Do you love the city, but find that it’s just too expensive to visit when you have kids? Did you know there are a bunch of free activities that you can do with the kids in Perth? From a visit to the gorgeous Kings Park, to free museums and water playgrounds, Perth actually has some really cool, totally free places to visit. Here’s where they are.
Kings Park, Perth Address: Fraser Avenue, Kings Park.
Kings Park is full of free activities for Perth families. There's the Synergy Playground, which is accessible via Saw Avenue or Poole Avenue. It is most suitable for kids aged six and over and features an elevated walkway, island fort, large-scale replicas of extinct Australian mega fauna and an interactive water misting forest. Adventure seeking kids can climb the DNA tower (with their parents) and enjoy the views of the park. There's also the Ivey Watson playground, which is conveniently located next to Sticky Beaks Cafe. You can take a wander around the botanical gardens or simply enjoy a picnic on the grass while the kids run around. The Naturescape Playground is currently closed, but there are plenty of other things to see and do in Kings Park.
Image: Shannon Meyerkort, Perth Mums Group.
Cultural Centre Playspace Address: James Street Mall, Perth (outside the WA Museum.)
This small play space is located just outside the Perth Museum and is an area for children to enjoy the musical, sensory and balancing elements on offer. For more information, you can read the Perth Mums Group review here.
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DFES Education and Heritage Centre Address: Corner Murray and Irwin Streets, Perth.
This fascinating look into the history of Perth’s fire and emergency services is completely free to enter. You can learn all about the history of the building and view old fire trucks while the kids can even dress up as a fire fighter! For further information, read on here.
Image: DFES website.
Perth Libraries Address: The State Library of WA – 25 Francis Street, Perth and Perth Library – 573 Hay Street, Perth.
Perth City has two libraries - the State Library of WA, which is located in the Cultural Centre, and the newer Perth Library. Both venues run some fantastic free activities for kids, including story time and rhyme time at both libraries, while at the Perth Library, you can take kids aged two to seven along to a special nature storytime on the third Saturday of each month. Both venues also have great school holiday programs, so keep an eye on the websites for more information.
Water playgrounds at Elizabeth Quay and Forrest Place Address: Elizabeth Quay – The Esplanade, Perth and Forrest Place, Murray Street Mall, Perth.
Perth is home to the Water Labyrinth, which operates daily during the day, along with the water playground at Elizabeth Quay, which runs every day except Tuesday, when it is closed for cleaning. Both are free to enter, meaning your kids can run in and out of the sprinklers and water jets until their skin turns wrinkly, and mum or dad start to get a bit cranky and want to go home.
Hyde Park, North Perth Address: William and Vincent Streets, North Perth.
A little out of the CBD, you'll find the gorgeous, leafy Hyde Park. This beautiful, shaded part of Perth has so many perks for kids and families, including a couple of playgrounds, a water playground, picnic areas, free barbecues and is close to the cultural hubs of Highgate and Mount Lawley.
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