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School holidays local survival guide

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The school holidays are always met with excitement that can quickly turn to frustration as kids and parents grapple with boredom and a lack of routine. The trick to peace is keeping them occupied with a range of activities, although that can quickly become expensive and exhausting. Below are some ideas that are not only local, but also friendly on the hip pocket.

1. Winterland Campbelltown

Running from July 6 – 21st the Campbelltown Winterland is in its 8th year and is just the right mix of casual family fun. Hosting two open-air ice rinks, spectacular amusement rides, genuine ice slide and alpine themed food village, it will be the place to visit these holidays. 

Address: Koshigaya Park – Cnr of Hurley St and Camden Road, Campbelltown

2. Macarthur Night Markets

While you may have to brave the bracing temperatures for this one, the Macarthur Night Markets will open on July 5th and 19th at Mawson Park from 6pm – 10pm. Pull on your beanie, wrap yourself up in your thickest jacket and warm your belly on some of the most delicious street food in the city’s most popular park. There will be a range of entertainment and activities for every member of the family.

Address: Mawson Park – Corner of Queen Street and Cordeaux Street, Campbelltown.

3. Harrington Park Lake Reserve Youth Play Space

If you’re looking for something outdoors, teenagers can take advantage of the newly opened ninja warrior style youth play space to keep active and brave the elements. In a world that is dominated by screens, the Play Space gets kids off the couch and keeps them busy.

Address: Harrington Park Lake Reserve, Corner The Northern Road and Fairwater Drive, Harrington Park

4. Cataract Dam

Completed in 1907, Cataract Dam has historical significance as well as natural beauty. Pack a picnic lunch, walk across the dam, go for a walk along the many paths and bush tracks, but be mindful to wear sensible outdoor clothing to keep warm and dry.

Address: Cataract Dam Road

5. Macarthur activity centres

Pull on the rollerskates or play bubble soccer at Maximum Skating, then maybe head into the ultimate world of inflatable fun at Inflatable World, or you could let the little ones run free at Monkey Mania letting them burn off energy from staying indoors to avoid the winter chill and keep school holiday boredom at bay.

Addresses: Maximum Skating – 75 Anderson Road, Smeaton Grange
Inflatable World – 1/79-83 Anderson Road, Smeaton Grange
Monkey Mania – 185-187 Airds Road, Unit 1, Leumeah
Mount Annan Leisure Centre – 363 Welling Drive, Mount Annan

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