Keeping your kids physically active these holidays

Katie Liddiard,

The holidays have arrived, which means kids of all ages have plenty of spare time for fun, excitement and adventure!

With a long break ahead, the days can sometimes seem endless. Luckily across our vast state there are plenty of activities available during the school holidays, so there is always something to do!

Whether you’re planning a relaxed family day out or looking to get the adrenaline pumping at an epic playground, there are lots of great events, classes and playgrounds across WA to keep your kids busy and active – and most of them are free!

These school holidays why not try one of the many free events or activities near you.  

Disc golf parks

Have you heard of disc golf? The game is very similar to golf, only players throw discs at targets instead of putting balls into holes. Courses range from 9 to 18 holes and the whole family can play.

Disc golf parks are located all around the state. Click on the link to find a course near you

Please note that although some facilities require a fee, most of these areas are free to play, you just need to bring your own Frisbee.  

Ninja obstacle parks

Whitfords Nodes Ninja Park Ninja obstacle courses will challenge your balance, upper body strength, coordination, and determination. Plus, there are different levels of skill required which means fun for the little Ninjas as well as the big Ninjas. Are you game? 

Where can you find one?

  • Whitfords Nodes Ninja Warrior Course, Whitfords
  • Marlinspike Jindalee Beach Playground, Jindalee
  • Perry Lakes Rope Playground, Floreat
  • Russell Street Park, Morley
  • Atwell Reserve Playground, Atwell
  • Lake Monger Southeast Playground, Wembley
  • Tuckfield Oval Playground, Fremantle
  • Cockburn Central West Playground, Cockburn
  • Bibra Lake Regional Playground, Bibra Lake
  • Noah’s Playground, Serpentine Park
Adventure playgrounds  

Western Australia has so many wonderful playgrounds with lots of different features to excite the kids and encourage them to get outside and active. Here are some of the best adventure playgrounds around Perth and beyond so you can plan an awesome day out with the kids near you!

 Whale Playground, Scarborough
• Eden Beach Park, Alkimos
 Treasure Island, Alkimos
• Lighthouse Park, Amberton
• Rotary Park, Wanneroo
 Braithwaite Park, Mt Hawthorn
 Hyde Park, Perth
 Kingsway Dinosaur Park, Madeley
Regional WA 

If you find yourself making a day of it and want some tips for  packing healthy snacks to go, check out our blog!

Nature play

Nature play is a program in Perth that encourages kids to play outside in nature. The organisation run events and provide DIY nature play resources for you to try at home or at your local park. This is a great way to get your kids outside and keep them active across the day. Check out upcoming events and the online free resources here.

Walking trails

Swapping the TV remote for sticks and gumnuts has so many health benefits for the little ones in our lives. As well as improving fitness, being outdoors can help them develop creativity and build resilience. We are lucky that WA is home to some incredible family-friendly walking trails so there are plenty of options to choose from. With trails ranging from 1km to 4km, these are some of our favourite walking trail locations. Be mindful to choose the shorter trails when walking with small children as they only have little legs!  

  • Glenbrook Trail, John Forrest National Park
  • Swan View Tunnel on the Heritage Trail, John Forrest National Park
  • Lesmurdie Falls, Kalamunda.
  • Whistlepipe Gully, Forrestfield.
  • Nature Trail, Kings Park.
  • Bells Rapids, Brigadoon.
  • Butterflies, Birds and Bridges Trail, Wilson.
  • Lake Leschenaultia, Chidlow
  • Cape Naturaliste to sugarloaf rock trail, Dunsborough
  • Whale Tail, Augusta
  • Caves Trail, Yallingup
  • Pelican Trail, Augusta
  • Emma Gorge Wal, Kununurra
  • Knox Gorge Lookout, Karijini
  • Spinifex Trail, Broome
  • Wave Rock, Hyden
  • Stockyard Gully Cave Trail, Stockyard Gally Reserve
  • Karri Walk Trail, Denmark King Karri Trail, Quinninup

For more information on these trails and other kid friendly walking trails, check out some locations here.

Perth City Walking Tour

The City of Perth offers a free 90-minute walking tour that is suitable for people of all ages. It’s a great way to get your kids to discover lots of fun facts and interesting stories about the city they live in. For more information or to book your spot, click here.

Free skate park workshops

If your child owns a skateboard and is looking to learn some cool new tricks (safely) at the skate park, there are free coaching sessions running across Perth. Find a session near you by simply clicking here.

Council run activities

Local councils run lots of free events over the holidays to keep children busy such as cooking lessons, learning about recycling, playing games, art and craft activities and so much more! Head to your local council website and search for the school holiday activity program. Most sessions are free, all you have to do is register to secure a place.  

Don’t forget to be SunSmart!

It is important to protect ourselves from the Australian sun and harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays, so don’t forget when having fun and exploring the great outdoors to protect yourself and your family by wearing sun protective clothing, sunglasses, hats, and sunscreen while outdoors. Where possible, try to seek shade when stopping for a rest or a bite to eat.

For more information on how to stay SunSmart check out the SunSmart website!