Riddle Collectors Challenge for Children

COVID-19 UPDATE: Following NSW Government stay at home orders, Old Government House will be closed until further notice.
What am I? A riddle challenge for children!

Enquiring young minds are challenged to solve a collection of riddles and find the items each riddle describes in the grounds of Old Government House.

Can you unpick all of the clues, solve the riddles and collect all the items?

A riddle sheet and bag to hold the collected items will be provided for the activity and can be taken home as a memento of your visit. An answer sheet can be provided for the grown-ups for any riddles that prove particularly tricky to solve.

After completing the activity families are invited to view the Enquiring Minds exhibition upstairs including the cabinet of shells collected by the Reverend Robert Lethbridge King (son of Phillip Parker King) which is part of the National Trust’s collection. The shells come from all over the pacific, and were collected by Reverend King and his friends from the Etymological Society. The collecting and study of shells such as these contributed to the growing knowledge of the natural world and the evolution of life on earth.

This event will appeal to families, parents and grandparents in search of a day’s outing with a historical twist.


  • Please note this is an outdoor activity and weather dependent; please dress accordingly.
  • We recommend this activity for children 5 years and over.
  • Please allow 30 minutes for the activity.
  • Normal admission prices apply. Ticket also includes entry to the world-heritage listed property with access to the Enquiring Minds exhibition.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Booking online is not essential, but can be done via Eventbrite.
  • Event is running all day every day from Saturday 26 June – Sunday 11 July (except Mondays when the property is closed).

Old Government House

Old Government House


Parramatta Park, Pitt Street Entrance
Parramatta 2150 NSW


Tuesdays - Sundays, 10am – 4pm.


Mondays and public holidays.

(02) 9635 8149
Entry Fees:

National Trust Members – FREE
Adult - $15
*Concession/child - $10
Family - $35
Children under 5 years – FREE
(* Concession applies for full-time students, seniors, pensioners and children aged 5-15 years.)
Please note: To ensure we can manage timed entry and safe physical distancing, we are asking visitors to pre-purchase tickets via Eventbrite. Booking fees will apply.

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