Anyone who has ever been tasked with looking after kids, their own or someone else’s, knows that the days can drag on if you don’t have at least one or two things planned.
Plus, kids are messy so the more you can do with them out of the house, the better. Luckily, there are loads of fun things to do with kids in Perth so you’ll never have to hear the phrase “I’m bored” again. Maybe.
Start planning all the things to do with kids in Perth now.
5 O’Malley Street, Osborne Park WA 6017, 1371 Albany Highway, Cannington WA 6107 and 35/57 Joondalup Drive, Edgewater WA 6027
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While you might be hesitant to get a tramp at home, you can always head to BOUNCE and let the kids go hopping mad for the day. There are now three locations across Perth, with a brand spanking new space in Osborne Park that features almost 3,000 square metres of fun for all ages. We're talking 50 interconnected trampolines, a rock climbing wall and a ninja-style obstacle course, plus, a giant inflatable soft-landing pit known as the Big Bag and the biggest miniBOUNCE Zone in WA for all the tiny bouncers.
9 Mandurah Terrace, Mandurah WA 6210
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Rally all your little swashbucklers for a day at sea aboard Mandurah's award-winning pirate cruise. The 45-minute boat ride will see you wind through Mandurah's inland waterways and canals, with everyone getting the chance to grab the pirate wheel, pull the ropes and ring the bell like a good pirate would. Plus, you might even get to see some of the local bottlenose dolphins too. Tickets are just $13 for kids under 15 and you're welcome to BYO food and drink, so it's a surprisingly affordable adventure for the whole fam.
Scribblers Festival | 28 - 29 October
Cnr St Georges Tce and Barrack St, Perth CBD WA 6000
Scribblers Festival returns this spring, with two fun-filled days of literature and arts for growing minds. Head to the website to scope out all the workshops and events popping up in and around Cathedral Square—most of them are free, but you'll just need to register beforehand to secure a spot.
Let your budding masterchefs loose in someone else’s kitchen for the day at a kids cooking class in Perth. There are a bunch of awesome workshops around, from pasta making and sushi to cupcake decorating and even a whole baking course for the more serious kitchen kidos out there.
351 Progress Dr, Bibra Lake WA 6163
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A day out at Adventure World is basically a school holiday tradition in Perth. And while summer is obviously the best time to visit if you want to make the most of the water slides, it's also crazy busy. If you can tee up a sunny 20-something-degree day over spring, the kids will still happily make a splash without you having to suffer through long lines or worry about losing anyone.
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Art And Crafts Workshops At Fremantle Arts Centre
1 Finnerty St, Fremantle WA 6160
Over the school holidays, Freo Arts Centre is hosting 50+ awesome art classes perfect for kids aged 5 and up. Covering everything from ceramics, painting, and embroidery to jewellery making and much more, you're bound to find something to suit your kids' vibe.
It may be heating up outside but don't let that stop you from bundling the kids up in cosy knits and heading to one of Perth's ice rinks. We've got two main ice rinks in Perth: Cockburn Ice Arena in the south and Perth Ice Arena up north. Both have awesome social sessions and their own cosy cafes for your post-skate hot choccies.
Floating Aqua Fun Park
Lot 482 St Albans Rd, Baldivis WA 6171
For more water based fun, why not check out this giant floating inflatable fun park located at Perth Wake Park (which could also be good for the bigger kids). With over 100 different inter-connected obstacles to tackle, you've got hours of entertainment here. Just note, this one is for kids six and over and anyone under ten needs a paying adult to accompany them on the course.
Gravity Discovery Centre & Observatory
1098 Military Rd, Yeal WA 6503
So you've got a little astronomer or the next Buzz Lightyear on your hands? Perth's Gravity Discovery Centre and Observatory has all sorts of space-themed activities and exhibitions to explore. The only catch is you will have to travel to Gingin, but it's only about an hour from the CBD so definitely doable if you're up for a day trip.
