Although it’s chilly, there’s still lots to do in the school holidays. We’ve put together a list of things to keep everyone entertained. Have fun!

1 First stop: check out the Hills District Mums website. There are HEAPS of ideas and suggestions and we have a dedicated school holidays section on the homepage.

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

3 Set off for a mini break to Canberra where there are heaps of things for kids to do and mum and dad will enjoy it as well!

4 If you’re really brave, go camping in the backyard and toast marshmallows.

5 Castle Hill RSL has two great shows on during the holidays! There’s the Magical World of Crazy Science on Tues 9 July. It’s a unique mix of science, magic, humour and the arts by award winning entertainer Richard Sholes. Tickets are only $12! And on Wed 17 July legendary multi-award winning magician and illusionist Jonas Jost performs his action-packed Ultimate Magic Show, featuring hilarious comedy and mind blowing magic for kids and parents alike. Tickets $15. Find out more and book online: https://bit.ly/2Nbk3gF

6 Visit Rouse Hill House and Farm. This local icon is a Sydney Living Museums historic house and runs a number of school holiday activities – there’s lots to see and do! See Rouse Hill House & Farm in LEGO® Bricks, take a family friendly tour and learn about bush tucker. Find out more here.

7 Go for a bush walk in the Hills! There are a few lovely walks right on our doorstep. Check them out here.

8 Many Hills shopping centres run some great holiday activities. Here are some fun options:

9 Head out to Canoelands Orchard. There’s a kids program on which includes feeding the animals, a tractor ride, picking tomatoes, a bee presentation and packing shed presentation. 2 dates – 11 & 17 July. $10 per child. Click here to book.
If you’re keen to visit the orchard outside of this program there’s a free tractor ride at 10am weekdays and free entry for kids over the holidays.

10 The Hills Super Centre has a range of creative workshops on for kids and adults alike! There’s macrame wall hanging, slime making, organic skincare, dinosaur & fairy garden workshops and more. Find out more and book here.

11 Visit The Burrow cafe in Cherrybrook where kids 13 yrs and under eat free breakfast, lunch and dinner all school holidays! Find out more here.

12 Take the kids to The Marsden Brewhouse during the school holidays so they can get crafty & creative! There’s something on every day of the two week period such as pizza making, reptile handling, bingo, a magic show, cupcake decorating and creating something special for Dad for Father’s Day! 10am – 12pm weekdays, 11am – 1pm. Bookings essential. $10 per child with 50% of funds going to The Children’s Hospital at Westmead. Check out the program below. 

13 See the hilarious Jack & the Beanstalk 3D Spectacular Panto at the State Theatre, with a fabulous cast including every mum’s favourite Jimmy Rees, Lucy Durack, Peter Rowsthorn and Richard Reid! Tickets from $49 at www.ozpanto.com

14 Check out a park a little further afield – click here for some fun options. School holidays mean you may have more time to venture from the Hills!

15 Go fruit picking. There are a few great options not far from the Hills. Find out more here.

16 If you’re looking for a day out in the city head to the Museum of Sydney and experience the family exhibition How Cities Work before it finishes on 21 July. More info here.

17 Ride the new Sydney Metro Northwest. If you’re keen to test out the new trains, here are some ideas for adventures right by the stations serviced by the new line that little ones will enjoy.

18 Set up a pamper parlour, with braiding and nail painting and finish off with high tea at home!

19 Visit Parklea Markets on Sunday 14 July for the monthly family fun day. Join in the fun from 11am to 2pm including an animal farm, face painting, live music, jumping castles, rides, a colouring in competition and exclusive stallholder deals!

20 If you’re wanting to eat out with the kids during the holidays for a special treat, here’s a list of pubs and restaurants in or near the Hills that have a play area. Everyone wins!

21 If mum or dad work in the city, take a trip in to visit them! Getting there by bus or train is always good fun too!

22 Choreograph and perform a concert for mum and dad! Remember doing this? Dance, comedy sketches, magic or singing are great fun!

23 Visit Featherdale Wildlife Park. From 1 – 31 July 2019, 4 kids get in for FREE with every full-paying adult at Featherdale!

24 Hawkesbury Fest at Governor Phillip Park in Windsor on Sunday 21 July from 10am – 3pm. This free community event hosted by Hawkesbury City Council celebrates Local Government Week and is a great day out for the whole family! Find out more here.

25 Winterlight is on in Price Alfred Square in Parramatta from 5 – 21 July and offers Sydney’s biggest open-air rink, an ice slide, a dedicated kid’s rink and an illuminated ferris wheel.

26 Visit Fagan Park for the day. We love this park! Find out why here.

27 Take a look at what’s on at your local library – they often have school holiday things on!