Best free school holiday activities this winter

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IT’s school holiday time again, and now that winter has arrived in full force the challenge of keeping the kids entertained just got that little bit tougher.

Thankfully we’ve had a look around to try and come up with the very best in free entertainment, so you get to keep your sanity and your money.

From Clarkson to Mandurah, here are our picks for the best free entertainment these July holidays.

The Rise of Sneaker Culture

Find out about the evolution of your favourite kicks at this splendid exhibition at The Art Gallery of Western Australia. After popular showings in Toronto, Brooklyn and Atlanta, the international exhibition is in Perth for its only Australian presentation.

Free movie and pizza night

If you are aged between 10 and 17, Shire of Mundaring Libraries invites you to a free screening of Moana at Boya Community Centre on Friday July 7. Be there at 6pm for a 6.30pm screening start to conclude at 8.15pm. Click here to book, and here for other free Mundaring activities.

Wild Imaginations at Waikiki Village

Join children’s entertainer Rosie O from 10am-2pm each day of the school holidays for a fantastic program of arts and crafts – including plaster painting, fantasy cupcakes, face painting and more. Waikiki Village is near the corner of Read Street and Gnangara Drive in Waikiki.

Chalk Art and Basketball Challenge

Get to the Hainsworth Youth Centre in Girrawheen on Friday July 7 between 3pm-6.30pm for a great chance to showcase your chalk art and basketball skills. Suitable for ages 11-18. For the full City of Wanneroo school holiday program click this link.

Knitting Workshop in Booragoon

What better time to learn how to knit than in the middle of a cold winter? Each Tuesday of the school holidays, kids can work to complete a beginners knitting project. To book, and for a complete list of Melville school holiday activities, click here.

Superhero Comic Workshop

Head to Morley Public Library on at 3pm on Friday July 7 for a free workshop on creating your own superhero and comic with author and illustrator James Foley. For a full list of City of Bayswater free activities click here.

Lego Club at Mundijong Library

Get along to Mundijong Library on Saturday July 8 at 9.30am for Lego Club, a great chance for kids to make friends and build these holidays. For a full list of free Serpentine-Jarrahdale activities, and to book, click here.

Einstein’s Top Secret Science at Kwinana Library 

Suitable for kids aged 5-11, Einstein’s Top Secret Science will offer a heap of fun for the kids – and it’s educational! It’s on Tuesday July 11 from 2pm-3.30pm. Click here for the full Kwinana school holiday program.

Walk the Bibbulmun Track

Parents are encouraged to ‘walk the talk’ by enjoying the great outdoors with their children in the July school holiday. The Bibbulmun Track from Kalamunda to Albany has walks for little legs to more experienced hikers.

Free Craft and Story Time

Get the kids to Ocean Keys Shopping Centre in Clarkson this Monday July 3, just next to the kids’ play area, for free craft and story time.

Superhero School

Held at iFLY’s indoor skydiving centre at 143 Great  Eastern Highway, Rivervale, these holidays to enrol in superhero school. Kids aged three and over can learn how to become a superhero for free, with an additional cost of $49 for an indoor skydiving experience. For bookings call 1300 366 364 or visit

Wonders of the Ocean at Garden City

Garden City Shopping Centre transforms into a bustling underwater metropolis these school holidays, partnering with the WA Museum to shine a light on some of the oceans’ many secrets. A 20-metre giant inflatable octopus will take up residence at Garden City for two weeks. The school holiday activity schedule runs from 10am-3pm Monday to Saturday and 11am-3pm Sunday until July 17.

Surf’s Up in Rockingham 

Too chilly to hit the surf? Head along to the Mary Davies Library and Community Centre on Tuesday July 11 to have a go at surfing the mechanical board and learn about keeping safe at the beach. Suitable for ages 6-11.

Skateboarding clinic in Falcon 

Get to Falcon Skatepark from 10am-2.30pm on Monday July 3 for a free skateboarding clinic. It’s suitable for those ages 11-25, but those under 18 with need parental permission. To register download and complete the Skateboarding WA Registration Form and bring it with you on the day. For more Mandurah school holiday fun check out the program.

Junior photography workshop at WA Maritime Museum

Head to Victoria Quay on Wednesday July 5 and Wednesday July 12, between 10am-12pm, for a creative, hands-on photography workshop. Suitable for kids aged 8-14, the event is run by experts from the West Australian Photographic Federation.

Gosnells Libraries free events

The City of Gosnells is offering a stack of free events at its four public libraries – Thornlie, Kenwick, Amherst Village and the Knowledge Centre – these holidays. For the full program click this link.