What are the best things to do in Perth with kids? Perth has a wide range of things to do with children. If you were coming as a first time visitor this is what we would recommend.
Top Kids Activities Perth
When you love a city as much as Perth (and we do!) it is super hard to narrow your advice down. We have tried to walk in the shoes of the visitor and consider what are the top things to do in Perth with kids.
If you had limited time, here are our top 4 things to do in Perth with kids, with our 5th suggestion open to your own interests and choice.
This magnificent park offers fantastic views of Perth city and the Swan River and wonderful spaces to run and play. The Western Australian Botanic Garden offers a great introduction to the wild and wonderful plant species of this huge state. For our full overview, please read more about Kings Park here.
Of course, the BEST kid’s activities Perth is the playgrounds in Kings Park. So varied and wonderful we have written an entire summary here. Check out our post, “A Guide To Kings Park Playgrounds” here.
Elizabeth Quay area
One of Western Australia’s newer Perth attractions is the Elizabeth Quay area. From waterfront walks to delicious eateries, and an opportunity to climb the Perth Bell Tower, there is plenty to keep the kids occupied around Elizabeth Quay. This is definitely one of our fave things to do in Perth with kids, and we have written a full post about Elizabeth Quay here.
Whiteman Park (Includes Caversham Wildlife Park & Train Ride For The Kids)
Located to the North of Perth in the Swan Valley the massive Whiteman Park is a huge area of bushland that provides a completely Australian bush experience for both locals and visitors. We allow a full day when we visit. There is so much to do and see and even then you will have to choose depending on your kid’s interests.
While entry to Whiteman Park’s natural areas is free, there are many things to see like Museums and a Children’s Forest. Caversham Wildlife Park Perth is a must for an opportunity to feed a kangaroo or koala, and to meet a wombat! Kids also love the train that runs around Whiteman Park (not all days of the week).
Check here for more information about Whiteman Park and here for more information about Caversham Wildlife Park.
Visit A Beach
This is one of the best things to do in Perth with kids and it is also completely free. You must visit one of the spectacular beaches that line the coast. From Trigg Beach in the North to South Beach in Fremantle, these beautiful soft sand beaches are as white as they come.
Cottesloe is possibly the most famous beach or Scarborough. Importantly, they both have great kid’s playgrounds and a beautiful vibe. Indian Ocean views are a must if you are going to visit Perth, and we suggest that heading down to the coast at sunset will be worth your while.
Choose From One Of The Following
As a visitor to Perth if you only have limited time you will need to decide what to do with your time. Here are some more options for things to do in Perth with kids.
Scitech And The Perth Planetarium
This is an interactive science museum with loads of hands-on activities to captivate your kid and a great Planetarium. Usually each school holiday period there are special exhibits to keep your kids on their toes.
**Our pick for rainy days***
As Perth is officially the sunniest capital city in the world with about 144 days of sunshine a year, it is hard to believe that there are plenty of rainy days. However, there are, so for us the best rainy day activity in Perth is Scitech Discovery Centre and Perth Planetarium.
They also have great School Holiday programs in Western Australian school holidays.
For more information check out our full review of Scitech and the Perth Planetarium here. Also, take a look at the Scitech official website here.
Depending on where you hail from, Perth Zoo is a wonderful way to spend the day and offers great kids activities Perth. You can spend the whole day here learning more about animals, especially local marsupials. For more information about the Perth Zoo check here.
The WA Shipwreck Museum
What a great place for the little pirate or the history buff. A highlight is the hull of the Batavia which is kept in a temperature controlled room in the museum. There is also a small kid’s play section. We loved this museum, be inspired by our review of the WA Shipwreck Museum.
WA Maritime Museum
On a bigger scale than the Shipwreck Museum, the WA Maritime Museum offers great things to do in Perth with kids. This museum offers local history and plenty of hands-on exhibits. Personal favorites are the submarine and Australia II. Like Scitech they always offer loads of different kid’s activities Perth for the children during Western Australian school holidays.
More Information About Perth
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