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Things To Do In Perth City This School Holidays

Perth City is your perfect school holiday destination. It's central so it's a great place to meet with friends. There is so much to do you wont have much choice but to make a whole day of it. Our city is home to lots of great family attractions, and there is always lots going on in the city in the school holidays that includes events and activities that are FREE. Here's some of the top things to do in Perth City these October School Holidays.

Northbridge Piazza Outdoor Movies (FREE)

Pack a picnic or pick up something tasty from one of the nearby restaurants and pull up a beanbag for free movie screenings in Northbridge. From weekend children’s movies to mid-week date night, there’s plenty to entertain. Plus, watch the AFL Grand Final played live on the super screen on Saturday 30 September.

23rd September - Secret Life of Pets - 5.30pm
24th September - Moana 2pm
30th September - Sing 5.30pm
1st October - Ballerina 2pm
Find out what else is on at the 
Northbridge Piazza here

Northbridge Piazza Activities (FREE)

Hip Hop Song Writing Classes
Write your own story and turn it into a song as you hone your deejaying, rapping and rhyming skills.
The Piazza, Northbridge Community Room
26 September and 3 October | 11am to 2pm
Registrations are required – email

Breakdance and Hip Hop Classes
The Piazza, Northbridge | 23 to 30 September |10am to 2pm

Parkour Classes
Learn to overcome physical and mental obstacles through running, jumping, climbing, balancing and other techniques. Age groups will be split into 7-11 years then 12 and over.
The Piazza, Northbridge
1 to 8 October | 10am to 2pm
FREE, Ages 7 and up
Registrations are required - email

Carillon City Activities (FREE)

Free Face Painting (Carillon City Level 3)
Your only limit is your imagination – you can become anything you want to be.
23 September to 8 October | 10am to 2pm

Critters Up Close
Get up close and personal with some of Australia’s most fascinating and misunderstood critters
23 September to 8 October | 10am to 2pm

The Shake Shack Carillon City

Daily throughout the holidays |  2 for 1 Regular Shakes* (save $6.50) and Classic Hot Dog & Regular Shake Combo for $6.50 (save $4)

Treat the kids when to a shake and/or a Hot Dog from The Shake Shack while you are in the city. You'll need to present the Kids Around Perth App Deal for redemption to save with these deals. Find out more about the deal and how to get the Kids Around Perth App here...

Giant Kaleidoscope Elizabeth Quay (FREE)

Step into this giant 12 metre kaleidoscope and be dazzled as colour and light reflects from all angles. Elizabeth Quay will play host to this wonderous attraction designed to surprise those who pass through.

City workers, families, tourists and those who have not visited the City in awhile are encouraged to play and interact with the array of reflective mirrors. Opening date: Friday 15 September and runs until October 13th.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Thu:   Opens: 8:00am        Close at 6:00pm
Fri:           Opens: 8:00am        Close at 9:00pm
Sat:          Open at 9:00am       Close at 5:00pm
Sun:         Open at 11:00am      Close at 5:00pm
* Public Holiday: 11:00am - 5:00pm

Laser Tag at Russell Square (FREE)

Russell Square turns into a futuristic combat zone for you and your friends as you take on opposing players in a battle for laser tag bragging rights.

16th, 17th, 23rd, 24th and 30th September & 1 October | 10am to 4pm | FREE, 6 to 16 year olds.

Play at the Island Playground Elizabeth Quay (FREE)

Daily throughout the holidays

Let the kids run around and play at the Island Playground at Elizabeth Quay. They will love the wooden pirate ship, ringing the bell, sensory play and two little water play features (spare clothes a must). Nearby are restaurants and eateries such as V Burger Bar, Isle of Voyage, Reveley and Gusto Gelato,

Catch the Ferry to South Perth and Back

Daily throughout the holidays
If you caught the train into town and bought yourselves a Family Rider ($12.40 for max up to 7 people - max 2 standard fares), you can use this ticket to also ride the ferry across to South Perth and back, as many times as you like. Either wander down from the city or jump on a Blue or Green CAT Bus that will take you to Elizabeth Quay.

Dinosaur Discovery: Perth Exhibition Centre

Prepare for a close encounter with the most extraordinary creatures to ever walk the earth. Featuring more than 23 moving, life-size animatronic models of the Cretaceous period (145-66 million years ago), Dinosaur Discovery: Lost Creatures of the Cretaceous is like nothing you’ve ever experienced!
Book your preferred date and entry time now -

Beef & Beer Festival Elizabeth Quay

The WA Beer and Beef Festival will make its return over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend from September 22 to September 25. Meat and brew-lovers from across the state can unite during the festival to praise and indulge in all things beer and beef.

More than 100 different drops from over 20 local, national and international breweries will be on offer for exclusive tastings and masterclasses.

