Sandgropers – it’s your turn to discover the best school holiday activities in your backyard. Perth locals, this is your go-to guide for glorious summer fun, kid-style!
New Year’s Eve family concert
New Year’s Eve can be a tricky proposition when you’re a parent, so here’s a wonderful idea to bring in 2012, that’s child-friendly, and doesn’t actually involve staying up until midnight. The Perth Zoo is hosting its annual “Happy Zoo Year” New Year’s Eve Concert, which includes an appearance from children’s entertainers The Lulus. Tribute band ABBR will provide the entertainment for those who can remember the 70s! The family-focused event has a New Year countdown at 9pm. Tickets are $39.95 for adults and $9.90 for children under four.
Gravity Discovery Centre
If you have a budding scientist or two on your hands, a trip to the Gravity Discovery Centre should be on the cards. These school holidays the theme is experiments with water – perfect for a scorching West Australian summer day. The program starts on 19 December until 31 January 2012. The cost is $10 per child and $15 for adults.
Pirates at the museum
Ahoy, here’s one for the pirate lovers! The Western Australian Museum has a terrific program for budding buccaneers. Shipwrecked gives kids the chance to find clues, piece together a map, make an origami boat, and a host of other activities for just $4. Or you can choose to do just one of the activities. The program begins in January.
Speaking of fun with water – surf’s up! Surfing lessons are an Aussie summer staple, so take the school holidays as an opportune time to give your kids a leg up on learning the basics, or improving their skills. Surf School has lesson packages available over the holidays, at a cost of $150 for five lessons for twelve to fifteen-year-olds, and $200 for kids over sixteen.
Wizard of Oz in the park
If your brood prefers to keep its feet on solid ground, a day at Kings Park watching live theatre sounds like the perfect pastime. Prompt Corner will be presenting The Wizard Of Oz in the park throughout January 2012. So pack a picnic, layout a rug or bring some chairs, and relax in the Ampitheatre, Tickets are $17.50, and children three and under are free.
Festival of Christmas
For those looking for free fun, check out Piazzarama Northbridge Festival of Christmas. There’s a series of free family activities on Sunday (4 December), including the screening of two kids’ Christmas movies – check out the amazing big screen at the top of the post. So, whether you’re looking for fun in the sun, or some quiet time with the kids, there’s an entire summer of school holiday activities on the horizon in Perth.
Happy holidays to everyone and please let us know of other interesting things for kids that are happening during the summer!