School Holidays: Lots to do!

¦ Today and July 10: It's 1804 and there is a convict uprising in Castle Hill. The convicts are marching to Parramatta to take control of the home of John and Elizabeth Macarthur. The redcoats are outnumbered, leaving you to find out what happens next at Elizabeth Farm, 70 Alice Street, Rosehill. If you are 5-12, come play soldier games, 10am-11.30am. Cost: $15, $12 (concession). Bookings essential: 8239 2211.

¦ Tomorrow (Wednesday), July 5, 11 and 12: Pictured right: Dress as a convict and experience the hardships of convict life under the watchful guard of the redcoats. Ages 5-12. At: Rouse Hill House and Farm, 356 Annangrove Road, Rouse Hill, 10am-11.30am. Cost: $15, $12 (concession). Bookings essential: 9627 6777.

¦ July 6-14: The Cumberland Gang Show brings its 43rd revue-style show to Riverside Theatres, Parramatta. Bookings:

¦ July 11: Kids can let their creative sides shine at Toys R Us Castle Hill, 10am-noon. The first 50 kids to arrive will create and build with new Creativity for Kids kits.

¦ July 11-13: Immerse yourself in the fun world of Looney Tunes at Westfield North Rocks' Looney Tunes Interactive Zone, 11am-2pm, opposite Subway. Free. Details:

¦ July 15 and 16: Prince Big Ted will be at Castle Hill RSL with his friends Humpty, Jemima, Little Ted and the Play School toys searching for his castle. The concert will have presenters, songs to move to, nursery rhymes, as well as quiet times to just watch and listen. Bookings:

¦ Until July 26: The Mean Fiddler's all-talent show, every Thursday at 7pm until July 26. The Voice evictee Mali Koa Hood is a judge. Details: 9629 4811.


¦ July 3, 6, 10, 13: Comedy and physical theatre duo, Carpe Idiotus — as featured on Australia's Got Talent — present an interactive and entertaining feast of mime, music and mayhem, 11am-11.50am. For all ages.

¦ July 4, 5, 11, 12: Join musician Jonas Tandoh to hear the shekere and learn about traditional African music and its links to pop music, 11am-11.50am. Shekere (pronounced she-ka-re) is the name of the African percussion instrument made from the dried fruit of the gourd vine and loosely covered with a wide, decorative band of beads. For all ages.


¦ July 3-6, July 10-13: In Mask Menagerie, make and decorate a mouse, moose or monkey mask, 10am-4pm. For ages 3-plus.

¦ July 3-6, July 10-13: Cut out and construct a monster bookmark, with chomping teeth, 10am-4pm. Adult supervision: for ages 3-plus. Cost: $2 a child.


¦ July 3-6, July 10-13: Solve the maze and colour it in for your chance to win prizes, including a movie pass. Runs 10am-4pm. Prizes are in three age categories: 4 years and under, 5-7 and 8-12.

¦ July 3-6, July 10-13: Put on your dancing shoes and do the Monster Mash, 1pm-2pm. For all ages.

¦ July 3-6, July 10-13: Take a journey of discovery through the centre, 10am-4pm. For ages 4-12. Free with general admission.


¦ July 3, 10, 11, 13: Presented by Fizzics Education, M is for Miniscule allows you to get up close and personal with your own hair and skin. Runs noon-1.30pm. For ages 5-12. Cost: $20.


¦ July 5 and 6: Papier mache pinata teaches adults and children how to make their own pinata. Sessions are 1.30pm-3.30pm (July 5) and 10am-noon (July 6). For ages 6-plus. Cost: $40.


¦ July 3, 4, 10, 11: Lego robotics workshop teaches you the skills of robotics, 10am-3pm. For ages 8-12. Cost: $70, $65 Powerhouse members. Bookings essential: 9762 1300.

¦ July 5, 12, 13: Lego build construction workshop, 10am-3pm. For ages 6-8. Cost: $60, $55 Powerhouse members.

¦ July 6: SumoBot workshop teaches robotics and develops fine motor skills, 10am-4pm. For ages 8-12. Cost: $70, $65 Powerhouse members.

Bookings for all Powerhouse activities are essential: 9762 1300.

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