What’s on cal

May
7
Fri
Playgroup NSW Play Van Visits Parramatta CBD @ Jubilee Park
May 7 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

The NEW Playgroup NSW Play Van visits 5 parks in the City of Parramatta a week during school term – returning to the same park on the same day each week. The play van will be at Jubilee Park in Parramatta on Fridays from 10am to 12pm.

Jubilee Park Parramatta

This is your chance to come along and meet other local families and enjoy play time with your little one. Playgroup NSW is all for play so you can expect a wide range of activities including LEGO® DUPLO, Crayola colouring, sensory play, story and music time and lots more.

Due to covid19, there are restrictions on how many families can attend. All adults and children require a ticket each, which you can get by emailing [email protected].

Here is the Playgroup NSW Play Van weekly schedule

Play Van Playgroup NSW

Ramadan Open-Air Dining Experience | Auburn @ Auburn Central Forecourt
May 7 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Ramadan Open-Air Dining Experience | Auburn @ Auburn Central Forecourt | Auburn | New South Wales | Australia

Get into the Ramadan spirit and join us for an outdoor dining experience in the Auburn Central forecourt.

A range of surrounding eateries and food trucks will be serving up delicious and authentic food for purchasing, under the night sky:

  • May’s Malaysian Hawker food stall, serving Malaysian rice and noodle dishes
  • Lokmania food stall, serving Turkish doughnuts with various toppings
  • Tebu Sugarcane Juice food stall, serving sugar cane variety juices
  • 2 Smokin Arabs food truck, serving Halal American BBQ items – brisket, loaded fries, ribs and burgers
  • Mr Kernal food truck, serving chips on a stick and corn
  • Pro Catering food truck, serving a variety Turkish gozleme and hot chips
  • Mr Shish food truck ,serving Halal variety snack packs, falafel, chicken and lamb rolls
May
8
Sat
Pick Your Own Strawberries | Thirlmere @ Berrylicious Strawberries
May 8 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Berrylicious Strawberries invites you to pick your own strawberries at their farm in Thirlmere.

This is a special experience! Aside from learning something about where our food comes from and all you can eat strawberries, the hanging strawberry plants are a gorgeous (and delicious) sight. For more information about picking strawberries at Berrylicious Strawberries, read our review here.

Details

  • Pick your own sessions runs rain or shine
  • Booking is essential! Spaces are limited and sell out very fast
  • Entry is $20 per person 10yrs+ and you can eat as much as you like! For kids 2-10yrs, entry $10.
  • Strawberries you pick and take home are $20 a kilo.

Berrylicious Strawberries Thirlmere

Pick Your Own Apples Season | Bilpin @ Bilpin - Pine Crest Orchard, TNT Produce, Bilpin Fruit Bowl
May 8 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

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

There are different varieties of apples available to pick at different times and farms. Below is a summary of the main PYO farms in Bilpin:

  • Shields Orchard – no entry fee, bookings required, open Friday to Sunday 10am to 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 (NO MORE APPLES) – 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 MORE APPLES) – 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
Free Powerhouse STEM Workshops | Parramatta Square @ Powerhouse Community Space at Parramatta Square
May 8 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Free Powerhouse STEM Workshops | Parramatta Square @ Powerhouse Community Space at Parramatta Square | Parramatta | New South Wales | Australia

The Powerhouse Museum is running free STEM workshops for kids 8 to 12yrs at its Parramatta Square Community Space this autumn.⁣

Taking place on eight Saturdays from 10th April till 29th May, the workshops are bookable on arrival and run for 45 minutes. Sessions are at 11am, 12pm and 1pm, with drop-in activities available in-between workshops.

STEM Workshop Program

There are four different workshop topics, and each is repeated once.

  • 10 April 2021 – Make a Solar Powered Car with UNSW SunSprint
  • 17 April 2021 – Unity Lunar Game Design
  • 24 April 2021 – Arludo Data Science Through Gaming
  • 1 May 2021 – Maker Space Music
  • 8 May 2021 – Make a Solar Powered Car with UNSW SunSprint
  • 15 May 2021 – Unity Lunar Game Design
  • 22 May 2021 – Arludo Data Science Through Gaming
  • 29 May 2021 – Maker Space Music

Finding the Powerhouse Community Space

Powerhouse Community Space is located at Parramatta Square, sitting directly above the Parramatta Transport Interchange. The address is 1PS Retail 6, Parramatta Square, Darcy St &, Macquarie St, Parramatta.

