It’s January, and the school holidays are in full swing!
Now that Christmas and New Years are out of the way, you’re probably actively looking for things to keep your little ones busy for the next several weeks. Well great news - we’ve more than got you covered until school goes back!
Check out the list we’ve put together below for each precinct throughout Perth.
Get the kids excited with a trip to Scitech for a full day of family fun, including their latest exhibition “Top Secret: License to Spy” where you’ll get the chance to solve an ingenious crime! There’s also plenty more science fun, exhibits and shows to be seen, so grab your tickets now!
For a fancier way to spend the day, The Ritz-Carlton is hosting an Australiana Afternoon Tea for kids up to 12 years old! They’ll be treated to some local favourites, like an Angus beef pie, Mottainai lamb sausage roll, Vegemite swirl, rosella lamington, mini pavlova, fairy bread and a choice of milk, juice or soft drink. The adults (and teens) can enjoy the signature weekend Afternoon Tea on offer too. Head to their website for dates, prices and to book.
Just because you’re in the city doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some outdoor fun so take on some friendly competition with Collier Park Mini Golf! The course has 18 holes and is suitable for mini-golfers of all experience levels. The course is open 9am-8pm every day, and you don’t need to book before you arrive. Just rock up and have fun!
If you’re open to something a little different, then Zero Latency Perth has you covered: immerse yourself in a whole new world with state of the art virtual reality! Zero Latency has a bunch of different VR games to experience (kids need to be at least 10 years old to participate) as well as a whole range of classic arcade games too.
Ever been to an escape room? Escape This in Northbridge has 7 fully immersive rooms to choose from. Challenge yourself to escape using your critical thinking, teamwork and problem solving skills! It’s suitable for ages 9 and older (and also a tonne of fun), so book your tickets now!
Make the most of the summer sun and try your hand at surfing with Perth Go Surf - a family owned surf school that runs at different spots along Perth’s stunning coastline. The friendly and energetic team of surfing instructors will have you up on your board and riding the (small) waves in no time!
It’s not just fun on top of the water to be had - check out everything under the surface at AQWA (located at Hillary’s Boat Harbour). Discover WA's spectacular marine life as you go on an underwater journey along our coast, including sharks, stingrays, turtles and so much more! AQWA is even hosting a range of activities for school holidays (for kids and adults alike). Get your tickets now, or even grab an Annual Membership if you’re keen to keep going back.
Bounce, climb and fly with Latitude Air - a world of indoor indoor aerial entertainment, including trampolines, a sky-high obstacle course, rock climbing and even a ninja warrior course! It’s open 7 days a week with sessions running every hour on the hour, so there’s plenty of fun to be had for the whole family. Grab your tickets now.
If you’re keen to get out into nature, then the Treetops Adventure at Yanchep National Park is the place for you. Go on an exhilarating 2.5 hour experience, with courses ranging from 2 meters high (for beginners) to 10 meters (for adrenaline seekers!). There’s a total of 7 fun and challenging levels to choose from, including over 80 aerial challenges and 15 ziplines, which is a crazy amount of fun for everyone (ages 4 and up). Book now.
Nothing says family fun like Adventure World - now open for the summer season (Sep-Apr). It’s Perth’s only theme park/water park with over 25 rides and attractions to choose from, including the new world-class thrill ride Goliath - a giant pendulum swing ride! There’s also a heart pumping roller coaster, a Hawaiian resort themed Kahuna Falls and even an Aussie Wildlife experience - not to mention plenty of water fun to keep you cool. Grab your tickets today.
Speaking of keeping cool, beat the heat at Cockburn Ice Arena! Give ice skating a try, catch an ice hockey game or enjoy a meal at Perth’s only rinkside restaurant, Cabin 401 Bar and Grill. Family skating passes are available if you’re heading in as a group.
Get the kids more engaged with history, with Brickwrecks: Sunken Ships in LEGO® Bricks. That’s right, the WA Maritime Museum is putting on a display of 8 extraordinary shipwrecks, including Batavia and the Titanic, made out of LEGO® by Ryan "The Brickman" McNaught himself! Book now.
