Families and All Ages

18th July, 2019
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Enjoy the ambience of the Museum on a rare NON-RUNNING day…no noisy steam trains to cope with! The loudest thing you’ll experience is the sound of excited children as they explore the remarkable exhibits and are amazed by the historic artefacts.

Wander in the 105 year old roundhouse – ask a volunteer for background stories and extra facts.

Join a special ‘behind the scenes’ tour at 11:00 or 14:00 for a glimpse of unseen gems.

Take in the two model rooms, view unique artworks and climb aboard engines and carriages, some over 100 years old. Then relax in the café with a barista coffee or cold drink and maybe browse the shop for a gift for someone special, young or old?

Children from 5-15 can do the ‘Kid’s Quiz’ – 10 fascinating questions about the exhibits. Look up the answers at home then print a certificate with the child’s name. Great fun and a unique memento of your visit!

No booking required, so just turn up and join the best little Museum on the Mountains.

Cost: Under 5 years free;  $7 for children (5-15 years ); Concession $8.00;  Adults $9.00

 


14th July, 2019
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Great Scott!  Grab your hoverboard and get set for a special screening of this sci-fi classic on the big screen.

PLUS: Join us at 6.30pm before the film for a free screening of the documentary ‘Outatime: Saving The DeLorean Time Machine’, & an unforgettable up-close experience with the world’s most iconic movie car on our very own forecourt!

Rated PG.

 

 


13th July, 2019
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Con is a family-friendly pop culture mini-convention taking place at Blue Mountains Theatre + Community Hub on 12-14 July.

⚡️HubCon kicks off on Friday 12 July with three all-ages special events:

*Howl’s Moving Castle – film screening
*Celebrating Deltora Quest – talk, Q&A + book signing with author Jennifer Rowe (Emily Rodda)
*AWF Wrestling Superslam – six big body slamming bouts!

⚡️HubCon then launches into a full weekend of awesome activities + events, including:

*collector’s market, authors’ + artists’ alleys
*workshops + panels
*cosplay parades
*tabletop, strategic card + roleplay games
*gaming tournaments
*pop-up retro gaming museum
*lightsaber combat demos + workshops
*superhero workshops
*fandom zone
*library lounge + mini-fan HQ
*special guests, including Stephanie ‘Hex’ Bendixsen + Ben Sorensen

⚡️Ticketing:

*A day or weekend pass will give you access to the collectors’ market, cosplay participation, workshops, panels, gaming demos + tournaments, artists + authors’ alleys & forecourt stage activities.
*Special HubCon Events require a separate ticket, but won’t require you to have a day/weekend pass.
*There will be no charge for spectators on the forecourt, foyer + library.

💥For full program details and to get your tickets, go to: www.hubcon.com.au💥


12th July, 2019
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With special guest Jennifer Rowe (Emily Rodda)

Multiple award-winning author Jennifer Rowe will discuss what inspired the story of Deltora Quest, how it became a beloved anime series, & you can even ask your own question.  All ages welcome.

Following the talk, meet the world-wide bestselling author in person!  Bring along your favourite Emily Rodda book to be signed.

A selection of Emily Rodda fantasy classics will also be available to purchase on the day.

Presented by Blue Mountains Theatre & Varuna The Writers’ House.


11th July, 2019
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Enjoy the ambience of the Museum on a rare NON-RUNNING day…no noisy steam trains to cope with! The loudest thing you’ll experience is the sound of excited children as they explore the remarkable exhibits and are amazed by the historic artefacts.

Wander in the 105 year old roundhouse – ask a volunteer for background stories and extra facts.

Join a special ‘behind the scenes’ tour at 11:00 or 14:00 for a glimpse of unseen gems.

Take in the two model rooms, view unique artworks and climb aboard engines and carriages, some over 100 years old. Then relax in the café with a barista coffee or cold drink and maybe browse the shop for a gift for someone special, young or old?

Children from 5-15 can do the ‘Kid’s Quiz’ – 10 fascinating questions about the exhibits. Look up the answers at home then print a certificate with the child’s name. Great fun and a unique memento of your visit!

No booking required, so just turn up and join the best little Museum on the Mountains.

