Children need healthy food, shelter and lots of love to flourish and grow. They also need positive, enjoyable experiences that will inspire their imagination and stimulate their cognitive growth. Sometimes this can pose a challenge for parents as many of the activities and events that are created for children aren't particularly affordable. Where can Perth parents find free (or affordable) fun activities for their kids? What have you tried and what do you recommend? Did your kids enjoy them and do you think they learnt anything?
Great question! I think Perth offers an abundance of free fun for children. There are the obvious choices such as the beach, the parks and the amazing playgrounds. But that's only scratching the surface. You've then got libraries which also offer free activities such a story time and rhyme time and there are also a number of free museums too. On top of this, on an almost weekly basis there are free festival and free activities happening all over Perth. Check out your local paper, sign up for local event listing sites and you'll have something free to do with kids every weekend. Perth is such a great place for families.
I've always found that the programs at the Perth cultural centre are very good. The State Library has a terrific kids' centre called The Place, full of great children's books, toys and play equipment. Every week they have programs for preschool children and during the school holidays they have all sorts of reading and craft activities for children of all ages...mostly totally free. Take a look at the State Library website to find out more.
The Art Gallery of Western Australia is close by and they've always got free children activities and art trails, while the Western Australian Museum's Discovery Centre also has loads of free fun including nature videos, craft activities (there is usually a nominal charge for these), books to read and lots of interesting things to look at and touch.
If the weather is good, there is an interesting sensory play space just outside the museum, wetlands, urban orchard and big screen to keep the little ones happy.
Finally, out in the suburbs, there are often free children's craft sessions held in local shopping centres during the school holidays. Enquire at your local centre to see what's on.