Need ideas to keep your little ones entertained during the winter school holidays?
There is no shortage of events and attractions in the city that are guaranteed to inspire and excite the kids.
Read on for our guide to some of the hottest tickets in town these July school holidays.
Discover a winter wonderland as the new School’s Out Winter Fest takes over the Perth Convention and Exhibition Center from July 2-17. From the teams behind the popular Winterworld Fremantle and Elizabeth Quay Fun Fair, expect everything from ice skating and snow shoveling to amusement rides, sideshow games and bumper cars. And the best part? Admission is free for parents.
Roll up, roll up
One of the hottest tickets in town these school holidays, the famed Weber Bros circus returns to Perth for the first time in over two decades. The two-hour contemporary circus production kicks off its Australian tour at Langley Park from June 30 to July 31, and features a range of dazzling acts from aerialist performers to freestyle motocross – including the dazzling Globe of Death – to comedians, a human cannonball and more .
see a show
Kids from Perth are in for a feast of art experiences these school holidays. Barking Gecko’s latest program includes an adaptation of award-winning Perth illustrator Shaun Tan’s beloved book Cicada (July 9-30 at the State Theater Center), while Spare Parts Puppet Theater’s delightful new production Hachiko: The Loyal Dog ( designed for ages five and up) ) is in Fremantle July 2-16. The State Theater Center will also host children’s theater company CDP’s productions of perennial favorites The Very Hungry Caterpillar (July 11-17) and The Gruffalo (July 14-17).
Walk with dinosaurs
One of Boola Bardip’s most anticipated 2022 exhibits, Dinosaurs of Patagonia, kicks off on July 2. The world’s first exhibition features dinosaur fossils, 3D animations, videos and interactive fun for the whole family. It runs until the end of October. And if the kids are in the mood for a sweet treat afterward, Chicho Gelato (just a short walk from William Street) has teamed up with the museum to add an epic dino-themed creation to the menu for the duration of the holiday, featuring Milo gelato, edible ‘rocks’ and a white chocolate dinosaur for budding archaeologists to dig for.
If your little one likes to enjoy the finer things in life, the Ritz-Carlton Perth on Elizabeth Quay hosts a special kid-friendly Winter Wonderland afternoon tea daily from July 4-17. Treat kids under 13 to a winter-themed culinary journey at the hotel’s acclaimed Hearth restaurant—think Snow Lamington pavlovas, Winter Wonderland mousse, hot chocolate and cheese pops—as well as magical stories and face painting.
Make a splash
It may be winter, but there’s plenty of fun to be had at Outback Splash in Bullsbrook. During school holidays, the popular fun park offers unlimited play for all ages for just $10 admission, with mazes — including the 2,500 sq. ft. Timber Maze, which was the largest in the Southern Hemisphere when it opened in 1981 — miniature golf, archery lessons (for a additional $10 fee), native animals to meet, and live beekeeping shows (complete with honey tastings).
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