Winter School Holiday Activities for Kids in Perth City

Jul 3 2017 by Nicole

Winter school holiday activities present an interesting challenge for parents. Particularly when it can be wet, cold and miserable here in Perth.

That challenge is HOW CAN I KEEP THEM OCCUPIED?!

Lucky for all of us, I have a whoooole list of great activities for the kids you can do right here in our beautiful City.

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Winter School Holiday Activities in Perth City

 

Roc Candy

5 July to 12 July Forrest Place | 10am – 3pm   |  No bookings required + all ages |   PRICE: $12 each or $10 in groups of 4 +

My little nuggets had the BEST time last school holidays at Roc Candy’s Make Your Own Pop workshops in Piccadilly Arcade. This is your kids chance to get behind the counter with Candy Andy and create your own delicious lolly pop! Those lollypops were like Willy Wonkers Never Ending Gobstopper – so they should last the whole school holidays!

To visit their Facebook page CLICK HERE.

Check out the video below to see what it’s all about…

 Video: City of Perth

 

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Winter Rollerland

1 July to 16 July Forrest Place   |    PRICE: FREE – but must book session tickets

My kids didn’t understand me when I first said we were going roller skating. My eldest told me I was saying it wrong… “It’s rollerBLADING Mum. Uhh no mate – welcome to your Mum’s glory days and stand back and watch how its done… he was right though – you could either go old school with roller skates or new vogue on the blades.

I was told the blades had more balance so guess which ones I picked?

I’d love to say I was a graceful gazelle. But…no. I think a lot has changed in my coordination and skating skills since the 80s. So I took it slow and watched the children skate effortlessly around me like I was some kind of malfunctioning three-legged polar bear.

At least I didn’t break any bones.

Tickets are now available for Winter Rollerland (roller skating in Forrest Place)! This is a FREE event suitable for children aged 3 to 12. Limited Family Skate Sessions and Big Kid Sessions are available too. Although this is a free activity (YAY!) – you will need to book your session time (click on the link below). Week One (Sat 1 – Sat 8 July) tickets are available NOW. Week Two (Sun 9 – Sun 16 July) tickets will be released on Monday 3 July.

For tickets and more information CLICK HERE.

 Video: City of Perth

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You can see me here holding on for dear life to both of my kids….(it wasn’t that bad – I got used to it). Image: Shot by Thom 

Skating At Perth

26 June to 16 July, Elizabeth Quay   |    PRICE: Kids $4 (3-7 years) |  $10 (8-13 years) |  Adults $15

From old school roller skates to ice skating!! When it comes to winter school holiday activities, Elizabeth Quay has the cats pyjamas. They will host the ‘Skating at Festival’  which is an open-air ice rink, rides, entertainment and food and drink all at the one spot! Bringing a Winter Wonderland to the banks of the Swan River. This family friendly event is ideal for people of all ages and skill levels.

For tickets and more information CLICK HERE.

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Images courtesy of Skating at Elizabeth Quay.

LEGO Brickman Wonders of the World

22 June to 30 July, Convention Centre   |    PRICE: Early bird tickets from $20

I don’t know about you but my two ginger ninjas are OBSESSED with LEGO. We have bought tickets to this because they’d call me the WORST MUM EVAAAAAHHH if they didn’t get to go.

We’re  They’re excited  to see 50 huge models on display at the ‘Wonders of the World’ exhibition and put their own building skills to the test in the master builder zones and even help with some of the model making. I am yet to ask the organisers if there is some kind of half-time bar action for me… there should be… Am I Right Loideez??

For tickets and more information CLICK HERE.

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Perth Mint

Open daily 9am – 5pm | 310 Hay Street East Perth |    PRICE: Tickets start from $18 Adults, $8 Children (4-15 years) Children 3 and under FREE

My boys love the Perth Mint. They get to see an actual hot pour of a gold bar, buy a personalised ‘gold’ coin made with their name on it and see what their weight is worth in gold. Just as a side note, Charlie is for sale at the cool price of $1 Million and some small change…

For tickets and more information CLICK HERE.

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Hudsons Circus

Box office open 10am-5pm daily except Monday, shows at variable times,  29th June – 23rd July | Langley Park Perth PRICES FROM: Adults $25 | Kids $15 

With a big circus tent to protect you from the weather, the circus might the perfect place to take the kids on one of these cold, wet days.   Hudsons Circus brings a fantastic two hour production that is a new twist on traditional circus, with circus performers from around the world and animal acts that include water buffaloes and Brazilian macaws. A family friendly show presented by Australia’s foremost RingMaster – Shane Lennon.

For tickets and more information CLICK HERE.

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Scitech

Open weekdays 9.30am – 4pm & weekends 10am – 5pm |City West Centre, West Perth |  PRICE: Adults $19 | Kids $12 | Kids under 4 FREE 

Who can forget good old Scitech? Always there when the weather is absolutely FOUL… my favourite for when it’s really belting down because it has a protected car park underneath (dry arrival!) and it means my little rocket scientists can get their noggin-filled during the school holidays…

My must-see is Whodunit?, their feature exhibition where the crime scene is a zoo, a security guard has been shot and a prized white rhino has been stolen. The kids will have to use forensic science such as fingerprinting, chromatography, autopsies, footprints and DNA samples to gather evidence and solve this murder mystery. Recommended for children aged 8+.

