School holidays in Perth: the best events to entertain children this July

Need some ideas to keep your little ones entertained during the winter school break?

There is no shortage of events and attractions in the city guaranteed to inspire and excite children.

Read on for our guide to some of the best tickets in town this July school break.

Ice Age

Discover a winter wonderland when the new School’s Out Winter Fest takes over the Perth Convention and Exhibition Center from July 2-17. From the teams behind the popular Winterworld Fremantle and Elizabeth Quay Fun Fair, expect everything from ice skating and snow sliding to carnival rides, side games and dodge cars. And the best part? Admission is free for parents.

The Circus is in Perth for a month-long season at Langley Park.
camera iconThe Circus is in Perth for a month-long season at Langley Park. Credit: Supplied

roll up, roll up

One of the hottest tickets in town this school holiday, the famous Weber Bros Circus returns to Perth for the first time in over two decades. Kicking off its Australian tour at Langley Park from June 30 to July 31, the two-hour contemporary circus production features a variety of eye-catching acts, from aerial performers to freestyle motocross, including the balloon of death, comedians, a human cannonball and more.

Barking Gecko's Cicada, based on Shaun Tan's Nest Vendor.
camera iconBarking Gecko’s Cicada, based on Shaun Tan’s Nest Vendor. Credit: Supplied

see a show

A feast of artistic experiences awaits the children of Perth this school holiday. Barking Gecko’s latest program includes an adaptation of award-winning Perth illustrator Shaun Tan’s beloved book Cicada (July 9-30 at the State Theater Centre), while Spare Parts Puppet Theater’s delightful new production Hachiko: The Loyal Dog (designed for children ages five and up) is July 2-16 in Fremantle. The State Theater Center will also host CDP Children’s Theater Company’s productions of perennial favorites The Very Hungry Caterpillar (July 11-17) and The Gruffalo (July 14-17).

The Dinosaurs of Patagonia exhibition at the WA Museum Boola Bardip.
camera iconThe Dinosaurs of Patagonia exhibition at the WA Museum Boola Bardip. Credit: Supplied

walk with dinosaurs

One of the WA Museum Boola Bardip’s most anticipated exhibits of 2022, Dinosaurs of Patagonia, kicks off on July 2. The world’s first exhibit features dinosaur fossils, 3D animations, videos and interactive fun for the whole family. It is scheduled to run until the end of October. And if the kids fancy a sweet treat afterwards, Chicho Gelato (just down the street from William Street) has partnered with the museum to add an epic dinosaur-themed creation to his menu for the holidays. with Milo ice cream, edible “rocks” and a white chocolate dinosaur that budding archaeologists can search for.

Treat the kids (and yourself) to Winter Wonderland Afternoon Tea at the Ritz-Carlton.
camera iconTreat the kids (and yourself) to Winter Wonderland Afternoon Tea at the Ritz-Carlton. Credit: Supplied

Tea time

If your little one loves to enjoy the finer things in life, the Ritz-Carlton Perth at Elizabeth Quay is hosting a special Winter Wonderland Afternoon Tea for kids every day from July 4-17. Indulge under-13s with a winter-themed culinary journey at the hotel’s acclaimed Hearth restaurant: think Snow lamington pavlovas, Winter Wonderland mousse, hot chocolate and cheese popsicles, as well as magical stories and face painting.

Outback Splash is offering a $10 admission this school break.
camera iconOutback Splash is offering a $10 admission this school break. Credit: Supplied

make a splash

It may be winter, but there’s plenty of fun to be had at Outback Splash in Bullsbrook. During school holidays, the popular amusement park offers unlimited rides for all ages for just $10 admission, with mazes including the 2,500-square-meter Timber Maze, which was the largest in the southern hemisphere when it opened in 1981, miniature golf, archery lessons (for an additional $10 fee), native animals to meet, and live beekeeping shows (with honey tastings).

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