It's tough to come up with things to do with the kids to keep the kids entertained in the school holidays, and lets face it heading out with the kids each day can get expensive. But it's possible to still have lots of fun in the school holidays without breaking the bank!
Firstly, you'll need to first make sure you have lots of things in the cupboard you can use to make a picnic lunch, and plenty of healthy snacks to take on the go, then just scroll through the list of free and cheap things to do below and you are on your way!
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Great play area in the restaurant with kids meals from only $2.95. data-custom-mark="true"They also have some great play areas set up in the children's showroom area. Or why not give yourself a little break and book them into Smaland - the supervised play area (1 hr max & children must be 3+) and have a browse of the store or grab a coffee in the restaurant.
# 2 Have a movie day at home
Some Video Ezy stores have $2 Tuesdays for new releases, or get a pile of old classic family movies they are usually around $1 each if you hire a few at a time - grab some popcorn from the supermarket and you have the movies at home.
You could even make some movie tickets on the computer and give them some monopoly money - set up a ticket booth and a candy bar for the full movie experience at home (good one to save for a rainy day)
#3 Turn the dining room table into a cubby house
Get a couple of old sheets and use safety pins to put them together so they are big enough to cover the table. You could let them paint or cut out (with some parent help of course) windows and doors.
# 4 Get the bikes out and head to Peachey Park Kewdale *FREE*
Take on all 11 adventure bike track challenges - theres a Junior Discovery section for the younger ones - and little ones will enjoy riding around the outside on their bikes or scooters
#5 Kids DIY Activities at Bunnings *FREE*
Call your local store to find out what's on during the school holidays!
# 6 See what's on at your local shopping centre *FREE*
Find free shows and activities at your local shopping centre this school holidays here - School Holidays Shopping Centre Activities
Only $8 per person admission, this wonderful little farm has a huge playground, beautiful gardens, gnome hunt, gnome cubby house, averies, cafe and more. Bring your own food and drinks along there is plenty or room to have a picnic or bbq, or buy something to eat or an icecream from the Cafe Haystack. Great value will not disappoint
# 8 Check out the activities at your local library
There are usually lots of great school holiday activities at your local library, but get in quick you usually have to book. Or just take a visit to check out some new books - most librarys usually have fun, educational kids areas. See our Your Local Library page for some local librarys that hold school holiday activities.
#9 Ellenbrook Water Playground *FREE*
This wonderful free water playground is lots of fun for when the weather heats up. Lots of grassed area and free bbq's so bring lunch along and run around in the water sprays and cannons for hours on end! There is also a bmx track next door so bring the bikes along for some added fun.
# 10 Get on a nature program at the Cockburn Wetlands Centre
The Cockburn Wetlands Centre have fantastic nature programs every school holidays - night stalks, star gazing, reptile & wildlife interaction, nature craft and more!
Programs all under $5 per person, Find the school holiday program here
# 11 Explore the Rio Tinto NatureScape at Kings Park *FREE*
Build a cubby, wade in the water, climb rocks and more! Note: the NatureScape is not open everyday so check the website to avoid disappointment
#12 Explore Synergy Parkland *FREE*
See dinosaurs and find fossils, and play on the island playground (not recommended for children under 4 as the playground is located in the middle of the water) - but an awesome adventure playground for older children.
#13 Climb DNA Tower Kings Park *FREE*
Climb to the top of DNA Tower - either drive or take the 30-40min round walk from Synergy Parkland While you are there see if you can find the hidden Geocache!
# 14 Walk the treetops at Kings Park along the Lotterywest Federation Walkway*FREE*
Get a beautiful view of the city an enjoy this short walk along the treetops in Kings Park
Great large play area for kids 5 years and under. Mostly enclosed with perimetre fencing. Bring a picnic lunch or buy lunch or a coffee at Sticky Beaks Cafe located within the play area.
#16 Go to the Galaxy Drive In Kingsley
Take a step back in time! Tuesday nights is only $20 per car! Great family movies showing over the school holidays, with two movies screened one after the other on weekends.
#17 Watch the planes take off from the Perth Airport Viewing Platform *FREE*
Take a packed lunch and spend a couple of hours watching planes take off and land or spot a bandicoot on the walking trail
It's free and open Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays. They run school holiday activities and can dress up like a fire fighter and have their photo taken.
Make sure you choose a Family Rider ticket and the family can ride all day for only $12.20 (7 people, max 2 standard fares)
#20 Visit the Perth Museum
Entry is free (suggest donation $5), and there are some great school holiday activities on (you may need to pay a small fee to participate in the activities)
#22 After lunch head to McDonalds or Hungry Jacks for a 50c icecream and a play on the playground.
# 23 Maylands Waterland
Mini golf, pools, winding river and more, closes after April school holidays, Entry under $4 each, mini golf $3.60, Reopens in Summer
#24 Check out a new playground *FREE*
Pack a lunch and jump in the car and drive (or catch a bus or train) to a new undiscovered playground. Check our Playgrounds list for some ideas!
We hope you have found these ideas useful, and we wish you and your children a wonderful, fun, & safe holiday. So what did you think? Give you some good ideas!? Please feel free to leave your ideas for free or cheap things to do in the school holidays in the comments box below for other parents and we'll add them to this list!
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Posted by Lauren, April 6th 2012. Reviewed by Lauren 11th April 2013