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Free Things to do in Perth with Kids


Going out with the kids doesn’t have to break the budget. There are lots of things to do around our beautiful city that won’t cost you anything more than petrol or public transport or perhaps a gold coin donation. Take a look through our list of activities, half day trips and full days to keep the kids entertained.


Short activities

Join Rhyme Time at your local library

Rhyme Time at your local library is fun and free. Hosted by library staff, it is full of songs and stories to keep young children amused.

The Story Place, The State Library of Western Australia

The State Library of Western Australia has a vibrant children’s mezzanine floor, called The Story Place, full of children’s books and educational activities. Children can explore the floor at their own pace, join in with story time or just find a quiet corner to snuggle up with you and a good book.  Check the calendar to see what’s on.

City of Perth Library

Tunes for Tots

Hosted by the City of Melville, Tunes for Tots is suitable for children 2+ years. Dance, move, sing songs and have fun together. Tunes for Tots runs weekly at Point Walter.

LEGO Club at your local library

Does your child love building with LEGO? Why not head along to your local library’s LEGO Club? These usually run in after school hours so both big and little kids can join in the fun.

Lego challenge free play

Story Time at Paper Bird

Join Holly and Sarah for Sunday Story Time at Paper Bird. Story Time is on every Sunday morning at 9:30am. Read some favourite stories together in the courtyard. This is a free event, open to all! Story Time welcomes everyone, but is best for under 6’s.

Paper Bird, Fremantle


Visit Bunnings for their free family events. Children’s activities are held at Bunnings stores most weekends, and on special occasions such as Halloween and Christmas there may be more activities held mid-week. In addition, parents can grab a coffee at the while kids can play in the fenced indoor playground at most larger Bunnings stores. 

Bunnings Warehouse, Joondalup, Kids Entertainment

Perth Airport Viewing Platform

Go plane spotting at Perth Airport. There is a large carpark with free parking available, and the pathway up to the shaded viewing platform is both pram and wheelchair accessible. Download a free plane tracker app to see when planes are due to land or take off.

Perth Airport Viewing Platform

Jandakot Airport

Another location for plane spotting is Jandakot Airport. There is a public viewing area located in the parkland adjacent to the control tower. Pack a picnic and watch your children’s faces light up in delight at all the planes they’ll see!

Jandakot Airport

Froggy’s Fun on the Green

Froggy’s Fun on the Green is a free family-friendly mobile outdoor play session for families or carers with children aged 0 to 5 years run in conjunction with the City of Cockburn. The program includes activities for children and is a chance for mums, dads and carers to connect with others, access information on child development and get support in their parenting roles in a family-friendly environment. Froggy’s operates during school terms on Mondays and Tuesdays. During the two hour play sessions, kids can get hands-on with playdough, games and toys.

Froggy's Fun on the Green

Buster – It’s All About Play

Buster the Fun Bus is a great community asset in Fremantle. Despite the loss of state government funding, ouncil has endorsed to continue supporting the popular free parenting program.

Buster It’s All about Play is a free, multi-sensory, hands-on active and child centred program that offers creative and fun opportunities for families to learn and play together.

Play In the Park

PLAY IN THE PARK is a free “drop in” playgroup in a lovely outdoor setting which runs during school term. Come along and join in a variety of craft, games, stories, rhymes and other fun activities for children aged 0-5 years. Bring along a bottle of water, healthy snack and remember to be sun smart and slip, slop, slap.

Meet other parents, share in activities and find out what is available in the area. Enjoy playing, socialising and creating fun with your children in a great outdoor setting.

The Bird, Fish and Reptile Place

The Bird, Fish & Reptile Place is a Garden Centre and pet supply store in Wattle Grove.  While it’s a popular place to pick up some crazy crabs for the kids, what makes it a little different from other pet and garden stores are the huge garden statues which kids will love! Be greeted by the huge T-Rex, see a shark, lizards and birds, and finish up with an ice cream at the end.

Visit an Indoor Playground

Kids love a playground – but hot and rainy weather can often put a dampener on all the fun!  The good news is that there are plenty of free indoor playgrounds in Perth. Coventry Village Markets have an awesome fully fenced indoor kids’ playground with eateries all around. Karrinyup Shopping Centre food court has a small soft fall play area for little ones in addition to The Cubby outside. Swan Settlers Markets are home to lots of goodies, as well as a play area for kids! 

