The Rocks' markets are back again and there's a host of family fun that comes with the new weekend openings. From 10am-5pm, Jack Mundey Place, Playfair Street and George Street will come alive with the colour and bustle of these city markets selling handcrafted goods and bites to eat.
The remainder of winter also sees snow machines along Kendall Lane, providing lasting memories with children and adults frolicking in the seasonal fun. Add to this face painting and schoolyard games plus giant street games, and you've got the kids outdoors and getting some exercise for the day.
This hub provides some live entertainment too, with a variety of performances from Australian funk band Uncle Jed, assorted DJ's and top class buskers. Bust a move or sing along as you please.
Continue your groovin' by the harbour from noon, with a free Retro-On! Dance Class at First Fleet Park. Suitable for all levels of experience, there's disco, hip hop, funk and street jazz to learn or perfect. Unleash your inner diva or find your next Tik-Tok routine. Bookings are not required.
All of the above are happening each weekend, whilst the activities below are on specific dates.
Monster Mouse Studios are putting on a couple of free pop-up workshops for creative kids to enjoy, as follows –
1st August – Zine Making – where children can make their own mini magazine from 11am-2pm using a kit that includes an 8 page blank zine with various paper shapes to construct a collage telling their unique story. No bookings are required. Participation is subject to availability on the day. The place to be is Atherden Street. Social distancing will be observed, thus limiting capacity to 20 people at any one time, with one household per table. The suggested activity time is 30-minutes.
2nd August – Plaster Puppet Making – this interactive fun will see children making a pair of finger puppets. It's fun and dirty, so an old T-shirt should be worn and an apron brought along. It's also on from 11am-2pm with limited spaces, but this one can be booked ahead through Eventbrite to avoid disappointment. The location is 47 George Street.
Cheriss Health are another business offering a free workshop, this one being in Kombucha Making. It's on 8th August at 47 George Street for adults (18 & over), with session times of 11am and 2pm. Classes run for 2hrs and you'll be taken through the stages of fermenting, brewing and flavouring your own Kombucha. Learn safe techniques and storing practices before taking home your bottle of Kombucha, a workbook and a certificate. All ingredients and jars are provided. You will need to book as places are limited.
Dogs can also get in on fun in The Rocks with their owners. DOGA by the Harbour is a free yoga activity to enjoy in First Fleet Park on 22nd August, from 11am. Spend an hour connecting together with a series of stretches, breathing exercises and massage. It's suitable for all ages and all dog breeds. It's best to book in to secure a spot. Further information can be found here.
Additionally, many more permanent businesses in the area have re-opened, post Covid-19 lockdown, for you to enjoy old and new offerings. Starbucks have a new Cinnamon Dolce espresso with whipped cream available until 24th August, whilst The Mercantile Hotel has a 3-course Christmas in July feast from Thursdays-Sundays until 31st July (lunch or dinner at $48 per person), just email firstname.lastname@example.org. Gallery-wise, AAD are open and showcasing their Austrian art from Sydney-based artists, the Argyle Gallery brings you Aboriginal arts and crafts, and for unique accessories, AHW Studio has handcrafted steampunk jewellery. For the full list of open businesses, click here.
This historic area of cobblestone streets with harbour views is the perfect place to delight in on a day's outing. There's such a variety of things to do and see for all ages. Visit www.therocks.com for an array of other offerings and events on now and in the future.