24 Cheap Things To Do in the School Holidays Perth

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!

#1 Have a meal and a play at IKEA

Kids meals start from $3 and there is a play area within the restaurant. You could even give yourself a break and book the kids (95 - 135cm and toilet trained) into Smaland and wander IKEA or sit down and enjoy a meal or a coffee and cake for an hour while the kids enjoy a play in this big indoor play centre. Find more information in the Kids Around Perth IKEA Review here.

#2 Kids DIY activity at Bunnings

Contact your local Bunnings store to find out what's happening this school holidays and book into one of their kids DIY activity sessions. www.bunnings.com.au

#3 Free activities at your local shopping centre

Find free shows and activities at your local shopping centre this school holidays here in our list of School Holidays Shopping Centre Activities 

#4 Landsdale Farm

At just $10 per person ($8 per person concession) this is a fun, educational and affordable day out. This wonderful little farm has a huge playground, beautiful gardens, gnome hunt, gnome cubby house, aviaries, cafe and more. Your entry fee gives you all day access to the farm and it's facilities so bring your own food and drinks along there is plenty or room to have a picnic or bbq, or you can buy something to eat or an ice-cream from the Cafe Haystack. Find more information in the Kids Around Perth Landsdale Farm Review.

#5 Visit your local library

Book in for your local libraries school holiday activities or to check out some books to read over the school holidays. Some libraries have fun, educational and interactive area for kids too. Check out our Your Local Library page for some local libraries that hold school holiday activities or have family friendly facitlies.

#5 Ellenbrook Water Playground

This wonderful free water playground is lots of fun for when the weather heats up. There's lots of grassed area and free BBQs, so bring lunch along and picnic while the kids 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. Read more in the Kids Around Perth Ellenbrook Water Playground Review here.

#6 Explore Rio Tinto NatureScape Kings Park

Entyr to Naturescape is free and you can build a cubby, wade in the water, climb rocks and more! Find more information in the Kids Around Perth Naturescape Kings Park Review here.

#7 Adventure around May Drive Parkland Kings Park

Look for the Australia's mega fauna dinosaurs, play and run through the mist forest on Lycopod Island and explore the long elevated wooden walkway at the May Drive Parkland. Find more information in the Kids Around Perth May Drive Parkland Review.

#8 Climb DNA Tower Kings Park

Either drive or take the 3km round walk from Synergy Parkland to DNA Tower and climb the 101 steps to the top to check out the amazing views across our city in all direction. Find more information at www.bgpa.wa.gov.au

#9 Lotterywest Federation Walkway Kings Park

Get a beautiful view of the city an enjoy this short walk along the treetops in Kings Park. Find more information at www.bgpa.wa.gov.au.

#10 Play at Ivey Watson Lotterywest Family Area Kings Park

Large play area for kids 5 years and under. Mostly enclosed with perimeter fencing. Bring a picnic lunch or buy lunch or a coffee at Sticky Beaks Cafe located within the play area. Read more in the Kids Around Perth Ivey Watson Lotterywest Family Area Review here.

#11 Subiaco Tram

The Subicao Tram is a free Hop On Hop Off service that runs around Subiaco and Shenton Park and makes a stop in King's Park. It operates during the day Tuesday to Friday and Saturday mornings. Find more information at www.subiacotram.com.au

#12 Galaxy Drive In Kingsley

Take a step back in time!  Family movies usually show over the school holidays and Tuesday night is cheap car night too! Find more information in the Kids Around Perth Galaxy Drive In Review here.

#13 Watch the planes at the Perth Airport Viewing Platform

Take a packed lunch and spend a couple of hours watching planes take off and land or spot a bandicoot on the walking trail a the Perth Airport Viewing Platform. Find more information in the Kids Around Perth, Perth Airport Viewing Platform Review.

#14 DFES Education and Heritage Centre Perth

Entry is free and it's open Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays. They sometimes run school holiday activities and kids can dress up like a fire fighter and have their photo taken. Find more information in the Kids Around Perth DFES Education and Heritage Centre Review.

#15 Ride Train into the CIty, Fremantle, Armadale or Mandurah

Get a Family Rider ticket and the family can ride any Transperth bus, train or ferry all day on the one ticket (7 people, max 2 standard fares). Get more information on a Family Rider ticket at www.transperthwa.gov.au.

#16 Visit the WA Maritime Museum

The WA Maritime Museum is symbolic of Fremantle’s past, present and future as a coastal city and port. Kids enter free and there are activities on during the school holidays. Find more information at www.museums.wa.gov.au.

#17 Wander the Treetop Walk at Centennial Pioneer Park Gosnells

Beautiful long boardwalk leads to a little piece of nature paradise with shaded playground below. Find more information in the Kids Around Perth Centennial Pioneer Park Gosnells Review.

#18 Perth City Farm

Perth City Farm in East Perth teaches kids about sustainable living. Visit the farm and check out the gardens and see how this once industrial site has been completely rehabilitated and enjoy a coffee and light meal at the cafe too. Why not catch the train (hop off at Claisebrook Station) or catch the Yellow Cat Bus! Find more information in the Kids Around Perth, Perth City Farm Review.

#19 Spend the day at Whiteman Park

Entry to Whiteman Park is free and there is so much to do. Play at one of the many playgrounds, splash at the free water playground (open seasonally), ride the bus, trams and trains (small fees may apply) or visit one or all of the museums (small entry fees may apply). Find more information in the Kids Around Perth Whiteman Park Review. 

#20 Complete the Amazing Valley Chase

The rally starts at the Swan Valley Visitors Centre, where Taylor Tortoise will then guide you around the attractions of the Swan Valley, by following a set of clues. The Amazing Valley Chase is free, self guided and takes you to various locations around the Swan Valley many of which you may never have visited. Find more information the Kids Around Perth Great Valley Rally Review here.

#21 Watch the planes at Jandakot Airport

Take a picnic lunch or grab something from Aviators Cafe (cafe closed Sundays) while you watch the planes land and take off at Jandakot Airport. Find more information in the Kids Around Perth Jandakot Airport Review.

#22 Visit Yanchep National Park

Take a packed lunch, go for a bush walk and check out the koalas, just one fee per car to enter. Find more information on Yanchep National Park at www.dpwa.wa.gov.au.

#23 Explore John Forrest National Park

Ride or walk the trails, explore the waterfalls, wade through the creeks and play at the nature playground. Picnic and BBQ facilities available. Find more information n the Kids Around Perth John Forrest National Park Review. 

#24 Discover a new playground

Pack a lunch and jump in the car and drive (or catch a bus or train) to a new undiscovered playground. Check our list of Perth Playgrounds for some ideas!

Posted by Lauren, April 6th 2012. Reviewed by Lauren 7th December 2020

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