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Sure it was a bummer that the Perth Royal Show had to be cancelled this year, but relatively speaking things could be a lot worse.

And it’s also meant the rise of a heap of new events and activities to keep the kids tuckered out for the next couple of weeks.

Here’s a bunch to look into:

Awesome Arts Festival

The AWESOME International Arts Festival for Bright Young Things is back across a few spaces in the Perth CBD, showcasing an engaging array of theatre, dance, kids activities, music, film, literature, visual arts and more.

There’s heaps to it, so head the AWESOME Arts WEBSITE to find out more.

When & Where:
28 September-October 2, Perth Cultural Centre
3-4 October, Closing Party @ His Majesty’s Theatre

Groundswell Festival

The Drug Aware Groundswell Festival shakkas back into Scarborough for its 7th instalment on October 3 and 4.

It’s an action-packed, free weekend featuring surfing, skating, basketball comps, BMX stunt demos, DJs, street art, food trucks markets and heaps more.

When & Where: October 3-4, Scarborough Foreshore

School’s Out Fest

Probably the closest thing you’ll find to the Royal Show is the huge School’s Out Fest, taking over Elizabeth Quay and Yagan Square for two weeks.


There’ll be family amusement rides, maze challenges, dinosaur discoveries and even a mini sideshow alley to satisfy those showbag cravings!

Head to the School’s Out Fest WEBSITE for a full breakdown.

When & Where: September 26-October 10, Elizabeth Quay & Yagan Square

Scitech’s Multi-Sensory Exhibition – Earth Matters

Scitech recently announced an exciting new multi-sensory exhibition taking over their West Perth location these holidays – Earth Matters.

For a behind the scenes look at what to expect, check our article HERE.


When & Where: All holidays @ Scitech.

Dianella Tree Trail

The City Of Stirling has launched a pretty awesome new idea, a Tree Trail.

During the holidays the trees of Dianella Regional Open Space will share stories across a 1.9km self-guided trail that’ll take about an hour-and-a-half to complete.

Perfect for kids aged 4-11 and families, you can get more info HERE.

When & Where: September 28-October 9, Dianella Regional Open Space


Adventure World

Perth’s biggest theme park is back open for business from September 26, and cheaper early bird season passes are on offer until October 12.

When & Where: September 26-April 18

Outback Splash

Outback Splash in Bullsbrook’s waterslides are back open just in time for the School Holidays, but there’s plenty else to do as well.

There’s timber, hedge and tractor tyre mazes, mini golf, children’s playgrounds, koalas, wombats, kangaroos and more that’ll keep you and the kids busy all day long.

When & Where: September 26 onwards (waterslides back open), Bullsbrook


Zone Bowling

Zone Bowling’s popular Mega Fun Zone and Mini Fun Passes are back, offering discounted rates on a heap of fun across their four locations.

Ten pin bowling, lazer tag, arcade machines… You name it, Zone Bowling has it covered (more info HERE.)

When & Where: Now-October 13, Various Locations

Time Zone

Time Zone will offer some serious loading on their game cards these holidays, with $75 credit when you load $50, or $110 when you load $70.

When & Where: Now-October 13, Various Locations


Pixar Putt

After a successful first edition last year, RAC Arena’s Pixar Putt is back for a month-long run from September 25!

Hit the greens with all your faves from The Incredibles, Finding Nemo, Toy Story, Monster’s Inc. and more (more info/tickets HERE).

When & Where: September 25-October 25, RAC Arena Plaza

Mini Golf

Speaking of mini golf, Perth is flush with a variety of fantastic options to suit kids of all ages (even the parents!).

We recently went on a deep dive to discover all the best offferings around Perth – follow THIS LINK to find them all.

Where: Various Locations

Surf Lessons

When the weather stars to warm up in Perth, the winter swells start to get a lot smaller.

While this is bad news for experienced surfers, it means it’s the perfect time to begin your kids’ learning-to-surf journey!

There’s a host of great schools around Perth, most offering special school holiday programs too – check some out HERE.

Where: Various Locations

School Holidays Fishing Program

If you think fishing is more your kids’ vibe, The Fishing School will be hosting special school holiday fishing programs at Point Walter and Mindarie Marina.

They’ll get a nice, easy-to-learn run through on conservation, knot tying, rig building, casting, baiting and more.

Head to the FACEBOOK EVENT for more info.

When & Where: Point Water & Mindarie Marina, September 29-October 8

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.

Where: Various Locations

Landsdale Farm

A unique educational farm experience just north of Perth, Landsdale Farm is a fantastic way to introduce your kids to the agricultural world (and have a lot of fun while doing it).

Head to their WEBSITE now for more information.

Where: 71 Evandale Rd, Darch

Cover photo via School’s Out Fest

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