July School Holidays Survival Guide

The July School Holidays Perth are probably the most challenging for parents, with the weather not always so nice outside, it's hard to come up with ideas for things to do when it's raining outside. Well here is your July School Holidays Survival Guide to help you through the holidays with ideas for things to do when its raining, great winter snow & ice events, information on school holiday programs, school holiday events, shopping centre activities, movies and more. The July School Holidays are 6th - 21st July 2019.

What's On

KATENA Architects of Air (FREE)

A temporary immerse art installation, the KATENA - Architects of Air luminarium offers a dazzling maze of winding paths and soaring domes that create a sense of wonder and enchantment for all ages and all abilities. Visitors will be transported into an amazing world of light, colour and sound as they walk through the inflatable luminarium. FREE, however capacity limited to 80 people at one time so expect wait times. Carine Open Space, 8th - 14th July. More information at www.stirling.wa.gov.au

Shipwreck Museum Fremantle - A Monster Mission Trail

Sail through the Shipwreck Museum Fremantle on A Monster Mission trail in search of strange and mysterious beasts of the deep. Join in storytelling sessions and a craft activity for kids 4 years+. Activities are free and entry is by donation. Daily 6th - 21st July, 10am - 2pm (storytelling 11am).
Find more information at www.museum.wa.gov.au

Winter Fest Perth City

The temperature may be cooling down but that doesn’t mean your social calendar should with Winter Fest 2019 set to warm up Perth this season. Winter Fest which runs from 24th June to 21st July – will see an impressive program of free events and experiences around the city from unique art installations and school holiday activities to make-believe snow in the malls and live ice carving. To find out what's on and to plan your Winter Fest adventure go to www.visitperth.com.au. Find Yagan Square events at www.mra.wa.gov.au

Frosty Land at Sorrento Quay

Come an experience the magic of winter this July holidays at Frosty Land at Sorrento Quay, 6th  - 21st July.
Have you ever wanted to make your own arctic snow slime? Or create your own portable snowman? Or maybe get you face painted by a winter fairy? Then come and visit our Arctic Slime Bar, Winter Fairy Land or Below Zero Craft Zone where you can enjoy making free winter arts and crafts. Entry is free for crafts and slime bar, 11am - 4pm daily.
For all you thrill seekers, we have a pop up Amusement Park, ranging from $6-12, that will definitely get the blood rushing back into your toes!  With roving performers there will never be a dull moment, so bring your camera because meeting a Yeti is a once in a lifetime opportunity! 11am - 8pm daily.
For more information go to www.facebook.com/events.

Find a full list of school holiday family events in our Perth Family Events Calendar

Snow and Ice Experiences

Skating At Festival Elizabeth Quay

Enjoy open-air ice rink, fantastic rides, great entertainment and delicious food and drink options at Skating At Festival Elizabeth Quay - 28th June - 21st July. Skating At Festivals offers something for everyone. A true Winter wonderland experience. Find more information and get your tickets at www.perth.skatingat.com.au

Winterworld Fremantle

Enter for FREE and get your tickets  for various activities including ice skating, silent disco headsets, Synergy Power Slide, Snow Pit and the Snow Sister’s Enchanted Forest at Winterworld Fremantle 29th June - 21st July. Tickets for these activities sell out fast – so get in quick and book online so you don’t miss out!
Find more information and get your tickets now at www.winterworld.com.au

Skating at Mandurah

Under cover ice rink, super fun slide, Kanga skating aids, falling snow and yummy food with cosy dining at Skating At Mandurah 29th June - 21st July. More information and tickets at mandurah.skatingat.com.au

Things To Do

Latitude Perth

Experience the ultimate adventure at Latitude these school holidays! Kids go crazy for Latitude! They get to run wild, burn some energy and just be kids in our giant indoor trampoline and climbing park. There’s a tonne of unique challenges to conquer teaching kids new tricks, building confidence and reaching new heights, literally!
From bouncing and climbing, to tumbling and tightrope walking, there’s not a second to spare in a session at Latitude. Not to mention the ultimate challenge to conquer The Grid, our ninja- parkour inspired course!
There’s heaps of big fun for little kids too. Latitude’s Kids Zone gives kids under 5 years their very own trampolines, climbing walls and multi - story jungle gym. It’s a huge adventure for little explorers.
A visit to Latitude is a big thumbs up for parents as well, with an awesome café, free wifi and a birds eye view to watch over the kids reach their full potential in a safe, fun environment. It’s a win win!

