Explore Singleton these winter school holidays

It’s cold, it’s wet and it’s grey – perfect weather to stay inside and rug up by the fire yes? No! Don’t relive what was lockdown 2020 and get out and explore Singleton and surrounding areas these winter school holidays. Keep the kids (& adults) entertained these holidays with our top recommendations of things to do:

 Camping & Bushwalking

The weather may be getting cooler (& cooler) but the only way to warm up is to get the blood pumping! Tie up those joggers, pop on a beanie and scarf and discover one of the three National Parks located within Singleton LGA: Mount Royal National Park, Wollemi National Park and Yengo National Park. There are plenty of walks for all fitness types and our personal favourites are Pieries Peak Walking Track and Finchley Cultural Walk. 

If bushwalking isn’t your thing but the idea of cosying up by the campfire and gazing out at the stars is, bundle the family up and experience the joy of camping in winter. Lake St Clair is located at the foothills of Mount Royal National Park and offer several powered and unpowered campsites with hot shower facilities (a necessity!). Alternatively, follow the 4WD tracks and experience rustic camping at Youngville Campground. Please note, Youngville is a remote campground and the tracks to the campground are only suitable for 4WDs.

 
Local Arts, Culture & Exploration

Do you have a junior Picasso on your hands? Let their imagination and creativity run wild these school holidays by taking part in one of the many art workshops taking place throughout Singleton. Scrunch, sculpt and shape polymer clay to make an octopus on a cup at That Little Art Place on the 28th June (there’s 2 sessions available and numbers are limited), or put paint to paper in a Kids Sloth Workshop on the 5th & 9th July. If you’d like to enjoy a cup of (delicious) coffee whilst the kids are kept entertained, book them into a Drawing & Painting or Basket Weaving class at Worn out Wares. Hosted by Foundations4Creativitiy all sessions include Morning Tea. 

If history is more their thing, take your young soldiers out to the Australian Army Infantry Museum to learn about the history behind the Australian Army and the events that have shaped our past, present and future. Open to the public Wednesday through to Sunday (9am-4pm) it’s a museum not to be missed! If you choose to venture out exploring on the weekend, be sure to also schedule in a stop to Singleton’s Historical Society & Museum. The building itself tells a story of Singleton’s history, as it’s the former lock-up cells built in 1874, but once you step inside you are transported to old-time Singleton that has something for everyone.

If after all the exploration the kids are still full of beans (which we can almost guarantee they will be) sign them up for a fun and interactive dance workshop with Hunter Urban Dance Studio. These half and full day workshops are divided across 3 age groups and incorporate a range of dance techniques and styles. Let them wiggle and twirl until their hearts content.

 

Singleton Library

Rain, hail or shine – there are stacks of events on these school holidays at Singleton Library. From Naidoc themed activities with Debbie Becker and a robot petting zoo to jigsaws & games, you’ll be visiting the library daily to get your fun fix! Due to current restrictions, all classes must be booked through Eventbrite. Before or after your booked class, be sure to check out the Cover to Cover: Roald Dahl Exhibition. Currently on loan at Singleton Library from WestWords, this exhibition depicts the many ways in which Roald Dahl’s stories have been depicted by illustrators around the world. Every single person, both young and young-at-heart, have been touched by a Roald Dahl novel and the covers on showcase take you to Matilda in Japan, James and the Giant Peach in Afrikaans and The Witches in French. This exhibition is a truly immersive experience that is available to view until Friday 2 July during Singleton Library hours. 

Around Hermitage 

Hermitage Road is not just for the adults! Hunter Valley Resort has the kids covered with enough activities to call themselves a Winter Wonderland. The Resort, home to The Adventure Centre Hunter Valley has an array of activities on offer to keep the kids entertained these school holidays. Take part in a one-hour Segway Tour (ages 11+), venturing through the vineyards, learning historical facts of the region from its past to the present on two wheels – how cool is that! Or you can slow the pace right down with a horse-riding adventure through Hunter Valley Horses, taking in the breathtaking views of the Broken Back Ranges. If you’ve got super littlies in tow, ask Hunter Valley Horses about their horse and carriage rides.   

Once you’ve taken on all the activities at The Adventure Centre, continue along Hermitage Road into the heart of Pokolbin where you can visit Hunter Valley Gardens for their annual Snow Time event or even a little bit further to pat and party with the wonderful animals at Hunter Valley Zoo.

 

Broke Fordwich 

The drive from Singleton to Broke itself is something worth experiencing, but whilst you’re out there we recommend signing the kids up to take part in Margan Wines Mini Growers Family Fun experience. Not only will you get to sit down and enjoy a relaxed wine tasting while you wait, the kids will come away from this program with a wealth of knowledge. The mini growers that take part in this fantastic pop-up program will learn how to grow vegetables, feed chickens, compost at home and unearth garden secrets in a scavenger hunt. They will also get to plant and take home their very own succulent to remember the day. It’s a fantastic way for kids to get their hands dirty, learn bucket loads about sustainable living and create and foster new friendships with their buddy mini growers. For only $40 each, you and your child will experience 3 hours of gardening fun and finish off the afternoon with a snack platter, baked treat, and drink. 

If it’s a nice sunny day outside, make your way over to Winmark Wines. Stop into the Cellar Door to pick up a map and spend the morning or afternoon exploring the Sculpture Walk throughout the grounds of Winmark. The kids will love finding the red Portals of Illusion or the newest installations of Lollipops. Snap a photo of them preparing to be catapulted on the ‘Fight or Flight’ slingshot by local artist Rode Vella. And after all is done, stop by the cellar door and purchase a bottle of their glorious Chardonnay to enjoy with dinner. Make this a full day activity by packing a picnic hamper and stopping off at McNamara Park for a picnic. 

 

Hunter Events Bar & BBQ Festival

You might be thinking – this doesn’t sound like one for the kids – but Hunter Events have pulled together an entertaining festival suitable for the whole family. An action-packed weekend filled with the best in BBQ foods, drinks (for both young and old!), entertainment and market stalls. Once the kids have indulged in all the BBQ foods their bellies can handle, they will be WOW’d by the Aussie FMX show, Australia’s top freestyle entertainment show. Watch as the Aussie FMX team fly upside down and perform tricks, stunts and jumps across the idyllic Dalwood Estate. The Hunter Events Bar & BBQ Festival will be taking place on the 3rd & 4th July and tickets are available to purchase for the Saturday, Sunday or a Weekender ticket. 

 

Majestic Cinemas – Singleton

With the recent announcement that the Dine & Discover Vouchers are being extended to the 31 July 2021, there’s no better time to see a movie at Majestic Cinemas in Singleton. With blockbusters hitting the screens such as Cranston Academy: Monster Zone, Space Jam: A New Legacy and Fast & Furious 9, it’s the perfect option when the skies are grey or a belly full of popcorn is needed. See the Majestic Cinema website for session times.