What’s on cal

May
14
Fri
Sydney Pregnancy Babies and Children’s Expo | Sydney Olympic Park @ Sydney Showground Exhibition Centre, Sydney Olympic Park
May 14 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

At our Expo you can chat face-to-face with our wide range of Exhibitors to gain up-to-date, expert advice on the early years of parenting. You can also see, touch, try and buy the products and services that best suit your needs. Discover all you need to know for you, your pregnancy or young child!

There is also plenty of fun for kids at the Expo, with a free dedicated space for babies and toddlers to play.

Register online to get your FREE ticket.

  • 3 Day Event. Friday 14th to Sunday 16th May 2021
  • Two sessions a day, 9am to 12:30pm and 1:30pm to 5pm
  • Sydney Showground Exhibition Centre, Sydney Olympic Park

Sydney Pregnancy Babies and Children's Expo

Northmead Uniting Church Cafe Play – Supported Playgroup | Northmead @ Northmead Uniting Church
May 14 @ 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.

In addition to Cafe Play on Monday, there is a new Supported Playgroup starting on Fridays during School term beginning on 11th May.

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:

  • $4 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

Playgroup NSW Play Van Visits Parramatta CBD @ Jubilee Park
May 14 @ 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

May
15
Sat
Family Open Day | Ruth Everuss Aquatic Centre, Lidcombe @ Ruth Everuss Aquatic Centre
May 15 all-day

The Auburn Ruth Everuss Aquatic Centre are holding a family fun day on Saturday 15th May 2021.

Family Open Day Ruth Everuss Aquatic Centre, Lidcombe

At the Free Family Open Day there will be:

  • Inflatable obstacle course
  • Swimming
  • Sausage sizzle
  • Olympic Games
Heart of Play Draft Masterplan Community Consultation | North Parramatta @ Doyle Ground, PH Jeffery Reserve and Online
May 15 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.

Autumn Harvest Festival | Rouse Hill House and Farm @ Rouse Hill House and Farm
May 15 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Meet some of Greater Sydney’s finest artisan producers and be inspired by the food history of Rouse Hill Estate as you taste, savour, browse, and shop from a handpicked selection of products, including jams and relishes, teas, cured meats, artisan bread, cheeses and more.

Discover the story behind your food, and listen to a range of fascinating talks and live food demonstrations. Explore the property and hear the stories that reveal the life of the estate over 160 years. Take a peek inside the historic house, view outbuildings, and meet farm animals. Or simply bring a picnic rug and enjoy the picturesque setting with a delicious spread from our ready-to-eat food vendors.

Autumn Harvest Festival

Plus learn all there is to know about pickling and fermenting with Cornersmith. Kids can also make traditional hand-rolled pasta to take home and try. Gin lovers can join Archie Rose Distilling Co in the Old Schoolhouse at Rouse Hill Estate for a guided tasting of five limited-edition Archie Rose gins (licensed event, ages 18+). Bookings essential for these ticketed workshops, see below to find out more.

Please note: this event takes place mostly outdoors. They’ll continue to monitor the latest NSW Public Health advice. Please read the COVID-19 conditions of entry before registering and check back for updates. They will also be posting event updates on this webpage and Facebook event page.

Newington Pop Up Markets | Newington Marketplace @ Newington Market Place
May 15 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Newington Pop Up Markets | Newington Marketplace @ Newington Market Place | Newington | New South Wales | Australia

EAT, DRINK, SHOP and PLAY at the Newington Pop Up Markets. With fine foods, gorgeous jewellery and homewares, fashionable kids-wear, kid’s activities and more they’ll be something the whole family can enjoy. And you can take the kids across the road to Pierre de Coubertin Park for a play. Or walk around to the newer Cumberland Park nature playground.

  • When: Every third Saturday of the month
  • Time: 9am – 2pm
  • Parking: 2 hours Free on grade parking is available.
  • Who’s there: We have regular vendors who are with us month to month (which we love!) but we also like to spice things up with new and exciting stall holders.
Oil, Steam & Kerosene Family Fun Days | Campbelltown Steam & Machinery Museum, Menangle @ Campbelltown Steam & Machinery Museum
May 15 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

Family fun days at Campbelltown Steam & Machinery Museum are run by volunteers and are an opportunity for the public to see machinery from bygone days in operation, they include working steam displays and stationary oil engines, army vehicles, tractors, farm machinery, Blacksmithing and stalls. We have vintage rides, picnic facilities, onsite hot and cold food. This event is a great day out for the whole family.

  • Opening Times 9am – 3:30pm
  • Admission: Adults $12, Children and Pensioners $6, Family (4) $28.00

Oil, Steam & Kerosene Family Fun Days

Sydney Pregnancy Babies and Children’s Expo | Sydney Olympic Park @ Sydney Showground Exhibition Centre, Sydney Olympic Park
May 15 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

At our Expo you can chat face-to-face with our wide range of Exhibitors to gain up-to-date, expert advice on the early years of parenting. You can also see, touch, try and buy the products and services that best suit your needs. Discover all you need to know for you, your pregnancy or young child!

There is also plenty of fun for kids at the Expo, with a free dedicated space for babies and toddlers to play.

Register online to get your FREE ticket.

