■ Blacktown Arts Centre
Kids can experiment with mediums and techniques including drawing, painting, print-making, sculpture, acting and music at the school holiday workshops. Ages 5-17.
Details: 78 Flushcombe Road, Blacktown, 9839 6558, www.artscentre.blacktown.nsw.gov.au.
■ Blacktown libraries
Winter stories and craft from around the world. Free. Ages 3-8.
■ July 9, 11: Dennis Johnson Branch Library, 10.30am-11.30am.
■ July 9: Lalor Park Branch Library, 10.30am-11.30am.
■ July 10, 11: Max Webber Library, Blacktown, 10am-11am.
■ July 8, 9: Our Library @ The Mount Druitt Hub, 10.30am-11.30am.
■ July 9: Riverstone Library & Digital Hub, 10.30am-11.30am.
Details, locations: www.libraries.blacktown.nsw.gov.au.
Multicultural Storytime is a free, fun-filled hour for preschoolers, their parents and carers to share stories and songs from various countries and crafts.
■ July 16: Lalor Park Branch Library, 10.30am-11.30am.
■ July 23: Dennis Johnson Branch Library, Stanhope Gardens, 10.30am-11.30am.
■ Fridays: Max Webber Library, Blacktown, 10am-11am.
Details, locations: 9839 6677 or www.libraries.blacktown.nsw,gov.au/Whats_On/Events/Childrens_Activities_and_Events.
■ Blacktown Sportspark
■ July 8, 9: The International Goalkeepers Academy with day, morning and afternoon camps for goalkeepers of all skill levels, 9am-1pm daily, 1pm-4pm daily, 9am-4pm daily, all day camp.
Details: Eastern Road, Rooty Hill. Bookings: Sue, 0402 390 705 or visit internationalgoalkeepers.com.
■ Blacktown Westpoint
■ Until July 13: Adventure round Westpoint, 11am-4pm, to find the code words for a Dinosaur Adventure Treasure Hunt. Collect the three code words at the centre to win a Dinosaur Adventure Prize. Claim it at the customer service desk on level 3. For kids aged 12 years 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, www.libraries.blacktown.nsw.gov.au.
■ Doonside Festival
■ July 12: Amusement rides, entertainment, stalls, 9am-3pm.
Details: Corner Cross Street and Hillend Road, Doonside, 9839 6000, www.blacktown.nsw.gov.au.
■ 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, www.elc.blacktown.nsw.gov.au.
■ Featherdale Wildlife Park
Hand-feed a kangaroo, wallaby or emu; have a face-to-face encounter with a koala and meet other native animals at one of the nation's largest private collections of Australian native animals and bird life. Cost: $29 adults, $16 children (3-15 years), $22.50 students, $20 seniors, $82 family (two adults/two children).
Details: Kildare Road, Doonside, featherdale.com.au.
■ Max Webber Library
■ July 8: Free Madlab Electronics Workshop, with soldering irons and safety equipment children construct electronic devices with electrical components. Materials provided, 2.30pm-4pm, for ages 9-12.
Details: Max Webber Library Function Centre, level 1, corner Flushcombe Road and Alpha Street, Blacktown. Free but book: madlabelectronics.eventbrite.com.au.
■ July 11: Free DIY class; make button badge accessories for backpacks, 2pm-3pm, ages 12-18. All materials provided.
Details: Corner Flushcombe Road and Alpha Street, Blacktown. Free but book: 9839 6677, or email Julian.Chung@blacktown.nsw.gov.au.
■ Mt Druitt Hub
■ July 9: Gaming Tournaments for all skill levels, including prizes, 2pm-4pm, ages 10-18.
Details: Ayres Grove, Mount Druitt, 8886 2000 to book, or email Julian.Chung@blacktown.nsw.gov.au.
■ July 16: Winning Wednesdays offers free monthly activities for high school children. This month is a fun, fast, game of Minute to Win, 4pm-5.30pm.
Details: Ayres Grove, Mount Druitt, 9839 6677 to book, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
■ Plumpton Marketplace
■ Daily till July 4: Free Drop and Shop centre for kids, outside Big W. Activities include crafts, toys, reading and more. Details: Plumpton Marketplace, corner Hyatts and Jersey roads, Plumpton, 9832 7726.