Published on October 29, 2015 1:33 pm, by Jen Bakker
Perth can have glorious weather, making it easy to find activities for kids big and small. We’ve included a couple of inside ones for you as well –
Geocaching is gaining popularity with kids big and small. It’s like treasure hunting. You get GPS co-ordinates and search for the treasure in that spot. A great way to encourage you to go further afield than in your local area. Geocaching can be done all over Australia as well as in some places internationally.
Head to Ellenbrook Water Park or Hyde Park Perth Water Playground for fun water adventures. Both playgrounds have BBQs for use, so pack up a picnic lunch (or dinner) and make a day of it. At Ellenbrook Water Park there’s lots of room to skate, ride your bike and scooter so bring along some wheels.
Go to Wembley for the day. Start with a trip to Lake Monger Reserve. There’s a great playground, and plenty of room around the lake for all sorts of activities, some impromptu ball games, or somewhere to ride a bike. When the kids run out of steam head across to the Herdsman Wildlife Centre, for just a gold coin donation you and the kids will get to do some interactive learning as well as suss out what’s going on in the aquarium.
Take the kids to do a Free Recycle Right Tour in Canning Vale. The tours are free and educational, they go for 1.5 hours and are generally run on Saturdays and in the school holidays. A great way to teach your kids about recycling, composting and other cool stuff. Round out the day with a visit to the local park.
There’s lots to do at Freemantle. The Wartime Maritime Museum and Shipwreck galleries have a low entry cost and lots of great exhibitions. Parts of the old Freemantle Jail are free to get in to, but tours have a cost applicable. On Friday to Sunday there are markets by the water. It’s very easy to spend the day checking out all the great history of Freemantle.
Whiteman Park has a vast array of things to do. There are BBQs so take a picnic and spend the day exploring. There are walking trails, museums, and a Children’s forest. Best of all there is a wildlife park where you can hang with the kangaroos, koalas and wombats. There’s also a playground, splash pool and plenty of shade to have a rest while the kids run around. Entry in to the park is free.
Hang out in the city and if it’s a nice day make sure you take the kids to the water maze in Forrest Place. Also head to the DFES Education and Heritage Centre which is home to displays of past and present emergency services. If you’ve got littlies Storytime at Perth Library might give you both a well-deserved rest.
Kings Park Synergy playground has everything you need for some more fun in the sun with the kids. There are free BBQs to use and for the kids to play on there is an elevated walkway, island fort, and large-sale replicas of extinct Australian mega fauna. There’s also an interactive water misting forest.
Jen is an experienced banking professional who loves wine, coffee, finding a bargain and of course her three beautiful children. Since Jen's first budget led her to buy a home at 20, Jen has passionately helped others to make better decisions with their money.