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Monday, November 7, 2016

Announcement to my readers & followers

Dear readers/followers,

I have had a wonderful experience and a lot of fun running the Family Fun in Sydney blog/FB page these past few years. It is therefore with regret, that I have to inform you that owing to a change in personal circumstances, I no longer have the time to research and maintain the blog/FB page. As such, this will be my last posting :(

I appreciate and value all of your support these few years - it was truly a joy to share about family fun events with all of you and I hope you will continue to have fun with your whole family. Remember, family life doesn't have to be perfect to be great - it's already great when you have fun together :)

All the best,
Christine

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Keep your costs down & shop at PITTER PATTER MARKET on Sunday, 6th of November 2016

The Pitter Patter Market is a Pre-Loved Goods Market selling products for babies, kids, pre-teens and maternity mums. There are over 50 stalls offering pre-loved items which may include baby/children's clothing, maternity or pregnancy related items, toys, books, DVDs, bikes, outdoor play equipment, prams/strollers, baby walkers, car seats, cots, nursery linen and much more. Shopping at Pitter Patter Market is a great way to keep your costs of living down especially when babies and toddlers outgrow their clothes and toys so quickly.

The market is located indoors, so it will go ahead rain or shine. Please bring cash for your shopping as there are no ATMs on-site and the market stalls often do not have EFTPOS facility.

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DATE: Sunday, 6th of November 2016

TIME: 9am to 12pm

VENUE: Camden Civic Centre, Oxley Street, Camden. Camden is a historic town of the Macarthur Region of Sydney, located 65 kilometres south-west of the Sydney CBD.

LOCATION MAP: Display map

GETTING THERE: For public transport info, call the Transport Infoline on 131 500 or check their website on www.131500.com.au

ENTRY FEE: Adults $3, Kids Free

MORE INFO: Call Sharyn Wye on 0429 990 645, email: info@pitterpattermarkets.com.au or check their website: http://www.pitterpattermarkets.com.au/


Photo credit: http://pitterpattermarkets.com.au/

Enjoy a special BREAKFAST IN THE BUSH on Sunday, 6th of November 2016

Wirrimburra Sanctuary BannerWirrimbirra Sanctuary is a flora and fauna sanctuary created in the 1960s by Thistle Harris (in memory of her husband David Stead) to preserve the original 'Bargo Brush', Australia's flora & fauna and to promote the use and propagation of Australian native plants. Today, the 95 hectare property preserves the last remnants of the Bargo Brush and educates the general public on Australian environmental and wildlife issues through it's event days such as Reptile Day, Bug & Bird day, the Wildlife fair and Frog day.

And this Sunday, 6th of November, Wirrimbirra Sanctuary will be hosting a special Breakfast in the Bush where for $10 per person, you can enjoy a breakfast, explore the bush tracks and check out the native animals and plants. Booking is appreciated by calling 02 4684 1112.

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DATE: Sunday, 6th of November 2016

TIME: 9am to 11am

Wirrimbirra Sanctuary
VENUE: Wirrimbirra Sanctuary, 3105 Remembrance Drive, Bargo (about 6-7 minutes off the Hume highway between Sydney and Canberra). Bargo is about 100 km south-west of Sydney CBD, approximately 1 hour from Sydney airport along the M5, 30 minutes from Campbelltown, 45 minutes from Wollongong and a few minutes from both Tahmoor and Bargo.

LOCATION MAP: Display map

ENTRY FEE: $10 per person. Bookings are appreciated by calling 02 4684 1112.

MORE INFO: Call 02 4684 1112, email: enquiries@wirrimbirra.com.au or check this link: http://www.wirrimbirra.com.au/


Image credit: www.wirrimbirra.com.au

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Enjoy great food, wine & fresh produce during TASTE ORANGE @ LANE COVE on Sunday, 6th of November 2016

Taste Orange @ Lane Cove
Soak up the sunshine and enjoy NSW's finest cool-climate wine, food and fresh produce during Taste Orange @ Lane Cove on Sunday, 6th of November. The event will have 17 stalls from the Orange region featuring food, wine and delicious gourmet produce. Live entertainment will be underway from 11am with music, face painting, farm animals and an art class by the river.

This event is licensed and therefore there will be no BYO or glass.

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DATE: Sunday, 6th of November 2016

TIME: 11am to 5pm

VENUE: Tambourine Bay Reserve, Riverview. Riverview is a suburb on the Lower North Shore of Sydney, located 9 kilometres north-west of the Sydney CBD.

LOCATION MAP: Display map

GETTING THERE: For public transport info, call the Transport Infoline on 131 500 or check their website on www.131500.com.au. If driving, please note that parking is limited near Tambourine Bay Reserve. There is a free shuttle bus on the day, you can view the shuttle bus route here.