  • 3 Day Event. Friday 14th to Sunday 16th May 2021
  • Two sessions a day, 9am to 12:30pm and 1:30pm to 5pm
  • Sydney Showground Exhibition Centre, Sydney Olympic Park

Sydney Pregnancy Babies and Children's Expo

Fire Station Open Day 2021 | Greater Parramatta region @ Three locations in Sydney - Orchard Hills Emergency Services Academy, Museum of Fire and Alexandria Fire Station
May 15 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

UPDATE: Sadly due to a ban issued by the Fire Brigade Employees Union (FBEU), there will be no Open Day activities taking place in fire stations across Sydney as well as the Hunter and Illawarra regions. Further details on the FBEU ban are available in our Media Release.

Come behind the scenes of Australia’s busiest fire and rescue service at our Open Day on Saturday 15th May. From fires, chemical spills, car crashes, natural disasters and humanitarian relief across the state, the country and even overseas – our firefighters are prepared for anything!

Fire Station Open Day

Open Day is your chance to meet a firefighter, see our trucks in action, check out our equipment and find out more about what we do. We’ll be on scene to answer your questions, show you around and help you prepare your home for a safe winter. We can’t wait to see you and show you what we have been up to.

Online Open Day | Thursday 13th & Friday 14th May

Online Open Days will provide you with a unique insight into what it is like to be a firefighter. Jump online to be taken on a tour of some of our stations, and find out what it is like to be a firefighter. Follow us on Facebook to be part of the action.

Station Open Day | Saturday, 15th May from 10am to 2pm

This year, the Fire Station Open Day will be held at key location hubs as well as a select number of fire stations throughout the state. The fire stations around the Parramatta area that are participating are (in alphabetical order):

The Open Day hubs in Sydney are:

Fire Station Open Day

Pick Your Own Apples Season | Bilpin @ Bilpin - Pine Crest Orchard, TNT Produce, Bilpin Fruit Bowl
May 15 @ 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
Mini Trains | West Ryde @ Mini Trains
May 15 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Mini Trains West Ryde is a fantastic, affordable event for all families. Based in West Ryde, just behind Coles, it isn’t too far from the Parramatta region.

West Ryde Mini Trains
Looking down from the overpass

The Sydney Live Steam Locomotive Society was formed in 1948 on its present site. They open on the third Saturday afternoon of each month from 1.30pm to around 4.30pm. DUE TO COVID, YOU MUST NOW PRE-BOOK AND SPOTS SELL OUT VERY FAST.

West Ryde Mini Trains

The information below is how the mini trains at West Ryde operated pre-covid… They have three miniature railways and offer rides on trains hauled by miniature steam locomotives. The park grounds are a popular location for children’s birthday parties or small group afternoon gatherings. For the enthusiast, it is a good spot to just lie back and watch those steam trains work hard pulling heavily loaded passenger trains.

West Ryde Mini Trains

  • They have a kiosk which sells drinks, ice cream, cakes, chips, etc.
  • Entry is $4 for adults and $2 for children. Rides are $2 each for all ages UPDATED: August 2018.
  • PLEASE NOTE: You must wear enclosed shoes in order to ride the trains.

Other Things Nearby

West Ryde Library

May
16
Sun
Concord Farmers Market – 1st and 3rd Sunday of the Month @ Cintra Park Car Park
May 16 @ 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.

Oil, Steam & Kerosene Family Fun Days | Campbelltown Steam & Machinery Museum, Menangle @ Campbelltown Steam & Machinery Museum
May 16 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

Family fun days at Campbelltown Steam & Machinery Museum are run by volunteers and are an opportunity for the public to see machinery from bygone days in operation, they include working steam displays and stationary oil engines, army vehicles, tractors, farm machinery, Blacksmithing and stalls. We have vintage rides, picnic facilities, onsite hot and cold food. This event is a great day out for the whole family.

  • Opening Times 9am – 3:30pm
  • Admission: Adults $12, Children and Pensioners $6, Family (4) $28.00

Oil, Steam & Kerosene Family Fun Days

Sydney Pregnancy Babies and Children’s Expo | Sydney Olympic Park @ Sydney Showground Exhibition Centre, Sydney Olympic Park
May 16 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

At our Expo you can chat face-to-face with our wide range of Exhibitors to gain up-to-date, expert advice on the early years of parenting. You can also see, touch, try and buy the products and services that best suit your needs. Discover all you need to know for you, your pregnancy or young child!

There is also plenty of fun for kids at the Expo, with a free dedicated space for babies and toddlers to play.

Register online to get your FREE ticket.

  • 3 Day Event. Friday 14th to Sunday 16th May 2021
  • Two sessions a day, 9am to 12:30pm and 1:30pm to 5pm
  • Sydney Showground Exhibition Centre, Sydney Olympic Park

Sydney Pregnancy Babies and Children's Expo

Nurragingy Miniature Railway | Doonside @ Nurragingy Reserve
May 16 @ 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

Pick Your Own Apples Season | Bilpin @ Bilpin - Pine Crest Orchard, TNT Produce, Bilpin Fruit Bowl
May 16 @ 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
Riding the Rails [PAUSED] | Newington Armory @ Newington Armory
May 16 @ 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

May
17
Mon
Rydalmere Public School Playgroup | Rydalmere @ Rydalmere Public School
May 17 @ 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.

Bush School Storytime with Poppy the Possum | Central Gardens @ Central Gardens at the Bush School (near play equipment on Paton St side)
May 17 @ 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.