Spring is in the air and the Hunter Valley Gardens is looking its absolute best. Cherry blossoms, roses, pansies and marigolds are in full bloom and the weather is that perfect temperature that invites you to lie back on the lawn and doze in the sunshine.
Playing in Puddles visited on Saturday and once again the Gardens proved to be a venue that the whole family really truly can enjoy together.
The “360 ALLSTARS” on stage
For the first time ever these school holidays, the Gardens are hosting the “360 ALLSTARS”.
The “360 ALLSTARS” is a performance akin to few others. It’s a super-charged urban circus boasting world champion break dancers, acrobatic stars, drummers and beatboxers! We’ve never seen a show quite like it and it’s sure to get your little ones rapping, bopping and trying to worm.
Be sure to book online so you don’t miss out on the 360 AllStars performances, as seating is limited! The shows are at 11.30am and 1pm daily and run for 30 minutes. You can reserve your show seats when you book your entry tickets online.
The Carnival of Colour – a treasure hunt for kids
One of the things Playing in Puddles’ little reviewers love doing each visit is wandering the gardens – map and pen in hand – and finding “treasures”, and the Carnival of Colour has provided plenty of opportunities for discovery.
Across the grounds you’ll find trees dressed in colourful knits, wheelbarrows brimming with miniature gardens, flying kites and a path topped with suspended umbrellas, plus topiaries of brumbies, turtles and and a dragon.
Plus it’s the perfect opportunity to experience the “Storybook Garden” – a garden of statues pulled straight from the pages of your favourite nursery rhymes. Look out for Humpty Dumpty perched atop his wall, Jack and Jill rolling down the hill, Wee Will Winky running through the town and Alice in Wonderland enjoying tea with the Mad Hatter.
You can also see some of their sculptural lights already set up in readiness for their upcoming Christmas Lights Spectacular, which kicks off on 8 November.
A HUGE ball pit with 20,000 balls!
Plus, for the first time ever, the Hunter Valley Gardens have set up a giant igloo filled with 20,000 colourful balls! The addition of beach balls and a plastic slippery dip served to maximise the fun and the kids absolutely loved it.
We saw more than a few parents having to negotiate with their children to leave the ball pit to explore other parts of the Gardens; our own kids could have happily stayed for much of the day.
The Hunter Valley Gardens’ rides
The Gardens rides will be operating, including their Venetian carousel, 25m ferris wheel, super speedy swing chair and giant slide for the thrill seekers among us!
Plus there are two jumping castle areas – one for older children and one for toddlers. Pure genius that. Saves the little ones being squashed and the older kids can go a little nutty without caution.
Spring Holidays at Hunter Valley Gardens
If you’re looking for a venue that the whole family can enjoy together – where adults aren’t sidelined to watch the fun from afar – The Hunter Valley Gardens is it.
When: Saturday September 28 to Sunday 13 October.
Entry Costs: 360 ALLSTARS and spring displays are included in entry. Adult (16yrs+) $34; Child (4-15 yrs) $25; Child under 4 free; Family Passes from $89. See website for more ticketing options.
Ride costs: Tokens for individual rides are $6 each; Unlimited rides wristbands are $15 pp.
Contact: 02 4998 4000, website