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Things To Do Around Perth With The Kids These School Holidays

byPerth Is OK Staff
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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 for the next two weeks:

Dinosaurs Of Patagonia

Ever go to one of those dinosaur exhibitions and feel a little…underwhelmed? Dinosaurs Of Patagonia aims to buck that trend with a world first exhibition that brings full-scale casts of dinosaurs! The exhibition will feature 15 dinosaurs in all, fossils, 3D animations and plenty of interactivity making it fun for the whole family. Get more info and book here.

WA Museum Dinosaurs Of Patagonia

Groundswell Festival

The massive Groundswell once again takes over Scarborough Beach for three huge days from Friday 30 September until Sunday 2 October, featuring an action-packed weekend of surf, skate and 3×3 streetball comps; BMX bowl comps and stunt demos; dance battles; street art; food trucks; markets; and loads of free workshops and activities. That’s barely shredding the surface though, and there’s legit something for everyone at this free festival with the likes of beach volleyball, dodgeball arena, live music and DJs and the return of the popular Tipi Village. Get all the necessary info here.

York Festival

With spring well on its way it’s time to emerge from your winter hibernation and get out there and see some of the best our glorious State has to offer. And one easy way to do that (which is also relatively close to Perth), is a sneaky little road trip out to York for the annual York Festival. Featuring a jam-packed two-week, three-weekend program, the festival is loaded with Ballardong Noongar events, craft and writing workshops, theatre dance and music events, photo walks, historical tours and loads more. You can check out the massive program HERE.

Cubby Building Workshop

Frozen The Musical

Have you experienced the magic of Disney’s mega-hit Frozen the Musical yet? It’s running all through the school holidays, produced by the same team that brought the amazing stage shows of The Lion King, Aladdin and Mary Poppins to Broadway. Alongside the movie’s most iconic songs, the full-length musical production features 12 new songs – written by Oscar-winning husband and wife duo Kristen Anderson Lopez and Bobby Lopez. Playing at Crown Perth, there’s plenty of extra showings over the holidays, book your tickets here.

Disney's Frozen Is Coming To Perth!

Make It Lab @ Yagan Square

The Make it Lab school holiday workshop program at Yagan Square will run from Monday 3 to Sunday 9 October with three themed workshops each day (catering to various age groups). Kids can make and take home their own candles, bath bombs, soaps, sculptures, painted sneakers, jewellery, terrariums, beeswax wraps, dried flower arrangements, mosaics, painted self-portraits, Indigenous wares and Lego creations! With all materials provided, the only thing to bring is your imagination!

The workshops will be hosted inside a furnished marquee within Yagan Square, with 20 – 36 participants per session. Adults don’t miss out; with four evening classes for parents, local residents or city workers to get creative too. Tickets are now on sale starting as low as $10 per session, up to a max $40 per class. Full info and booking link at the Yagan Square Website.

Make It Lab

Swan Valley Adventure Centre

Swan Valley Adventure centre’s Spring School Holiday Day Camps are back on from September 27 until October 7 for kids aged between 7 and 14. Just drop ‘em off in the morning for an action-packed day of adventure featuring four outdoor activities and a delicious lunch provided by Swan Valley AC’s in house chefs. Get more info and book via their website.

Swan Valley Adventure Centre

Celebrate Hogwarts

From September 27 Perth’s little wizards should jump on their broomsticks and head to the rad new Hogwarts-inspired activation happening until October 9. Begin your journey at Platform 9¾ and find the Hogwarts Express before exploring the magic of Hogwarts, walk the Great Hall area and try your hand at potions, play some quidditch and make sure you get a snap at the Whomping Willow. . Be sure to snap a photo at the Whomping Willow, or put your Quidditch skills to the test. Get more info and sign up here.

Our Little Inventor

Among a thrilling array of upcoming shows for the West Australian Opera comes the announcement of Our Little Inventor – inspired by the popular book of the same name by Sher Rill Ng. A story for people of all ages, Our Little Inventor tackles themes of climate change, resilience, perseverance and friendship, and you can catch it October 1 and 2 at The ‘Maj – tickets here.

Our Little Inventor WA Opera

Perth Royal Show

The Royal Show returns for eight fun-filled days and nights with over 400 entertainers, 300 performances and endless hours of entertainment, competitions, exhibitions and parades. Not to mention their biggest ever animal nursery, a new agricultural experience and drone show, and of course the showbags! Get more info here.

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.

Kids Luna Park @ The Royal Show

One of many highlights at The Royal Show, Kids Luna Park is the ultimate destination for families with rides, games and even its own showbag. It’s right next to the main area (so you won’t miss the fireworks), and everyday if you buy tickets from 3pm-4pm you’ll get 2-for-1 rides until 7pm! Head here for more info.

Kids Luna Park Royal Show

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.

Great Dino Discovery @ Cockburn Gateway

From September 24-October 9 there’ll be animatronic dinosaurs of the Cretaceous period on display at Cockburn Gateway, along with a big dig centre with bones, eggs and more to discover!

Beyond The Troll Knoll @ Beyond Realms

Find your way through the mystical forest fog at Beyond Realms in Inglewood to discover just what a troll is! Are they stinky little creatures under the bridge or fantastically bright, sparkly and singing? Meet the Keeper Of The Trolls, mix up some magic potions and more – more info/tickets here, it runs from October 3-7.

Mini Golf

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

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).

Outback Splash

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.

Playground Playdates

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!

Toddler Time

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.

The Best Places To Take Toddlers In Perth, S&R Orchard, Walliston

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