Kids Activities in Perth
Trying to find new kids activities for you and your children to do can be challenging, this page will give you a few ideas of fun, free (or cheap) places you can go in Perth, Australia.
Best Parks For Kids in Perth
Perth has so many fantastic parks for toddlers, here are a few of our favorites:
Kings Park Lottery West Family Area
This play area has something for all ages under 5. There is a dedicated under 2 year old play area with baby appropriate equipment and sand pit.
The cafe ‘Sticky Beaks’ is reasonably priced and even has a play pen where you could watch your crawling baby safely while you enjoy a coffee. The play area has full toilet facilities, including small toddler toilets. For older children visit the Synergy Park area in Kings Park that has a creative dinosaur theme.
Jackadder Lake Reserve, Rosewood Ave Woodlands
This is a beautiful spot, excellent park with sunshade during the summer months next to a tranquil lake. Public toilet facilities close to the play area.
Faulkner Park Playground, Belmont
This play area rivals Kings Park, it has a dedicated toddler play area for under 2 year olds, is fully fenced with secure latches on all gates. For older children there is a flying fox and other equipment. The draw card of this park is that it has a central volcano, a footpath spirals its way up to the top of the volcano and mist emerges from the top simulating smoke! A cafe and toilets are close by. More Information on the Council Website.
Lake Monger Reserve, Wembley
This is another great play ground for kids. There are also ducks and swans close to the play area and a mobile ice cream van is often parked in the car park. Toilets are a long walk away. If you are up for a walk the circuit around Lake Monger is 3.5 km, flat, beautiful and pram friendly.
Matilda Bay, JH Abrahams Reserve
A great playground by the water, kids can go for a dip in the river and clean up in the outside shower. There is a 10 min walk along the water to the kiosk.
Located in the Swan Valley, 25 minutes from Perth CBD. Whiteman’s park has a ‘village’ that includes children’s playgrounds, a wading pool, old fashioned lolly shop, craft shop, gallery and an old printing press. There is a reasonably priced cafe and toilets. There are often special activities and events on at the par see the website here.
Sir James Mitchell, South Perth Esplanade
Another excellent children’s playground by the water. Toilets and Kiosk close by.
Pirate Ship Park, Heathcote Reserve Applecross
This park sits high up on the hill and provides a glorious view over the Swan River. The main feature of this park is a massive wooden pirate ship with slides, ladders and tunnels all worked in to the structure. This section of the park is best suited to children over 3 and there is a smaller boat and play area for younger children. There is a kiosk on site, toilets, BBQ's and lots of shade. The park is on Duncraig rd Applecross.
Animal Activities for Kids in Perth
Be greeted by ‘Joey’ the talking cockatoo, see chickens, pigs, sheep, llamas, rabbits, ponies, turkeys and much more. There is also a huge vegetable and herb garden and undercover sun safe play ground. The kiosk now has a large menu to choose from. During school holidays they have damper and billy tea making demonstrations aswell as pony and cart rides. $3 entry fee. 80 Landsdale Rd Darch. Well worth a visit.
City Farm Perth, East Perth
Organic Community Garden. Visit the chickens, rabbits, fish and other animals and see an organic vegetable garden at work. They have and organic market on Saturday mornings. For more information visit city farm perth’s website www.cityfarmperth.org.au
Museums for Toddlers to Visit in Perth
Western Australian Museum
The Discovery Center is great for kids and there is always something new with the variety of other exhibits. Make sure you have a look at the preserved shark around the back of the museum near the cafe. Free entry, gold coin donation. Catch the train to Perth Station or park in the Perth Cultural Center Car Park. For more information visit www.museum.wa.gov.au James Street, Perth.
