What’s On

The ParraParents What’s On calendar contains a range of events in and around the Parramatta region. There are lots of ways to view and see certain events – see our demo for more info. Feel free to submit an event you know about or wish to promote. Note: we usually add events about a week or two beforehand.

See our Weekly What’s On Guide for a summary of key events this week.

North Rocks Markets (Every Sunday) | Rotary Carlingford@ Royal School for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC)
Oct 22 @ 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.

Garage Sale Trail | City of Parramatta@ Various
Oct 22 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Want a free, fun and social way to declutter, meet the neighbours and make some money? Garage Sale Trail is back again this year and has been extended to an entire weekend! As Australia’s biggest weekend of reuse, it hosts 10,000 garage sales, has 2 million items listed for sale and 350,000 sellers and shoppers taking part across the nation!

Garage Sale Trail

Register your sale or search for local garage sales at www.garagesaletrail.com.au. The first 1,000 registered garage sales will receive a free seller pack! On average households that get involved make $312 on the day and meet 44 new people locally.

Garage Sale Trail

Now in its 7th year, Garage Sale Trail, is a free, Council-powered day of garage sales. Otherwise known as Australia’s national day of haggling!

Garage Sale Trail Parramatta

The day exists to do more than help people sell their unwanted stuff and hone the skills of bargain hunters. The simple act of buying and selling at a garage sale does a whole lot of ‘good stuff’ beyond making extra cash and finding treasure. It’s a simple way to bring communities together, reuse and rethink the idea of what waste really is… while having an excuse to get dressed up, bake and barbeque.

Escape the Museum | Newington Armory@ Scouts Museum, Building 140, Newington Armory
Oct 22 @ 9:30 am – 2:00 pm
Escape the Museum | Newington Armory @ Scouts Museum, Building 140, Newington Armory | Sydney Olympic Park | New South Wales | Australia

Every Sunday, offered between 9.30am – 2pm (each session is 30 minutes) – Newington Armory

Calling all super sleuths! This is an exit or escape room activity program where a small group of people enter the scout museum, use clues in the museum to solve puzzles to ultimately succeed in achieving a collaborative goal such as find a key to open an “end-game” lock or to stop a count-down clock.

Suitable for both adults and children. Children 5+ years of age who must be accompanied by an adult.

Located at the Scouts Museum, Building 140, Newington Armory.

$10 per person
Call 0408166548 or email [email protected]
5+ (children must be accompanied by an adult)
More info:
Call 0408166548 or email [email protected]

Auburn Central Family Markets@ Auburn Central Shopping Centre
Oct 22 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Auburn Central Family Markets @ Auburn Central Shopping Centre | Auburn | New South Wales | Australia

A day of fun for the whole family with music and stalls with high quality items for the best prices you can’t go wrong. And make sure you don’t forget our kids corner with face painting kids entertainers and colouring corner as well as a jumping castle to have
loads of fun you can’t miss out on this if your looking for fun locally and a safe environment then auburn central family markets is the place to be.

Australiana Pioneer Village | Wilberforce@ Australian Pioneer Village
Oct 22 @ 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 100 years ago. Come and visit this slower lifestyle.

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 ($3 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.

Bunnings Blacktown Kids Activities | Every Weekend@ Bunnings Blacktown
Oct 22 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Bunnings Blacktown Kids Activities | Every Weekend @ Bunnings Blacktown | Blacktown | New South Wales | Australia

Bunnings Blacktown Kids Activities and DIY Workshops

Every Saturday and Sunday, Bunnings Blacktown puts on free face painting from 10am and then craft activities from 11am to 2pm in the DIY Workshop.

Bunnings North Parramatta Kids Activities | Every Weekend@ Bunnings North Parramatta
Oct 22 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Bunnings North Parramatta Kids Activities | Every Weekend @ Bunnings North Parramatta | North Rocks | New South Wales | Australia

Bunnings North Parramatta offers free face painting from 10am to 12pm each weekend, followed by kids craft from 12pm to 2pm.

Operation Art | Armory Gallery, Newington@ Armory Gallery, Newington
Oct 22 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Operation Art | Armory Gallery, Newington @ Armory Gallery, Newington | Sydney Olympic Park | New South Wales | Australia

See over 800 creative works at this exhibition by school students aged kindergarten to year 10 at Operation Art in the Armory Gallery, right next to Blaxland Riverside Park.

Operation Art is the premier state-wide visual arts exhibition for school students. With more than 800 artworks by students from throughout NSW, this year’s exhibition offers Armory Gallery visitors a great opportunity to celebrate the creative talents of our young people at our unique riverside setting.

  • Opening event: Newington Armory Wharf and Gallery, 10am to 4pm, Saturday 9 September.
  • School Workshops: 11-22 September (weekdays only). Call 9550 9295. Bookings essential.
  • For school groups wishing to visit the Exhibition only, please call 9714 7870. Bookings essential.

Presented in partnership with NSW Department of Education and The Children’s Hospital at Westmead.

Bunnings Seven Hills Kids Activities | Every Weekend@ Bunnings Seven Hills
Oct 22 @ 10:30 am – 3:00 pm
Bunnings Seven Hills Kids Activities | Every Weekend @ Bunnings Seven Hills | Seven Hills | New South Wales | Australia

Bunnings Seven Hills run DIY workshops for kids on the weekends from 10:30am to 3pm.

