The end of term is almost upon us, and for families, this means packing away the school bags, throwing out the routine for a while, and planning exciting ways to spend the Easter break. And for those wanting to spend some quality family time together, we’ve found a bunch of super-fun school holiday activities for kids that you can do in a day at the Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley!

From cookie decorating and pizza making to pony rides and designing their own Easter omelette at the Lovedale Bar and Grill, there’s heaps to keep little ones entertained – they’ll even pick up some new skills too!

So grab your sunnies, throw the water bottles in the car and set off on a day-trip adventure to the popular family-friendly resort that we are lucky enough to have less than two hours up the freeway! Read on to discover all that’s happening for families who are wanting to escape for a day this Easter. ↓


Pony Rides at Lovedale

Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley Pony Rides
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Horse lovers – get set for a mini equine adventure as Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley will be offering kids’ pony rides at the Lovedale Horse Rescue facility throughout the school holidays!

At just $15 a ride, this is a fab and affordable activity for young kids to enjoy while their parents cheer them on. And with all proceeds going to Lovedale Horse Rescue (an initiative that supports farmers and rehabilitates horses in need), it’s for a wonderful cause too.

When: Pony rides will run every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday during the school holidays (Friday 8 April – Monday 25 April 2022 ).
Where: Lovedale Horse Rescue. 
Cost: $15 per pony ride.
Contact: Find out more about Lovedale Horse Rescue here. To learn about more kids’ activities happening at the resort, visit the Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley website.


Pizza Making Classes

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Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley chefs are firing up the pizza ovens and getting ready for your kids to join them in a morning of dough spinning and flour shaking! Mini-chef participants will get to roll their own dough, top it with fresh ingredients, and devour it when it’s ready!

When: Pizza Making Classes will run every Wednesday and Saturday, 11am – 12pm throughout the school holidays.
Where: The Lovedale Bar + Grill.
Cost: $20 per child. Bookings essential.


Omelette Making Classes

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Kids can start their day off with a nutritious omelette breakfast at one of the Omelette Making Classes hosted by Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley chefs. They’ll simply fill their pan of eggy-goodness with all the delicious ingredients they can find and voila – it’s theirs for the taking!

When: Omelette Making sessions will run on Thursdays throughout the school holidays.
Where: The Lovedale Bar + Grill.
Cost: $20 per child. Bookings essential. Please see concierge to book.


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Kids can get creative in the kitchen at Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley these school holidays by signing up for these fun cookie decorating classes. They’ll get to ice their cookies before topping them with as many lollies as they can fit!

When: Cookie Decorating sessions will run on Thursdays and Sundays at 11am (Sunday 10 April – Thursday 21 April 2022).
Cost: $20 per child.


Stay at The Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley this Summer

With all the school holiday excitement happening at the Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley this Easter break, it’s not only a great excuse to take a day trip to the gorgeous Hunter region, but to enjoy a mini staycation too! Did you know that Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley has a waterpark, a carousel, an outdoor cinema screen, a kids’ suite with a racing car bed and a KIDS’ CLUB! Scroll down to read more on all that the Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley offers families.

The Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley is an incredible, family-friendly resort and we’re so super lucky that it’s is just a hop, skip down the road from the Central Coast! Whether you’re looking to book a week-long holiday or a last-minute overnight getaway, it’s a great option – both with or without the kids.

Here’s why we love it and why you’ll love it too:

  • They have a water park with cannons, flumes, jets, slides and a tipping grape bucket that fills with 600 litres of water!
  • The resort has its own Venetian carousel, a mini train that does laps of the resort and a large resort-style pool!
  • They run heaps of school holiday activities. This summer they’re offering pony rides, kids pizza-making classes, cookie decorating sessions, movie screenings at their outdoor on-site cinema and more.
  • And, the piece de resistance, A KIDS CLUB! ( Yes, we saw you sit up and take notice of that one!)
  • Plus, let’s not forget the spa and award-winning restaurant for the adults!
  • They have 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom villas that are perfect for families and a specially-designed kids suite with bunk bed and racing car bed that will make your tiny tots feel extra special.

They have a heap of special offers available this Autumn, including a family package and an advance saver package where you can save up to 20% off your stay. We recommend you do your family a favour and book yourself a getaway here.


Check out the Mega Creatures these April holidays at the nearby Hunter Valley Gardens.

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