What’s on cal

May
15
Sat
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

May
17
Mon
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.

May
18
Tue
Holy Trinity Playgroup | Baulkham Hills @ Holy Trinity Baulkham Hills
May 18 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Holy Trinity Playgroup | Baulkham Hills @ Holy Trinity Baulkham Hills | Baulkham Hills | New South Wales | Australia

Tuesday & Thursday Holy Trinity Playgroups: 10 – 12noon, during school terms

Children from 0 to pre-kindergarten are welcome to bring a parent or carer along to playgroup for fun, toys, morning tea and friendship. Bring along a piece of fruit to be cut & shared.

This playgroup is said to be extremely warm and welcoming.

For more information contact

*Please note our Tuesday playgroup is currently full.

May
19
Wed
Magic of Storytelling Playgroup | Anzac Park, West Ryde @ Anzac Park, West Ryde
May 19 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

The Magic of Storytelling playgroup is now held weekly from 10am to 11:30am at Anzac Park, West Ryde.

Magic of storytelling

It is free to attend and you don’t need to register in advance – just go down to the playground at ANZAC Park. During the playgroup, there is:

  • Reading, music, sports, other stations for free play
  • Craft activities
  • Staff-led reading and rhyme time from around 11.00am

This playgroup is a collaboration of local community organisations working together including The Northern Centre (formerly Ryde Family Services), CCA, Integricare, Ryde Council and United Way. It is available to all families in the area, including families who are enrolled to receive the monthly Imagination Library book program, through United Way Australia.

May
20
Thu
Holy Trinity Playgroup | Baulkham Hills @ Holy Trinity Baulkham Hills
May 20 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Holy Trinity Playgroup | Baulkham Hills @ Holy Trinity Baulkham Hills | Baulkham Hills | New South Wales | Australia

Tuesday & Thursday Holy Trinity Playgroups: 10 – 12noon, during school terms

Children from 0 to pre-kindergarten are welcome to bring a parent or carer along to playgroup for fun, toys, morning tea and friendship. Bring along a piece of fruit to be cut & shared.

This playgroup is said to be extremely warm and welcoming.

For more information contact

*Please note our Tuesday playgroup is currently full.

May
22
Sat
Blacktown City Medieval Fayre | Nurragingy Reserve @ Nurragingy Reserve
May 22 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

History will come alive this May at the Nurragingy Reserve over two spectacular days at the Blacktown City Medieval Fayre. Featuring regal pageantry from the past – Kings and Queens, Lords and Ladies and Knights in full armour. Families will experience the excitement of living history at its best. Bring a picnic or purchase your lunch and enjoy a great family day out.

Nurragingy Reserve will be transformed into a world of medieval magic on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd May 2021. Over two whole days, you can experience life as our medieval ancestors at this free family-friendly event.

Highlights

The 2021 program is still being finalised. Here is a list of highlights from the last Blacktown City Medieval Fayre in 2019.

  • International Jousting Competition
  • Working Blacksmith Hut
  • Medieval displays and combat artillery
  • An assortment of roving characters, lurking within the medieval village. Jesters, scary hunchbacks, an evil witch and a masked executioner all live here too. You might even see Robin Hood and Friar Tuck!
  • Birds of Prey Show
  • Archery Games and craft workshops
  • Handmade arts and crafts
  • Free camel and pony rides
  • Come along dressed in your favourite medieval attire and participate in the Best Dressed Competition.

Program

Still being finalised.

Map

Still being finalised.

Getting There

  • Shuttle bus: (waiting on confirmation)
  • Parking: Free parking is available onsite. Entry is via the traffic lights at the corner of Knox Road and Cross Street, Doonside.
  • Accessible Parking: Limited parking available onsite. Please inform the traffic controllers when you enter and they will direct you to the appropriate parking area if spaces are available.
  • Public Transport: Nurragingy Reserve is a short 10 minute walk from Doonside Station. Exit the station onto Cross Street and walk towards Knox Road.
May
23
Sun
Blacktown City Medieval Fayre | Nurragingy Reserve @ Nurragingy Reserve
May 23 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

History will come alive this May at the Nurragingy Reserve over two spectacular days at the Blacktown City Medieval Fayre. Featuring regal pageantry from the past – Kings and Queens, Lords and Ladies and Knights in full armour. Families will experience the excitement of living history at its best. Bring a picnic or purchase your lunch and enjoy a great family day out.

Nurragingy Reserve will be transformed into a world of medieval magic on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd May 2021. Over two whole days, you can experience life as our medieval ancestors at this free family-friendly event.

Highlights

The 2021 program is still being finalised. Here is a list of highlights from the last Blacktown City Medieval Fayre in 2019.

  • International Jousting Competition
  • Working Blacksmith Hut
  • Medieval displays and combat artillery
  • An assortment of roving characters, lurking within the medieval village. Jesters, scary hunchbacks, an evil witch and a masked executioner all live here too. You might even see Robin Hood and Friar Tuck!
  • Birds of Prey Show
  • Archery Games and craft workshops
  • Handmade arts and crafts
  • Free camel and pony rides
  • Come along dressed in your favourite medieval attire and participate in the Best Dressed Competition.

