School Holiday Activities
With coast, forest and urban adventures on offer in the Peel Region it is the perfect family getaway for days out and extended trips these school holidays. With fast and easy access from Perth you’ll be there before you hear “Are We There Yet?” and spend more time actually enjoying your holiday.
OUR TOP TIPS FOR THE SCHOOL HOLIDAYS
Get Hooked on Fishing
Teach the kids how to fish at the Mandurah Community Museum fishing clinic during the September school holidays. This is a fun and affordable program, where parents and children work together to learn the techniques and skills required to complete each activity, including fishing techniques, knot tying, fish filleting and personal safety. All fishing equipment and bait will be supplied and certificates and prizes are awarded.
Splash! Is Back
The Mandurah Performing Arts Centre’s Splash! event features performance and activities for children and their families during the school holidays. From workshops covering circus, photography and dance to themed art and craft activities, there is something for all ages.
Get the kids lost
Every day of the school holidays Amaze Miniature Parks will have a Maze Hunt and fun activity sheet for kids to fill in at the park or take home. The park is open from 10am to 4.30pm of the school holidays.
Cuddle a Koala at Cohunu Koala Park
Get up close to Australia’s favourite animal at the Cohunu Koala Park. Have a cuddle of these loveable, furry friends and go gaga over the adorable baby koalas. There are over 15 koalas in the colony plus native wildlife roaming free through the park available for you to hand feed.
Burn Some Energy
South Yunderup’s Adventurescape, is a giant adventure playground and a great day out for the entire family. Your kids will enjoy climbing atop a 9 metre windmill tower, zipping on a flying fox or playing with Pickles the Pig.
Quarry Adventure Park in Meadow Springs has something for all ages with barbeque areas, viewing platforms, a toddler’s playground, an adventure playground, cycle paths and a large grass area for a kick of the footy.
Mandurah’s King Carnival boasts 18-hole mini golf, rides, trampolines, arcade games and water slides. Why not take the little ones to Chipmunks, an indoor play centre catering for ages 0-11. Chipmunks has playgrounds for big kids and toddlers and a café for grownups. Or everyone can enjoy inflatable fun at the indoor Inflatable World.
Did you know that the Peel Region is home to one of Australia’s healthiest dolphin populations, with three separate “families” or pods calling Mandurah waterways home? You can experience these playful creatures up close on a dolphin cruise. Who in the family will be the first to spot them?
Be a Zookeeper 4 A Day
Wildlife enthusiasts can be a professional zookeeper for a day at the Peel Zoo and experience first-hand handling and feeding the animals. They will learn how over 100 species of birds and animals are cared for and get up close to Tasmanian Devils, koalas, kangaroos, snakes, ferrets, lizards, kangaroos and a variety of bird species.
Have a Wheely Good Time
Explore and be active with the kids on bike ride. In Mandurah there are excellent cycle paths along the coast and Mandurah Foreshore, around Peel Inlet and into Dolphin Marina. There are many places to stop for a drink or bite to eat along the way too. Bikes and helmets can be hired from Mandurah Boat and Bike Hire, with cycle guide maps also provided.
If you want to go bush, the Marrinup Cycle Trail on the outskirts of Dwellingup is a family friendly cross country loop travelling through Jarrah forest. Or explore Lane Poole Reserve, Dwellingup, on mountain bikes with Dwellingup Adventures.
Go on a horseback riding adventure
Enjoy a scenic trail ride at Waroona's Langford Hill Riding Farm, set in the beautiful Darling Ranges. It conducts riding lessons every second Saturday and week-long residential camps for children every school holidays. Langford Riding Farm has quiet and experienced horses and ponies to cater for all riders from the age of six upwards.
Take a Train Trip
If your children love trains, a train ride on Mandurah’s Mini Toot, the children’s sized Tourist Fun Train, or on board the Hotham Valley Tourist Train in Dwellingup will make for a fantastic day trip away from Perth.
At 3 Hearts Ceramics & Cafe you can create designs onto unique ceramic pieces, while enjoying coffee and treats. The perfect place to spend the afternoon with your little ones. The Mandurah Community Museum offers many exciting activities for the school holidays, including drumming Workshops and ink writing classes
Satisfy Your Bored Teenager
It’s the first day of the holidays and your teens are already saying they are bored? The Billy Dower Youth Centre has got you covered. With everything from movie sessions, bubble soccer, laser tag and even how to make coffee they will soon find something to do. Some of the activities are free.
At Trees Adventure in Dwellingup, they can challenge themselves on West Australia’s first tree ropes course offering nine different levels and over 20 flying foxes. If they cannot get enough of climbing, head to Mandurah Indoor Rock Climbing Centre for some more action.
They could also enjoy a round of Disc Golf at Mandurah’s Halls Park, a free and fun activity for the whole family. If your kids love skateboarding, they will enjoy the skate parks at Halls Park Mandurah and in Jarrahdale, Serpentine and Mundijong.
Water maniacs can hire a kayak, paddle board, jet ski or try the extreme sports flyboarding. For more adrenaline fueled fun, they could be one of the first to go on Mandurah Cruise’s brand new Spirit of Adventure high-speed vessel on the new Dolphin Adventure Cruise. Or take the whole family white water rafting with Dwellingup Adventures.
Many activities for kids and teens have a minimum age limit or require adult supervision, so don’t forget to check when booking.
Family Friendly Dining
There are plenty of family friendly cafes and restaurants in the region, many with providing playgrounds, so the kids won't lose a minute of play time while you relax. If you choose one along Mandurah’s vibrant foreshore or Dolphin Marina you can also enjoy water views as you dine. The Golden Cloud Spur South African steak house, Decade C’s gourmet chocolate café and Cicesrellos Mandurah seafood restaurant have great menu option.
To find more things to do in Mandurah & the Peel Region, go to www.visitpeel.com.au.
MANDURAH COMMUNITY MUSEUM (MANDURAH)
Location: 1 Pinjarra Rd, Mandurah WA 6210
Phone: (08) 9535 8970
Step back in the time at the Mandurah Community Museum where you will find displays and exhibitions depicting the history of Mandurah and the region. Entry is free.