10 Inexpensive Things To Do in Lane Cove During School Holidays

During school holidays parents feel like taxi drivers and ATMs.  Here are 10 ideas that will not break the bank and all happen in Lane Cove.

Visual Technology at the Lane Cove Library

The Visual Literacy Collection is now available at Lane Cove Library! The collection provides access to technology kits, which can be borrowed for up to three weeks. The collection includes codable technology such as Makey Makey’s, Ozobots and Micro:bit Go’s as well as retro gaming consoles, including Atari and Nintendo.

Sea Creatures Interactive Display

Enjoy holding and touching a large range of marine animals, whilst the Marine Biologist presents interesting facts.

Cost: free
Monday 8 to Wednesday 10 July 2019
11am – 2pm
Home HQ Artarmon, Lower Ground, opposite PetStock

Dog Park

If you have a dog and have not yet discovered the brand new fenced dog park at Blackman Park, now is the time to head down there with the kids and dog.  Take the bikes as well and when you have finished with the dog park, the kids can have a go on the bike park.

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 on Lane Cove only Full Size Public Tennis Court

Brick Fair at Home HQ

26 exhibitors with over 60 tables of lego displays, play tables and lego retail (large and rare sets, minifigs)

Get ready to be amazed by the creative masterpieces of some of SydLUG’s awesome lego builders. This exciting display will include a large city layout with train, hundreds of minifig habitats and a great ball contraption.  There will also be lego tables to play and rare lego sets to purchase.

Cost: $7 pp or $20/family of four
20 and 21 July
10am – 4pm
Home HQ Artarmon, Ground level, next to Shack
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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

Learn to Grow a Veggie Patch

Eden Garden’s holiday programs. Workshops include games, craft and garden activities, such as teaching your kids how to grow their own vegetable patch or  how to pot a plant to take home.

Dates: 8 July for pot decorating and planting workshop, other events from 8-12 July.
Ages: All
Where: 307 Lane Cove Road (corner of Fontenoy Road), Macquarie Park
Cost: $5
Website: Edengardens.com.au

Here are some other quick ideas:

  • Play Tennis – List of Lane Cove Tennis Clubs 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.
  • Try out the new accessable park at Mindarie Park Lane Cove North

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


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