School holiday activities in Perth for 2021

Make the school holidays fly by with these at-home and outdoor activities that you can do in Perth.

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The summer school holidays are upon us and we're here to make sure you're ready for weeks worth of fun. We've brought together our top recommendations for outdoor adventures and at-home activities, as well as some day trips that are sure to keep the boredom at bay.

If you do choose to venture out for the upcoming holidays, be sure to continue following good hygiene and social distancing protocols.

Outdoor activities in Perth for the school holidays

Take the whole family out

We've got some crowd-pleasers for the whole family this upcoming break. Spend the weekend getting amongst the treetops, playing a round of mini-golf or even taking a cruise along the Mandurah Canal.

Valley of the Giants Day Tour from Perth
Valley of the Giants Day Tour from Perth


Outdoor Mini Golf with Slushy and Novelty Gift
Outdoor Mini Golf with Slushy and Novelty Gift


See Perth from above

There's no better way to get out and about with your kids than by seeing Perth from the best vantage point with a helicopter flight, scenic flight or skydiving experience.

Get up close and personal with the wildlife

Make the most of those warm temperatures with a trip out on the water to meet the sea life.

Glass Bottom Boat Cruise and Penguin Feeding
Glass Bottom Boat Cruise and Penguin Feeding


Glass Bottom Boat Tour at The Aquarium of Western Australia
Glass Bottom Boat Tour at The Aquarium of Western Australia


Get together with friends

The school holidays are the perfect time to gather all the kids' friends for a day out in Perth. With sandboarding, quad biking and laser skirmish all at your fingertips, we think there'll be smiles all round.

Discover Perth's top attractions

If you're ever stuck for what to do, you can't go wrong with a day out to Perth's main city sights. Whether your kids prefer sea life or the giants who walk this planet, the AQWA Aquarium of Western Australia and the Perth Zoo are now back up and running.

AQWA The Aquarium of Western Australia Entry
AQWA The Aquarium of Western Australia Entry


Skip the Line: Perth Bell Tower Experience Ticket
Skip the Line: Perth Bell Tower Experience Ticket


Enjoy a child-friendly adventure

From horse riding along the beach to zip-lining your way through the trees, these adventurous activities are sure to be a hit with all the kiddos. Not only are they child-friendly, but they're perfect for those warmer days when you want to make the most of the sun.

Defy Gravity Bungee Trampoline and Flying Trapeze Workshop
Defy Gravity Bungee Trampoline and Flying Trapeze Workshop


Horse Riding Adventure in Jarrahdale, Perth
Horse Riding Adventure in Jarrahdale, Perth


At-home activities in Perth for the school holidays

Have some virtual fun

If you want to exercise caution and stay at home this upcoming school holiday period, it doesn't mean the kids will have to miss out. RedBalloon has introduced a wide range of virtual at-home classes and DIY programs that will bring together fun and a bit of learning.

Learn a new skill

From learning how to ride a horse to taking cooking classes, there are plenty of options available for getting your kids learning and having fun.

Read away the holidays

Combine school holiday fun with productivity and learning with a wide range of kids books. If you have kids who love the library or just adore reading, this is sure to keep everyone happy.

Game with friends

The great thing about gaming consoles is that they are available rain, hail or shine. They're perfect for those laid-back days spent at home, or for when the weather is not in your favour. With a variety of child-friendly games available, sit back and relax while the kids play to win.

Settle in for a weekend movie marathon

This is a great way to get the whole family together on a Friday night (or any night for that matter). With modern streaming services, there are thousands of movies to choose from and new flicks added daily.

Find hours of fun with board games

Get the whole family together to play your favourite classic board games. Get more bang for your buck by finding a kit that has multiple games in it such as chess, solitaire, checkers and tic-tac-toe.

Run around outside

If you want to ensure the little ones are getting their daily dose of exercise, why not invest in some backyard toys and games that help them work off some of their energy (especially if the sun is out).

Road trips you can take from Perth during the school holidays

Keen to get out and about? Check out our full guides on family getaways in Western Australia and epic Western Australia road trips.

Swan River

Distance from Perth: 30 to 40 minutes by car or around 1.5 hours by public transport.

If you're after a short road trip that takes less than an hour, then the Swan River provides a fair few options. Not too far from the city, you can find a variety of water sports to choose from (which are also winter-friendly) as well as tours of the winery by horse and carriage.

Margaret River

Distance from Perth: 3 hours by car or 5.5 hours by public transport.

This renowned wine region not only offers the finest reds and whites, but it also has heaps of activities that the whole family (yep, that includes little ones) can participate in. From kayaking along the river to mountain biking through the forest, it's sure to be a hit.

Amazing High Rope Adventure with Zip Lines
Amazing High Rope Adventure with Zip Lines



Distance from Perth: 5 hours by car or 6 hours by public transport.

Take a breath of fresh air on the Southern Coast of Western Australia. We recommend booking a few nights here so you can enjoy Albany to its fullest. There are plenty of hiking trails, historic tours, water sports and beaches just waiting for you to explore.

Guided Tour of Albany's Historic Whaling Station
Guided Tour of Albany's Historic Whaling Station


South Coast Walpole Wilderness Full Day Tour
South Coast Walpole Wilderness Full Day Tour


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Free school holiday activities in Perth

  • Visit Kings Park and the Botanical Gardens
  • Stroll along the Swan River
  • Enjoy free samples at Fremantle Markets
  • Have a picnic in the park
  • Take a hike along Bibbulmun Track
  • Spend the day at the Art Gallery of Western Australia
  • Have lunch at the beach and watch the sunset
  • Kayak down one of Western Australia's many rivers

Need more ideas? Check out our 50 free activities to keep the kids busy these school holidays.

Events in Perth for the December school holidays

  • Christmas School Holiday Netball Clinic: From $25 a day your 7-10 year olds can get all their energy out with a few games of Netball at the George Burnett Leisure Centre. 22 January 2021.
  • School Holiday Program - DANCE Jan 2021: Sort out the January break itinerary with four weeks of dance activities and lessons. Hosted at the Elan Dance Est., kids and teens are invited to come along for a heap of fun. From 2 January 2021.
  • The Fishing School: Christmas School Holiday Program: If your kids love spending time out on the water and catching a few fish along the way, look no further than fishing school these school holidays. From 23 December 2020.

Frequently asked questions about Perth school holidays

What should I keep in mind regarding COVID-19 when going out during the school holidays?

When planning your family's school holiday activities, remember to maintain good hygiene and social distancing. If you're planning to visit an attraction in an enclosed space, it's best to book in advance so you don't miss out.

Are all attractions in Perth open?

Yes. The kids can now enjoy a visit to Perth Zoo, Art Gallery of Western Australia, The Bell Tower and Scitech.

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