A family day out in Perth lacks only one thing - limits!
We've gathered a long list of fun family things to do for Perth visitors who have curious and energetic youngsters to keep busy.
Perth is an outdoor destination, especially in spring and summer, so there's no shortage of space to let off steam. We've included indoor activities too just in case it rains, but these are so good, you'll want to go anyway. And there are those fascinating places for inquisitive minds, plus some delightful experiences to satisfy little animal lovers.
We've also assumed you're a kidult. Family fun in Perth doesn't need to mean sitting around and watching the kids play. You want to have fun as much as the youngsters, right? Don't worry about that - there's plenty here to tick that box too.
Outdoor energy burners
Adventure World, Bibra Lake
If you haven't taken the kids to Adventure World yet, you haven't spent enough time in Perth! Locals will tell you that this is one way to guarantee happy exhaustion at the end of the day. The huge range of wet and dry rides within a massive gated park lets youngsters be adventurous in safety. There's a smaller area for little ones, and a great swimming lake if you feel like floating for a while.
Just 4 Fun Aqua Park, Mandurah and Rottnest Island
Mandurah and Rottnest Island are two fabulous spots for a family day out close to Perth. And both have a Just 4 Fun Aqua Park. These adventure play areas have those wonderful inflatables that have you wobbling, falling in and laughing your heads off. The parks' tagline is 'Not just 4 kids!' - nuff said.
The Maze & Outback Splash, Bullsbrook, Swan Valley
Yet another beautiful destination for a family day out, Perth's Swan Valley is home to a thrilling waterslide playground, with a little splash pool for toddlers too. There are also mazes to lose yourselves in, mini golf, volleyball and a giant jumping pillow! Allow a long day for this trip, because you'll want to get a taste of the Swan Valley before you leave, famous for delicious local produce and world class wines.
Hillarys Boat Harbour
For family fun, Perth's beaches are among the best in the world, so you can choose almost any along the coast and find heaps of space, long wide stretches of white sand, and great swimming or surfing in the bluest of oceans. Hillarys is a great choice for young families with its sheltered sandy bay and gazebos. Break up the day with a stroll around the boardwalk shops of Sorrento Quay, and stay for sundown in a cafe or restaurant overlooking the water.
Mettam's Pool, Trigg
Most of Perth's beaches are sandy, which makes Mettam's Pool all the more intriguing with its rock pools and sheltered snorkelling. The rocks in this area attract marine life, making it a wonderful natural playground for inquisitive children. It's a nostalgia trip too for adults who used to mess about in rock pools and test their snorkelling skills as kids. And this bit of family fun in Perth comes free!
Race Around the Park
Kings Park, Perth
The place to go for good old-fashioned family activities is Perth's Kings Park. This gigantic, undulating urban park contains bush and manicured lawns, playgrounds and cafes, cycle paths and guided walks. Take the cricket set and a picnic for some traditional family bonding, and challenge the kids to a run up the DNA Tower!
Oasis Supa Golf, Henley Brook, Swan Valley
Supa Golf is no mini golf! This is much more like the real thing, but on a smaller course and adapted to make it easier to play. The clubs have large plastic heads and the golf balls are larger than normal too, reducing the frustration factor and encouraging youngsters to get interested in the game. Adult golfers might enjoy this chance to play alongside the kids for a change.
Trees Adventure, Dwellingup
These thrilling treetop activities will have you swinging, flying and clambering though the forest canopy in beautiful Dwellingup. Everyone from the age of four can join in, with littlies staying closer to the ground. Leave the vertigo at home if you want to face the more extreme challenges! This is more than a family day out from Perth; consider staying for a few days in this region to explore further and get your fill of fresh forest air.
Wanneroo Botanic Gardens & Mini Golf
An easy drive up the freeway brings you to this spot, where you'll find a great cafe/restaurant called Leapfrogs. Play a ground of mini golf, trail through the gardens discovering little rock pools and waterfalls, and finish up your day with a hearty meal.
There are enough family activities in Perth's Whiteman Park to keep you going for a few days! Whiteman is on the doorstep of the Swan Valley, and the Park is home to WA's Motor Museum and Tractor Museum, and Caversham Wildlife Park. There are natural bushland trails and a delightful 'children's forest' to explore, art and craft shops to browse, picnic lawns and a splash pool.
Go on a Hunt
WA Detective Trails, Perth and Fremantle
These trails add extra family fun to a Perth or Fremantle walk, keeping active minds busy while you discover the city. The clever booklets give youngsters a fictitious crime to solve as you follow the trail together, while including fascinating information for adults to absorb on the history, attractions and places to eat.
Geocaching is one of the latest fun family things to do in Perth. It's a treasure hunt guided by your GPS enabled phone. Go to geocaching.com.au to find a location in Perth, follow the 'how to' instructions and then head off on your hunt. The 'treasure' will be a container with a logbook that you fill in before replacing it and hiding your tracks. Sometimes there are little treats inside, around the value of 'happy meal' toys. If you take one, you must replace it with something of equal or higher value.
The awesome Aquarium of WA takes you on a journey through the deep, where you can see a whole array of creatures that live along the coast of WA, without getting wet. Come face to face with a shark, take a ride in a glass bottom boat, and if you do want to take the plunge, swim with a mermaid! This is one of the most fascinating family things to do in Perth, especially for inquisitive children.
