If you’re staying in the Peel region during the December/January school holidays, there’s heaps of fun kids’ activities happening.
This list will help you start planning your break.
Christmas treasure hunt
3 Pinjarra Road, Mandurah
The Mandurah Community Museum is hosting a Christmas treasure hunt during December that is suitable for kids aged 5-11 years. Children who complete the hunt receive a prize.
Times: Tuesday-Friday 10am-4pm, Saturday-Sunday 11am-3pm until December 21
Phone: 9550 3682
South West Highway, Pinjarra
Fairbridge Village offers a vacation program jam-packed with fun adventure activities for kids aged 7-15 years. Enjoy exciting excursions and on-site activities including Christmas cooking classes, indoor climbing, canoeing, archery and more. Bookings are essential.
Bring: Water bottle, hat, sunscreen, shoes, clothes to suit the activity and towel for water activities.
Times: 8am-4pm, drop-off from 6.30am, 4pm-4.30pm pick-up
Transport: Bus from Mandurah, Ravenswood and Pinjarra to Fairbridge and return must be booked in advance
Price: $80 per child per day (Child Care Subsidy available)
Phone: 9531 1177
The Pirate Ship Mandurah.
Eastern foreshore, near The Bay Cafe, opposite 26 Mandurah Terrace
Kids can board The Pirate Ship, dress up in pirate attire, take photos behind the pirate wheel and look through telescopes during a 45-minute scenic cruise on the estuary and inlet in the open-air vessel. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Times: Until April 30, 10am-4pm
Prices: Adults $22.50, children (3-15 years) $10, under 3 years free, family (2 adults, 2 kids) $60
Phone: 0490 084 329
Flip Out Mandurah
3/65 Reserve Drive, Mandurah
Try WA’s first ninja warrior course at Flipout, which recently opened its doors. Other attractions include trampoline arenas, massive parkour arena, slam dunk basketball, Human Pinball, dodgeball, battle beams and three-level playground.
Times: 9am-7pm Monday to Thursday, 9am-9pm Friday and Saturday, 10am-5pm Sunday
Prices: See website
Phone: 9584 4980
Fun toy car activities
3 Pinjarra Road, Mandurah
Kids aged 5-11 years who love playing with toy cars can head to the Mandurah Community Museum to explore, discover and play with cars. They will complete four activities, including making a car to eat and a wooden car to take home. Adults must accompany children. Bookings via the website are essential.
Times: 10am-11am and 1pm-2pm on January 15, 16, 17, 22, 23 and 24
Phone: 9550 3682
Chipmunks Playground & Cafe
11 Rouse Road, Greenfields
An indoor playground fully equipped with the latest age-zoned, interactive play areas, offering unlimited play and designed to keep children entertained all day long.
Times: 9am-5.30pm Monday to Saturday, 10am-4pm Sunday
Prices: 1-2 years $10.90, 3-11 years $13.90
Phone: 9583 3118
Sanctuary Drive, Pinjarra.
Peel Zoo is a boutique zoo in a lush setting on the banks of the Murray River. It offers visitors a unique “hands-on” experience, including handfeeding the animals, holding a snake, patting a kangaroo and more. There are more than 100 species of birds and animals that will capture your imagination. The huge walk-through aviary and Tasmanian Devils are star attractions alongside koalas, wombats, dingoes, exotic birds and reptiles to name a few. Take a hamper and enjoy the free barbecue facilities.
Hours: 9am-5pm daily during the school holidays
Prices: Adult (16 years+) $23, child (3-15 years) $12, seniors $17.50, family (2 adults, 2 children) $60
Phone: 9531 4322
Ballet Workshops for Kids
134 Whatley Crescent, Maylands
Head to Perth for the WA Ballet’s School Holiday Workshops, which are a fantastic activity for young dancers aged 4-13 years to keep dancing during the break and make new friends. Each session consists of a fun and creative ballet class with a specialist teaching artist in the centre’s studios and time watching company dancers at work. Parents or guardians must stay on the premises while their child is in the building. Bookings via the website are essential.
Dates: January 16-18
Price: 4-6 years, 7-9 years and 8-10 years $30 per child, 10-13 years $35 per child ($5 discount if your child is a WA Ballet Junior Member)
Phone: 9214 0707