When it comes to finding the best school holiday activities in Perth, we have you covered. It can be tough for parents to continually come up with school holiday ideas with everything else we have to do as parents and sometimes even getting out of the house can be a struggle! So leave the school holiday fun to us and you just chose what works best for you and your family.
Perth is truly a beautiful and vibrant city and has a range of July school holiday activities on offer, from beautiful gardens to iconic museums and incredible wildlife! As Perth locals, we are incredibly lucky to have such fabulous beaches and natural wonders on our doorstep and with so many things to do in school holidays in Perth, we really are spoiled for choice.
Kids school holiday activities don’t have to be a chore, even if you stay at home (check out our stay at home ideas included below). So no matter the Perth weather, you will find whats on in Perth to entertain children of all ages with these school holiday activities in Perth.
We have compiled the complete guide to the best school holiday activities in Perth over the 2021 July school holidays to help make your life so much easier!
State schools finish on Friday 2 July and return to class on Monday 19 July 2021.
July school holidays in Western Australia are Saturday 3 July to Sunday 18 July 2021.
As with everything at the moment, please check with the venue directly (either by their website or social media pages) to ensure they are open during the times you wish to attend. You should also check their current policy around advanced bookings, entry requirements/timings and social distancing rules.
Fun things to do for the Perth school holidays
We have broken our list of Perth school holiday activities into sections to help you:
10 fun free school holiday activities
Who doesn’t love a free day out! Perth is so crammed with fun free things to do that it was hard to get it down to just 10! Plane spotting, beaches and days at the park are just some of the best things you can do in Perth without spending a dime.
If you visit Perth you MUST visit Kings Park. This iconic park overlooks Perth City and the Swan River and offers a heap of activities for kids including playgrounds, nature and waterplay areas, taking a walk or having a picnic.
Perth is full of beautiful beaches however Mettam’s Pool is perfect for families. This shallow, almost lagoon like beach is less than 2m deep so perfect for young children. Locals tips: There are a few shaded tables so bring a picnic lunch.
Spend a day canoeing, paddle boarding or bushwalking at Lake Leschenaultia. Bring a barbeque picnic (or just stop by the café!) and relax in this beautiful bush reserve area. If you are lucky you might spot a kangaroo stopping by!
Gwelup Secret Garden
If you ever want to spark a child’s interest, simply say the word ‘secret’ and they will be all yours. The Gwelup Secret Garden is located in Carniup Reserve and is a lush green space that will enchant even the biggest of kids. Pack your gumboots and go exploring.
Perth Airport Viewing Platform
Do you have a little one that dreams of taking to the skies one day? Bring them to the Perth Airport Viewing Platform to watch the majestic machines taking off and landing. Located just a couple of hundred metres from the runway, you can really get up close! Families tip: There are no facilities there so make sure you bring food and visit the bathroom before you go.
Bibra Lake Playground
When the kids have energy to burn, take them to the ultimate playground to burn it off. Bibra Lake Playground is an all ages all abilities playground set on the bank of a lake, and has every piece of equipment kids could want. Families tip: Bring along a change of clothes so the kids can enjoy the water play area.
WA Museum Boola Bardip
This is a museum to share stories and learn about the rich history of WA. Each exhibition has a hands-on element for children, meaning you won’t hear the words ‘this is boring’! With eight permanent exhibitions and ever-changing ones, you will find something everyone will love.
Telethon Discovery Centre
This interactive and fun centre will get your kids excited about learning! Explore the human body, use a microscope and take a tour of a real life laboratory. Located in the Perth Children’s Hospital it is just outside the city.
Whale Playground Scarborough
A playground beside a beach, what could be better! The Whale Playground has all the usual fun stuff – swings, slide, monkey bars – plus a life sized whale skeleton. If you walk just south of the park you will find a skate park, climbing wall and beach pool. The Whale Park and surrounds are the perfect destination for a day excursion.
Free walking tour
Learn about this iconic city via a free walking tour. Operated by volunteers who know the city like the back of their hand, these tours offer a wonderful opportunity to find places off the tourist map.
10 fun cheap school holiday activities
While not everything in life is free, these activities won’t break the bank. These low cost activities are great options the winter school holidays.
The Aquarium WA
Fun gets mixed with education at the Aquarium WA. See incredible exhibits with beautiful sea creatures, snorkel with sharks or become a marine biologist for the day. There really is something for all the family.
WA Maritime Museum
What could be more exciting than getting inside a real submarine these holidays! The WA Maritime Museum is a chance to explore the rich history of the ocean and its inhabitants.
Bounce, climb, skate or play the day away! This action packed activity centre has something for kids of all ages and abilities. Grab a group of friends and have a blast at this giant arial playground.
Are the kids climbing the walls with boredom? Get them climbing something else at Adrenaline Vault. Climbing and bouldering is available for all ages and skill levels and all climbers are harnessed for safety. Get your adrenaline pumping these school holidays.
Bilya Koort Boodja
The Bilya Koort Boodja centre is a cultural and environmental centre where kids can learn about the aboriginal presence and environment issues of the area. Take a day to explore this rich history and culture.
The Perth Mint
Give the kids a ‘golden’ experience these holidays and explore the Perth Mint. Situated on the original site, you can watch real gold get poured, work out your weight in gold and see a real one tonne gold coin!
