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We’ve found some fantastic fun and engaging things for the kids to do in Perth year-round, all you have to do is choose where to go first!

KEEP THEM ACTIVE

Are your kids bubbling with energy? These activities are sure to keep them entertained all day.

Zone Bowling Joondalup

Looking for a place with it all? With bowling, laser tag, an arcade and yummy food, Zone Bowling will keep them busy for hours. Visit: https://www.zonebowling.com/venues/wa/zone-bowling-joondalup

 

LatitudeAir Joondalup

Take the kids to LatitudeAir Joondalup to climb, bounce and fly. With over 3,000sqm of aerial entertainment, including trampolines and climbing walls, get the kids ready for a day packed full of activity. For more information, head to their website: https://latitudeair.com/?_ga=2.60282477.1790865332.1605578656-66651972.1605578656

The Climb Zone

At Kerem Adventure Park, the Climb Zone is a fun adventure packed experience – with high ropes, low ropes and rock climbing in a safe and fun family environment. Go to: https://www.theclimbzone.com.au

Adventure World

A favourite for the whole family, Adventure World is now open with awesome rides for everyone. If you’re a thrill-seeker, check out the big scary Abyss or the Kraken. Or if you’re looking for something a bit tamer, go see the Hawaiian resort-themed Kahuna Falls. There’s even something for the little ones in the Dragons Kingdom. Visit: https://adventureworld.net.au

Island Aqua Park

Located in Hillarys, this floating aqua park features climbing walls and slides, and is suitable for children 6 years and over. Just make sure to book 48 hours in advance. Go to: https://islandaquapark.com.au

Trees Adventure

Just one hour out of Perth, this action-packed treetop and zipline adventure is suitable for kids 4 years and older, and offers a great range of courses and challenges for the whole family to enjoy. Hopefully you’re not afraid of heights! Go to: https://treesadventure.com.au/park/lane-poole-park/

Bibra Lake Regional Playground

This playground has something for children of all ages, with everything from water squirting bulrushes to educational giant rocks telling local Nyungar stories. Located near Bibra Lake on Progress Drive, this playground has plenty of activities including a double flying fox, rope obstacle courses and climbing frames, and plenty of shade, so you can even bring a picnic. For more visit: https://www.cockburn.wa.gov.au/Recreation-and-Attractions/Parks-and-Playgrounds/Bibra-Lake-Regional-Playground

VR-Arrival

For the older kids, this fun and new Virtual Reality experience is suitable for children 11 years and older. Much more than just gaming, VR-ARRIVAL delivers extraordinary experiences, transporting you, your friends and family into immersive virtual worlds. Boasting the best in professional VR headset (HTC Vive Pro) and room-scale motion-tracking technology, VR-ARRIVAL lets you experience virtual reality at its very best, with unmatched immersion and realism. Walk freely inside virtual worlds and literally step INTO the experience. Visit: vr-arrival.com.au 

LEARN WHILE YOU PLAY

Keep them learning and growing on the weekends, by making their time off fun but educational.

AQWA

A family favourite located on Hillarys Boat Harbour, the Aquarium of Western Australia is the place to see and learn all about the underwater creatures of our coast as you go on a journey to learn and gain respect for our sea life. There is plenty to see and do, including diving or snorkelling with the sharks. For more info, go to: https://www.aqwa.com.au/

Fremantle Prison

Fremantle Prison has some fantastic experiences such as an Escape Tour, for children aged 5-12; and their making a mark art workshop! With tours for children aged 8-12, the prison is an excellent and exciting place to learn while you play, getting a glimpse into the life of a prisoner at Fremantle prison.  https://fremantleprison.com.au/visit-us/

Boola Bardip Museum

Located in the heart of Perth, the new and improved Perth Museum has finally reopened its doors and has a multitude of fun programs and activities to get up to. From their “Blast off! Stop Motion Animation” program about meteorites and our solar system, to their “Virtual Vortals program” about virtual reality and interactive digital adventures, plus many more. See: https://visit.museum.wa.gov.au/boolabardip/tours-programs-events

