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Top Places to be a Big Kid in Perth

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by Shannon Meyerkort (subscribe)
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Published June 11th 2012
The problem with kids is that they don't realise how good they've got it. I look at my daughters - blissfully unaware of anything more serious than whether Swiper will steal Dora's backpack again and I remember a time when life was simple.

Kids have it made - they have no money worries, no concerns about their careers, no boy troubles, no mortgage. They are free from adult hang-ups and adult worries.

You can recapture your glory days and be a big kid at the following places

Adventure World
The Mammoth Water Slides (picture courtesy Adventure World)

Built in 1982, Adventure World has been part of the coming-of-age ritual for West Australians for three decades. A sprawling oasis with seven man-made lakes and $20 million worth of rides it would be difficult not to find something that brought back the exhilaration of being a kid, the abandonment that comes with finding your heart in your throat, your bathers wedged in your bum, and your lunch on the pavement sixty feet below you.

179 Progress Drive, Bibra Lake
Adult tickets $49.75, season passes [starts 27 September] $130
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Faulkner Park (aka 'Volcano Park')
The volcano at Faulkner Park

It's hard to tell what is the more exciting for kids of all ages: the enormous volcano which spews real smoke or the adult-sized flying fox. Sure, you might have to join the queue with actual kids and get a few sideways looks from their parents, but nothing compares with the wind in your hair as you fly through the air.

Abernethy Road, Belmont

Synergy Playground ('dino park')
Windy Walk (picture courtesy of BGPA)

Not only can you wind back time to when you were a kid, you can wind it all the way back to the dawn of time and play with dinosaurs. The 'windy walk' platform, 75m of wooden walkway up to 2.5 metres above ground is the biggest kids biggest tree house (sans tree), and no kid of any age can resist stepping stones across a murky pond where the risk of falling in is mossy indeed.

May Drive, Kings Park
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Heathcote Reserve (the 'pirate' park)
Heathcote Reserve

Avast ye cobbers! It's hard not to start pirate talking when faced with the enormous wooden pirate ship that rises out of the most scenic park in Perth. Try to avoid the temptation of making random four year olds 'walk the plank' and don't bang your head on one of the low ceilings, but a swash-buckling good time can be had by kids of all ages at this buccaneers paradise.

Duncraig Road, Applecross

Roller skates (picture courtesy Morley Rollerdrome)

Jane Fonda in a one piece and headband. Olivia-Newton John in a blue spangly number. John Travolta in a pair of skin-tight, crotch-hugging jeans. Sorry, where was I? Roller-skating. The epitome of 1970s and 1980s childhood adventure, ugly brown hire boots, $1 slushies, holding hands for the 'couples' tracks.

Resist the urge to don in-line roller blades, if you are going to do it do it properly with old-school four wheeled skates.

Morley Rollerdrome, 95 Catherine Street Morley
$8-$10 per session, $2 skate hire
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Why? Because Peter Pan shouldn't have all the fun of not growing up
When: Time has no meaning when you are a (big) kid
Where: Bit of your childhood across Perth
Your Comment
My children are 8 and 10.... we must all be big kids because we regularly visit all of these venues.
by claudette (score: 1|17) 2299 days ago
This review is a great reminder for all adults to enjoy life too. Not just for the kids. I'll be looking into a couple of these to try.
by jazzy (score: 1|12) 2774 days ago
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