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Apr
17
Sat
Mini Beasts Slime Workshop | Castle Towers @ Castle Towers - Scoopi
Apr 17 all-day
Mini Beasts Slime Workshop | Castle Towers @ Castle Towers - Scoopi | Castle Hill | New South Wales | Australia

Decorate your very own Mini Beasts slime for only $10 per person!

Participants will receive one limited edition 4oz Butter-Base slime and access to limited edition beast-themed slime sprinkle station. Create your own slime masterpiece in store on Scoopi’s slime cafe decoration tables.

  • No booking required; just walk in!
Drive-In Cinema | Macquarie University Carpark @ Macquarie University Carpark - 105 Culloden Road
Apr 17 @ 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Drive-In Cinema | Macquarie University Carpark @ Macquarie University Carpark - 105 Culloden Road | Macquarie Park | New South Wales | Australia

The popular City of Ryde Drive-in Cinema event is back! Watch movies under the stars at the Macquarie University Carpark this April school holiday from Thursday 15 to Sunday 18 April!

You’ll be able to choose from eight movies with a selection of classic hits and family-friendly flicks through to recently released Aussie films. All films will have closed captions for the hearing impaired.

Tickets cost $30 (plus booking fee) per car and includes a free box of popcorn. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

You’ll also be able to order pizza and dessert online at the event and have it delivered straight to your car.

FILM PROGRAM

  • Thursday 15 April
    • Grease Sing-a-long, Starts at 6.30pm, PG | Musical/Romance | 1h 10m
    • 10 Things I Hate About You, Starts at 9.00pm, PG | Comedy/Drama/Romance | 1h 39m
  • Friday 16 April
    • Spies in Disguise – Starts at 6.30pm, PG | Animation/Action | 1h 42m
    • Wonder Woman 1984 – Starts at 9.00pm, PG | Action/Adventure/Fantasy | 2h 31m
  • Saturday 17 April
    • Dragon Rider – Starts at 6.30pm, PG | Family/Action | 1h 40m
    • Radioactive – Starts at 9.00pm, M | Drama/Biography/History | 1h 51m
  • Sunday 18 April
    • Penguin Bloom – Starts at 6.30pm, PG | Drama/Australian | 1h 35m
    • The Dry – Starts at 9.00pm, M15+ | Drama/Action/Australian | 1h 57m
Dine + Drive In With Zootopia | Lidcombe Centre @ Lidcombe Centre
Apr 17 @ 7:00 pm – Apr 18 @ 9:00 pm
Dine + Drive In With Zootopia | Lidcombe Centre @ Lidcombe Centre | Lidcombe | New South Wales | Australia

You and your family are invited to join us for Zootopia on the big screen!

Grab dinner from one of our many cafes and restaurants, then watch as Judy Hopps, a rookie officer in the Zootopia Police Department, sniffs out a sinister plot and enlists the help of a con artist to solve the case in order to prove her abilities to Chief Bogo.

  • $25 per car, includes free popcorn and fairy floss, plus a bag full of surprise goodies!
  • Tickets are strictly limited.
Apr
18
Sun
Mini Beasts Slime Workshop | Castle Towers @ Castle Towers - Scoopi
Apr 18 all-day
Mini Beasts Slime Workshop | Castle Towers @ Castle Towers - Scoopi | Castle Hill | New South Wales | Australia

Decorate your very own Mini Beasts slime for only $10 per person!

Participants will receive one limited edition 4oz Butter-Base slime and access to limited edition beast-themed slime sprinkle station. Create your own slime masterpiece in store on Scoopi’s slime cafe decoration tables.

  • No booking required; just walk in!
North Rocks Markets (Every Sunday) | Rotary Carlingford @ Royal School for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC)
Apr 18 @ 7:00 am – 1:00 pm
North Rocks Markets (Every Sunday) | Rotary Carlingford @ Royal School for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) | North Rocks | New South Wales | Australia

The North Rocks Markets is a local community market run by members of the Rotary Club of Carlingford since 1983.

The markets are open to the public every Sunday from 7am to 1pm. Entry is by cash donation. Funds raised goes to the many charities supported by Rotary, including RIDBC. Your support is very much appreciated.