WA Maritime Museum

This weekend, head on down to the Maritime Museum in Fremantle to learn all about the fascinating world of the Vikings, with activities such as a Vikings themed game show, a choose-your-own-adventure story, or just relax and enjoy a fun-filled adventure of sailing, raiding and exploring. Go to: http://museum.wa.gov.au/museums/maritime

 

Gravity Discovery Centre and Observatory

Located only an hour north of Perth, become a rocket scientist for a day with their rocket making activities, and on Thursdays get the chance to become a space explorer with their school holiday program. Visit: Gravity Discovery Centre

SEE THE WILDLIFE

Are you an animal-loving family? There’s plenty of activities to get out and see some furry (or not so furry) friends.

Perth Zoo

A family favourite for wildlife is the Perth Zoo. There is plenty to do, from kids and youth programs to watching live streams of the animals and Zoocoustics where you can see some of the best emerging Australian musicians with your loved ones. Set in the lush gardens of the Zoo, these unique live acoustic music sessions will have hearts fluttering. There will be food trucks for those looking for a bite to eat, or pack a picnic and bring your own food with responsible BYO drinks. General tickets are $30. Perth Zoo members receive a discounted ticket price of $25 (A valid Perth Zoo membership card must be present upon entry).  For more information check out the website:  https://perthzoo.wa.gov.au/programs

Caversham Wildlife Park

Located inside of Whiteman Park, get the chance to meet a wombat, feed a kangaroo, meet the koalas or feed some penguins. Visit: https://www.cavershamwildlife.com.au/daily-attractions/

Yanchep National Park

Have a little explorer on your hands? There are more than 400 caves reported at Yanchep Park, each offering contrasting experiences. Not only this but there are koalas to visit, kangaroos to see, golf to play and the opportunity tolearn about the rich culture and history of the Noongar people of Australia’s South West. For more, go to: https://parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/park/yanchep

Cohunu Koala Park

Have a chat with over 30 talking parrots, see dingoes, kangaroos, emus, deer and koalas, just to name a few of the animals that live at this park. Take a ride on the Cohunu Park Railway for $4, it zig-zags its way throughout the park most weekends & public holidays (subject to weather conditions). Visit: http://cohunu.com.au/pioneer-steam-museum/

 

Penguin Island

Just a five-minute ferry ride away, the beautiful white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters is an island known for its wildlife. Join them for a cruise to see some dolphins, rare Australian sea lions, as well as the world’s smallest penguins. Plus the chance to swim, snorkel, picnic and explore, Penguin Island is a dream for animal lovers. Go to: https://www.penguinisland.com.au/#welcome-1

Swan Valley Cuddly Animal Farm

Are cuddly farmyard animals more your style? With entry including free tractor/train rides, a free merry go round ride, free bottle and bucket feeding, and free tea and coffee for the grown-ups, this is a lovely day out for the family. Visit: https://www.cuddlyanimalfarm.com.au

Toodyay Fairy-Tale Farm

Located in the Avon Valley town of Toodyay, this family built and owned farm has a range of indoor and outdoor displays of all your favourite nursery rhymes and fairy tales, friendly farm animals for the kiddies to interact with, and even a vintage toy museum. Go to: https://www.fairytalefarm.com.au

Avoid the cries of ‘I’m bored!’ these school holidays. There are so many wonderful events and activities around Perth. We’ve done all the hard working searching for ideas – so all you have to do is pack the sunscreen and hat for your kids and decide what you want to tick off the list first.

SEASONAL EVENTS

Christmas, New Year and Australia Day means many opportunities to celebrate over the summer school holiday period. Check out these family-friendly options:

  • Christmas decorations During The Perth City Festival of Christmas there will be Christmas lights and decorations throughout the city, including a new 13 metre tall Christmas tree, a nativity scene and The Bell Tower’s lighting display. A number of city streets and parks will be illuminated with lights and decorations as well, including James Street, Lake Street and William Street in Northbridge.

