Eight Ideas To Entertain The Kids These School Holidays Without Leaving Your Neighbourhood

1 October 2021

One week down and one to go!

If you’ve already used up all of your ideas entertaining the kids these school holidays, here’s a list of options that might keep your little darlings amused until the start of Term 4 – and you won’t even have to leave the neighbourhood.

  1. Heathcote Reserve Pirate Park, Applecross

Ahoy there me hearties! Let the kids run free while you take in some of the best views that Perth has to offer. The playground at the historic, heritage-listed Heathcote site replicates a giant timber pirate ship with a maze of walkways, bridges, rope ladders and slides. There’s a dedicated area for toddlers and younger children as well as the Blue Water Grill nearby for sit-down dining or a more casual outdoor kiosk.

Cost: Free


  1. Point Walter Reserve, Bicton

A jewel in the City of Melville, Point Walter Reserve is a water playground on your doorstep and has long been a haven for boating, paddleboarding, kitesurfing and water sports. It’s also the perfect spot for families to picnic and for young children to wade in the shallows.

Cost: Free

  1. Bicton Baths, Bicton

Developed in 1926 by the Melville Amateur Swimming Club, Bicton Baths was originally created by transforming the existing quarantine station jetty into a swimming platform. Since then, the baths have served as a location for swimming lessons, races and water polo and are still loved by locals today. Known to the Whadjuk Noongar people as Kwoppa Kepa, meaning ‘beautiful water’, the site is known for its varied marine life, including dolphins, crabs, fish, sponges and starfish.

Cost: Free

  1. Piney Lakes, Winthrop

Perfect for a pint-sized adventurer, Piney Lakes Reserve has a range of interactive nature-based activities including trail walks, an environmental education centre and a sensory playground, with inclusive, accessible play equipment. Make a day of it and escape to nature. There are barbecues, toilet facilities and sometimes a coffee van on site.

For more information, visit: melvillecity.com.au/waste-and-environment/piney-lakes

Cost: Free

  1. Goanna Golf, Bicton

Swing into school holidays with a round of mini golf at Australiana-themed Goanna Golf at Point Walter Golf Course. The nature-play mini golf course, which opened last year, offers 18 holes including some interesting gumnut sculptures and a snake contraption where the ball rockets down the snake’s twisty body and out its mouth!

To book, visit: pointwaltergolf.com.au/play/goanna-golf-mini-golf

Cost: $18 or a family of four for $60

  1. Wireless Hill Park, Ardross

Wireless Hill was originally used by the Noongar Beeliar Aboriginal people as a lookout to send smoke signals and in 1912 became the site of the Applecross Wireless Station, one of Australia’s first links with radio communications and telecommunications during World War I and World War II. From here, the station used Morse code to communicate with ships off the Australian coast. The station was vacated in 1968 and now hosts a museum. The station is listed on the WA Register of Heritage Places. In addition, it is loved by locals and tourists for its heritage walks. There are three walks, the station walk, Yagan’s Genunny and the wildflower walk, which have interpretive signage.

Cost: Park visit – free

  1. Flying Trapeze Perth, Alfred Cove

The daredevils amongst us will delight in Perth’s only flying trapeze school right on our doorstep. Located at Melville Bowling Club, Flying Trapeze pitches its signature activity to participants aged from six to 106 with sessions from 90 minutes to two hours. Experienced coaches take participants through the practice step-by-step. There is also a bungee trampoline experience for fun cardio workouts.

Cost: Flying Trapeze – $73 per person, bungee trampoline – $10 for five minutes

  1. Get creative, various locations in the City of Melville

The City of Melville has curated a range of creative activities for children these school holidays from gumnut art to fashion design and fabric printing, as well as clay candle making, a writing workshop and interactive storytelling based on Dreamtime Stories from the Noongar people.

For more information and bookings, visit: melvillecity.com.au/things-to-do/libraries/school-holiday-program

Cost: From $5 to $25, varied depending on the activity. Bookings preferred.

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