Program

Still being finalised.

Map

Still being finalised.

Getting There

  • Shuttle bus: (waiting on confirmation)
  • Parking: Free parking is available onsite. Entry is via the traffic lights at the corner of Knox Road and Cross Street, Doonside.
  • Accessible Parking: Limited parking available onsite. Please inform the traffic controllers when you enter and they will direct you to the appropriate parking area if spaces are available.
  • Public Transport: Nurragingy Reserve is a short 10 minute walk from Doonside Station. Exit the station onto Cross Street and walk towards Knox Road.
May
25
Tue
Holy Trinity Playgroup | Baulkham Hills @ Holy Trinity Baulkham Hills
May 25 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Holy Trinity Playgroup | Baulkham Hills @ Holy Trinity Baulkham Hills | Baulkham Hills | New South Wales | Australia

Tuesday & Thursday Holy Trinity Playgroups: 10 – 12noon, during school terms

Children from 0 to pre-kindergarten are welcome to bring a parent or carer along to playgroup for fun, toys, morning tea and friendship. Bring along a piece of fruit to be cut & shared.

This playgroup is said to be extremely warm and welcoming.

For more information contact

*Please note our Tuesday playgroup is currently full.

May
26
Wed
Magic of Storytelling Playgroup | Anzac Park, West Ryde @ Anzac Park, West Ryde
May 26 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

The Magic of Storytelling playgroup is now held weekly from 10am to 11:30am at Anzac Park, West Ryde.

Magic of storytelling

It is free to attend and you don’t need to register in advance – just go down to the playground at ANZAC Park. During the playgroup, there is:

  • Reading, music, sports, other stations for free play
  • Craft activities
  • Staff-led reading and rhyme time from around 11.00am

This playgroup is a collaboration of local community organisations working together including The Northern Centre (formerly Ryde Family Services), CCA, Integricare, Ryde Council and United Way. It is available to all families in the area, including families who are enrolled to receive the monthly Imagination Library book program, through United Way Australia.

May
27
Thu
Holy Trinity Playgroup | Baulkham Hills @ Holy Trinity Baulkham Hills
May 27 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Holy Trinity Playgroup | Baulkham Hills @ Holy Trinity Baulkham Hills | Baulkham Hills | New South Wales | Australia

Tuesday & Thursday Holy Trinity Playgroups: 10 – 12noon, during school terms

Children from 0 to pre-kindergarten are welcome to bring a parent or carer along to playgroup for fun, toys, morning tea and friendship. Bring along a piece of fruit to be cut & shared.

This playgroup is said to be extremely warm and welcoming.

For more information contact

*Please note our Tuesday playgroup is currently full.

May
29
Sat
Blacktown Parkfest | Blacktown City Festival @ Blacktown International Sportspark
May 29 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

The pinnacle Blacktown City Festival event ‘Streets Alive’ is back but with a new name and location at Blacktown International Sportspark.

Featuring several performance areas, art and crafts, market stalls, free amusement rides, roving entertainment and an international food market, there will be something for the entire family to enjoy.

Commencing at noon will be a vibrant and spectacular parade showcasing Blacktown’s multicultural and diverse community.

Blacktown Parkfest

The Bower Repair Cafe | Parramatta @ The Bower Reuse & Repair Centre
May 29 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
The Bower Repair Cafe | Parramatta @ The Bower Reuse & Repair Centre | Parramatta | New South Wales | Australia

Come down to The Bower’s Repair Cafe in Parramatta on the last Saturday of every month from 10am-12pm. The repair cafe is free, but bookings are essential!

You can bring your broken items and they’ll put you on the path to fixing them. This is a free advice service, not a guaranteed repair. Come along, have a cuppa and our skilled repairers will do their best to help. Repair Cafes originated in Europe, and the Bower was the first to bring this concept to Australia. Generally we are only able to look at one item per person.

Items that can be repaired: Small electronics, wood furniture. Please note we are unable to repair microwaves or large whitegoods within the timeframe of a Repair Cafe.

Please bring a notepad and pen to take any notes that may be helpful afterward.

Volunteer electrical technicians and The Bower’s timber workers are on hand to advise and assist members of the community to fix dodgy small electrical items, or rickety tables and chairs. We take time to explain the repair process to every participant, helping them to learn new skills and understand the
benefits in repairing and reusing.

Depending on which item you would like to bring along please select electronics or furniture when you book a ticket. You can bring one item and book only one ticket per person.

Please note that parking on Hunter Street is free for fifteen minutes only.  You can park in the Justice Precinct Car Park for $3 an hour on Saturdays.

We hold Repair Cafes in Zetland, Redfern and Parramatta, please see our website for a list of dates and times.

May
30
Sun
Birds of the Armory Walk @ Newington Armory
May 30 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Birds of the Armory Walk @ Newington Armory | Sydney Olympic Park | New South Wales | Australia

The BirdLife Discovery Centre provides opportunities for people to learn about and engage with birds in their natural habitat. It is located in the Newington Armory – formerly the Royal Australian Navy Armaments Depot in the Parklands at Sydney Olympic Park.