Ramadan Open-Air Dining Experience | Auburn @ Auburn Central Forecourt
May 8 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Ramadan Open-Air Dining Experience | Auburn @ Auburn Central Forecourt | Auburn | New South Wales | Australia

Get into the Ramadan spirit and join us for an outdoor dining experience in the Auburn Central forecourt.

A range of surrounding eateries and food trucks will be serving up delicious and authentic food for purchasing, under the night sky:

  • May’s Malaysian Hawker food stall, serving Malaysian rice and noodle dishes
  • Lokmania food stall, serving Turkish doughnuts with various toppings
  • Tebu Sugarcane Juice food stall, serving sugar cane variety juices
  • 2 Smokin Arabs food truck, serving Halal American BBQ items – brisket, loaded fries, ribs and burgers
  • Mr Kernal food truck, serving chips on a stick and corn
  • Pro Catering food truck, serving a variety Turkish gozleme and hot chips
  • Mr Shish food truck ,serving Halal variety snack packs, falafel, chicken and lamb rolls
May
9
Sun
North Rocks Markets (Every Sunday) | Rotary Carlingford @ Royal School for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC)
May 9 @ 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.

Ryde Wharf Markets | 2nd Sunday of the Month @ Ryde Wharf, Anderson Park
May 9 @ 8:00 am – 2:00 pm

After opening on 8th November 2020, Ryde Wharf Market is now on the 2nd Sunday of each month.  It’s grown into a beautiful community event on the banks of Parramatta River in just a few months and features 70 stalls offering fresh food and produce, hot global gourmet fare and everything for yourself and the home. You can shop for your weekly fruit and veggies, have a coffee and some cake, a hearty lunch and go home with your basket stocked with goodies for the week (and maybe a little something for yourself too).

Ryde Wharf Markets

Our top tip is to go early! Plus, catch the Rivercat to Meadowbank Wharf and walk or park your car further along the foreshore (like at Memorial Park, Meadowbank Park, Waterview St or at Kissing Point Park) and walk to the markets… there’s very little parking near the markets! But watch for the cyclists – we met a few frustrated/ angry ones while heading to last month’s market when we walked/ scootered from Meadowbank Park.

Memorial Park Meadowbank

Also, if the queues for food are long at the markets, you can head the Italian Street Kitchen (formerly Butcher and the Farmer) across the road and the kids can ran through the water fountain afterwards. 💦🙃 Or you can walk down to Meadowbank Wharf and go to Fork and Spoon Cafe.

There’s toilets and a playground at Anderson Park, plus a few other playgrounds nearby.

Anderson Park
Anderson Park
Galston Valley Railway Public Running Days @ Galston Valley Railway
May 9 @ 9:30 am – 3:00 pm
Galston Valley Railway Public Running Days @ Galston Valley Railway | Galston | New South Wales | Australia

The Galston Valley Railway is open to the public on the second Sunday of every month. Come along and enjoy a train ride with the kids, or just watch the trains go by! You can also watch the trains on the model railway.

Due to Covid-19 Restrictions, Galston Valley Railway will be open for rides in a limited capacity. To be able to meet our Covid-19 Safety Plan all ride tickets will be Pre-Sold Only and will have an allocated time slot. As we are required to provide the ability for you to maintain a 1.5mt social distance (unless you are from the same household) we have restructured our ticket and ride process.

  • Under this process tickets will be $30.00 AUD per group.
  • Each Ticket will allow for up to 6 members of the same household to ride together on the same miniature train.
  • The ride will be approximately 20 minutes in duration (including loading and unloading from the train). This works out to be 2 rides under our normal process.
  • To allow for as many of our fans as possible to have a ride, Please only buy one ticket per household.

Safety and Sensibility

All train passengers must wear fully enclosed footwear – not sandals or thongs! Please don’t be disappointed! Appropriate footwear reduces the risk of injury! We suggest you wear older clothes when visiting us. We cannot be responsible for damage to clothing or personal property caused when visiting our bushland venue and / or riding on trains.

Behind The Scenes Series: Brickpit & Bell Frogs | Sydney Olympic Park @ Brickpit, Sydney Olympic Park
May 9 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

The Behind the Scenes series is a set of tours run by Sydney Olympic Park delivered by qualified guides, subject experts and special guests. With more than 20 years having passed since the Sydney 2000 Olympics and Paralympics, the precinct is now a vibrant community with more reasons than ever to come and visit – Sydney Olympic Park: one park, many experiences.

