Keep your kids entertained
these school holidays
Give your kids the opportunity to make new friends, learn new skills and have adventures over the school holidays.
Encounter Ecology School Holiday Programs
Ways To Nature’s Encounter Ecology School Holiday Programs are back in April 2021:
What makes a good home? Learn the weird and wonderful ways animals take shelter and stay safe in their bushland home. Discover the important habitat features on which our wildlife depend – a home that takes 150 years to build?? Come and find out why…
Suited for children 8-14 years.
Where: Samphire Cove Nature Reserve, Halls Head.
When: Wednesdays 7th & 14th April, 2-3:30pm
Explore the bush at night with a spotlighting tour! Learn about our fascinating nocturnal wildlife as we take a walk around the bush trails of local reserves and national parks. Search for the animals creating curious hoots, croaks, rustlings and eye-shines observed in the bush after sunset.
Best suited for children 6+ years.
Where: Marlee Reserve, Parklands and Yalgorup National Park –see booking page for more info.
When: Thursdays 8th & 15th and Sunday 11th April
salt & bush holiday program
Nocturnal Bush Walk Tours
Discover what happens in the bush after the sun goes down.
The family will love an evening walking tour – complete with head torches and commentary to find amazing nocturnal wildlife like possums, owls, frogs, and quenda.
Visit Salt and Bush Eco Tours for more details.
Young Naturalist 101 School Holiday Program
Do You love nature and the outdoors?
Do you love wildlife?
Do you have what it takes to be a naturalist like
David Attenborough or Jane Goodall?
- Naturalists have keen observation skills.
- Naturalists record and take notes to document the natural world
- Naturalists are very curious and know how to find out answers
- Naturalists don’t keep things to themselves. They share their knowledge to help protect and conserve nature.
Young Naturalist 101 is for kids aged 6-10 years old
Located at Linville Street Reserve, Falcon.
It will run from 9 am-11:00 am on
April 6th, 7th, 13th and 14th.
Go dolphin spotting
Kids Cruise $2* when you book the Mandurah Cruises‘ $68 family pass.
Take the family on a fun-filled adventure. Meet Mandurah’s playful wild dolphins, watch a western rock lobster catch demonstration and see this iconic creature up close, spot pelicans, ospreys & swans on the wetlands, explore the city’s illustrious canals. Kids – help the Captain drive from the junior captain’s helm and adults – help yourself to FREE coffee & tea.
The Dolphin & Scenic Marine Cruise departs daily at 10 am, 11:30 am, 1:30 pm & 3:00 pm and with the $68 family pass!
The Mandurah Pirate Cruise
Venture through Mandurah’s inland waterways and canals on a fun pirate adventure for children and adults of all ages. You can steer the pirate wheel, ring the bell, dress up as a pirate on board Mandurah’s very own Pirate Ship while enjoying the scenery and spotting dolphins.
Experiences for kids at Dwellingup Forest Heritage Centre
Try your hand at Billy Tea and Damper Cooking – a two hour programme offered to adults and children of school age. There is also an exciting range of engaging and educational programmes – from E.S.T.E.A.M (Engineering, Science, Technology, Enterprise, Arts, Maths) learning to Indigenous culture and heritage, or the D.B.C.A, the Nearer to Nature programmes has something for everybody. Get details and find out more here.
Samphire Sojourn Guided Nature Walk
Searching for a unique family holiday activity? Explore Samphire Cove’s extraordinary wetlands and wildlife in the heart of Mandurah with Ways To Nature! Book a 1.5 hour tour for all – the walk is suited to most members of the family. Find out more here.
Is it a catamaran or a giant banana? Jump on a bike ride of a different kind – on the water with Mandurah waterbikes. Easier than riding a bike, these waterbikes are steady and stable, so you won’t even get wet as you gently pedal and glide through the water . Hire a waterbike any day of the week during the school holidays and choose where you cruise, exploring Mandjar Bay and the stunning canals from a new perspective.
