Enjoy a weekend of family fun at our Toy Festival


Come along to Sydney Living Museums' Toy Festival at Rouse Hill House & Farm for a weekend of old fashioned family fun.

For one weekend only, enjoy a jam-packed program of family fun and entertainment, including vintage games, storytelling and theatre, roving performers and live music, artisan toy sellers and collectors, and much more.

Hop on a model train, ride a pony or test your skills with old fashioned games on the farm lawns - fly a kite, play with quoits, participate in sack races, dance around the maypole or enjoy a game of croquet. Have fun with hands-on craft or join acclaimed children’s author Ursula Dubosarsky for storytelling sessions in the Stables (Sunday only).

Marvel at the dexterity of our roving performers, Madame Absynthe on her stilts and The Baron on his penny farthing bicycle, hear live music from The Lollipops Brass Trio and the Toy Choir singing ensemble, and enjoy the live interactive pantomime ‘The Tin Solider and the Ballerina’.

Meet some Sydney toy collectors and makers showcasing their unique collections of vintage rocking horses, tin toys, Meccano, pedal cars and more, before browsing the market stalls packed full of beautiful handmade toys, children’s craft and other artisan gifts. 

Take a tour of the fascinating Rouse Hill House and discover more about the family and children who lived there or step inside the historic Schoolhouse and join Miss Fox for some old style slate writing. Plus meet our farmer Lawrence and see some of the many farm animals that call the property home.  

Bring a rug and picnic for an enjoyable day out, or tuck into some of the refreshments available on site, including the 1st Riverstone Scouts’ sausage sizzle, the Australian Brewery’s Churrasco Barbecue, and food trucks by Pannino Espresso and Classic Treats.

A special shuttle bus operated by the Sydney Bus Museum will run both days between Riverstone Station and the Rouse Hill House & Farm visitor carpark.

The Toy Festival at Rouse Hill House and Farm will be held on Saturday 23 & Sunday 24 July from 10.30am to 3.30pm.  Entry by gold coin and no bookings required. Car parking available at the National Parks Paddock Carpark on Guntawong Road.

Media contact:
Hayley Gallant, Media Manager, Sydney Living Museums on 8239 2318.  




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