Cost: Under 5 years free;  $7 for children (5-15 years ); Concession $8.00;  Adults $9.00

 


19th May, 2019
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CALLING ALL CHILDREN…

THE MUSEUM’S OPEN DAY ON SUNDAY 19 MAY WILL BE A

TEDDY BEARS’ DAY OUT

CHILDREN AGED 16 OR UNDER ARE ADMITTED FREE IF ACCOMPANIED BY A TEDDY BEAR

(plus an adult – please note max. 4 children per adult)

WHAT’S HAPPENING ON THE DAY?

At 11am, 12 noon, 1.30pm and 2.30pm wave your Teddy off on a thrilling adventure on the ‘TEDDY BEAR EXPRESS’

(all care taken that your prized possession will return safe and sound!)

 

Every child receives a complementary pack of “Gummi Bears” from Mama and Papa Bear!

 

Throughout the day take a 20 minute on the Steam Tram with Teddy by your side!

 

Children aged 5-15 can do the Kids Quiz (10 fascinating questions to answer as they wander through the Museum). When home, check the website for the answers and print your very own personalised certificate.

 

Climb on engines & carriages and listen to ‘Harry’ and ‘Charlie’ as they prepare for the day’s work on their 100 year old steam loco.

 

New interpretive child-friendly signage helps introduce many of the large exhibits to budding fans!

 

Children can join free activities hosted by BUILD-A-MIND to stimulate their interest in S.T.E.A.M. subjects using their creativity and building skills.

 

Plus all the Museum’s fantastic exhibits, including two great model train layouts, artworks and more are open for all to enjoy.


28th April, 2019
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Share some time with family & friends to reflect on the end of an era at Valley Heights. The 105 year old Roundhouse at the Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum saw many changes over its life as a railway Depot, for steam engines from 1914 until 1957, then electric until closure in 1988. The 30th anniversary of the very last loco movement from the Depot (in April 1989) is being marked with some extra activities. The Museum is giving rare pride of place to one of its biggest exhibits when electric loco 4601 will be wheeled out of its usual resting place for all to enjoy in the light of day, while cab visits will enable visitors to experience the driver’s eye view from this 132 ton giant. Carefully researched new interpretative panels will tell the story of this 46 class of locomotives, and will bring to life their successful track record. On delivery, they were the most powerful in Australia, designed to pull the heaviest coal trains.

During the day, former Valley Heights railwaymen will chat about the life and times of the 46 class locos and their own experiences from the period as they reminisce about the ‘Good Old Days’.

As usual, there will be 20 minute Steam Train rides on the ‘Valley Heights Mixed’, led by 1899 loco ‘Stevo’ the tank engine, operated by the Steam Tram and Railway Preservation Society. All the Museum’s regular exhibits and activities will be available, including the two model rooms, audio-visual experiences, historical displays, café, shop and more. Visit at 17b Tusculum Road, Valley Heights.

Make sure you join in this once in a generation event!


26th April, 2019
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Be prepared for a fun day out at the Museum and enjoy reduced admission as there will be no rides on this day.
All of the great exhibits, large and small, will be open to the public.
Children of all ages can experience the railway world in miniature in the two working model rooms.
Climb aboard the carriages and engines that made railways influence the history of New South Wales.
Listen to ‘Charlie’ and ‘Harry’ as they ready their steam loco for the day’s work and read about the daily tasks of the Call Boy as he cycled round the area.

Newly developed child-friendly signage makes key exhibits come to life with easy-to-read story boards.

A terrific treat for the whole family!

Children under 5 FREE; aged 5-15 $7; concession $8; adult $9


24th April, 2019
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Smallfoot (G)
A bright young Yeti finds an elusive human – a “smallfoot’ – bringing the simple Yeti community into an uproar over what else might exist out there in the big world beyond their snowy village.  A rollicking story about friendship, courage and the joy of discovery.

Book online to choose your own reserved seats, or purchase on the day at our box office.
All tickets are just $7.

Our snack bar will be open  before the film.


24th April, 2019

Guided walk along the Victory Track with Lindsey Gray. This walk has many stairs and is not suitable for children under the age of 5.

Bookings essential as numbers are limited. Phone (02) 4751 3033