Located at 35-57 Joondalup Drive, Edgewater.
Book online at www.latitudeair.com/

Critters Conservation Centre Mandurah Forum

The engaging, exciting and educational experience will encourage an awareness of the environment, and Western Australia's unique flora and fauna, through a captivating program of activities for young, budding conservationists.
The Critters Conservation Centre at Mandurah Forum will be a new, long-term addition to the centre and is the brain child of Critters Up Close founder and local wildlife warrior Michael Smith, whose passion is to inspire future generations to preserve the environment for native animals to thrive. Sessions include:

  • All Abilities sessions – For members of the community of all abilities and ages with reduced noise and smaller groups; 
  • Little Critter sessions – For those aged 0-5 introducing them to using their senses to learn about critters and the environment; 
  • Junior Critter Conservationist Club – For kids aged 6-12, a four-week program learning about different groups of critters each week; 
  • Critters for Curriculum – For school excursions and student learning;
  • Critter Presenter for a Day – For ages 13-17, a one-on-one mentoring program for those with special wildlife interests; 
  • Critter Crazy Parties – For all ages and abilities, birthday parties, team building, Christmas parties and more. Small group experience and close-up wildlife education;
  • Critter Childcare sessions – For kids aged 6-12, an hour and a half, small group sessions where parents and guardians can drop their kids off while they shop or dine in-centre; and 
  • General Entry – For all ages. General entry to see the critters and meet the wildlife experts for interactive education about WA’s flora and fauna. 

Mandurah Forum is located less than an hour from Perth and offers an extensive variety of shopping, food and beverage and entertainment options for visitors, including the much-anticipated Critters Conservation Centre. 
Those travelling more than 40km from their home to Mandurah Forum are also eligible for the centre’s Tourist Ticket, available at the Customer Service Desk, which includes discounts at retailers and food outlets. 
The Critters Conservation Centre launches and is open to the public July 13-19 with $2 per person discounted entry ($5 per person from July 20). Can’t wait until the second week of school holidays? Bookings are still available for private sneak peeks from July 6-12. Bookings are essential and with limited spots available.
For more information about the Critters Conservation Centre and to book tickets, visit www.crittersupclose.com.au

Make Your Own Pop Roc Candy Perth

Make Your Own Pop is a back at Roc Candy for the July School Holidays. Head to Piccadilly Arcade in the city July 8th - 12th & 15th - 19th, 10am - 3.30pm, where kids can get behind the counter and make & decorate their own pop to take home. No bookings are required, $14 per person (or $12 per person for groups of 4+).
Find more information at www.roccandy.com.au. Read the Kids Around Perth Review here.

Kids In The Valley Trail - Swan Valley 

Whatever your flavour there is a Swan Valley Trail for everyone including the kids very own Kids In the Valley Trail! Find chocolate, cider, wine, beer, fresh produce and bush tucker. With seven themed trails you'll need to keep heading back to the Swan Valley to do them all. Find more information on the Swan Valley Trails including the Kids In The Valley Trail here.

Rainy Day Ideas

If they are climbing the walls and it's one of those days that is so wet outside there is not choice but to stay inside - then here are some great indoor activity ideas to keep burn off some of that energy, keep them active or to keep them busy. 

Inflatable World

With locations in Mandurah, Joondalup, Leeming, Shenton Park and Ballajura, Inflatable World is your go to for indoor action during the school holidays. Bring your own food along or grab something from the kiosk.
Read the Kids Around Perth Review here

Get more rainy day ideas here

School Holiday Programs

Bop Till You Drop 

Bring out their inner pop star with Bop Till You Drop's Performing Arts Program. Not just singing, dancing and acting, but also cooking, science and craft to break up the day and keep your child alert and active and having fun.
Three locations in GREENWOOD 9th & 10th July, CANNING VALE 15th & 16th July and MORLEY 18th & 19th July.
Book and pay before 21st June and SAVE! Friends or sibling discount also available.
More information and bookings at www.boptillyoudrop.com.au

The Fishing School Perth

The Fishing School is back again for the July School Holidays! All classes will be held at Point Walter, 8th , 10th, 15th & 17th July from 9am-12pm. Classes cover conservation, knot tying, rig building, casting, baiting and fishing. All fishing tackle, rods and baits supplied. The cost is $35 per child. Find more information and book your child's place at www.facebook.com/events

Fire Tech Australia

Looking for great value for money, indoor school holiday programs that your kids actually want to go to? Fire Tech Australia’s workshops cater for curious young kids through to savvy teens. Think coding, drones, robotics, Minecraft, animation, digital music, digital photography, special #allGirls workshops + more! 

Four great venues to choose from. Small class sizes. All equipment provided. It’s the Fire Tech difference.
One, two, three and five-day workshops available 
Monday 8th – Friday 12th July.  Book now at firetech.wa.edu.au

West Coast Gymnasts Malaga

At the West Coast Gymnasts Malaga School Holiday Program, no two days are the same. Kids will enjoy free play, games, trampolines, foam pits, circuits, bar/rings, beams, rope climbing and much more.

$50 per child per session and $45 per sibling per session. Multi day session and group booking discounts available. Half day rate available upon request. 8th - 19th July | 9am - 5pm | 4 - 12yrs.
Find more information and book you child's place online at www.westcoastgym.org

Advantage Music Academy Cottesloe

Try the Early Years Program these school holidays at discounted rates at Advantage Music Academy.

Early Starters Music & Movement classes for 2-4-yr-olds includes movement, dance, song, and playing percussion instruments in a group context. These classes provide opportunities for the development of intellectual, social, literacy, physical and musical skills through singing, movement, and playing percussion instruments in a group setting. These classes focus on active learning and social interaction.

Head Start Piano prepares young children ages 4 - 6 years for dedicated instrumental or vocal lessons by developing basic musicianship skills, including recognition and response to pitch, beat, rhythm, dynamics, structure and texture, through a variety of active learning activities. Young students learn to use a sophisticated musical vocabulary and read and notate music. Head Start Piano also incorporates basic piano skills with an emphasis on correct technique to lay the best foundation for further learning.

Bookings are required! Head to www.advantagemusicacademy.com to book. Places are limited!
Date: Saturday 13th July
Time: 9am-12pm
Pricing: $10 per child in Early Starters Music and Movement; $15 per child in Head Start Piano
Location: Level 1, Cottesloe Central Shopping Centre, Peppermint Grove
Adult supervision required for Early Starters Music and Movement.

Find out more about these and other school holiday programs here


Find more school holiday family activity and dining deals here

Free For Kids

Ivy and Jack Perth

Kids eat free is back this July Holidays at Ivy & Jack PerthJuly 6th - 21st kids under 12 eat free from the buffet for breakfast or from the kids menu for lunch and dinner. The whole family will love Ivy & Jack, the dining area is indoors, the kids channel runs on the big tv from 11.30am - 2pm, colouring packs are available for the kids and this winter they have S'mores hot chocolates. Read the Kids Around Perth Review here. Find more information and the full terms and conditions for kids eat free at Ivy & Jack this July School Holidays at www.ivyandjack.com.au

IKEA Innaloo

Kids eat free again this July School holidays at IKEA. Kids eat free with any adult meal purchased 6th - 21st July. Also join in free kids craft activities Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays during the holidays from 11am - 2pm plus there's a school holiday treasure hunt with an instant treat at the end 8th - 19th July.
Find more information at www.ikea.com

Little Creatures Fremantle

Send your kids to school these holidays, Pizza Making School at Little Creatures Fremantle, July 6th - 21st.
With every adult meal purchase kids can join the Pizza Making School daily (Mon - Fri, 10-11am and Sat & Sun, 9-10.30am) or $12 per child, and your child gets to eat the pizza they make.
Find more information at www.littlecreatures.com.au

Find more Kids Eat Free here

Shopping Centre Activities

Ninja Academy Westfield Whitfords

The Ninja Academy is bringing their world class ninja warrior style obstacle course to Westfield Whitford City, 6th - 14th July. Brush up on your ninja skills as you balance, swing and soar through the course. Finish strong and conquer the infamous four metre Warped Wall. Ninja specialists will be at the event to explain each obstacle and give participants tips and tricks. Up for the challenge? 25 minute sessions are free but limited to 20 per session (for kids 6 years +). Parent supervision required.
Secure your child's place by booking a free session at www.westfield.com.au

Snow Park at Mandurah Forum

Get cosy this Winter at the Heart of the South with an indoor Snow Park at Mandurah Forum these School Holidays, July 6th - 21st. Experience COOL with the magic of falling 'snow', make your own snow angel, take a #SnowSelfie and enjoy dinner on us with the chance to win meal vouchers plus more!* Daily 10am - 8pm.Find more information at www.facebook.com/events

NAIDOC Week Community Art Project Hawaiian's Bassendean and Forrestfield

NAIDOC Week Community Art Project at Hawaiian’s Bassendean and Hawaiian’s Forrestfield

Hawaiian’s Bassendean and Hawaiian’s Forrestfield will celebrate NAIDOC Week through interactive community art projects with local Indigenous artists. Celebrated across Australia, NAIDOC Week recognises the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The project aims to celebrate the diversity and richness of Indigenous history and culture through community collaboration.