The Behind the Scenes series will take you on a deep dive into the industrial and cultural heritage of the site, give an understanding of ecological and environmental considerations, and allow you to discover some of the stories and hidden layers that go beyond our sporting and entertainment venues. Locations such as Newington Armory and the Brickpit are reminders of the complex landscapes we manage, conserve and celebrate.

In this Behind the Scenes Series tour, you will be joined by Special Guests from the Environment & Ecology team at Sydney Olympic Park and the Visitor Programs team to hear first hand the stories this landscape has to share.

Brickpit Tour

Once the site of the former State Brickworks at Homebush Bay, this powerful and dramatic landscape now has a quieter pace. Join the Behind the Scenes tour and be engaged in the layered history of the site from its industrial past to its current role as a biodiversity haven.

Inspect endangered Green and Golden Bell Frog habitat and learn from experts the methods used to manage and protect this threatened species and other fauna that call the Park home. Learn techniques that you can use at home to attract animals to share your backyard.

2021 Dates

  • 9th May
  • 25th October

Brickpit Tour

Pick Your Own Apples Season | Bilpin @ Bilpin - Pine Crest Orchard, TNT Produce, Bilpin Fruit Bowl
May 9 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

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

There are different varieties of apples available to pick at different times and farms. Below is a summary of the main PYO farms in Bilpin:

  • Shields Orchard – no entry fee, bookings required, open Friday to Sunday 10am to 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 (NO MORE APPLES) – 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 MORE APPLES) – 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
Ramadan Open-Air Dining Experience | Auburn @ Auburn Central Forecourt
May 9 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Ramadan Open-Air Dining Experience | Auburn @ Auburn Central Forecourt | Auburn | New South Wales | Australia

Get into the Ramadan spirit and join us for an outdoor dining experience in the Auburn Central forecourt.

A range of surrounding eateries and food trucks will be serving up delicious and authentic food for purchasing, under the night sky:

  • May’s Malaysian Hawker food stall, serving Malaysian rice and noodle dishes
  • Lokmania food stall, serving Turkish doughnuts with various toppings
  • Tebu Sugarcane Juice food stall, serving sugar cane variety juices
  • 2 Smokin Arabs food truck, serving Halal American BBQ items – brisket, loaded fries, ribs and burgers
  • Mr Kernal food truck, serving chips on a stick and corn
  • Pro Catering food truck, serving a variety Turkish gozleme and hot chips
  • Mr Shish food truck ,serving Halal variety snack packs, falafel, chicken and lamb rolls
May
11
Tue
Heart of Play Draft Masterplan Community Consultation | North Parramatta @ Doyle Ground, PH Jeffery Reserve and Online
May 11 all-day

Have your say on the important Heart of Play masterplan for 7 parks in North Park! This masterplan provides the blueprint for an outdoor sporting and recreation network across seven open spaces in North Parramatta. One of the spaces, Dan Mahoney Reserve, will be remediated and upgraded as a priority due to asbestos contamination.

Heart of Play North Parramatta

In July 2020, Council consulted with the community and key stakeholders and the information gathered has informed the draft master plan – an overarching plan that will guide upgrades across this area over the next 20 years. You can read the full community consultation outcomes report or download a summary in the resources section.

Heart of Play North Parramatta

Now you can provide feedback on the draft master plan and the proposed actions Council has identified. The proposed actions align with four principles that were developed based on community input:

  1. A connected and accessible network of parks
  2. A welcoming place for all to play, day and night
  3. Improved spaces for active sport and recreation
  4. A healthy and sustainable environment.

HAVE YOUR SAY!

You’re invited to have your say on the Heart of Play draft master plan by participating in any of the following activities:

  • Take a short online survey.
  • Come along to one of the drop-in sessions:
    • Saturday 15th May between 9am and 12pm at Doyle Ground (near playground)
    • Saturday 15th May between 1.30pm and 4.30pm at Doyle Ground (near playground)
    • Tuesday 18th May between 2pm and 5pm at Doyle Ground (near kiosk)
    • Saturday 22nd May between 9am and 12pm at PH Jeffery Reserve
  • Hear from the designers and ask a question at our online Q&A webinar on Tuesday 11 May 2021 from 6pm to 7:30pm. Register your interest.

Submissions about the Heart of Play draft master plan can also be made:

  • By email to [email protected]
  • By phone to 02 9806 5050
  • By mail to:
    Reply Paid 32 (no stamp required)
    Property & Place
    City of Parramatta
    PO Box 32Parramatta NSW 2124

The submission period will close at 4pm on Monday 24th May 2021.

