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A playground pass, a blue cow and a musical park
Overview The April school holidays are the perfect time to take a trip into Perth. In the last few years there have been many changes and the mild April weather is the perfect time to discover them. Even better, the City of Perth makes it easy to enjoy exploring with many family-friendly attractions being free or available at a reduced price.
City of Perth Playground Pass
The City of Perth
Playground Pass is a long-standing tradition. Every school holiday the guide offers free and discounted activities around the city.
In the April school holidays, why not make a playdough sculpture at Raine Square or visit the Fire & Emergency Services Heritage Centre and dress up as a fire fighter?
Probably the biggest saving is free entry to the Bell Tower for up to four children with a paying adult. Check the timing for bell handling demonstrations and have a go at ringing the bells yourself. I've taken many visitors to this and they were all thrilled, regardless of their ages. And don't forget to send a free video postcard.
Get the Pass and Guide from the i-City kiosk or City Playground Pass marquee in Murray Street Mall or download from the link above.
Nature Play Space at Museum Plaza I first noticed this playground one night last summer while searching the Perth Cultural Centre for a Fringe World venue. It looked unusual in that there were no swings or slides yet it was full of kids running around and laughing.
On closer inspection I realised that what I thought were sculptures were actually musical instruments. There were xylophones, drums, chimes and musical bowls, all of which can be played.
Local gardener Josh Byrne designed the park. It has a bush theme with an Outback feel, featuring carved lizards for benches and a wonderful painted river full of creatures. As well as the instruments there are spinning wheels and stepping stones and for the adults, there's a café right nearby.
The Nature Play Space is located in the Perth Cultural Centre just outside the main entrance to the WA Museum.
The Place @ the State Library The Play Space is great on a fine day but April weather can be changeable. Fortunately the State Library has an indoor area especially for children simply known as The Place. I was pleased to see the Books Moove Me cow (from the Margaret River Cow Parade a few years ago) had a lovely new home.
The Place features books, toys and art that will inspire imaginative and creative activities. The whole area is bright and friendly and designed for interaction. Children can find a favourite book in the book totem pole, play dress ups or just listen during story time.
The Place is located on the mezzanine level of the State Library. Storytime is every Wednesday at 10:30 and Baby Rhymetime is every Tuesday at 10.30.