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The Best Rainy Day Activities and Venues In Perth

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The Perth Mums Group Useful Lists are a quick reference to some of the most helpful, fun and important places in Perth. Our lists are continually updated and cover the best places for kids and parents across Perth.

Below are some of the best rainy day activities and venues in Perth, with contributions and suggestions by Perth Mums group members. Obviously the list doesn't include all the great things to do and venues in Perth, but this is a great place to start. Remember to always do your own research and make sure the venue meets your personal needs.

Playgroups

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A lot of playgroups in Perth offer both an indoor and outdoor space in which the kids can play and parents can meet other parents in their area while enjoying a cuppa. Just some of the playgroups in Perth include:

• PlaygroupWA – most suburbs have a playgroup run by PlaygroupWA. You can join more than one and may even have to join several before you find the right one. For more reasons to join a playgroup, read on here.
• Meerilinga – runs playgroups in several locations throughout Perth and even has an option for grandparents. Each centre has an indoor and outdoor space.
• Your local church group – contact your local church for more details.
• Your local community centre may also run a playgroup, such as the Marangaroo Family Centre.

Image: PlaygroupWA Facebook.


Play Centres

Play centres can be great for a rainy day, but they can also be expensive if you have more than one child to pay for, plus they are not always great for the younger kids who may get lost in the play equipment. I find that on weekends and holidays, the older kids tend to take over the toddler areas, which is a huge bug bear of mine! Some of the best play centres for toddlers and pre-schoolers are listed below:

• Sweet Little Play Centre, Joondalup – this centre is specifically for the under fives and is open from 9am to 1pm.
• Little Champs Play Centre, Bibra Lake – while it’s not the most modern of play centres, it is catered for kids under five and you can find cheap entry deals online. You can read more about Little Champs here.
• Triassic Fun Park, Canning Vale – has a toddler area plus a little car and trike track just for toddlers. Look out for discount entry deals online. You can read more here.
• Atlantis Play Centre, Clarkson – has significantly sized areas for the younger kids, and has discount entry deals available online.

For a list of the best indoor play centres in Perth, as suggested by PMG members, read on here.

Triassic Fun Park.


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Indoor playgrounds

Some Perth shopping centres now have indoor playgrounds – perfect for a rainy day! Here are some you can find in Perth:

• Karrinyup Shopping Centre
• Coventry Markets, Morley
• Whitfords City Shopping Centre

Toddler dance sessions

Dancing is a great way for toddlers to have a bit of fun and burn some energy! There’s heaps of dancing classes around Perth and we've listed just a few below.

• Wiggly Woo is a rhythm and dance program run at the Mount Hawthorn Community Centre and is suitable for ages one to five. First session is free then just $5 per class, regardless of how many kids you bring along!
• Kindy Dance Time
• For lots more dance classes in Perth, read on here.

Image: Kindy Dance Time Facebook.


Toddler Music Sessions

What toddler doesn’t love making their own unique brand of ‘music’ by crashing and bashing on drums and rattles? A music class is a great way to get out of the house and learn some new skills. Here are some classes in Perth:

• My Melody Tree
• Kindermusik
• Toddler Jam
• For a heap of other music sessions, read on here.

Image: Kindermusik Facebook.


Community Centres

Your local community centre may run classes for kids, such as arts and crafts. They are usually inexpensive and a great way for the kids to interact with their peers and for parents to meet new people.

Leisure Centres

Some leisure centres have swimming pools, which is an awesome activity in itself for a rainy day. Just make sure everyone is dry and warm when you leave! They may run some fun toddler dance or gym programs. Some examples are listed below:

• Joondalup Arena has Kids Gymnastics for ages 18 months to five years.
• Craigie Leisure Centre runs toddler music and dance classes, plus toddler soccer and Kindy Gym.
• LeisureFit Melville has Gymbakids classes.

You can also take your child along to Gymbaroo classes at various locations in Perth.



Your local library

Libraries are a haven for free activities for toddlers and parents, including the below sessions, which are run at the majority of libraries:

• Pram Jam or Rhyme Time for children aged 0 to two years
• Story Time for children aged two to five
• Some libraries also run arts and craft activities

Pram Jam


Discovery Zone at the State Library of WA
Address: 25 Francis Street, Perth
Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 9am to 3pm, Weekends 10am to 4pm
Website: www.museum.wa.gov.au.

Discovery Zone at the State Library features a heap of free, fun, interactive activities for kids and is open during most of the year.

Child-friendly museums

Perth actually has some very cool child-friendly museums, some of which are even free to enter!

• DFES Education and Heritage Centre, Perth – if your toddler loves fire engines, this is the place for them! Plus, it’s free entry!
• Scitech is the ultimate science museums for kids, and twice yearly runs Toddlerfest, a scientific wonderland for kids aged two to five.
• Wanneroo Regional Museum is free to enter and is a fascinating look into the history of the area.

Bunnings

Kids love pushing those little prams around Bunnings, so why not make a morning or afternoon out of it on a rainy day? Let them push the trolley around the store before heading to the little playground or enjoying a coffee and babyccino at the cafι.



Jungle Sports

Jungle Sports runs indoor multi-sports classes for kids aged 16 months to seven years and has classes running throughout Perth.

Mums and Bubs Fitness Classes

What better way to spend a rainy day than getting fit while your child plays in the class! Many fitness centres are becoming more child-friendly – here are some of the best in Perth.

• Pilates Fit Perth – has sessions in which you can take your child into the class.
• Kangatraining – use your baby as weight!
• Roar Fitness not only has fitness classes for mums and bubs, but also has fitness classes for older kids.
• For more great child-friendly fitness classes in Perth, read on here.

Outdoor Activities

Some days, especially if it’s lightly raining on and off, it’s better just to get the kids rugged up and head outside. Here are some interesting outdoor places you can take the kids, even on a gloomy day.

• Herdsman Wildlife Centre, Churchlands
• Armadale Reptile Centre, Wungong
• Kings Park



To contribute to the current Perth Useful List visit the Perth Mums Group group or suggest a topic by emailing mums@perthmumsgroup.com.au.

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