The long, hot days of summer have been and gone – for now, at least. But that doesn’t mean there’s not plenty of fun to be had in the Hunter Valley. Winter is the perfect time to get out and explore the local area, with so much to see and experience.

Of course, with winter comes unpredictable weather. Some days will be cool, clear and crisp; letting you get out and enjoy the best local outdoor activities on offer. But what about when it’s wet and windy outdoors?

Fear not. At Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley and the surrounding area, there are plenty of indoor activities for kids to enjoy. From our on-site games room and water dragons kids club to local kid-friendly attractions, boredom is off of the menu.

*Note – before planning a trip to these indoor kids activities and attractions, please check the website link provided for opening times and current closures due to restrictions that may be in place due to COVID-19.

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Kids World Playland

If you’re looking for something to do with younger kids in the Hunter Valley this winter, why not make your way to Kids World Playland Located just a short 30-minute drive away from Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley, it is the perfect place for a little bit of kid-friendly indoor fun.

This indoor play zone is vibrant, safe and most of all, fun! Kids will love tearing around the indoor adventure platforms, speeding down giant slides and chasing each other through a maze of colourful scaffolding. Located inside Stockland Green Hills Shopping Centre, it gives adults the perfect opportunity to enjoy a little bit of retail therapy afterwards.

There are also plenty of places to grab a bite to eat before or after visiting Playland, making sure all of that burned off energy is replaced. Open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays, admission is $11.90 for kids aged 1 – 2 years old and $14.90 for kids aged 3 – 11 years old.

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Water Dragons Kids Club

At Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley, fun for the whole family is guaranteed! If you’re looking for somewhere to enjoy a kid-friendly holiday in the Hunter Valley, look no further. Our Kids Zone is loaded with fantastic indoor and outdoor activities for all ages to enjoy, helping keep little minds active and happy.

Parents can kick back and relax while kids spend the day at the ultimate mini-resort designed for creating magical memories. With lots of indoor activities, adventures and crafts – they will have the time of their life learning, playing and enjoying their getaway.

When the weather is on your side, there are a variety of outdoor rides for kids to explore. Our games room is the perfect place to spend an afternoon, filled with classic, kid-friendly video and fairground-style options. Best of all, no travel is involved. Arrive, get settled in and get ready for oodles of family fun in the Hunter Valley’s best family resort

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Richmond Vale Railway Museum

Located just 4 kilometres from Kurri Kurri and a quick 20-minute drive from Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley, you’ll find the Richmond Vale Railway Museum This family-friendly museum is loaded with plenty of amazing indoor activities for kids to enjoy. All while being educational as well as entertaining.

Inside, kids can explore the history of the locomotive, along with unlimited train rides on full-size and miniature trains. They can try their hand at signalling, learn more with one of the historic films on show and stock up on locomotive inspired souvenirs.

The Richmond Vale Railway Museum is open from 9:30 a.m. on the first three Sundays of every month and every Sunday during school holidays. Please check the website for updated opening times due to the recent COVID-19 crisis disrupting standard hours.

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Wirraway Aviation Museum

There is something magical about aeroplanes for children (this changes when they turn into adults and have to fly cattle class). Step back in time and get up close and personal with some vintage and classic aeroplanes just a 6-minute drive away from Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley.

Wirraway Aviation Museum is great fun for the whole family. Explore rare flying warbirds. Learn more about the history of aviation and grab a family photo or two next to one of the rarest planes in Australia for the holiday album.

Check the official Facebook Page to stay up to date with opening times.

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Cessnock Forestry Hut

While not strictly an indoor activity, intrepid explorers should put the Cessnock Forestry Hut in Werakata National Park on their to-do list. This relic harks back to a bygone era and is a prime example of the lives the people who worked the forest used to live.

Located near to the Astills picnic area, it’s a great way to educate young minds (reminding them just how good they have it nowadays). Take along a bird spotting chart and binoculars and let them enjoy being a mini David (or Davina) Attenborough for the day.

The Hunter Valley is just too beautiful to not head outdoors – even for just an afternoon. Best of all, reaching the Forest Hut is just a 15-minute drive from Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley.

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Hunter Valley Smelly Cheese Shop

The name of this place alone is enough to get the kids dressed and away from sitting in front of the TV. The Hunter Valley Smelly Cheese Shop is the perfect place for the whole family. Adults can indulge in sampling some seriously strong cheeses while the kids can sink their teeth into devilishly sweet gelato and juicy gourmet burgers.

Imagine checking in on social media to the “Smelly Deli”. Home to one of only two Fromageries in the Hunter Valley, this is more of a great place to eat, drink and sample the local delights on offer – broadening the kid’s culinary horizons. Of course, you know the gelato will be the star of the show for little ones. And with 32 flavours to choose from, it’s easy to lose an afternoon here.

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Why Not Make a Week of It?

Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley we have space for the whole family. After spending months of being confined at home, our award-winning resort accommodation is ready and waiting for you.

We know that our guests may have concerns due to the recent COVID-19 crisis. We would like to assure you that your safety and well-being is our top priority and we have new procedures in place to help you enjoy a relaxing yet safe stay.

Located in the heart of the Hunter Valley, there is plenty of great indoor and outdoor to do. Our on-site facilities cater to everyone, including indoor activities for kids at the Kids Play Zone, outdoor rides, golf, spa treatments, dining and much more.

Book your stay today and get ready to escape to our little slice of paradise in the Hunter Valley.