Things To Do Around Perth With The Kids These School Holidays
With school holidays kicking 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 firing up just over summer:
Rockingham Youth Beach Party
Kids aged 12-18 are invited to City of Rockingham’s Youth Beach Party on Tuesday 17 January from 1-4pm, featuring live music, DJs, waterslides, cultural activity marquee, beach volleyball, inflatable dodgeball, photo booth, free burgers, slushies, chilled drinking water and more!
Kids Big Day Out @ Yagan Square
From 10am-2pm on Wednesday 18 January head to Yagan Square for a huge festival of fun and excitement for the kids, including live entertainment and interactive and educational activities. Live on stage catch free performances from PAW Patrol, The Avengers, Cosmo the Clown Magic Show, an interactive freestyle rap game show from Whose Rhyme, and loads more! There’s also wall rock-climbing, bungee tramplines, Indigenous facepainting, skateboard workshops and a glitter bar, plus heaps of great food options to keep everyone fuelled for the day – head to yagansquare.com for more info.
Jurassic World by Brickman®
Dino-lovers have plenty to keep them entertained these school holidays – including the largest LEGO® exhibition to ever come to WA! Inspired by the Jurassic World movies, the exhibition will feature a huge selection of over 50 large-scale dinosaurs, props, scenes and activities made from more than 6 million LEGO® bricks, including 15 massive dinosaurs. Grab your tickets here.
A Most Curious Adventure @ Cockburn Gateway
This partnership with WA Museum Boola Bardip features their latest exhibition Wonderland, which is based on the writings of Lewis Carroll. ‘A Most Curious Adventure’ will provide a great range of entertainment for shoppers on their visit to Cockburn Gateway, with a series of events, roving performers and an interactive maze exhibit appearing in centre right through until January 29.
For something a little different why not invest in City of Melville’s returning Art Box! Created by artists to fuel creative kids’ minds, you can get a new Art Box delivered to your door for just $50. Inside there’ll be 10 fun and engaging art activities for kids aged 5-12, with all the necessary materials included. Pretty cool we reckon, and you can find out more here.
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.
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.
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.
Header Image: Jurassic World by Brickman®