8 Free things to do in Perth with kids
The best things in life are free! So these school holidays don’t have to break the bank. In fact we have listed our favourite 8 things to do in Perth for free with kids! YOU. ARE. WELCOME!
1. Kings Park and Botanic Gardens
Kings Park is one of the world’s largest and most beautiful inner-city parks. It is rich in Aboriginal and European history, contemporary culture and offers innovative design, displays and services. Kings Park has an international reputation for scientific research, leading horticulture, conservation and public education. Kings Park is home to the spectacular Western Australian Botanic Garden. Visitors can enjoy sweeping views of the Swan and Canning Rivers, the city skyline and the Darling Ranges to the east. Bushland walk trails, immaculate gardens and parklands and a variety of children’s discovery play areas can all be found in Kings Park. Find out more here.
2. WA Shipwrecks Museum
Located just next to Fisherman’s Wharf in Fremantle and housed in a 19th Century Commissariat Building, the Shipwrecks Museum is a fascinating look at some of the ships and relics that have washed up on the state’s hazardous coastline. Along with the permanent exhibits housed at the Shipwreck Museum, young children are invited to take part in several activities just for kids, including A Trek Through Time, Pondering Pirates and Now and Then. Find out more here.
3. Hillary’s Area
Hillary’s Boat Harbour is a prime family destination offering numerous attractions to keep the kids eager and entertained, whilst parents can either join in the fun or relax, watching them play safety. Find out more here.
4. Cottesloe Beach
Perth’s iconic Cottesloe Beach is as pretty as a picture. It’s one of the city’s most popular spots for swimming, snorkelling, surfing and drinking in ocean sunsets over a glass of wine, a refreshing beer or a relaxed dinner. Crystal clear waters and consistent swell make it a regular hangout for swimmers, body boarders and surfers, while the rocks and reefs invite snorkellers to hit the water too. Find out more here.
5. Elizabeth Quay
This waterfront precinct has lots of free attractions. BHP Water Park is a welcoming free community space for West Australian families and visitors to enjoy. The major attraction at BHP Water Park is an interactive water feature that uses jets and lighting to create fun and exciting water choreography. The maritime inspired playground includes a sand pit and log steppers, where children can “walk the plank”. There are lots of climbing ropes and frames to scramble, a ship’s bell to ring and a slide to enjoy. Find out more here.
6. Art Gallery of Western Australia
Children and families are very welcome to visit AGWA and explore the exhibitions and collections together. The art trails, children’s labels, family tours, artist-led workshops and community events support young visitors to engage deeply with works of art and share their unique perspectives. Find out more here.
7. Yagan Square playscape
If you’re looking for somewhere for the kids to play, head to the upper level of the Market Hall building. Surrounded by a natural forest canopy with fantastic views over the square, the Yagan Square playscape uses natural forms to create a fun environment for children of all ages and abilities. You’ll find gentler play areas for toddlers and more challenging terrain for older children, as well as water play area. This play space has been designed to celebrate the geological and rock formations found across regional Western Australia. Find out more here.
8. Water Labyrinth
Happy children are the order of the day as they run and play through one of Perth’s favourite water sculptures; the Water Labyrinth. The Water Labyrinth is an interactive water sculpture created exclusively for Forrest Place by internationally renowned artist Jeppe Hein. It runs daily from 10am to 6pm unless an event is being hosted in Forrest Place. Find out more here.