School holidays are rapidly approaching once again, meaning it’s time to fill up the calendar with activities for the kids to enjoy. With many of Perth’s best museums back open to the public, there are some great kid-friendly exhibitions on the horizon to help beat the boredom. From movie screenings to adventure trails, these Perth museums offer entertaining and educational days out for the whole family to enjoy.
For those inclined toward the seven seas, spend a day at the WA Shipwrecks Museum exploring Traitor’s Island. The Shipwrecked! exhibition allows adventurers to navigate their way through a trail of clues across the island, leading them back to safety. At the end of the trail lies a reward in the form of a treasure chest pack that can be decorated at home. The Shipwrecked! trail is a free activity (treasure chest pack $2) that is recommended for children 4 years and older.
Bookings are required for groups of over 10. To make a group booking call 1300 134 081.
Open 4th – 19th of July, 9.30am – 5pm.
45 Cliff St, Fremantle
Up the ladder and down the wall: recollections of childhood
The current exhibition taking place at Subiaco Museum Up the ladder and down the wall: recollections of childhood, takes a look at personal stories and childhood objects and experiences that have shaped the community. With old and new technologies dating back from the early 20th century up to the 1980s, this is a great exhibition for children to experience toys, games and objects from our recent past.
There is no museum admission fee.
Open Tuesday to Friday 1-4pm, Saturdays 10am-2pm.
239 Rokeby Road, Subiaco
Horrible Histories: The Movie – Rotten Romans
The WA Maritime Museum is offering free screenings of Horrible Histories: The Movie – Rotten Romans during your trip to the museum. From the 4th – 19th of July, join Roman teens Atti and Orla on the big screen as they find themselves on opposite sides of the Battle of Watling Street. Rotten Romans is rated PG and is recommended for children ages 9 and above.
Bookings are essential. To make a reservation call 1300 134 081
Open 11am-2pm, 7 days.
Victoria Quay, Peter Hughes Dr, Fremantle
Pokemon and Pizza Day (Nostalgia Box)
On Sunday the 12th of July, Nostalgia Box; Perth’s only video game console museum, is hosting a Pokemon and Pizza Day. With tournaments set up for a range of different consoles and versions of the game, free pizza and Pokemon themed origami and diorama building, this event offers unlimited amounts of fun for the kids. As well as allowing access to this event, ticket prices include a self-guided tour of the museum and access to retro gaming in the Games Area. This exhibition is $12 for children and free for children under 5.
Reservation times range from 10am-3pm. Make a booking on their website.
8-10 The Esplanade, Perth
Ancient Rome: Epic Innovators and Engineers
The Roman Empire stands as one of the most technologically important times in human history. The WA Maritime Museum is showcasing reconstructed replica machinery using the same materials and techniques used during this time in the exhibit Ancient Rome: Epic Innovators and Engineers. An exhibition is aimed towards primary age children and offers an entertaining opportunity to learn about machinery, military techniques, gladiators and everyday Roman life and people.
Open 4th – 19th July, 9.30am – 5pm
Costs vary and include Museum entry. Tickets can be purchased at the door or on their website
Escape! From Fremantle Prison Tour
This tour is perfect if you’re in charge of a group of kids for the day, and is suitable for children aged 5-12 years. The tour will commence with an introduction to the character of ‘Moondyne Joe Junior’ and his pet rat. Participants will then be guided around various significant escape sites around the prison listening to historical tales and using the provided booklet to help Moondyne escape. The tour is $8 per child and limited to a maximum group of 35 with 1 supervisor to every 10 children required.
Tours take place from 9:45am-5:15pm in 1 hour intervals.
Bookings are essential with two to three weeks notice preferred. Bookings can be made by calling 9336 9210 or through email: [email protected]
1 The Terrace, Fremantle
Kalamunda History Village
The largest folk museum in Western Australia is back open to the public. Located on the site of the Upper Darling Range Railway Station built in the 1890s, a visit to the Kalamunda History Village and Stirk Cottage is a great option for an educational and scenic day out for the family. For the kids, Kalamunda Fairy Maps are available to pick up and spend the day hunting for hidden fairy doors (and fairies) around the village. Admission for children over 5 is $4 whilst concession tickets are $6.
Open 10am-3pm weekdays, 12pm-3pm Thursdays, 10am-4pm Weekends.
Railway Rd, Kalamunda
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