 

  • If you love Christmas lights, remember there are many individuals that go to great effort to deck out their homes with Christmas lights for neighbours and friends to enjoy. Check out the Buggybuddy’s guide to Christmas light displays to find participating homes in your local area, which supports the PMH Foundation’s Christmas Lights campaign, buggybuddys.com.au/christmas_lights_perth

 

  • Forrest Place Christmas Carnival Held on the 6th and 7th of December at Forrest Place, the kids’ carnival features free rides, face painting, mini golf, a petting zoo and a visit from Santa.

 

  • Festive Flicks There will be free festive feature film screenings at Northbridge Plaza movie screenings the 6th and 7th, 10th – 13th, 17th – 21st and the 24th of December, with Christmas family favourites including The Polar Express, Elf, The Santa Clause, Love Actually, Frozen and The Muppet Christmas Carol.

 

  • Piazzarama Northbridge: Festival of Christmas – A free family day with roving characters, activities for the kids and family-friendly films. Held on the 7th of December in Northbridge Piazza from 12noon to 4pm, it will feature Christmas craft activities, carol singers and screenings of The Polar Express at midday and Elf at 4pm.

 

  • Dreaming of a White Christmas? Head to London Court from the 13th of December until the 24th of December for the London Court Snow Show. Each day, snow will fall at the entrances to London Court during two fifteen minute shows at 11.45am and 1.15pm.

 

  • Christmas Nativity Take the kids to Forrest Place from the 16th of December until the 19th of December to see the story of the birth of Jesus featuring hundreds of performers and live animals, at Forrest Place at 7.30pm.

 

  • IGA Carols by Candlelight Enjoy a picnic at this great event, held at the Supreme Court Gardens on the 21st of December at 7.30pm.

 

  • The Channel Seven and The West Australian Christmas Pageant supported by Lotterywest and City of Perth Everyone loves the iconic Christmas pageant with amazing floats, dancers, television personalities and Santa. The pageant is held on Saturday the 6th of December, St Georges Terrace at 7.30pm.

 

  • Tech-savvy kids? Have some festive fun by downloading the ‘Perth City Visual Friends’ iOS and Android app to take photos with Christmas characters around the city. There are six characters to unlock between the CBD and Northbridge.

 

  • Streets Happy Zoo Year If you thought there were no family-friendly events on New Year’s Eve – think again! Have you ever thought of going to the zoo on New Year’s Eve? See the animals, children’s entertainers, listen to good music and bring a picnic to enjoy with the family. As a family-friendly event, the New Year will be counted in at the earlier time of 9pm. Tickets through Ticketmaster. Go to www.perthzoo.wa.gov.au for details.

 

  • Northbridge New Year’s Eve To celebrate the New Year, there will be free entertainment, including roving dancers, singers and acrobats around Northbridge Piazza, Perth Cultural Centre and surrounding streets from 6pm.

 

  • City of Perth Australia Day Skyworks Various family-friendly events will be held on Monday the 26th of January to celebrate Australia Day – including an Entertainment Zone at Langley Park.

 

TOURISM HOTSPOTS

You don’t have to be a tourist to enjoy the tourism hotspots of Perth during the school holidays. If you haven’t been recently, these great places make for a fun family day out:

 

The Swan Valley

There are many things to do with the family in the Swan Valley.

  • Enjoy a game of ‘supa golf’ at the Oasis Supa Golf and Adventure Putt.
  • Indulge in some chocolate at The Margaret River Chocolate Company or Whistler’s Chocolate Company (Whistler’s has a fantastic outdoor play area – with a large grassed space and large chalkboard for the kids to burn off some chocolate-fuelled energy).
  • Visit the Cuddly Animal Farm.
  • Enjoy lunch at one of the many wineries or restaurants. Mandoon Estate and Homestead Brewery have a beautiful grassed area along with an enclosed play area, which is perfect for the kids.
  • For something a bit different, why not go on a driving adventure with the kids? ‘The Amazing Valley Chase’ is a fun scavenger hunt, beginning at the Swan Valley Visitor Centre in Guildford. You download an instruction or clue sheet from the Swan Valley website (or pick one up from the visitor centre) and you are guided through the Swan Valley to collect clues to a riddle, with stops along the way at interesting locations. The chase takes about three hours and is a great activity to discover gems of the Swan Valley with the family. www.swanvalley.com.au

Hillarys Boat Harbour

Enjoy the water, scenery and food that makes Hillarys such a hit with tourists and locals alike.