Yanchep National Park Yanchep Beach Road &, Indian Ocean Dr, Yanchep WA 6035
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Chasing something adventurous? Let your little climbers loose on the high ropes and zipline courses at Treetop Adventures in Yanchep National Park. Located 45 minutes north of Perth, the park has 70+ challenging aerial obstacles to tackle and 16 ziplines to glide across, not to mention all the beautiful native flora and fauna to soak up too.
There are plenty of tenpin bowling alleys around Perth guaranteed to keep sibling rivalries going strong over the school holidays. Our pick, though, would have to be Strike Bowling. These lanes are as modern as it gets and the food and drink options are actually good. Plus, you'll often find these attached to other fun things like arcade games, karaoke rooms, escape rooms, mini golf and laser tag, so you can make a whole day of it.
An activity that’s fun for you, fun for the kids, and provides snacks for the trip home? Sounds like a big win to us. There’s almost always some kind of fruit to be picked in Perth and lucky for you, we’ve got a list of the best places to pick your own fruit. You’re welcome.
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WA Museum Boola Bardip might be the first museum that comes to mind when thinking up things to do with kids in Perth, but it’s not the only one. Your kids will also love the WA Maritime Museum, the Fremantle Prison, and the Perth Mint to name just a few.
Cnr Railway Street and Sutherland St, West Perth WA 6005
Great for kids big and small, Scitech will keep your kids entertained for hours which is always a win. There are plenty of permanent activities which you might remember from your own time there as a kid if you grew up in Perth, but there’s also always something new on offer so you can go every few months without the risk of bored children. Don’t miss the planetarium for older kids and the puppet shows for the little ones.
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Get a bit of competition going amongst the kids with a friendly game of mini golf. There are so many great courses around Perth that we went ahead and wrote about all the best places to play mini golf right here.
24 Husband Rd, Barragup WA 6069
Speaking of Mazes, if you’ve worked your way through all of those on offer at Outback Splash, head to Amaze Miniature Park near Mandurah for another maze, mini golf, gardens, miniature buildings a shady playground and cute little tea house to boot.
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If you’ve got a little Daniel Riccardo on your hands, let them have their very 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. Otherwise, if you’re not sure you’ll love karting, head to Hi Voltage Entertainment in Belmont to give it a go and if it’s not your thing, they’ve always got mini golf and a play centre as backup options.
Whether it’s raining, scorching or you’re just done with sunshine, laster tag will keep kids entertained for hours. Check out Archie Brothers at Karrinyup for laser tag with a side of bumper cars, ten pin bowling, and virtual reality. If you’re closer to Carousel, head to Strike where you can sandwich your laser tag game between a round of ten pin bowling and an escape room.
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If you feel like checking out some animals, there are plenty of options to choose from in Perth. The most obvious is the Perth Zoo which is guaranteed to be an exciting day out, but there’s also the Caversham Wildlife Park where you can hold koalas, feed kangaroos and penguins (yes, penguins!), cuddle animals at Molly’s Farm, and visit the reptiles.
If that’s not enough of a reptile hit for your kids, you can head to the West Australian Reptile Park in Henley Brook which is home to all kinds of lizards, pythons, and snakes as well as a few other native animals. If the kids prefer something cuddly, there’s the Swan Valley Cuddly Animal Farm where kids can get up close and personal with all sorts of furry friends.
Last but certainly not least, head to AQWA and do a few laps on the conveyor belt while the kids ooh and ahh at all the sea creatures before heading up to the touch pool.
Got a little sleuth on your hands? Take them to an escape room for a day of fun with the family. There are so many great escape rooms in Perth and while not all of them are family friendly, nearly every venue will have one or two rooms appropriate for the kids. Check out Perth’s best escape rooms here.
Looking for more ways to keep busy with kids? Check out:
- Perth's Best Kid-Friendly Bush Walks
- Perth's Best Kid-Friendly Pubs
- Free Things To Do With Kids In Perth
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