The school holidays are almost here and while it’s easy to keep the kids entertained up until Christmas, once Santa has delivered his presents and the feasting is over, boredom can quickly set in. To save you some research – and possibly some frustration – we’ve got the round-up of the best family friendly things going on across the city this summer.
For a beach adventure with a difference, slap on some sunscreen, pack some towels and get ready to hang ten at one of Big Wave Surfing School’s two day courses. Both kids and adults get to learn the art of this ocean sport together under the eyes of experienced instructors. You’ll be giving Kelly Slater a run for his money in no time.
For water sports of a different kind, make the drive up to The Maze and test out the newly opened Plummet Slide, which boasts a speedy seven metre drop. Gentler slopes can be found in the Outback Splash section of the park and there’s a whole lot of fun to be had out of the water, making your way through one of the challenging mazes or getting up close and personal with cuddly koalas. There’s plenty of space to stretch out for a picnic as well as an onsite café that sells decent cups of caffeinated goodness.
Rainy day? Head to the Convention Centre and immerse yourself in the world of Tutankhamun, which has been expertly recreated by the Museum of WA. Walk through the replica of the young pharaoh’s tomb, surrounded by his treasures, and learn about the magical world of ancient Egypt. If the troupe has energy to burn, Escape Hunt is your best rainy day bet. Working in teams, you’ll have 60 minutes to work your way through a series of clues and puzzles to solve a mystery and make your escape from the ship, tavern or prison. Each of the rooms has multiple scenarios, making this a place you can come back to again and again.
While test cricket can be expensive and – dare we say it – slow moving, Big Bash games are perfectly priced, fast-paced entertainment. With only 20 overs apiece, neither team wastes time in hitting some big balls, which results in impressive totals, spectacular catches and a game that’s over in a few hours. Head to the WACA and get the family involved.
The warmer months mark the start of outdoor cinema season and you and the kids are spoilt for choice here in Perth. Rooftop Movies in Northbridge has something most nights of the week, with films ranging from the best new releases to trusty old favourites. There’s also pizza and bean-bags. Moonlight Cinema in Kings Park focuses more on the new stuff and allows patrons to BYO, creating perfect conditions for a relaxed picnic under the stars, complete with glass of wine for mum or dad.
If live entertainment is more up your alley, catch Prompt Corner’s production of The Wizard of Oz in King Park’s Saw Avenue Amphitheatre. Fall in love with the eclectic bunch of characters all over again and sing Somewhere Over the Rainbow to your heart’s content.