There is a different theme each week, such as garden, woodworking, painting, mosaics and recycled wall art. Kids can make fun projects like toolboxes, toy trucks and planter boxes. Note: An adult must accompany all children.

Maritime Museum Family Fun Day | Cockatoo Island@ Cockatoo Island
Oct 22 @ 10:30 am – 3:30 pm

Join us for a special day of family fun amongst the spectacular shipyards of historic Cockatoo Island. Make creative crafts, dress up in costume, have your face painted, enjoy circus workshops, character tours, swing dancing, steam crane demonstrations and more at the FREE Maritime Museum Family Fun Day on Sunday 22nd October 2017.


  • Steam Crane Demonstrations (10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm & 2.30pm): See an antique steam crane from the early 1900’s come to life.
  • Swing Dance Performance and Workshop – Sailor Style (11am, 12pm and 1.30pm): Jump, jitterbug and twirl with the crew from Swingout Sydney in interactive swing dancing performances and workshops that go for 30mins.
  • Hula-Hooping Performance and Workshop – Ship Shape (11.30am, 12.30pm and 2pm): Join Tina Green for a display of daring and delightful circus arts. After the performance join in and learn hula-hooping skills and circus moves inspired by sailors and submarine spies.
  • Kids on Deck – Rats, Bats and Bunting Tossers (11am – 3pm): Play, create and discover in Kids on Deck with creative art making, games and dress ups. Spy through the periscopes, raise the signal flags and learn secret semaphore codes as we salute to all things navy and nautical inspired by the historic cockatoo island shipyards. Make your own model submarine or battleship, craft a souvenir badge or some bat bunting. Play dress-up in sailor style!
  • Bubbles and Beats (10.30am – 2pm): Enjoy spectacular interactive bubble art performances and dance the day away with sweet DJ beats.
  • Face Painting – Sea Creatures, Sailors and Swashbucklers (11am – 3.30pm): Have your pirate face, sailor tattoos or sea creatures painted on.
  • Saltwater Stories – Drop-in Workshop (12pm – 3pm): Join D’harawal knowledge keeper and educator Shannon Foster for creative drop-in workshops inspired by Cockatoo Island’s Indigenous history.
  • Crooked Characters and Colonial Escapades Tour (1pm and 3pm): Crooked Characters of Cockatoo Island and other Colonial Escapades is an hour-long family friendly journey into the hilarious and fascinating underbelly of Australia’s colonial and recent history and mythologies. Capacity is strictly limited so be sure to register at the visitors centre on arrival.
  • Blinky the Lighthouse – Photo Ops (10.30 – 11.30am, 2 – 3pm): Have your photo taken with our adorable inflatable lighthouse. Share your pics with @anmmuseum @cockatooisland #familyfunday
  • Self-guided Activity Trails (All day): Pick up a trail from the visitors centre and explore the Island’s fascinating histories.
Family Fun Cockatoo Island
Family Fun Cockatoo Island


Cockatoo Island is the largest island in Sydney Harbour, just a short ferry ride from Circular Quay. You can catch the F3 Parramatta River ferry that runs every 60mins from Parramatta and Rydalmere or every 30mins from Sydney Olympic Park and other ferry wharves down river.

Riding the Rails | Newington Armory@ Newington Armory
Oct 22 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Riding the Rails takes visitors on a short ride around part of the former Royal Australian Navy Armament Depot – now a 52 hectare heritage site known as Newington Armory.
Once used to transport missiles, torpedoes and other WW2 munitions, the Heritage Train at Newington Armory is today one of Sydney Olympic Park’s popular attractions.

The historic site features more than 100 buildings dating back to the 1890s, including explosives storehouses and workshops, cottages and wharf.

Set amidst a landscape of rolling grassland and a scattering of mature trees, Newington Armory is situated between the southern bank of the Parramatta River and the suburb of Newington.

With snippets of commentary from on-board tour guides, Riding the Rails is a 30 minute ride.

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

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

Newington Armory Train

Northmead Uniting Church Supported Playgroup | Northmead@ Northmead Uniting Church
Oct 23 @ 9:15 am – 11:45 am
Northmead Uniting Church Supported Playgroup | Northmead @ Northmead Uniting Church | Northmead | New South Wales | Australia

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.


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

  • Every Monday during school terms
  • 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:

9.15Café play startsArrive, sign in, put $3 in basket
Put on nametags, adults& children
Put on hats & sunscreen
Play and Chat
10.00inside toys packed away – start
10.15inside toys packed away – finish
10.30Group TimeIncludes story, singing, story & grace
Celebrate birthdays monthly
11.15Share Morning Tea together
11.45Café Play finishes


Granville South Public School Supported Playgroup | Guildford@ Granville South Public School
Oct 23 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Granville South Public School Supported Playgroup | Guildford @ Granville South Public School | Guildford | New South Wales | Australia

Through the Granville South Schools as Community Centres Project, there are two free supported playgroups on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9.30am to 11.30am at Granville South Public School.

Rydalmere Public School Playgroup | Rydalmere@ Rydalmere Public School
Oct 23 @ 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.