North Rocks Markets are outdoors. Weather permitting it will operate every Sunday, except those that fall on Dec 25, Dec 26, Jan 01, Apr 25.

Places are reserved for permanent stallholders. Casual stall holders are welcome and should arrive at 6:30am. There is a fee of $40, which includes insurance and GST.

Concord Farmers Market – 1st and 3rd Sunday of the Month @ Cintra Park Car Park
Apr 18 @ 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Concord Farmers Market - 1st and 3rd Sunday of the Month @ Cintra Park Car Park | Concord | New South Wales | Australia

Concord Farmers Market is on the first and third Sunday of the month (except January) in Cintra Park Concord from 0830 to approximately 1230.

A great way to spend time with the family on a Sunday morning. Safe shopping in the open air. Free parking. Easy access. Kid friendly. Pet friendly.

The Market is managed and operated by the Rotary Club of Concord as a local community project. Management of the Market is on a voluntary basis with all proceeds going to the Rotary Club of Concord’s community projects.

The Market continues to grow in popularity. The organisers welcome suggestions from the public. And encourage applications from prospective stallholders to sell their produce, in accordance with the Market Rules for Stallholders at the Stallholder Registration page.

Nurragingy Miniature Railway | Doonside @ Nurragingy Reserve
Apr 18 @ 9:30 am – 3:00 pm

After years of planning and work, Nurragingy Miniature Railway opened in November 2019. It runs on the 3rd Sunday of the month from 10am until 3:30pm.

Nurragingy Miniature Railway

  • Train rides are $18 per family group (up to 6 people).
  • All Passengers require a ticket to ride the train. Children under 3 years of age must be accompanied by a paying adult (18 years of age or older)
  • You MUST wear fully enclosed shoes to be able to ride the rails.

Nurragingy Miniature Railway

Last time we visited, there wasn’t any signage and it can be hard to find unless you know Nurragingy Reserve well. The railway is west of the water playground (which is behind the waterfall), along the green Parklands track just past the Magpie Picnic Area. We recommend going left at the roundabout when you enter Nurragingy Reserve and parking near the water playground and then walking over to the railway.

Nurragingy Miniature Railway

ART Express | The Armory, Newington @ The Armory Gallery
Apr 18 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

ARTEXPRESS at the Armory is an exhibition comprising major works submitted by HSC Visual Art students. It’s presented in partnership with the NSW Department of Education, the Arts Unit and the NSW Education Standards Authority. This year’s exhibition contains exemplary works by 60 students that were created in the midst of the COVID-19 lockdown. Our exhibition will be the largest of all the ARTEXPRESS exhibitions.

ARTEXPRESS: Threads of connection captures the expression of a cohort of young artists who created bodies of work amidst the catastrophic Australian bushfires of last Summer, the unprecedented impacts of the global pandemic, and the challenges of remote learning and social distancing.

And make sure to combine your visit with a play at Blaxland Riverside Park and lunch at the Armory Cafe.

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Pick Your Own Apples Season | Bilpin @ Bilpin - Pine Crest Orchard, TNT Produce, Bilpin Fruit Bowl
Apr 18 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Apple picking season started Australia Day long weekend in Bilpin and continues until May/ June. Plus, there Bilpin Markets is on Saturday from 10am to 12pm.

There are different varities of apples available to pick at different times and farms. Here are the main PYO farms in Bilpin:

  • Shields Orchard – no entry fee, bookings required, open Friday to Monday 10am to 2/3pm, apples you pick $3/kg
  • TNT Produce – Entry is $2 per person (children under 5 free), $5/kg for apples you pick, open weekends and public holidays from 10am to 4pm, farm animals, cash only
  • Bilpin Fruit Bowl – Entry fee is $5 for adults and $3 for kids 3 to 15ys, open daily from 10am to 4pm. Apples you pick are $5/kg
  • Pine Crest Orchard – no entry fee, apples you pick $5/kg, open weekends and public holidays from 10am to 4pm

PLEASE show the farmers respect by following the rules and not damaging their trees when visiting.

