Winter School Holiday Activities for Kids in Perth City

Jun 29 2018 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.

 

Giant Ball Pit at the Winter Fest Dome

30 June to 11 July* | Yagan Square | 9am to 2pm – 11am to 3pm on Sundays | PRICE: Free*

**Except 11 Jul which is 9am to 12pm

The Winter Fest Dome is filled with 50,000 white ‘snow’ balls. Bring your friends and family, jump in and have a ball!

The day we went the balls actually felt like cold snow – but the kiddo’s LOVED jumping around in there!

The ball pit is open for all ages from 9am to 2pm Monday to Saturday and 11am to 3pm on Sunday (closes at 12pm on 11 July). Adult-only sessions are 5pm to 8pm on Thursday 5 and Friday 6 July.

Winter Fest Dome is a unique venue popping up in Yagan Square from June 30 with free activities and performances. Keep and eye out for children’s workshops and performances in the Dome from 14 July.

While you’re in the city, why not check out the free family performances at the Winter Fest Theatre.

 

Winter Fest Theatre

30 June to 15 July | Forrest Place | All day | PRICE: Free*

Featuring magicians, acrobats, comedians, jugglers, singers and dancers, Forrest Place will be transformed into a theatrical hub these winter school holidays. Perfect for adults and children alike, prepare to be amazed at the performers on stage. From the underground to the epic, the quirky to the eccentric and the hilarious to the highbrow, experience mesmerising theatrical entertainment in the heart of the city.

* This is a free event but tickets must be obtained via Oztix in advance for admittance. Pre-registration to the ticketing provider is advised.

FAMILY SHOWS

Week 1 – Saturday 30 June to Sunday 8 July

Session 1 – Dr Hubbles Bubbles –  Doors Open 9am, Show starts 9.30am

Session 2 – The Sprites – Doors Open 10.30am, Show starts 11am

Session 3 – Splat! – Doors Open 12 noon, Show starts 12.30pm

Session 4 – Rainy Day Cabaret – Doors Open 1.30pm, Show starts 2pm

Week 2 – Monday 9 July to Sunday 15 July

Session 1 – Balloonies –  Doors Open 9am, Show starts 9.30am

Session 2 – Snors Travelling Circus – Doors Open 10.30am, Show starts 11am

Session 3 – Kidding Around! – Doors Open 12 noon, Show starts 12.30pm

Session 4 – Falling Up – Doors Open 1.30pm, Show starts 2pm

For more information about the shows, please click on this link: City of Perth Winter Fest

 

So Many Cool Light and Art Installations

Have a look around the city and you’ll see LED Rainbows in Yagan Square, Cathedral Square Winter Tunnel, Cloud Canopy in Hay Street May, rainbow umbrellas in Plaza Arcade and even some snow falling in the West end of Hay Street Mall!

Then visit the Snow Mall every Friday in July:
5pm – 8pm

Every Saturday and Sunday in July:
2pm – 5pm

Please note: the snow will fall in 10 minutes intervals, with three sessions per hour.

For more information about the snow or other Winter Fest activations visit the City of Perth website: Visit Perth City Winter Fest

Snowwwwwww!!

 

Dream Swinger at Elizabeth Quay

Unfortunately this was only available on the first weekend… it was great – but I can honestly say that it was not one of my smartest moves going on it after having KFC popcorn chicken because you’re a bit fragile from Hot Dub Time Machine at the Ice Cream Factory the night before pretending your 22 again… nope. nope. nope…

 

Roc Candy

4 July to 8 July Piccadilly Arcade | 10am – 3pm   |  No bookings required + all ages |   PRICE: $14 each or $12 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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Disney Binge at Perth Town Hall

Sunday 22 July | 10am – 6pm   |  No tickets required |   FREE EVENT

This miserable weather is perfect to grab a bean bag and binge on all things Disney with the kiddos! Go for part of the movie binge and watch one movie or stay the WHOLE TIME and feast on the whole program! The event is supported by UberEats, so you can pop your orders in and get your fave food delivered (costs apply). There is free popcorn while stocks last so make sure you get in early and there will be plenty of coffees and hot chocs for Mum and Dad to buy plus a variety of other treats from onsite vendors.

Here’s the playlist:

10am – Finding Nemo (2003) G

11.45am – Lion King (1994) G

1.20pm – Beauty and the Beast (1991) G

2.50pm – Bambi (1942) G

3.05pm – Lady and the Tramp (1955) G

4.25pm – 101 Dalmatians (1961) G

Skating At Perth

26 June to 16 July, Elizabeth Quay   |    PRICE: Kids $15 (5-13 years)  |  Adults $23 (14+)

Ice skating in Perth?!! 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, tabogans, 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.

Opening Hours
Monday – Wednesday: 10am – 9pm (last session starts 8pm)
Thursday – Friday: 10am – 11pm (last session starts 10pm)
Saturday: 9am – 11pm (last session starts 10pm)
Sunday: 9am – 10pm (last session starts 9pm)

For tickets and more information on the Skating At Festival website.

Images @shotbythom

LEGO Brickman Awesome

23rd June – 22nd July – Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre  |    PRICE: Adult (17+) $35.70 | Junior (4-17 years) $25.50

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 the 39 never-seen-before LEGO® models, totalling more than 2 million bricks 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.

 

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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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

 

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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Elizabeth Quay Mini Adventure Gold

Everyday 10am-9pm, Friday & Sunday 10am-10pm  | Western Promenade, Elizabeth Quay, The Esplanade, Perth |   PRICE: Children $12, Adults $15, Family Pass $45

If we get a sunny clear day, this new 18 Hole Mini Golf Course is fun for everyone! It’s perfect to challenge the kids, practice your putting, or have a good old laugh. If you’re looking for a more exciting experience head down to the course in the evening. The course lights up at night with coloured lighting effects and you can add to the light show by purchasing a glow golf ball.

Not only is it fun for the whole family it’s located at Perth’s most scenic location; the beautiful Elizabeth Quay. You can also enjoy some delicious refreshments or nibblies whilst putting your way through the course or after once you’re ready to sit down and watch the other golfers.

 

The Elizabeth Quay Carousel

Everyday 10am-5:30pm | The Precinct, Elizabeth Quay, Perth |   PRICE: $5 per ride or $12 for three rides

If you’re down in Elizabeth Quay you must experience the wonder and joy of a traditional Venetian Carousel right here in Perth. The Carousel is beautifully designed with the overarching vision to bring what activates areas of the world such as San Sebastian in Spain, Paris under the Eiffel Tower, Central Park and Brooklyn in New York – to Elizabeth Quay, Western Australia.

The Elizabeth Quay Carousel is a piece of art that will be loved and enjoyed by generations of Perth families’. The kids can jump on a horse for just $5 and watch their faces light up to the traditional carousel music.

Kids Eating in Perth

And if you’re hungry, there are a few options as part of City of Perth Winter Fest 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, bean bags, plenty of colouring in and Disney movies from 12pm.

For more information CLICK HERE.

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.

 

A little bit of Fremantle…. Winterworld Ice Skating & Markets

23 June 2018 – 15 July 2018  | Fremantle Esplanade Park PRICE: Under 5: $5, 5-15 yr olds: $15, 16+ yr olds: $24, Family Pass: $70

Right in the heart of Freo, you and your kids can enjoy the best of Winter plus SO much more! Celebrate Winter with loads of family fun, date night vibes plus FREE activities, performances AND MORE! 

For more information, visit their website here: Winterworld Fremantle

 

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.