FREE Guided Bird Walks around the Newington Armory – 10 am on the last Sunday of the month, for one hour.

This fascinating walk around the Newington Armory helps people of all ages to identify and spot birds in their natural habitat. Tours are led by knowledgeable guides who will open up the world of birds for you. Departing from the Armroy Visitor Centre, just inside the gates to the Armory, on the last Sunday of the month from 10am. Please call (02) 4376 1001 or email [email protected] if you have any queries.

 

Jun
1
Tue
Holy Trinity Playgroup | Baulkham Hills @ Holy Trinity Baulkham Hills
Jun 1 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Holy Trinity Playgroup | Baulkham Hills @ Holy Trinity Baulkham Hills | Baulkham Hills | New South Wales | Australia

Tuesday & Thursday Holy Trinity Playgroups: 10 – 12noon, during school terms

Children from 0 to pre-kindergarten are welcome to bring a parent or carer along to playgroup for fun, toys, morning tea and friendship. Bring along a piece of fruit to be cut & shared.

This playgroup is said to be extremely warm and welcoming.

For more information contact

*Please note our Tuesday playgroup is currently full.

Jun
2
Wed
Magic of Storytelling Playgroup | Anzac Park, West Ryde @ Anzac Park, West Ryde
Jun 2 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

The Magic of Storytelling playgroup is now held weekly from 10am to 11:30am at Anzac Park, West Ryde.

Magic of storytelling

It is free to attend and you don’t need to register in advance – just go down to the playground at ANZAC Park. During the playgroup, there is:

  • Reading, music, sports, other stations for free play
  • Craft activities
  • Staff-led reading and rhyme time from around 11.00am

This playgroup is a collaboration of local community organisations working together including The Northern Centre (formerly Ryde Family Services), CCA, Integricare, Ryde Council and United Way. It is available to all families in the area, including families who are enrolled to receive the monthly Imagination Library book program, through United Way Australia.

Jun
3
Thu
Holy Trinity Playgroup | Baulkham Hills @ Holy Trinity Baulkham Hills
Jun 3 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Holy Trinity Playgroup | Baulkham Hills @ Holy Trinity Baulkham Hills | Baulkham Hills | New South Wales | Australia

Tuesday & Thursday Holy Trinity Playgroups: 10 – 12noon, during school terms

Children from 0 to pre-kindergarten are welcome to bring a parent or carer along to playgroup for fun, toys, morning tea and friendship. Bring along a piece of fruit to be cut & shared.

This playgroup is said to be extremely warm and welcoming.

For more information contact

*Please note our Tuesday playgroup is currently full.

Jun
6
Sun
Bella Vista Farm Open Day and Markets | Bella Vista @ Bella Vista Farm
Jun 6 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Bella Vista Farm Open Day and Markets | Bella Vista @ Bella Vista Farm | Bella Vista | New South Wales | Australia

Bella Vista Farm opens its doors on the 1st Sunday of each month from 9am to 2pm to the general public for FREE.

  • Relax in the peaceful grounds of the Farm or bring a family picnic lunch to enjoy.
  • Explore the homestead and farm buildings.
  • Volunteers from the friends of Bella Vista farm are available to chat and answer any question about the Farm and its history.
  • Browse the Free Spirit Markets and enjoy coffee and a barbecue.

For more information contact: [email protected]

Jun
7
Mon
Bush School Storytime with Poppy the Possum | Central Gardens @ Central Gardens at the Bush School (near play equipment on Paton St side)
Jun 7 @ 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.

Jun
8
Tue
Holy Trinity Playgroup | Baulkham Hills @ Holy Trinity Baulkham Hills
Jun 8 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Holy Trinity Playgroup | Baulkham Hills @ Holy Trinity Baulkham Hills | Baulkham Hills | New South Wales | Australia

Tuesday & Thursday Holy Trinity Playgroups: 10 – 12noon, during school terms

Children from 0 to pre-kindergarten are welcome to bring a parent or carer along to playgroup for fun, toys, morning tea and friendship. Bring along a piece of fruit to be cut & shared.

This playgroup is said to be extremely warm and welcoming.

For more information contact

*Please note our Tuesday playgroup is currently full.

Jun
9
Wed
Magic of Storytelling Playgroup | Anzac Park, West Ryde @ Anzac Park, West Ryde
Jun 9 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

The Magic of Storytelling playgroup is now held weekly from 10am to 11:30am at Anzac Park, West Ryde.

Magic of storytelling

It is free to attend and you don’t need to register in advance – just go down to the playground at ANZAC Park. During the playgroup, there is:

  • Reading, music, sports, other stations for free play
  • Craft activities
  • Staff-led reading and rhyme time from around 11.00am

This playgroup is a collaboration of local community organisations working together including The Northern Centre (formerly Ryde Family Services), CCA, Integricare, Ryde Council and United Way. It is available to all families in the area, including families who are enrolled to receive the monthly Imagination Library book program, through United Way Australia.