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National Simultaneous Storytime – Outdoor Stories and Songs | City of Ryde@ The Piazza, Top Ryde City Shopping Centre
May 22 @ 10:30 am – 11:00 am
National Simultaneous Storytime - Outdoor Stories and Songs | City of Ryde @ The Piazza, Top Ryde City Shopping Centre | Ryde | New South Wales | Australia

A pantomime story reading of the book Alpacas with Maracas by Matt Cosgrove, and your favourite Storytime songs presented by Ryde Library Service. Come along and enjoy the value of reading and rhymes, free giveaways and the opportunity to meet and greet your local Councillors.

  • In the event of wet weather, join us inside Ryde Library.

National Simultaneous Storytime (NSS) is an annual campaign that aims to encourage more young Australians to read and enjoy books. Now in its 19th successful year, it is a colourful, vibrant, fun event that aims to promote the value of reading and literacy, using an Australian children’s book that explores age-appropriate themes, and addresses key learning areas of the National Curriculum for Foundation to Year 6.

NSS is held annually by the Australian Library and Information Association.

Outdoor Stories and Songs | Top Ryde City Shopping Centre@ Top Ryde City Shopping Centre
May 22 @ 10:30 am – 11:00 am
Outdoor Stories and Songs | Top Ryde City Shopping Centre @ Top Ryde City Shopping Centre | Ryde | New South Wales | Australia

Join City of Ryde library outdoors for a fun filled children’s session with songs, stories and more in the Piazza dining area at Top Ryde City Shopping Centre.

Runs once a month on a Friday from 10:30am to 11am.

  • Bring your hats and sunscreen!
  • All ages are welcome
  • No booking required
Australiana Pioneer Village | Wilberforce@ Australian Pioneer Village
May 26 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Australiana Pioneer Village | Wilberforce @ Australian Pioneer Village | Wilberforce | New South Wales | Australia

The Australiana Pioneer Village will absorb you into the atmosphere and activities of life over 200 years ago. Come and visit this slower lifestyle. Read more about our recent visit here.

The Australiana Pioneer Village is a true monument to the pioneering days that bred within us, the spirit of courage and faith in ourselves and our country. The land on which Australiana Pioneer Village is situated was farmland recognised as essential to the survival of colonial New South Wales being one of the earliest grants made in Australia. Due to Bill McLachlan’s vision and The Friends of the Australiana Pioneer Village, the Village has been preserved for our future generations, an almost forgotten era. In 2004 the Village buildings were gazetted for listing on the NSW Heritage register which was granted.  The buildings will forever now be protected.

There are a range of activities to do while visiting the village, including the miniature trains ($3 per ride for 3yrs+), watching the blacksmith working, going on a horse and carriage ride ($4 per person) and seeing a shearing demonstration. There are also plenty of places to picnic and lots for the kids to explore.

Opening Hours

The Village is open every Sunday, public holiday mondays (except Anzac Day) and
Tuesday and Wednesday during school holidays from 10:00am to 4:00pm.

Mini Park Rangers | Sydney Olympic Park@ Wentworth Common
May 28 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Explore the natural environment in a fun and interactive way with Ranger Judy and Joseph, reading stories, doing craft and wondering amongst the trees. The FREE Mini Park Rangers program runs each Tuesday morning during school term from 10am. And in term 2, it moves to Wentworth Common.

There’s a different theme each week, with an associated story and discovery activity. When we visited, the theme was bugs and insects. And the kids enjoyed holding cicadas and learning about other tiny creatures.

Afterwards there are two smallish playgrounds to enjoy. One has a push tap in the sandpit so you may want to bring spare clothes.

Key Details

  • The weekly Mini Park Ranger sessions are suitable for families with children up to 5 years of age.
  • Please register on 9714 7888 to assist with planning.
  • The activity is pram-friendly.
  • Bring mozzie repellent (though the rangers also have some)!
  • Parental/carer supervision is essential for this activity.
  • Term 2 runs from Tuesday 30th April to Tuesday 2nd July 2019 at 10am.