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Published June 25th 2016
Because fun shouldn't cost the earth
These July school holidays are all about the cold, from snow slides to winter festivals and frozen fun, brrrr! Who said Perth doesn't experience a 'real' winter? It's hard to find affordable family outings, here's ten ideas:
Spend a Day at the Quay Elizabeth Quay has several events over the holidays, but if you want to make a jam-packed day of it, Saturday the 2nd of July is the one! This sees a Dinosaurs Adventure (10am, 11am and 12pm), the Community Mural (10am-1pm), and Catch Music (11am-12:30) all happening.
If you're heading to the city mid-week you could visit the giant snow slide for free. You'll need to pre-book (bookings open June 27th so be quick!). Perth City are also running their City Playground Pass so you can spend your leftover money on some discounted lunch.
Fremantle Winter Festival
Fremantle's Winter Festival is back and running all holidays. You'll need to purchase tickets for open air ice skating and toboggan rides, but there are also plenty of free activities. Why not just soak up the atmosphere and take a picnic to the Fremantle Esplanade?
Winter Wonderland at the Maritime Museum Fremantle Pic:museum.wa.gov.au
Fremantle Maritime Museum With the WA Museum Perth now closed until 2020, it's time to revisit the Shipwreck Galleries or Maritime Museum for an affordable day out. The Maritime Museum is getting in on the winter action with their own winter wonderland themed activities, included with $16 entry*. They are going all out with free 3D winter themed movies,the snow zone, and stained glass snowflakes ($2-3).
(*based on 1 adult & 2 child; entry for 2 adult & 2 child is $22)
Get Active- Get Warm You might want to give the water sports a wide berth (sorry couldn't resist), but why not hop on a bike About Bike Hire in Perth loan kids bikes for $7 or adult hybrid bikes for $10 for an hour. Take a ride along the Swan River!
Or Watch Others If you'd like to get some cycling inspiration, head to the Speed Dome in Middle Swan for Friday night racing on July 8th. Warm up is from 6pm and racing 7-9pm. Best of all Track Cycling Western Australia will let you come and watch for free, free parking is also available.
Go Green The holidays fall during Plastic Free July. Why not sign your household up for the challenge and show your kids the value of reducing waste (or vice versa). You could also register to clean up your local beach or park with some friends, and do it as a 30 Minutes-Two Hands clean up.
Stay-cation Your local council is probably running some school holiday activities. They seem to get better every year. They are often free which means you can treat yourself to a coffee or some morning tea at your favourite local business. Just a couple are: Stirling- offering free The Automobile Lab kids art workshop (bookings essential)
Northam- running a Guinness Book of Records Lego Attempt for kids 6-17 (bookings essential)
Mundaring is also has an impressive list of events under the Seen and Heard program (for Mundaring residents) to ensure local youth have plenty of opportunities to engage with their local community.
Seen and Heard: Free Youth Activities for Mundaring Residents Pic: Parkerville
You could also hit up your local op shop for some puzzles and have a day at home challenging yourself. They should only cost a couple of dollars at the most, and at the end of the holidays you can do a good deed and donate them back.
You could also join your local toy library and enjoy some new toys over the holidays without the cost or waste of one-off purchases.
Or Escape the City... And See a Record Take Flight
Winter is also the perfect time to explore the countryside- it's cool and there are rolling green hills to take in. Towns like Northam, York and Toodyay make ideal day trip destinations. Yes, you might need to buy fuel, but you can easily find free adventures along the Avon River or in a local museum. There are also plenty of national parks and forests within striking distance of the city.
It's also looking likely that the world record balloon attempt might be leaving from Northam airfield early July, which would make for an unforgettable school holiday activity! It could be a 3am lift off, but it's probably worth it to see a 56 metre high balloon! Read more here.