Maybe you’re keen for a little island day trip? If you’re heading to Rottnest Island this summer, check out Aquaplay Rottnest. Cruise the beautiful waters with your choice of equipment - from pedal boards, stand up paddle boards and even waterbikes! Book your equipment online before you go.
Down in Mandurah, Peel and Rockingham, there’s plenty of outdoor fun to be had.
First up, jump on a 5 minute ferry ride and head out to Penguin Island! Enjoy the white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters surrounding this gorgeous island, and spend as much time as you’d like swimming, snorkelling, picnicking and exploring while you’re there. You can even join a cruise to spot wild dolphins, seal lions and the world’s smallest penguins - in fact, penguin feedings happen 3 times a day by the Island Rangers.
Over in Dwellingup, check out Treetops Adventure: Australia’s premier tree top adventure ropes experience. With hundreds of exhilarating tree-top obstacles and flying foxes on offer - as well as a range of courses based on different heights and ease of use - there’s something for the whole family to enjoy. Each course runs for 2 hours and includes training, giving you plenty of time to swing, leap, climb and fly through the forest!
Love animals? Visit Ranger Red’s Zoo & Conservation Park, a boutique, hands on zoo on the banks of the Murray River. It features over 200 species of birds and animals as well as a huge walk through aviary, and you’ll even get the chance of holding or petting various animals while you’re there!
Animal lovers should also check out Cohunu Koala Park, where you can stroll the bush tracks and pathways, and hand feed many of the free roaming animals. You’ll also be able to see koalas, kangaroos, emus, deer and dingoes. It’s a unique wildlife experience right in our backyard.
Swan Valley & Darling Ranges
Start your getaway at the Swan Valley Adventure Centre, offering a multitude of options for summer holiday camps, outdoor adventures, nature retreats and so much more! There’s a wide range of adventure activities to participate in (on land, air and water), led by a skilled instructor to ensure you’re getting the most out of your stay.
Over in the Perth Hills, check out the charming village of Chidlow and explore the beautiful Lake Leschenaultia, a recreational lake nestled in scenic bushland. It’s sandy white beaches and easy to access calm waters make it a perfect spot for kids of all ages to enjoy swimming and paddling in safety. With awesome picnic spots and free barbeque facilities, it’s also the perfect spot for a family day or camping trip.
Another beautiful way to spend the day is over at The Orchard Perth in the beautiful Chittering Valley. The whole family can spend the day picking (and tasting!) fruit straight from the orchard, and also features a nature playground, scavenger hunt and an animal petting area. What a way to spend the holidays!
Of course, there’s plenty more animal fun to be had too. Between the Swan Valley Cuddly Animal Farm, Caversham Wildlife Park and the Armadale Reptile Centre, there are so many animals to visit, feed and pet over the school holidays (and beyond)!
Up for some unique, outside the box fun?
Head to Hoddywell Archery Park and try your hand at being Hawkeye for a day! There’s two fun (and safe) archery trails, as well as a 10m-80m target lane. The trails weave through natural bushland on walking paths with a range of distance targets. If you’re an enthusiast, there’s an archery store available and you can even bring your own bow!
Grab your skateboard, bike, scooter or basketball and head to Moort Wabiny Park, a fantastic youth precinct complete with Skate bowl featuring street elements, a pump track, a basketball court and a nature play zone. There’s even picnic and barbeque facilities available with cafes and pubs within walking distance too, so you can set yourself up for a day of fun.
Speaking of picnics, grab your basket and blanket and head over to Toodyay Fairytale Farm, where you can spend the whole day wandering the gardens, discovering indoor and outdoor displays of all your favourite fairytale and nursery rhymes, and of course there’s a bunch of friendly farm animals to interact with too!
Trust us, there’s plenty of places for you to take the kids this school holidays - and it’s not just the kids who’ll be having fun, but the adults will be too!
This is the perfect time of year to get out and explore your own backyard and head out on a whole family adventure to explore what Perth can offer. So enjoy the summer sun, and start planning your school holidays now, courtesy of Destination Perth!