It’s easy to hibernate at home when the weather is cold but here are some fun ways to get out and about this winter while keeping the whole family entertained – no matter what age you are!
Snow Time in the Hunter Valley Gardens
19 June – 18 July
The Hunter Valley Gardens goes all out again this year on the icy adventures over four big wintery weeks of Snow Time in the Garden. Fun for kids of all ages includes a giant ice-skating rink, the chance to build a snowman in the Snow Play Zone, roving entertainment, warming food and drinks, and a giant ice cave filled with animatronic arctic animals – polar bears and penguins oh my!
Hunter Events Bar and Barbecue Festival
Saturday 3 July and Sunday 4 July
The family-friendly Bar and Barbecue Festival showcases our region’s best barbecue makers. There’ll be barbecue cook-offs, stalls and demonstrations, as well as kids’ entertainment, market stalls, and live performances from some of the region’s best musicians. Bring an empty belly for the tastings.
Lots of the Hunter Valley’s wineries are very family-friendly, with features such as kids’ meals and playgrounds, making for a day all can enjoy. At Tulloch Wines, the nippers can enjoy a special Junior Tasting Experience of five snacks paired with non-alcoholic drinks; they’re also dog-friendly and encourage you to bring your canine pal along. At Misty Glen Wines there’s a dedicated KIDS ZONE, including two friendly doggies to play with. There’s a cubby house at Whispering Brook and play equipment at Gemelli Estate.
Explore the vines by bike
Another great way for the family to explore the vineyards, while keeping warm, is by bicycle, and many operators now have e-bikes too, to make it all easier after a couple of tastings. Hire them from Hunter Valley Cycling, Grapemobile Bicycle Hire, or Sutton Estate Electric Bike Hire.
Winter School Holidays – Mini Growers Family Fun
Margan Wines and Restaurant in Broke is running a Winter School Holidays program to keep kids busy while the grown-ups enjoy some tastings. A kids-only Garden Tour will see them learn about growing vegetables and home composting, feed chickens, and take part in a scavenger hunt. Mini growers get to plant a succulent to take home and watch grow. After the tour, they’ll join you for their lunch of a snack platter, baked treat and drink.
Singleton Public Library Activities
Saturday 28 August at the Singleton Showground is the Cultural Spectacular. It’s a free, family-friendly celebration of Aboriginal Culture, History and Country featuring popular Australian musician and singer Mitch Tambo.
Spring into the Singleton Show
Pop the date in your diaries for when the weather warms up: the Singleton Show will be on 24-25 September 2021.