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wed. 19 BABY FARM ANIMALS
Pet the lambs, piglet and chicks from KindiFarm and then stroll the grounds of Rouse Hill House and Farm to see the calves, sheep, horses and free range chickens. Wednesday-Friday, 10am-2pm. Cost: $12/ $8/$30 family/members free. Bookings: 9627 6777
There is school holiday fun at the Australian Hotel and Brewery, Rouse Hill, with three performances of the Katy Perry/Taylor Swift Show ($12) today, starting 10.30am, then activities such as free plaster craft on Thursday and, in association with Event Cinemas Castle Hill, free craft on Friday, Details: 9679 4555
MAGICAL STORY ON STAGE
Final week of the latest Castle Hill Players production. In The Book of Everything, nineyear-old Thomas writes about his troubled family life, tropical fish and religion to name a few topics in a magical tale at the Pavilion Theatre, Castle Hill Showground. Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 8.15pm. Cost: $27/$22. Details: 9634 2929
JOIN THE CHORUS
Circular Keys Chorus, an award-winning female a cappella ensemble, is looking to share the love of creating music with women of all ages. Experience a fun evening at rehearsals on Wednesdays, from 7.30pm, and see how four part harmony works. Music reading is not required, just a love of singing. Women with “higher voices” are especially welcome. St Joseph’s Conference Centre, 64 MacKillop Drive, Bella Vista. Details: Sharon on 0414 49 33 26 or visit circularkeys.org
NEW KOALA HAVEN
Featherdale Wildlife Park has a koala sanctuary where visitors can walk along a path among the eucalypts. Access to the enclosure is included with the price of admission but a closer encounter, including a photo, starts at $20. Perfect for a day out during the school holidays, the wildlife park in Kildare Rd, Doonside has more than 1700 creatures. There’s a kitchen and cafe to make a full day of it with the family. Open daily 9am-5pm. Cost: $31-$17/family $85-$58.50. Details: 9622 1644
ESCAPE TO NEVERLAND
Take a cue from Peter Pan and join the fun at Westpoint. Hop on board the Jolly Roger and meet the fiercest pirate of all, Captain Hook on four. Duel over a foam pit at Mermaid’s Lagoon on level 2 or visit the home of Tinker Bell in centre court. 10am-3pm daily until Sunday. Westpoint Blacktown.
A- MAZIN’ TIME
Find your way through the Wonderland Maze, 10am-2pm in Market Square, or join in the Build-a-Bear workshops, in the food terrace, until Sunday during the school holidays at Rouse Hill Town Centre. Other activities include plaster craft, a jumping castle, cookie decorating, face painting and more. Details: www.rhtc.com.au
thurs. 20 BUSH TUCKER FEAST
Final chance these school holidays to search for traditional plants and wildlife around Rouse Hill House and Farm before making a “johnnycake” and enjoying some bush tucker. Aboriginal guides from Muru Mittigar will tell stories passed along by Darug elders. Suitable for children aged 6+. Bookings essential, refreshments included.
April 13, 18 and 20, 10.30am-12.30pm. Cost: $15/$10 members. Details: 9627 6777 or sydneylivingmuseums.com.au
IN THE SWIM
Riverstone Swimming Centre has extended its season for the holidays and will be open daily, 9am-3pm, with inflatables up, until Sunday. A family fun day concludes the summer season on Sunday. Details: 9622 1644
fri. 21 FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE
After more than 1500 gigs, singer and multiinstrumentalist Matt Lyons has an extensive repertoire which ranges from the 1950s and ‘60s with songs made famous by The Beatles, Elvis and the Monkees right through to more recent hits by the likes of Jessie J and Ed Sheeran. See him at Lynwood Country Club, Pitt Town.
Friday from 7.30pm. Details: 4580 2800
sat. 22 ENERGETIC DUO REVS UP
Macson is singer Alice Pearson and musician Paul McLachlan who have become crowd favourites at venues across Sydney, praised for their onstage energy and musicianship. They will rock the Engine Room at Lynwood Country Club on Saturday.
From 7.30pm. Details: 4580 2800
sun. 23 ANZAC CEREMONY
Be part of the Anzac Sunday ceremony at Australiana Pioneer Village, Wilberforce, beginning at 10.45am. There will also be heritage displays. 10am-4pm. Cost: $5/$3 $15 family. Details: www.theapv.org.au
JAZZ AT THE PINES
The popular Zenith Jazz sextet perform at Roughley House, 656 old Northern Rd, Dural, from 12.30pm. Organised by the Rotary Club of the Hills-Kellyville, tables can be booked for groups and individuals or simply turn up on the day with your picnic rug. Cost: $20 adults/$15 concessions. Bookings: www.jazzatthepines.org.au or 9651 4411
mon.24 GIANT BOOK SALE
A wide range of fiction, non-fiction, music CDs and DVDs, from children, teens and adults, are for sale at bargain prices at Hawkesbury Central Library until this Wednesday. Charles Harpur Room, 300 George st, Windsor. Details: 4560 4460
ANYONE FOR TENNIS
Professional tennis coaching available for all ages and skill levels. Also, players of all skill levels are welcome to play tennis in a fun and sociable environment at Blacktown Tennis Centre Stanhope. The social tennis is commitment free.
$10 per player, payable per session. Sentry Drive, Stanhope Gardens. Details: 9421 2600
tue.25 ANZAC DAY
Riverstone Schofields Memorial Club: Breakfast and show, from 7am, with comedians including Marty Coffey and George Smilovici (8am) and band (10am). Cost: $25/ $10 returned servicemen. Details: 9627 1811
Ettamogah Hotel, Kellyville Ridge: Live entertainment on two stages. Outside there will be the Field Brothers and Anthems of Oz, from 1pm. Inside is Tori Darke and Joe Moore, starting at 11am, two-up from noon with Ben Finn and the Crew. Details: 9629 1130
Australian Hotel and Brewery, Rouse Hill: Two-up from noon, activities for children, from 11am. Details: 9679 4555
The Fiddler, Rouse Hill: Entertainment and two-up in the sports bar. Details: 9629 4811
Castle Hill RSL: Two-up from noon with a $10 and under ring, and $10 and over ring. Details: 8858 4800