WESTERN AUSTRALIA: Keeping the kids entertained in Australia's sunniest capital is easy with a whole host of family-friendly activities on offer. Here’s a round-up of things to do in Perth that are fun for both the lil’ ones and the young at heart in the West Australian capital.
Meet the Quokkas
Come face to face with the happiest marsupial mammal on the planet. Rottnest Island's colony of Quokkas shot to worldwide fame when they posed for a selfie with Tennis great, Roger Federer and he posted it on his social media. These cute critters are mainly nocturnal, but a lack of predators on the island - a 90 minute ferry ride from Perth - makes them super friendly. The population hovers between 10 and 12,000 animals, so you'll likely find them lounging in shady spots around the Settlement area.
Insider Tip: Researchers reckon the quokka's trademark facial expressions aren't actually a welcoming smile, but guess the wide open mouth helps them stay cool.
Visit The Maze Water Park
For water sports of a different kind, head to The Maze and test out the exhilarating Plummet Slide, which boasts a speedy seven metre drop. Gentler slopes can be found in the Outback Splash section of the park and there’s a whole lot of fun to be had out of the water, making your way through one of the challenging mazes or getting up close and personal with cuddly koalas.
Check out a Video Game Museum
Rainy day? Head to The Nostalgia Box in Northbridge. As Australia’s first and only video game console museum, The Nostalgia will have both big and small kids giddy with excitement. Browse amongst rare retro consoles and see which ones you recognize, then test your skills in the interactive gaming area.
Watch a movie outdoors
The warmer months mark the start of outdoor cinema season and you and the kids are spoilt for choice in Perth. Rooftop Movies, on the sixth storey of a Northbridge carpark, has something most nights of the week, with films ranging from the best new releases to trusty old favourites. There’s also pizza and beanbags. Moonlight Cinema in Kings Park focuses more on the new stuff and allows patrons to BYO, creating perfect conditions for a relaxed picnic under the stars, complete with glass of wine for mum or dad.
Challenge the kids to an Escape Room
If the troupe has energy to burn, Escape Hunt is always a good idea . Working in teams, you’ll have 60 minutes to work your way through a series of clues and puzzles to solve a mystery and make your escape from the ship, tavern or prison. Each of the rooms has multiple scenarios, making this a place you can come back to again and again.
And when the sightseeing is done, retreat to the comfort of your spacious Adina apartment-style hotel. We've two to choose from in the Western Australian capital.
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