rainy day in perth
It’s a very (rare) rainy day in Perth, so what shall you do with the kids? Don’t let them climb the walls at home, there is lots to do and discover indoors in Perth. We have the low down on what to do with your family in Perth, when the weather is bad. To suit all budgets, we have broken our list down into free, low to mid cost and mid to high cost activities. Buggybuddys has got you covered! Checkout our huge guide on things to do in Perth on a rainy day with kids here;

Free Rainy Day Activities in Perth

Entertaining the kids on a wet day needn’t break the bank. There’s no need to stress! There are plenty of free activities available around our wonderful city. Read on to find the best indoor activities Perth has to offer for a rainy day.

Local Libraries

A rainy day is a good excuse to check out your local library! All libraries have a dedicated children’s section, where you’ll easily spend hours reading books with your child. Most libraries offer free story time sessions for children ages 2-5 and Rhyme Time sessions for children under 2 at set times each week. As well as books, many libraries offer children’s comics and magazines, as well as many kids DVDs, making for a cheap rainy movie night! Many libraries also offer indoor activities and workshops during school holidays. Find your local library here.


Story Time Sessions

Thinking of story time, if you’re looking for the best spots for story time that’s maybe not a library, a number of Perth bookstores also offer free story time sessions with kids activities. Paper Bird, a cute children’s books and art store in Fremantle, is one of the top spots for story time every Sunday morning. Beaufort Street Books in Mt Lawley, near the Perth City, also offers a story time session every Thursday morning.

Duncraig Library, Duncraig


Perth Museums

A family trip to a Perth 

museum makes a memorable day out for kids of any age. Perth Cultural Centre in Northbridge is home to the fantastic Western Australian Museum , The Art Gallery of WA and the State Library of Western Australia (be sure to visit The Story Place!). The area is easily accessible by both car, train and bus. You can easily spend the whole day there. 

WA Museum Boola Bardip

The DEFS Education and Heritage Museum also located in Perth City is a great museum for any Fireman Sam fan and best of all it’s FREE! But please note that it’s only open Tuesday through to Thursday. Read our review.
DFES Education and Heritage Centre
Whiteman Park has many museums. If your child has a love of cars and tractors, be sure to pay a visit to the Motor Museum of WA, Revolutions Transport Museum and the Tractor Museum. A gold coin entry fee is encouraged for both Revolutions and the Tractor museum. If the weather clears up you can also enjoy the park and its playgrounds too!

Motor Museum of Western Australia, Whiteman Park

The West Australian Maritime Museum will keep kids amused for an hour or two. Here you’ll find plenty of boats to explore including HMAS Ovens, a cold war Submarine. Submarine tours are available for adults and children aged 5 and over. Just down the road, the Shipwreck Galleries are also well worth checking out. 
WA Maritime Museum, Fremantle
Another gem is the Aviation Heritage Museum of Western Australia. Kids will be able to imagine just what it’s like to be a pilot, getting behind the controls of some fantastic flying machines. There are helicopters, small planes and more.

The Aviation Heritage Museum, Bull Creek



Shopping Centres

Shopping Centres are another cheap place to entertain the kids when it’s wet outside. Most shopping centres offer kiddy cars which can either be hired for free with a deposit or for a small charge of around $5-$8. Kids love will love being “driven” around the shopping centre. Some malls also offer fun indoor things like indoor playgrounds and cheap rides for example to keep kids amused. Many fun indoor activities are available in school holiday time if you’re looking for a fun day.
Coventry Village, Morley

DIY Kids Workshops

Your local Bunnings has fun things to do with kids in Perth when it rains. On weekends and during school holiday periods, Bunnings hosts a range of free kids workshops suited to children aged five and up. In addition to this, parents can relax at the Bunnings Cafe while the kids play in the indoor playground either before or afterwards. 
Bunnings Warehouse, Joondalup, Kids Entertainment
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Low to mid Cost Wet Day Activities

If the idea of free libraries, museums and shopping centres is not floating your boat – there are many other low cost indoor activities around Perth to amuse the kids and escape the rainy weather in Perth.

