October Spring School Holidays Survival Guide
28th September - 13th October, 2019

Here it is, your Perth September / October Spring School Holidays Survival Guide 2019 to help you through the holidays with ideas for things to do events, activities, school holiday programs, free and cheap ideas, day out ideas, shopping centre activities and more. 

What's On

Bricktober Curtin Stadium

Don't miss this school holidays biggest play date with Lego bricks. Complete with Lego displays, interactive brick pit, building competitions and more, 12th & 13th October. Read the Kids Around Perth Bricktober Review here. Get your tickets now to secure your preferred entry date and time at www.bricktober.org.au

Celebrate Oktoberfest with your family at Elmar’s in the Valley

It’s the perfect family day out, sit back, relax and enjoy Germany’s biggest festival in the Swan Valley’s largest BIERGARTEN.

Sunday the 13th October Elmar’s Biergarten will fill with entertainment and amusement that will get the whole family involved. Bouncy castle, face painting, rabbit shooting, bucking bull, live music and good ol traditional outdoor games.

The beer will be flowing and BBQ sizzling, with delicious German goodies, grab your finest Lederhosen and Dirndl for plenty of fun!

Tickets for the family event are available for $11.76 for adults which includes a FREE drink or Bratwurst with the works. Be sure to register children from ages 2 to 17 for a FREE ticket.

If you’re looking for an authentic Oktoberfest experience right here in Perth, head to Elmar’s in the Valley - For more information and tickets head to www.elmars.com.au

On Our Beach by Spare Puppets Theatre Fremantle

You are invited with us and FOMO the Dog, on a shoes off, hands on, never before experienced holiday to a very special beach. Once you have cleared the serious identification business and passed the pest control border you will be straight into the pre-departure fun and games – we recommend you arrive early to get some gnarly selfies!

It is your chance to ride a surfboard, be part of sculptures by the sea, play a game of beach volleyball and swim in a sea of shimmering balls. The show is not seated, so be prepared to enjoy, participate if you want to and be transported to an imaginary beach where strangers become friends.

Duration: 50 mins | Perfect for 5+ but suitable for everyone! | Sept 28 – Oct 1210am & 1pm daily | No performances Sundays or public holidays. | Booking Essential | Please visit www.sppt.asn.au or telephone 9335 5044

Ticket Prices: General Admission: $25.00 (per ticket) | Groups of 4 or more: $24.00 (per ticket) | Groups of 10 or more: $23.00 (per ticket) | $3.95 booking fee applies

Spare Parts Puppet Theatre
1 Short Street, Fremantle
(opposite Fremantle Train Station)

Kidz Awesome Play for Telethon Perry Lakes Floreat

Over three fun-filled hours, kids will enjoy face painting, glitter art, balloon twisting, a roaming magician, bouncy castle, kids play area, character entertainment & shows, photo booth, craft bags AND...a real live UNICORN. In addition, there will be delicious food & beverages available to purchase (with part proceeds also going to Telethon7) for the kids, as well as the adults. Wood-fired pizzas, Middle Eastern fare, gelato, slushies, coffee, juice & soft drinks.⁠ Plus a beautiful Boho picnic area to sit down, relax & enjoy the festivities.⁠ Sunday 6th October, 2 - 5pm. Find more information at www.facebook.com/events

Perth Royal Show Claremont Showground

Get ready to be royally entertained at the Perth Royal Show 2019. Only the Perth Royal Show could bring you an amazing array of over 55 live world class shows each and everyday for FREE, 28th September to 5th October.

Find out more and get your discounted tickets online at www.perthroyalshow.com.au or head to your local IGA to purchase tickets while stocks last. Full price tickets also available at the gate. Find our Top Tips for the 2019 Perth Royal Show here.

