The NSW Autumn School Holidays are coming up in just a few weeks! (Monday 11 April – Friday 22 April 2022). The Blue Mountains Autumn School Holidays Activities Guide 2022 is full of fun opportunities for kids and families to enjoy these Easter school holidays. From outdoor adventures, creative arts workshops, football workshops, and more!
Enjoy the crisp Autumn weather and local activities in and around the Blue Mountains these Easter school holidays and discover something fun for every day in the beautiful Blue Mountains!
Autumn School Holidays
Activities Guide 2022
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The Joan – Guess How Much I Love You live on stage.
Penrith Regional Gallery – School holiday art workshops.
Treetops Adventure Yarramundi – Soar through the treetops on flying foxes, tight ropes & tunnels!
Ballet Colourful – Ballet Workshop for dancers aged 10 – 16.
Fusion Football – Three day skill based football program in Glenbrook.
Scenic World – Light Up The Night with bites, lights, rides, dancing & views!
Nut Picking At Mount Irvine – Pick your own walnuts and chestnuts.
Blue Mountains City Library School Holiday Workshops
Blue Mountains Botanic Gardens – It’s maple mania in the Gardens this Autumn!
Luddenham Easter Show – two weekends of rides, food, pony rides & the latest show bags.
Visit Mount Wilson – Discover the beauty of Mount Wilson in Autumn.
Youth Week Festival 2022 – FREE community event at Glenbrook Skate Park.
Twilight Spaces Katoomba – FREE family event with kids’ workshops, live music and more!
The Joan Presents
Guess How Much I Love You
A PLAYFUL STORY OF LOVE & NATURE
LIVE ON STAGE
Join the enchanting adventure of Little and Big Nutbrown Hare these Easter School Holidays as they discover the magic and colour of the seasons in a dazzling new adaptation of Sam McBratney’s timeless children’s books.
This playful story of love and nature unfolds on stage in an exciting show jam-packed full of exquisite puppetry and music.
A must-see for fans of the book, hop to it and book your tickets now to avoid missing out!
To make your trip to the theatre more memorable, The Joan have partnered up with their friends at Penrith City Library and QBD Books Penrith to bring you some ‘egg-cellent’ and free pre- and post-show activities including a dress up competition, pop up library, live story readings and a pop up book shop!
WHEN: Wednesday 13 April at 12pm (Relaxed Performance) & 2pm;
Thursday 14 April at 10am (Relaxed Performance) & 12pm
WHERE: Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, 597 High Street, Penrith NSW 2750 (View map).
SUITED FOR: Ages 3+ and their families
COST: Standard Ticket $25, Family of 4 $90
HOW TO BOOK: Book via https://www.thejoan.com.au/guess-how-much-i-love-you/ or call Box Office on (02) 4723 7600
SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook; Instagram; #thejoan
Art Workshops for Ages 5 – 16
GET CREATIVE WITH ART WORKSHOPS AT PENRITH REGIONAL GALLERY
Let your kids and teens get creative at the Gallery these School Holidays with a range of art workshops from clay pots to pillow pets and personalised bags. Inspired by Margo Lewers’ mosaics and our current exhibitions including Pattern and Print: Easton Pearson Archive, there is something to suit budding artists of all ages and skill levels. Materials are supplied for all workshops.
WHEN: 12 – 21 April, 2022
WHERE: Penrith Regional Gallery, Home of The Lewers Bequest, 86 River Road, Emu Plains, NSW 2750 (View map).
SUITED FOR: Ages 5 – 16 years
COST: $35 per workshop
HOW TO BOOK: Book via our website or over the phone (02) 4735 1100
SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook; Instagram; #penrithregionalgallery
Treetops Adventure Yarramundi
WE’LL SEE YOU AT THE TOP!
Soar through the treetops at the foothills of the Blue Mountains on an array of flying foxes, tight ropes and tunnels! Treetops Adventure Yarramundi is located only 20 minutes from Penrith and boasts 10 long tree ropes courses, 80+ aerial challenges and 15 zip lines suspended along the Grose River.
