What are the best things to do in Perth with kids? Family activities Perth are wide-ranging, from the beautiful outdoors to lots of indoor activities for kids as well.
There are some excellent family-oriented Perth specific websites covering all types of kids’ activities Perth. There is so much in Perth for kids, the young people in this beautiful city are very lucky. This post is intended for both visitors to Perth, as well as locals wanting to know what to do with kids. We have put together this list because we wanted to provide a tried and tested list of best things to do in Perth with kids.
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Top Kids Activities Perth
When you love a city as much as Perth (and we do!) it is hard to narrow your advice down. We have tried to walk in the shoes of the visitor and consider the top things to do in Perth with kids. I’ve grouped the different attractions in order.
Our guarantees to you – these family activities Perth have been tested by us. We are confident in saying they are amongst the best family things to do in Perth. The good news is, as we do more around Perth, the more we can add to the list.
Perth Playgrounds & Parks
Without a doubt, Perth is blessed with some of the very finest playgrounds in all of Australia. How can we say that with such confidence? Well, we have traveled extensively, and although the saying ‘there is no place like home’ the Perth parks and playgrounds are state-of-the-art.
Most of the new playgrounds are designed sensitively with consideration for the area they are located in and have a natural theme. They encourage children to play in their native surroundings, as well as extending them to challenge themselves. Without a doubt, one of the best (and cheapest) family things to do in Perth is to visit one of the many playgrounds. For a full round-up of our favorites read, Perth Playgrounds & Parks In Perth.
Inner-city Perth: What To Do In Perth With Kids
We love Kings Park, the world’s largest inner-city park. Kings Park offers a full day of family things to do in Perth, meaning that it’s interesting for all ages. Let’s start with the views – you get stunning vistas over Perth city and the Swan River at all times of the day, but particularly at sunset. The Western Australian War Memorial is a somber reminder of the impact of war, while the Botanic Garden provides a beautiful introduction to the glorious plant species of Western Australia. If you can visit during September for their stunning wildflower festival. For our full overview, please read about Kings Park here.
Of course, the BEST kid’s activities Perth are the varied playgrounds in Kings Park. They surely are amongst the best collection of children’s playgrounds in all of Australia. For more detailed information, please read A Guide to Kings Park Playgrounds.
Elizabeth Quay Area
One of Western Australia’s newer family activities Perth 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. Our children have always loved a ride on the gorgeous Elizabeth Quay Merry Go Round.
Don’t forget to pack some extra clothes to get wet, as at all times of year the kids can’t resist getting wet at the awesome Water Play Park. 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.
SciTech And The Perth Planetarium
SciTech is an interactive science museum with loads of hands-on activities to captivate your child, as well as having a great Planetarium. During Western Australian holidays there are special exhibits to keep your kids on their toes, and so if you are looking for school holiday activities Perth, be sure to check out SciTech.
SciTech is also our pick for rainy day activities in Perth with kids.
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.
For more information check out our full review of Scitech and the Perth Planetarium here.
Depending on where you hail from, Perth Zoo is a wonderful way to spend the day and is one the best kids’ activities Perth. You can spend the whole day here learning more about animals, especially local marsupials.
I copied this beautiful phrase from the Perth Zoo website, “A childhood trip to the zoo used to be a beloved rite of passage, but increasingly some people are beginning to feel uncomfortable with zoos”. Read more of that article here.
To be honest, I felt that way about the Perth Zoo. Then I did some more research and found that they had regional accreditation for animal welfare. They were also commended for their conservation and breeding programs. In fact, the Perth Zoo orangutan breeding program has apparently released more orangutans back into their native habitat than any other breeding program.
In general, at the Perth Zoo, I found that the animals were healthy and well cared for and it was easy to view them without being intrusive.
If you are staying in Perth city, our top tip would be to take the ferry from Elizabeth Quay to South Perth. This public transport ferry offers world-class views of Perth Skyline for a fraction of the price of a tour.
In addition, go early in the day, preferably at the opening as the animals seem more active. After our first visit to the zoo, where the queues around lunchtime were huge, we packed our own picnic and enjoyed eating in a grassed area.
If the kids are getting tired during the afternoon, consider booking zebra car tours. These are like large golf carts, driven by volunteers, that cart you around the zoo. The minimum price for the zebra car to operate is $10 and it seats up to 10 people. Not only is it a great way to get some insider information about the Perth Zoo, but when it is hot outside the zebra car can be a lifesaver. We suggest if you are looking for some family things to do in Perth that you give the Perth Zoo a try.
Perth’s Seaside Suburbs: Things For Kids To Do In Perth
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 alternatively take a look at Scarborough Beach. While Cottesloe has beautiful art deco buildings and a rock wall to walk out on, their playground is a little older. Scarborough has a brand new, multi-million dollar playground that is fantastic and will keep the kids occupied for an hour at least. Indian Ocean views are a must if you are going to visit Perth. We suggest that heading down to the coast at sunset will be worth your while.
