School holiday in The Hills fun for all


The club is at 77 Castle Street, Castle Hill. Details: 8858 4800.

■ Today: Kids are invited to Hotel Transylvania Kids Day, 11am-2pm in the Courtyard. Hotel Transylvania Kids Day includes colouring-in, face painting, fun craft and giveaways.


The Powerhouse Discovery Centre is at 172 Showground Road, Castle Hill. Bookings: 9762 1300.

■ Today, Friday: Work in teams of three to build robots. Program them to move, dance and conquer obstacle courses using touch and light sensors. Ages 8-12. Cost: $70/$65 Powerhouse members. Bookings essential.

■ Tuesday to Friday: Make your own insect superheroes, complete with superhero cape wings and hero's emblem (10am-4pm, ages 3-plus); make a seasonal clock with moving hands (10am-4pm, ages 3-plus); answer questions correctly in the magic garden quiz to spin the wheel for a prize (1pm-2pm, all ages); from 10am-4pm, colour-in a sunny park and pond scene to maybe win a prize in three age groups: 4 and under, 5-7, 8-12. Cost: $2 a child; visitors can also take self-discovery trails through the centre, 10am-4pm.

■ Wednesday or Thursday: Work in teams to build houses, castles and towers of strength using Lego, 10am-3pm. Ages 6-8. Cost: $60/$55 Powerhouse members. Bookings essential.

■ Today, Wednesday and Friday: Learn how to make objects vanish and reappear and float in the air and discover the secrets behind card tricks with magician Jonas Jost, 12.30pm-1.30pm. Ages 6-12. Cost: $20/$16 Powerhouse members, includes a magic trick to take home. Bookings essential.

■ Until Friday: Magician Jonas Jost performs at 11am.

■ Thursday: Take part in simple musical challenges before designing and constructing wind chimes to take home, 12.30pm-2pm. Ages 6-12. Cost: $12/$10 Powerhouse members.


Founded in 1813 and crammed with 20,000 objects spanning its long life, Rouse Hill House and Farm is at 356 Annangrove Road, Rouse Hill. Access by tour only.

■ Wednesday and Friday: Miss Manners will teach kids aged 7-12 the 19th century arts of introduction, conversation and dining etiquette, 10am-11.30am. Visitors will also play a "civilised" game of cards. Cost: $12, includes a booklet to take home. Bookings essential: 9627 6777.

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