The April school holidays are upon us and there are plenty of activities for kids in the Hunter Valley!

Hunter Valley Gardens

Hunter Valley Gardens is always a popular spot in the school holidays for a great day out with family and friends. They will have a variety of rides running everyday from 10am – 4pm, plus free face painting stall located in the event area.



Hunter Valley Horse Riding

Ride the unique and beautiful Molly Morgan Range, experiencing the spectacular views of the Hunter Valley Wine Country and Lower Hunter and as far North as Barrington Tops, the northern boundary of the Upper Hunter.

Riding is available every day for the inexperienced (the beginner) and the experienced rider.

Trail Rides – You ride with a dedicated, qualified guide who gives you assistance and guidance along the way.

Personalised Rides –  For a Special Occasion, Pleasure Ride, or Personalised Tuition.

Sunset Rides – As the wildlife awakens and begin to feed, ride with the Kangaroos and Wallabies in the light of the beautiful sunsets.




Stay and Play at Stomp!

Feast on a cheese platter with your wine tasting while the kids (big and small) pop popcorn, play Giant Jenga & other outdoor games and participate in fun photo activities.

It’s all about the experience when you visit stomp! Wine.  They have created a few “Stay & Play” experiences for the kids during school holidays.

‘Stay & Play’ Family Fun – $15/adult, children free

Mum & Dad

Relax as Stomp Wines take you through their range of stomp! & Psst ‘n’ Broke Wines. The tasting will be accompanied by a local cheese and produce platter. If you’re up for it, join the kids afterwards as they challenge you to a game of giant Jenga.

Kids – Big & Small

Pop your own popcorn to energise you ready for your big photo challenge. We’ll have a list of photo challenges that will require creativity, fun, collaborations & exploring nature. Make sure you leave some time for some Giant Jenga strategising so you can beat Mum & Dad when they finish their tasting!

Complete as many of these challenges as you can and post your photo’s to Instagram – #stompwines. Your photos may even be published in our next stomp! Wines newsletter.
Posting photo’s gives stomp wines permission to repost.
Get creative and have fun!

To book phone Meredith – 0409 774 280 – 48hours notice must be given and payment is required at time of booking. No refunds available.


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Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley School Holiday Activities

Kidzone and Activities: From trains and carousels, to games rooms and lounges, Crowne Plaza’s Kidzone has got something to keep kids of all ages happy. Take a ride on the locomotive, enjoy a loop around the track on the colourful toy train, or hop on the merry-go-round for a spin.

The older kids can relax and unwind in the Teen Lounge, or take advantage of the video games and other entertainment on offer in the games room, located next to the pool.

The kids can also improve their golfing game with the help of the experts at the Junior Golf Academy.


Willy Wonka High Tea

Crowne Plaza are also hosting two Willy Wonka afternoon tea sessions! Enter a world beyond your most imaginations with a flurry of good friends and endless entertainment.

Be greeted by Mr Willy Wonka himself and his family of Oompa-Loompas before being swept away in a chocolate river, showered in all manner of cookies, quiches and chocolate mousse, while taking part in face painting, games and crafts.

Dates: Saturday 21st and  Friday 27th April
Time: 2 pm – 4 pm
Venue: Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley Conference and Events Centre
Pricing: Adults: $29
Children (3 and above): $29
Children (2 and under): Free, individual seats not allocated



Twilight Markets

Crowne Plaza will be holding twilight market on saturday April, 28th. They will have live music, a chill-out zone by Blanket Fort Parties and flower workshops by Wired Stems and cheese making demonstrations by Lovedale’s Binnorie Dairy.

Fans of all things cute and furry will love the Sweet Valley Baby Animals mobile farm (from 3pm till 5pm). As you wander through the array of hand selected market stalls, there will be plenty to eat and drink following the chefs selection, local food stalls and a generous selection of wine and craft beers that will be available.


Hunter Valley Zoo

Hunter Valley Zoo is home to a range of Primates, some which are part of breeding programs across Australia. We have encounters available with two of our primate species, our Emperor Tamarin Encounter and Marmoset Encounter these monkeys act as ambassador species creating that bond between humans and wildlife and the encounters help our primates that are part of their breeding programs.

Hunter Valley Zoo provides a safe, caring and natural environment to ensure the welfare of all species housed for exhibit, educational and conservation purposes within the zoo and strive to maintain the high level of care and visitor experience we have so far achieved.


Phone: (02) 4990 7714