Our list of things to do in Perth these spring school holidays

Our list of things to do in Perth these spring school holidays

IT’s school holiday time again – two weeks of fun and frivolity for the kids, with parents trying to find new ways of keeping them entertained.

So we’ve taken the effort out of it by coming up with a list of great, fun activities all through Perth metro area.

There’s nature-based play, tech camps, story-telling workshops and all manner of other ways to have fun.

So here it is, our take on the best school-holiday events for your children to enjoy.

Nearer to Nature program

Nearer to Nature provides the community with unique, enjoyable activities that help participants discover marvellous natural areas in and around Perth and the south-west. Specially designed activities are offered for schools, holiday periods and the general public. For a full list of the Nearer to Nature events happening in your area, visit dbca.wa.gov.au/nearertonature

Children enjoying the Canning canoeing quest. Photo: DBCA

Dinosaur Discovery: Lost Creatures of the Cretaceous

Get up close and personal with T-rex and friends as they take up residence at Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre these school holidays. The exhibition features augmented reality experiences, a digital dinosaur track encounter, digital interactives and a pop-up bar to be held on selected Friday nights.

Students Rohan Young, Ryan Odingo, Dylan Pinel, and Hudson Pereira get a sneak peak at the exhibition. Photo: Julian Wright

CodeCamp

Available at various schools through the Perth metro area, Codecamp is a course designed to fast track your child’s love of technology. The company behind the program says children can design an iPhone app in just three days – and have heaps of fun while they do it. For bookings and more info, click here.

City of Joondalup Libraries School Holiday activities

Discover your hidden talents in science, technology, engineering and maths these spring holidays at the City of Joondalup Libraries. Activities include construction, robotics, electronics, Lego and of course sensational stories. For more info, click here.

Bibbulmun Track fun

The Bibbulmun Track Foundation is running its Doctor Dolittle Goes Bush event these school holidays. Walk 2km to a typical Bibbulmun Track campsite to meet the friendly native creatures from Kanyana Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre. The event is on Saturday September 30 at 3.30pm. The cost is $35 for kids aged 6-12, with adults at $15. Bookings are essentials and can be made at www.bibbulmuntrack.org.au.

Are we there yet? A journey around Australia

Running from Friday August 18 until the 31 October at the State Library of WA, this exhibition is based upon the award-winning picture book Are We There Yet? written and illustrated by Alison Lester. It features original illustrations, travel diaries and dummy books. Discover the heartfelt story inspired by a real life journey, from Wave Rock to Roebuck Bay and beyond, undertaken by the author and her family.

Kids Sports Club at HBF Stadium

Providing something for everyone, Kids Sports Club keeps your kids active and entertained during the school holidays. With full day and half day sessions this is a great alternative to childcare over the holidays. For more information, click here.

The Life and Times of Scarface Claw

Running from September 30 until November 1, again at the State Library of WA, this exhibition features the key moments for the Dame Lynley Dodd character, Scarface Claw. It tells the story of the development of the latest title in Dame Lynley Dodd’s Hairy Maclary and Friends series, Scarface Claw, Hold Tight! Original concept sketches and reworked text, through to the finished artwork and publication, will show the making of a children’s book.

Cooking classes for kids at Maurizio

Maurizio Restaurant is offering some ‘hands on, elbows deep’ fun for kids these school holidays before it closes for good on September 30. The event runs from 4pm on Wednesday September 27.

“It’s an afternoon of education and healthy competition as we explore how to make gnocchi and various sauces, including pesto, cheese and butter,” chef Maurizio Di Ciano said.

Tickets for the event are $45 for kids and $69 for adults. Tickets can be purchased by calling the restaurant on 9228 1646. Maurizio Restaurant is located at 235 Fitzgerald Street, Perth.

School holiday screenings at Event Cinemas

Event Cinemas kick off a fantastic school holiday program, with great films like The Lego Ninjago Movie, The Emoji Movie and Captain Underpants: The Epic First Movie. Bigger kids won’t miss out on the action with their favourite Disney star Debby Ryan starring in Aussie flick Rip Tide as the daughter of the head of a major modelling agency. There will also be free arts and crafts activities, so kids can use their own imaginations and hands to full effect. The program runs from September 23 until October 8.


Kaleidoscope at Perth Cultural Centre

This wonderful show reveals the everyday chaos and beauty of a child with Asperger Syndrome. Brisbane teen Ethan Hugh takes centre stage as six performers journey by his side offering guidance. Diagnosed with the developmental disorder at four, Ethan believes the syndrome is feared and misconstrued. For bookings and more information, click here.

Holiday Workshops at Filmbites

Filmbites Screen Academy specialises in teaching acting for the screen and filmmaking, but they’re also running school holiday workshops on video-game creation and animation. For dates, prices and more information click here. 

City of Mandurah school holiday activities

The City of Mandurah has something for everybody these school holidays. Get creative, make new friends, experiment, head outdoors, learn new skills, get active, relax and enjoy… your kids can do it all. For more information, click here.

PAW Patrol at Karrinyup Shopping Centre

Nick Jr.’s PAW Patrol will be visiting Karrinyup these school holidays. For more information about appearance times, visit the Karrinyup website.

My Story, My Home at Art Gallery of Western Australia

AGWA presents My Story My Home, a photography exhibition revealing both the diversity and the commonality within, between and across the Muslim and wider communities. On the last weekend of the School Holidays, visit AGWA for a hands-on art activity related to the exhibition. For more info click here.

Pompeii Exhibition at WA Maritime Museum in Fremantle

The courage of the Roman navy as it tried to save lives in the wake of the devastating Mount Vesuvius eruption in 79 AD is at the centre of a new exhibition opening at the Western Australian Maritime Museum on Friday, September 22. Escape from Pompeii: the untold Roman rescue is expected to attract thousands of visitors to Fremantle, boosting the local economy and supporting the creation of jobs. For more information, visit the website.

Muddle Maze at Cockburn Gateway

Head to Cockburn Gateway shopping centre between September 25 and October 8 for some a-mazing fun. Start by exploring your way through the Muddle Maze, located in front of Big W. Complete the activity sheet and drop it into the entry barrel for your chance to win an awesome prize. For more info visit the website.