Like most parents, I donít get a lot of time baby-free time. Admittedly, Iím one of those people who need it and love my little girl just that teeny bit more when Iíve had it. My husband and I try to have regular 'date nights' and make an effort to celebrate friendsí birthdays or achievements, so Iíve been on the lookout for the best kid-free outings for parents in Perth.
If you want a change from laughing at your childrenís antics all day, try a comedy night. There are a couple of different spots around Perth to get your funny fix. If you live south, head to Creatures Next Door (next to Little Creatures in Fremantle) which hosts the Comedy Lounge every Saturday night. Comedy Lounge also runs at the Charles Hotel in North Perth every Thursday and once a month on Fridays at His Majestyís Theatre.
Upstairs at the Brisbane Hotel, Lazy Susanís Comedy Den runs improv and stand up shows on Friday and Saturday nights. Even better Ė they have a Tuesday night comedy show for just $5 entry!
Creatures Next Door at Little Creatures host the Comedy Lounge on Saturday nights.
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Did you know there are various foodie and bar tours operating right here in Perth? Foodi operates culinary orientated guided walking tours of Perth, including the ultimate parental indulgence - a Chocolate Walking Tour. Just think - you won't even have to hide the chocolate from your children or eat it in secret in the pantry. Bliss.
You can also take a guided day or night Food Safari Tour of Perth or a delightful High Tea Walking Tour in Fremantle. You'll not only enjoy delicious food and drink, but learn some of the city's best kept foodie secrets along the way.
Two Feet and a Heartbeat also run guided walking tours around the city Ė from morning tea tours to guided whiskey sampling tours, thereís different walks for different tastes. If you want to sample what's on offer at some of Perthís best small bars, check out barhop, where you will check out three bars in three hours and receive complimentary drinks and tapas along the way.
A small bar tour is a totally indulgent way for adults to interact with other adults.
When was the last time you went to the theatre? And I donít mean to your childís school play, which Iím sure was lovely, but seeing trained professionals bring their stories to life on stage is truly special. Perth is lucky to have some fantastic theatres, including His Majestyís, the Regal and Burswood, as well as so many local and community theatres dotted around. Be on the lookout for cheap theatre tickets online via lasttix if you can organise a last minute babysitter.
Beer-lovers will appreciate some child-free, beer-tasting time.
Do you or your partner love sampling local beers? If youíre looking for an unusual gift, why not send them off on a child-free beer cruise down the beautiful Swan River? Captain Cook run a full day Fremantle Craft Beer Cruise, which includes beer tasting and lunch, or a shorter version of under three hours around the Upper Swan. Be prepared to call on all your friends and relatives for babysitting duty if you opt for the all-day tour.
Gold Class. The ultimate indulgence for parents.
This next idea is creeping into Christmas bonus, tax-return territory Ė Gold Class cinema. My husband and I were lucky enough to watch Suicide Squad at a Gold Class screening after being given the tickets as a gift. Itís not cheap by any means, but if you have a few spare dollars itís worth avoiding the masses and popcorn throwing teens. And who wouldnít want to enjoy a glass of wine or a gin and tonic while watching a movie? You wonít even have to get out of you seat to fetch it! You will find Gold Class at Event and Village Cinemas, the Gold Lounge at Grand Cinemas and Ace Cinemas and Lux at Hoyts.
Alternatively, if you would like to take your baby to the cinema, here is a list of baby friendly cinemas. These tickets are also some of the cheapest available in Perth.
Parents of Perth Ė take some time out for yourself, because we love our children but we all need to recharge the batteries and think about ourselves for a change.
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