Kids often look like they’re having a whole heap of fun, so why not join them and embrace being a kidult—a grown up that acts like a kid sometimes. After all, Peter Pan seemed to have a pretty good life in Neverland.
Here are 18 things to do in Perth where you can let loose and have a good old-fashioned fun time!
Ice sleds are basically a giant block of ice with a steering rope and ice sledding is the closest thing you can get to tobogganing in Perth. We may not have snow but we sure do have lots of grass. Buy an ice sled from your local ice supplier (like this one from Balcatta Ice), find a nearby park with a decent grass slope and start sliding!
The Cockburn ARC has has three colourful 18 metre high water slides—the Rocket, the Pipeline and the Tumbler. The Rocket is over 69 metres in length and starts with a drop in a glass-enclosed rocket launcher then a plunge through a loop. Check it out for some rocket slide action. Other great water slide places in Perth are Adventure World in Bibra Lake and Splash City in Burswood but take note—they are only open in summer!
Have you ever wanted to be an amazing figure skater like Chazz Michael Michaels or Jimmy MacElroy in Blades of Glory? Well now’s your chance. Pop on those ice skates and let rip with your jumps, spins, steps, spirals and more at the Perth Ice Arena in Malaga, Xtreme Ice Arena in Mirrabooka, or Cockburn Ice Arena in Bibra Lake.
I’ve always secretly wanted to be a kick arse roller derby skater. Unfortunately I’m fairly average at roller skating and quite afraid of being fresh meat in the roller derby rink so I settle for getting my skate on at my local 80s style skating venue instead. Visit the Morley Rollerdrome, Rollerzone in Malaga or Rolloways in O’Connor to practice your speed skating, backwards skating and waltz jumps.
Indoor rock climbing and bouldering is a great way to have a bit of fun while doing an all body workout. Win! There are plenty of rock climbing centres in Perth such as Joondalup Climbing Centre, Boulder Hub in Wangara, Rockface in Northbridge and PWR Urban Ascent in Bassendean—who also have a simulated ice climbing wall, awesome!
I used to watch the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory movie and love the fizzy lifting drinks. Charlie drank some fizzy drink with his Grandpa Joe and they floated up into the air. They had fun until they almost got sucked into the ceiling fan. If you want to try flying without getting sucked into ceiling fans, visit iFLY in Rivervale. It’s basically like being in a big vertical wind tunnel where you float upwards.
Sometimes I miss old school trampolines with the constant fear of bouncing too far and landing on the large metal springs. Trampolines almost seem too safe these days. Anyways, get your bounce on safely at one of the many trampolining places in Perth such as Just Jump in Wanneroo (where they also do parkour), Aerial Fun Trampoline World in Malaga and Bounce in Cannington.
The Perth Zoo in South Perth is a cool place to visit because they do important work with their breeding programs for conservation of threatened species and there are lots of cute and quirky animals to see from around the world. Have a wander around and pretend you’re on holiday in some exotic country.
The Aquarium Of Western Australia (AQWA)
If you feel the urge to see some sea creatures but it’s too cold to go snorkelling, visit AQWA in Hillarys. Get up close with little species like the graceful Leafy Seadragons, gelatinous jellyfish and strange looking cuttlefish or go through the underwater tunnel to see grey nurse sharks, loggerhead turtles and stingrays glide right over the top of you.
Supa Golf And Mini Golf
Real golf is hard, so I enjoy playing easy versions of golf like Supa Golf or mini golf. Pretend you’ve shrunk and play Supa Golf with the over-sized golf club heads, golf balls and putting holes or try your hand at mini golf and navigate the obstacles and dilemmas. Have a putt at Melville Supa Golf in Leeming, Oasis Supa Golf in Henley Brook, Wanneroo Botanic Gardens and Mini Golf or Wembley Mini Golf. After putting 9, 18 or 36 holes, treat yourself to a drink at a nearby bar to wind down. You deserve it.
Feel the need for speed? Have your own Grand Prix and be a winner for the day at go karting tracks such as Kart World in Belmont, Indoor Kart Hire in O’Connor, Mega Fast Karts in Wanneroo and Cockburn.
Channel the dude from the Big Lebowski and get a crew together for some tenpin bowling action. There’s plenty of tenpin bowling alleys in Perth but my favourite is the retro Rosemount Bowl in North Perth. It’s a licensed venue and is also across the road from the Rosemount Hotel, which is handy to kick on for after bowling drinks.
Some days you just want to rob from the rich and give to the poor like Robin Hood. Unfortunately, this is against the law so the next closest thing could be to have a go at shooting with a bow and arrow. See if you can hit the target at the WA Archery Centre in Whiteman Park.
Laser Tag Games
Playing laser tag is like a combination of going to a disco with funky music, lights and a fog machine and being a character in a computer game. You are assigned to a team and have to shoot the other team with lasers while running around a dimly lit space with ramps, stairs, obstacles and mazes. It’s exciting and scary all at once. There are numerous laser tag places in Perth such as Darklight Laser Games in Joondalup and Lazer Blaze in Malaga, Willeton and Port Kennedy.
Paintballing is another good way to pretend you’re a live character in a computer game. Round up the troops and get ready to duck, weave, defend and attack your opponents in a custom-made paintball field. A few paintballing venues around Perth include Paintball Skirmish in Henley Brook; WASP Paintball in Carabooda, Wanneroo, Serpentine or Avon Valley; and Delta Force Paintball Perth in Muchea or Baldivis.
Put on your cowboy boots and let off some steam at the Lone Ranges Shooting Complex in Belmont. Test your accuracy with a pistol, rifle, revolver or shotgun. It might be the closest you get to being in a western movie. Hi-yo, Silver! Away!
Escape Room Experience
Get locked in a room with a couple of mates for an hour and see if you can escape by finding clues and solving puzzles just like Sherlock Holmes. Visit escape rooms in Perth such as Time’s Up in Wanneroo, Ultimate Roomscape in Malaga, Realmz Escape Game in Morley, Mystic Clue in Cannington and Escape Hunt in Fremantle.
Have a blast from the past at Galaxy Drive-In Theatre in Kingsley, Perth’s only remaining drive-in. Load up your car with snacks, get cosy and settle in for some film action. It’s really affordable and you can stay in the comfort of your car the whole time!
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