Foodies will need to break out their stretchy pants in preparation for cooking demonstrations and the opportunity to taste every type of beef dish imaginable at the pop-up restaurants. September 22nd - 25th, 12noon - 10pm. Tickets from

Forrest Place Activities (FREE)

80s Style Silent Disco and Chill Zone
Chill out 80s style with couches, arcade games and tunes from some of the best artists of all time.
23 September to 8 October | 10am to 2pm

Dinosaur Mask Making
Step back millions of years at a free dinosaur mask-making workshop as part of the WA Museum’s Dinosaur Discovery exhibition at PCEC.
23 September to 8 October | 10am to 2pm

The Nostalgia Box Northbridge

Daily throughout the holidays | 10.30-5pm | Save 15% OFF Entry when booking online Deal* 

The Nostalgia Box Northbridge is Perth's new, old school gaming museum and experience. Located on Aberdeen Street not far from the Perth Cultural Centre, The Nostalgia Box takes you back to the nostalgic memories of your gaming youth - and gives kids a chance to experience gaming old school style. Open Daily 10.30-5pm. Use code on the Kids Around Perth App when booking online to receive 15% OFF entry. Find out more about the deal and how to get the Kids Around Perth App here.

Cathedral Square Free Activities

Grab your family and friends and come join us at Cathedral Square these school holidays to create your own recyclable flower and herb planting pots to get into the spirit of Spring!

Activities include sustainable arts and craft, giant games & many morr. Furthermore, pop into the City of Perth Library on level 4 to check out the exciting range of kids activities.

Sunday | Tuesday | Thursday | 11am – 2pm
24 September — 5 October

Take a Captain Cook Cruise to Fremantle

Daily throughout the holidays | One child travels free with every adult booked*
KIDS CRUISE FREE on any Swan River Scenic, Perth/ Fremantle Explorer or Perth/ Fremantle One Way Cruise, one child free per full paying adult. Valid for travel between 23rd September - 8th October. Find out how your kids can cruise free at

DFES Education and Heritage Centre

The centre is open to the public and offers an interactive, interesting and fun experience. Entry is free. Open Tuesday - Thursday 10-3pm.

Perth City Farm Activities (FREE)

Make Your Own Slime-in-Stein
Don a lab coat, goggles and gloves to join the Mad Scientist and his assistant in making your very own slime to take home.
26, 27 and 28 September and 2, 3 and 4 October |10am to 2pm

Paint Your Own Pet Rock and hide for WA Rock Hunt
Hand paint your very own rock and get some tips on how to play the hide-and-seek game WA Rock Hunt that is taking over the City.
26, 27 and 28 September and 2, 3 and 4 October | 10am to 2pm

Perth City Farm Cafe

Catch the Yellow Cat or drive to Perth City Farm for a inner city farm experience and enjoy a coffee and something to eat in the beautiful farm gardens while the kids enjoy the free school holiday activities. See above.

Game Vault Gaming Bus Barrack Square (FREE)

This is the ultimate mobile gaming truck featuring a sweet custom LED setup, surround sound and a library of the most recent and popular multi-player titles.

24 September to 5 October | 10am to 2pm

Enex Hay Street Activites (FREE)

Terrarium Workshops- Bugs and Unicorns
Create your own insect colony or magical unicorn garden all within a non-breakable jar with lid.
683 Hay Street, Perth
23 September to 8 October | 10am to 2pm

140 Thursday All Things Thriller Themed

These upcoming school holidays will be filled with free movie-style popcorn, zombie face painting and all things Michael Jackson themed for kids and the young at heart.

Not only will there be activities galore for adults and kids alike, there will also be a myriad of mouthwatering $5 street eats from the 140 retailers. Get your hands on lunchtime treats from eateries such as East Village, Nandos, Ribs & Burgers, Jamie's Italian and Mop.

Opt to attend free dance classes from The Dance Collective at 11.30am, 12.30pm and 1.30pm to learn both the 'Thriller' moves and how to moonwalk. DJ Yon Jovi will round out the day playing all the Michael Jackson classics

140, cnr Murray Street Mall and William Street
28 September | 11.30am to 2.30pm

Awesome Arts Festival

Perth comes alive this October school holidays as the AWESOME International Arts Festival for Bright Young Things brings the best in theatre, dance, music, puppetry, visual arts and more, from around the world, right to your front doorstep. Invite curiosity and inspire creativity at the 2017 AWESOME Festival. September 30th - October 9th. Perth Cultural Centre. See the Festival Program at

Perth International Boat Show

Catch the exciting boat displays on the Swan River and in Elizabeth Quay, then head to the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre for more entertainment and displays.

Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre and on-water displays at Elizabeth Quay | 22 to 25 September 2017 10am to 6pm

Perth Explorer

Explore Perth from the top of a double decker bus. Take in the full tour or hop off and hop back on to make a day of it.

Puzzle Walks

WA Detective Trails are self-guided puzzle walks around Perth City, Kings Park, South Perth, Rottnest Island and Fremantle Each trail comes with a fictitious crime to solve, a list of suspects, and lots of clues; each stop on the trail has you hunting high and low for the answers to cross off the innocent suspects and reveal the culprit! Find out more and order your Puzzle Walks here.

Want more ideas for the school holidays? Check out the October Holidays Survival Guide here

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