Celebrated Noongar artists Jade O’Sullivan and Seantelle Walsh will undertake commissioned artworks at Hawaiian’s Bassendean and Forrestfield shopping centres, inviting shoppers and community members to collaborate in their art piece. Collectively, with all individual pieces placed together, the art display will reflect this year’s NAIDOC Week theme: Voice. Treaty. Truth.

Hawaiian’s Bassendean
Times/dates: 9th July – 12th July, 10 am – 1 pm 
Artist in Residence:   Jade O’Sullivan
Jade is an emerging Noongar artist and draws on her own life experiences and the strong female influences in her life, who inspire her artwork. Jade is a prolific artist who loves experimenting with different mediums. Her work often features faces, vibrant colours and otherworldly landscapes. 

Hawaiian’s Forrestfield 
Times/dates: 8th July – 11th July, 10 am – 1 pm 
Artist in Residence:   Seantelle Walsh
Seantelle is a celebrated Noongar artist that has been involved with many arts projects. One recent project involved her working with Key Asset; an organisation that provides family environments for children and young people and Rocky Bay; disability service provider a book called, Visiting My Mob (Koorliny Djinanginy Moort).  Seantelle produce illustrations for the story, including painting an artwork for the cover. 

*Note that you will be able to collect your artwork once the project is over.

Find more FREE Shopping Centre Activities here 


Brightwood Adventure Playground Baldivis

Take play to new heights with 13 metre tall slide, scooter park, flying fox and more at Brightwood Adventure Playground Baldivis. You can easily play the day away here this school holidays. Read the KIds Around Perth Review here

Madox Playground and Pump Track Piara Waters

Fun for everyone from crawlers to teens with a toddler play area, climbing frame, bike skills & bike pump tracks at Madox Playground and Pump Track Piara Waters. Read the KIds Around Perth Review here

Faulkner "Volcano" Park Belmont

Check out the new treehouse playground at Faulkner "Volcano" Park Belmont. Complete with tall cubby's and slide. Read the KIds Around Perth Review here

Find our full list of Perth Playgrounds here


Day Out Ideas

Optus Stadium Tours

Go behind the scene, into the changerooms and onto the ground on an Optus Stadium Tour. Then chill our at the City View Cafe and finish your day exploring The Stadium Park Playground. Find more information and book your tour at www.optusstadium.com.au

Trees Adventure Lane Poole

Harness up and swing through the tree tops in the beautiful Lane Poole Reserve at Trees Adventure. One of the most thrilling days out you will ever have. Read the Kids Around Perth Review here

Find more Perth Day Trip ideas here

Family Accommodation

Karrinyup Waters Resort

No need to leave the city for a resort style holiday, Karrinyup Waters Resort has it all with 3 pools, a jumping pillow, playground and holiday activities and new double story cafe & restaurant that overlooks the pool. Read the Kids Around Perth Review here

Crown Towers

Stay in luxury at Crown Towers, with giant pool, including heated pool, beautiful restaurants and family friendly service. Read the Kids Around Perth Review here

Perth City Hotels with Indoor Pools

Turn your day out in the city into an overnight stay or weekender and stay at one of these Perth city hotels with an indoor pool this winter.  Find our list of Perth city hotels with an indoor pool here

Find more family friendly accommodation here

What's On Next Holidays

It's never to early to start planning the next school holidays. Find out what you can look forward to in the September / October School Holidays.

Elmar's Family Oktoberfest 

Oktoberfest on Sunday 13th October is a ticketed family day event, with a bouncy castle, bucking bull, face painter, markets and other games to entertain the family and kids. This is an all ages ticketed event. Tickets on sale now at www.elmars.com.au

Ugly Dolls

An animated adventure in which the free-spirited UglyDolls confront what it means to be different, struggle with a desire to be loved, and ultimately discover who you truly are is what matters most. In cinemas 12th September 2019.

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