The school holidays have most children jumping for joy but they can leave parents scrambling for ideas to keep the kids happy and occupied that won’t break the bank. Perth and surrounds offer a plethora of fun activities to put a smile on your child’s face and keep the tech-time to a minimum. Our top 5 affordable school holiday picks for April 2021 include:
1. WA Museum Boola Bardip
If you haven’t already, check out the impressive new WA Museum Boola Bardip. Showcasing WA’s past and present, the museum is so vast you’ll be able to visit over and over and still discover something new. There are lots of fun, interactive displays to excite kids of all ages.
While entry to the museum is free, holiday programs charge a fee. In the April holidays there are programs for lovers of dinosaurs and astronomy, along with podcasting and film workshops, video game design and scientific illustration creation sessions.
2. Ferry or bike ride
Make the most of the lovely autumn weather by getting out on, or around, the beautiful Swan and Canning Rivers. Take a ferry ride from Elizabeth Quay to South Perth or cycle around our magnificent waterways. Stay safe on your bike with these handy tips from Your Move. Finish your journey with an ice cream or other low-cost treat.
3. Constable Care Safety School
Add some safety education fun to the school holidays with a visit to the Constable Care Safety School. The only one of its kind in WA, the Safety School offers a fun, hands-on learning about transport safety. Kids explore real-life risks and practice road, pedestrian, bike and public transport safety skills in a safe, life-size urban environment. Bikes and helmets are supplied. The 3-hour session is just $16.50 per child which is great value for money. You will need to get in quick as tickets sell out fast. Limited spaces are available for Thursday 15 April.
4. All Aboard
For the mini Trainspotters, there is a range of attractions including the next generation of Perth trains on display at Yagan Square from April 3 -18. Get a firsthand look at the new model railcar and take part in a scavenger hunt.
For those interested in the story behind WA’s trains and railways, head to the Rail Heritage Museum at Bassendean. Children can climb aboard and explore the collection of steam and diesel trains of old, some featuring beds and bathrooms.
5. Get back to nature
Naturescape at Kings Park is a great place for children to connect with nature and enjoy good old-fashioned outdoor play. They can build a cubby, wade through a creek, scramble over rocks, climb, crawl and look for insects. This is one adventure where they are likely to get their hands (and possibly feet) dirty in the name of fun!