Summer means long, hot days and finding lots of places to keep cool with the kids!
It's summer. Time to start thinking about how you will entertain your preschoolers on those hot summer days, and where to take your school-aged kids during the hot summer holidays. Perth Mums Group has put together a list of fantastic places to take your children to cool down on a hot summer day.
These top Perth beaches feature calm, shallow waters, amenities for children and are great places to cool down for a swim.
South Beach, South Fremantle WHERE: Marine Terrace, South Fremantle
Port Coogee Marina WHERE: Medina Parade, Port Coogee
Hillarys Boat Harbour WHERE: 86 Southside Drive, Hillarys
Other places to Swim
Serpentine Falls WHERE: Signposted off South West Highway, south of Byford
Lake Leschenault WHERE: Rosedale Road, Chidlow
Parks with water play areas
Kwinana Adventure Park WHERE: Walgreen Crescent, Calista
Kwinana Adventure Play has an awesome water play area, plus plenty of play areas for kids of all ages.
Bibra Lake Regional Park WHERE: Progress Drive, Bibra Lake
This impressive playground has so many features, including a water play area.
Whiteman Park WHERE: Lord Street or Beechboro Road, Whiteman
Whiteman Park has a great mini water playground and is open from 10am to 5pm every day, typically from October to the end of the April school holidays.
Hyde Park, North Perth WHERE: Vincent Street, North Perth
Hyde Parkís small water play area is shaded, and is open during the summer months.
Water parks, playgrounds and Splash Pads
Rainbow Waters Playground WHERE: Library Place, Ellenbrook
Rainbow Waters has an array of water play including fountains and cannons. Itís open seven days a week in the warmer months from 9am to 7pm. There are barbecues, shelters, picnic tables and change room facilities. The playground is free to the public.
Port Coogee is not only home to a toddler friendly beach with shallow water, but it also has a splash pad, which operates during the warmer months.
Cockburn Central Splash Pad WHERE: Outside Cockburn Central Train Station, Cockburn Central
Located just outside the train station, the splash pad is a great spot to cool down on a hot day, with fountains, jets, cannons and water sprays.
Elizabeth Quay WHERE: Elizabeth Quay, Perth
This splash pad is shaded and features heaps of jets, sprays and fountains, making it ideal for the kids to run in and out of the water during a trip to Elizabeth Quay.
Water Labyrinth, Perth City WHERE: Forrest Chase, Perth
Another inner city water playground, the Water Labyrinth is located just outside Myer in Forrest Chase.
Perth has some fantastic libraries for children, such as the innovative of Perth Library on Hay Street. The State Library of WA runs regular events and holiday programs for kids, while many local libraries also offer holiday programs and regular events for pre-school children, including story time and music sessions (although many of these sessions only run during term time.) Check yours out today!
The air conditioned cinema is a fantastic place to head to with the kids during the school holidays.
If you have a baby or younger children, you can head to a Baby Friendly Cinema Session! These special showings are aimed at parents with children aged 5 and under and are offered at Event, Hoyts, Ace and Grand Cinemas. Read more Unfortunately they don't run during the summer holidays or any school holidays, but are great ways to beat the heat in February and March.
Your local shopping centre
Summer holidays and the shops. Uggh. Unfortunately it has to be done, but luckily many shopping centres have fantastic school holiday programs for children of all ages. They are also, of course, air conditioned. Yes!
Beat the heat this summer and find your new favourite cool spot for you and the kids. For more outdoor activities, read on here.