Coventry Village, Morley


Half day activities


DFES Education and Heritage Centre

Spend some time exploring the old fire station at the DFES Education and Heritage Centre. Children can climb a fire engine, dress up as a fire fighter, and explore the educational exhibits both up and downstairs. Entry is free and the friendly volunteers are full of interesting facts.

DFES Education and Heritage Centre

Visit Yokine Reserve

Pack a picnic, a change of clothes and your bike or scooter. Yokine Reserve is packed with lots to keep toddlers to tweens entertained. Play with musical equipment, climb, swing or splash in the water play in the fenced Playspace. Walk the paths that surround and run through the reserve. If you have some change free, you can always stop off at the coffee van for refreshments or an icy pole along the way. There’s even treats for the family pooch!

Yokine Reserve

Discover What’s On at Wanneroo Regional Museum and Wanneroo Library and Cultural Centre

Explore the exhibits at Wanneroo Regional Museum and the Wanneroo Library and Cultural Centre. The Museum also has ongoing public programs including school holiday activities to entertain the whole family. The exhibits and activities change regularly, so be sure to check back often to see what’s on!

Wanneroo Regional Museum

Play at Maylands Waterland

Why not spend a few hours at Maylands Waterland? This iconic water playground has been a favourite since the 1970s. It has recently undergone a refresh. A new playground is available from July 2022, with the water play to reopen from September. Bring down your cooler and enjoy a picnic or barbie with the family. Stage 1 is free to access from 1st July. Check the website to see what the fees will be for waterplay once this is completed. 

Maylands Waterland

Find Fairies with Kalamunda Fairy Doors

Can you find the fairies? There are about twenty doors to find, with several little located throughout Stirk Park. The doors are all decorated differently reflecting the hobbies and personalities of the fairies living there – the fairy door at the dramatic society is a stage curtain or the one at the Kalamunda Hotel made out of corks and bottle tops and the one at the library made out of books for example. The doors are all located within walking distance of each other. Why not combine with a play in Stirk Park, with a visit to the Kalamunda Night Market, or stop for a coffee at one of the local cafes? 

Kalamunda Fairy Door Trail

WA Shipwrecks Museum

Visit the WA Shipwrecks Museum in Fremantle. The galleries house hundreds of relics from ships wrecks along the treacherous WA coastline. Entry is free, though a donation is suggested.

WA Shipwrecks Museum

Explore Eric Singleton Bird Sanctuary

Eric Singleton Bird Sanctuary is an urban wetland located in Bayswater. Pack your bikes or scooters and explore the trails and paths. Keep your eyes out for the many birds that make their home here, including ducks, pelicans, swallows, honeyeaters and hawks. This is close by to Bayswater Riverside Gardens, where you could stop off for a play in the playground, a splash in the shallow river waters or a picnic.

Herdsman Lake Regional Park

Take a walk and explore Herdsman Lake Regional Park. Start your visit at the Herdsman Lake Discovery Centre, which can be visited for a $5 on open days. Grab a coffee at Twitchers Coffee, and then head along the Olive Seymour Boardwalk. Spot the amazing birdlife that lives around the lake as you go. Alternatively, grab your bikes or scooters and travel the path around the 7km perimeter of the lake. It is relatively flat making it a good ride for kids.

Hyde Park

Pack a picnic or barbecue supplies, your bike or scooter and your swimmers! Kids will love playing around in the water on the splash pad, doing laps of the lake on their bikes and spotting the wildlife as they go, or playing in the castle themed playground. Coffee or food vans often visit on weekends, so don’t forget a few coins for an ice cream or coffee. 

Elizabeth Quay

The ten million dollar BHP Billiton Water Park at Elizabeth Quay is a huge, interactive water feature. The water park features fountains, mist and puddles to splash around in and a mosaic floor that is inspired by the Nyoongar people. Combine this with a play at the maritime-themed Island Playground, which has been designed in collaboration with Nature Play. Little pirate lovers can ring the bell, walk the plank or keep a look out in the crows nest in the three-story climbing tower, which also features nets, a slide and rope bridges.  There’s a shady sandpit too. The water play area, where kids can pump the water to create a stream, is very popular. For a great view of the city from the river and extra excitement, park across the river at Mends Street and take the TransPerth Ferry across. The kids will love it!

