The battle to keep the kids entertained can put a strain on physical, spiritual and financial resources.
With that in mind, we’ve come up with a list of the best ways to keep them occupied without costing you a cent these summer school holidays.
For kids aged eight to 14, the course teaches how to be SunSmart while learning some fishing basics like casting and fish handling, as well as how to fish sustainably and look after the fishing environment. The course runs from 9.30am until 11.30am on Saturday January 14 and 21. Bookings are essential and can be made by phoning 1300 134 081. Fishing rods and equipment will be supplied.
This is an immersive craft zone where children can take part in Poppy’s favourite pastime – scrapbooking. Children will be given everything that they need to design, decorate and create their very own scrapbook picture frame. When their masterpieces are complete they will be able to take them home with a photo of Poppy inside. The zone will be open from December 19-23 from 9am until 12pm.
It’s much more than the State’s only land transport heritage museum – it is an engaging exhibition that showcases the far reaching impact that our transport choices have made, and are making, on Western Australian lives and landscapes. Open from 10am to 4pm daily.
A hands-on museum, located in the building that housed the original Perth fire station, where kids can learn about the evolution of fire fighting through the years. Now refurbished, the old station characterises both past and present emergency services’ through displays dedicated to the history of Western Australian (WA) fire services and a natural hazards and disasters education gallery. Open from Tuesday to Thursday.
Thursday January 14 will see plenty of fun water activities on offer including the ever popular giant inflatable slide – a great way for kids to test out their balancing skills. Admission is free and there are great prizes and giveaways on offer during the day.
Residents can enjoy free outdoor movies close to home this summer, with the return of the cinema under starlight series. There are four movies to choose from at local ovals and parks in January and February. On Thursday January 14 you can catch Oddball in Mundaring, while on January 21 you can see Angry Birds in Glen Forrest. For more details, call 9290 6773 or visit www.mundaring.wa.gov.au.
When all else fails, and the mercury is soaring, try one of Perth’s amazing water playgrounds. There are stacks to choose from and they won’t cost you a cent. Here are some of the best: