Freelance writer, mum of one, who loves living in sunny Perth. You can follow my blog at www.helenonthesofa.com where I'm writing about the things I love to do with my family and friends as well as general jibberjabber.
Published April 1st 2012
School holidays are nearly upon us, so it's time to get your thinking caps on and start to plan what you are going to be doing during these Easter holidays to keep your kids occupied and keep your sanity intact (the two go hand in hand).
Here are my picks of the top 5 activities for Perth kids this Easter. In honesty, I could have compiled a top 20 list - as there are just so many things on in Perth this Easter. Keep your eyes peeled.
1. Venues West Clubs and Classes
Venues West have taken the hard work out of planning the Easter Break for you. Throughout Easter, at all the Venues West locations there are a program of activites to keep your little ones busy.
My favourites from their huge selection of fun filled events are: Holiday Kids Gym classes (from Toddler to Primary age) based at Challenge Stadium, Mount Claremont
Swimming lessons - holiday swim school at Challenge Stadium, Mount Claremont Kidz Sports Club for ages 5-12 years available at Challenge Stadium, Mount Claremont or at The Arena, Joondalup For details of any of these programs go to Venues West.
2. Shopping Centre Activities
For some FREE activities during Easter, plan your shopping trips around when the local centre's have already organised some kid friendly fun.
My pick of the local centre activities include:
- Whitfords Shopping Centre - Bubblemania - your kids will be amazed (occupied) by the giant bubbles on display. Just head to Centre Court near IGA between 16th to 20th April - shows at 11am and 1pm each day.
- Karrinyup Shopping Centre- Meet the Bananas in Pyjamas twins in Centre Court between 16th to 20th April - shows at 11am and 1pm each day.
- Ocean Keys, Clarkson - Free Jumping J's Castle Entertainment for the kids from 10th -21st April from 9am -12pm and 1pm - 4.30pm plus Thursday nights.
See what your local centre has on offer - there seems to be lots of great activities lined up for FREE
3. The Beach
The beach is a great place to go with your family, with so many things to do. Picnic's on the beach, sandcastles, a late Autumn dip in the ocean, or some nature walks. A great activity to do with your little ones, is to do a bit of a treasure hunt aiming to find all sorts of bits and pieces from the beach: a shell, a pebble, a dried cuttlefish, a leaf, some twigs. All of these can then be taken home and made into some great art work. Paper and glue paste will help you here.
4. Your local library
See what your local library has on to offer. It's no longer a case that noise (kids) are hushed up in a library; many of the local libraries offer activities year round to encourage children to come and visit. My favourite organised library events for this Easter are cupcake decorating at Inglewood library, a Scitech bubbles and gas display at Bayswater library, balloon workshop at Maylands library and Medieval Games at Thornlie Library. Check out your local library, there is so much on offer.
5. Big School Holiday Meet Up
Another free community event organised by team BuggyBuddys takes place in the beautiful Hyde Park, on April 10th from 9.30am. There will be face painting, amazing balloon artistry by Aaron Smyth and lots of families for your kids to play with. Bring your picnic and picnic blanket and make a morning of it.
The arts precinct in Northbridge has some wonderful free activities for primary school aged kids too! I've always found this is great for the cold winter days during the July holidays. The Western Australian Museum always has some interesting activities, especially in the Discovery Centre and the Art Gallery of Western Australia generally have some wonderful art activities for children to get involved in which are related to their current exhibitions. Finally, invariably there's literary activities at The Place, the special area for kids at the State Library.