Keeping the kids entertained in the Hunter Valley
Category: Things to Do
Yes, there is more to the Hunter Valley than wine; there are plenty of activities to keep the kids entertained as well!
1. Hunter Valley Gardens
The Storybook Garden is the perfect place to start your Hunter Valley adventure with the family. Your little ones can act out their favourite fairytales, including sitting at the Mad Hatters table. It is a great photo opportunity for the whole family. The kids will also be wowed by the waterfall and glorious flowers.
Did you know guests of the Mercure receive a 50% discount on tickets?
Also, throughout the year there are many fabulous events within the garden. Here are just a couple-
Winter fun with an ice skating rink, ice toboggan and build a snowman in the man-made Snow Play Zone!
Christmas Lights Spectacular -
Millions of Christmas lights throughout the gardens will dazzle the whole family, also includes Santa photos and children’s entertainment.
Mega Creatures -
An amazing display of giant bugs and dinosaurs including the infamous 8 metre T-rex, giant Triceratops, towering tarantula, mega-sized snail and much more.
For more information http://www.huntervalleygardens.com.au/
2.Aqua Golf & Putt Putt
Located only a short walk from Mercure Resort, this activity has great prices and is fun for all ages. If you find a hidden talent in the family you may wish to enrol your child in their junior golf program to take it to the course!
3. The Hunter Valley Gardens Village Park
A great park with play equipment, lots of trees and plenty of space. Grab an ice cream from the adjoining Village to complete the picnic!
4. Go Karts Go
An outdoor 4-stroke go kart hire track with a massive 850m long track will create some healthy competition in the family. Suitable from 3 years +.
For more information http://www.gokartsgo.com.au/hunter-valley
5. Horse & Pony Rides, Tractor Rides & Hiking
Take a ride or walk in the countryside & meet some native animals along the way!
For more information http://huntervalleyhorseriding.com.au/
6. Hunter Valley Zoo
Ever wanted to meet a monkey or a meerkat? Have a special encounter at the zoo or buy some animal food to feed the farmyard, kangaroos and birds in the walk-through interactive yards.
For more information http://www.huntervalleyzoo.com.au/
7. Heddon Greta Drive In
Take the short trip to an old fashioned Drive In to catch the latest films. Park the car and recline the seats or take a picnic rug and deckchairs if it’s nice weather.
For more information http://www.drive-in.com.au/
8. Hunter Valley Chocolate Company
There are lots of yummy goodies on offer at this shop in the Hunter Valley Gardens Village, or why not visit the giant outlet just a little furtehr down Broke Road. Handmade Hunter Valley treats the kids will love.
For more information http://www.hvchocolate.com.au/site/index.cfm
Explore the Hunter Valley on segways! This adventure starts off with one on one instruction and training by a qualified Segway guide. After everyone is comfortable riding the Segway the tour heads off travelling along the off road tracks and trails. (ages 11+)
For more information http://www.nswsegway.com.au/tours/hunter-valley-wine-tour
10. Horse & Carriage Tour
Go back in time and soak up the sun in a carriage being pulled by a stunning Clydesdale.
For more information http://www.huntervalleyclassiccarriages.com.au/general-tours-and-rides.html
And a little further away….
Newcastle’s great beaches, Rutherford Tenpin Bowling, Maitland Cinema