Our previous post "24 Cheap Things to do in the School Holidays" was such a hit we thought we would put together some more. 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! It is possible however 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. All the ideas below are free or are less than $10 per person and there are some great ideas for those rainy days.
For just a gold coin donation you can view the ecology displays, check out the observation deck and do activities in the Activity Room
#26 Go to Your Local Op Shop
Get the kids to pick out some clothes and accessories to add to the dress up box. This is a great investment for building up the dress up box for the next rainy day of inside play.
#27 Free Activities at Toys R Us
Join the Toys R Us VIP list, and get invites to exclusive free activities, include LEGO Play & Take Home sessions.
#28 Outdoor Camp Out
What could be more fun than playing some board games or making Lego outside in the rain in the comfort of your very own tent! You could even get out the gas stove and have a sausage sizzle (with parent's help of course!)
#29 Frog Spotting at John Forrest National Park
Pop on the gumboots and a raincoat and go frog spotting at John Forest National Park - pop into the Perth Hills Centre and get some info on what there is to see
See the free aquariums in the Naturalise Marine Discovery Centre Hillarys. See turtles, fish, crabs, crayfish and more.
#31 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. Why not catch the train (hop off at Claisebrook Station) or catch the Yellow Cat Bus! They also have a great school holiday program
Take a packed lunch, go for a bush walk and check out the koalas, only $12 per car (cave tours also available for purchase).
Let their creativity run wild in the free interactive drawing space
#34 Whiteman Park
FREE entry, Ride the tram at (only $2.50 per child), jump on the Whiteman Explorer for a free 1 hr tour of Whiteman Park, free water playground or Go to Revolutions Museum entry by donation... and lots more
#35 Take a trip back in time and visit the Kalamunda Historical Village - only $2 entry for kids. See life as it was in the hills area in late 1800's. Historic buildings, railway stations, locomotive and much more. School holiday activities also on for an additional fee.
#36 Do 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.
#37 Ride the waves at Bayswater Waves - 6 heated pools, wave pool, twisting water slide, giant inflatables and much more.
#38 Meet a fairy at the Pickled Fairy and Other Myths Fremantle
#40 Take a cruise on the Swan River and ride the ferry from Elizabeth Quay to South Perth and back
Take a picnic lunch or grab something from Aviators Cafe (cafe closed Sundays)
#43 Catch a CAT bus around the city. Go to the Transperth website for routes and service times
#44 Kings Park
Enjoy the views of the city and let the kids run around at Kings Park - take along some fish and chips and a blanket and watch the sunset over our beautiful city. Find our list of the Top 10 Things To Do with Kids in Kings Park here
#45 Find a Geocache!
"A Geo what?". Geocaches little treasures hidden by people then logged via GPS. You can download the free Geocaching Into app which will show you the three nearest geocache locations to your current location. This is a great way to get the kids out and about exploring nature. We just found one in Kings Park near DNA tower!
#46 Hire a family quad bike from All About Bike Hire and cycle around the river. Family Quad Bikes start from $17 for half an hour and can seat up to 4 people (2 adults and 2 small children).
#47 Go fishing on the River
#48 Whistler Chocolate Swan Valley
Enjoy free chocolate tasting and have a play at the massive grassed area, sand pit and on the giant blackboard at Whistler's Chocolate in the Swan Valley
We hope this has given you lots more ideas for things to do this school holidays and if you haven't already make sure you check out the first edition of "24 Cheap Things To Do In The School Holidays"