AFTER a long wait for summer to begin, the heat is finally here with a vengeance.
The fight to keep the kids cool over the summer holidays is always a tough one.
Sure there’s the beach, but with a dip in the ocean comes fear – swells, rips and marine life can all strike terror into a parent’s heart.
Pools are great too, but taking a whole family for a swim isn’t exactly cheap these days.
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So what’s a parent to do? Well, look into this list of Perth’s best free water playgrounds, where kids can interact, get soaked and wear themselves out for free.
Created exclusively for Forrest Place by internationally renowned artist Jeppe Hein, the Labyrinth is the perfect place to cool off – right in the heart of Perth. Running every day, unless there is a special event on, the Labyrinth is a must-visit in the warmer months.
Located right outside Mooba cafe (ideal for sleep deprived parents in need of a first-rate caffeine hit), Cockburn Central Water Playground features random water arcs of varying heights which keep kids guessing where they will go off next. Hilarity ensues.
Featuring a 30cm-deep paddling pool, wading pool and water spouts, this is suitable for kids of all ages. The playground is open from 10am until 5pm every day, making it the ideal place to cool off if you’re in Perth’s east.
The Rainbow Waters playground is located on Library Avenue in Ellenbrook, and features a great array or arched spray fountains and water cannons. Shade is limited so, of course, remember to slip, slop, slap.
Officially opened in 2012, Hyde Park Water Playground is a consistent hit with families. Now with new water features like tipping bells and water cannons, kids can have a mountain of fun while mum and dad relax and picnic on the beautiful surrounding lawns.
Located in the stunning new Kwinana Adventure Park, the splash pad is the perfect way to cool off this summer. Created by the team at Water Features By Design, it features a pair of custom-designed showering pelicans tipping water onto kids below, and a giant hand-carved abalone feature complete with randomly sequenced ground sprays. It not only looks spectacular, your kids will be entertained for hours.