The long summer holidays are in full swing and the days are hot, hot, hot! With keeping the cranky kids cool and saving my sanity top of the to do list, we have checked out some of Perth’s fantastic (and often free) water playgrounds. Here’s my top five:
1. Maylands Waterland Clarkson Road, Maylands Open daily - Check website for times
Admission Fees: Adult $5.60
Child (2 to 16 years) $4.10
Under 2s Free
Family entry (2 adults and 3 children) $18.40
Tucked away by the river in Maylands, this is probably Perth’s largest water playground with four different pools of varying depths plus a winding river. The largest pool is only 60cm deep, making it ideal for teaching slightly older children to swim, while the smaller splash pools are shallow and well shaded.
The toddler pools are well shaded at Maylands Waterland
Ellenbrook Rainbow Water Park Library Avenue, Ellenbrook Open daily 8am to 7pm (January times noted - times vary with seasons) Free admission
Take a scenic drive north through the Swan Valley to enjoy this free water playground situated adjacent to a large grassy oval in the centre of Ellenbrook. The water playground is made up of a range of water spray jets in various set ups. Kids of all ages will enjoy running through the cascading arches, dodging the fountains and sprinklers.
Ellenbrook water playground includes a number of water spray features under shade sails
The whole water playground is covered by shade sails and there’s a few shelters around the edge. There’s also a BMX bike track across the back of the oval which is popular with the older kids.
There's no cafe on site but there are two cracking locally owned independent coffee spots within walking distance in Ellenbrook’s Main Street - Jaxx Expresso Bar and Laneway Seven. There are also barbecues available on site.
The water labyrinth at Forrest Place in Perth City is a great spot for the kids to let off steam by dodging the dancing water fountains.
The Forrest Place water fountains are an oasis in the heart of Perth City.
Located directly opposite the Perth train station and in the centre of Perth City’s popular retail district in the Murray Street Mall, Forrest Place is one of the largest civic squares in Perth and home to a huge, free interactive water fountain installation which cost over $1 million to build! Right at the heart of Perth’s CBD, Forrest Place is always alive with activity - you can often catch buskers or other street entertainers in the area too.
A large shallow pool (approx. 30cm deep) with water spouts and shaded seating areas, this is another great spot to splash about with the kids for free.
The Whiteman Park water playground has fountains in a wading pool.
The Whiteman Park water playground is fully fenced and conveniently located directly opposite the cafe in the centre of this huge park. We often combine our trips here with a ride on the vintage tram (small fees apply) or a visit to the WA Transport museum (gold coin donation).
Outback Splash at The Maze 1635 Neaves Road, Bullsbrook Open Wednesday to Sunday from September to April from 10am. Open 7 days during school holidays Website: http://www.themaze.com.au Admission fees Adult $34
Children aged 4 and over $27
This place is far more than just a water playground - it's a full family day out! Outback Splash is an extensive water slide playground with tipping buckets and water spray features, set within the large family fun park - The Maze. There is also a dedicated toddler area within a shaded splash pool known as Octopus Bay. Admission to the whole family fun park is included in the one price - there are a range of other activities you can enjoy on the site including mini golf, a giant jumping pillow, animals and of course the mazes. It keeps our youngsters (aged 4 and 2) occupied for hours and each time we visit we find something different - well worth the drive. There is a cafe on site, plus barbecues.
Top tip: Look out for regular parks with water play installations such as water wheels and fountains. Check out the playground at Elizabeth Quay and the Bibra Lake Regional Playground for some splashing fun!