Railfest Rail Heritage Museum

Railfest is the Rail Heritage Museum's annual open day with lots of extra exhibits to enjoy as well as the museums usual interactive heritage train and bus displays, Sunday 13th October. Read the Kids Around Perth Rail Heritage Museum & Rail Fest Review here. Find more information about the Railfest 2019 at www.facebook.com/events

Family Fun Day Cloisters Square

Join us for three fun-filled hours of activities including a travelling animal petting zoo, jumbo party games, face painting, balloon twisting, a ‘make your own taco’ class from our friends at Zambrero and much, much more. Wednesday October 9th, 11am - 2pm.www.facebook.com/events

Awesome Arts Festival Perth

The AWESOME International Arts Festival for Bright Young Things (the AWESOME Festival) is presented annually in the Perth CBD. The Festival showcases a spectacular array of events including theatre, dance, early childhood activities, music, film, literature, visual arts and creative hands-on activities. AWESOME is committed to presenting high-quality, layered programming for children aged 0 – 12 and their families. 5th - 11th October at the Perth Cultural Centre. Find the program of festival events at awesomearts.com

Spring School Holidays in the City

Make the most of the warm Spring days with fun activities and events in the City for the School Holidays. From spring themed workshops, to colourful and exciting floral rooms, and a pink ball pit, these are upcoming events you’ll want to be at when the sun comes out to play! Daily until 13th October. www.visitperth.com.au

Find a Full List of School Holiday Events here 

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Things To Do

Latitude Perth

Kids go crazy for Latitude! 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, Latitude’s ninja-parkour inspired course! There’s a tonne of unique challenges to conquer teaching kids new tricks, building confidence and reaching new heights, literally!

These holidays, Latitude is offering the perfect afternoon activity of 2 hours for $26. Get it from 3pm daily throughout the holiday period, with double time across the floor. This offer is perfect for those that find one hour of action-packed fun not enough and want to bounce, climb, fly for longer!

Book Now at www.latitudeair.com

Optus Stadium Tours

Make a day of it at Optus Stadium and visit the most beautiful Stadium in the world*! Step behind the scenes and see the Stadium like never before! See where your sporting heroes warm up before the game and then experience that spine-tingling feeling as you walk onto the hallowed playing surface for the ultimate fan photo opportunity. The tour is fully accessible to prams and wheelchairs and runs for approximately 90 minutes.

After the tour, play on in the Stadium Park and enjoy the 6 nature playgrounds catering for a range of ages and designed with weather protection in mind. You can also enjoy a coffee (or baby-cino!) and a bite to eat in the City View café, with stunning river and Perth city views. The tours and café are open every day, except for public holidays and event days.

 *Prix Versailles 2019

Book your tour at www.optusstadium.com.au

Bounce Cannington

Assemble your family or group of friends these school holidays with a BOUNCE Awesome Foursome session. It’s the perfect value offer for any group of four, only $62.90 when you book online. Whether your kids are aiming to master their first jump into the Big Bag or learning how to run The Wall with the tips from BOUNCE's awesome hosts, it’s the ultimate environment for everyone to get a taste of Freestyle. Gather your Tribe and unleash your free spirit!  
Book ahead online for the best prices and guaranteed entry. An Awesome Foursome session is $62.90 when you book online or $69.90 in venue. www.bounce.com.au

50 FREE Things To Do In The School Holidays

From the chocolate tasting, to skate parks, to adventure playgrounds, water slides and water playground find 50+ Free Things To Do in the School Holidays here.

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Free For Kids

Ivy & Jack Perth

Dine at Ivy & Jack this school holidays and kids under 12 eat free from our kids menu for lunch & dinner or from our breakfast buffet from 28 September to 13 October. www.ivyandjack.com.au

IKEA Innaloo

Visit IKEA Perth these October school holidays and kids can enjoy a free meal when an adult hot meal is purchased. 28th September - 13th October. Available from 10.30 am Monday - Saturday, and from 11 am Sunday. Find more information at www.ikea.com.au

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School Holiday Programs

The Fishing School Perth

The Fishing School is back again for the October School Holidays. Beginners classes are at Point Walter and Mindarie Marina between the 1st - 7th October, with a Saturday class for the first time for kids aged 6 years+ (kids 6-8 years must be supervised by a guardian and all times).  Beginners classes cover conservation, knot tying, rig building, casting, baiting and fishing and cost $35 per child. An Advanced Class for kids 9 years+ that have also completed the Beginners Class is available at Mosman Park, 9th October and costs $45 per child. Find more information and book your child's place at www.facebook.com/events.

