Don’t worry about the kids being bored these holidays, we have 50 things to do on summer holidays to keep them busy. This list includes free, cheap, and low-cost activities that won't break the bank.
So bookmark this list and come back to it as you need … 50 things to do on summer holidays there are bound to be a few you haven’t tried. Let's make these holidays the best ones yet!
What to do on summer holidays for free
1. Head to the beach - to make it even more exciting maybe head somewhere you haven't been before. Rockingham foreshore is fun, the kids can swim out to the pontoons, jump off the jetty and snorkel the shipwrecks. When they get sick of the water they can play on the numerous playgrounds or get a game going on the beautiful grassed areas.
2. Check out your local library. Apart from borrowing books, libraries have lots of free school holiday activities. Did you know that many libraries also lend board games, PlayStation/Xbox games, and also have toy libraries?
3. Head down to Mandurah visitors centre and get your guide to Thomas Dambo's giants. Use the clues to find them hidden around the Peel area.
4. Have you visited the Kwinana Adventure Park yet? Voted Australia's best park, it has a huge amount of play equipment for children of all ages. The best part - it's wheelchair friendly and has a water play area so make sure to pack your bathers 🥽
5. Head out to the airport and watch the planes taking off at the Airport Viewing Platform - you could even make up stories about where they are going! Or head over to the Jandkot one - a public viewing area is located on Eagle Drive, adjacent to the Air Traffic Control tower and the Aviators Café. Disabled parking is available.
6. Cool down at the all new Maylands Waterland - suitable for all ages.
7. Have fun at the brand new Koolaanga Waabiny playground in Mandurah.
8. Practise learning the road rules by getting the scooters and bikes and check out The Avenue’s traffic park and playground. Located in Armadale.
9. Visit the Baldivis Children’s Forest.
10. Be a pirate for a day at Skipwreck Cove Playground in Golden Bay.
Things to do in the summer holidays at home
11. Check out art hub for kids on Youtube and do a directed drawing. All you need is paper and things to draw with.
12. Get a Kids Craft Box and get crafty at home. The best thing about these boxes is that they come with everything you need - no need to be a Pinterest worthy mum or dad!
13. Make a family bucket list or vision board. Come with some things you would like to do as a family this year. You can even use this list to help you get started with ideas. Make a vision board by cutting out pictures of your ideas from old magazines, newspapers, flyers, and brochures and sticking them into a scrapbook or piece of paper. Want to go digital? Create a Pinterest board instead.
14. Play board games or even make your own board game! Borrow a new one from your local library (Kwinana library has lots!)
15. Host a fashion show - raid your wardrobes and the dress-up box and have a fashion show
16. Do a bedroom makeover (bonus you can clear out old toys and clothes and make room for Christmas gifts)
17. Have a movie night, put out some mattresses on the living room floor, string up some fairy lights, and make some popcorn. Try a theme (Disney movies, star wars) or pick a movie each.
18. Make a marble run. There are so many different ways to make these just google marble runs and you will have thousands of ideas.
19. Do a science experiment! You can do something easy like exploding volcanoes. Make a volcano out of paper mache or in a sandpit. Put in some bicarbonate of soda, and red food dye. Then put in some vinegar and see what happens. For more experiments just google science experiments for kids or easy STEM activities for kids - there are hundreds to choose from.
20. Host a challenge - it could be a reading challenge, cooking challenge or indoor bowling challenge whatever you like.
Low-cost things to do in Perth summer holidays
21. Meal and a play at Ikea - meals start from around $3 and the kids can play on the playground while you browse - or enjoy a coffee on your own!
22. Visit the Maritime Museum in Fremantle - while you're there why not check out bathers beach or the big ferris wheel?
23. For the little ones head to Tiny Town and relax in their cafe while the kids have a ball.
24. Visit your local pools and tire the kids out in the water - fun for the whole family
25. Head to your local Rebound and jump, jump, jump around.
26. Visit the WA Muesum Boola Bardip
27. Head to a child-friendly Fringe Show like Family Rave Day - check out the full schedule at Fringe world
28. Learn about space at the Gravity Discovery Centre in GinGin
29. Paint and Play at Mug n Brush
30. Try your best at an escape room at Escape This.
Fun Paid School Holiday Activities
31. Toy Story in concert with WASO, watch the movie and listen to the WA Symphony Orchestra as they play along.
32. Check out Jurassic World by Brickman - lego dinosaurs anyone?
33. Check out what's on at Scitech
34. Make your own bath bombs at Batherapy
35. Cuddle a koala at Cohunu Koala Park in Byford.
36. Head to Perth Zoo, they even have live music on Saturday evenings over January
37. Burn off some energy at Adventure World
38. Check out AQUA and spend the day at Hillarys Boat Harbour
39. Get wet at Perth Aqua Park in Baldivis
40. Minecraft fans will love spending the day at Mindbuzz Minecraft camps.
41. Swing through the trees at Treetops Adventure in Yanchep
42. Slip and Slide at Outback Splash
43. Get adventurous at the Swan Valley Adventure Centre
44. Burn off school holiday boredom by doing some indoor rock climbing at Rockface Indoor Climbing
45. Take a day trip to Rottnest island and take a selfie with a quokka
46. Test your fear of heights at Optus Stadium and take a Halo Tour
47. Double down on conquering any fears of heights by climbing Matagarup bridge
48. Go go karting at Hi-Voltage Entertainment Centre in Belmont
49. Beat the heat at Cockburn Ice Skating Arena
50. Book a staycation and pretend you are a traveler - sightsee and try out as many activities on this list as you can!
We'd love to hear what you are planning to do these holidays so let us know in the comments below.
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