A retired business owner, my passions are cooking, photography and eating. I use all three of these when I write for recipeyum.com.au which is on HubGarden
Published October 4th 2018
Enjoy your day with your granchildren
I sometimes look after my grandchildren and usually have a problem deciding where to go if we want to go out!
For this reason, I have put together a list of places that are good to take grandchildren, or for that matter, your own children also! These are places that both of you will enjoy and are not just for children.
1. PUZZLE WALKS
This is a novel idea and involves WA Detective Trails which are self-guided historical walks around WA with a unique puzzling-solving twist. Each walk has a crime to solve and grandchildren would just love picking up clues and solving these mysteries with you.
You can read more about these at this website and they are held at various suburbs around Perth.
3. WANNEROO REGIONAL MUSEUM The Wanneroo Museum is situated at 25 Dundebar Road and they provide a range of stories and themes based on the development of Wanneroo. This is an attractive, modern museum which has has an exhibition space, which is based on a number of themes built around Wanneroo Road. It has objects ranging in size from a road roller to a single egg scale!
They also have an education program, as well as ongoing public programs including school holiday activities to entertain the whole family.
4. BROTZEIT Being of German origin and having been brought up with German food, I like taking the grandchildren here! I am familiar with all the food terms, however, even if you are not, it teaches children about other countries and how we differ even in our eating habit - and, the food is delicious. There are three of these cafes; the one at 140 William Street in Perth, the other at Settlers Avenue, in Baldivis, and one in Joondalup.
This restaurant actually operates in seven different countries. Although it is a bar and restaurant, it is a casual, modern dining – sit-down restaurant or you can stand and have a snack, or share platters. Here, they will also give a 10% discount with your Seniors Card on weekdays and they have special Seniors discount lunches.
The name literally translates to "bread time" and you can read more about this chain at their website.
5. WHITEMAN PARK
This is a very pleasant place to be with your grandchildren! Situated in Lord Street, Whiteman, it is a unique conservation and recreation park with museums, wildlife and more. It has won several Tourism Awards.
There are heaps of things to do at this reserve and include heritage tram rides, and Whiteman Park is the only place in WA where you can experience a genuine vintage electric tram.
Check out their website to find out more about all the things you and the "grandies" could do here.
6. AVIATION HERITAGE MUSEUM
This is at Bull Creek Drive in Bullcreek and this museum allows you a unique museum experience of both civilian and military aviation. They have some incredible aviation displays and you can do special tours here. Even if your grandchild is not interested in planes, this is a fascinating place to take them. They have about 30 aircraft plus much more on display here.
Learn more about this fabulous place at their website.
7. XTREME ICE ARENA
This ice skating rink is perhaps not for all seniors! Some of us just cannot afford to fall and break a limb, but I always find it fun to watch the children zooming around and am amazed at their lack of fear as they continually fall!
This is located at 15 Chesterfield Avenue in Mirrabooka and they have all types of ice skating. You can even book for a birthday party here and they also have Xtreme Bumper Cars on Ice! If you have young grandchildren, you can ride with them in these fun cars.
You can find out more information on this Ice Rink at their website.
Most children love Cicerello's with their big servings of fish and chips! They are at 44 Mews Road in Fremantle, and they are an eating experience in the heart of Fremantle's Fishing Boat Harbour and Mandurah's Peel Inlet.
They have been operating now for over 100 years and also give seniors a choice of two meal deals. I went often to the Mandurah one as the children could run around and it was a fairly cheap and good meal.
See more of the menu and more information at their website.
9. THE TOURIST WHEEL
This is at 34 Mews Road in Fremantle, and the Esplanade Park is one of Fremantle's loveliest features. It is also very popular with children.
The Tourist Wheel has been in Fremantle since 2013 and provides amazing views of Fremantle town and harbours. You and the grandchildren will be transported 40 metres in fully enclosed gondolas - great fun for all!
10. COHUNA KOALA PARK
In Western Australia, we do not have any koalas in the bush, however, at Cohuna, you can see these somewhat lazy animals sleeping in trees.
This park is situated at 103 Nettleton Road in Byford and this is not too far from Perth. Your grandchildren and you will be amused for a long time here with about fourteen hectares of natural Australian bush-land.
You can walk along the bush tracks and pathways; hand feed many of the free-roaming animals; talk with over 30 talking parrots and see dingoes, kangaroos, emus, deer and koalas, just to name a few of the animals that live in this enormous park. You could also ride on the Cohunu Park Railway for $4, as it zigzags throughout the park.
11. FREMANTLE PRISON
Most children love prison stories and hearing about how prisoners lived! At Fremantle Prison, at 1 The Terrace, you can all do a tour, and listen to the stories about our hardened criminals of the past, on the Convict Prison Tour.