Wonderland, a family activity space for kids. Explore different textures, build a 3D puzzle and discover secrets about colour. At the Perth Cultural Center, open 10am – 5pm. Free, gold coin donation. Catch the train to Perth Station or park in the Perth Cultural Center Car Park. For more information visit www.artgallery.wa.gov.au
Rail Transport Museum Bassendean
This is a great Sunday afternoon outing, the museum has several steam trains you can walk through and pretend to drive. There is an electric model train set and small playground. Run by volunteers the museum seems to be loved by children and train enthusiast alike. Cost $5 adults & $2 children (4 – 14 years). Open Sunday 1 – 5pm, Wednesdays during school holidays 1 – 4pm. 136 Railway Parade, Bassendean. For more information visit the train museum site.
Castledare Miniature Railway
For kids that love trains Castledare Miniature Railway is a real treat. $5 for adults and $2.50 for children for a ride on a miniature steam or diesel train. Don't forget enclosed foot wear for anyone traveling on the trains. Running on 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month. Check www.castledare.com.au for further details.
Scitech, Lotterywest Science Theatre, Scitech, City West
Perfect for rainy days! Bring your little ones in to play in Discoverland, Scitech's exclusive area for 3 - 7 year olds! Kids can play with hands-on exhibits that stimulate them to experiment with forces through magnets, air, water, gravity, electricity and their muscles. There are interactive puppet shows especially designed for 3 - 7 year olds. For more information, please call 9215 0740 or visit www.scitech.org,au
Water Activities for Kids in Perth
This is a children’s water paradise, perfect for toddlers. With several shallow pools, fountains, slides and a water canal (great for watching toy boats or leaves float down) this is a great place for babies and kids. There is a low to the ground playground, so you do not need to worry about your child falling off the equipment, a kiosk and Putt Putt golf for the older kids. Clarkson Road Maylands. $3.10 adults & $2.60 children (under 2 free), open November – March only.
Hilary’s Boat Harbor
With its calm waters and shaded playground on the beach Hilary’s Boat Harbor is a great day out for toddlers.
Library Activities for Kids In Perth
Library Rhyme Time for Babies and Toddlers
An outing to the library is always a great activity. Many libraries have specific sessions for babies or toddlers that are free to attend and include nursery rhymes, songs, books and often arts and crafts. Ask at your local library for days and session times, they usually run during school terms only.
The Place - State Library of Western Australia
Perth's best kept secret for babies and toddlers is 'The Place' at The State Library. Not many people seem to know about it yet so when ever we visit there are only a few people there. It is situated on the mezzanine level for children and families. It is a wonderful resource for parents and children who are looking for a fun, free and interesting activity especially on a rainy day. Share stories, play with puppets, dress up, get crafty and explore online stories. Check the website for school holiday activities. Open 7 days. There is a coffee shop downstairs, parking is easy in the Library car park and cost a few dollars.
Music & Dance Classes In Perth
Rhymes & Chimes
At Loftus Community Center contact 0410 236 846
Inglewood Civic Center, Wed and Fri 9.30am. Check out Toddler Jam Here. Run by the baptist church.
Mount Hawthorn Community Center on Scarborough Beach Rd. Tues and Fri mornings 9.30 and 10.30. Wiggly Woo does not seem to have a website or contact information, just turn up, casual classes $5 for an hour of fun, dancing, singing and a snack. There are lots of kids at this one having a lot of fun!
Craft For Parents In Perth
Mt Lawley Neighborhood Learning Center
Has craft classes and special interest course during the day and an excellent crèche for your little one. For more information check out the Mt Lawley Neighborhood Center website.
Toddler and Baby Gyms In Perth
Toddler Gym at Subiaco PCYC
Tues, Wed & Thurs, 10.30am free play babies - 3years. 11.30am 3 & 4 year olds structured gym. $5, contact 08 93882053
Toddler Gym at Scarborough PCYC
Tues & Fri. 9am Ages 1 - 1.5yrs, 9.40am 1.5 - 2.5yrs, 10.30 2.5 - 4.5yrs. 173 Gildercliffe St Scarborough, ph 08 9245 3844
Play Centers in Perth
Monkey Bars Play and Learn Center
The Beach House Kids Fun Center