ENTRY FEE: Free

MORE INFO: Call 02 6360 1990, email: info@brandorange.com.au or check this link: www.brandorange.com.au/lanecove


Image credit: www.brandorange.com.au

Explore Egyptian culture & food at the EGYPTIAN FESTIVAL on Sunday, 6th of November 2016

Sydney Egyptian Festival
The Sydney Egyptian Cultural Festival is an annual event organised by the Australian Egyptian Council Forum to promote understanding of the Egyptian culture in Australia. The festival showcases Egyptian culture through music, folk-dancing and food as well as handicrafts, artefacts, and many other traditional and cultural activities including henna tattoos and camel rides.

Head to the Egyptian Festival this Sunday, 6th of November and explore all that Egyptian culture has to offer in a family friendly outdoor atmosphere.

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DATE: Sunday, 6th of November 2016

TIME: 10am to 6pm

VENUE: Tumbalong Park, Darling Harbour. Darling Harbour is Sydney's favourite destination for leisure and entertainment with restaurants, shops, museums, cinemas and tourist attractions all in one area. Darling Harbour is located on the western outskirts of the Sydney CBD.

LOCATION MAP: Map of Darling Harbour

GETTING THERE: It is easy to get to Darling Harbour by public transport. You can catch the train, bus, ferry or Sydney Light Rail. For more info on public transport, call the Transport Infoline on 131 500 or check their website on www.131500.com.au. If driving, parking is available at Sydney Entertainment Centre car park, Harbourside and various parking stations in the CBD.

ENTRY FEE: Free

MORE INFO: http://darlingharbour.com/../sydney-egyptian-cultural-festival/


Image credit: http://darlingharbour.com/

Check out DOUBLE BAY STREET FESTIVAL, Sydney's most stylish street festival on Sunday, 6th of November 2016

The Double Bay Street Festival is one of the largest community event in the eastern suburbs. Last year, the festival attracted more than 60,000 visitors and featured 250+ stalls, rides, Crocodile Encounters, 2 stages with live entertainment, roving entertainers, Chill Out Zone and Camel Rides.

This year, you can expect more fun at the festival with six streets in the centre of Double bay filled with market stalls, carnival rides, Eat Street, and all the very best that Australia has to offer!

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DATE: Sunday, 6th of November 2016

TIME: 10am to 4pm

VENUE: Double Bay is a harbourside eastern suburb of Sydney, located 4 kilometres east of the Sydney CBD.

LOCATION MAP: Display map

GETTING THERE: The best way to get there is to hop onto a ferry and alight at the Double Bay Ferry Wharf. For bus services, call the Transport Infoline on 131 500 or check their website on www.131500.com.au. If driving, limited parking is available on surrounding streets.

ENTRY FEE: Free

MORE INFO: Check updates on this Facebook page.


Poster credit: http://www.doublebaycc.com.au/

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Enjoy EAT STREET VIBES this Saturday, 5th of November 2016 with a taste of Paramasala!

Poster for Parramatta's Eat Street Vibes
** SPECIAL ALERT ** This event is now cancelled due to unfavourable weather on event day :(

Experience a taste of what’s to come in March for Parramasala, as Eat Street Vibes brings a preview of Parramatta's vibrant multicultural festival to Church Street on Saturday, 5th of November!

Some highlights:

- Sweet and spicy food from Eat Street restaurants
- The gigantic illuminated Parramasala mascot
- Hair braiding and henna tattoo workshops
- Afghan kite-making workshops
- Diwali light stalls
- Jewellery, fabric and textile stalls
- 9D Cinemax virtual reality ride
- Balloon twisting and face painting by Kozi and Pinky Entertainment
- Jumping castle
- Matilda Lou Coffee Caravan
- Live entertainment including amazing dancers from Peru, the Cook Island performing Troup with their giant log drums, belly dancers and Bollywood mash-ups.

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DATE: Saturday, 5th of November 2016

TIME: 11am to 4pm

VENUE: Parramatta's Eat Street at Church Street, Parramatta between Phillip and Market Streets. Parramatta (also known as Sydney's second CBD) is a suburb in western Sydney and is located approximately 23 km west of the Sydney CBD.

LOCATION MAP: Display map

GETTING THERE: Parramatta is well serviced by train, ferry and buses. For more info, call the Transport Infoline on 131 500 or check their website on http://www.131500.com.au/. If driving, please note that Eat Street will be closed to traffic on market days from 7am to 6pm, between Phillip and Market Streets.

ENTRY FEE: Free

MORE INFO: Call City of Parramatta on 9806 5050, or visit this link: http://www.parracity.nsw.gov.au/.../eat_street_vibes2


Image credit: Parramatta City Council

Get your reading material on the cheap at LIFELINE BOOK FAIR opening on 5th & 6th of November 2016

Lifeline Book Fair - Hunters Hill
Lifeline Harbour to Hawkesbury started operations as a telephone counselling service in October 1986. Since then, it has grown from a relatively small centre to a large organisation providing a wide range of crisis support, suicide prevention services as well as face-to-face counselling services and programs. Lifeline operations are financed by their own fundraising efforts, partnerships, grants and donations. One important source of fundraising is through their Lifeline book fairs. Currently, Lifeline hold three large book fairs, and several small book sales, each year.

