Things To Do in Perth School Holidays 2024

western australia expert disclosure

30 Best Things To Do in Perth School Holidays

two girls standing beside ranger holding a koala

1. Caversham Wildlife Park

⭐️ RATING: 4.6/5 Stars

Caversham Wildlife Park is the perfect attraction for families looking for an unforgettable Australian wildlife experience where you can get up close and personal with native animals in a fun and educational setting.

2. Perth Zoo

⭐️ RATING: 4.5/5 Stars

Perth Zoo is an exciting day out for families, providing the opportunity to discover and connect with animals from around the world in a beautifully landscaped and educational environment.

Take a picnic and spend the whole day.

3. Aquarium of Western Australia

⭐️ RATING: 4.4/5 Stars

AQWA is a captivating underwater adventure for families, allowing you to explore the wonders of the ocean through immersive exhibits and interactive experiences, including the Shipwreck Coast Tunnel.

4. Swan Valley Cuddly Animal Farm

⭐️ RATING: 4.4/5 Stars

Swan Valley Animal Farm is good for small children to get up close to friendly farm animals. There’s also a bouncy castle, little train ride, and a playground.

5. Penguin Island

⭐️ RATING: 4/5 Stars

Penguin Island is a perfect family-friendly destination, where you can witness adorable penguins at the discovery centre and learn about their natural habitat on the island.

Even better take this 60-minute Dolphin, Sea Lion and Penguin Cruise to see wild dolphins, sea lions, pelicans and birds of prey in the Shoalwater Islands Marine Park before finishing on Penguin Island to explore and watch a Penguin feeding.

🤩 See Prices & Availability here

pirate cruise ship moored with people dressed as pirates on it
Mandurah Pirate Cruise

6. Pirate Cruise

⭐️ RATING: 4.9/5 Stars

Set sail on a fun 45-minute Pirate Cruise in Mandurah and embark on a swashbuckling adventure like no other. Whether you’re searching for a family-friendly outing or a unique way to celebrate a special occasion, this Pirate Cruise promises an unforgettable voyage through Mandurah’s canals.

7. Adventure World

⭐️ RATING: 4.4/5 Stars

Adventure World is a thrilling amusement park with endless fun and entertainment for families. Located in Bibra Lake, this popular attraction is a perfect attraction for adventure with a range of rides and attractions suitable for all ages. From thrilling water slides and exhilarating roller coasters to gentle rides and interactive play areas for younger children, there is something for everyone.

Open 23rd September to 14th April 2024.

8. Ice Skating

Ice skating is a wonderful way for families to have a fun experience together. There are two ice skating rinks in Perth that cater to both beginners and experienced skaters.

One option is Perth Ice Arena in Malaga. This state-of-the-art facility offers public skating sessions, where families can skate together.

Another great option is Cockburn Ice Arena in Bibra Lake, which has public skating sessions as well as specialized programs for families, such as parent and child sessions.

9. Outback Splash

⭐️ RATING: 4.4/5 Stars

Outback Splash in Bullsbrook is a fantastic place for families looking to have a fun-filled day outdoors. One of the highlights is the water playground, which features a giant tipping bucket, slides, and water features.

an outdoor swimming pool with lots of lanes and people relaxing under the shade of umbreallas with the ocean as a backdrop
Scarborough Beach Pool

10. Bounce Trampoline Park

⭐️ RATING: 4.6/5 Stars

There are two Bounce trampoline parks in Perth: Cannington and Joondalup. These indoor trampoline parks feature interconnected trampolines, allowing families to bounce, flip, and soar through the air.

11. Adrenaline Vault

⭐️ RATING: 4.8/5 Stars

Adrenaline Vault in Perth is not only the largest rock climbing gym in Western Australia but also a haven for adventure enthusiasts. Located in Belmont, this state-of-the-art facility offers a thrilling and challenging experience for climbers of all skill levels.

The gym provides a safe and supportive environment, with trained staff available to assist climbers and ensure their safety.

