So much to do these holidays – a long list – and such extraordinary places (far and wide) to do it! It seems that science and nature are the hot topics this school holiday. So, ‘I’m bored’ is not to be whinged in our household!.



Indoor Activity:


   MAAS Discovery Centre


Museums Discovery Centre (Castle Hill) offers a long list, so long we can’t list them all. There is an activity for all ages and the big theme here is science: Design & Make, 13 July, Jump into SuperScience, 19 July for kids ages 6 & 7. For kids a bit older, its Minecraft Multiplayer, ages 7 – 11, 19 July. Click here for more details




 Hawkesbury Regional Gallery


Hawkesbury Regional Gallery (Windsor) is into art, art, art! Gold leaf gilding, print mania, mythical creatures in clay and graphic letter art. All workshops are 10am - 2pm. (fee) for more details


Outdoor activity:



  • Australiana Pioneer Village is open Tuesday – Wednesday (10am – 4pm) and the theme is ‘Science & Nature’. On Sunday 22nd July, the favourite ‘Teddy Bears’ Picnic is on. (fee) Check fhis out for more details



    Rouse Hill Lego Exhibition 


For life on the farm, it’s Rouse Hill’s Bush Tucker Search

  • Search for bush tucker plants around Rouse Hill House & Farm with Aboriginal guides from Muru Mittigar. Learn about traditional bush foods and make a johnnycake. Monday 16 July, Wednesday 18 July, 10.301m - 12 noon.   
  • The interactive LEGO Exhibition is still on. Great family fun. . . Get Creative! 




      Blue Mountains Botanic Garden




For life with Mossy Monsters in a Blue Mountains Garden

  • Why is green, green? How does colour get its colour? Plants as old as dinosaurs in a garden in the Blue Mountains? Yes, it’s the NERD ALERT again at Blue Mountains Botanic Garden Mount Tomah. Hands on science for kids with curiosity.Get your tickets here



    Bilpin Cider Third Sunday


For the Family, its the Thirsty Third Sunday picnic & music at Bilpin Cider  -- Pick apples, Pet an alpaca and Play on a jumping castle. Picnics to order, Bilpin cider to taste.                        2369 Bells Line of Road.



  Great Day out in the Eastern Blue Mountains


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Bicentennial Dedication & Commemoration: World Heritage Site Female Factory 


Celebrating the women and children of the Female Factory, Parramatta


History, Her Story, Our Story is a dedication, commemoration and celebration of the Parramatta Female Factory Women and the bicentennial of the laying of the first stone of the factory, by Governor Lachlan Macquarie. 


Events include: dedication and reflection, commemoration of the lives of the female factory women and celebration of their contributions to Australian history and our lives in contemporary Australia. It will be an historic event! The dedication ceremony will be led by Professor the Hon Dame Marie Bashir AD CVO. This will also include a number of speakers including patrons Tom and Meg Keneally and female factory descendants of the women and staff.


You are invited to bring along a posie or short message to include as part of the ceremony after the commemorative wall is unveiled.




The Bicentennial Dedication is the key event in this suite of events held at 1:00pm, 7th of July 2018.

From 10am to 3:30pm the day includes:

  • Herstory displays & storytelling

  • Talks program including Tom and Meg Keneally, Babette Smith, Heather Garnsey, Carol Liston, Gail Davis and Patrick Dodd (limited numbers)

  • Colonial crafts & trade tables

  • Archaeology displays

  • Historical re-enactments

  • Factory stories shared

  • Traditional Irish and Scottish music,

  • Family activities



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