Plus there are all the usual faves such as maths and explosions in the Science Theatre,  What’s in the box in the Puppet Theatre, CSIRO Lab Workshops, the exploration of Pluto (Planet 9!) in the Planetarium.

For tickets and more information CLICK HERE.

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DFES Education and Heritage Centre

Open 10am – 3pm Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays | 25 Murray Street Perth |    PRICE: FREE

We haven’t been to this activity yet, so it’s on our hit-list for these school holidays.  The Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) Education and Heritage Centre is located in the original Perth Central Fire Station that was commissioned in 1899. It’s a great spot to help your kids learn about different hazards, what emergency services do in WA, get up close to the trucks and even dress up!

Over the school holidays, the Centre holds a special drawing competition for children who can demonstrate what they’ve learned about safety. The winning entry is awarded a prize pack to the value of $100.

For more information CLICK HERE.

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Image: Department of Fire and Emergency Services WA Facebook Page

Tales of Beatrix Potter

Wednesday 5 July and Thursday 6 July, 10am & 11.30am | Perth Town Hall |    PRICE: Tickets from $20

This is a flashback to my younger years. Prompt Corner will perform a delightful production of the popular children’s classic written by Beatrix Potter. The stories will come to life as they are read. The kiddies will get to meet Peter Rabbit, Jeremy Fisher, Mrs Puddleduck, the Sly Fox, Squirrel Notkin and many more.

For tickets and more information CLICK HERE.

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Bell Tower

Open Monday to Saturday 10.30am – 2.30pm   | PRICE: Adults $18 | Kids (5 – 14 years) $9 | Kids under 4 FREE 

We haven’t been to the Bell Tower yet – but the boys ask me EVERY SINGLE TIME we are in the City… so I guess I better get organised… See the famous bells from St. Martins in the Fields London, interpretative displays documenting the history of the bells and the Bell Tower’s construction, awesome views and of course the bells chiming.

Chiming demonstrations are conducted Monday to Saturday every half an hour* 10.30am -2.30pm (*The bell ringers ring every Monday and Thursday 12pm-1pm so no chiming demonstrations take place during these times).

For tickets and more information CLICK HERE.

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Image: @davidashleyphotos

Little Ferry Co.

Open daily 9.30am – 5.30pm   |    PRICE: Family return tickets start from $58 (2 x adults, 2 x kids)

Did you know we have a cute little ferry in the City that takes you from Elizabeth Quay to Claisebrook Cove? Take a tour of the Swan River around our beautiful City in the peaceful silence of a solar electric little ferry. The kids will love the ye olde style boat and the skippers will fill their little minds with lots of interesting sights to spot and slices of Perth history. Take a return trip, one way, special personalised tour or open charter.

For tickets and more information CLICK HERE.

 

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Image: Little Ferry Co.

 

Peddle Perth

Friday 6pm – 1am, Saturday 3pm – 2am, Sunday 2pm – 10pm   |    PRICE: Varies based on trip

We really have sooooooo many cool ways to get around the City at the moment. And if your kids are anything like mine they want to be on as many forms of transport as possible. Obviously I’ve used up the Uber, Taxi, Bus, Train, Cat options early – but lucky these guys are giving me more ways to take my kids for a ‘rickshaw’ ride… Perth Peddle Taxis’ five rickshaws are peddling around Perth city every weekend until their toes start to freeze. So to hail one down just give a whistle or wave your arm or to book book or order a pedicab call: 0411 448 724.

For pick up locations and more information CLICK HERE.

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Kids Eating in Perth

And if you’re hungry, there are a few options as part of City of Perth Winter Arts specials which means the kids are kept occupied or eat cheap or even FREE!! My favourite four letter word…

 

Ivy & Jack    1 July to 16 July 2017  |  7.30am -10pm 788 Hay Street Perth

It’s kid central as little one’s under 12 eat free from Ivy & Jack’s menu during the school holidays. All you need is at least one adult dining per two kids. Pretty easy right? And to top it off, there’ll be games to play and plenty of colouring in to keep the children entertained.

For more information CLICK HERE.

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Fuel for after all the kid activities. Image: Ivy & Jack.

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More important fuel for after all the kid activities. Image: Ivy & Jack.

 

If you would like more ‘kids eating in Perth City’ ideas, our fabulous friend and gorgeous mumma I Lidia Love has plenty of yummy eating options.  Check out her tips and budget friendly offers here: CLICK HERE.

 

I hope you enjoy these winter school holiday activities as much as we did – and if I have missed any that you think MUST BE ADDED, please leave us a message in the comments below!! I think all of us parents need as many options as we can get our hands on…

And a bottle of wine…

A really BIG one.

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Nicole is a rare mix of glitz and pragmatism. She loves redefining her style and has an unhealthy obsession with lipgloss, Rag & Bone and champagne. She makes party planning look effortless and when she's not blogging or researching something she's spending time with two rather rambunctious redheads, Max & Charlie.