12. Zero Latency Perth

⭐️ RATING: 4.8/5 Stars

Zero Latency is an exciting and immersive virtual reality gaming experience. Located in Northbridge, this attraction allows children and adults to engage in thrilling multiplayer VR adventures.

Equipped with spacious gaming arenas, participants can roam freely and interact with each other in a digital world.

🤩 See Prices & Availability for Experiences here

13. Outdoor Swimming Pools

Perth has some excellent outdoor pools for families to enjoy. Some to check out are Scarborough Beach Pool, Craigie Leisure Centre, Beatty Park Leisure Centre, and Bayswater Waves.

14. The Beach House

⭐️ RATING: 3.9/5 Stars

The Beach House in Balcatta is an indoor play centre, ideal for rainy days. Lots of fun for children up to 12 years old. Some activities are a bouncy castle, a ride-on track, soccer tables, electric air hockey tables, arcade games, and toys.

close up of a huge whlae skeleton at perth museum of western australia
WA Museum Boola Bardip

15. Galaxy Drive-In

⭐️ RATING: 4.6/5 Stars

The Galaxy Drive-In at Kingsley transports you back to the golden age of outdoor movie viewing. This iconic drive-in theatre provides a unique movie-watching experience from the comfort of your own vehicle.

It’s a popular activity for families, couples, and friends looking to relive the magic of drive-in movies while enjoying the latest blockbuster hits under the starry Western Australian skies.

16. WA Museum Boola Bardip

⭐️ RATING: 4.5/5 Stars

This is our favourite Perth museum which explores the rich cultural and natural heritage of Western Australia.

This museum journeys through time and place, showcasing a diverse range of exhibits that highlight the region’s history, biodiversity, and indigenous cultures. From awe-inspiring fossils and interactive science displays to thought-provoking art installations and immersive Aboriginal heritage experiences, the museum provides a deep and engaging exploration of Western Australia’s past and present. 

17. WA Maritime Museum

⭐️ RATING: 4.5/5 Stars

The Western Australian Maritime Museum in Fremantle is a must-visit attraction for maritime enthusiasts. Located in a picturesque port city, this museum has an impressive collection of maritime artefacts, including historic ships and vessels, which provide a tangible link to the region’s seafaring past. 

Highlights of the museum include the HMAS Ovens submarine, the stunning Australia II yacht that won the America’s Cup, and engaging exhibitions on the maritime heritage, exploration, and trade that have shaped the state. 

18. Rail Heritage Museum

⭐️ RATING: 4.7/5 Stars

The Rail Heritage Museum in Bassendean is managed by the Western Australian division of the Australian Railway Historical Society. It pays homage to the rich history of railways in Western Australia, showcasing an impressive collection of vintage locomotives, carriages, and railway memorabilia. 

Visitors can step back in time to explore the bygone era of rail travel, with exhibits that trace the evolution of trains and their pivotal role in shaping the state’s development. 

19. Scitech

⭐️ RATING: 4.4/5 Stars

Located in West Perth, Scitech offers an interactive and educational experience for children of all ages. With hands-on exhibits, live science demonstrations, and immersive planetarium shows, it’s a place where curiosity comes to life. 

It’s a perfect destination for families eager to uncover the mysteries of science in a fun and engaging way. 

old prison building
Fremantle Prison

20. Fremantle Prison

⭐️ RATING: 4.7/5 Stars

This historic site, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed prison, delves into Western Australia’s dark past. With fascinating guided tours led by knowledgeable staff, kids and adults can learn about the harsh realities of convict life and the prison’s intriguing history. 

Fremantle prison is a chance to combine fun and learning during the holidays while gaining a unique insight into Australia’s colonial history.

21. Wanneroo Mini Golf

⭐️ RATING: 4.6/5 Stars

This 36-hole mini golf course at Wanneroo Botanic Gardens is located within picturesque gardens, with a blend of challenging holes and beautiful natural surroundings.

Enjoy a drink or lunch at the on-site restaurant, Leapfrogs, afterwards.

There’s also a new mini golf course on the banks of the Swan River in Perth. You will find it between the Matagarup Zip+Climb and The Camfield Pub. The 18-hole course also has a licensed cafe and the first nine holes are fully accessible, providing wheelchairs and prams access to half the course.

