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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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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