Perth - Top 3 Free Things to Do with Kids This Summer
Fremantle markets are one of the best and most well known markets in Western Australia, offering fresh and local produce, a great atmosphere and its free to enter.
The 120 year old markets are a vibrant hub of activity during the weekends. There’s always a fun busking show happening outside the market’s main entry and inside is bustling with families and tourists browsing the many stalls and shops.
Each weekend you’ll find children’s activities and entertainment at the markets for example a wildlife zoo, a baby animal farm, wandering market fairies, face painting etc. Check out their website for more information about what’s on when you visit.
Across selected dates in December this year, West Oz Wildlife will be visiting the markets, providing a rare opportunity for kids to get up close and personal with a range of native Australian animals including koalas, snakes and dingos (entry gold coin donation).
For dates and details of the Wildlife Zoo Markets click here>>>
Kings Park and Botanic Gardens
With endless sunshine, fresh sea breezes and balmy evenings, summer is a lovely time of year to explore and relax in Kings Park and the Botanic Gardens. In fact, did you know that it is one of the largest inner city parks in the world and is visited by over 6 million people each year? It showcases an outstanding collection of Western Australian flora and is a popular place for family picnics, walks and cultural and ceremonial events.
One of the most popular activities for families in the park is the Federation Walkway. The 40min return journey travels through the Botanic Garden and over the spectacular elevated 52 metre glass and steel arched bridge. Along the way you can enjoy views of the Swan and Canning River, experience the treetops, aboriginal art, the water garden and the Marrie Woodland Forest. The walkway is pram friendly!
And if the kids still have energy to spare, challenge them to climb the 101 steps of the DNA Tower, named after the deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) double-helix molecule. DNA Tower is the highest viewing point in Kings Park with spectacular views throughout the climb. On a clear day you may even be able to see the Indian Ocean.
For more details about the Federation Walkway click here>>>
If you have kangaroo mad kids this is a great place to visit for a couple of hours! With no entry fees.
Heirisson Island is located in the Swan River (within sight of the Perth Skyline) and is accessible by foot or cycle path. It was originally two islands surrounded by mud flats and was an important meeting, hunting, and river crossing place for the Whadjuk Nyoongar people. It was known as Matagarup. Be sure to visit the statue of Noongar warrior Whadjuk Yagan while you are there. It was erected to recognise Yagan’s strong leadership and resistance fighting during the early years of the Swan River Colony.
The name Heirisson comes from a midshipman who was part of a French scientific expedition in the early 1800s.
The small colony of western grey kangaroos can be found on the southern side of the island and are very tame. A ranger visits to feed them twice a day and a late afternoon visit is the best one to be at between 4.30pm - 6pm.
The islands facilities include
• Barbecues and Picnic shelters
• Children’s Playground
• Parking (access from south bound lanes of the Causeway)
For more information click here>>>