Best free school holiday activities for the summer

Best free school holiday activities for the summer

For parents, the summer school holidays can be a time of trepidation.

Sure, it’s nice to have the rugrats around, but six weeks is a long time.

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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.

Ice skating at Mandurah Forum, 330 Pinjarra Road Mandurah

Head to Mandurah where kids can skate for free across the centre’s indoor skating rink to celebrate the opening of their new multi-storey car park. The rink will be open from Thursday December 15 until Christmas eve.

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SunSmart junior fishing clinics, WA Maritime Museum, Victoria Quay, Peter Hughes Drive, Fremantle

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.

Pop-up Jungle Play Zone at Garden City, Booragoon

Let your child’s imagination run wild at this pop-up play zone. They can decorate their own animal mask to take home, enjoy reading in the book corner and watch episodes of The Jungle Book. The play zone is located next to the Market Place entrance, next to Fresh Today. The play zone is open until January 31.

Outdoor movie nights in Kwinana, Outside Darius Wells Library, Cnr Chisham Avenue & Robbos Place

Bring your picnic and a blanket, or bring chairs for use in the designated seating area. Pre-movie entertainment starts at 6pm with the movie beginning at 7.30pm. On Saturday December 17, The Grinch is showing, while on Saturday January 21 The Lego Movie will screen. For more information phone 9236 4320.

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Trolls Craft Village at Karrinyup Shopping Centre

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.

Free Flicks for Kids at Northbridge Piazza

This event brings family-friendly movies to the piazza every Saturday night from October-December. This Saturday December 17 you can catch Arthur Christmas, while next weekend – on Christmas Eve – you can see Will Ferrell in Elf. Proceedings begin at 5.30pm, so get along and grab a beanbag to enjoy the show. Northbridge Piazza is at the corner of Lake and James streets.

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Revolutions Transport Museum, Whiteman Park

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.

Synergy Parklands at Kings Park, Perth

The Synergy Parkland is a recreation area for the whole family, on the western side of Kings Park and easily accessed via Saw Avenue or Poole Avenue. The playground is particularly suitable for children over six years with a 75m long elevated walkway, island fort, large-scale replicas of extinct Australian mega fauna and an interactive water misting forest.

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DFES Education and Hertitage Centre, 22 Murray Street, Perth

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.

Summer Stories at WA Shipwrecks Museum, 45 Cliff Street, Fremantle

Running from January 7-22 at 10.30am, meet in the Captain’s Cabin for some salty summer sea stories. Suitable for ages 3 upwards, there promises to be lots of fun an excitement.

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Extreme Water Sports Day at Bold Park Aquatic, 215 The Boulevard, City Beach

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.

Play with the Western Australian Youth Jazz Orchestra at Butler Skate Park, Cnr Kingsbridge Boulevard and Connolly Drive, Butler

On Wednesday January 11, from 10am until 3pm, kids can learn about music history from hip hop to jazz. Then they can write their own beats and lyrics to then perform with WAYJO. Enjoy a BBQ and sports after the workshop. No booking required.

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Bubble Soccer at Anchors Youth Centre, Heathridge

The Anchors Youth Centre (Corner of Siren Road and Sail Terrace, Heathridge) hosts a free ‘Drop-In’ for kids aged 11-18 every Friday evening from 5pm until 9pm, but on Friday January 13 kids will get the chance to play ‘bubble soccer’. They will need to fill out an application form online. For a full list of the spring holiday events, check out the website.

Free skateboarding clinic at Forrestdale Skate Park, Cnr Weld Street and Armadale Road.

On Monday January 16 from 4.30pm until 6.30pm, kids will get the chance to channel their inner Tony Hawk at a skateboarding clinic. Skateboards, helmets, music and good times provided are provided – no experience neccessary. Registrations are required via: www.skateboardingwa.com.au

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Free out door movie season in Shire of Mundaring 

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:

Hyde Park Water Playground, North Perth

Labyrinth Water Fountain, Perth

Whiteman Park Mini Water Playground

Ellenbrook Rainbow Waters Playground

Kwinana Adventure Park Splash Pad

Bibra Lake Regional Park Splash Pad

Cockburn Central Water Playground

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