School holidays can be a challenge for parents, grandparents and carers who are looking for ways to keep the whole family entertained with budget-friendly ideas.
As we emerge from the ‘stay at home’ period that COVID-19 brought about and see many businesses around us reopening, this school holidays already looks very different to the last, offering plenty of different options for holiday fun.
One thing the pandemic has taught many of us is how to pause and enjoy the simple things in life. It doesn’t need to be an extravagant holiday or experience - simply exploring your local area or the wider backyard of WA and spending time with loved ones is more than enough.
This year has also reminded us of the importance of supporting local businesses. You can do this without breaking the bank, such as buying a coffee from your local café, stopping for lunch at a local restaurant while exploring a new area with the family or shopping for fresh fruit and veg at your local farmer’s market.
We’ve done the hard work to come up with some budget-friendly ways to keep you busy these school holidays, all while supporting local!
- Take a day trip
If you live in Perth, the good news is you don’t have to travel far to explore our beautiful backyard. Drive less than half an hour from the CBD to the Perth hills and take in breathtaking views, waterfalls and walks, and there are plenty of small businesses in the area you can support. Or why not head bush for a walk on one of the many trails our great state has to offer, or spend the day in Fremantle where you can visit the Roundhouse, Prison or WA Shipwrecks Museum. Plan your day on Experience Perth's Fremantle or Perth Hills website, or on the Trails WA website.
- Head north, south or east
With the relaxing of regional borders, a short trip out of town could be back on the cards. Whatever your travel style and budget, there is accommodation and activities to suit – whether it be camping or AirBNBs. Once there, enjoy all the regions have to offer for free such as bushwalks and surfing. If you are keen to show your support for businesses in the region, drop in to a local cellar door, brewery or restaurant. Get some holiday inspiration from the Western Australia tourism website.
- Visit the Art Gallery of Western Australia
This is another great day out the whole family can enjoy without stretching the budget. Many of the exhibitions are free and you can make the most of it by enjoying a day out in the city. Plan your visit bvy visiting the Art Gallery of WA's website.
- Discover Kings Park
Even many long-term Perth residents haven’t experienced all that Kings Park has to offer. Pack a picnic, take the bikes or put on your walking shoes and plan a day out for the whole family right in the heart of Perth. From the glass bridge to climbing the DNA tower to exploring the Rio Tinto Naturescape, there is no shortage of things to do. Find out more on the Kings Park and Botanic Gardens website.
- Check out your local area
Libraries and local councils often offer free or low-cost activities, such as reading and song time and LEGO club. Check out your local council website to see what is on these school holidays. Enjoy some fresh air while the kids run amok at some of the awesome playgrounds located around Perth. There’s a great list available from Kids Around Perth.
- Stay indoors and get creative!
You could try tackling some crafts – Pinterest is a great place for some inspiration – or why not bake up a storm? The winter school holidays provide the perfect time to stay indoors, pick a recipe and get the kids involved. Not only will it cost you very little, but you could end up with some delicious morning or afternoon tea out of it too!
For more ideas on things to do close to home, visit www.westernaustralia.com