The Best Things To Do Around Perth With The Kids This Easter School Holidays
With school holidays about to kick off, 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!
Jurassic Kingdom is headed our way this upcoming school holidays, taking over Burswood Park with more than 20 life-size dinosaurs hiding in the bushes, grazing in the tree tops and towering above. Whether you’re a budding palaeontologist or just love big lizards, there’ll be plenty of activities to do including a Prehistoric Education Zone featuring 10 interactive exhibits, roving performers, dinosaur nests, giant fossilised footprints, dino craft stations and even a fossil dig. You can also visit the Jurassic Carnival featuring eight different rides and sideshow games, relax and refuel at one of delicious food trucks on hand and more. Tickets are on sale now.
Disney 100: The Concert
To celebrate 100 years of Disney, the Riverside Theatre at the Perth Convention & Entertainment Centre will be hosting Disney 100: The Concert over three special shows on April 21 and 22. Audiences will be transported into the captivating world of classic and contemporary Disney animated films, with scores brought to life by the Perth Symphony Orchestra from faves like Cinderella, The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Frozen and more. Tickets are on sale now.
Visit the new-look Timezone and Zone Bowlings
In recent weeks Zone Bowling Cannington and Rockingham and Timezone in Northbridge have been undergoing some extensive renovations, with all reopening just in time for the school holidays. We’re talking new arcade games, virtual reality options and thrilling rides, iconic Winners Vault prize shops and more. Zone Rockingham and Zone Cannington reopen on April 6, while Northbridge Timezone’s new vibes are on from April 8.
Neon Night Trail @ Claremont Town Centre
Neon Night Trail is a free community event that will be transforming the Claremont Town Centre into a luminous, neon wonderland! Grab a map, follow the trail and immerse yourself in light installations, projections, interactive art, live music, and roving performers. There’ll also be glow in the dark face painting, a silent disco and local eateries will be open late on both nights (Friday 21 and Saturday 22 April). Get more info here.
Sea Monsters @ WA Maritime Museum
Running from now until July 16, Sea Monsters: Prehistoric Ocean Predators is a thrilling new exhibition at WA Maritime Museum featuring specimens and fossils that are millions of years old! There’s life-sized casts and never-before-seen fossils ver more than 70 exhibits, including a 13m long Elasmosaurus and a 1.4m Kronosaurus jaw.
Stadium Karts @ Optus Stadium
Australia’s ultimate outdoor karting experience, Stadium Karts, will be burning around the surrounds of Optus Stadium as of this Sunday for a limited season! The custom built track is designed to test your abilities at speeds of up to 70km/ph, all while taking in spectacular views of Optus Stadium and Perth. Get all the details and book your race in here.
Pixar Putt @ RAC Arena
This open air putt putt course is inspired by some of Pixar’s most beloved movies and characters including Finding Nemo, Toy Story, Cars, Monsters, Inc. and The Incredibles. And given its been a couple of years, putters can expect a few new holes from more recent features like Turning Red and Soul. It’s perfect for kids of all ages (hello school holidays!), but it’ll also be open for big kids from 7pm-10pm Thursday to Saturday nights with a pop-up bar at Pixar Putt After-Dark. Book your session here.
Arts Season @ Vic Park
Boasting more than 45 events at venues right across the Town of Victoria Park, Arts Season is back again, kicking off this weekend and running all through the month of April! From bookbinding and floral embroidery to mural painting, jewellery classes and still life drawing, there’s something for everyone happening at venues across the suburb – head to the website for more info.
Red Dust OCR Momentum 2023 @ Bolinda Vale Estate
Red Dust Obstacle Course Races in Perth is the perfect way to keep active with some added adventure thrown in, and can be a huge day of fun for the whole family. Their next Obstacle Course Race – Momentum – is taking place April 22-23 on Bolinda Vale Estate in Keysbrook. Run, climb, swing all while getting out of your comfort zone and discovering who you really are at Momentum – it’s a fun weekend for EVERYONE! There’s competitive races, fun runs and kids courses, so bring the whole family!
Kids Holiday Courses @ Fremantle Arts Centre
The Freo Arts Centre’s popular kids courses are back these school holidays, with heaps of opportunities to foster their interests in a variety of different mediums. Find out more about what’s on offer here.
Wonderland @ WA Museum Boola Bardip
Wonderland is WA Museum Boola Bardip’s latest interactive exhibition, celebrating Lewis Carroll’s timeless tales and Alice’s adventures on film. You’ll find original picture books, magic lanterns and even an immersive Mad Hatter’s Tea Party – to name a small few wonders to experience. Plus you can pop in on Friday nights and enjoy a tipple or two at the Half Mad Bar – more info here.
Golf Par-Tee @ Cockburn Gateway
Cockburn Gateway will be home to a pop-up ‘Mini Golf Par-Tee’ from April 8-23 – free of charge and full of fun. It’s an immersive, in-centre mini golf experience to keep the kids entertained and burn off some of that chocolate sugar hit from their Easter eggs! Sign up for free here.
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.
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.
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.
Head to the hills these school holidays! Core Cider is keeping the whole family entertained with live music, tractor rides and fruit picking through the picturesque orchard. The kids can run wild on the nature playground, or get into some nature craft with the Eco-Faeries… All while you relax with a cider or two! Check out all the activities on offer 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! Located in the middle of Northbridge, 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 $12 (adults $17).
Don’t let the “splash” part for you, Outback Splash in Bullsbrook is much more than just a waterpark! You’ll also find five challenging mazes, a small nature playground, 9 holes of mini golf, outdoor games, archery, Australian native animals and more, plus there’s picnic lawns, complimentary BBQs and the Burger Shack for all your eats and treats.
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!
If your little ones are little littler than school age, we recently went on a little trip around Perth to find some appropriate activities for toddlers that you could pair up with a little something for you and your friends. We’re talking walks through the park followed by a recharging coffee and orchard-visits with picnics – check out the full list here.