Ramble, explore, ride, play, paddle or just spend some quality time together in beautiful surroundings.
Get out of the city and suburbs and back to nature with a family picnic or barbeque in the region's national and regional parks. Spot native wildlife on woodland and bushland trails, or get up close with everything from koalas to snakes at the local wildlife parks. Join forces and pit your family's wits against the geocaching trails on a digital treasure hunt, or take a lazy stroll through idyllic orchards where you can pick ripe fruit fresh from the tree.
Family Friendly Attractions
Cohunu Koala Park
If your children love getting up close and personal with animals, then they will absolutely love Cohunu Koala Park. Come and make friends with the unique Australian fauna who freely roam the park. Buy a bucket of feed at the beginning on your journey and make your away around the park using the tracks and pathways, stopping to hand feed the friendly animals along the way. Visitors will encounter over 30 talking parrots, see dingoes, kangaroos, emus, deer and koalas, just to name a few. Finish the day by having a cuddle with a koala, with the opportunity to take a souvenir photo to remember the awesome day your family spent at Cohunu Koala Park.
Armadale Reptile and Wildlife Centre
Bring your family along to support this wonderful initiative who are dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of all types of wildlife and the specialty care of native reptiles and marsupials.
The Armadale Reptile and Wildlife Centre houses a large variety of native reptiles and other Australian wildlife and your family will have the chance to meet over 70 different species of lizards, snakes, turtles, frogs, fruit bats, kangaroos, emus, dingoes, bustards, parrots and more.
Naked Apple Cider
Dining out can be a challenge for families with small children, but not at Naked Apple. This cleverly thought out restaurant features an exciting adventure playground that invites children to explore the hidden garden treasures whilst parents sit back, relax and enjoy the delicious menu (and cider list).
The kids menu features all the playground favourites, such as cheeseburgers, pizza, crumbed chicken and fish and chips. For more information or to make a reservation, visit the Naked Apple Cider website.
Hog’s Breath Café, Kelmscott
Hog’s Breath Café in Kelmscott is every kids (and parents) dream, thanks to their awesome kids club. The Hog’s Kids Club features fun games, colouring in and a special menu that is bound to please all the little eaters. Visit on a Monday or Tuesday when kids eat FREE. Learn more about the Hog’s Kids Club here.
Core Cider House
Grab the tractor and check out Core’s 80-year-old orchards while learning more about growing fruit in the Perth Hills. Adults can try a cider tasting paddle or take home a bag of fruit with the children if not keen for a drink. The Cider Lover Fruit Tours generally fun January to March (subject to fruit availability and weather conditions). If it’s out of season Core is still a great spot for little fruit fans with their favourites on the menu. All kids’ meals come with apple juice and ice-cream.
Seven Sins Perth Hills
It’s not just a beautiful location, Seven Sins also has a kids’ menu to tempt even the fussiest of eaters. While they’re making up their mind they can colour in their favourite characters and even take their latest creation home with them to remind yourselves of a day well spent.
The Pink Deli
Enjoy a slice of home baked goodness at this Kelmscott café. It boasts an impressive array of baked in house treats but it also has a kids’ menu that includes perennial favourites like fairy bread and babycinos which can be enjoyed in the colouring in corner while they work on their latest masterpiece. During the school holidays they offer cupcake decorating kits so this time they can eat their creation too.
Learn to Swim
Seadragonz Swim School
Seadragonz makes learning to swim fun and makes swimming lessons a little different from the others out there, by following their philosophy of ‘swimming is grinning’. Visit their website for more information.
Armadale Fitness and Aquatic Centre
Embrace the Australian water culture by learning to swim in the picturesque outdoor centre of Armadale Fitness and Aquatic Centre. They offer parent and baby classes, swimming school courses and private swimming lessons. There are four pools available as well as a water playground for kids to enjoy fountains and sprays. Being zero depth the splash pad is a great way for babies and toddlers to enjoy some water fun too. During the summer school holiday weekends older children can enjoy slipping, sliding and climbing on the inflatables. After they’ve exhausted themselves check out the café or make use of the bbq areas and picnic spots to refuel.
One of the greatest things about Armadale, whether you’re a resident or simply looking for things to do in Perth’s surrounding suburbs with kids, is the close knit community and endless amount of family oriented public events and activities.