A 2.5-hour session through the aerial challenges (including gearing up) will have you laughing along with the kookaburras. After safety, your adrenaline is our top priority, so our courses are designed to challenge you, no matter what level you’re at.
Starting with easy aerial challenges and leaping up to expert courses amongst the blue gums, our courses are suited for climbers 3yrs – 75yrs +. It’s no tall tale how high you’ll reach, and you can choose how high you want to go! You might already know what challenge you’d be up for or you can ask our experienced team on arrival.
WHEN: Group sessions run on Tuesday & Thursday at 9:30am during the school holidays.
WHERE: 200 Springwood Road, Yarramundi NSW 2753 (View map).
SUITED FOR: Like to keep your feet on the ground? KidZip is our instructor led, school holiday program, where our crew climbs and guides your children (AGES 8 – 12)!
COST: Prices start at $28 for Juniors (3 – 7), Children $41 (8 – 17) and Adults $51 (18+). KidZip $55 (8 – 12). Supervision ratios apply.
HOW TO BOOK: (02) 4776 1226; email@example.com
SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook #onwards&upwards #seeyouatthetop #treetopsadventure
Ballet Workshop For Dancers Aged 10-16
The BalletColourful Autumn 2022 Workshop will be held on Tuesday April 12th in Leura NSW, for dancers aged 10 – 16. The workshop will consist of an Open Ballet class, Strength and Conditioning, and National Character dance delivered in a supportive and encouraging environment by Professional Dancer and Owner of BalletColourful, Fenella McKirdy. Dancers also receive a 100% Organic Cotton embroidered BalletColourful ‘Ballet Shoes Bag’ to take home.
This is a unique and exciting opportunity for dancers and their families in The Blue Mountains and beyond. Leura in Autumn is a spectacular place to visit, making this a memorable experience for everyone.
WHEN: April 12, 2022 (Ages 10 – 16yrs):
9 – 10am: Strength and Conditioning Class
10 – 11am: Open Ballet Class
11 – 12noon: National Character Choreography and Performance
WHERE: St Albans Anglican Church Hall – 137A Megalong St, Leura NSW 2780 (View map).
St Albans Anglican Church Hall is located within walking distance to shops, cafes and restaurants. There is a free carpark located directly opposite the hall, as well as plenty of free street parking.
SUITED FOR: Dancers aged 10 – 16 of all skill levels.
COST: $100 per dancer.
HOW TO BOOK: Register at www.balletcolourful.com.au or email firstname.lastname@example.org
SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook, Instagram, YouTube
CUTTING EDGE SKILL BASED FOOTBALL PROGRAM IN GLENBROOK
In this three day holiday program, professionally qualified coaches with WWCC will engage your kids in fun, challenging, game and skill based football activities that will help develop and strengthen the fundamentals of Football. All the activities are designed to get your child thinking, moving, creating options, developing core strength and coordination all in a team environment.
WHEN: April 12, 2022 – April 14, 2022
WHERE: Glenbrook Oval, Great Western Highway, Glenbrook NSW 2773 (View map).
SUITED FOR: Ages 6 – 13 years
COST: $150 for three 3-hour sessions
HOW TO BOOK: Online. For enquiries, contact Mario on 0450 227 508; email@example.com
SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook, Instagram
‘Light Up The Night’ At Scenic World
AN ILLUMINOUS EXPERIENCE WITH LIGHTS, BITES & EPIC VIEWS!
As the sun dips below the horizon, Scenic World will be switching on the lights – all 50,000 of them to create a sparkling, illuminous experience across the site from the 8th – 30th April.
Visitors of all ages will be dazzled by the tens of thousands of lights, shaped into insta-worthy installations and sculptures. Kids will love racing through the light maze, taking a spin in the carnival rides and ripping up the silent nightclub dance floor, with music mixed by local legends, Hermitude.
Entertain your taste buds at the Bite Up The Night pop up stall where you can fuel up for the world’s only cable car nightclub, the Disco Skyway, with music also programmed by Hermitude.
