Most winter school holidays, I pack up the Jamo clan and we head south. So I am a seasoned EXPERT at finding things for the kids to do come rain, hail or shine. So much so that I was asked to write this winter school holiday activities for kids article for Your Margaret River Magazine.
So as the saying goes, don’t let it rain on your parade… and with my top 11 fabulous activities for the kids, everyone can stay happy.
Dark skies don’t stop the fishing for the Down South Crew…
1. Ngilgi Cave, Yallingup
A nature-based activity for the whole family, Ngilgi Cave is perfect for rainy days and is also great for the Summer heat as its a pleasant 20 degrees all year round. Explore at your own pace or join a semi-guided cave tour. make sure you buff up on your stalactites and stalagmites knowledge so you can seem the brainiac with the little nuggets
Open 9am-5pm daily. 76 Ngilgi Cave Yallingup Caves Road, Yallingup. 9757 7411. Click here for Ngilgi Cave.
Image: Ngilgi Cave by Your Margaret River Region.
2. Orana Cinemas, Busselton
Movies during the school holidays should be mandatory. The kids are happy? Yep. Do you get two hours of (almost) peace. Maybe. Do you get to eat popcorn and a choc-bomb? DEFINITELY. With plenty of fab films on this school holidays like Despicable Me 3 (we LOVED it – you MUST see it!), grab your kids, get your popcorn and choc-bomb and sit back and enjoy one of the latest blockbusters on the big screen!
27 Albert Street, Busselton. 9752 3655. Click here for Orana Cinemas, Busselton.
3. Yallingup Maze, Yallingup
With an indoor free-to-play café full of puzzles, games and amazing hot chocolates, the Yallingup Maze is perfect for those rainy days. Maybe don a raincoat and brave the maze outside? We’ve done it and the kids had a great time! Just make sure you take a change of clothes because if you take longer than expected, prepare to get soggy!
Open 9:30am – 4:30pm daily. 3059 Caves Road, Yallingup. 9756 6500. Click here for the Yallingup Maze.
Image: Yallingup Maze.
4. Dunsborough Tavern, Dunsborough
My favourite thing when I’m down south is when hubby is
encouraged volunteers to take the kids to pub for a ‘countery’ and a play. The Dunsborough Tavern has a cool indoor play centre (think McDonalds style), plus plenty of room inside so you can sit next to as far away as possible to the kids. 536 Open 10am – late Everyday. 536 Naturaliste Terrace Dunsborough 9755 3657. Click here for The Dunsborough Tavern.
Images: The Dunsborough Tavern
5. Bellview Shell Collection, Witchcliffe
If your little ones love to find shells on the beach, they’ll love one of the largest collections of shells and coral in the world right here in WA! Enjoy more than 30,000 different shells and corals on display.
Open 9am – 5pm Friday – Wednesday. 10291 Bussell Highway, Witchcliffe 9757 6342. Click here for Bellview Shell Collection.
Image: Bellview Shell Collection by Your Margaret River Region.
6. Candy Cow, Cowaramup
Who doesn’t like to watch candy being made? At Candy Cow you’ll find old-fashioned lollies, chocolates, fudge and their famous honey crunch. Watch it being poured at 11am (weekends & holidays). Definitely a must-see, must-taste experience!
Open 10am – 5pm Daily. Cnr of Bottrill St & Bussell Hwy, Cowaramup. 9755 9155. Click here for The Candy Cow.
Images: Candy Cow
7. Xscape at the Cape Fun Park, Dunsborough
This place is the BOMB in summer… but it still has plenty to do in winter. From mini-golf, to trampolines, laser tag and bouncy castles. Plus spectators are free – so you can sit and watch for FREE (as it should be!). They are open every day of the school holidays 10:00 am until 3:30 pm. Plus they have a great winter offer: Every Amaze n Lazer Tag Dry Combo ticket purchased will receive a ‘Two or the Price of 1’ voucher for your next visit.
Corner of Caves Road & Quindalup Siding Road, Dunsborough. 9750 5150. Click here for Xscape at the Cape
Images: Xscape at the Cape
8. 3 Oceans Winery
Want to wine and dine on a rainy day? Ocean’s has award winning wines and a restaurant for the adults, plus a kid’s area teaming with video games, toys, chalkboards and colouring-in. If the rain clears up there’s a large outdoor area with football, soccer and cricket equipment. Perfect for four seasons in one day – which is totally probable down south!
Cnr Boundary Rd & Bussell Hwy, Metricup. 9756 5656. Click here for 3 Oceans Winery.
Image: 3 Oceans Winery
9. Naturaliste Reptile Park, Carbunup
With enclosures inside so you can stay dry, the reptile park is a great learning and wet-weather day experience for kids and kids-at-heart. Get up close to all things slithery and scaly…
Open 10am-4pm Daily. 10 Wildwood Road, Carbunup. 9755 1771. Click here for Naturaliste Reptile Park.
Image: Harry the Croc, Naturaliste Reptile Park.
10. Margaret River Surf School, Margaret River
Well, you’re wet anyway…
Redgate Beach, Margaret River. 0401 616 200. Click here for Margaret River Surf School.
Image: Margaret River Surf School
11. Margaret River Chocolate Factory
Really… do I need to explain this one? With a massive indoor space and FREE entry and FREE tastings plus a lovely cafe to have a lunch or just a snack, this factory has top be on your list. It’s always on ours – and I never escape without some of their custom-made honeycomb chocolate (per-fect-ion) and a massive handful of the white chocolate duds. I have to test them every time. Just because.
Open every day from 9am to 5pm, except Christmas Day. 415 Harman’s Mill Rd, Metricup (Cnr Harman’s Mill Road and Tom Cullity Dr). 9755 6555. Click here for Margaret River Chocolate Factory.
Image: Margaret River Chocolate Factory.
I hope that these provide some options for you if the weather is wet and dreary outside and give the kiddies an opportunity to experience so much of what our fabulous South-West has to offer. Have I missed a gem? Is there one you’ve spotted or a newbie that MUST be added to this list? Let me know in the comments below and I’ll be sure to check it out!!
Stay tuned for my list of perfect spots during summer for kids too… they’re are PLENTY… and just in time for the Spring school holidays in September (or sign up below and you won’t miss it – it’ll get sent straight to your mailbox!).
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