7 Activities for the Kids at Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley
We recently paid a visit to Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley to see what was on offer over the school holidays - and the kids had so much fun that we’ve already booked our next trip back.
There is a certain appeal about being able to just jump in the car and duck away for the weekend without the rigmarole of packing for a long trip. And Crowne Plaza in the Hunter Valley can certainly tick that box. With accommodation, meals, and activities all on-site, just 50mins drive from Newcastle, a trip away really couldn’t be any easier.
So how many activities for the kids could we squeeze into our short little trip - a whole lot it turns out! Here are 7 activities for the kids at Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley these summer holidays.
1. Get Gaming in the Games Room
Even before you leave the main building at Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley, the kids can keep entertained with the games room downstairs which is next to the Lovedale Bar and Restaurant. These are coin or credit card operated games ranging from Whack a Minion for the young ones, to video style arcade games for the older kids (or young at heart).
2. Jump Aboard the Mini Train or Carousel
When we managed to move the kids on from the games room, we headed over to check out the train which is a great way to get the lay of the land with a lap around the resort. The train was a huge hit and the kids scrambled to pick a carriage for their train trip spotting birds, kangaroos and more things to do at the resort along the way.
The train runs daily at 10.30am and 2.30pm during school holidays. There is also a smaller train for the younger kids that does a loop of a little track.
And whilst you are down at the Crowne Plaza Train Stop, the kids can jump on the old school merry go round which operates at similar times.
It is $5 per ride per family with funds contributed towards Lovedale Horse Rescue - committed to supporting Aussie farmers and their horses. So it’s a win-win for keeping the kids entertained and contributing to those in need.
3. Kangaroo Tours
Another one to get the kids clamoring onboard for is the morning or late afternoon Kangaroo Tour. For $10 per person, the kids will have a ball jumping onboard one of the resort’s golf carts as you all take a guided tour to the onsite vineyard. There you will have the chance to spot kangaroos grazing amongst the vines.
4. Sports Activities
If they haven’t burnt off enough energy already, Crowne Plaza is set on 99 acres, so to quote Will Ferrell from Step Brothers, “there’s so much room for activities!”
There were bikes for hire, tennis courts, balls, and space to play a game of soccer and a beach volleyball court.
The kids enjoyed showing off their balls skills, which were obviously aligned with those of Tim Cahill. Watch out Socceroos - we’ve got your next key player!
The beach volleyball was a hoot for them as well. They had a good laugh at trying to catch the ball.
We can definitely recommend heading over for a game either early in the morning or late in the afternoon. That Hunter Valley heat can be pretty intense in the middle of the day.
5. Splash in the Pool
After an active game of sport, or a hot day in the Hunter Valley, the pool is the perfect place to cool down - and this one is great for the kids.
It’s a large pool area with a shallow sectioned off area for kids and a larger main pool which has a shallow end as well - so lots of options to keep them happy safely.
We enjoyed an icy cold drink from the bar whilst we watched the kids running around in the kid's section of the pool.
They quickly graduated from this to cannonballs in the big pool as the fun escalated!
And we weren’t the only ones with this bright idea. We chatted to some guests who were relaxing by the pool. They had just been delivered a cocktail whilst their eldest son played in the pool. Visiting from Sydney they found the resort was,
“Well equipped for families, the perfect set up for kids. And the pool is fantastic,” Chris and Roslyn said.
6. Decorate like a Pastry Chef
After a day of activities, their little tummies are sure to be grumbling so pick up a DIY gingerbread decorating kit from the concierge team for $10 per kit and watch them get creative.
The kids were all smiles whilst they were busy decorating their cookies, and brimming with pride as they showed us their creations. Their edible art didn’t last long though, the cookies were swiftly demolished!
7. Check into the Kids Club
After spending some valuable time with the kids, check them into Water Dragons Kids Club whilst us parents enjoy a bit of downtime at the Crowne Plaza. Think actually getting to read that book by the pool or having an adult conversation that isn’t interrupted five times every minute.
But let’s pretend this isn’t about the parents, back to the kids… The kids ran straight in and found a whole host of toys that appealed to them, from dolls houses to trucks and games. There was also plenty of art supplies and even a Wii console for the bigger kids.
Outside there was a well-equipped playground and sandpit plus plenty of room on the deck for organised activities such as creature craft, rock painting, and Play-Doh.
Currently, Water Dragons Kids Club is open during school holidays (closed Christmas Day) between 1pm and 4pm daily with bookings essential. And for only $30 per child per session - we think this is money well spent.
So take comfort in knowing the kids will be well looked after and entertained these school holidays at Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley. It is a close getaway option with all the facilities to make it feel like you’re in another world. And the kids will love it!