Dance the night away at 270 metres above the canopy as you travel across the valley to explore the Katoomba Night-Lit Walk, operated by Blue Mountains City Council. The 1.3km family-friendly illuminated circuit connects to lookouts to view the Three Sisters, Katoomba Falls, Orphan Rock and part of the Jamison Valley escarpment which will be lit up under the night sky.
WHEN: Light Up The Night sessions are from 5pm—7:30pm (arrival time) and the site stays open until 9:30pm.
WHERE: Scenic World, Corner Violet Street & Cliff Drive, Katoomba NSW 2780 (View map).
SUITED FOR: Visitors of all ages
COST: Tickets are $39.90 per adult and $29 per child (3 – 15 years). Children under 3 are free! Use your NSW Dine and Discover pass for $25 off or your Parents NSW Voucher. Vouchers can be used separately, or multiple vouchers can be used in the one transaction up to a total of $250.
HOW TO BOOK: For more info on Light Up The Night or to book, go to: www.scenicworld.com.au/light-up-the-night.
SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook; Instagram; YouTube
Nut Picking In Mount Irvine
PICK YOUR OWN WALNUTS AND CHESTNUTS
Gather the family to pick your own walnuts and chestnuts this Autumn! Bring your own gloves and experience a unique experience this Autumn at a cool climate nut farm. For more information about fruit and nut picking in the Blue Mountains, click here.
WHEN: Nutwood Farm – Season begins Saturday 19 March, 2022. Weekends only for the 5-week season (mid-March to mid-April) + Easter, 9am – 4pm.
Kookootonga Farm – Season begins Saturday 19 March 2022 until about late April, open every day from 9am – 4pm. No bookings are needed.
WHERE: Nutwood Farm 22 Danes Way, Mount Irvine, NSW 2786
Kookootonga Farm 247 Mount Irvine Road, Mount Irvine NSW 2786
SUITED FOR: Anyone (if you have a nut allergy it is best not to visit a nut farm).
COST: Walnuts and chestnuts ($10/kg – subject to change). Cash only at Nutwood Farm. EFTPOS available at Kookootonga Farm.
HOW TO BOOK: No bookings are needed.
WEBSITE: Nutwood Farm; Kookootonga
SOCIAL MEDIA: Nutwood Farm Facebook Page; Kookootonga Farm Facebook Page
Blue Mountains City Library School Holiday Workshops
CREATIVE SCHOOL HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES
Blue Mountains City Library is excited to offer workshops for kids during the April school holidays! View the four workshops here.
WHEN & WHERE: Kids workshop: Wind Up Toys – Tuesday 12 April 10:00 – 11:00am at Katoomba Library;
Tween workshop: Cross Stitch Embroidery Art – Wednesday 13 April 10am – 11am at Blue Mountains Theatre and Community Hub, Springwood;
Teen Workshop: DIY Macrame Keychain – Thursday 20 January 10am – 11am via Zoom;
Kids workshop: Corkboard String Art – Thursday 21 April 10am – 11am at Blaxland Library – Sharon Burridge Hall.
SUITED FOR: Kids workshop: Wind Up Toys – Kindy to Year 6
Tween workshop: Cross Stitch Embroidery Art – Ages 8 – 13 years old
Teen Workshop: DIY Macrame Keychain – Ages 12 – 18 years old
Kids workshop: Corkboard String Art – Kindy to Year 6
COST: $6 per booking.
HOW TO BOOK: Online
SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Tumblr
Blue Mountains Botanic Gardens
IT’S MAPLE MANIA IN THE GARDENS THIS AUTUMN!
Providing some of the most vibrant colour in Autumn gardens, delicious syrup and winged seeds which helicopter to the ground to the great delight of any child in the vicinity, the genus Acer, or ‘maple’ as they are commonly known, is a beautiful and varied group of trees. Come and see them for yourself at the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah, and be delighted at the beautiful array of Autumn colours.
WHEN: 9am – 5pm daily
WHERE: Bells Line of Road, Mount Tomah, New South Wales 2758 (View map).
