14 February 2018
12 Ways to Amuse the Kids
Find Happy Days! Hit the road: gather the kids, pack your bags and head to one of these destinations in the BunGeo that are fun for young and old. From beaches to zoos – there is something for everyone.
The Apple Fun Park in the heart of Donnybrook has play equipment for all ages – toddlers to teenagers. Toddler and pre-schooler areas that include lots of low ride-on animals, kiddie swings, climbing and slide areas. Older kids will love the four-level towers with slides, rope bridges and flying foxes, low rock climbing walls, swings and a spacenet, and two 9.5 m towers. If you prefer indoors, head to the new Crocs Play Centre in Bunbury.
Beryl’s Riding School offers rides through 80 acres of picturesque land between Collie and Boyup Brook. Trail rides start from $50 per person or they also run School Holiday Camps from $130 per day.
At Gravity in Dalyellup, bounce, tumble, balance, flip and fly your way around 1800sqm of high energy vertical insanity.
Get up close and personal with wildlife at Bunbury Wildlife Park including two dingo pups. Take a selfie with kangaroos, feed the parrots or meet the reptiles. The Wildlife Park is adjacent to a fun children’s playground and the Big Swamp Wetland.
On our southern border, is Forest Adventures South West, an aerial flying fox adventure park set in the beautiful Tuart Forest. Minimum age 7 years.
Your kids can decorate Gingerbread men while you sit back and indulge in all their fabulous delights at The Gingerbread House in Boyanup. You get 2 pieces of gingerbread, an icing pen and lots of decorations for only $12! Check availability.
Kids with love the Collie’s Central Park Water and Adventure Playground this summer. It features ground sprays operating at random intervals to delineate various zones and “water rooms” and to keep kids guessing about which spray will come on next. Or check out the new water activities play area on the new Koombana Foreshore (opening this summer).
Gnomesville in the Ferguson Valley will keep kids entertained for ages, and the best part - it’s free. It is estimated that there are now more than 5000 different gnomes living in Gnomesville, and this number is continuously growing. Before you go, pick up a copy of the recently released, super-cute children’s illustration book, Gnomesville – the real story by Lesley Geers.
For lip-smacking indulgence, try the ever-popular Mars Gelato at The Creamery Bunbury or head to Morris Lane Taffys, where kids can create imaginative creations. Happy Circle Donuts in Collie or Lady Marmalade in Kirup will also keep stomachs happy.
For the ultimate overnight farm experience, Ferguson Farmstay offers a plethora of farm activities including feeding the animals (from cows, goats to kangaroos, pony rides, take a tractor ride to feed the cows. In Balingup, kids will love to stay at Balingup Heights or Lewana Cottages. Toward Harvey is Blue Hills Farmstay who also offer pony rides, egg collecting, yabbie catching and more.
On the 4th Sunday of the month the South West Rail & Heritage Centre in Boyanup opens its doors with a special theme each time. You can view the historic trains and carriages. See the Capel Men’s Shed and the blacksmiths working in the traditional way.
The BG oozes family-friendly properties. But if you want to go somewhere and not move you can’t go past Discovery Parks. Their Bunbury Village entertains kids with a bouncing pillow, playground, mini golf, swimming pool and if all else fails, the essential free Wi-Fi for your teenagers. If you prefer your kids to have a more natural experience, head to Wellington Forest Cottages. The accommodation is rustic, the food awesome and the kids can roam with the kangaroos, run through the forest and toast marshmallows on an open fire. Or, see a BG Visitor Centre for more recommendations.