If you are looking for a list of beaches in Western Australia and near Perth, check out our post, Best Beaches In Western Australia.
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 SciTtech, they always offer loads of different kid’s activities Perth for the children during Western Australian school holidays.
AQWA – The Aquarium Of WA
While AQWA is quite small, you can easily spend a half-day here learning more about the Western Australian coastline. There is a stunning and well-presented collection of marine life. Even the toddlers will get into the action.
There is a central shark tank and an underwater tunnel goes through the tank. You ride on a slow conveyer belt so that you can see the sea life swimming around. We saw manta rays, sharks, many fish, and even a turtle. We went in the afternoon when it was not busy, so we even went for a second lap around the conveyor belt.
Our full hints for a visit to AQWA are found here: Tips For Visiting The AQWA Aquarium With Kids.
Whiteman Park (Includes Caversham Wildlife Park & Train Ride For The Kids)
Did you know that Whiteman Park is reputed to be the largest metropolitan park in the world? With so much to see and do, we want our visitors to get the most out of their visit to the Park.
You can feed kangaroos at Caversham Wildlife Park, visit the Boy Of The Bush in the Children’s Forest, jump in the driver’s seat of a bus at Revolutions Transport Museum, and have fun with all the different activities on offer each school holidays. With so much variety, you’ll need to ask mum and dad to come back over and over again!
Our top tips for a visit to Whiteman Park is:
- Plan your day well, as the park is big with a lot to see.
- Allow a full day for the area.
- Allow time for driving, it takes about 20 minutes from central Perth.
Don’t forget to read our helpful review and information at Caversham Wildlife Park Perth. This is a must for an opportunity to feed a kangaroo or koala, and to meet a wombat!
Outback Splash Perth is located near the Swan Valley and about 45 minutes from Perth’s CBD. This awesome waterpark is so much fun and one of the top family things to do in Perth. Outback Splash has many waterslides, splash zones, and water play areas for families to cool off.
If waterslides aren’t your thing or if it is too cool outside to properly enjoy the water, there are still other year-round activities. These activities include mini-golf, mazes, a playground, sensory activities, and Australian animal encounters. If you are looking for things to do in Perth for kids, consider Outback Splash no matter what time of year.
Latitude Perth is a giant indoor trampoline and climbing centre. The kids really love this place as they get nonstop fun. It’s certainly a good way to wear off their beans and bounce. Our kids would tell you this is one of their favorite family activities in Perth.
Note, it does get busy during the school holidays and especially on wet days. If you are traveling by public transport you can walk to Latitude Perth from Edgewater train station.
There is a variety of activities including a mixture of different trampolines, rock climbing, skywalk, and a parkour/ obstacle style course. Kids need to be 125cm for one for the large trampoline jumps and for “The Grid” but otherwise, anyone any size can go on. This puts our 5-year-old just under, but no issues for the 8-year-old.
Make sure you have enclosed shoes for any of the climbing activities and you’ll need to purchase latitude specific socks if you don’t already have them ($2.50 a pair). Children under 13 need to be supervised while climbing. However, the rest of the harnessed activities just need an adult to accompany them to get their harness and they’re good to go.
There is also a section for under 5’s but they then can’t go to the main area. When the kids were a little younger I found it hard to be able to supervise them all as the smaller kids area is a bit more tucked away.
Yanchep National Park Koalas & Trees Adventure
Yanchep National Park offers a truly Australian bush experience in a lovely setting just a short drive from Perth. Yanchep is famous for its resident kangaroos and koalas. It is a peaceful and beautiful setting. You can see many local birds like swans and pelicans, amongst others.
You can take a tour of the Crystal Cave and, on weekends, you should ask about the Aboriginal cultural experiences.
Pack a picnic and enjoy a low priced, typical Australian bush experience. The best time to see the kangaroos is in the morning or evening. However, many people also see them during the middle of the day!
If you have adventurous kids, you will love the Trees Adventure Yanchep Park, which is WA’s latest addition to a number of other Treetop Adventure Parks. We loved the one at Dwellingup, Tree Adventures Dwellingup, and can’t wait to try the other one soon.
Other Family Activities Perth You Might Enjoy
Being that there are so many things to do in Perth with kids, we simply couldn’t include everything in this post. If you are looking for specific Perth attractions for kids, and a full-day trip is what you are after, we have you covered. The Best Perth Day Trips has many great ideas.
If you have a bit more time to spend, check out Best Perth Weekend Getaways for itinerary ideas. This post is filled with many things to do around Perth for family ideas but also ideas for solo travelers or couples as well.
Need help planning your Perth itinerary, take a look at Awesome Perth Itinerary For Family Travellers.
Our Verdict – Things To Do In Perth With Kids
There are so many great things to do in Perth with kids that we simply could not fit them all in this post. Perth is such a great city, and there truly are so many kids activities Perth. Whether it is indoor activities for kids Perth you are after or outdoor fun, there are many options.
Did we miss anything? Do you have any other fun Perth for kids activities you can think of? If so, please let us know in the comments below.
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