Playgroup NSW Play Van Visits North Parramatta @ Sherwin Park
May 11 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

The NEW Playgroup NSW Play Van visits 5 parks in the City of Parramatta a week during school term – returning to the same park on the same day each week. The play van will be at Sherwin Park in North Parramatta on Tuesdays from 10am to 12pm.

Sherwin Park North Parramatta

This is your chance to come along and meet other local families and enjoy play time with your little one. Playgroup NSW is all for play so you can expect a wide range of activities including LEGO® DUPLO, Crayola colouring, sensory play, story and music time and lots more.

Due to covid19, there are restrictions on how many families can attend. All adults and children require a ticket each, which you can get by emailing [email protected].

Here is the Playgroup NSW Play Van weekly schedule

Play Van Playgroup NSW

Bib’s ‘n’ Books (0-2 years) | Wentworth Point Library @ Wentworth Point Library
May 11 @ 10:30 am – 11:00 am
Bib’s ‘n’ Books (0-2 years) | Wentworth Point Library @ Wentworth Point Library | Wentworth Point | New South Wales | Australia

Story Time in the library is back! Come along and join in for rhymes, reading and fun! Bookings are essential, as places are limited.

Wentworth Point Library Bibs n Bubs for children under 2 years will take place every Tuesday during school term.

  • When: Tuesdays, commencing 20 April
  • Time: 10.30am – 11am
  • Bookings: Booking online (Bookings will open 24 hours prior to start of the session on Eventbrite.)
Bib’s ‘n’ Books (0-2 years) | Ermington Library @ Ermington Library
May 11 @ 11:00 am – 11:30 am
Bib’s ‘n’ Books (0-2 years) | Ermington Library @ Ermington Library | Ermington | New South Wales | Australia

Story Time in the library is back! Come along and join in for rhymes, reading and fun! Bookings are essential, as places are limited.

Ermington Library Bibs n Bubs for children under 2 years will take place every Tuesday during school term.

  • When: Tuesdays, commencing 20 April
  • Time: 11.00am – 11:30am
  • Bookings: Bookings essential. Numbers are limited – contact Ermington Library 9806 5869
Wriggly Reads at Auburn Library @ Auburn Library
May 11 @ 11:00 am – 11:45 am
Wriggly Reads at Auburn Library @ Auburn Library | Auburn | New South Wales | Australia

A story telling activity held fortnightly on Tuesday at Auburn Library, with books, songs and rhymes for children aged 0 to 3 years.

Event dates

  • 27 April, 11 May, 25 May, 8 June and 22 June 2021

Bookings essential

May
12
Wed
Playgroup NSW Play Van Visits Harris Park @ Rosella Park
May 12 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

The NEW Playgroup NSW Play Van visits 5 parks in the City of Parramatta a week during school term – returning to the same park on the same day each week. The play van will be at Rosella Park in Harris Park on Wednesdays from 10am to 12pm.

Rosella Park
Rosella Park

This is your chance to come along and meet other local families and enjoy play time with your little one. Playgroup NSW is all for play so you can expect a wide range of activities including LEGO® DUPLO, Crayola colouring, sensory play, story and music time and lots more.

Due to covid19, there are restrictions on how many families can attend. All adults and children require a ticket each, which you can get by emailing [email protected].

Here is the Playgroup NSW Play Van weekly schedule

Play Van Playgroup NSW

Storytime at FC Social | Rydalmere @ FC Social
May 12 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Storytime at FC Social | Rydalmere @ FC Social | Rydalmere | New South Wales | Australia

The FC Social in Rydalmere has partnered with Rise and Shine Kindergarten to put on a FREE weekly storytime for families with kids 0-5yrs.

Enjoy a morning on the Bowling Greens as a Rise & Shine Kindergarten Educator takes you through storytime, songs and rhymes. Bring a picnic blanket. There’s also the cafe, play equipment and plenty of backyard for a run around!

Runs each week on Wednesdays from 10am

Story Time (0-5yrs) | Parramatta Library @ Parramatta Library
May 12 @ 10:30 am – 11:00 am
Story Time (0-5yrs) | Parramatta Library @ Parramatta Library | Parramatta | New South Wales | Australia

Story Time in the library is back! Come along and join in for rhymes, reading and fun! Bookings are essential, as places are limited.

Parramatta Library Story Time for children 0 to 5 years will take place every Wednesday during school term. It’s an interactive program of rhyming and story reading with a fun educational activity at the end of the program

  • When: Wednesdays, commencing 21st April
  • Time: 10.30am – 11:00am
  • Bookings: Book online (Bookings will open 24 hours prior to start of the session on Eventbrite.)