SCHOOL Holidays are here again, and with them the perennial fight to keep the kids entertained for a fortnight.
Thankfully, spring seems to have sprung meaning the weather is on the up.
The increased UV rays hopefully mean there will be plenty of opportunities to get out these school holidays.
But with a day at the Royal Show likely to decimate the budget, we thought we’d take the time to put together a list of free activities for kids these holidays.
Get the break off to a flying start with a visit to the Perth Observatory, at 337 Walnut Road in Bickley. On Saturday September 24, the Observatory will celebrate its 120th birthday with a free day of live music, talks, interactive activities, tours, solar viewing, face painting, exhibits and more. There will also be a sausage sizzle, coffee van, ice-cream and pizza to buy on the day. The event runs from 10am until 4pm.
Fremantle Treasure Hunt
Running throughout the school holidays, the Fremantle Treasure Hunt is sure to give kids and their parents plenty of fun, and a wonderful tour of the port city to boot. You can download the treasure map here, or collect one from the Fremantle Visitors Centre at the Town Hall on William Street. Then you can start following the clues to solve the puzzle, along the way seeing some great Freo landmarks.
If your kids love Shopkins (my nieces are among the legions of fans), get along to the Galleria during the first week (Tuesday to Saturday) of the holidays. Between 11am and 2pm, the shopping centre is running a Shopkins ‘immersive zone’ where kids can swap them, play with them and meet Apple Blossom.
Urban Wall and Skatedeck Art workshop, Wanneroo
Got a teen who’s interested in skating and art? From 10am until 4pm on Friday October 7, the Wanneroo Youth Centre (Corner of Ariti and Wanneroo Roads) is teaching kids some urban art skills and painting skatedecks.
Lego Club – Free Play, Subiaco
The Subiaco Library is hosting a Lego play time on Tuesday September 27 and Tuesday October 4 between 2.30pm and 3.30pm. The Library can be found at 237 Rokeby Road.
The Strange Creature: A Storytelling Adventure, Perth
Suitable for children aged between three and 10, children are asked to meet at the marked tree in Cathedral Square (corner of Cathedral Avenue and St George’s Terrace, Perth) for a storytelling adventure involving several different characters. Each session goes for about 30 minutes, and there are no bookings required. The event runs from Monday September 26 until Sunday October 2 from 10am until 2pm each day.
The Amazing Valley Chase, Swan Valley
Never has a trip to the Swan Valley been so much fun, with the character Taylor Tortoise guiding people around many of the great attractions of the beautiful region. The trail begins at the Swan Valley Visitor Centre, at Meadow Street and Swan Street in Guildford. It should take around three hours to complete. For more info visit Swanvalley.com.au.
Drop-In Arcade Games, 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 September 30 the event takes a classic twist, with arcade favourites like air hockey, basketball hoops and foosball tables. Kids will need to fill out an application form online. For a full list of the spring holiday events, check out the Y-lounge site.
Mario Gaming Zone, Armadale
Kids, get to know some classic video-games at Armadale Shopping City (near Target) during the second week of holidays (October 3-9). Between 11am and 2pm you can challenge your mates in Mario Kart and other Mario games on a range of consoles, including the Nintendo 64, Super Nintendo and Wii U. There are prizes on offer, so start honing your skills.
Perth Makers Market, Applecross
This bi-monthly event showcases some of Perth’s finest artists, designers and cooks with over 120 stalls. The kids will be smitten with the pirate ship playground, and there are craft workshops sure to keep them busy. (It’s also a hive of Pokemon Go activity.) The market takes place on Sunday October 2, from 9.30am until 3.30pm at the Heathcote Cultural Precinct, 58 Duncraig Road, Applecross.
Inflatable Museum, Booragoon
Kids from 3-12 can learn about ancient Egypt from Monday October 3 until October 9 at Garden City Shopping Centre in Booragoon. They can make their own amulets, masks and bookmarks. For more information: visit Inflatable Museum.
Beginners skateboarding clinic, Wellard
Get on a board and enjoy a free school holiday clinic for beginners at The Village at Wellard. The new Stage 39 park skateboard track will take centre stage on Sunday, October 2 with The Village at Wellard and the City of Kwinana teaming up to support a free Skateboarding WA clinic at the park between 10am and 2pm.
Free Zumba and Konga dance classes, Elizabeth Quay
Dance instructor Yannick Benoit will be taking kids over six and their parents on a fun and fitness-focused class these holidays. With a Zumba class at 10am and a Konga class at 11am, it’s sure to be a great workout. Kids are to be accompanied by a parent. For more info visit Eventbrite.
Outdoor Science Workshop, Eglinton
Eglinton youngsters can take part in a free outdoor science workshop on Wednesday. The Einstein Top Secret Science workshop caters for children aged between 5 and 12 and involves youngsters making slime, goo and snow.
The Amberton science workshop will be held in the park on Cinnabar Drive in Eglinton from 9am-10am. Register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.