Life is about the journey - some roads are not always what they seem but you sure learn a great deal from them!
Published January 3rd 2018
The benefit of living in the Southern Hemisphere are the long summer days, which we can fill with endless activities. However, with holiday upon us, many parents (like myself) are left with finding ways to entertain the kids without breaking the budget.
As a result, I put together a little list of places you can go, which was tried and test by myself and my kids with success.
Leighton Battery Heritage Site – WWII Tunnels
Life Size Anti-Aircraft Artillery (Photo by SocialHummingBird)
I always thought that this site was only open on Sundays. However, I found out recently that the Leighton Battery Heritage Site is open every day and is free to the public. The tunnels, on the other hand, are open on Sundays and are fee-based.
The Leighton Battery Heritage Site is an amazing place for kids to learn about life during World War II. From aircraft artillery to a circular maze of tunnel entrances, this kept my kids busy for at least an hour. Furthermore, with educational signage placed in the correct places, I became a World War II expert without doing weeks of research. Personally, this just became one of my best 'go to' places south of the river!
The Fremantle Prison
The Entrance to a Small Adventure (Photo by SocialHummingBird)
Notably, tours cost money. However, with one-hour free parking and the opportunity for kids to have a sneak peek at what prison life could be like, this would be a perfect option as part of a family day out.
What you get for free is a walk through the Visitors Center, a quick glance at the Convict Depot, and an outside-in view of the Prison Court Yard. If there is money in the kitty, you could purchase a drink at the cafe or a little memento from the shop. Of course, you could opt for one of the tours. Overall, kids enjoyed this adventure because it was short enough to keep them interested and long enough to stretch their legs. Esplanade Park
A little harbor experience (photo by SocialHummingBird)
With wide open spaces, loads of trees and a purposeful built playground, this is a perfect end to a day out with the kids.
Esplanade Park can be found in the heart of Fremantle on Marine Terrace. A picnic in this area would be the ultimate plan. Plus, with the view of the Ferris Wheel and engaging sculptures along the harbour by Mew Road, this will leave kids asking endless questions about how, what, why and when. Personally, questions tell me that kids are keen to learn more which could lead to better things in their lives! It also tells me that kids are having a good time.
This trip could be done in a day, or over a couple of days. It depends on how time you have. For me, it was a day trip which spanned over 5 hours.
If you are on a shoe-string budget, a day trip like this will require planning as you will need to consider a picnic basket for hungry tummies. However, as a guiding measure on what the kids thought about the trip? They gave it a 7 out of 10. The only thing lacking which would have made it a 10, was being on one of the tours. For being on a shoestring budget, I felt 7 was exceptional and I was left with an added bonus of good memories and family photos.