With the Easter school holidays just a bunny hop away, we’ve mapped out the best ways to keep the little ones entertained.
School holidays can be tricky. While you relish having the kids at home for some quality time together, there is a fine line between keeping the kids busy enough and making sure you secure enough down-time for yourself (and your sanity). If you’re scrambling your brains to come up with ways to give the kids the fun break they deserve, or simply don’t have time to brainstorm a holiday schedule, we’ve come to the rescue with 8 ideas to prevent the dreaded ‘mum, dad, I’m bored’.
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Kids Big Carnival 2017
With dodgem cars, mini Ferris Wheel, tea & saucer ride, animal farm and more, there’s no question that the little ones will find themselves in school holiday heaven at the 2017 Kids Big Carnival. Hosted over 2 days, bring along the brood and relax in the shade with a cup of coffee while the kids roam ride after ride.
Ages: All Ages
Where: Wanneroo Showgrounds
When: 22nd & 23rd of April. There are two sessions a day: Morning session: 8:30am – 12:30pm; Afternoon session: 1:30pm – 5:30pm.
Cost: Kids (2-14) $27 and adults (14+) $15. One fee and you ride for free.
More Information: Kids Big Carnival
Have you got a mini Michelangelo on your hands? Fuel your kids artistic flame with a trip to the Art Gallery of Western Australia. To celebrate the kick-off of their Rise Of The Sneaker Culture exhibition, the gallery is hosting a cardboard sneaker decorating workshop. Let the kids design their dream pair of shoes with sequins, glitter, pencil & patterns and add it to the gallery’s display for the whole world to see.
Where: Art Gallery of WA.
When: 11-4pm, Wednesday 19th, Thursday 20th and Friday 21st of April
Cost: Gold coin donation
More Information: Art Gallery Of WA – School Holiday Activities
Get back to non-electronic fun these Easter school holidays. Dust off the old board games or invest in some new ones to stimulate young minds and keep the TV switched off. Raise the stakes and find out who really rules the household with a kids vs parents game.
Twister ($39.95); Uno ($9.95); Connect 4 ($29.95)
See A Play
If your kids are animal-obsessed but you can’t handle a rainy day at the zoo, the Spare Parts Puppet Theatre have got your back this Easter Break. Running from the 8th to the 22nd of April, Hachiko tells the true story of a dog who waited at a Tokyo train station every day for nine years for his master to return. A mix of artfully created puppets & human performance, you’ll find yourself just as mesmerised by the story as the little ones.
When: See program for session times
Cost: Tickets from $23
More Information: Spare Parts Puppet Theatre – Hachiko
It’s sale season in the city! Catch the train with the kids for a day and make use of the slashed prices all over Perth. Pick up the kids winter wardrobes for a fraction of the regular retail price, and perhaps indulge a little yourself too. Stocking a range of kids labels from Seed to Peter Alexander, even the fussiest little dresser will be satisfied with their new outfits at MYER.
Ages: All ages
Where: Perth CBD
When: Monday – Sunday every week
More Information: What’s On
Indie Kids By Industrie Hounds Jacket ($79.95); Eve’s Sister Starry Puffer Jacket ($80)
Join The Circus
Ready to run away to the circus? Cirquest Circus School’s highly anticipated school holiday program is up and running again for Autumn. Held in a safe and interactive studio, kids can try their hand at a range of circus tricks including acrobatics, trampoline, trapeze, juggling, hula hoops, and spinning plates. These workshops have proved hugely popular in the past, so make sure you book early to avoid disappointment.
Ages: 4- 15
Where: North Perth
When: Monday April 10th – Thursday April 13th
Cost: $25 for a day, or $80 for all 4 days
More Information: CirQuest Circus School
Get back to nature with a scenic family hike in the Perth Hills. Situated half an hour from Perth’s CBD, the Lesmurdie Falls track covers 2 km and can be completed anywhere between 1 – 3 hours; depending on how many stops you make to observe native vegetation, spot kangaroos and play on the path. Pack a picnic to refuel little tummies, or hit the Kalamunda Cafe strip for a deserving morning tea.
When: All week & weekend
More Information: Lesmurdie Falls National Park
Host A Morning Tea
If it feels like the kids are turning you into a mad hatter during the holidays, get them to invite some friends over for a wonderland tea party. Bake some goodies with the kids in the kitchen or simply head into Woolies to stock up on treats galore. Enlist the help of some old party favourites like musical chairs and celebrity heads to keep them entertained for hours. And the best part: they’ll be so tired by the end of it that you’ll get to a blissfully quiet afternoon all to yourself.
Miss Manor Cake Plates – Bed Bath N’ Table from ($14.95); Maxwell & Williams 1L Winter Bloom Teapot – MYER ($49.95); Morgan & Finch Spot tent – MYER ($119.95)
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