Perth boasts some of the best weather in the world during summer, that is best enjoyed by spending time outdoors both during the day and at night. The Kids Around Perth Guide to Summer includes information on the best water attractions, beaches, summer events, outdoor cinemas, aquatic centres, playgrounds with water play features, splash pads, summer markets and also features summers must have products.
Perth's free water playgrounds are a fun way for the whole family to cool off and are great way for families especially with younger children to enjoy cooling off togther with no pools of water just sprays, shooting cannons and dropping buckets. Enjoy free water playgrounds at Hyde Park Water Playground North Perth, Ellenbrook Rainbow Waters Playground and Kwinana Adventure Park. Find more water playgrounds (free & paid) here.
Pictured: Kwinana Adventure Park Splash Pad
A BBQ and a swim down at the beach is one of Australia's favourite summer pass times. Some top beachside spots to enjoy a BBQ and a swim include Hillarys Boat Harbour (kids will also love the playground and pontoon with slides here). Port Coogee Marina features a lovely grassy foreshore with BBQ and picnic area that overlooks the calm water and sandy (little ones will love the splash pad located on the foreshore also). Find more family friendly beaches here.
Pictured: Hillarys Boat Harbour Waterslide Pontoon
Treat the family to a special day out this summer at one of Perth's popular theme parks.
This year The Maze Home of Outback Splash has a new feature due to open in December. Octopus Bay is designed especially for toddlers and is set in a shaded 35 metre splash pool. Octopus Bay features kid-friendly water activities including a 3-slide giant octopus and a miniature tipping bucket. This compliments the Outback Splash water slide playground and the giant inflatable water slide The Plummet.
Adventure World is fun for all ages with Kahuna Falls & The Krakken for the bigger kids and Dragon Falls Water Playground for the younger one and lots more water attractions for a day out in the water.
Splash City is Perth's ultimate pop up water park, with dry & wet attractions for the whole family to enjoy.
For some summer fun in the Swan Valley pop into Oakover Grounds to enjoy a giant inflatable water slide on the weekends. Just $7 for unlimited slides.
New this summer is the inflatable obstacle course Aqua Mania FunnAs on the Rockingham foreshore open daily for kids 6yrs+ and adults
Pictured: Aqua Mania FunnAs Rockingham Foreshore
Heading to your local Famers Market to grab some fresh produce early in the morning or heading out to a Twilight Market to take a break from cooking and enjoy some international cuisine is a popular pass time in summer. Many markets also include activities and entertainment for kids and families, so it really is an fun outing in itself.
This summer you can head to Vic Park Farmer Market. You can find them at Victoria Park Primary School every Sunday of the year from 8-12noon. When the weather permits they have a water slide at the market also. It's just $3 per child for the whole morning - check the Vic Park Farmers Market facebook to confirm if the slide will be at the market this weekend. You can also enjoy face painting and a bouncy castle at every market.
Palmyra Western Farmers Market runs every Sunday of the year from 8-12noon and also has a waterslide at some of their summer markets. It's $5 for unlimited slides and includes the bouncy castle and is always a big hit. Check the Palmyra Western Farmers Market facebook to find out if the waterslide will be at the market this weekend.
Mili Markets and Events is holding a Summer Family Fun Market at Joondalup Resort January 29th with market stalls, DJ, kid's activities, golf and more. 10-5pm.
South Beach Sunset Market South Fremantle is back Saturdays 5-9pm through summer from December 2nd. Enjoy amazing food and live entertainment while you watch an Indian Ocean sunset.
Pictured: Palmyra Western Farmers Markets
A hot summer's night, a clear sky of stars, kids running around on the lawn and your favourite classic or blockbuster film on the big screen. Movie going doesn't get better than this is summer. Perth boosts a big line up of Outdoor Cinemas and pop up outdoor movie events throughout Summer.
Between October and May, you can enjoy Free Flicks for Kids at the Northbridge Piazza every Saturday evening from 5.30pm on the big LED screen. With a different classic or blockbuster movie every week and a plenty of eatries to choose from in surrounding Northbridge, this is an awesome family night out.
Community Cinemas is located in Murdoch, Burswood and Bassendean. If you'd like to hire beanbags, order delicious food and enjoy a beer, wine, cider or premixed drink with your movie, Community Cinemas is an affordable family option. Run by volunteers, Community Cinemas has a great vibe with kids activities before the movie and all the added extras to make your outdoor cinema experience special. Family favourites are played regularly throughout the season and you may want to pay a little extra for the La Grassiere experience that includes your beanbag hire, wine, cheese, water, sweet treats and more.
Pictured: Northbridge Piazza Free Flicks for Kids Saturdays
On a hot summers day it can be a little hot to head to your local playground. Fortunately many of Perth's park include water play features to keep kids cool while they enjoy a play.
Bibra Lake Regional Playground features not one but two water play features. Kids can keep by running through giant "reeds" that give off a gentlle spray of water or climb up to the fort to pump water into a tank that can be opened to let water flow down to a water wheel and another water tank on the ground.
The mist forrest at Synergy Parkland on Lycopod Island is a great way to cool off at this big playground in Kings Park. Pack a picnic, enjoy a BBQ or grab something from the Bovell Kiosk or Zamia Cafe for the perfect summers day out at the park.
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Find lots places to go and things to do this summer and get a map to take you where you want to go with the Kids Around Perth App. Grab the app to get access to great summer deals too! Available from Google Play and the App Store now, from just $2.49