You may be in wine country, but there will be no whining this school holidays – with a plethora of fun activities for kids big and small!
If animal attractions are your thing then why not visit the alpacas for the daily feeding at Starline Alpacas at Broke, meet the adorable residents at Nulkaba’s Hunter Valley Zoo or get in the saddle at one of the region’s horse riding schools.Hunter Valley Horseriding & Adventures offer all day horseriding camps during the school holidays for 12-16-year-olds. The camps include looking after horses, feeding, grooming, saddlery and riding.
For more information about school holiday activities visit www.huntervalleyhorseriding.com.au
Make the most of the annual influx of ice and snow at Hunter Valley Gardens, with Snow Time in the Garden running until July 22. Spin around the ice at the ice skating rink, whizz down the 40 m ice slide on top of a toboggan tube or indulge in some snowman building fun as part of everyone’s favourite wintery celebration in Pokolbin.
Visit www.huntervalleygardens.com.au/event/snow-time-garden/ for more details.
Sweet treats will also be on the menu these holidays at Sabor in the Hunter Dessert Bar or indulge in a children’s high tea for $44 per person at Sabor Tea House.A Harry Potter themed high tea will also be on offer for the region’s young witches and wizards at Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley on July 14 and 20.
There will be plenty of fun for all the family at the Richmond Vale Railway Museum, which is running trains on their Mulbring Road branch on the first three Sundays of each month and every Sunday during the school holidays. Gates open at 9.30am and close at 4pm, with the last trains leaving by 3pm. Full-sized train rides are free after admission, with entry also giving you access to the railway museum. Entry costs $16 for adults,$11 concession and $7.50 for children aged 5 to 15 years. Visit richmondvalerailwaymuseum.org for more information.
One of the most-read and famous children’s books of all time, The Very Hungry Caterpillar emerges off the page in a masterful theatrical experience for the whole family at Cessnock Performing Arts Centre on July 11. A timeless classic for all generations, this Australian made show will excite, educate and entertain new readers and first-time theatregoers, while for those who grew up with these books will delight in experiencing one of the most popular children’s books ever written.
Cessnock and Kurri Kurri Libraries have an action-packed program of events lined up to keep local kids entertained. Kicking off on Monday 9 July and running through to Friday 20 July, there is something for everyone to get involved with! Learn to juggle and perform magic tricks at JD Howlett’s wonderful workshop for young witches and wizards, or create a cartoon with Matt Lin, Sydney author and artist. Kids can also learn to knit a scarf or weave a basket the traditional Aboriginal way.
For the tinkerers and builders, there’s the Cardboard Automata Makerspace workshop or the annual Lego competition is a chance to put your creative building skills to the test! And last but not least, use your creative puzzle-solving skills to escape from the Divination Classroom,that’s right kids, the Hogwarts Escape Room is back! Pick up a program at Cessnock or Kurri Kurri Libraries or download it online at libraries.cessnock.nsw.gov.au.Places for these activities are limited, so avoid disappointment by booking ahead.
For more information and to book your spot today,contact Cessnock Library on 4993 4399 or
Kurri Kurri Library on 4937 1638.■