With school holidays in full swing, you might be wondering what’s on offer around town to keep the tiny ones occupied (and give you a little breathing room).
Read on below for a few ideas, some of them always in fashion, some of them good any time of the year!
As we mentioned there is an massive amount of shows to choose from, and the little ones are catered for better than ever in 2024. There’s too many to go through individually, with highlights including the incredibly popular Mermaid Splash Zone, Peter Combe’s return, PreHysterical Circus, The Little HOO-HAA!, Giant Balloon show, Freedom Fairies, Bubble Labatory and so much more. You can head to the Fringe World Children Filter to start planning your family-friendly adventure!
The Cube @ Elizabeth Quay
A new and immersive gaming experience is at Elizabeth Quay until January 28, offering free gaming inside a shipping container alongside a range of outdoor games, activities, and giveaways! Step inside the custom-made shipping shell to discover a visually stunning and innovative gaming studio that caters to all ages using Xbox and Nintendo Switch as the gaming mediums. More info here.
The Lagoon @ Outback Splash
Created by the same team behind Crown Towers’ luxurious outdoor pools, Outback Splash’s new feature, The Lagoon, is an expansive, crystal clear pool surrounded by lush green gardens and some lavish amenities that’ll keep kids of all ages very happy. Key features include comfortable sun beds around the pool with private cabanas available to hire, a pop up poolside bar called ‘The Pool House’ from Gage Roads and an array of water features including swim-up island and windmill waterplay structure for the little ones. Get the lowdown here.
FUNMANTLE @ Fremantle
Whether you’re young – or young at heart – follow the fun to Fremantle with carnival rides, sideshow games and exciting activities over five days from January 17-21. Get all the info you need and grab your tickets (only $5+BF) here.
Australian Geographic: Our Country @ PCEC
Australian Geographic: Our Country 360° Cinematic Experience at the Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre offers a brand new perspective on our country’s breathtaking wilderness. It’s on all holidays until February 2024 – find out more and grab tickets here.
Monet in Paris @ Burswood Park
After blowing minds and inspiring thousands of Perth people last year with Van Gogh Alive, the creators have returned with an immersive new experience taking us through the vibrant world of French Impressionism with Monet in Paris. Attendees are invited for a spellbinding journey through a golden age in art and culture, glamour, opulence and sophistication. It runs until March 10 – get all the deets and your tickets here, including a few family-friendly options for the little ones.
Kids Holiday Courses @ Fremantle Arts Centre
The Freo Arts Centre’s popular kids courses are back these school holidays, with over 50 courses to foster their interests in a variety of different mediums, including ceramics, painting, embroidery, sculpture, jewellery and much more. Find out more about what’s on offer here.
Summertime Fair @ Cockburn Gateway
Cockburn Gateway’s Piazza has transformed into a family-friendly carnival, running from January 13–28. Go for a gravity-defying spin on the Supa Sizzler, jump aboard a dragon ride or test your skills on one of the sideshow games! There’s also loads more free entertainment and activities running from Thursday-Fridays during the school holidays, including live local music, face painting, circus workshops and much more! Find out more here.
Check into the brand new Hijinx Hotel
Funlab, the mad minds behind Holey Moley and Archie Brothers Cirque Electriq have just opened a wild new playground in Perth with Hijinx Hotel. The competitive playground features 10 challenge rooms that’ll test you and your friends inside a Wes Anderson meets Willy Wonka meets New York-style hotel. The Hotel features popular games like Adore-a-ball, Scrambled, and Lolly Ball Pool, along with a brand new room just for Perth: The Restaurant, where guests take a seat at the table to race against the clock to solve a host of puzzles.
Alongside AQWA, Scitech remains Perth’s ultimate “have fun while you learn” location and as always they’ve got a huge lineup of exhibitions, workshops and more to keep the kids entertained this school holidays. Head to their What’s On page to plan your next adventure.
Bounce into… Bounce!
After opening locations in Cannington and Joondalup, BOUNCE Inc expanded its Western Australian presence with its third venue, located in Osborne Park, earlier this year. The indoor freestyle playground comes in at a whopping almost-3,000 square metres, and features 50 interconnected trampolines, cliff jumping, wall running, wall climb arena, giant inflatable soft-landing pit known as the Big Bag and adventure challenge course the X-Park, for the real thrillseekers. The new location is also home to the biggest miniBOUNCE Zone in WA, offering a bigger interactive play area for the freestylers of the future. Head to the website for more info and to book a visit now.
Brickman Cities @ Wanneroo Gallery
Created by one of the world’s leading LEGO® brick artists and only LEGO® Certified Professional in the southern hemisphere, Ryan ‘Brickman’ McNaught, this immersive exhibition showcases the life and architecture of some of the world’s most iconic cities. Visitors will go on a journey through time, exploring how the world’s greatest cities have evolved from 1000AD to the present. Reimagine your favourite city by building what you think it will look like in the future in the interactive build zone, where hundreds of thousands of LEGO® bricks await. Open Wednesday to Sunday, head here to book.
Perth is flush with a variety of fantastic options to suit kids of all ages (even the parents!). We did the homework for you and went on a deep dive to discover all the best courses around Perth – click here to find them all.
Take A Hike
Perth is filled with fantastic walking and hiking trails, both in the city and just out of it. Fortunately many of these walking trails are perfect to take the kids along to, and are guaranteed to at least tucker them out for one night! Here’s our list of kid-friendly walking trails to get you started.
We have some fond childhood memories of visiting AQWA, so it’s always a relief to discover that the aquarium is getting better and better for each generation. Kids can marvel at the iconic marine life of WA in exhibits that closely replicate the natural environments – did you know that AQWA is one of only a few aquariums in the world that don’t use artificial coral? They’ve got heaps of year-round experiences to get close up to the marine life, plus a selection of extra activities scheduled for the school holidays, which you can check out here.
Rio Tinto Naturescape, Kings Park
Get in touch with nature at Rio Tinto’s Naturescape in Kings Park. The dedicated naturespace offers an incredibly engaging way for kids to experience and understand the Western Australian bush. Covering six hectares, it features the likes of large aerial walkways, a creek and waterhole for wading in, a cubby-building area, tunnels, rocks, climbing rocks and more. Once you’ve conquered it pop over the Synergy Parklands for an awesome nature playground and huge dinosaurs to climb on.
Nostalgia Box is the perfect spot to show your kids what gaming used to be about! Having relocated to West Perth from their OG Northbridge home, it’s home to over 100 video game consoles dating all the way back to the 1970s, providing incredibly detailed histories for all of them. Most importantly, there’s an interactive area where you can play a bunch of old games like Mario Kart, Space Invaders, Pong and more. It’s important to BOOK AHEAD, where you’ll find kids passes are only $13.20 (adults $18.70).
Late last year we went on a little hunt to find the best kids playgrounds around Perth, and managed to dig up 20 that are not only great (one even has a volcano), but will keep the tiny ones occupied for hours (check ‘em HERE). We’ve also located a heap of great nature playgrounds to explore, which you can check out HERE. The only thing remaining is to see how many you can tick off, and how many you can these hols!
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