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In the park
In the park
Splashing about

Kids' wrap Perth

Thursday, April 14, 2005

Teresa Spiniello from Postcards WA is joining the Getaway team this week to show us some great things to do with the family around Perth.

Kings Park is one of Perth's most popular spots for tourists and locals alike and for the little ones, the park offers a whole range of play areas to keep them amused.

One of the newest is the Western Power Playground, the first environmental playground and community area of its kind in Australia. It offers a unique blend of play and education, showcasing the energy of the sun and wind and how they have influenced Western Australia's plants and animals.

The $2.4 million project was officially opened in 2002 and in July 2004 additional play equipment was installed. There is now a 75 metre elevated walkway, a two-tier island fort, dinosaur replicas and an interactive water misting forest.

Free Story Telling sessions are held at libraries across the Perth metropolitan area. Inglewood Library has half hour sessions each Tuesday and Friday morning involving a professional story-teller who reads a book and also has a 'theme' of the day to keep the children amused. There are children's book clubs held at most Perth libraries.

The Beach House is a fun centre operated by a non-profit organisation. Kids of all ages can play in or on anything ranging from triple deck climbing equipment to all kinds of toys, jumping castles, disco room, themed party room, fenced toddler areas and even a mini race track. There is a café where grown-ups can grab a coffee and there is a menu offering healthy options. Money raised through the centre's admission goes straight back into keeping the complex running, and any profit goes into funds to help disadvantaged families via the church group that owns The Beach House.

The Beach House funds also help a community group which cooks around 500 meals a week for the needy in the community, and also runs programs for people struggling with addictions.

Maylands Waterland is just 7km from Perth's centre on the Maylands Peninsula, overlooking the Swan River. It has four pools, a mini golf area, wildflower gardens and grassed and shaded picnic areas. The play equipment and barbecues make it the perfect place for a family outing.

Location

Around Perth.

Cost

The Beach House costs $6.50 for one to four year olds and $8 for 5-12 year olds.
br>For information on free library story teller sessions across Perth, contact your local library.

Maylands Waterland is $3 for adults and $2.50 for children.

Please note that the prices listed are valid at the time of filming.

More information

Western Power Parkland
Kings Park & Botanic Gardens
Fraser Avenue
West Perth 6005
Ph: (08) 9480 3600
Fax: (08) 9322 5064
www.bgpa.wa.gov.au
enquiries@bgpa.wa.gov.au

Library Story Teller Sessions
Inglewood Library
895 Beaufort Street
Inglewood 6052
Ph: (08) 9 370 5366
www.stirling.wa.gov.au/libraries

The Beach House — Kids Fun Centre
Rear 5 O'Malley Street
Osborne Park 6017
Tel : (08) 242 8800
www.thebeachhouse.org.au

Maylands Waterland
Clarkson Road
Maylands 6051
Ph: (08) 9272 4456
www.bayswater.wa.gov.au

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