Indoor Play Centers

An indoor play centre is always a popular choice during rainy weather. Pay one admission fee, and kids can spend hours exploring multi-level playgrounds and more. Why not treat yourself to a cheeky coffee and cake – you may even get a moment of relaxation for yourself. Babies aged under 1 are often free and entry fees usually vary from $6-$13.
You can find a full list of Perth’s best play centres here.

You can find a full list of Perth’s best play centres here.

Lollipop’s Playland, Butler


Leisure Centres

Many of Perth’s leisure centres have amazing indoor pool areas for kids of all ages. The best thing is entry fees are usually very reasonable. Cockburn ARC’s state of the art aquatic and recreation centre, with world class water slides, is well worth a visit. HBF at Arena Joondalup has a wonderful pool area for kids, featuring a shallow toddler pool. There is also a deeper pool which has a lazy river and a water slide. Other Leisure Centres in Perth which have excellent indoor pools for kids are Beatty Park, Bayswater Waves, Balga Leisure Centre and Belmont Oasis.


Things to do on a rainy day in Perth with kids



If you have a toddler or preschooler, joining a playgroup is a great investment for fun indoor activities in Perth. Kids get to have fun together, while parents get to enjoy a coffee and make new friendships in their community.


Mid to High Cost Rainy Day Activities

Restaurants with  Indoor Playrooms

Perth has many restaurants and cafes with indoor playgrounds and toy corners that will keep the kids amused. Some of our favourites include Sienas -Leederville, Sharkys, Hampton & Maley, Long Neck Brewery and the Belmont Tavern. See our full restaurant guide here.

Sharky's Mandurah


Cinemas in Perth 

There’s no better way of escaping the rain in Perth than with a trip to a cosy cinema! It can be costly, so be sure to look at the benefits in joining up to the respective kids or loyalty club. If you have a baby the Mother and Baby showings are well worth checking out too.  

things to do on a rainy day in perth with kids


Pottery Cafes

Pottery Cafes have popped up all over Perth. They’re a fantastic way to get creative on a rainy day. Take the kids along and choose from a selection of interesting ceramics to paint from simple tiles to mugs and money boxes. Some pottery cafes also offer a play area. Mug n Brush in Rockingham has a soft play area with toys which is great for keeping babies and toddlers amused whilst the older children paint. Find your nearest Pottery Cafe


Drop in Classes

Get out of the house and keep the kids amused with something new at an activity class. Jungle Gym offer play gym sessions every weekday morning.

Things to do on a rainy day in Perth with kids


Paint and Sip Classes

If you have the opportunity to plan ahead, why not book a family-friendly paint and sip class. Relax and spend a day or a rainy night creating a vibrant artwork. Parents can enjoy a glass of wine while kids enjoy snacks and cordial.



Scitech one of Perth’s favourite places to spend a rainy day with kids of any age. Younger children will love Discoverland – an exclusive area for 3 – 7 year olds. Kids can play with hands-on exhibits that stimulate them to experiment with forces through magnets, air, water, gravity, electricity and their muscles. Read our Scitech review here.

Scitech Toddlerfest


Aquarium of Western Australia – AQWA

Discover Western Australia’s favourite indoor aquarium centre on a Perth rainy day. The majority of the exhibits are indoors, and the touch pool where kids can get up close and personal with a selection of sea life is undercover outside. Why not grab lunch at the cafeteria style cafe and make a day of it? Whether you’re a local or just visiting Perth, a visit to AQWA is a great way to spend the day! Read our AQWA review.


Climbing Centres

Don’t let the kids climb the walls at home on a rainy day. Take them to one of Perth’s many Indoor Climbing Centres where they can literally climb the walls! What better way to keep them busy on a rainy day? Check out Rockface where there is no minimum age for climbers, and have a small dedicated bouldering wall for little kids to scramble around on.

Trampoline Centres

Take the kids to one of Perth’s many trampoline centres where they can burn off all their energy by bouncing off the walls! 