22. iFly Indoor Skydiving

⭐️ RATING: 4.7/5 Stars

iFly is an exhilarating experience of indoor skydiving, allowing you to soar through the air in a safe and controlled environment.

With expert instructors guiding you through the entire process, you can enjoy the sensation of freefall without the need for a plane or parachute. The facility is equipped with cutting-edge technology to provide a realistic skydiving experience, making it an exciting and memorable adventure for families. 

23. Rottnest Island

Visiting Rottnest Island during the school holidays is a fantastic way to create unforgettable memories with your family. 

Whether you’re snorkelling, biking along scenic trails, or simply unwinding on the sandy beaches, Rottnest is a destination that encourages quality time together.

24. Gravity Discovery Centre

⭐️ RATING: 4.3/5 Stars

The Gravity Discovery Centre in Gingin is a unique science facility that will pique the curiosity of kids and adults. From the biodiversity gallery to the thrilling experience of climbing the leaning tower of Gingin, it’s a place where science comes to life. 

You can also stargaze at the observatory and peer through powerful telescopes to uncover the secrets of the night sky. 

Special programs run throughout the school holidays.

view of the treetop adventure rope course dwellingup
Treetop Adventures Dwellingup

25. Escape Room

Escape rooms are an exciting and brain-teasing adventure for families looking for a unique school holiday activity. These immersive experiences challenge your problem-solving skills, teamwork, and creativity as you work together to solve puzzles and decipher clues to “escape” within a set time limit. 

With a variety of themed escape rooms to choose from, kids and teens can sharpen their critical thinking and communication skills in a fun and engaging setting.

26. Fun Cats Watersports

⭐️ RATING: 4.8/5 Stars

Fun Cat Watersports on the South Perth Foreshore operates on the Swan River offering a fun experience with their catamaran-inspired watercraft. 

Whether you’re a novice or an experienced water sports enthusiast, families can enjoy the excitement of sailing, kayaking, and stand-up paddleboarding on the Swan River. 

27. Glowing Rooms 3D Mini Golf

⭐️ RATING: 4.8/5 Stars

Glowing Rooms Perth is a one-of-a-kind attraction in Hamilton Hill. This glow-in-the-dark mini-golf course takes you through a mesmerising world of fluorescent colours and optical illusions. 

As you navigate through the 18-hole course, you’ll be surrounded by intricate, hand-painted murals that come to life under blacklight, creating a magical atmosphere. Expect a fusion of art, entertainment, and competition as you putt your way through various themed rooms, each with its own unique glow. 

28. Supa Golf and Supa Putt

⭐️ RATING: 4.4/5 Stars

Supa Golf and Supa Putt in the Swan Valley provides a different golfing experience with oversized clubs and golf balls, making it accessible and enjoyable for players of all skill levels. 

29. Treetops Adventure Yanchep or Dwellingup

⭐️ RATING: 4.7/5 Stars

Treetops Adventure in Dwellingup and Yanchep is a thrilling activity for adventurers to experience Western Australia’s forests from a unique perspective. Suspended high above the forest floor, you can enjoy an exhilarating treetop trek through a network of suspended bridges, rope crossings, and zip lines. 

In Dwellingup, you’ll find yourself amidst the towering jarrah and marri trees of the Darling Range, while Yanchep offers the chance to explore the rich woodlands north of Perth. 

30. Matagarup Bridge Climb & Zip LIne

⭐️ RATING: 4.9/5 Stars

The Matagarup Bridge Climb and Zip Lining in Perth allows you to climb Perth’s iconic Matagarup Bridge, with panoramic views of the Swan River, the city skyline, and the surrounding areas. 

Following the climb, the thrill continues with a thrilling zip line experience that sends you soaring above the river, adding an extra layer of excitement to your day. 

It’s an ideal activity for families seeking a memorable outdoor adventure in Perth.

Please note, I have not included Landsdale Animal Farm or Western Australian Reptile Park due to the bad reviews lately.