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. Two locations in GREENWOOD 2nd & 3rd October  CANNING VALE 9th & 10th October.
EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT! Book and pay before 13th SEPTEMBER and SAVE! Friends or sibling discount also available. More information and bookings at www.boptillyoudrop.com.au

Swan Valley Adventure Centre

ACTION PACKED ADVENTURE DAYS SCHOOL HOLIDAY PROGRAM! Archery, Canoeing, Flying Fox, Crate Stack... and way more! The kids will love every minute of our Adventure Days at the Swan Valley Adventure Centre, daily October 1st - 4th & 8th -11th. Drop off 8.30am. Pick up 4pm. A yummy kids lunch is provided. For kids aged 7 -14 years. $68.45 (+ booking fee) per child. Places limited, book your child's place now at www.swanvalleyadventurecentre.org

Find more information on school holiday programs here

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Shopping Centre Activities

Hawaiian's Forrestfield | Magic School

 This October school holidays, come and learn some of MAGIC'S BIGGEST SECRETS so you can AMAZE anyone, anywhere, anytime! 

Hawaiian’s Forrestfield welcomes the incredible Perth Magicians Adam & Selina! As seen on Australia’s Got Talent and Telethon, Adam & Selina are an award-winning brother & sister illusionists, who over the past 20 years have been seen by over 30 million people across the globe.Prepare to be transported into Adam & Selina's extraordinary world of magic and illusion, where anything is possible! Witness as they manipulate and redefine the laws of time and space to achieve feats of the seemingly impossible!

Following the shows, join this incredible duo at MAGIC SCHOOL, as they teach you how to master a variety of magic tricks from incredible feats of illusion to trickery with ordinary objects. PLUS on the day, each child will also receive a special magic pack with everything they'll need to start their new hobby! Magic shows are suitable for all ages. School of Magic workshops are suitable for 7 and above, and spaces are strictly limited to 30 children per workshop so please register to ensure you don’t miss out!  

Dates and times
Monday October 7 to Thursday October 10, 11.30am – 1pm daily 
Magic Show - 11.30am – 11.50am (each day)
Magic Workshop –12pm – 1pm (each day, max 30 participants, registration via Eventbrite)

See Adam & Selina in action here | More information at www.facebook.com/events

3 on 3 School Holiday Basketball Tournament at Hawaiian's Forrestfield

Join us at Hawaiian’s Forrestfield for the number one urban team sport, 3x3 Basketball! Hosted by the Kalamunda & Districts Basketball Association and the Kalamunda Eastern Suns, have fun in this FREE 3x3 tournament this School holidays on Wednesday, 2 October 2019. Whether you want to hone your skills or have fun, register your team by Monday 30 September, 5 pm, to participate and be crowned the best in Forrestfield!

Details 
Event time 10:00am – 5:00pm. The tournament will run the following age groups

  • Under 13 Boys and Girls Competition
  • Under 16 Boys & Girls Competition
  • Inclusion Mixed Competition 

The day will also feature games of bump, 3-point contests, face painting and other activities and prizes. To register, please click through the following link websites.sportstg.com

Spring the whole family to Mandurah Forum this October!

As the heart of the south, Mandurah Forum always has something for everyone, but this spring, the shopping centre is a hive of activity guaranteed to keep the whole family entertained. As part of the centre’s Don’t Just Live, Flourish Festival, there’s plenty happening throughout October inside and, of course, outside under the warm sun in the alfresco dining precinct.

Kids will love the Jurassic World craft activities, allowing them to explore their creativity with a prehistoric twist. If they’re keen to explore modern day dinosaurs, Mandurah Forum’s Critters Conservation Centre will have plenty of sessions running to feed their appetites for learning. Parents won’t be forgotten, with fun, interactive ways to win dining and fashion vouchers throughout the centre! If music is more your scene, pop into Mandurah Forum for RnB Fridays. The centre will be playing your favourite beats all day long, with evening hip hop dance performances and neon mini golf, ping pong and more taking over the alfresco dining precinct every Friday night.

The Don’t Just Live, Flourish Festivalkicks off 29 September with many activities and activations running right through until November. See www.mandurahforum.com.au for more.