Flip Out Mandurah


Inflatable World

Inflatable World has locations in Joondalup, Shenton Park, Leeming and Ballajura. You can expect the kids to have a huge adrenaline rush when they see the large inflatables that boast slides, climbing walls, obstacles and more. Read the Buggybuddys review

Things to do on a rainy day in Perth with kids


Roller Skating

Roller-skating is lots of high energy fun! Rollerzone is WA’s largest indoor roller skating and blading rink. The large skating rink is lit up with loads of colourful lights, lasers and shiny disco balls. The dance music gets everyone involved, from singing along to favourite tunes and dancing to pop one hit wonders like the Macarena and Gangnam Style.

Things to do on a rainy day in Perth with kids

Bowling Centres

Bowling is a great indoor activity to wile away a rainy day. Perth indoor ten pin bowling centres such as Strike Bowling in Karrinyup or Forrest Chase and Zone Bowling include other activities including arcade games, lazer tag and karaoke. Most have deals in the school holidays that include a game or two and a meal. With this in mind, kids of all ages will be kept entertained. Read the Buggybuddys review.
iPlay, Westfield Whitford City


If your kids love gaming, they’ll love a trip to Timezone. The timed play packs offered great value and the kids enjoyed being able to play one game after the next without having to be told they had spent all their money. iPlay is also a super fun arcade for families, some stores also include bumper cars and climbing walls. Another relatively new way to entertain your kids in the gaming world is to head to a Virtual Reality gaming center, like Zero Latency


Zone Bowling Birthday Party


Escape Rooms

Perfect for older children, the brain teasing games found in an Escape Room are sure to test the entire family. An Escape Room is a real-life, puzzle-solving adventure game. You and your team are locked into a room, immersed in a fantasy scenario with one aim – to escape working together, using clues and solving puzzles to beat the clock. Perth has a number of escape rooms to choose from.

Escape this


Indoor Mini golf

Mini golf isn’t just for sunny days! In Perth there are many spots which have indoor mini golf courses too. From the super fun and wacky Holey Moley (currently 4 venues in Perth), to the mind boggling 3D mini golf of Glowing Rooms in Fremantle, fun themed Hi Voltage golf and the dino-tastic Chillisaurus Mini Golf. Kids and adults will love to putt putt your way through a rainy day!

glowing rooms mini golf perth


Laser Tag in Perth

Laser tag is high-intensity fun that the whole family can enjoy together! Kids will love running around in their gear on special “missions”. 

Zone Bowling Birthday Party


Indoor Go Karting

Why should the little people have all the fast-paced fun? Great fun for older kids, go-karting is popular with grown-ups too. Challenge your family to a Hamilton vs Verstappen style show down – you may even find you have a mini Danny Ric on your hands! Whether you’re north or south of the river, Perth has some great go-karting tracks that are perfect for rainy days.

PowerPlay Perth


Indoor Skydiving

Looking for some fun rainy day activities for adults and kids? Why not skydive with iFLY, Perth’s best indoor skydiving centre? iFLY Indoor Skydiving Perth is located just 10 minutes from the CBD. Kids will love the freedom of flying in the vertical wind tunnel. Read our iFLY review.

iFly Indoor Skydiving Experience, Perth

And finally, one fun idea is to simply rug up in your waterproof clothes and gumboots and jump in those puddles! 

Have we missed any of your favourite things to do on a rainy day in Perth with kids? Let us know in the comments below!

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Amanda Carlin has her own food and travel blog. Established in 2013, "The Chef, His Wife and Their Perth-fect Life" has enjoyed an exciting name change in 2021, as "The Chef's Ex-wife" embarks on new adventures with Simply PERTHfect. Amanda loves getting out and about in Perth and WA, as well as brunching, tapas or something a little fancy in equal measures. With her son "Little Chef" in tow, Amanda always has plenty of family friendly eating options to recommend too! Be sure to check out Simply PERTHfect.

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  1. Nicola 5 years ago

    Is this up to date for winter 2019?

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