Apples TNT Produce
TNT Produce
Kmart Craft Zone | Rouse Hill Town Centre @ Rouse Hill Town Centre
Apr 18 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Kmart Craft Zone | Rouse Hill Town Centre @ Rouse Hill Town Centre | Rouse Hill | New South Wales | Australia

Let your imagination run wild in our Kmart Craft Zone!

Join us to receive a Kmart tote bag full of assorted craft supplies to create something extraordinary this school holidays at Rouse Hill Town Centre.

  • Monday 13th to Friday 18th April
  • Sessions available daily between 11am and 2pm
  • FREE – Booking Essential
  • *Limited availability of tote bags
Parramatta Roller Rink | Prince Alfred Square @ Prince Alfred Square
Apr 18 @ 11:00 am
Parramatta Roller Rink | Prince Alfred Square @ Prince Alfred Square | Parramatta | New South Wales | Australia

Let the good times roll at Parramatta Nights Roller Rink in the beautiful surrounds of Prince Alfred Square from 11am daily between 1st and 18th April.

Tickets are $5 for each 30 min session. Book your session via the links below:

Riding the Rails [PAUSED] | Newington Armory @ Newington Armory
Apr 18 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Riding the Rails [PAUSED] | Newington Armory @ Newington Armory | Sydney Olympic Park | New South Wales | Australia

On every Sunday, Riding the Rails takes visitors on a 30min train ride around part of the former Royal Australian Navy Armament Depot, on a train once used to transport missiles, torpedoes and other WW2 munitions. With snippets of commentary from on-board tour guides, Riding the Rails takes you past buildings dating back to the 1890s, including explosives storehouses and workshops, cottages, and a wharf.

And make sure to have a play at the fab Blaxland Riverside Park while you are there!

Tickets for Riding the Rails can be purchased on the day at the Armory Visitor Centre (located near the main entrance to Newington Armory).

11.00am, 11.30am, 12 noon, 12.30pm, 1.00pm, 1.30pm

  • Cost: $5 for all passengers. Children under 3: free if seated on an adult’s lap; if seated on chair, $5
  • Tickets/Bookings: Purchase tickets on the day at the Armory Visitor Centre
  • Age: All Ages
  • More info: Call 02 9714 7888

Parramatta Nights Open Air Cinema | Prince Alfred Square @ Prince Alfred Square
Apr 18 @ 5:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Get ready for an open-air cinema experience in the heritage-listed Prince Alfred Square on Thursdays to Sundays.

Kick back and relax as the sun sets with new and classic films, plus there’s live music, food, drinks and roaming entertainment to be enjoyed throughout the night. And when family movies are showing, there’s free kids activities and entertainment before the movie.

Gates open at between 4pm and 5pm and the movie commences between 7pm and 7:30pm (depending on the film). Tickets are $11.64 per adult (14yrs+) and $9.01 per child (3-13yrs). Children under 3yrs are free, however you still need to purchase a free ticket for them. You must pre-book your tickets via Eventbrite.

Movie Schedule

Parramatta Nights 2021

Family Friendly Movies and Activities

  • Saturday 3rd April – Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (PG). Family circus entertainment and African drummers
  • Sunday 4th April – Peter Rabbit (PG). Face painting, family circus entertainment, Easter Bunny, Easter craft and giveaways
  • Saturday 10th April – The Greatest Showman (PG). Stage show magician, face painting, family circus entertainment
  • Sunday 11th April – The Karate Kid (PG). Comedian Anthony Salame and live music
  • Friday 16th April – My Neighbor Totoro (G). DJ Levins + Anime art workshops
Drive-In Cinema | Macquarie University Carpark @ Macquarie University Carpark - 105 Culloden Road
Apr 18 @ 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Drive-In Cinema | Macquarie University Carpark @ Macquarie University Carpark - 105 Culloden Road | Macquarie Park | New South Wales | Australia

The popular City of Ryde Drive-in Cinema event is back! Watch movies under the stars at the Macquarie University Carpark this April school holiday from Thursday 15 to Sunday 18 April!

You’ll be able to choose from eight movies with a selection of classic hits and family-friendly flicks through to recently released Aussie films. All films will have closed captions for the hearing impaired.