West Australian Reptile Park, Henley Brook, Swan Valley
Lizards and snakes have been sorely misunderstood in the past. Far from being slimy or aggressive, these loveable creatures are wonderful to handle and often shy. Of course, the venomous snakes are best viewed from a safe distance, but kids will love getting up close with the pythons and lizards at this dedicated park in the stunning Swan Valley region.
The Cute and the Cuddly
Caversham Wildlife Park, Whiteman
Caversham is well known and loved for native wildlife encounters. This is where you'll get to see wallabies, kangaroos, koalas, wombats, Tasmanian devils and possums. Kids will love hand-feeding the kangaroos, and you might even get to cuddle a wombat!
Penguin Island, near Rockingham
It doesn't get much cuter than a little penguin, and Penguin Island has plenty of them! This is one of the best family things to do on Perth's coastline, particularly suited to young kids. Head to the Discovery Centre to enjoy a talk and demonstration with these adorable creatures. It's impossible to get to the end without saying 'awwww' at least once! Afterwards, the family can enjoy a picnic and snorkelling.
Swan Valley Cuddly Animal Farm, Henley Brook, Swan Valley
This sounds like something for the kids, but the Cuddly Animal Farm offers all ages family fun in Perth's Swan Valley. Bring the grandparents too! It's a tried and tested concept that never gets boring - cuddle the animals and go home feeling all warm and fuzzy.
A Day at the Zoo
Perth Zoo, South Perth
If you think you can't get enough animals, try 1,200 of them! That's how many live at Perth Zoo, in various differently landscaped and managed areas matched to their natural habitat. There's an Australian walkabout, an Asian rainforest and an African savannah. The mesmerising orangutans seem to know exactly what you're thinking, and the meerkats are among the cutest. Take a picnic and enjoy some family fun at Perth Zoo as the weather warms up!
Peel Zoo, Pinjarra
Include Peel Zoo in your trip to Dwellingup. It's smaller than Perth Zoo and aims to give a hands-on experience while doubling as a wildlife sanctuary. The Tasmanian devil breeding program has turned these delightful creatures into the star attraction here.
Pirates and Convicts
The Duyfken, South of Perth Yacht Club, Applecross
This little 'pirate-style' ship is straight out of a story book! Said to be the first to make contact with Australian shores, way back in 1606, the Duyfken has been recreated for everyone to enjoy. Over the warmer months, this totally convincing replica is available for twilight sails out of the South of Perth Yacht Club - a taste of the high seas of old. This experience is open to children aged 8 and above.
WA Shipwrecks Museum and WA Maritime Museum, Fremantle
Continue reliving maritime history at the WA Shipwrecks Museum and Maritime Museum, two of many family things to do in Perth's port city of Fremantle. These museums are designed with all ages in mind, and will have small ones gasping at the vast boats and maritime objects all around and above them. Head into Fremantle to round off your day at one of many family-friendly restaurants.
Criss-crossing with our maritime history is the story of convict settlement. Visit Fremantle Prison to hear some gripping tales of jail breaks and hangings, told in a family friendly way, with humour and fun. The Torchlight Tour adds an element of fright at night, suitable for older kids with brave hearted parents.
What's Out There?
The Space Place Observatory, Toodyay
Plan a family day out to Perth's Avon Valley and the lovely country town of Toodyay. About 15 minutes to the west is Julimar, where you'll find The Space Place, a great spot to stop on the way home and gaze at the stars, away from the city's ambient light. Enjoy a picnic at sundown before heading for the telescopes. Experts and enthusiasts are on hand to explain the incredible wonders of the universe that will change your perspective of life on Earth.
Scitech, West Perth
Local parents will tell you that Scitech is an absolute life-saver during school holidays! Science and technology become addictive games of chance, competition and experimentation that will keep all your curious creatures mesmerised for hours. There's the Planetarium too, with surround sound and laser projections - quite a different experience from the Space Place.
Rainy day action
iFLY Indoor Skydiving, Rivervale
Come rain or shine, families looking for fun in Perth will find it hard to resist this safe skydiving experience. Step inside a wind generator and find out what it feels like to fall through the air. Children as young as 3 can have a go.
Realmz Escape Game, Morley
These real life adventures put you into a themed game and challenge you to escape within 45 minutes by solving a series of puzzles. Choose from a 'Curse of the Mummy' Egyptian tomb or a space ship losing power. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult, and these slightly scary situations aren't suitable for children under 7.
Latitude invites you to 'bounce, climb and fly' - energy busting fun with safe challenges for all ages. Family activities in this Perth adventure venue include trampolining, rock climbing and bouldering walls, dodgeball and basketball. There's a separate Kids Zone for children aged 18 months to 5.
Cockburn Ice Arena
Ice skating appeals to all ages for different reasons. It's great to get into a cool arena on a steamy Perth day, and teens will love the disco sessions while showing off their skills. It's great fun for little ones and beginners too, amazed by the brand new feeling of sliding on ice.
The Hangout Indoor Climbing Centre, Bayswater
Beginners to experienced climbers will find a wall here to suit their ability level, and it's free if you're just going to hold the rope for the kids. This is a great confidence builder as well as being one of the most challenging family activities in Perth.