Top Things to Do and Eat at Elizabeth Quay

Visit Bibra Lake

Bibra Lake features a variety of free entertainment. Visit Bibra Lake Regional Playground and let the kids blow off some steam. This playground features an all-abilities play area, flying fox and water play. Pack a picnic or pack the Esky for a barbecue. On the other hand, why not take your bikes or scooters and explore the trail around the lake? This 6 kilometre loop is an easy to follow dual use path. Bibra Lake is also home to The Wetlands Centre. This is run by volunteers who are working to restore the lake. City of Cockburn hosts workshops and wildlife education for free or for a small cost. Why not  learn about your local wildlife and combine this with lunch and a play at the park? 

Bibra Lake Regional Playground

Visit Kingsway Regional Sporting Complex and Playground

It is easy to pass a couple of hours playing at Kingsley Regional Sporting Complex and Playground. Bring your bathers and have a splash at the free splashpad, play in the Dinosaur Playground and enjoy a barbecue. There are paths for riding bikes, or take some greens and visit the duck ponds. If your kids are more sporty, why not kick around a football or play some cricket?

Kingsway Regional Playground

Go Geocaching

Geocaching is a loosely organised individual sport relying on satellite technology to show you where latitude and longitude coordinates are within a few metres. Geocachers set off to find coordinates that they have gotten from websites or apps, and when they get there they are rewarded with a find. What do they find? More often than not, a small box containing a log book, maybe some swappable goodies, and a pencil. It’s about the thrill of the hunt! Geocachers write a log in the book about their hunt, they may swap something they have for something in the box, always making sure their swap is fair, and replace the container exactly as they found it. The trinkets swapped are usually small $2 shop goodies or similar. If this sounds like an activity you’d like to try with the family, you can download the Geocaching Australia app for free from the Apple App Store or Google Play. More information is available on the Geocaching Australia website. 

Esplanade Youth Plaza

The Esplanade Youth Plaza in Fremantle is a family-friendly, inner-city hangout located at the south-eastern corner of Fremantle’s Esplanade Reserve. The Esplanade Youth Plaza features a world-class skate park catering for skaters of all abilities with its long continuous street run and other elements such as stair sets, hubbas, rails and gaps. It also provides great fun for BMX and scooter riders. The Esplanade Youth Plaza also includes WA’s first outdoor parkour park. The Plaza is located close by to the existing traditional Esplanade playground which caters well to younger children.

Esplanade Youth Plaza, Fremantle

Discover Local History at Mount Flora Museum

Mount Flora Museum is a great little spot in Waterman’s Bay to spend an hour or so. Kids will be fascinated by many old household artefacts. There are various themed sections. World war two history, famous local people, haberdashery, the local area, market gardens of the past and all about local life in decades gone past. Head up to the roof to enjoy the stunning ocean view, or bring a picnic to enjoy in the playground. 

Tours are currently by appointment only, please phone City of Stirling on (08) 9205 8555 to book in. However the Museum is often open in school holidays, so check the website for updates before heading over, and entry costs a gold coin. 

Mount Flora Museum, Watermans Bay


Day Trips


Explore Whiteman Park, Swan Valley

Explore the many wonders at Whiteman Park. Pack a picnic and your swimmers and go for a dip in the free kids pool. Take a wander in the Children’s Forest or take a bushwalk, and have a play in the Village West Playground. If you visit on the second Sunday of the month, you can watch the Tractor Parade with commences at 1pm.

Whiteman Park Waterplayground

Explore Kings Park

Pack a picnic lunch and explore the many playgrounds or bushwalking tracks around Kings Park. Bring a change of clothes and get splashing and grubby in the Rio Tinto Naturescape. Get climbing in the Saw Avenue Picnic Area and Variety Place. Explore the more toddler friendly playgrounds of the Lotterywest Ivey Watson Playground. Visit the dinosaurs in the Synergy Parkland. Pay your respects at the War Memorial, and see the wildflowers and water features in the Botanic Gardens.