Tickets cost $30 (plus booking fee) per car and includes a free box of popcorn. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

You’ll also be able to order pizza and dessert online at the event and have it delivered straight to your car.

FILM PROGRAM

  • Thursday 15 April
    • Grease Sing-a-long, Starts at 6.30pm, PG | Musical/Romance | 1h 10m
    • 10 Things I Hate About You, Starts at 9.00pm, PG | Comedy/Drama/Romance | 1h 39m
  • Friday 16 April
    • Spies in Disguise – Starts at 6.30pm, PG | Animation/Action | 1h 42m
    • Wonder Woman 1984 – Starts at 9.00pm, PG | Action/Adventure/Fantasy | 2h 31m
  • Saturday 17 April
    • Dragon Rider – Starts at 6.30pm, PG | Family/Action | 1h 40m
    • Radioactive – Starts at 9.00pm, M | Drama/Biography/History | 1h 51m
  • Sunday 18 April
    • Penguin Bloom – Starts at 6.30pm, PG | Drama/Australian | 1h 35m
    • The Dry – Starts at 9.00pm, M15+ | Drama/Action/Australian | 1h 57m
Apr
19
Mon
Northmead Uniting Church Supported Playgroup | Northmead @ Northmead Uniting Church
Apr 19 @ 9:15 am – 11:45 am

The Northmead Uniting Church Supported Playgroup is called Café Play. It is a great morning of fun, learning and friendship for young children and their families/carers.

ALL WELCOME

Please note: Parents are responsible for the supervision of their own children

  • Every Monday during school terms. And from term 2, 2018 it will also run on Fridays.
  • 9:15-11:45
  • Northmead Uniting Church Hall at 3 Hammers Rd. Northmead

What to Bring Each Week:

  • $3 per family
  • Hat
  • Drink of water
  • Wear play clothes for painting & craft

Café Play Routine:

9.15 Café play starts (Arrive, sign in, put $3 in basket, put on name tags and put on hats and sunscreen
Play and Chat
10.00 inside toys packed away – start
10.15 inside toys packed away – finish
10.30 Group Time (Includes story, singing, story & grace, celebrating birthdays monthly)
11.15 Share Morning Tea together
11.45 Café Play finishes

 

Northmead Uniting Church

Rydalmere Public School Playgroup | Rydalmere @ Rydalmere Public School
Apr 19 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Rydalmere Public School Playgroup | Rydalmere @ Rydalmere Public School | Rydalmere | New South Wales | Australia

Rydalmere Public School Playgroup is a community playgroup located in the grounds of Rydalmere Public School.

They welcome children from 0-5 years of age and their parents or carers from the local area.

It runs on Monday from 9.30am to 11:30am throughout the school term and there is a gold coin donation to attend.

West Ryde Wombats Playgroup | West Ryde Community Hall @ West Ryde Community Hall
Apr 19 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am

West Ryde Wombats is a community playgroup for children 0-5yrs held at West Ryde Community Hall on Monday , Tuesdays and Fridays from 9:30am to 11:30am.

Our playgroup is a chance for the kids to explore different toys, interact with other kids and generally have fun running around and playing in a clean, large and safe space as well as a chance for parents to connect with other local parents.  

West Ryde Wombats Playgroup

Most of our playgroup is spent in free play and parents take turns organising a weekly group activity for the kids, such as craft, cooking or singing.

The hall provides a great, large, bright space for the kids to play in, with a wide range of toys for babies through to pre-schoolers. There is a covered outside area, which we have access to most weeks (as it is shared with another organisation).

West Ryde Wombats Playgroup

Our playgroup is run by the parents/ carers attending. All families are required to participate in the roster for group activities (and morning tea for the Monday group), setting up and packing up toys and other equipment as well as other organisational duties from time to time.

Our sessions follow the NSW public school term dates, with four terms a year of between 9-11 weeks. The fee to attend is $20 per school term per family to cover the hall rent, toys, equipment and craft consumables. We are associated with Playgroup NSW and all families attending need to be members of Playgroup NSW.

West Ryde Wombats

Children attending playgroup must be accompanied by an adult and supervised at all times. Grandparents, nannies or other carers are most welcome. We respectfully ask that the accompanying parent/carer speak English for safety reasons and follow instructions from playgroup committee members.

