We promise these creative courses won’t feel like more school time.
Fremantle Arts Centre Kids’ Holiday Program
This diverse program of short courses includes painting, theatre, street art, animation, photography, pottery and more. Classes are divided into three different age groups, so you can be sure content is age-appropriate. Fremantle Arts Centre, Apr 7-17, 9432 9555.
Perfect for kids who need to be in control, this workshop teaches them how to make their own puppet in the morning, followed by Spare Parts’ latest show in
the afternoon. Treat your budding puppet-master to a day of creative magic. Spare Parts Puppet Theatre, Apr TBC, 9335 5044.
It’s like a secret insiders’ club for zoo fans. Participants experience exclusive animal encounters, as well as themed crafts and games. The second rule of Zoo Crew? Tell everyone about it. Perth Zoo, Apr TBC, 9474 0444.
‘Zookeeper’ is up there with ‘pop star’ and ‘Batman’ as a dream career. Fortunately, Perth Zoo’s newest holiday program can make it a reality (for the day) – kids will learn how to weigh and check animals by shadowing one of the zoo’s qualified wildlife vets. Perth Zoo, Apr TBC, 9474 0444.
Swamp Safari Holiday Adventures
They’re going to play in the mud at some point, so why not make it an educational experience? This guided bushwalk includes an opportunity to scoop up invertebrate samples from the lake. Herdsman Lake Wildlife Centre, Apr TBC, 9387 6079.
It can feel like you need a degree in nutrition to pack an appropriate lunchbox, so why not defer that responsibility to the person eating it? This hands-on course teaches kids how to prepare healthy lunch and snack recipes – from harvesting produce, to chopping and prep, and eating the end product. Scenic Drive, Wanneroo, Apr TBC, 6201 5054.
In this four-hour workshop, budd-ing chefs will learn the skills they need to replicate dishes at home. Expect a meal of sausage rolls, flat bread, vegetable skewers and chocolate slice sometime soon! Lord Street, Highgate,
Apr TBC, 0415 365 395.
Scarborough Beach Surf School
Look on the bright side – when they fall in love with the waves (as they inevitably will) you’ll have to take family holidays down to Margs. Surfing classes are also great for improving kids’ confidence in the water and developing essential beach safety skills. Scarborough Beach, Apr TBC, 9447 5637.
City Summit School Holiday Courses
If the kids are climbing the walls at home, take them somewhere they can do it literally. They’ll learn the basics of belaying, bouldering and navigation, and have plenty of fun in the process. Harris Road, Malaga, Apr TBC, 9248 7035.
JUST FOR FUN
Birthday parties are exciting for kids, stressful for parents. These two-hour dance sessions – just $10 for kids aged 4 to 11 – have DJs and party games, with no bookings required. Seriously, that must be the easiest party you’ve ever heard of. Royce Court, Joondalup, Apr, 9301 5828.