Naturescape Kings Park

Explore Perth City

Why not be a tourist in your own city for the day? Visit the library. Play at Yagan Square Playspace. Ride the CAT Buses – it’s free! For a small fee, why not join a walking tour of Perth’s Street Art with Oh Hey WA? Enjoy a ride across the river to South Perth, or start your journey from there. Visit the Bell Tower – Entry for kids is free in school holidays with an adult ticket! 

Perth Attractions

Explore Mundaring

Explore the playgrounds in Mundaring. Get climbing and digging at the Mundaring Community Sculpture Park. Explore the toddler friendly CY O’Connor Hub Playground, fire up the barbie, and take a walk around Mundaring Weir.

Mundaring Weir Playground

Visit Osprey Waters Foreshore Reserve

Osprey Waters Foreshore Reserve is located 4km from the Mandurah City Centre and is the perfect spot for a great family day out! Not only does the nature based playground ‘tick all the right boxes’, the possibilities for fun and adventure seem endless, from water based fun such as fishing, kayaking or swimming to a leisurely walk, bike ride or simply relaxing with a book under a shady tree on the grass. Pack a picnic or barbecue lunch and make a day of it.

Osprey Waters Foreshore Reserve, Erskine

Play at Rainbow Waters Playground

Get splashy at the Rainbow Waters Playground! The Rainbow Waters Playground is located opposite the library in Ellenbrook. It is an award-winning free to use water park and was one of the first water parks in Perth to use the splash pad surface. The water park has 15 interactive water features which include fountains, bubble jets and spray guns. The park is situated next to a large field perfect for playing a few ball games. There is also a BMX dirt track and a lake situated within walking distance. Pack a picnic lunch and make a day of it.

Ellenbrook Rainbow Waters Playground

Visit Lake Leschenaultia

Get the lowdown on the Lake Leschenaultia mountain bike trails… Best of all, it’s FREE to visit and ride at the lake! There’s a trail to suit all experience levels. If water sport  are more your scene, be sure to take your canoes and SUPS along, or just pack your swimmers and prepare to get splashing. There’s a café nearby, open on weekends and school holidays, or pack your cooler for a picnic or barbecue. 

Lake Leschenaultia

Discover the Swan Valley with The Great Valley Rally

The Great Valley Rally is a family car rally and a great way to discover the Swan Valley region. The first stop is to the Swan Valley Visitor Centre which is located in the gorgeous old Guildford Courthouse, to collect the clue sheet and a map of the area so you know where to stop off for lunch or some sampling of the delicious Swan Valley produce.

The aim of the Great Valley Rally is to follow Stirling Swan’s cryptic clues around the Swan Valley to solve a riddle.  Once the riddle is solved you return the completed clue sheets to the Visitors Centre for a little gift and a family certificate. It takes about three hours to complete, longer of course if you stop for lunch and a look around at the locations, and it’s completely free! The recommended age group is 5yrs to 12yr but really, it’s enjoyable for a wider range than that.

The Great Valley Rally

Discover the Swan Valley with The Amazing Valley Chase.

Similar to The Great Valley Rally, on the exciting Amazing Valley Chase, Taylor Tortoise will guide you around the many attractions of the Swan Valley using a clever clue sheet. you will need to follow the clues laid out by canny Taylor in the hope of answering his riddle and reaching the finish line, where again you can claim a prize and certificate – not to mention the satisfaction of outsmarting old Taylor! Designed for families with children aged five to 12 years old, the trail begins at the Swan Valley Visitor Centre and takes around three hours to complete, maybe a little more if you stop off for lunch along the way.

Swan Valley Amazing Valley Chase


What are your favourite free things to do in Perth with kids?  

Find other events and things to do with your family today. If you’ve got a toddler or pre-schooler, why not also check out our list of Free Attractions for Little Kids? There’s lots to keep your little ones busy! 

About Holly Clark

Holly Clark is currently a stay at home mum of one, a self-confessed coffee addict and a baker of sweet treats. She studied Professional Writing and Editing, and occasionally writes on her recipe blog, Lucky Star's Kitchen

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