School holiday fun: Kids’ activities in the Peel region

Photo: Pier Carthew
Photo: Pier Carthew

If you’re staying in the Peel region this school break, there’s heaps of fun things to do.

Try WA’s first human pinball course at newly opened Flipout, catch comedians The Listies’ live show, learn to fish at a Mandurah Community Museum kids’ clinic, get active at Mandurah Boat and Bike Hire or head to Claremont Showground for the Perth Royal Show.

So what are you waiting for? Start planning your break

Fairbridge Village
South West Highway, Pinjarra
Fairbridge Village offers a vacation program jam-packed with fun adventure activities for ages 7-15. Enjoy exciting excursions and on-site activities including abseiling, rock climbing, cooking classes, crafts and more. Bookings essential.
Bring: Refillable water bottle, hat, shoes and clothes to suit the activity
Hours: 8am-4pm, drop-off from 7am, 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

Circus Worshops
Ormsby Terrace, Mandurah
The circus workshops by Pulse Productions at the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre are a great opportunity for ages 7+ to have loads of fun while learning a new skill. Try general circus, aerials, juggling or acrobatics or try them all. Bookings essential.
Dress: Clothing suitable for easy movement and comfort; below-the-knee leggings or track pants for aerial workshop
Times: October 1-3, see website for times
Price: $15 per 1-hour workshop or $30 for 3 workshops in one day
Phone: 9550 3900

Photo: Andrew Wuttke

Ickypedia – The Listies and Messy Moments Workshop
Ormsby Terrace, Mandurah
Kidult comedians The Listies are bringing their book Ickypedia: A Dictionary of Disgusting New Words to the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre for a 55-minute show the family will love at 11am and 1pm on October 4. There will also be Messy Moments workshops from 9.30am-3pm on the day. Bookings essential.
Prices: The Listies: Adult $28, child $19, family $20 per person; workshop $5 per hour
Phone: 9550 3900

Mandurah Community Museum
3 Pinjarra Road, Mandurah
Kids aged 6-12 years can have fun learning to fish at the Get Hooked on Fishing kids’ clinic. Fishing equipment, bait and sausage sizzle lunch included. Certificates and prizes awarded. Bookings essential. Parents must accompany children.
Times: 10am-2.30pm, September 25-27
Prices: $10 per child
Phone: 9550 3682

Mandurah Boat and Bike Hire
20A Ormsby Terrace, Mandurah
Hire a bike and explore Mandurah or rent a stand up paddle board or kayak and enjoy the marina. Tandem bikes and child chariots available. More adventurous parents can hire a boat (no skipper’s ticket or boat driver’s licence required during daylight).
Times: See website
Prices: See website
Phone: 9535 5877

Amaze Miniature Park
24 Husband Road, Barragup
Fun mazes, intriguing miniature village and railways, miniature golf and more.
Hours: Open every day during school holidays, from 10am-4.30pm from September 27-October 7, last entry 4pm
Prices: Adult $14, senior $13, children (15 years and under) $12, kids under 2 free
Phone: 9595 1299

Tourist Fun Train Company
Catch Big Toot at station 1 or Little Toot at the children’s playground, both on the eastern foreshore.
Mini Toot or Manjar Bay Fun Train runs from 10am-4pm daily along the eastern foreshore. Prices: Children $6, family (up to 5 persons) $20.
The Spirit of Mandurah Big Toot runs hop-on, hop-off around the eastern and western foreshores, city centre and marina. Rides are from 1am-4pm on Saturdays, Sundays and school holidays subject to weather conditions. It leaves station 1 on the hour starting at 10am. Prices: Children (under 12) free, adult plus up to 2 children $15, seniors $10. Use your ticket all day.
Phone: 0410 099 075

Flip Out Mandurah
3/65 Reserve Drive, Mandurah
Try WA’s first human pinball course at Flipout, which recently opened its doors. Other attractions include trampoline arenas, massive parkour arena, slam dunk basketball, ninja warrior course, dodgeball, battle beams and three-level playground.
Hours: 9am-7pm Monday to Thursday, 9am-9pm Friday and Saturday, 10am-5pm Sunday
Prices: See website
Phone: 9584 4980

Perth Royal Show
Claremont Showground, 1 Graylands Road, Claremont
Your favourite rides, showbags, food, entertainment and of course the spectacular fireworks are back. Head to Claremont Showground and be immersed in WA’s agricultural heritage with animals on show and to cuddle, fruit and vegetable displays, food and trade demonstrations and art and craft exhibitions from September 22-29.
Prices: See website