Minigolf at Wanneroo Botanical Gardens
Situated in the beautiful Wanneroo Botanical Gardens are two minigolf courses, uniquely created to challenge the whole family. You can play day or night, then wander through the garden to catch a glimpse of the animals that live there.
Aviation Heritage Museum
This is the place for all the want-to-be pilot kids! With civilian and military aircraft on display kids can get up close to a tiger moth, a spitfire, helicopters and even climb inside a cockpit.
Claremont Aquatic Centre
When the days are hot or the kids are grumpy, just add water! The Claremont Aquatic Centre is a family friendly space with a water playground, splashpad, tipping bucket and more. The water is heated by underground geothermal activity meaning it is a great destination all year round.
The Perth Bell Tower
If you look at the Perth skyline, you will see the Bell Tower. Unlike any other bell tower, this unique shape is the result of an architectural competition and holds 18 of the city’s specially cast bells. Families tip: Time your visit for when they bells are being rung.
10 BIG days out in Perth these school holidays
Need to make an impression these school holidays? Choose something that they won’t forget in a hurry. These brag-worthy activities are sure to hit the mark when they return to school.
Climb through beautiful native Australian trees on the high ropes course at Climb Zone. If the kids aren’t quite brave enough for a high ropes course, there is always a low ropes course, climbing wall and a climbing tower.
You really can’t see Perth without experiencing Rottnest Island. Catch glimpses of the smiley faced quokkas as you cycle around the island, stopping to swim or snorkel at beautiful beaches along the way. Located just off the coast and accessible by ferry, this island is must see over the school holidays.
Need to occupy a full day? Perth Zoo is the place to go. With over 40 acres of animals and plants, you will need the day to enjoy it! There are a range of programs run over the holidays letting kids help care for the animals and get up close to learn about them.
Educated by Nature
Join one of Educated by Nature’s school holiday programs these holidays, and reconnect with our natural environment. Discover the pure joy of being outside and build your child’s resilience, confidence and curiosity.
Perth’s Outback Splash
Perth’s Outback Splash is more than just a waterpark. It has year round activities including mazes, minigolf, a playground and animals! If you want to cool off, head to Splash Island where you will find waterslides, tipping buckets, spray cannons and much more.
Escape the hustle and bustle of the city with this country experience. Ride a tractor, pick fruit, pat an animal or indulge in one of the interactive school holiday activities at The Orchard.
If you have a thrill seeker in the family, bring them to Adventure World. With rides like the Goliath (a massive pendulum swing), the Abyss (Perth’s only rollercoaster) and Rocky Mountain Rapids (a bumpy white water adventure) they will walk away satisfied.
Take the family through Australia’s newest and most advanced sporting stadium for a behind the scenes tour. Home to many sporting legends and massive music concerts, if you have an AFL, rugby or music fan, then this tour is a must.
Get your adrenalin pumping these school holidays by doing some skydiving! iFLY lets you re-enact the experience of a skydive from 12,000 feet from the safety of glass tunnel.
Just outside Perth is the historic city of Fremantle, home to markets, restaurants, beaches and more. The streets of Fremantle buzz with energy and excitement and are definitely worthy of a day trip.
5 things to do at home these school holidays
When you just can’t leave the house, these stay at home activities will be crowd pleasers with the kids. Sometimes the best memories are made in your own home.
Go on a treasure hunt
Make a list of things you can easily find in your backyard and send the kids out to find them. Make it even more interesting by getting them to draw some things as well.
Build a cubby house with sheets
Building a cubby never gets old. Grab some sheets, towels and their favourite toys and make a cubby under the kitchen table.
Put on a show
Give the kids a theme and ask them to put on a show. Let them raid your wardrobe for costumes. You might be amazed with what they perform.
Plant a veggie garden
Getting kids outside is always a great idea. Grab some seeds from your local nursery or hardware store and start a veggie patch. It is a great way for kids to interact with nature and see where food comes from.
Make your own jigsaw puzzle
Ask you kids to do a drawing and then cut it into shapes. Watch them enjoy trying to put it all back together again. Tip: Glue the picture onto cardboard first to give it a solid backing before cutting it out.
Theatres with kids shows on in Perth these school holidays
If you are looking for something a little different, take a look at these venues who all offer family friendly kids shows and programs over the school holidays.
His Majesty’s Theatre
Conveniently located in the Perth CBD, this historic theatre offers tours and family shows year round. Families tip: Take the free Central Area Transport RED CAT route to get to the theatre.
State Theatre Centre of WA
This modern theatre has a number of different spaces for performances, music and drama, with family shows featured during the school holidays.
Albany Entertainment Centre
With family shows on during the day and early evening, The Albany Entertainment Centre has you covered these holidays.
The RAC Arena
The RAC Arena is home to entertainment and sport in a futuristic looking venue. Whilst it is mainly used for basketball matches, there is some fabulous school holiday entertainment on offer.
Perth kids holiday ideas
If you’re looking for more things to do in Western Australia, click here.
Soooo…. what do you think? Plenty of Perth days out ideas here to keep you and the kids entertained for the whole school holidays? These Perth holiday ideas are updated every term, so remember to bookmark this page.
Let us know if we missed your favourite or if you would like us to add your venue or event!
Even more WA school holiday ideas:
If you are heading off on a Western Australia road trip these school holidays check out our other articles: