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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 More Information