  • Find some Christmas presents at the local art and craft market, which is held on the second last Saturday of every month. The December market will be held on the 20th of December.
  • Enjoy a meal at one of the many food establishments. The Sorrento Beach Shack is a family-friendly venue worth mentioning, with fun decor and a play area for the kids.
  • Go to AQWA – the Aquarium of Western Australia. Learn about WA’s coastline and see fish, sharks and other marine animals.
  • Have fun at The Great Escape – a fantastic adventure playground with rock climbing, waterslides and rides.
  • Catch a ferry over to Rottnest Island for a day trip. Hire a bike to explore the island, look out for quokkas and enjoy the pristine waters.

Fremantle

Art, shopping and great food – catch the train into Fremantle for a great family day out.

  • Experience the colour, food and shopping at the Fremantle Markets.
  • Take a tour of Fremantle Prison – or for something different, go on a tour of the prison by torchlight on a Wednesday or Friday night.
  • Enjoy lunch at Little Creatures Brewery – there is even a sandpit for the kids to play in. Visit the Maritime Museum. Go to www.visitfremantle.com.au for details.

Think like a school teacher and take your kids to places that are fun, interesting, and educational, such as:

The Western Australian Museum (Perth)

Simply  explore the museum or check out a current exhibition. The exhibition, Afghanistan Hidden Treasures from the National Museum Kabul, is currently on display until the 18th of January. www.museum.wa.gov.au

The Art Gallery of Western Australia

Just go to enjoy the exhibitions or check out the school holiday activities. The kids can take part by drawing their own masterpiece at the Art Gallery’s drawing space or make their own mask inspired by a piece from the New Passports, New Photography exhibition (from the 12th of January to the 23rd of January). Go to the Art Gallery’s website for updates on school holiday activities, www.artgallery.wa.gov.au

Scitech

It’s a fun and interesting place to go for a school excursion or family day out – but there are also some great activities for the kids over the school holidays. Some great activities at Scitech to check out these holidays include

  • Workshops in the CSIRO Lab

– Suitable for children aged 4 to 16, they offer workshops on various topics including engineering design, electronics, chemistry and physics (bookings essential).

  • Backyard Adventures exhibition

– This new exhibition enables the kids discover the science in their own backyard

– they’ll get the chance to do things such as use special lenses to look at the garden through the eyes of a dog, check out the DIY Science garden and use a giant skipping rope

  • Starlight planetarium show – A new show, narrated by Sigrid Thornton, which explores what a star is. The show is at Scitech from the 18th of December.                                                                     For more information visit www.scitech.org.au

 

WATER FUN

It is summer after all, so cool the kids down by taking them somewhere to enjoy some fun in the water. Some popular places for water play around Perth include:

  • The Great Escape at Hillarys Boat Harbour.
  • Bayswater Waves (an aquatic centre that features a wave pool and water slides).
  • Whiteman Park
  • Rainbow Waters Playground Ellenbrook (a free community water playground).
  • Beatty Park Leisure Centre l Adventure World

AT HOME

Get the kids to decorate an empty tissue box. Write various activities on pieces of paper. This could include everything from playing a board game, reading a book, Skyping or calling a friend or watching a movie, to a chore like cleaning their room or washing the car. This tissue box then becomes the ‘I’m bored box’. If the kids say they don’t have anything to do, get them to choose a piece of paper from the box with a suggestion that they have to complete.

Events may be subject to change. Go to relevant websites or contact event organisers/businesses to check times, booking details and costs involved.