Winter family fun

Published on 29 June 2021

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It may be winter but the Swan Valley has plenty of indoor and outdoor activities to help families avoid cabin fever.

Whether you visit for a morning, an afternoon or the whole day, there’s something for all ages and budgets. Visit some cuddly animals, book a round of mini golf or stock up on sweet treats at a chocolate factory. We’ve even taken care of the planning with three trails designed specifically for family fun.

Kids in the Valley Trail

On the Kids in the Valley Trail, kids and grown-ups alike can feed Australian wildlife, cuddle farm animals, venture on a bush walk and much more.

Whether it's the excitement of seeing some of Western Australia’s coolest reptiles, enjoying delicious chocolate and ice cream, playing a round of mini golf, hiking and picnicking at Bells Rapids or giving baby animals a big hug, the Kids in the Valley Trail has something for everyone.

The Kids in the Valley Trail has 10 stops that can be enjoyed over many days. We suggest you choose one adventure, a lunch stop and a special treat stop each time you visit. 

Download your Kids In The Valley Trail map(PDF, 2MB) now to start planning your weekend or school holiday adventure.

The Great Valley Rally and The Amazing Valley Chase

When was the last time you went on an old-fashioned treasure hunt or used your imagination to solve a puzzle?

Put on your super sleuth cap and get on board The Great Valley Rally, a thrilling treasure hunt where you and your fellow explorers can follow Stirling the Black Swan’s cryptic clues along a specific route in the Valley.

The Great Valley Rally is also available with a hi-tech twist. Using mobile data and a digital device, participants can now have the clues delivered by a Facebook Messenger chatbot. When you’re ready to start your engine, select launch the chatbot here!

On the exciting Amazing Valley Chase, Taylor Tortoise will guide you around the many attractions of the Swan Valley using a clever clue sheet.

These activities, which are part car rally, part treasure hunt are ideally suited to families with children aged five to 12 years old. We’ve even heard of groups of adults tackling the rallies for a spot of fun.  Why not get several families together to do the Rally or the Chase and afterwards meet up for a picnic at one of the great Swan Valley picnic destinations?

Visit a Museum

For cold and rainy days, museums are a great way keep the kids entertained indoors.

The Museum of Natural History in Guildford houses hundreds of world-class displays covering everything from Australia's natural fauna to life-size models of dinosaurs, all housed in the heritage-listed former Regent Theatre.

For the car-lovers, Whiteman Park is home to three transportation museums to keep you exploring all day: Revolutions Transport Heritage Museum, Motor Museum of WA and Tractor Museum of WA. Discover a huge collection of over 2000 transportation artefacts from the past, meticulously restored displays ranging from a horse-drawn carriage to the vehicles of today, or relics from WA's agricultural history. Make sure to stop by The Village Cafe for a bite as you're sure to work up a healthy appetite.

Looking for more to do?

It’s easy to spend the school holidays exploring and relaxing at family friendly venues in the Swan Valley.  

There are so many places that cater for children, with playgrounds and activities to keep your kids (or grandkids) busy:

If you have more time to spend in the Swan Valley, our farmstays are the perfect place to turn your #daycation into a #staycation.

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