At the forefront of the city’s winter events calendar is the highly anticipated return of Lightscape. Now in its second year, Lightscape transforms Kings Park into a magical realm of light, colour, and sound. With a special focus on what lies beneath, this year’s installations will transport you to another world.

Brace yourself for the snow-capped wonders of the School’s Out Winter Fest, where the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre transforms into a fairy tale-like winter wonderland. From gliding gracefully on the twinkling City of Light Ice Rink to braving the snow slides and carnival rides for an adrenaline-packed adventure, there's something for everyone to enjoy!

Looking for a cozy escape from the cooler weather? Look no further than Perth City Library, where more activities await. From daily crafts perfect for budding artists to enchanting screenings of beloved children's movies like "Astro Kid” and “My Life as a Zucchini,” there's plenty to keep you entertained.

Snuggle up and join one of the library’s Pyjama Storytime sessions, where acclaimed author Peter Cheong will enchant you with his award-winning book, Every Night at Midnight. After the reading, indulge in hot chocolate, light snacks, an illustration demonstration, and a delightful craft activity.

But that’s not all! The library is set to welcome majestic birds from the WA Birds of Prey Centre. In this interactive and educational experience, you'll learn about and have the opportunity to hold and snap some selfies with some of Australia's most impressive predators.

With all this and much more on offer, there’s no better place to spend your winter break than the City of Light!

Check out all that's on offer in the City of Perth during these school holidays by clicking here. Below, we've highlighted a selection of events to spark your interest:

Lightscape 2024 | 7 June - 28 July | excluding Mondays and Tuesdays
Kings Park, 5:30pm - 9pm

Experience Lightscape, powered by City of Perth, as it illuminates Kings Park. Delve into a world of enchantment with new installations, captivating light displays, and the return of favourites like the Winter Cathedral. Booking required.

School’s Out Winter Fest 2024 | 29 June - 14 July 
Perth Exhibition Centre, 10am - 8pm

Experience the magic of Winter Fest at the Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre. Enjoy ice skating, snow slides, carnival rides, and more. Booking required.

The Lester Prize Youth Awards 2024 | Everyday until Sunday 14 July
The Old Gaol Gallery, WA Museum Boola Bardip, 9:30am-5pm

This year’s Youth Awards present exceptional talent and fascinating insights from young creatives across Australia. The exhibition presents an exciting selection of portraiture by high school-aged artists. Free event (Museum entry fee may apply)

Sensory-Friendly Fire Station Visit | First Saturday of the Month
DFES Education & Heritage Centre, 10am - 12pm

A sensory-friendly visit to the historic Central Fire Station. Designed for children with sensory needs and their families, this session offers an exclusive opportunity to explore the station in a supportive environment. Experience the thrill of dressing up as a firefighter and sitting in the driver’s seat of a real fire truck! Booking required. Free event.

Sensory Morning at Scitech | Every second Thursday
Scitech, 9am - 11am

Experience reduced visitor numbers and enjoy a special planetarium show at 9.30am. While the Discovery Centre opens to the public at 9.30am, sensory session visitors can extend their stay for as long as they like. Booking required.

Stories in the Park - City Farm | Wednesday 26 June
Perth City Farm, 10am – 10:30am

Visit Perth City Farm for story time under the trees to join in with reading your favourite books and singing nursery rhymes. Free Event.

LOTE Storytimes | Wednesday 3 July (Spanish), Wednesday 10 July (Japanese). 
Perth City Library, 11am – 12pm

Join us for an hour of LOTE (Languages Other Than English) stories, songs, and craft. English speakers are welcome to join in the fun. Free event.

Young Adult Film Club – 'My Life as a Zucchini' | Wednesday 3 July 
Perth City Library, 1pm – 2:30pm

Film club is back with a special school holiday edition for young adults. Join Perth City’s Library resident film buff Tristan Fidler for a screening and post-film discussion. Afterwards, there will be an optional film review writing workshop. Booking required. Free event.

Tweens Yoga Holiday Workshop | Thursday 4 July
79 Colin Street, 10am – 12:30pm

Help your tween feel calm and connected through mindfulness and movement. Workshops run by experienced yoga teacher, grandmother, and education assistant Kerry Holbrow. Suitable for primary aged children. Please pack a nut-free snack and water bottle. Classes limited. Age guide is 9-13 year olds. Booking required. 

Children's Film Club - 'Astro Kid' | Thursday 4 July 
Perth City Library, 10:30am – 12:10pm

Pull up a cushion, grab some popcorn and get ready to explore an uncharted planet with Astro Kid! Bookings required. Free event.

Kids Yoga Holiday Workshop | Monday 8 July
70 Colin Street, 10am – 12:30pm

A morning workshop to help your kids find their Zen, connect with their inner wisdom and learn practical skills to enhance their physical and mental health. Workshops run by experienced yoga teacher, grandmother, and education assistant Kerry Holbrow. Suitable for primary aged children. Please pack a nut-free snack and water bottle. Bookings required. 

Pyjama Storytime - 'Every Night at Midnight' | Monday 8 July
Perth City Library, 5pm – 6pm

Snuggle under the Tree of Knowledge for a special after dark reading by author and illustrator Peter Cheong. Peter’s picture book Every Night at Midnight is shortlisted for the Children’s Book Week Picture Book of the Year Award 2024. After the stories, you can enjoy hot chocolate, light snacks, an illustration demonstration, and a fun craft activity. Bookings required. Free event.

Holiday craft activities | Saturday 29 June to Sunday 14 July 
Perth City Library, 8am – 6pm

Head to Perth City Library for fun craft activities throughout the school holidays. See staff on Level 4 to find out what they’re making each day. Free event.

Birds of Prey | Tuesday 9 July
Perth City Library, various sessions throughout the day.

Come and meet our feathery friends from the WA Birds of Prey Centre. In this hands-on educational experience, you will have the opportunity to learn about, hold, and get a photo with some of Australia’s top predators. Free event. Booking required.