Children just don’t seem to understand that money does not grow on trees, or generate at the same speed at which the endless pile of washing grows. Going to their favourite Perth attractions often involves dishing out dollar after dollar, and when you’re on a budget, sometimes you may have to say no.
But there is a great solution for cost-conscious parents without continually having to say no and see your children pout. Why not buy a yearly pass to your favourite places and enjoy the spoils without having to pay each time you go? Or, ask your family to pitch in and buy you or the kids a pass for birthdays and Christmas. It’ll sure beat socks and jocks!
Here are some Perth attractions you can buy a yearly pass for and save money.
The Perth Zoo offers yearly passes starting from $84 each for adults and $53 for kids aged 4-15. This might sound like a lot, but even if you go three times over the entire year, it’s still a small saving.
Not only does a yearly pass give you unlimited entry to the zoo for 12 months, but you also get free entry to a heap of other zoos around Australia. These include Taronga Zoo, Melbourne Zoo, Healesville Sanctuary, Adelaide Zoo and Monarto Zoo. It also gives you priority entry to the zoo during peak periods and discounts at the café and gift shop. Perth Zoo is located at 20 Labouchere Road, South Perth and is open every day from 9am to 5pm, except New Years Eve, when it closes at 4pm.
Adventure World means a full day of fun for kids – and adults!
What child doesn’t get excited at the prospect of a hot summer day spent at Adventure World? If you plan on going a few times during the six-month season, it may be worth investing in a season pass. They start at $152 for adults and from $132 for children aged 4-13. Family passes start from $384. You will find Adventure World at 351 Progress Drive, Bibra Lake. The season runs from September 22 2016 to April 25 2017 and opening hours vary.
So you’ve waited years since primary school ended to have an excuse to visit Scitech again. Now that you have children, you can take them as many times as you like and become a ‘Scitrekker’ with a Scitech membership. The membership is valid for a year and prices start from $35 for kids and $55 for adults. Scitrekkers receive unlimited entry to Scitech and you can use your membership to gain entry to various other science centres and museums throughout Australia. Scitech is located at the corner of Railway and Sunderland Streets in West Perth and is open weekdays from 9:30am to 4pm and on weekends from 10am to 5pm.
Do you love taking your children to some of Western Australia’s most beautiful national parks? If so, or you’re planning to explore WA on a driving holiday, then consider a Department of Parks and Wildlife Park Pass. Passes start from $44 for a four-week pass or $88 for a 12-month pass, which will give you access to all of Western Australia’s parks without having to pay entry fees. There are some exceptions, so please see the website for further details.
WA has some beautiful national parks but many attract an entry fee.
The Maze in Bullsbrook is an awesome day out for kids and parents alike, with the Outback Splash Waterslide Playground, Koala Experience and of course, the various mazes to enjoy. The Annual Pass is priced at $79.50 for adults and $65 for kids and provides so many benefits, including free entry for a friend, breezing by the queue in priority periods and discounted rates on the Koala Experience. For more information, see The Maze Website.
The Maze is located in Bullsbrook at 1635 Neaves Road. Each attraction has different opening hours, so check the website for details.
The Maze offers an annual pass promising value for money.
While the Aquarium of Western Australia (AQWA) doesn’t actually offer an annual pass providing unlimited entry, it does have the Ocean Pass which works a bit like a coffee card. You pay for your first, second and third visits – the second and third are at a discounted rate – and the fourth visit is free. The pass is valid for one year and there’s also a cheaper, off-peak option if you are more likely to visit from Monday to Friday. There are family passes available and you can save anywhere from 30 to over 50 per cent on entry fees. Perfect if you love taking your littlies to see the stunning WA marine life.
AQWA is located at 91 Southside Drive, Hillarys. Check the website for information about opening hours and peak and off-peak times.
A season pass could be a great investment for your family and get you out with the kids for less money.