Araluen Botanic Park
Get the kids away from the screen and back to nature in the school holidays. Bookings are essential for activities which last about two hours. After you’ve finished getting your hands dirty why not stay on and enjoy the natural ambience of the park with a picnic or bbq followed by a walk down one of the Park’s beautiful trails.
The Bunnings in Armadale is extremely child friendly and welcomes little visitors to participate in DIY projects and craft activities whilst their parents shop. The dedicated Kids D.I.Y area will keep your children entertained and teach them a few handy skills whilst you pick up the essentials.
Play in the Park
These community-organised and run playgroups aim to provide a supportive and friendly network for families with young children aged between 0-5. They assist with child development through playing and learning and allow parents the opportunity to meet likeminded people and make new and lasting friendships. Check their website for dates, times and locations.
Haven’t heard of Geocaching? It’s a new real world, outdoor treasure hunting game that you can play at any time, right here in Armadale. The aim for players is to try and locate hidden containers, called geocaches, using a GPS enabled device (e.g. mobile phone) and then to share their experiences online.
Click here to learn how to play and how to get started. Check out our latest Geocache Trail, Rediscover Armadale 2020.
School Holiday Fun
Keep an eye on the Armadale Shopping City Facebook page for the latest school holiday activity updates. Whether a visit in their own right or an incidental trip after some grocery shopping.
Baby Rhyme Time
Baby Rhyme Time provides parents and their baby with the opportunity to bounce and sing-a-long to everybody’s favourite rhymes, as well as insights on how to entertain and educate your baby at home.
These sessions provide you and your baby with the chance to bounce and sing-a-long to rhymes, plus learn new tunes to entertain and educate your baby at home. Sessions are suitable for babies aged zero-two and occur every Wednesday.
- Seville Grove Library from 10.30 to 11am on the first Wednesday of every month
- Kelmscott Library from 10.30 to 11am on the second Wednesday of every month
- Armadale Library from 10.30 to 11am on remaining Wednesdays of the month
Story time sessions promote the love of reading, help stimulate the imagination and encourage social interaction with other children. Bring your child every week to listen to stories, sing along to songs and play craft activities, all whilst improving their pre-literacy skills.
- Kelmscott Library from 10.30 to 11am on Mondays
- Armadale Library from 10.30 to 11am on Tuesdays
- Seville Grove Library from 10.30 to 11am on Thursdays
Indoor Play Centres
Champs at Play
Champs at Play is a children’s play centre and café that is located in Kelmscott, within the Champion Lakes Christian Church building. This play centre is what children’s dreams are made of with bouncy castles, race track, video games, ball pit, slides and climbing gym. Parents are invited to use the free Wi-Fi whilst the little ones play and enjoy the freshly prepared food and hot coffee at the cafe!
You'll find a host of parks, playgrounds and public open spaces throughout the Armadale and Perth Hills region, from the amazing adventure playground at Robot Park, to Rushton Park, with its playground and bushland. Here are just a handful of local parks to explore.
- Frye Park ship playground, Kelmscott
- Borello Park, Roleystone
- Memorial Park, Armadale
- Robot Park, Mason Road, Forrestdale
- Piara Waters Sporting Complex, Wright Road (small playground)
- Piara Waters Aspiri Estate, Aspiri Promenade
- Holland Park Estate Playground, Forrestdale
- Armadale Skate Park, Orchard Avenue
- Heron Park, Harrisdale (nature based play area with a flying fox and BBQ facilities)
- Reg Williams Reserve (the ultimate playground with a bike circuit, play equipment, basketball courts and skate park)
- Shipwreck Park, Hilbert
- Joe Saunders Park, Champion Lakes
- Churchman Brook Dam, Churchman Brook Road
- Explorer Park, Duarte Way, Haynes
Need Help with Ideas for Things to do in Perth with Your Kids?
When planning your upcoming day trips from Perth, be sure to include Armadale on your list of places to visit.
Armadale is the ultimate destination for families with small children, with so many family friendly things to do and being only a short drive from Perth, it’s a must visit! If you need help planning your next day trip from Perth or would simply like some ideas on what exciting activities and attractions you can take your children to during the school holidays, contact the Perth Hills Armadale Visitor Centre and we’ll be happy to put together an itinerary or make some suggestions.