School holidays don’t have to be stressful: check out what’s happening around the area.
Bella Vista Farm Park
■ July 9, 10.30am-2pm: Kids Fun Day featuring activities such as creating a farmhouse collage, using bark, leaves and flowers from the farm; decorating tree cones for Christmas in July; old-fashioned games. Cost: $5 a person or $10 a family. Bring a rug and packed lunch. Tea, coffee, water and soft drinks on sale.
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Details: Bella Vista Farm, Elizabeth Macarthur Drive, Bella Vista. Bookings: 0408 027 516.
Castle Hill Library
■ July 8, 10.30am-noon: Award-winning children’s illustrator Sarah Davis tells the tongue-twisting, funny tale of Toucan Can; talks about how she made her wonderful illustrations; and then teaches kids to make a Crazy Bird Collage to take home. For kids in years K-2. Cost: $15.
■ July 8, 1pm-3pm: Make an accordian book that tells a story in pictures with children’s illustrator Sarah Davis. For kids in school years 3-6. Cost: $15.
Details: Pennant Street, Castle Hill, 9761 4510. Bookings essential: http://thehillsshirelibraryservice.eventbrite.com.au
Castle Hill RSL
■ July 8, 11am-1pm: The RSL, in conjunction with Event Cinemas Castle Hill, is hosting a Rio 2 Kids Day to celebrate the release of animated adventure comedy Rio 2. Activities include crafts (make a paper plate maraca and a clever mind-reading game) and a Rio 2 colouring-in competition. There will also be prizes and giveaways.
Details: 77 Castle Street, Castle Hill, http://castlehillrsl.com.au
■ Until July 5, 11am and 1pm: Follow the yellow brick road over the rainbow to see The Wizard of Oz. Join Scarecrow, Tin Man, Lion and Dorothy at Centre Court (middle level), followed by Wizard of Oz Scarecrow hat making/decorating activity.
■ July 8-12, 11am-2pm: Craft Village at Centre Court.
■ July 8-12, 11am-2pm: Kids can create their own healthy food snacks to take home, outside JB Hi-Fi (lower level).
Cumberland State Forest
■ Until September 29, 10.30am: Forest Fairies and Elves, where kids can come dressed as their favourite fairy or elf and join a forester for a mystical forest walk.
■ Until September 25, 10.30am: A forest ranger will teach kids about how wood can be used for everyday things. Kids will then make a timber toy without nails. For ages 3-10. Adults must accompany kids under 6.
■ July 4-October 1, 10.30am: A forest ranger will teach kids about the animals that live in our forests. Kids will then make and decorate an animal to take home. For ages 3-10. Adults must accompany kids under 6.
■ July 8-September 30, 10.30am: Kids will learn amazing facts about timber and its many uses in everyday life on a ranger-led walk, then decorate their very own gum tree cookie magnet to use at home. For ages 3-10. Adults must accompany kids under 6.
Details: 95 Castle Hill Road, West Pennant Hills. Bookings: 1300 655 687.
■ July 9, 10.30am-11.30am: Learn how to do finger knitting. Just bring a ball of wool in your favourite colour. For ages 5-8.
Details: Pellitt Lane, Dural. Free but book: http://www.thehillsshirelibraryservice.eventbrite.com.au
■ July 8, 10am-11.30am: Discover the magic of Carrs Bush on this special bush discovery walk, followed by a craft activity. For ages 5-9 (walk not pram-friendly).
■ July 10, 11am and 1pm: A story, garden-themed treasure hunt and some do-it-yourself fun. For primary school-aged children.
■ July 13, 10am-12.30pm: Kids learn about composting and make a worm farm.
Details: Eco Garden Gazebo, Fagan Park, Arcadia Road, Galston. Free but book: http://hornsby.nsw.gov.au/whatson or call 9847 4856.
Golden Ridge Animal Farm
■ July 4-6, 11am-3pm: Be A Farmer For A Day. Bottle-feed baby animals, go on pony rides, watch sheep and goat races, milk a cow, feed ducks on the pond, take part in gumboot throwing, duck catching, egg collecting, scarecrow stuffing, or do kids’ arts and crafts. Cost: $25, ages 4 and up (lunch included); $15, ages 1-3; free, under 1.
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Details: 686 Old Northern Road, Dural. Bookings: 9651 1028.
Happy art Studio
■ July 7-8, 9am-noon: Drawing, cartoon, pastels, watercolour and card-making sessions. Cost: $85 (for two days, includes materials).
Details: 67 Glanmire Road, Baulkham Hills. Bookings: Tina, 0412 601 323 or email email@example.com
Hills Shire Music Festival
■ July 3, 8, 10: Workshops in guitar, keyboards, drums and singing. All materials included. Offered as half day workshop (9am-noon or 1pm-4pm) or full day workshop, 9am-4pm. For ages 5-12.
Details: 26/22 Hudson Ave, Castle Hill, 9899 3177, http://hillsshiremusic.com.au
Hornsby Council libraries
Hornsby Council library branches, including the Galston branch, are running plenty of school holiday activities, such as stories, songs and crafts. Cost: $2 (kids aged 18 months and over). Kids under seven must be accompanied by an adult.
