■ Blacktown Arts Centre

Kids can experiment with mediums and techniques including drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, acting and music at the school holiday workshops. For ages five to 17 years.

Details: 78 Flushcombe Road, Blacktown, 9839 6558,

■ Blacktown Leisure Centre

Four-day intensive holiday swimming program for preschool and school children.

Details: Acceler8, July 2-7, corner Stanhope Parkway and Sentry Drive, Stanhope Gardens, 9421 2600,

■ Blacktown libraries

Winter stories and crafts from around the world. Free. For ages 3-8 years.

■ July 2, 4, 9, 11: Dennis Johnson Branch Library, 10.30am-11.30am.

■ July 2, 9: Lalor Park Branch Library, 10.30am-11.30am;

■ July 3, 4, 10, 11: Max Webber Library, Blacktown, 10am-11am;

■ July 1, 2, 8, 9: Our Library @ The Mount Druitt Hub, 10.30am-11.30am;

■ July 2, 9: Riverstone Library & Digital Hub, 10.30am-11.30am.

Details, locations:

■ Blacktown Sportspark

■ July 1, 2, 7, 8, 9: The International Goalkeeper's Academy offers day, morning and afternoon camps for goalkeepers of all skill levels. 9am-1pm daily, 1pm-4pm daily, 9am-4pm daily, all day camp, or live-in camp.

Details: Eastern Road, Rooty Hill. Bookings: Sue, 0402 390 705 or visit

■ Blacktown Westpoint

■ Until July 13: Adventure round Westpoint 11am to 4pm with your fellow paleontologist friends to find the code words for a Dinosaur Adventure Treasure Hunt. Collect all three code words found throughout the centre to win a Dinosaur Adventure Prize. Claim it at the customer service desk on level 3. For kids aged 12 and under.

Details: Blacktown Westpoint, 17 Patrick Street, Blacktown, 8825 2400.

■ Dennis Johnson Branch Library

■ July 10: Hands-on stars and planets workshop. 2.30pm-3.30pm. Ages 9-12. Free but book.

Details: Corner Stanhope Parkway and Sentry Drive, Stanhope Gardens,

Doonside Festival

■ July 12: Amusement rides, entertainment, stalls, 9am-3pm.

Details: Corner Cross Street and Hillend Road, Doonside, 9839 6000,

Emerton Leisure Centre

■ August 1-2, 8-9: Family Fish In. 5pm-6pm, 6.10pm-7.10pm, 7.20pm-8.20pm. Book. Cost: $11 a session (adults), $5.50 (under 15).

Details: 35 Jersey Road, Emerton, 9628 7016,

■ Featherdale Wildlife Park

Hand-feed a kangaroo, wallaby or emu; meet other animals at one of the nation's largest homes for animals. Cost: $29 adults, $16 children (3-15 years), $22.50 students, $20 seniors, $82 family (two adults/two children).

Details: Kildare Road, Doonside,



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