5 Inexpensive Things To Do in Lane Cove During School Holidays

During school holidays parents feel like taxi drivers and ATMs.  Here are five ideas that will not break the bank and all happen in Lane Cove.

Rock Drop

This is a great idea.  Your child paints a rock and then drops it in a local park.  You then post a picture on a special Facebook page.  All the details are here.

Try Out the New Basketball/Netball Court at Kingsford Smith Oval

The basketball court/netball court is now completed.  Get a group of friends together and have fun playing ball.

Go to Hughes Park

Hughes Park is a great place to take the kids as it caters for kids of all ages with play equipment for the little ones and teenagers and you can explore the community gardens.  Find out more here.

Historic Carisbrook House

Built from local sandstone with a slate roof, Carisbrook stands on an eighteen-acre grant of Burns Bay land originally acquired by John Clarke in 1835.  In the early 1880s, as plans for the Fig-Tree Bridge moved closer to realisation, the Brooks family applied to subdivide their land. they set aside a substantial area, more than an acre, and built the stone house, Carisbrook, on it using a honey-coloured sand-stone probably quarried on the Brooks’ land. The rest of the estate was subdivided into standard housing blocks, and auctioned.

The house is Italianate in style, its asymmetrical facade, faceted bay window and low-pitched roof being motifs much favoured by Victorian architects and clients.

Carisbrook remains the oldest surviving house in its area, its fabric largely intact. It was bought in 1969, by Lane Cove Council which maintains it. A permanent conservation order was placed on the house by the Heritage Council of NSW in 1981.

Lane Cove Historical Society has furnished the house to the mid-Victorian period with an extensive collection of antiques and hand-worked household utensils. Guided tours, public programmes, film and photo shoots and other special events are also arranged by this society.

Carisbrook’s magnificent gardens and grounds still run down to Burns Bay, connecting the house with the river which was such a vital element in settlement and transport in its earlier days.

Carisbrook is owned by Lane Cove Council. The collections, tours and other interpretive programs are provided by the Lane Cove Historical Society.

Carisbrook is open to the public on Saturday and Sunday (excluding Christmas Day, Good Friday and Anzac Day) from 11.00 am to 4.00 pm.

For further information on Carisbrook House click here or visit the NSW Heritage Office Website and search for its listing on the State Heritage Inventory and State Heritage Register.

Lane Cove Skate Park

Not everyone knows this, but Lane Cove has a skatepark!  The park is located in Blackman Park, which is off Lloyd Rees Drive in Lane Cove West. It has a 24 metre run with various sized quarter pipes, ledges and rail. It is open

November – April: 7.30am- 8.30pm

May – October: 8.00am- 6.00pm

Shoot Some Hoops or Play Netball

There is a full size basketball/netball court at Kingsford Smith Park in Longuevillle. There is a half court at Blackman Park.

Here are some other quick ideas:

  • Play Tennis – List of Lane Cove Tennis Clubs here.
  • Play Squash – Details of Lane Cove Squash Club here.
  • Go to the Lane Cove Library Kid’s section.
  • For younger kids the bicycle track at Blackman park is fund and there is also a flying fox and other play equipment.

If you want to book your kids into some school holidays activities during the Summer Holidays you can find a list of school holiday ideas here.


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