School holidays: Be a colonial kid for a day at Bella Vista Farm Park

Take a step back in time and try being a colonial kid for a day this Wednesday (July 9).

"It makes a change from playing with your iPods," said Val Barton, who will lead the activities at the historic Bella Vista Farm Park complex.

Established in the late 1700s, the heritage precinct features a two-storey homestead, outside which kids will play "like kids did in the old days".

"We'll do skipping, jacks, cup and ball, and they will create a farmhouse collage using bark, leaves and flowers they find around the farm," Ms Barton said.

Kids will also decorate tree cones for Christmas in July.

Ms Barton said the Kids Fun Day is for primary-aged children and organised by the Friends of Bella Vista Farm, a group formed initially by The Hills Council and now an independent volunteer group which has been instrumental in the restoration of the homestead, outbuildings and grounds since 2001.

The Friends also hold working bees, open days, guided tours and school programs.

Ms Barton joined in 2006.

"We're open the first Sunday of the month for tours in organised groups from 9am to 2pm," she said.

This Sunday there will also be about 14 craft stalls to keep parents entertained as their "colonial kids" caper.

"We reintroduced the stalls about two months ago, to draw more visitors to the farm," Ms Barton said.

Kids Fun Day

The Friends of Bella Vista's Kids Fun Day is on July 9, 10.30am to 2pm at Bella Vista Farm Park, Elizabeth Macarthur Drive, Bella Vista. Costs $5 a person, $10 a family. Bookings: 0408 027 516.

More school holiday activities

School holidays don’t have to be stressful. Click here to check about what else is happening around The Hills.

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