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. Checkout our huge guide on things to do on a rainy day in Perth with kids here;

Free Rainy Day Activities in Perth

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! Find your local library here.

Duncraig Library, Duncraig

 

Perth Museums

A family trip to a Perth museum makes a memorable day out for kids of any age. Perth’s fantastic Cultural Centre in Northbridge is home to the Western Australian Museum , The Art Gallery of Western Australia 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 FESA 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.

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. 

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’s helicopters, small planes and more.

The Aviation Heritage Museum, Bull Creek

See Buggybuddys big list of Perth museums here.

 

Shopping Centers

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 indoor playgrounds to keeps kids amused.

Coventry Village, Morley

See the big guide to kid-friendly Perth Shopping Centres here. 

 

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 ways 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.

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. Venues West 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.

Find a Leisure Centre near you here.

Things to do on a rainy day in Perth with kids

 

Mid to High Cost Rainy Day Activities

Restaurants and 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.  

Find your nearest cinema in Perth here.

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 play area with toys which is great for keeping babies and toddlers amused whilst the older children paint.

 

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

 

Scitech

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

 

Trampoline Centers

Don’t let the kids climb the walls at home on a rainy day. Take them to one of Perth’s many trampoline centres where they can burn off all their energy by bouncing off the walls! 

Latitude Birthday Party, Joondalup

 

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

Gaming

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

iPlay, Westfield Carousel

 

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.

See our ultimate guide to Escape rooms in Perth here.

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 Glowing Rooms in Fremantle, fun themed Hi Voltage golf and the dino-tastic Chilisaurus Mini Golf. 

See our big guide to mini golf in Perth here. 

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”. 

Find a laser tag venue near you here. 

laser tag perth

 

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.

Check out our list of indoor and outdoor go kart tracks here.

PowerPlay 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 your 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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About Amanda Carlin

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 3 years ago

    Is this up to date for winter 2019?

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