After a few days of being at home resting, I was keen to get out and about with both Farley and Hallie. Braino had gone back to work but Mum was still staying with us so I had an extra set of hands to help navigate taking both toddler and newborn out for the day.
I was thinking of going to the Brickman Awesome Exhibit at the Sydney Convention Center but the thought of traveling in to the city felt a little ambitious. I remembered that Rouse Hill House and Farm also has an interactive LEGO® display and decided it would be a good alternative. It oddly combined two things I'm interested in - LEGO® and historic homes!
Rouse Hill House and Farm is a 200 year old property that is part of the Sydney Living Museums network. The LEGO exhibit is located in the visitor centre and features a detailed LEGO® model of Rouse Hill House and the surrounding buildings, built by the Southern Hemisphere’s only LEGO®-certified professional, Australia’s Ryan McNaught, as well as the opportunity for kids to explore and build their own LEGO® creations. There is also DUPLO® and MEGA BLOCKS for younger kids.
I would highly recommend it as a toddler friendly activity. Farley enjoyed looking at the LEGO® model of Rouse Hill House and loved playing with all the different styles of LEGO®. It kept her entertained for longer than I expected. Hallie had a feed and then slept the whole time while I wore her in the baby wrap. It’s in a comfortable air conditioned room which makes it a great option for a rainy or really hot day. The staff member who was co-ordinating the LEGO® exhibit was lovely and overall the display was well co-ordinated. You can pre book one of 3 hour long session throughout the day and number for each session are kept to a minimum, which gave each kid enough space to do their own thing.
Also at Rouse Hill House and Farm you can take a tour of the farmyard, the house or the school house. We actually arrived a little too late for the farmyard tour but we did do the house tour, many for my enjoyment ( I'm a bit of a geek when it comes to abandoned buildings and historic homes ) however I wouldn’t recommend it with a toddler. The house is literally filled with antiques and is in a state of arrested decay. On the guided tour we were instructed to not touch anything, which is a challenge for a two year old, so Mum carried Farley the whole time but she naturally got very bored and squirmy. The house tour is not pram friendly but a baby or toddler in a carrier would be ok. We decided to give the following tour of the school house a miss but I imagine the farmyard tour would be more appropriate for toddlers.
TIPS AND INFORMATION
- Getting there: Rouse Hill is a bit of hike from the city but it’s not too far if your in Sydney’s north or west. Driving is the best option and there was plenty of free parking on site. More info on getting to Rouse Hill House and Farm can be found here.
- Cost: Entry for the Rouse Hill House and Farm in LEGO® BRICK exhibit is $12 for adults, $8 for concessions and kids under 5 are free. This admission prices includes the tours of the property as well.
- Pram Friendly?: The LEGO® exhibit is in the visitor centre and access is pram friendly. We were able to take our pram right into the room however, during busier times, prams are required to be left on the deck. The tours are not particular pram friendly. The grounds of the property are quite large and the tour groups leave from the visitor centre in an extra large golf buggy. Prams can be left at the visitor centre but I'd recommended backing a carrier for babies.
- Food & Dinning: There is a large shaded deck attached to the visitor centre with lots of tables and chairs and complimentary water, tea and coffee bit there is no cafe or any where to purchase food, so definitely bring a packed lunch or snacks
- Baby change facilities: There was a large disabled toilet with a baby change table located in the visitor centre.
- Sun protection: The LEGO exhibit is indoors but if you do take one of the guided tours, I'd recommend backing a sun protective gear as the grounds are large and sunny.
- Address: 356 Annangrove Road, Rouse Hill, NSW, 2155
The Rouse Hill House and Farm in LEGO® Bricks display is on until Sunday, 22nd of July 2018. Visit the website here