Ellenbrook has always been a very child-friendly place to live.
The planned community was designed with young families in mind and there are many parks and open spaces to choose from.
However, the school holidays can feel long and kids’ attention spans are short. Here are some ideas to get you through to the next term.
Playgrounds are always a great source of exercise and entertainment. Budding pirates will love the Pirate Playground. Older children can get closer to nature at Annie’s Landing District Playspace, which has climbing structures, a bird’s nest swing and a flying fox. There is equipment for smaller children available to keep toddler siblings happy as well.
Kids of all ages can make a splash at the award-winning Rainbow Waters Playground. There are 15 interactive water features here including bubble jets and spray guns and it’s a great place to cool down in summer.
One of the best parts of living away from the centre of a big city is how close you are to native flora and fauna. The West Australian Reptile Park is a family-owned facility that allows children to get up close to a python and interact with other scaly creatures. It’s found in Henley Brook which is just a short drive away.
If you prefer furry animals try the Swan Valley Cuddly Animal Farm. There the kids can feed bunnies and guinea pigs, among other farm animals. They can also be near alpacas, ponies, donkeys, sheep, emus, calves, pigs, goats and turkeys and many more. Kids that aren’t so excited about animals can jump on a bouncy castle or enjoy a train ride.
The famous Caversham Wildlife Park is also in the vicinity. There, children can feed kangaroos, meet a wombat and watch a farm show. It’s a great place to see native animals and learn more about them.
There is a huge range of activities to keep children active in nearby Henley Brook. They can play a game of Paintball Skirmish, which is a great way to resolve any tension between siblings. The suburb also contains the Oasis Supa Golf & Adventure Putt there is an Adventure Putt course for mini-golfers, which strives to keep them occupied for an hour and a Supa Golf course where the golf clubs are plastic and oversized – great for children who are older than six. If your children want to shoot each other these holidays, the Oasis Resort also hosts Laser Corps Outdoor Laser Tag there are school holiday sessions available on their website. If its arts and crafts they’re into try Creative Kids Art Class in nearby Aveley who run holiday programs.
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One of the highlights of living in Ellenbrook is the community. The Swan City Council keeps track of school holiday activities and events, and recent holidays have seen the council advertise skateboard clinics, sculpture classes and Scooter and BMX Sessions among many options. Swan Libraries also host kids events that are worth checking out.
It’s worth checking the Ellenbrook Central Shopping Centre at the start of the holidays. In October, they had craft activities, face-painting and special food deals. Parents can also join the Ellenbrook & Surrounds School Holiday Programs Facebook Page which provides a wide selection of activities – enough to entertain the fussiest of children.
5. Whiteman Park
Whiteman Park has so many school-holiday options that it needs a category of its own. It’s in the heart of Swan Valley and contains the Caversham Wildlife Park. Animals aside, there are three museums dedicated to Transport: The Revolutions Transport Museum, The Tractor Museum of WA and the Motor Museum of WA. These visits can be accompanied with heritage tram and vintage train rides.
There is a Children’s Forest where kids can learn about the native bushland and a range of playgrounds, including one with a paddling pool. They also have many fun events throughout the year and a school holiday program which is worth checking out!
If you feel like a break book a meal and get the kids into kids club at The Vines.
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