There’s several shopping centres around Perth that cater wonderfully for families, making a trip to the shops a treat! They’re especially good for escaping on rainy and super-hot days. Lots include kid’s cars and other ride ons that help to keep them happy while you shop. These are usually available from the concierge at larger shopping centres for a small fee. From playgrounds and cinemas, to kid friendly eateries and school holiday activities, here’s our round up of the best places to shop with kids in tow.
Westfield Whitford City
Play World in Whitford Shopping Centre is a fenced and gated indoor play area that is situated near to Target. The soft fall play area has a slide, tunnels and activities. There’s a food court in Whitford, with many options that the kids will love. If your little one needs a haircut, Kids Kutz is a specialist children’s salon.
Set to open in late 2017 are the redeveloped piazza, including family friendly eateries and the brand new Event Cinemas. During school holidays Westfield Whitford City holds some fantastic themed kids activities too. Check their website for more details.
Find Westfield Whitford City at corner Marmion and Whitfords Avenue, Hillarys.
Located in the middle area of the Karrinyup food court is a Jungle Gym for kids aged 3 to 12 years old! There’s lots of fun equipment over two levels – a ball pit, two slides, couple of rockers, tunnels and swinging, jumping, rolling obstacles. It’s ideal for enjoying a bite to eat, with plenty of seating with view to keep an eye on the children while they are playing. As well as lots of options in the food court, there’s many other tasty eateries the kids will love, like Crepe Cherie.
Find Karrinyup Shopping Centre at 200 Karrinyup Road, Karrinyup.
The huge Coventry Village Markets are located across the road from the Galleria in Morley. It’s a handy place to shop for fresh produce or grab a meal. There is an awesome fully fenced kids playground located at the Walter road side of the centre (near to the cafe strip).
Find the Coventry Village Markets at 243-253 Walter Road, Morley.
There’s a soft fall kids playground at Joondalup Square, home to Bunnings Warehouse and many other homemaker type stores. As an added bonus, the open-air play area is surrounded by eateries! The Coffee Club is found next to the fenced and gated children’s playground, which is perfect for toddlers in particular.
Find Joondalup Square at the corner of Joondalup Drive and Sundew Rise, Joondalup.
There’s an outdoor soft fall playground at Floreat Forum. The shaded playground is ideal for toddlers and young children and is surrounded by cafes and restaurants, including the very yummy V Burger! You can sit outside these restaurants, right next to the playground and get a great view of your children playing.
Find Floreat Forum at 1 Howtree Place, Floreat.
Located in the upper east mall, near Sisters IGA, you’ll find the fenced and gated “Playzone”. A small soft fall play area for under 5’s. The simple plastic play equipment includes tunnels and various activities such as steering wheels, noughts and crosses and binoculars. It’s handy to grab a coffee from nearby Gloria Jean’s too.
You’ll also find Grand Cinemas, Timezone and a range of specialist kids clothing stores. There’s a Kids Kutz hair salon there too. As well as two food courts, there’s a multitude of option of where to eat including kid-friendly Jamaica Blue, The Shack, and coco-licious Max Brenner.
The whole family loves a trip to Ikea. Children who are between the ages of 3-8 years (and toilet-trained) are welcome to play in Småland, IKEA Perth’s FREE supervised play area, while parents shop. You’ll also find a special kids menu, bibs, bottle warmers, high chairs and a play area for children in the IKEA Restaurant. And don’t forget those meatballs! Throughout the year they run free children’s activities. See their website for more details.
Find Ikea at 6 Sunray Drive, Innaloo
Play World at Westfield Innaloo is suitable for kids up to age 6. It’s fenced with netting, so you can keep an eye your children as they play. This play area features rubber soft fall matting, and has a soft padded obstacle course with steps and humps to climb over, and gaps and padded rollers to climb through.
Find Westfield Innaloo at Ellen Stirling Boulevard, Innaloo.
Next time you are shopping at Morley Galleria make sure you check out Gloria Jeans Cafe on Level 2 in Myer. It is conveniently located next to the toy department and near the parent room and toilets. There’s many other café’s in the Galleria, as well as a food court and Event cinema.
Find the Galleria on the corner of Collier and Walter Roads, Morley.
The Mezz in Mount Hawthorn has a great outdoor playground and grassy play area, which is great for kids of all ages. The climbing equipment is best suited to kids over 4 years old, and there’s also an “ice cream shop” and see saw for the little ones. The play area is surrounded by cafes and restaurants, including Missy Moos Burger Bar.
Find The Mezz at 148 Scarborough Beach Road, Mount Hawthorn.
The food court area at Ocean Keys features a kids play area. The simple beach themed play area has 4 structures to play on including a large sandcastle bucket to walk through, and a gigantic shovel. You can sit just behind the ocean feature wall to watch your little ones and enjoy a coffee and something to eat from the food court.
Find Ocean Keys Shopping Centre at 36 Ocean Keys Boulevard, Clarkson.
Do you need to do your grocery shopping? Do the kids need a play? Combine them both at Forrestfield Forum. The Junction is a community space at Forrestfield Forum and includes a nature playground and alfresco area.
Find Forrestfield Forum at 20 Strelitzia Avenue, Forrestfield.
Situated outside at Cockburn Gateway Shopping Centre (near Lone Star) is a fun soft fall play area for energetic kids. There are two climbing structures, both covered by shade sails.
Find Cockburn Gateway at Beeliar Drive, Success.
Many of the major Perth shopping centres are currently undergoing big redevelopments. Westfield Whitford City, Midland Gate, Garden City, Mandurah Forum and Westfield Carousel are just a few, so watch this space for more exciting kid friendly features coming soon to your local shopping centre!
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