Ranked as one of the best cities in the world to raise a family, the City of Perth is filled with bucket-list adventures for everyone these April school holidays.
Home to unique and new experiences, there are never-ending options that are sure to fill out the day and keep little hands and minds entertained.
The City of Perth is launching a five-week campaign ‘It’s Playtime in the City’ to encourage children and adults to experience what’s on offer in the city these school holidays, and all year around.
And with plenty of activities for the bigger kids, adults can get involved too. From pop-up arcade games in Forrest Chase, Twilight Hawkers Markets in Yagan Square and the exciting launch of Wellington Square’s intergenerational park, it is all happening this month.
“Perth is a vibrant and safe place to take the kids these holidays. You’ll be amazed with how many fun, unique and new activities are available for families over the April school holidays and all year around,” City of Perth Lord Mayor Basil Zempilas said.
“Take it from me, the city is a place where people of every age and ability can connect, explore, create and relax.
“There are plenty of expansive parklands to explore, where you can pack a picnic from any of the stores around Perth. For the adventurous families, there’s lots to see and do along the Swan River and it is the last chance to really enjoy this wonderful Autumn weather.
“Come out and explore our beautiful and historic buildings and take this opportunity to spend time at the new WA Museum Boola Bardip. In my opinion, it is one of the best museums in the world I’ve ever visited.
“Perth’s been rebooted and there’s lots to see and do. Since we can’t travel overseas just yet, why not take this opportunity to explore your own backyard and support your city.”
Visitors can also take advantage of three-hour free parking on weekends and public holidays until 30 June in three centrally located CPP car parks:
- CPP Cultural Centre car park, 2 Roe Street, Northbridge
- CPP His Majesty's car park, 377 Murray Street, Perth
- CPP Pier Street car park, 87-89 Pier Street, Perth
For more information on It’s Playtime in the City, head to visitperth.com/playtime
Issued by: Brooke Hunter, Senior Media and Communications Advisor, 0448 610 834, firstname.lastname@example.org
The City of Perth acknowledges the Whadjuk Nyoongar people as the Traditional Owners of the lands and waters where Perth city is situated today, and pay our respect to Elders past and present.
CITY OF PERTH’S and MIX 94.5 FAMILY SCAVENGER HUNT COMPETITION
2 to 18 April | Various secret locations | City of Perth
Families visiting the City of Perth over the April school holidays can take part in the City of Perth’s scavenger hunt. There will be up to 20 QR codes hidden across the city, each QR code scanned is an entry into the draw to win the ultimate family staycation in the city, valued at more than $2,500.
FUN AT FORREST CHASE
2 to 18 April | All day | Forrest Chase
There’s oodles of free fun activities for kids and parents at Forrest Chase over the school holidays. Discover People of Perth, an interactive art exhibition produced in partnership with four local artists. Continue around the corner to Pieces of Perth, an amazing 28m long mural showcasing Perth’s iconic sights.
FREE TO PLAY PERTH
3 to 5 April | 10am to 5pm | Forrest Place
Set a new high score at the City’s pop up arcade and pop culture hub in Forrest Place, featuring a variety of arcade games, pinball machines, Virtual Reality experiences and more. Go solo or play co-op, there’s something for all skill levels and ages.
ELIZABETH QUAY FUNFAIR
3 to 7 April | 9am to 5.30pm | Elizabeth Quay
Elizabeth Quay FunFair is back in the heart of Perth. Celebrate the thrills and delights of the best family fun fair these school holidays with a one stop shop of carnival rides, sideshow games, showbags and carnival treats. We guarantee this value packed experience will be fun for the whole family.
6 April | 11am to 12pm or 2pm to 3pm | City of Perth Library
Spend a morning or afternoon crafting with the City of Perth Library. We’ll be decorating ceramic egg-shaped ornaments using paints and a range of art supplies. Book now: eggdecorating.eventbrite.com.au
POP UPS IN THE PARK
6 to 15 April | 10am to 12pm or 12.30 to 2.30pm | Kings Park
This April school holidays Perth’s playspaces in Kings Park will turn into fun arts and craft workshops suitable for kids over 4 years of age. You’ll find them at the Lotterywest Family Area, May Drive Parkland, Rio Tinto Naturescape Kings Park and elsewhere.
CRISTY BURNE ON BENEATH THE TREES
8 April | 2pm to 3pm | City of Perth Library
Join author and scientist Cristy Burne for a fun-filled hour exploring her latest book, Beneath the Trees. Book now: cristyburne.eventbrite.com.au
TWILIGHT HAWKERS MARKET
Fridays 9, 16, 23, 30 April | From 4.30pm | Yagan Square
Experience food from around the globe! Held each Friday, Yagan Square will come alive with live entertainment and up to 35 food stalls offering a range of rustic international street food.
YOUTH WEEK WA KICKSTART FESTIVAL
9 to 16 April | Various times | Various locations
Youth Week WA KickstART Festival 2021 offers a range of free performances, collaborative workshops and special events that celebrate the artistry and backgrounds of WA’s young creatives.
WELLINGTON SQUARE COMMUNITY LAUNCH
10 April | 11am to 4pm | Wellington Square
Located in East Perth, Wellington Square now boasts all new amenities including BBQ facilities, basketball courts, exercise equipment, an intergenerational playground and more. Check out the exciting new facilities and celebrate the official launch of Wellington Square with a day of amusement rides, food trucks, basketball competitions and family fun!
CITY OF PERTH FESTIVAL OF SAIL
12 to 16 April | Various times | Flag Pole Beach (Narrows Beach)
Grab the family and your boat and head on down to Perth Waters on Friday, 16 April 2021 to watch the finals racing of the 2021 City of Perth Youth Cup, part of the City of Perth Festival of Sail.
AFRICAN DRUMMING WITH AKWAABA
13 April | 10am to 10:45am (children aged 2 to 5 years) or 11am to 12pm (children aged 6 to 12 years) | City of Perth Library
Learn to use traditional African hand drums in this energetic workshop with Akwaaba. Book now: akwaabadrumming.eventbrite.com.au
WEAVING WITH LEA TAYLOR
15 April | 1pm to 2pm or 2.20pm to 3.20pm |City of Perth Library
Learn the art of weaving with Aboriginal weaver and artist, Lea Taylor. Participants will make a dreamcatcher to take home. Book now: weavingwithlea.eventbrite.com.au
BOORLOO KWEDJANG BARDIP YANGINY - HERITAGE PERTH WEEKEND - FAMILY FRIDAY
16 April | From 8.30am | Various locations
Bring the kids along to learn something new at this year’s Boorloo Kwedjang Bardip Yanginy - Heritage Perth Weekend. With more than 90 events including public talks, guided walks, exhibitions, interactive workshops, immersive experiences and exclusive access to Perth’s most historic buildings.
BUDDHA’S BIRTHDAY AND MULTICULTURAL FESTIVAL 2021
17 and 18 April | Various times | Supreme Court Gardens
Celebrate the birth of the Buddha in Perth’s biggest multicultural event! All day activities include multicultural performances, vegetarian food fair stalls, calligraphy sessions, tea appreciation, arts and craft for the kids, numerous cultural displays, and fireworks!
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