The next Lifeline book fair will be held at Hunters Hill on Saturday and Sunday, the 5th & 6th of November. There will be a wide range of books, along with CDs and DVDs. Purchases can be paid with cash, credit card or EFTPOS. Drop in & pick up your reading materials for the year on the cheap!

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DATE: Saturday & Sunday, 5th & 6th of November 2016

TIME: 8am to 5pm

VENUE: Hunters Hill Town Hall, 22 Alexandra Street, Hunters Hill. Hunters Hill is part of North Shore Sydney and is located 9 kilometres north-west of the Sydney CBD.

LOCATION MAP: Display map

GETTING THERE: For public transport info, call the Transport Infoline on 131 500 or check their website on www.131500.com.au

ENTRY FEE: Free

MORE INFO: Call 02 9498 8805, email: admin@lifelineh2h.com or check this link: http://lifelineh2h.org.au/event/hunters-hill-book-fair-2016/


Photo credit: http://lifelineh2h.org.au/

Explore some of Sydney's most interesting buildings during the SYDNEY OPEN on 5th & 6th of November 2016

This weekend, the 5th & 6th of November, join Sydney Open and explore more than 50 of Sydney’s best loved buildings for a day of architectural exploration.

Participants get exclusive access to some of Sydney’s most intriguing buildings in the CBD and inner city, from historic buildings such as Sydney Town Hall and Parliament House to new buildings changing the face of our city, such as the Two International Towers at Barangaroo and the EY Centre.

There will also be a range of talks, tours and more at select buildings during Sydney Open where you can hear from building experts and architects or follow a tour to uncover untold stories and special building details.

This event is presented by the Sydney Living Museums (SLM).

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DATE: Saturday & Sunday, the 5th & 6th of November 2016

TIME: Varies as per building but generally from 10am to 4pm

VENUE: More than 50 buildings and spaces in the CBD and inner city.

ENTRY FEE:
Adult|$49, Concession|$44, 26 & under|$35, Children 5 & under|Free, Sydney Open Membership Bundle|$99. For more info on the ticketing options and to buy tickets online, visit this link: http://sydneylivingmuseums.com.au/../buildings-tickets

MORE INFO: Visit their website: http://sydneylivingmuseums.com.au/sydneyopen

Monday, October 31, 2016

Check out FESTIVAL OF FISHER'S GHOST with lots of fun & 'spooky' activities from 4th to 13th of November 2016

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The Legend of Fisher's Ghost
Frederick George James Fisher was born in London on 28 August 1792. He worked as a shopkeeper until he was found guilty of obtaining forged banknotes through his business. (It is not known whether this was obtained innocently or deliberately.) On 26 July 1815, Fred was sentenced to 14 years transportation to Australia. In 1822, he applied for ticket-in-leave and bought a piece of land in Campbelltown. Three years later, Fred had an argument with a local carpenter and was sent to prison on a light sentence. Concerned about his farm, Fred gave his neighbour, George Worrall, power of attorney over the period of his sentence. After his release, on 17 June 1826, Fred Fisher mysteriously disappeared and George Worrall announced that Fred had sailed for England. Three weeks later, George sold Fred´s horse and belongings.

Almost four months after the mysterious disappearance of Fred Fisher, a wealthy and respectable farmer, John Farley claimed to have seen the ghost of Fred Fisher sitting on the rail of a bridge over a creek. The ghost pointed to a paddock down the creek and then faded away. The body of Fred Fisher was later discovered in the paddock where the ghost had pointed. George Worrall was subsequently arrested on suspicion of Fred´s murder and during the trial George confessed.

The Festival of Fisher's Ghost is inspired by the famous legend of the Ghost of Fred Fisher and is in fact, one of the longest running community events in Australia with its beginnings in 1956. This year, the Campbelltown City Council has organised a number of events during this festival which will be held over 10 days from 4th to 13th of November. Some events highlights include a Street Parade, Fisher's Flicks, Street Fair, Fisher's Ghost Art Award, Fisher's Ghost Fun Run, Craft Exhibition, a special Fishers Kids' Day and a big carnival!

You can check out the full calendar of events here: http://www.campbelltown.nsw.gov.au/../FishersGhost/ProgramOfEvents

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DATE: Friday to Sunday, 4th to 13th of November 2016

TIME: As per scheduled event - check their calendar.

VENUE: Various venues as per schedule. Campbelltown is a suburb in south-western Sydney located about 51 kilometres south-west of the Sydney CBD.

LOCATION MAP: Display map

GETTING THERE: For public transport services, call the Transport Infoline on 131 500 or check their website on http://www.131500.com.au/.

ENTRY FEE: Most of the events are free but some events like the Fun Run involve a fee. Please check the activity that you are interested in.

MORE INFO: Call the Campbelltown Visitor Information Centre on 02 4645 4921 or check out the Festival of Fisher's Ghost website at http://www.fishersghost.com.au/


Image credit: http://www.fishersghost.com.au/