Winter School Holidays Guide

The temperature might be dropping but the activities are definitely heating up this school holidays.

Students will be spoilt for choice this July, with so many new and interesting activities and events to decide between.

With new parks and learn-to-ride bike tracks now open throughout The Hills, as well as the local community nursery to check out, kids won’t know where to start.

The Hills Shire Library Service also has a jam-packed schedule of events, with everything from creative writing workshops to study seminars.

A trip to one of The Hills brand new learn-to-ride bike tracks, located at Crestwood Reserve or Coolong Reserve, is a great choice for younger children, while the older kids can keep their hands busy with the Bush Tucker Workshop at Castle Hill Library.

High school students can get a helping hand with a Mindfulness for Study Seminar –  the ideal way to get them into the right mind frame ahead of the new school term.

Kids of all ages can help their parents choose native plants for their garden. Residents are entitled to four free plants each year and can pick them up from Bidjiwong Community Nursery.

And those with a green thumb can get involved in one of the many Hills Shire Bushcare groups, where kids can learn more about their local parks, native flora and fauna.

School holiday activities include the following:

Writing workshop with Tamsin Janu

Join award-winning author of the popular series Figgy in the world, Tamsin Janu, in this interactive creative writing workshop.

Vinegar Hill Memorial Library

Wednesday July 11 | 10:00AM to 11:00AM

Cost: $16 per person

Suitable for years 3 – 6

Bush Tucker Workshop

A fun, creative way for students to learn about native trees and plants, their uses, as well as discovering their meaning and importance.

Castle Hill Library

Thursday July 19 | 10:30AM to 12:30PM

Cost: $18 per person

Suitable for years K – 6

Mindfulness for Study

Join Dr Padmini Howpage from the Positive Vibes foundation to learn how mindfulness can be used to improve your concentration and reduce stress and anxiety.

Monday July 23 | 5:30PM to 7:30PM

Castle Hill Library

Cost: $5 per person

Suitable for High School students

To book your place, visit The Hills Shire Council website and search for “Library” and click on Upcoming Events & Activities. There you will find all The Hills Shire Library Service’s events, activities and workshops.

Upcoming Bushcare groups meetings include:

Saturday 14thJuly Community Nursery Ted Horwood Reserve 9am – 1pm
Sophia Doyle Group Wood Ridge Place, Baulkham Hills 7.30am – 12pm
Sunday 15th July Currawong Reserve Bellamy Farm Road, WPH 8am – 11am
Ellerman Park Pellit Lane, Dural 9am – 12pm
Bella Vista Farm Woodward Way, BV 9am – 12pm
Stephensons Creek Cook Street, Baulkham Hills 1pm – 4pm
Mill Drive North Rocks 1pm – 4pm
Saturday 21stJuly Community Nursery Ted Horwood Reserve 9am – 1pm
Sophia Doyle Group 7.30am – 12pm
Crestwood Bushcare Cnr Warumbui Ave & Merindah Rd 9am – 12pm
Kenthurst Park Roughley Road, Kenthurst 8am – 11am
Connelly Way Kellyville 12pm – 3pm
Sunday 22nd July Eric Mobbs Excelsior Ave, Castle Hill 10am – 1pm
Castle Hill Heritage Park Banks Road, Castle Hill 9am – 12pm
Sunday Nursery Group Ted Horwood Reserve 9.30am – 12.30pm
Greenup Park Francis Street, Castle Hill 1pm – 4pm
Saturday 28thJuly Community Nursery Ted Horwood Reserve 9am – 1pm
Sophia Doyle Group 7.30am – 12pm
Christmas Bush Creek Cnr Cross and Cary Streets 9am – 12pm
Sunday 29th July O’Regan Reserve Brodie Circle, Baulkham Hills 9am – 12pm
National Tree Day Russell Reserve, Rouse Hill 9am – 12pm

More information about Bushcare can be found at

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