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Kite Flying Festival @ Holroyd Gardens

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Get the kids outside in the sunshine with this fun and colourful festival of kite flying in Sydney's west. Hosted by the Indian Cultural Association, it's a family event that also celebrates multiculturalism, with the aim of bringing people together.

Kite stalls will provide all your flying needs, allowing you to colour the sky and fulfil your dreams of flight, whilst a kite exhibition sees Batman, the Minions, butterflies, sea creatures, rockets, a Chinese dragon and many more on show in the sky.

Down on the ground, there's plenty of action too with activities and all day entertainment for all ages. Children's workshops and carnival rides are plentiful as are the mighty themed jumping castles that feature superheroes, a pirate, unicorn, princess carriage and more. A DJ will also be on hand playing all your favourite tunes for you to dance to.

Market stalls will sell LED toy lights, balloons, jewellery, Japanese accessories, and a whole lot more, whilst a wide variety of international food and beverage stalls/trucks will satisfy your hunger, including –

Raza Central Pupusas with the flavours of Mexico and El Salvador
Potato Corner with flavoured French fries
Chilli & Grains with Aussie food done Indian style
Emmy's Gozleme
Spice busters Shreeji with Indian street food
Carnival Fun Food with popcorn, fairy floss, ice cream and slushies
Yum Thai Juice Bar
Xpresso Mobile Café with all your coffee needs, as well as specialty tea, cold drinks, banana bread, protein balls, muffins and chocolate bars

Further enjoyment is there to be had with the gardens home to two children's playgrounds featuring a variety of play equipment, such as musical instruments, rocking horse swings, suspension rope bridges, a flying fox, a climbing wall and large slides. Additionally, a bike training track, a duck pond and remnants of the old brickworks are worth exploring.

Other facilities include picnic areas, covered park benches, barbecues, toilets and ample free parking. Public transport is not far away with Merrylands train station within walking distance of the gardens.

Tickets for this event are a mere $3 per person, with children under 10 years free, and if you can't make this one, then don't despair as there's another one on the following week on 13 January at Castle Hill Showground from the same organisers.
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When: 10am-7pm
Phone: 0430 044 255
Where: Cnr Pitt & Walpole Streets, Merrylands
Cost: $3 p.p. with Under 10's free
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