Free school holiday activities in Perth: Easter fun that won’t cost you a cent

Free school holiday activities in Perth: Easter fun that won’t cost you a cent

WELL, that was fast – it’s school holiday time again.

After a first term that seems to have passed in the blink of an eye, this time next week the kids will be home and looking to you to keep them entertained.

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This can put a strain on emotional, spiritual and financial resources.

With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of great school holiday activities that won’t cost you a cent.

Recfish junior fishing clinics, Fremantle

Get the kids to Recfishwest’s popular and free SunSmart fishing clinic at the WA Maritime Museum on Thursday April 13. Participants will learn how to be SunSmart while learning some fishing basics like casting and fish handling, as well as how to fish sustainably and look after their fishing environment. There will be clinics at 9.30am and 12pm and they are for ages 8-14. Bookings are essential and can be done so by calling 1300 134 081. Fishing rods and other equipment will be supplied.

Subiaco Street Party

Have a great day of fun at the Subi Street Party. Last year the event attracted 35,000 people and this year will be even bigger and better with more music, more food, more entertainment, more bars and more art, fashion and shopping. The event will take place from 3pm on Saturday April 8 on Rokeby Road and surrounding streets.

Meet the Easter Bunny, Ballajura

Head to Ballajura City shopping centre these holidays to meet the Easter Bunny and pat some ultra-cute farm animals. The Easter Bunny will be appearing on Thursday the 13th, Friday the 14th and Saturday the 15th of April (between 10am and 1pm) , while the farm animals will be there on Thursday the 20th and Friday the 21st of April.

Painting with fairies, Mandurah

Get along to Mandurah Forum during the second week of the holidays for free painting with fairies. With week one’s ‘build a bear’ workshops already fully booked, there is plenty of fun still to be had by painting with fairies. The event will run from Monday 17 April to Saturday 23 April, near Woolworths.

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WA Museum’s Discover Zone, Perth

Visit the WA Museum’s Discovery Zone at the State Library of WA these school holidays to view permanent displays, learn about taxidermy and have fun with backyard buddies. Discovery Zone assistants will set up activities to challenge your knowledge of WA’s native animals. DETAILS: WA Museum Discovery Zone, State Library of WA, Perth Cultural Centre, 10am-4pm, April 9 to 25 (excluding public holidays).

Giddy Up at Revolutions Transport Museum, Whiteman Park
Behind every saddle is a great riding adventure. Go on a saddle hunt in Revolutions Transport Museum and work out the difference between a side saddle and a riding saddle, inspect a camel saddle and get ready to identify what parts make up a saddle. Giddy Up is on every day of the April School Holidays from 10.00am-4.00pm.

 

#Freo_EasterHunt, Fremantle

Get along to the Fremantle Esplanade to take part in this great school holiday adventure. Make sure you take a map, find the bilbies in the shops across Freo and then crack the code to be a part of the prize draw. The event runs from April 8-12.

 

Canning Youth Fest, Cannington

Youth Fest is a brand new festival celebrating the youth aged 12-17. It is a free event with many activities – including bubble soccer, a Silent Disco, live bands and DJ’s, graffiti demonstrations, henna, activities, workshops and more. It also a chance for young people to meet with Youth Service Providers and find out more about the youth services in the City of Canning. The event runs on Saturday April 8, from 2pm-6pm, at the Cannington Civic Amphitheatre at the corner of Albany Highway and George Street West.

Fremantle International Street Arts Festival, Fremantle

If there’s a better way to spend Easter than taking in a dedicated street arts festival, we want to know about it.  Running from Thursday April 13th to Monday the 17th, Freo’s streets will be transformed into open-air theatres with the added bonus of amazing bars, eateries and pop-ups throughout. Discover busking, street theatre, cabaret, comedy, circus and more. To download a copy of the program, click here.

CoderDojo Game Jam, Midland

Get along to Midland Public Library on Friday April 2, from 9am until 3pm, for a day of video game designing fun. Whether you’re a beginner coder or experienced game designer, come and see whether you can make a computer game in one day. Computers and tutorials are available for newcomers. This event is part of the City of Swan Libraries Futures Lab school holiday program. Suitable for children aged 10 to 15 years. Participants are to provide their own packed lunch and drinks. Bookings are essential and can be made here.

Cockburn Cultural Fair, Atwell

Head along to the Cockburn Cultural Fair on Saturday April 22 where you will be inspired by the diversity of foods, traditions and cultures in this wonderful city. Get hands-on with arts and craft workshops, visit the food and market stalls, learn about sustainability and be amazed by the Cockburn’s Got Talent final. The event takes place from 10am until 4pm on Harmony Oval, Harmony Avenye in Atwell.

Jungle Gym, Karrinyup

Get along to Karrinyup Shopping Centre these school holidays for a fantastic jungle gym. Suitable for kids 3-12, sessions will be every 20 mins during peak periods. Kids can climb the ropes like a monkey, fly through the tunnels like a toucan and immerse themselves in the indoor jungle playground. Please click here for the Jungle Gym rules of entry. The Jungle Gym will be open in the Food Court from 12pm to 5pm daily.

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Face painting and balloon twisting, Joondalup

Lakeside Joondalup is the place to be in the first week of the holidays, with free kids’ entertainment in the Great Space – including face painting. There will also be balloon twisting by Perth’s premier balloon artist, Aaron Smyth. Proceedings run from the 10-15th of April, but not Good Friday (April 14th).

Aussie Hoops in Rockingham

Shooting hoops encourages kids to stay physically active in the school holidays with a free basketball experience. It teaches kids to refine their basketball skills and is an arcade style basketball shooting game complete with nets, basketballs and scoreboards, where kids can compete against each other. The event runs at Rockingham Centre, 1 Council Ave, Rockingham on Monday, April 17 to Friday, April 21 from 10.45am to 2.15pm.

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