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Top 10 things to do these school holidays

When the school holidays roll around it's time to think of new ways to keep the kids busy – right? Check out our Top 10 things to do in the Hunter Valley this spring. There's heaps of affordable activities and adventures for the whole family!

1. 360 ALL STARS: Fresh from sell-out Sydney and Adelaide shows, 360 ALLSTARS is bringing its super-charged urban circus to Hunter Valley Gardens for the Spring school holidays! Boasting World Champion breakdancers, the cyr wheel World Record holder, an X-Factor winning beatboxer, and an award-winning percussionist, 360 ALLSTARS is a revolutionary performance that will thrill people of all ages. On  from 28 September - 13 October 2019. 

​2. Tuff Nutterz: one of the world's largest inflatable obstacle courses, is taking over Hope Estate from the 10th - 13th October.​ Suitable for the whole family, it's 270 metres long and has over 30 individual obstacles all joined to form one continuous course. Book online here.

3. September School Holidays Program: Crowne Plaza is one of the most family friendly resorts around with a cracker of a kids' club open all-year-round, but it really takes it up a notch during school holidays with stacks of stuff for family friendly fun. These school holidays kids can join a glitter sparkle tea party, mini chefs program, kids disco karaoke party, magic & illusion show, crafts and more. View the full program here. Bookings essential.

4. Markets: Hunt for handmade treasures while sampling delicious local produce. The Hunter Valley is lucky enough to have several markets over the school holidays. The Handmade in the Hunter Markets are held in the grounds of Sobel Wines, Pokolbin every Saturday during school holidays, Dalwood Markets and the Hunter Valley Gourmet Markets. Here over the October Long Weekend? Then head to Wollombi Market Day on Monday 7th October and browse over 100 local stalls.

5. Day on the Green: After some 260 ALL STARS fun in the Hunter Valley Gardens, challenge the kids to 18-holes of putt putt or whack a few golf balls into the lake (and win a prize if you land a ball in the net) at Hunter Valley Aqua Golf and Putt Putt.

​6. Junior Tasting Experience: ​You'll be happy to know that wine-tasting can be fun for the whole family. Try the new Junior Tasting Experience at Tulloch Wines matching five tasty snacks with five non-alcoholic drinks for the younger generation to enjoy (while mum and dad enjoy their own tasting). There are plenty of family friendly cellar doors to keep the kids happy from hula hoops, giant Jenga and cubby houses to roomy lawn areas where the sprogs can burn off some energy.

7. Sweet Spots: Eat your body weight in treats at one of Hunter Valley's sweet spots - Cocoa Nib Artisan Chocolates or Hunter Valley ChocolatesLove Gelato? Then head to the Hunter Valley Smelly Cheese Shop for authentic Italian gelato made on-site including Sprinkles, Bubblegum, Mars Bar and Smarty Pants. You're spoilt for choice.

Horse riding with Hunter Valley Horses

8. Saddle up: Soak up the picturesque views of the Hunter Valley while meandering between the vineyards and the bush on a Horse Riding tour. Looking to occupy the little ones? Hunter Valley Horse Riding in Lovedale also offers Pony and Pony & Tractor Hay Rides suitable for little tots.

9. Get Active: Explore the scenic vine-fringed path of Hermitage Road, a 10km bike friendly pathway. Bring your own or hire an electric bike through Sutton Estate. 

​10. Wildlife Spotting: ​Power through the gorgeous Hunter Valley scenery on a Segway Tour. Be guided through back roads and paddocks, the perfect opportunity to spot local wildlife including kangaroos, wallabies and maybe even a goanna or wombat. This adventure is ideal for all ages from 11, all fitness levels (don't forget your camera).

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