9 ways to keep the kids occupied at Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley
When you have little ones traveling with you there's 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.
Only a 50-minute drive away from Newcastle, Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley ticks the convenient box with an onsite restaurant and brewery, day spa, golf course, and a long list of fun activities to keep the kids happy these school holidays.
If you need further convincing here are 9 reasons for you to check in with the kids at Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley these summer holidays.
1. Pony Rides
Who doesn't love a pony ride?! These holidays the Crowne Plaza has a collection of well-trained and very friendly ponies available, making for the perfect activity for your children during your stay. Each pony ride will be led by a handler to ensure your kids are in good hands.
Price: $15 per ride. Bookings are essential – don’t miss out!
When: Pony rides will run every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday at 10am during the school holidays.
Where: Lovedale Horse Rescue. Please see concierge for directions
2. Kids Pizza Making Class
Get your little ones busy in the kitchen these school holidays with the Crowne Plaza Pizza Making Classes. Hosted by their chefs your kids will learn to make their very own “pizza-pie” mastering everything from rolling the dough and topping it with fresh ingredients, and then cooking your kid's creation for them to enjoy.
Price: $20 per child
Date & Time: 11am-12pm on Wednesdays and Saturdays during the school holiday period.
3. Jumping Castle
The best way to wear out the kids! Crowne Plaza will have a massive jumping castle open to kids each day during the holiday period for the recreation. There will be a staff member on hand to make sure all the little guests are kept safe.
Price: $5 per child
When: Every day during the holidays from 10am-12pm and 2pm-4pm
4. Jump Aboard the Mini Train or Carousel
Jump on the train and take a ride around the resort. Always a big hit, the kids can get spotting birds, kangaroos and all the activities at the resort along the way. 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.
Date & Time: Running daily at 10.30am and 2.30pm during school holidays.
Cost: $5 per ride per family with funds contributed towards Lovedale Horse Rescue - committed to supporting Aussie farmers and their horses.
5. Crowne Cinema
Grab a chair, get comfy and relax, it's movie time. These school holidays Crowne Plaza have an onsite cinema popping up with a rotation of kid-friendly movies scheduled including Elf, The Santa Clause, Home Alone, Deck The Halls, Jingle All The Way, How the Grinch Stole Christmas to name a few.
When: Saturday 18th December 2021 - Sunday 30th January 2022
Time: 5pm - 7pm (bookings required)
6. Splash in the Pool
After an active game of sport, or a hot day in the Hunter Valley, the pool and Splash Park is the perfect space to cool down. The large pool area includes a sectioned off area for kids and a larger main pool which also has a shallow end to keep the little ones safe. Parents can sit back and enjoy an icy cold drink, or perhaps even a cocktail, from the bar whilst the kids splash around. Time to escalate the fun? make your way to the splash park for some slippery dip and cannonball water action!
7. Kids Christmas Donut and Cookie Decorating
It's all about getting messy and letting them go wild with creativity. Ideal for the master or mini chef this class has the kids decorating their donuts or cookies with sprinkles, icing and all the fancy trimmings. Once they're done it's time to dig in!
Price: $20 (4 donuts to decorate) or $15 for cookie decorating
Date & Time: 11am-12pm on Mondays (donuts) and 11am-12pm on Thursdays (Cookie) during the school holiday period.
Suitable for children 7 years and over
8. 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 are bikes for hire, tennis courts, balls, and space to play a game of soccer and a beach volleyball court which is a hoot for all.
9. Check into the Kids Club
If you want to enjoy some downtime check the kids into Water Dragons Kids Club. Loaded with toys, 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.
When: Open during school holidays (closed Christmas Day) between 1pm and 4pm daily. Bookings essential.
Cost: $30 per child per session.
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!