Top 20 Free Things To Do in Perth School Holidays

I know, we don’t all have an endless supply of money. So, here are some kid-friendly activities that won’t break the bank.

childrens playground
Kings Park

1. Kings Park Playgrounds

⭐️ RATING: 4.8/5 Stars

Kings Park is one of the best places in Perth to keep the kids entertained for free with some amazing playgrounds.

In the Poolgarla Family Area, Ivey Watson Playground is the best playground for children under six. We’ve spent many hours enjoying a coffee while the kids play here.

May Drive Parkland, aka the dinosaur playground, is another area suited for children aged 4 to 8 years. It’s lovely in fine weather when you can relax on the grass or have a picnic.

Rio Tinto Naturescape is the best nature playground in Perth with bridges and paths surrounded by native bush.

2. Elizabeth Quay

Taking kids to Elizabeth Quay in Perth is a fantastic family outing filled with fun and entertainment.

Children can enjoy the BHP Water Park, where interactive water features and fountains provide hours of splashing and cooling off on a warm day. 

The island playground, with its imaginative design and climbing structures, is another highlight that will ignite their creativity and sense of adventure. 

3. Whiteman Park

⭐️ RATING: 4.6/5 Stars

Whiteman Park has a range of attractions and activities for families looking for something to do in the school holidays. During summer, the Whiteman Park Pool Playground offers a respite from the heat and is free to enter.

Other attractions include playgrounds, the Whiteman Park train, the tram, and museums.

4. Shipwrecks Museum

⭐️ RATING: 4.7/5 Stars

The Shipwrecks Museum in Fremantle is a treasure trove of maritime history, providing a fascinating glimpse into Western Australia’s rich nautical heritage.

Housed within a historic 19th-century building that once stored the food, clothing and building supplies of the Swan River colony, this museum is a testament to the state’s maritime significance. Visitors can explore an extensive collection of shipwreck relics, including remnants of shipwrecks that line the treacherous coast of WA. 

It’s free to enter but a gold coin donation is appreciated.

5. Moore River

⭐️ RATING: 4.6/5 Stars

A day trip to Moore River from Perth is a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Just an hour’s drive north of Perth, Moore River is known for its beautiful river and stunning natural beauty. 

Families can spend the day picnicking on the foreshore, swimming in the ocean, or hiring canoes and paddle boats to explore the river. 

small childrens playground on the sandy beach at hillarys boat harbour perth
Hillarys Beach

6. Hillarys

⭐️ RATING: 4.7/5 Stars

This busy boat harbour is packed with kid-friendly attractions and activities. Little ones can paddle in the water without the worry of large waves. Older kids love the swimming pontoon and slide.

With a wide range of family-friendly dining options and shops, Hillarys Boat Harbour offers a full day of fun and relaxation, making it a perfect destination for parents and children.

7. Ellenbrook Water Playground

⭐️ RATING: 4.4/5 Stars

Rainbow Waters Playground in Ellenbrook is an award-winning free water park with spray fountains and water cannons.

8. Belmont Faulkner (Volcano) Park

⭐️ RATING: 4.5/5 Stars

Annual maintenance work is scheduled to commence on Monday, 16 October 2023 at the Volcano Playground and is due for completion on Friday, 27 October 2023.  

Belmont Faulkner Park, often referred to as the “Volcano Park,” is a beloved recreational space in the heart of Belmont. The park gets its nickname from its distinctive volcano-shaped feature in the playground, which is a major draw for families. 

This creatively designed play area features climbing structures, tunnels, slides, and water features, making it a haven for kids. 

9. Fishing

Perth has several family-friendly fishing spots where you can take children for an enjoyable and safe fishing experience. Some options are Woodman Point Jetty, Hillarys Boat Harbour, Point Walter Jetty, and Mandurah Estuary.

Remember to check local fishing regulations, have the necessary fishing licences, and ensure you have appropriate fishing gear for children.

