the autumn school holidays is upon us! if like me, they came out of nowhere, and you are not prepared as you would like to be. fear not! I have got fifteen ideas that will keep boredom at bay and will keep you celebrating life with your little ones.
school holiday programs
we can’t be ‘super parents’ all day every day. treat your child to a fun day out on their own, and give yourself a much-needed break. we highly recommend the following school holiday programs.
- BRICKS 4 KIDZ® | Various locations across Perth: City Beach, Hillarys and Karrinyup. | Monday 16, Wednesday 18, Monday 23, Thursday 26 April | 9am – 3.30pm, and some half day sessions available | Prices are based on each workshop. At a BRICKS 4 KIDZ® school holiday workshop, your child can learn the world of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, and build specially designed BRICKS 4 KIDZ® models in a fun and collaborative environment.
- Kids Holiday Activities | City of Joondalup Leisure Centre – Craigie, Whitfords Avenue, Craigie. | Monday 16, Wednesday 18, Friday 20, Monday 23, Friday 27 April | 9am – 12noon | $20 per session, includes various sports and game activities, including, fun in the outdoor pool onboard the aqua inflatable
- NEON FUN | C3 Church Hepburn Heights, 31 Chadlington Drive, Padbury. | Tuesday & Wednesday, 17-18 April 2018 | 8.20am – 3.30pm | $40 per day, includes lunch, drinks, snacks, and all activities | Glow Band Disco Colour Fun Run Craft Games Movie Christian Values Lesson
free fun out and about
aside from the obvious free things to do like taking your little ones to one of Perth’s sensational beaches and parks, you can also visit these places for some extra fun
- IKEA Perth | 6 Sunray Drive, Innaloo | Tuesday 17, Wednesday 18, Thursday 19, Tuesday 24, Thursday 26 April | 9am – 11am | Activities are FREE of charge and no booking is required | Each day brings a new fun activity within the IKEA Restaurant
- Perth Central Fire Station | DFES’s Education and Heritage Centre is located on the corner of Murray and Irwin Streets, Perth | Tuesday 17, Wednesday 18, Thursday 19, Tuesday 24, Thursday 26 April | 10am – 3pm | Admission is FREE, and the centre offers an interactive, interesting and fun experience for families
- If you can resist the urge to shop, you will be surprised to know that nearly every shopping centre across Perth is offering some sort of FREE school holiday activity or form of entertainment. Karrinyup Shopping Centre is offering FREE fun with the PJ Masks live stage shows. | The Play-Doh Immersive Zone is coming to Lakeside Joondalup for some FREE School Holiday fun! | And Westfield at Whitfords is offering various fun activities, including FREE Peppa Pig live shows.
family fun day out
I love quality time with my little family. My most favourite places to hang out with them is at the beach, and our local pool. For a special treat, I like to splash out and take them to the following places:
- Event Cinemas, Various locations across Perth: Innaloo, Morley and Whitfords | Open every day of the holidays | save on family movies with Cinebuzz tickets from $11 | offer available on select sessions before 5pm daily.
- Perth Zoo | 20 Labouchere Road, South Perth | Open every day of the holidays | 9am – 5pm | Adults $31, Child (4-15) $15, Children under 4, FREE | pack yourself a scrumptious picnic and head to the zoo for your kids to discover weird and wonderful facts about some of their favourite animals.
- Swan Valley Cuddly Animal Farm | 128 John Street, Henley Brook | Open every day of the holidays | 9.30am – 4pm | Adults $18, Child (2-15) $13, Children under 2, FREE | A visit to the Swan Valley Cuddly Animal Farm provides the opportunity to experience the joy of getting up close and personal with lots of friendly farmyard animals in a delightful outdoor country atmosphere.
family fun at home
for those days you would just prefer to stay at home, and would prefer not to resort to electronics, why not try out some of these fun ideas:
- get the kids busy in the kitchen | Pop on your apron, and be prepared for your kitchen and little ones to get messy. Let the kids go wild making any one of the fun recipes we have listed on our website.
- playdate | Invite your child’s favourite friends over for some fun in your backyard, by all means provide a fun craft activity or game, or let them use their imagination and make their own fun!
- treasure hunt | Create a fun treasure hunt with colourful clues, that take them across your home, on the hunt for treasure. Even easier is sending them on a scavenger hunt in their own backyard to search for ie: two feathers, a beautiful rock, something fuzzy, two kinds of leaves, a yellow flower, a stick, something that sparkles, and something they think is treasure.
Anzac Day falls during the school holidays. Why not teach your child a little bit about the history of the commerative day. You can also do the following:
- arts and crafts | whilst the red poppy is more associated with remembrance day, it still is a symbol of the sacrifice in war. Dig out your coloured card, and scissors and create a collage of red poopy’s, or use some crayons and pencils and draw some poppy’s. Or even make one with card and a pipe cleaner.
- bake some anzac cookies | Most kids love cooking and being in the kitchen with them while talking about this special day will create a memory you will always treasure.
- anzac day march | I find the Anzac Day march is a lot more kid-friendly than a Dawn Service. Most communities have at least one march and are a wonderful way to introduce your children to the ideas of pride, patriotism and sacrifice. We went to the march at the Yanchep National Park, and found the service really beautiful. There were plenty of fun activities for families afterwards.
I hope some of these ideas have provided you with some inspiration! I’d love to hear from you, why not share your favourite things to do with your little ones over the school holidays by leaving a comment below.