Whether it’s the up and coming school holidays or just the weekend; the phrase all parents hate to hear is “I’m bored”.
So what can you do that’s not going to break the bank balance?
5 Things to keep kids amused
1. Utilise nature
What I mean is take your kids to play where they can climb rocks, hide behind trees, make cubby houses in the scrub, or skim pebbles across water.
We are really lucky living in Perth there are so many places you can take the kids to do just this. There’s Bells Rapids just outside the Swan Valley, Serpentine Falls in Jarradale, Lesmurdie Falls, Muscle Pool within Whiteman Park or John Forest National Park.
So pack a picnic and get your kids back in the outdoors playing in nature; like we did as kids.
2. See the wild flowers
Spring has officially sprung and with all that rain we have recently had the wild flowers are sure to be blooming. Why not take your kids to tip toe through the tulips or perhaps some wildflowers.
Visit Araluen (S10/family) or Whiteman Park (free entry). These parks also have small “railways” to take you about the park; you may even see some wild life – that’s cheaper than the zoo. Whiteman Park also has a large playground and ovals for the kids to burn off energy plus lots of attractions to see.
Again pack a picnic or a BBQ to keep the cost down. Or take advantage of the restaurants and you won’t have to do any cleaning up when you get home.
3. Visit one of the great purpose built parks
We have some great playgrounds situated around Perth and you can grab a coffee whilst you watch the kids.
In the city centre we have Kings Park with the Ivey Watson, Synergy and Naturescape Playgrounds.
Live North? Try Wanneroo Opportunity Playspace alongside Joondalup Lake, or Mullaloo Pirate Park on the Mullaloo foreshore there are actually so many more fantastic parks to choose from in Perth; just start Googling.
So pick up the phone and make a play date with some friends.
4. Make an adventure of using public transport
Living in Perth generally means that kids get ferried about in a car. Try something different when you don’t have a tight time table. Catch a train or bus. Our son loves public transport, it’s such a novelty.
Why not make it a day out.
Visit Fremantle, utilise the local Fremantle CAT service see the Round House, Whalers Tunnel and Shipwreck Museum (all free or gold coin donation) then finish off at the Fremantle Chocolate Factory – what kid doesn’t love chocolate?
Want to add some water try Mandurah, the kids will surely enjoy a day at Kings Carnival (free entry) or frolicking on the Mandurah foreshore.
While you’re on a train theme for the day make your way to Midland and visit the Midland Railway Workshops.
Or the city centre for the day.
5. Visit the Perth Cultural Centre
So hopefully you’ve utilise point 4 and you are now on the doorstep of the Perth Cultural Centre. I have to admit I often forget that this here and that they have great activities for kids in school holidays.
The State Library of Western Australia offers free family story time for children each school holidays it’s at 130pm on workdays.
The Museum of WA usually has activities each school holidays. For October they have “Awesome” theatre and craft sessions available, some are at a cost of $15 however there are also free activities. Your kids will love it.
If you have a budding artist in the mist then you may want to spend some time at the Art Gallery of WA. They also have some “Awesome” events happening over the school holidays with art space for the kids.
If it’s a hot day after you’ve finished in the Cultural Centre make your way over to Forrest Chase where the kids can play in the Water Art – just pack spare clothes.
There are so many ways to keep your kids entertained while keeping your budget under control. So there’s no excuse for your kids to be whining, “I’m bored.”
About Sally-Ann Brown
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