■ July 10, 10.30am-1pm: Free. Celebrate NAIDOC Week 2014 with children’s stories, craft, morning tea and a presentation on the contribution of Aboriginal people to the armed forces.
Details: 28-44 George Street, Hornsby, 9847 6813, http://hornsby.nsw.gov.au/schoolholidays
NSW Sport and Recreation
Sport and Recreation school holiday camp packages include all activities, accommodation, meals and 24-hour supervision. Supervised transport is also available to and from most camps. There are 11 sites across NSW.
Many camps are day-only. Others provide the full camp experience including high ropes, canoeing, rock-climbing and sing-alongs around the campfire at night.
Details: June 28-July 11 for ages 7 to 16, http://dsr.nsw.gov.au/kidscamps, 13 13 02.
Powerhouse Discovery Centre
■ July 8-11: Make a paper bird puppet. 10am-4pm. Suitable for ages 3 and up. Cost: $2 per child.
■ July 8-11: Make a mini constellation viewer out of templates and a cardboard tube to take home. 10am-4pm. For ages 3 and up. Cost: $2 per child.
■ July 10: The charismagic Jonas Jost is back with his bag of magic tricks. All ages. 11am. Free with general admission.
■ July 11: Learn about tornados, clouds and flying objects with the Fizzics Education show. All ages. 11am. Free with general admission.
Details: 172 Showground Road, Castle Hill, 9762 1300, http://castlehill.powerhousemuseum.com
Riverside Oaks Golf Resort
■ July 7, 8, 8am-12.30pm: Junior golf clinic, includes coaching, games, on-course play, lunch, drinks, a gift. All levels, ages 6-14. Coached by PGA professionals David Scott and Chris Fox. Cost: $69 a clinic or $119 for both.
Details: O’Briens Road, Cattai. Bookings: 4560 3220, http://riversideoaks.com.au
Sport4Kids holiday clinics are offered to kids aged 5-13 in:
■ July 3, 10: teeball, ultimate frisbee;
■ July 4, 11: athletics (track and field);
■ July 7: multi-sports;
■ July 8: netball, AFL;
■ July 9: Oztag, soccer.
Cost: $50 a session. Details: Greenway Park, Shepherds Lane, Cherrybrook. Bookings: 0422 808 152, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://sport4kids.com.au
Sydney Hills Gymnastics
■ July 7-11, 14: Gymnastics holiday fun. For ages 5-12. Full day $57 (8.45-3.30pm), half day $37 (8.45am-12.30pm), or any 5 days $260/$160. Siblings: full day $50/half $32, or any 5 days $225/$135. Discounts for club members.
■ July 7-11, 14, noon-2pm: Tumbling clinic, Ages 8-15. Cost: $30 per child per day, or 5-lesson package $130.
Details: Unit 3, 4 Gladstone Road, Castle Hill. Bookings: 9659 9010, http://sydneyhillsgymnastics.com.au
Sydney Ice Arena
Ice skating, fun activities on the ice, Monday to Friday. Cost: $16 includes entry and hire skates. Group lessons available for $3 extra.
Details: 11 Solent Circuit, Baulkham Hills, 9659 5557, http://sydneyicearena.com.au
Vinegar Hill Memorial Library
■ July 7, 2pm-3pm: Celebrate NAIDOC week with Aboriginal Dreaming stories, songs and paint your own wooden boomerang to take home. Ages 6-12. Cost: $5.
Details: Rouse Hill Town Centre, White Hart Drive, Rouse Hill. Bookings: http://thehillsshirelibraryservice.eventbrite.com.au
■ July 9, 10am-1pm: Hills Community Aid, Family Fun Day and Open Day, join us to share in the fun. Jumping Castle, Fire Engine, arts, crafts and more. Cupcake decorating class: 10am-11am, $5 a child. Bookings: 9639 8620.
OR . . . YOU CAN REBEL!!!
Kids will get to play a part in a re-enactment of the Vinegar Hill uprising of 1804 on Tuesday (July 8).
The scenario is this: the Irish convicts are rebelling and the redcoats have to be sent along the road to Windsor to crush the uprising.
At Rouse Hill House and Farm, kids will see what happens next on the Old Windsor Road.
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The alternative is to . . . GET RACING!
The Rouse Hill Billy Cart Derby is on Sunday, July 20, 10am to 3.30pm at Rouse Hill Town Centre. It will coincide with a family festival.
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Entry: $5 a team (pre-register for unlimited races, or it's $5 a race if the team just shows up).
Details, sponsorship: Kerrie, email@example.com or 0404 493 488. Visit http://billycartderby.com.au for more information.
AFL Carnival at Cherrybrook
During the second week of the July school holidays, over 500 players and 2000 supporters will make their way to Cherrybrook for the Sydney Harbour AFL Youth Representative Carnival.
Westbrook Junior AFL will host the event at Greenway Park, Shepherds Drive, Cherrybrook from Tuesday, July 7 to 11 from 8.45am to 4.20pm.
This is Junior AFL at its best, and a real show case of the talent in Sydney Harbour and our local area.
Players will be representing teams from the following regions: north west, north, city, south, western Sydney and the Illawarra.
North west is our local representative team and draws on players from the following clubs: Westbrook, Pennant Hills, North Ryde, Hornsby/Berowra, Kellyville/Rouse Hill and Baulkham Hills.