Find more FREE Shopping Centre Activities here 

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Competitions

Young Re-Inventor of the Year 2019

Looking for something to do on the school holidays? Entries to Young Re-inventor of the Year are now open and the 2019 theme is Plastic Pirates Ahoy!! Collect plastic loot and re-invent it into something to be treasured for your chance to share in $3000 in sustainability prizes. Plunder the bins of your home for plastic and get creative to cut waste! Entries are accepted from early years learning centres, primary schools, high schools, community groups and individuals.Entries close on Monday 21 October. Find out more -www.switchyourthinking.com. Young Re-inventor of the Year is funded through the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Account administered by theWaste Authority.

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New Playgrounds

Robinson Reserve Tuart Hill

A fun new playground for the whole family, with play equipment for the little ones and a mini skate park and basketball court for the big kids and grown ups. Read the Kids Around Perth Review here.

Montario Quarter Playground Shenton Park

A playground for the little ones and a basketball court and gym for the big kids and grown ups. The whole family can get active and play at this park and playground. Read the Kids Around Perth Review here. 

Find more playgrounds here

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Kids Shows & Exhibitions

Andy's Amazing Adventures

Andy Day is fascinated by all creatures - little and large, existing or extinct. And now, visiting theatres across Australia during the September and October school holidays, he is on a mission to thrill and entertain in a brand-new live adventure. He'll have some help too - from familiar faces, new friends and hopefully you! Tuesday October 1st, The Regal Theatre Perth.

Find more information on this and other Perth Kids Shows & Exhibitions here

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Deals

Event Cinemas Innaloo and Whitford

Spring has arrived and so has this special offer for Cinebuzz members. To celebrate the end of the Winter, members can purchase tickets from $16* all day, every day at Event Cinemas Innaloo and Whitford. With so many movies to choose from, including Downton Abbey, Joker, Gemini Man, Terminator: Dark Fate, Ford V Ferrari, plus more, you will be spoilt for choice! Cinebuzz is free to join! Find more information on this offer and sign up for Cinebuzz free at www.eventcinemas.com.au

 

Yallingup Maze

Not just a maze but with a cafe, board games, giant games, bouncy castle, playground and nature playground. This is one of down south's best days out. Save up to 35% OFF adult and child entry to the maze (even cheaper than a family pass)! Read the Kids Around Perth Yallingup Maze Review here

The Climb Zone Bullsbrook

Book the kids on a school holiday ropes obstacle course session at The Climb Zone Bullsbrook and save up to 61% OFF a 3 hour ropes course session for kids 7-9years and 10 years + here.

Find more Perth & WA October Holidays Deals here

Day Out Ideas

John Forrest National Park

Picnic, explore the water falls and wander the nature trails and play at the new nature playground at the beautiful John Forrest National Park. Read the Kids Around Perth Review here.

Penguin Island

Penguin Island reopens after the breeding season mid September just in time for a school holiday island day adventure. Read the Kids Around Perth Review here.

Find more day out / road trip ideas here

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Movies

Ugly Dolls

Unconventionality rules in UGLYDOLLS, STXfilms’ new animated musical adventure starring the acting and singing talents of Kelly Clarkson, Nick Jonas, Janelle Monáe, Blake Shelton and Pitbull. The film is inspired by the unique and beloved global plush toy phenomenon launched in 2001. Mixing fun, music, and adventure, with characters and worlds unlike any audiences have experienced, UGLYDOLLS extols acceptance, diversity, empowerment, joy and friendship – and being the best version of yourself you can be. In cinemas 26th September, 2019.

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Family Accommodation

WA Farm Stays

Spring is the perfect time to book the family in for a school holiday farm stay. Get them outdoors, joining in farm activities and enjoy some good old fashioned fresh air.  Find our list of Perth & WA Farm Statys here

River Resort South Yunderup

Just an hour from town an a short drive from the awesome Adventurescape Playground, this is the perfect family getaway. Read the Kids Around Perth Review here.

Karrinyup Waters Resort

No need to leave the city for a resort style or camping holiday - head to Karrinyup instead. Read the Kids Around Perth Review here.

Crown Towers Burswood

Forget jumping on a plane these school holidays. Crown Towers is the ultimate Perth staycation. Read the Kids Around Perth Review here.

Find more family friendly accommodation in Perth & WA here

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