Education Centre * Parking Nearby (Paid) * Short Walk from Murray Street Mall * Disabled & Pram Accessible * Baby Change Facilities * No Refreshments Available * Royal Perth Hospital Red Cat Stop * Entry FREE * Open Tues - Thurs, 10-4pm
The DFES Education and Heritage Centre, is located only a short walk from the Murray Street Mall in Perth City on the corner of Irwin St and Murray St, just before Victoria Square. The original building was the first purpose built fire station in WA, and now houses displays of both past and present emergency services.
On Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursdays you can enter the DFES Education and Heritage centre FREE! This beautifully restored and maintained building still looks like it did back in the day inside and out, with a few modern touchs too! Kids will love the real fire truck with flashing lights and open compartments when you first walk in the door. Here kids can put on a fire fighters jacket and helmet and stand next to the fire truck for a photo!
There are also some old fire trucks on display and they can turn the water valves at the back
Upstairs (which can be accessed by lift also making the building pram & disabled accessible) there is a fabulous activity area with educational colouring-in sheets, books and puzzles.
There are also several interactive educational displays about fire prevention, earthquake rescue, cyclones and other emergency situations where DFES is required to respond and act and manage.
Kids will also love this display where they can practice to "get down low and go go go"!
They can do some climbing too!
And because this a beautiful preserved fire station there is still the original fire pole there. Kids will love giving this a go, either down stairs or upstairs where you can stand on a glass panel and look down to the fire trucks below.
We highly recommend you put a visit to the DFES Education and Heritage Centre on your list of things to do while you are next in the city with the kids. This is an fantastic hands on, interactive museum that provides lots of educational opportunities for kids and families about natural hazards and being prepared for emergencies - and it's FUN! We recommend that kids 3 years and above would probably get the most of out of your visit.
Note: DFES is currently reviewing its School Age Education programs. Excursions have temporarily ceased for 2014 and will recommence in 2015. They also don't take bookings for vacation and occasional care programs, and cannot accommodate large groups that arrive without announcement.
Open Tues, Wed & Thurs from 10-4pm (Close over Dec / Jan holidays)
More Information: www.dfes.gov.au
How to Get There: Cnr Murray & Irwin St, Perth
1. Walk from the Murray St Mall - it's about two blocks just before Victoria Square
2. Catch the Red Cat and get off at #26 Royal Perth Hospital
3. Drive and Park in the Fire Station Carpark, this cost about $3.80 per hour
Want information and a map for the DFES Education and Heritage Centre while you are on the go? Then get the Kids Around Perth App available in the App Store and Google Play.