School holidays are here again! Whether looking for adventure or staying close to home, Kalgoorlie-Boulder and the wider Goldfields region offers plenty of activities for kids of all ages that won’t break the budget. Our school holiday guide is sure to keep the little ones happy and the older ones off their screens.
Photo Credit: Museum of the Goldfields
Local – From $3:
Boulder Discovery Trail – Go on a pirate hunt and be rewarded with a bag of loot (goodie bag) when finished. From 10am-2pm, Monday-Friday, pick up a guide from the Boulder Volunteer Centre at 106 Burt St. $3 includes goodie bag at the end of the hunt.
Sandalwood Family Centre – For art loving 8 and older kids, join the school art series to learn candle-making, calligraphy, and chalkboard sign illustration. Four 1-hour sessions are available for $30 per session or join all four sessions for $100.
Museum of the Goldfields – ‘Bee’ amused these school holidays with two craft sessions on offer at the Museum of the Goldfields. Every weekday from Tuesday, 29 September to Friday, 9 October, learn all about bees and make a wood slab bee hotel for $5 per participant. Sessions run from 10.30am-12pm and bookings are required. On October 2 and 9 book the kids in for an arts and craft session from 10.30am-12pm. $5 per participant and bookings required.
Palace Theatre Rec Centre – Strap on the skates and show the kids some old fashioned roller-skating fun at the Palace Theatre in Boulder. Open Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday during the school holidays, sessions start from $4 with session times at 11am-12pm for beginner skaters (adult supervision required) on Sundays and Tuesdays, 11.30-12.30 for beginners on Thursdays, and 1pm-3pm for general admission all three days, $8 entry. Skate hire is $2 for either roller blades or skates and refreshments are available for $2.
Goldfields Oasis – Take a refreshing dip in the cool pool waters of the Goldfields Oasis with two indoor pools, an indoor slide, outdoor water playground and the recently re-opened giant waterslide. Six year olds and under are free entry, $4.50 for 6-18 year olds, and $6.50 for adults. Giant water slide passes cost $7.50 in addition to pool entry fee.
Orana Cinemas – Hunker down in the cool dark of Orana cinemas with that – let’s face it – extra-large bucket of buttery popcorn and a refreshing pre-mix drink whilst getting the kids to sit still for more than five minutes. There are movies showing for all ages with session times starting from 11am and running throughout the afternoons. Tickets start at $7 per ticket.
Gold Rush Cheerleading – Keep the kids from climbing the walls, or at least the furniture, and take them to Gold Rush Cheer to burn off some energy. In the first week you can drop the kids off from 9am-3pm to learn tumbling, stunting and to do some crafts. Bookings are essential. In the 2nd week join daily cheer classes from 9am-11pm.
Hannans North Tourist Mine – If you’re looking for somewhere fun and educational to let the kids burn off a few hours of the day then look no further than Hannans North Tourist Mine, one of the first registered mines in Kalgoorlie. The site provides lots to see and do, from gold panning and climbing aboard a giant 793C haul truck to gaining a glimpse of the life of the living conditions of miners 1890s. There are also schedule gold pour demonstrations so keep your eyes peeled for those! The site is open from Sunday to Friday from 9am to 4pm. Entry is free for under 5’s, $8 for children and $15 for adults.
Photo Credit: Dan Roissetter
Kambalda Aquatic Facility – Great for hotter days is Kambalda’s brand new 50-metre outdoor pool which boasts beach access, renovated change rooms, ample grassed areas and upgraded barbecues. Entry is free for the 2020-21 summer season.
Camel Rides – When you live in the desert going to a camel farm is almost as good as going to the zoo… just with fewer animals. Visit the friendly camels of Coolgardie Camel Farm just 4km west of Coolgardie. Entry is $10 per person and bookings are required.
Free Local Activities:
Museum of the Goldfields – Open most days from 10am-3pm, the Museum of the Goldfields offers free year round fun for the whole family including the largest display of gold in Western Australia and loads of historic buildings to explore.
Parks – It’s the perfect time for enjoying WAs wildflowers and instilling a love of nature in the little ones. Take the scooters, bikes and family pet and hit the walking paths around Kalgoorlie-Boulder. Make a nature hunt out of it for added fun.
Karlkurla Bushland Park – Karlkurla is home to a large variety of flora and fauna. From western grey kangaroos and honeyeaters to dragon lizards, there is plenty of wildlife to look for along the 4km walking track. Head to Katunga lookout 1.5kms from the park’s entrance and climb the steps of the two storey rotunda for a 360 degree view across the impressive expanse of the Great Western Woodlands. Dogs must be kept on leads.
Rotary Peace Park – Feed the ducks, have a barbie with friends, or get your workout on at Rotary Peace Park. Outdoor gym equipment and a walking track around the two dams provide a serene setting for the whole family to relax and unwind. A basketball court, playground and plenty of open space offers additional options for family recreation.
Kingsbury Park – Whether yours is a skateboarding teenager or a balance-biking toddler, there are ramps for kids of all ages and abilities at Kingsbury Park. If the kids aren’t keen to give the skate park a go, the amply shaded playgrounds and covered tables provide an ideal setting for a picnic lunch and play.
Hammond Park –Lush green grass, a huge play area, café, duck ponds, a miniature castle, roaming wildlife, a talking cockatoo, and so much more, Hammond Park is by far the most beautiful and inviting park in Kalgoorlie. You could almost call it… magical. It’s no wonder the park is popular for hosting all manner of events and gatherings. One such gathering is the Community Wood-fire Pizza Night which takes place each Saturday from 4pm in the Community Garden adjoining the park. The only cost is the price of the pizza you bring to cook in the recently added wood-fire pizza oven. Come for a play and stay for a pizza.
Lake Douglas Recreation Reserve – Not far out of town is the watering hole well known to locals as Lake Douglas. Here kids can stretch their legs and their imaginations whilst exploring the area around the lake. Don’t forget the bathers or play clothes because it will be hard to keep the kids out of the water. Even if the water is low there is plenty of muddy pleasure to be had. All around the lake is plenty of bush for building nature forts or climbing trees. There are ablutions not far from the lake and loads of open space to set up camp for the night.
Photo credit: Goldfields Oasis
By Kirsten Mitchell