10. Story Time at the Library

Taking children to story time at the local library is a wonderful way to nurture a love for books and learning from an early age. These sessions provide an engaging and interactive environment where kids can explore the magic of stories through the animated voices of storytellers.

a stone building with a sign old fire station
DFES Education and Heritage Centre

11. Perth Airport Viewing Platform

⭐️ RATING: 4.3/5 Stars

From the elevated position, children can witness the thrill of planes taking off and landing. The viewing platform has free parking and seating, but no toilets.

12. DFES Education and Heritage Centre

⭐️ RATING: 4.7/5 Stars

Taking kids to the DFES (Department of Fire and Emergency Services) Education and Heritage Centre in Perth is an educational experience. This interactive centre allows children to learn about fire safety, emergency services, and the important role firefighters play in our community. 

Kids can engage in hands-on activities, explore historical fire engines, and gain valuable knowledge about fire hazards and safety while having fun. 

13. Jandakot Airport

⭐️ RATING: 4.6/5 Stars

Visit Robert J Cross Park, named after the first Jandakot Airport employee, to see planes taking off and landing from Jandakot Airport.

You can find it on Eagle Drive, adjacent to the Air Traffic Control tower.

14. Yanchep National Park

⭐️ RATING: 4.6/5 Stars

Take the kids to Yanchep National Park to explore the lakes and winding trails. It’s a good place to see Australian wildlife like kangaroos, koalas, and colourful lorikeets. 

In summer, visit Yanchep Lagoon in the morning followed by lunch in Yanchep National Park.

Crystal cave is closed until further notice.

15. John Forrest National Park

⭐️ RATING: 4.7/5 Stars

John Forrest National Park is a natural playground that promises endless excitement for kids, especially the Swan View Tunnel. 

This historic railway tunnel, originally built in the late 1800s, can be a fun adventure as kids step into its cool, dark depths. Armed with flashlights, they can explore the eerie, echoing chamber, igniting a sense of wonder as they learn about the area’s history and the brave workers who carved this passage through the hills. 

a huge outdoor wooden sculpture of a giant in mandurah western australia
Mandurah Giant

16. Strawberry Picking

Strawberry picking at farms on the outskirts of Perth is a favourite pastime for many families. Armed with baskets, children eagerly pluck the ripest strawberries, filling their containers with the sweet and fragrant fruit. 

It’s a hands-on experience that not only connects kids with nature but also imparts a valuable lesson about where our food comes from. 

17. Mandurah Giants

⭐️ RATING: 4.4/5 Stars

These huge wooden giants were created by the world’s leading recycle artist, Thomas Dambo. They are hidden around Mandurah (and one in Perth). Part of a game, you download the booklet and set out to discover these giants.

When you find each one, record the special symbol at each site then return to the Mandurah Visitor Centre to crack the code to find the Secret Giant.

18. Scarborough Beach

⭐️ RATING: 4.7/5 Stars

Scarborough Beach has an adventure playground and skate park that caters to all ages. The playground, overlooking the ocean, provides hours of entertainment for kids with its slides, swings, and climbing structures. 

The adjacent skate park has ramps, rails, and bowls for skaters, scooters, and BMX and is one of Australia’s biggest skate parks.

19. Wellington Square – Moort-ak Waadiny

⭐️ RATING: 4.4/5 Stars

This 3000m2 intergenerational playground in East Perth is one of the biggest in Perth and named from the Whadjuk Nyoongar words meaning Children’s playground. It features nature play, a skate park, a flying fox, embankment slides, a pump track, waterplay, climbing towers, and basketball courts. 

20. Lake Leschenaultia

⭐️ RATING: 4.6/5 Stars

Located a short drive from Perth, Lake Leschenaultia is a refreshing escape from the city. With its clear, freshwater expanse surrounded by forest, Lake Leschenaultia provides a relaxing setting for outdoor adventure. 

Whether you’re looking to canoe or kayak, explore the scenic walking trails, or relax by the shoreline with a picnic, Lake Leschenaultia captures the essence of Western Australia’s stunning natural beauty.

lake leschenaultia with swimming platform is one of the best things to do in Perth school holidays
Lake Leschenaultia

Final Thoughts: Perth School Holiday Activities

What’s your favourite place to visit during the school holidays? Join our Facebook group and share your photos.

Read More: