In need of some ideas to keep your little ones entertained during the winter school holidays?
There’s no shortage of events and attractions around town 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 sliding to carnival rides, sideshow games and dodgem cars. And the best part? Entry is free for parents.
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One of the hottest tickets in town these school holidays, the famous Weber Bros circus returns to Perth for the first time in more than two decades. Kicking off its Australian tour at Langley Park from June 30 to July 31, the two-hour contemporary circus production features an array of eye-popping acts from aerialist artists to freestyle motocross — including the eye-popping Globe of Death — to comedians, a human cannonball and more.
See a show
Perth kids are in for a feast of arts 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 Centre), while Spare Parts Puppet Theater’s delightful new production Hachiko: The Loyal Dog (designed for ages five and up ) is on from July 2-16 in Fremantle. 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 the WA Museum Boola Bardip’s most anticipated 2022 exhibitions, Dinosaurs of Patagonia, kicks off on July 2. The world-first exhibit features dinosaur fossils, 3D animations, videos and interactive fun for the whole family. It’s set to run until late October. And if the kids are in the mood for a sweet treat afterwards, Chicho Gelato (just a short walk away on William Street) has teamed up with the museum to add an epic dino-themed creation to its menu for the duration of the holidays, featuring Milo gelato, edible ‘rocks’ and a white chocolate dinosaur that budding archaeologists can dig for.
If your little one loves to indulge in the finer things in life, the Ritz-Carlton Perth at Elizabeth Quay is hosting a special child-friendly Winter Wonderland afternoon tea daily from July 4-17. Treat under-13s 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 the school holidays the popular fun park is offering unlimited play for all ages for just $10 entry, with mazes — including the 2500sqm Timber Maze, which was the biggest in the southern hemisphere when it opened in 1981 — mini golf, archery lessons (for an extra $10 fee), native animals to meet, and live beekeeping shows (complete with honey tastings).