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Published September 18th 2012
Life's a beach
The October school holidays may be a bit early for swimming, but it's still possible to enjoy all things aquatic. The Naturaliste Marine Discovery Centre offers free and low-cost activities that will entertain children as they learn about the ocean and its inhabitants.
What's on The Discovery Centre is located on the northern side of Hillarys Boat Harbour, with plenty of parking available. Inside you'll find a variety of marine-themed exhibits and activities. Younger children can enjoy a game of Eels and Seagrass (think Snakes and Ladders at sea) and their older siblings will love using the new iPad stations to explore. And who can resist getting up close and personal with sea creatures in the rock pool?
School holiday specials
Flotsam and Jetsam will introduce younger children to some fascinating things found on the beach and then help them to build unusual sandcastles. 4 Oct 10:30 – 12:00, $8
For those 10 and over, Bare Bones Science offers the chance to dissect a fish, find out how old it is and what it ate for its last meal. 9 Oct 10:30 – 12:00, $12
The annual WA Beach Clean-up is for the whole family. Get some sea air, help tidy up the beach and then enjoy morning tea and explore the Centre. 11 Oct 9:30 onwards, free, but registration essential
Free stuff The Discovery Centre website has heaps of free downloads as well as some online games. From a 102-page Beachcombers Field Guide to colouring in pictures, puzzles, word searches and fact sheets, there's enough here to keep kids of all ages entertained before or after a visit to the Centre.