Holiday times are great, aren’t they? Except, that is, if you run out of ideas of what to do with the kids. The words, “I’m bored” are enough to strike fear into the heart of any parent or caregiver. But fear not, because July in Perth is awash with activities to keep the whole family amused. And with many not being weather dependent, you can be assured of a fun-filled holiday, no matter what Mother Nature decides to throw at us.
Check out the following top-notch ideas that’ll not only leave the kids exhausted at the end of the day, but also have the adults (AKA big kids) rocking the vibe as well.
- Get in touch with your inner Eskimo with an authentic snow and ice experience
Don’t worry, you don’t have to max out the credit cards travelling to the Snowy Mountains, because this July you only need visit Perth for some truly wintery fun. Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday the Hay Street Mall showers visitors with snow – a magical experience for kids (and big kids) of all ages.
The wintry wizardry occurs from Friday to Sunday each week. On Friday it’s in the evening, from 5pm – 8pm, three times an hour for 10 minutes at a time. And on Saturday and Sunday the same happens between 2pm – 5pm. It’s free to join in and takes place from 28 June to 21 July 2019. The location is also pushchair and wheelchair friendly, making it a not-to-be missed winter activity that everyone can enjoy.
On the same shivery note, head to Elizabeth Quay at The Esplanade where you can don a pair of skates and zoom across the ice to your heart’s content. Available for all ages from 3 years upwards (with adult chaperones), skates and helmets are included in the entry fee. Open daily from June 28 – July 21, 2019, from 10am – 9pm Monday to Wednesday and 10am – 10pm Thursday to Sunday.
- Support endangered species at Perth Zoo
The 41 acres of Perth Zoo not only showcases all the usual suspects, but they also run a strategic breeding program of many rare species. Perhaps one of the most successful is that of the critically endangered Sumatran orangutan, the close human relative that’s lost the majority of its natural habitat and has been hunted close to extinction.
The zoo is also the first in the world to breed the short-beaked echidna in captivity. A visit to this extraordinary collection of animals is an eye-opening and immensely satisfying day out, not to mention you’ll be supporting a truly worthwhile cause.
- Forget walking… Get bouncing!
If the kids are old enough to walk, then they’re old enough to bounce. And BounceInc trampoline park is just the place to do it. In fact, such an activity is great for pre-schoolers to improve their balance and coordination, not to mention older kids who’ll adore the chance to explore their athletic skills as they bounce higher and higher…
It’s a great choice if the weather’s not playing ball outside, and with no age restrictions (as long as the little-uns can walk unassisted) this really is an excellent activity for all members of the family.
- Give the wallet a break, learn to play the digeridoo
Hop on the train to Fremantle (costs $3 and takes 20 minutes) and head to Digeridoo Breath, a real Australian digeridoo store. They offer free 15 minute group taster sessions – amazing fun for older kids. And who knows, you might just spark a fascination with the most famous of all Australian instruments. And if not…? Well, it’s just an amazing place to browse, and Fremantle itself offers a wealth of things to do.
Which leads us neatly onto another free activity…
- A cycle tour of Fremantle
Freewheeling around the town is a great way to explore. And with free bike hire available to all, not only will your bank account thank you, but so will the environment. Exploring by bike is safe and easy, thanks to dedicated cycle lanes throughout the city and paths along the river. If you stick to the city centre it’s pretty level (and contains all of the most interesting places to visit), so is suitable for all ages of cyclists.
These are just a sample of what’s going on in and around Perth for the July school holidays. And we can’t finish without mentioning one of Perth’s most historical attractions, the Bell Tower. This most famous landmark features the only set of royal bells to have ever left England and really is a fascinating day out. For the month of July kids get free entry, plus there’s a free treasure hunt with prizes. The experience is open daily, and if you fancy it you can also book on a guided tour. Find out more and buy tickets at www.thebelltower.com.au
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