The Perth CBD isn’t just for office workers and bar hoppers – it’s a fantastic place to take the kids, with heaps of family friendly things to do. If you haven’t been to the city in a while, you may be surprised with just how many family venues and activities you’ll find. With a great public transport network now reaching out to so many Perth suburbs, you don’t even have to worry about expensive CBD parking. Here are ten reasons to take your kids to Perth City.
This small inner city farm has lots of space for the kids to run around, chooks to see and of course, a café for mum and dad. If you didn’t know Perth was home to a farm, it’s worth taking the kids for a look. They also have a farmer’s market on Saturdays. You can read the Perth Mums Group review here.
The chook pen at City Farm
2. Scitech City West Centre, corner of Railway and Sunderland Streets, West Perth 9215 0700 Website: http://www.scitech.org.au
Scitech is arguably Perth’s favourite museum, with super cool science and technology based exhibitions and activities just for the kids. They also hold the regular ‘Toddlerfest’ event for children aged between one and five years.
Elizabeth Quay is a great city destination for families, with the child-friendly café the Isle of Voyage, which is located next to a playground, plus there is the Adventure Golf 18 hole mini golf course, gelato, the Venetian Carousel and in summer, the BHP Water Park.
5. The City’s Libraries State Library of WA – 25 Francis Street, Perth Cultural Centre, Perth – 9427 3111 City of Perth Library - 573 Hay Street, Perth – 9461 3500 Website: State Library http://slwa.wa.gov.au, City of Perth Library www.perth.wa.gov.au
Perth City is home to two amazing libraries – the State Library of WA in Northbridge and the new City of Perth Library on Hay Street. The State Library has regular activities for children, including school holiday events, while the City of Perth library has an amazing children’s level.
The children’s level at the new City of Perth Library
The Perth Cultural Centre is a public space that houses the State Library, the WA Museum (currently closed) and the Art Gallery of WA which has interactive art experiences for children and school holidays events. There is also a small playground at the Cultural Centre, which you can read more about here.
The Nostalgia Box is Australia’s only video game console museum, and is a fun experience for both parents and kids alike. They have a huge variety of old and new games to play, plus lots of fascinating history about the origins of video games. You can read more here.
Jamie’s Italian has one of the best kids’ menus around. This isn’t your average menu serving the same old nuggets and chips – instead you’ll find healthy alternatives, including fresh king salmon, happy chicken lollipops and the secret seven tomato pasta. You can read the PMG review here
The Perth Explorer Bus is a double decker tourist bus that will take you to some of Perth’s best sites, including Kings Park, the Perth Mint and Northbridge, while providing running commentary about the city. You can read the PMG review here.
The Perth Explorer Bus is a great way to see the city
10. Hyde Park Vincent and William Streets, Perth
This beautiful, leafy green park is an inner city gem. Dense with huge old Moreton Bay fig trees, the park has a heap of shaded areas which are perfect for a family picnic. There’s also a playground, water park and cafes nearby.
For more activites and things to do in the Perth CBD, read our dedicated Perth Mums Group page.