Always looking for new things to do in Perth with the kids and rest of the family? Does taking a short day trip from Perth sounds like something the family would be interested in? If so, take the short 40 minute drive south of Perth to spend a day touring Armadale and enjoying all this great City has to offer.
One of the biggest reasons why Armadale should be considered by families planning their day trips from Perth is because of its strong family focus and positive community atmosphere.
Not only that, but Armadale has an endless amount of things to do that Perth families with kids can enjoy. Below we have created a list of our favourite things to do and places to visit for families that have young children.
Family Friendly Attractions
Cohunu Koala Park
If your children love getting up close and personal with animals, then they will absolutely love Cohunu Koala Park. Come and make friends with the unique Australian fauna who freely roam the park. Buy a bucket of feed at the beginning on your journey and make your away around the park using the tracks and pathways, stopping to hand feed the friendly animals along the way. Visitors will encounter over 30 talking parrots, see dingoes, kangaroos, emus, deer and koalas, just to name a few. Finish the day by having a cuddle with a koala, with the opportunity to take a souvenir photo to remember the awesome day your family spent at Cohunu Koala Park.
Armadale Reptile and Wildlife Centre
Bring your family along to support this wonderful initiative who are dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of all types of wildlife and the specialty care of native reptiles and marsupials.
The Armadale Reptile and Wildlife Centre houses a large variety of native reptiles and other Australian wildlife and your family will have the chance to meet over 70 different species of lizards, snakes, turtles, frogs, fruit bats, kangaroos, emus, dingoes, bustards, parrots and more.
Dining out can be a challenge for families with small children, but not at HopsScotch. This cleverly thought out restaurant features an exciting adventure playground that invites children to explore the hidden garden treasures whilst parents sit back, relax and enjoy the delicious menu (and wine list).
The kids menu features all the playground favourites, such as cheeseburgers, pizza, crumbed chicken and fish and chips. For more information or to make a reservation, visit the HopsScotch website.
Hog’s Breath Café, Kelmscott
The Hog’s Breath Café in the neighbouring suburb of Kelmscott is every kids (and parents) dream, thanks to their awesome kids club. The Hog’s Kids Club features fun games, colouring in and a special menu that is bound to please all the little eaters. Visit on a Monday or Tuesday when kids eat FREE. Learn more about the Hog’s Kids Club here.
Who doesn’t love sizzlers? Please the whole family by finishing your day trip from Perth with dinner at Sizzler.
Learn to Swim
Seadragonz Swim School
Seadragonz makes learning to swim fun and makes swimming lessons a little different from the others out there, by following their philosophy of ‘swimming is grinning’. Visit their website for more information.
Armadale Aquatic Centre
Embrace the Australian water culture by learning to swim in the picturesque outdoor centre of the Armadale Aquatic Centre. They offer parent and baby classes, swimming school courses and private swimming lessons.
One of the greatest things about Armadale, whether you’re a resident or simply looking for things to do in Perth’s surrounding suburbs with kids, is the close knit community and endless amount of family oriented public events and activities.
The Bunnings in Armadale is extremely child friendly and welcomes little visitors to participate in DIY projects and craft activities whilst their parents shop. The dedicated Kids D.I.Y area will keep your children entertained and teach them a few handy skills whilst you pick up the essentials.
Play in the Park
These community-organised and run playgroups aim to provide a supportive and friendly network for families with young children aged between 0-5. They assist with child development through playing and learning and allow parents the opportunity to meet likeminded people and make new and lasting friendships. Check their website for dates, times and locations.
Haven’t heard of Geocaching? It’s a new real world, outdoor treasure hunting game that you can play at any time, right here in Armadale. The aim for players is to try and locate hidden containers, called geocaches, using a GPS enabled device (e.g. mobile phone) and then to share their experiences online.
Click here to learn how to play and how to get started.
Baby Rhyme Time
Baby Rhyme Time provides parents and their baby with the opportunity to bounce and sing-a-long to everybody’s favourite rhymes, as well as insights on how to entertain and educate your baby at home.
These sessions provide you and your baby with the chance to bounce and sing-a-long to rhymes, plus learn new tunes to entertain and educate your baby at home. Sessions are suitable for babies aged zero-two and occur every Wednesday.
- Seville Grove Library from 10.30 to 11am on the first Wednesday of every month
- Kelmscott Library from 10.30 to 11am on the second Wednesday of every month
- Armadale Library from 10.30 to 11am on remaining Wednesdays of the month
Story time sessions promote the love of reading, help stimulate the imagination and encourage social interaction with other children. Bring your child every week to listen to stories, sing along to songs and play craft activities, all whilst improving their pre-literacy skills.
- Kelmscott Library from 10.30 to 11am on Mondays
- Armadale Library from 10.30 to 11am on Tuesdays
- Seville Grove Library from 10.30 to 11am on Thursdays
Indoor Play Centres
Chipmunks Play and Café
Chipmunks Play and Café invites your children to party and play all day! They offer unlimited play for kids aged between 0-11 years and a full-service café. Chipmunks specialise in hosting awesome birthday parties that suit all ages and invite you to choose from their comprehensive themed birthday packages to host your next big day at Chipmunks. Visit their website for more information.
Champs at Play
Champs at Play is a children’s play centre and café that is located in Kelmscott, within the Champion Lakes Christian Church building. This play centre is what children’s dreams are made of with bouncy castles, race track, video games, ball pit, slides and climbing gym. Parents are invited to use the free Wi-Fi whilst the little ones play and enjoy the freshly prepared food and hot coffee at the cafe!
The Armadale Visitor Centre challenges you to see how many of the below outdoor playgrounds you can visit this year. Be sure to let us know if you do them all on our facebook page
- Frye Park ship playground, Kelmscott
- Borello Park, Roleystone
- Memorial Park, Armadale
- Robot Park, Mason Road, Forrestdale
- Piara Waters Sporting Complex, Wright Road (small playground)
- Piara Waters Aspiri Estate, Aspiri Promenade
- Holland Park Estate Playground, Forrestdale
- Armadale Skate Park, Orchard Avenue
- Heron Park, Harrisdale (nature based play area with a flying fox and BBQ facilities)
- Reg Williams Reserve (the ultimate playground with a bike circuit, play equipment, basketball courts and skate park)
Need Help with Ideas for Things to do in Perth with Your Kids?
When planning your upcoming day trips from Perth, be sure to include Armadale on your list of places to visit.
Armadale is the ultimate destination for families with small children, with so many family friendly things to do and being only a short drive from Perth, it’s a must visit! If you need help planning your next day trip from Perth or would simply like some ideas on what exciting activities and attractions you can take your children to during the school holidays, contact the Armadale Visitor Centre and we’ll be happy to put together an itinerary or make some suggestions.