The July school holidays are finally here. For us in Perth, it’s perfect timing to get out of our homes and explore the fun activities that are on in the community. If you need inspiration on where to start, our Play Specialist Lisa has created the ultimate school holidays guide, suited for children of all abilities and across different interests. Keep reading to find the right activities to suit your family’s needs.
If you’ve been enjoying the NAIDOC Week celebrations like us, then check out the Walyalup Aboriginal Centre. This is a great place to start teaching your child about Aboriginal culture and history through stories and art. Coming up on Friday 16 July, they even have a free collaborative painting session for kids, get in quick bookings are required. Find out more here.
Every Friday morning at 9.30am, the Fremantle Arts Centre has its very own storytime sessions for kids! This is a wonderful way to spend a morning and get the kids engaged with the centre’s galleries. Find out more here.
You can’t miss the WA Maritime Museum’s Brickwrecks Exhibition, which tells stories of legendary shipwrecks using large-scale LEGO® models. It’s free entry for all children under fifteen years old and $15 for adults, plus Companion Cards are accepted. It’s also free entry for everyone on the second Tuesday of the month, which means that 12 July is the best day for you to visit these school holidays.
If you haven’t had a chance to visit the new WA Museum Boola Bardip yet, the school holidays are the perfect time to explore. Learn about anything from dinosaurs, native Australian wildlife, ancient Greece and our changing landscapes through their next-level interactive exhibits. We came here earlier in March for a Playtime Playgroup excursion and our families loved it! Entry to the museum is free but you are still required to book in advance.
Clap your hands, share some rhymes and listen to imaginative stories at the State Libray’s private children’s space, The Story Place. Check out the upcoming storytime sessions here.
Located out the front of the WA Museum Boola Bardip, the Play Space is open every day from 8am – 7pm. Redesigned to be centred around sensory play, this playground is suitable for six to twelve year olds, but even some of our little ones loved the spinning wheels there when we visited during our Playtime Playgroup!
Inspire those curious minds with a visit to SciTech these school holidays. Watch live Planetarium shows, enjoy interactive puppet shows or check out their new multi-sensory Kaartadjin Koorliny’ galley. It’s free entry for children under four, $12 for children aged four to seventeen and $19 for adults. Carers can enter for free with a Companion Card.
Discover a magical winter wonderland! Located at the Ice Cream Factory, this pop-up village has everything from ice skating, snow showers (every hour from 12pm) and more. Best of all it’s free entry for the whole family!
Located on the upper level of the Market Hall Building, this is a fun environment for all ages and abilities. Designed to reflect the unique rock formations across WA, there are some gentle and more challenging areas to explore, plus water play.
Out and About
Who doesn’t love visiting the zoo? With unforgettable wildlife experiences, it’s no wonder this is a school holidays favourite! Check out their unique school holidays activities and programs like Keeper Kids where kids get the opportunity to learn more about what it takes to be a zookeeper! Children under four years and carers with a Companion Card enter free. For ages four to fifteen it’s $16.50, and $33 for adults.
Dive into an aquatic adventure! Visit AQWA and see Australia’s more diverse marine life and get to know what’s hiding below the surface. The kids will love meeting new creatures and even spot some that they recognise like Nemo! Free for children under four, $18 for ages four to fifteen years and $30 for adults. Carers can go free with a Companion Card.
Get up close and personal to the friendliest farm animals around! This is a delightful day out where the kids can make some brand new friends in the form of goats, pigs, llamas, ponies, kangaroos and so much more. Make a day out and enjoy tractor rides, a bouncy castle, playground and even a merry-go-round.
Free for children under two, $15 for children two to fifteen years and $20 for adults or free for carers with a companion card.
Every day spend at the Landsdale Farm is filled with pure fun. Relax amongst beautiful surroundings and enjoy the company of some friendly farm animals. Take a cart ride and even join in on an animal feeding. Open every day from 8.30am – 3.00pm.
Free for children under two and $10 for older children and adults.
Need More Inspo?
Check your local library and local council site for school holiday events. Our friends at Rocky Bay empower people living with disability to make their own choices and live the life they want. They often hold great, even within the local libraries throughout the holidays, check out their Facebook page to see what they have planned. Most of their events are free but booking may be required.
There you have it! Everything you need to make the most of these school holidays for children of all abilities. We would love to see how you enjoy them, share any photos with us on our Facebook page or use #HannahsHousePerth.