ART Express | The Armory, Newington @ The Armory Gallery
Apr 19 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

ARTEXPRESS at the Armory is an exhibition comprising major works submitted by HSC Visual Art students. It’s presented in partnership with the NSW Department of Education, the Arts Unit and the NSW Education Standards Authority. This year’s exhibition contains exemplary works by 60 students that were created in the midst of the COVID-19 lockdown. Our exhibition will be the largest of all the ARTEXPRESS exhibitions.

ARTEXPRESS: Threads of connection captures the expression of a cohort of young artists who created bodies of work amidst the catastrophic Australian bushfires of last Summer, the unprecedented impacts of the global pandemic, and the challenges of remote learning and social distancing.

And make sure to combine your visit with a play at Blaxland Riverside Park and lunch at the Armory Cafe.

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Bush School Storytime with Poppy the Possum | Central Gardens @ Central Gardens at the Bush School (near play equipment on Paton St side)
Apr 19 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

We absolutely loved going along to this FREE monthly outdoor storytime (when my boys were preschoolers). Things have changed a little due to covid, including that you now need to book online.

Here is how Bush School Storytime ran when we attended. It starts at 10am with a nature craft and discovery activity.

Then there’s songs and stories and finally cuddles with Poppy the Possum at about 11am.

The Bush School Storytime is run by Cumberland Council’s Children’s Services Team. And there are now two sessions a month – 1st and 3rd Mondays from 10am to 11am at Central Gardens Nature Reserve in Merrylands.

Session 1 – First Monday of month

  • Monday 12 April 2021
  • Monday 3 May 2021
  • Monday 7 June 2021
  • Monday 5 July 2021

Session 2 – Third Monday of month

  • Monday 15 March 2021
  • Monday 19 April 2021
  • Monday 17 May 2021
  • Monday 21 June 2021

Bush School Storytime with Poppy the Possum will be cancelled in the event of wet weather.


Finding Bush School Storytime with Poppy the Possum

It’s best to park on the Paton Street side of Central Gardens Reserve in Merrylands. The Bush School is near the tennis courts, next to the large, shaded playground.

Bush School Storytime with Poppy the Possum

After the Bush School Storytime, we love visiting the native animals, swapping a book in the street library, checking out the waterfall and play in the two playgrounds.

Greystanes Groovers Playgroup | Nemesia Park Hall, Greystanes @ Nemesia Park Hall
Apr 19 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Greystanes GrooversGreystanes Groovers runs Monday to Friday in the morning. Each playgroup session has a slightly different age group (see guide below) and only Monday and Friday groups currently have spots available.

  • Monday: Babies (Under 2), 10:30am to 12:30pm
  • Tuesday: All ages, 10am to 12pm
  • Wednesday: All ages, 10am to 12pm
  • Thursday: All ages, 10am to 12pm
  • Friday: All ages – FULL

local playgroupsGreystanes Groovers are very well equipped, with numerous toys and activities to engage children from babies to school age. The hall at Nemesia Street Park is very well suited for playgroup as it has a large open area inside as well as a full fenced area outside.

When attending Greystanes Groovers you can expect your child to enjoy a variety of different toys, from slides, balance beams and mini trampolines to toy car garages and cars to toy prams and dolls. A variety of activities are also on offer, including musical instruments, dress ups, a toy kitchen and building blocks. Most weeks (working off a prearranged roster) one parent will arrange a craft activity, anything from simple colouring in to constructing items and decorating them with paint and glitter.

Greystanes GrooversWhile at Greystanes Groovers there is time for morning tea. We ask that everyone bring along a piece of fruit and this will be chopped up and shared on a platter by all the children. Morning tea for the adults is arranged by just one parent each week on a rostered basis.

To participate in Greystanes Groovers you must be a member of Playgroup NSW. In addition to this, $28 per family per term is payable to Greystanes Groovers to cover the costs of hiring the hall and running the playgroup (replacing toys, craft materials and cleaning items).

If you would like to know more, or come along and visit one of our sessions we would love to meet you. Please contact us and we can arrange a time with you!