SUITED FOR: Everyone
COST: Entry is FREE
HOW TO BOOK: No bookings required; contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook; Instagram
Luddenham Easter Show
IT’S GOING TO BE A FUN EASTER WEEKEND!
The Luddenham Easter Fair will be back in 2022! Kicking off Easter Long weekend with the Twilight Markets. Then all Easter Weekend from 1pm daily. There will be plenty of rides, food, pony rides & the latest show bags. There is no need to buy tickets in advance, just pay as you go. EFTPOS is available. Further info at Luddenham Easter Festival. Please check the Facebook Page for all up to date details.
WHERE: Luddenham Showground, 442 Park Road, Luddenham NSW 2745
COST: Entry is $2, FREE parking. Ride specials over Easter: 30 coupons $25, 60 coupons $50, 90 coupons $75, 120 coupons $100 (these are 2021 prices and are subject to change).
OPEN: Thursday 14 April for the twilight markets.
Good Friday 15 April, 1pm – 8pm. Fireworks at 8pm;
Easter Saturday 16 April, 1pm – 8pm. Fireworks at 8pm;
Easter Sunday 17 April, 1pm – 6pm;
Easter Monday 18 April, 1pm – 6pm.
SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook
Visit Mount Wilson
SOAK UP THE SERENITY & COLOURS OF MOUNT WILSON
Mount Wilson is well known for the myriad of colours that emerge from its deciduous trees during Autumn. They paint the town in an amazing variety of yellows, oranges and reds. Visitors are attracted to Mount Wilson’s small town charm and enjoy the walks and picnic spots here. The Cathedral of Ferns (view map) is a must. Bowen’s Creek Picnic Ground is another nice spot.
Gardens in Mount Wilson that you may like to visit include Breenhold Garden (View map). There are many beautiful spots to see at Breenhold Garden, including Laburnun Steps, Pine Tree Avenue, Compass Garden, Promontory Lookout, Bailey Paths and Socrates Garden), Yengo Sculpture Gardens, Nooroo, Sefton Cottage, Windyridge. More gardens can be found here. You may also be interested in visiting Wynne’s Rock Lookout, Pheasant’s Cave and Du Faurs Rock.
Please keep in mind though that mobile phone reception is patchy or non existent and that there are no shops, petrol stations or medical services in Mount Wilson (the closest are in Mount Victoria and Lithgow). You will also need to take ALL rubbish with you as the local bins cannot cope with too much rubbish.
WHEN: Autumn school holidays (many gardens are open from March to May – check websites and Facebook Pages before your visit to ensure gardens are open).
WHERE: Mount Wilson (View map).
SUITED FOR: Everyone
COST: Many gardens have entry fees. Breenhold Garden, for example charges $15 per adult, and $5 for children over 5 years old. Family Rate for 2 adults and 3 or more children is $40.00. EFTPOS preferred.
Youth Week Festival 2022
FREE community event at
Glenbrook Skate Park
Get your crew together and get amongst the action! The Youth Week Festival 2022 includes skateboard, scooter and bike comps, live band including Trash Baby, Florah, The Jerbus Trio and Andie Dee, as well as a free BBQ, coffee van, art & drumming workshops and more.
The Competition is open to amateur riders aged 12-24. Be there at 10am-11am to register. There are heaps of prizes to be won. Helmets are required.
This is a free community event and a drug and alcohol free zone. Keep an eye on the PlanetYouthBM Facebook page for more info, bus details and wet weather updates.
Twilight Spaces Katoomba
FREE family event with kids’ workshops,
live music and more!
WHERE: Katoomba Town Centre Arcade & CBD: 81-83 Katoomba St, Katoomba NSW 2780 (View map).
WHEN: Sunday 10 APRIL 4pm – 8pm
CONTACT: For enquiries call MYST on 1300 006 978.
SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook
We hope that you have been inspired by all of the local activities in our Blue Mountains Autumn School Holidays Activities Guide for 2022 and that the upcoming school holidays are fun, safe and refreshing for you and your family.