If you’re babysitting during the school holidays, you’ll never run out of things to do with Grandchildren in the Perth School Holidays with our handy guide. From museums, events, huge playgrounds, animal adventures and more – there’s a whole lot of fun to be had these school holidays in Perth. See our gide here – including lots of low cost and FREE ideas:
A trip to museum is always lots of fun. Grandkids will be fascinated to hear all about school in the “olden days” at places like the Kalamunda History Village. Little fans of Thomas the Tank Engine will love to visit the old steam trains at the Rail Transport Museum of WA. Scitech is always a favourite for hands-on science fun. The brilliant WA Maritime Museum is packed with WA vast boating history, and includes school holiday activities for children. The Perth Mint and Fremantle Prison are also interesting places to delve into our not-so–distant past.
Go on an animal adventure in Perth. The wonderful Perth Zoo is always a great place to spend a day, hunting for exotic animals. Caversham Wildlife Park is great for meeting Aussie animals. And head underwater at AQWA to visit the creatures of the deep! Here you can play pirates on the Duyfken replica ship too.
Child Friendly Events
Now that summer is well and truly here, there’s plenty of places and child-friendly events to get out and enjoy with little ones. Events are popular things to do with Grandchildren in the Perth School Holidays. You may enjoy a trip to the sensational, interactive SensAtion Art Gallery (extended till the end of Jan). A trip to the outdoor cinema to watch a family movie is lots of fun too.
A cheap day out, guaranteed to please, is a trip to one of Perth’s “Mega Playgrounds”. These parks are huge, offer facilities like bbqs, toilets and more. Take along a picnic and let the kids run off their energy! We like Kings Park, Whiteman Park and Jo Wheatley Play Space, which also includes a senior playground. Find more mega playgrounds in the Buggybuddys guide.
If you love a round of mini golf, challenge your grandchildren to a game! There are many indoor and outdoor mini golf courses all around Perth to have a tee-riffic time. Some of our favourites include Masonmill Gardens, Wembley and Wanneroo Botanic Golf.
A family lunch is a great way to spend a sunny spring day and if you have grandchildren in tow, there are many places that cater for little diners too. Head to Core Cider House or the Naked Apple Cider House in the Perth Hills, which both have kids menus and playgrounds. Swan Valley favourites Homestead Brewing Co, Maison Saint Horne and Oakover Grounds, are also sure to be a hit with kids.
Leisure Centres and Water Parks
Depending on the weather, you may like to go swimming with your grandchildren. Perth has many leisure centres and water parks, so you’re covered, whatever the weather. Leisure centres often cater for little ones with shallow paddling pools and splash pads. See our guide to leisure centres in Perth here. Outback Splash (at the Maze) and Adventure World both offer an action packed day, with waterslides and other attractions.
Walks & Picnics
Take your grandchildren into the great outdoors for a walk. Enjoy a bushwalk in the Perth Hills at Lesmurdie Falls or picnic at Mundaring Weir – you may even spot some wildflowers. Or take the little ones for a toddle along the Swan River, where there’s plenty of playgrounds along the way.
A trip to the cinema is perfect for a rainy day. During the spring school holidays there are a few movies that kids will be sure to enjoy – The Angry Birds Movie 2, Abominable, Dora and the Lost City of Gold, UglyDolls and Paw Patrol for the littlies. See our guide to cinemas in Perth here.
Cheap and Free Things to do
You don’t need to spend a fortune entertaining grandchildren in the school holidays. A trip to your local library is good fun and free! Kids will love to choose storybooks to borrow, as well as DVDs and puzzles. Many shopping centres also have free school holiday activities for children. Even some garden centres include playgrounds (like Waldecks Kingsley and Zanthorrea), and you can treat yourself to a pot plant too!
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