Quirky School Holiday Fun on a Budget
Written by Abbie Nicholls
Holiday fun is never supposed to be stressful, so let us help you plan brilliant days out for you and your child! From the great outdoors to sheltered fun, you’re bound to find our recommendations intriguing and unique. We practically guarantee some awesome memories will be made—and you won’t break the bank.
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First up is to visit IKEA for a meal and play!
Out of the box thinking is important when trying to find new ways to entertain your little one and we believe this unusual excursion would provide a great afternoon out. Who doesn’t enjoy a trip to IKEA?
WA Maritime Museum
This wonderfully iconic museum offers fun activities every school holiday which are often free for kids! It offers a great learning experience and is located right in the heart of Fremantle so can be included in a fun-filled day in the port city.
Just Brass Intermediate Band
Local to Balga, the Salvation Army Corps offers an enjoyable and free opportunity for your kids to learn a brass instrument with a group of likeminded little ones! No prior skills are required as the band wants to nurture a love of music. Plus, they provide a great, supportive community for all parents and children.
DFES Education and Heritage Centre
Another exciting and completely free experience in the heart of our stunning city is to visit the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) Education and Heritage Centre. This heritage trail boasts exciting and informative displays of the old Fire Station’s history and provides an opportunity to learn about WA’s natural hazards.
Lotterywest Federation Walkway
Also known as the Kings Park Treetop Walk, this free outing is a great way to encourage your children to explore nature in the botanic gardens, through learning about the natural flora and fauna around Western Australia. Kings Park also boasts brilliant views of both the Swan and Canning Rivers, as well as the stunning city skyline. Bushland walk trails, gorgeous gardens and plenty of children’s discovery play areas are all bound to inspire your children!
Bells Rapids Hike
This tranquil nature getaway will feel like it is worlds away from busy suburban life at a fraction of the distance. Located just 15 minutes past Ellenbrook, this easy hike trail will submerge you and your children in the wonder of Western Australia’s wildlife. Dogs are also more than welcome! Use the rocks to skip over the shallow rapids or stick to the beautiful wooden bridge and experience some of the greatest landscape Australia has to offer.
Tiny Doors of York
If you’re looking for some holiday fun a little further afield, York offers an abundance of history and nature, especially with their kid and adult friendly Tiny Doors of York trail. The treasure hunt asks kids to wander their way through the majestic country town seeking the mysterious Tiny Faerie Doors scattered throughout. Along the way, everyone can learn the history of a beautiful WA town and your kids will experience the wonder of faeries and nature.
Visiting this sustainability education centre is a great way to teach your children about the beauty of animals. Fun is at the heart of the centre’s philosophy with a ‘get dirty’, hands-on approach to learning. You and your children are bound to leave the farm with some great memories!
This thrilling parkland features a large playground, BBQ areas and stunning public art, all while still having a great space to kick a ball around. The area also showcases the stunning Matagarup Bridge. Catch the train directly to the Optus Stadium that plays host to this haven.
Free Tour of Perth
The best free tour of Perth is self-guided, right? Right! Hop on and off the free CAT buses at stops in major sights around the city for a custom trail built just for you and your children! Some of our unique recommendations include The Nostalgia Box, JumpAbout Trampoline Park and The Bell Tower.