Take your kids for a bounce at Flip Out Mandurah next school holidays! Make sure to book online to secure your session.
Get the Kids lost
Amaze Miniature Park has a hedge and circular maze and extensively landscaped gardens to explore. Take a self-guided tour past the ornamental lake and miniature steam and diesel trains, canals, locks and barges to the town of Abington, the oldest continually inhabited town in England. After strolling through the garden, treat yourself to an ice cream, cold refreshment or coffee from the kiosk.
It’s Show Time at King Carnival
Well appointed with a wide variety of rides and features, King Carnival is a well-stocked amusement arcade providing hours of entertainment. The carnival is open weekends, public and school holidays (weather permitting) Friday – Sunday and mini golf is open each day 10am – 5pm. These school holidays, you can get 10 rides for $50. Find our more here.
Cuddle a koala at Cohunu Koala Park
Get up close to Australia’s favourite animal at the Cohunu Koala Park. Have a cuddle of these loveable, furry friends and go gaga over the adorable baby koalas. There are over 15 koalas in the colony plus native wildlife roaming free through the park available for you to hand feed.
Burn some energy
South Yunderup’s Adventurescape, is a giant adventure playground and a place for the entire family. Your kids will enjoy climbing atop a 9 metre windmill tower, zipping on a flying fox or playing with Pickles the Pig.
Being one of the favourite playgrounds with the Mandurah locals, Quarry Adventure Park in Meadow Springs has something for all ages with BBQs, viewing platforms, toddler and adventure playgrounds, bike paths and a grass area to kick the footy.
Mandurah’s King Carnival boasts 18-hole mini golf, rides, trampolines, arcade games and water slides.
Or everyone can enjoy inflatable fun at the Indoor Inflatable World.
Have a wheely good time
Explore and be active with the kids on a bike ride. In Mandurah there are excellent cycle paths along the coast and Mandurah Foreshore, around Peel Inlet and into Dolphin Marina. There are many places to stop for a drink or bite to eat along the way too. Bikes and helmets can be hired from Mandurah Boat and Bike Hire, with cycle guide maps also provided.
If you want to go bush, the Marrinup Cycle Trail on the outskirts of Dwellingup is a family friendly cross-country loop travelling through Jarrah forest. Or explore Lane Poole Reserve, Dwellingup, on mountain bikes with Dwellingup Adventures.
Be a zookeeper 4 A Day
Are your children wildlife enthusiasts? Great, did you know they can be a professional zookeeper for a day at Ranger Red’s Zoo and experience first-hand handling and feeding the animals? They will learn how over 100 species of birds and animals are cared for and get up close to Tasmanian Devils, koalas, kangaroos, snakes, ferrets, lizards and a variety of bird species. Learn more about the Zookeeper 4 A Day program.
Take a train trip
Satisfy your bored teenager
It’s the first day of the holidays and your teens are already saying they are bored?
At Trees Adventure in Dwellingup, they can challenge themselves on West Australia’s first tree ropes course offering nine different levels and over 20 flying foxes. If they cannot get enough of climbing, head to Mandurah Indoor Rock Climbing Centre for some more action.
If your kids love skateboarding, they will enjoy the skate parks at Halls Park Mandurah and in Jarrahdale, Serpentine and Mundijong.
Water maniacs can hire a kayak, paddle board or jet ski. For more adrenaline fuelled fun, cruise on Mandurah Cruises’ Spirit of Adventure high-speed vessel on the Dolphin Adventure Cruise. Or take the whole family white water rafting with Dwellingup Adventures.
Animal lovers can enjoy a scenic trail ride at Waroona’s Langford Hill Riding Farm, set in the beautiful Darling Ranges. It conducts riding lessons every second Saturday and week-long residential camps for children every school holidays. Langford Riding Farm has quiet and experienced horses and ponies to cater for all riders from the age of six upwards.
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