Halloween at Castle Hill RSL & Lynwood Country Club. Saturday 28 October to Tuesday 31 October.
  • Halloween Trick and Treat Trail at Winston Hills Mall. Saturday 28 October and Sunday 29 October. 10am to 2pm.
  • Halloween party & kids’ disco. The Galston Club. Saturday 28 October. 4pm – 6pm.
  • Wahroonga Food and Wine Festival. Sunday 29 October. 11am to 5pm.
  • Count Crocula’s Halloween Party at Croc’s Rouse Hill or Croc’s Marsden Park. Tuesday 31 October. 5pm to 8pm.
  • Glenorie RSL’s Halloween Spooktacular Kids Disco. Tuesday 31 October 5pm. $5 entry per child. More info here.


  • Sydney Boutique Markets – Sunday 1 October. 10am to 4pm. Rouse Hill Town Centre.
  • St Albans Village Market – Sunday 8 October. 10am to 2pm. St Albans.
  • Dural Village Markets. Sunday 8 October. 9am to 2pm. Dural Country Club.
  • Castle Hill Farmers and Fine Food Market – Saturday 14 October and Saturday 28 October. 8am to 12pm. Castle Hill Showground.
  • The Hills UPMarket  Sunday 22 October. 9am to 2pm. Castle Hill Showground.
  • Glenorie Village Markets. Sunday 29 October 9am to 1pm. Les Shore Oval.


  • FREE storytime sessions for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers are held by libraries in the Hills throughout the week. For the full calendar see here.  Note:  These session don’t run through school holidays.

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