There are plenty of exciting things to do in Kings Park and Botanic Garden with children – whether it be enjoying an afternoon picnic, relaxing in the shade of the trees or exploring the playground at Saw Avenue Picnic Area, or getting your hands dirty at Rio Tinto Naturescape Kings Park.

Things to do with children

Poolgarla Family Area. Photo: J. Thomas.Meet colourful critters in the Poolgarla Family Area

Visit the Ivey Watson playground where children can captain a pirate ship, be crowned a fairy princess and make friends with the friendly critters. Best suited for children aged under five, this area is wonderful for imaginative play. Poolgarla Parkland provides a perfect spot for older siblings who can enjoy climbing the space net, ball sports and 'learn to ride' cycle path. Koorak Cafe (formerly Biara or Stickybeaks Cafe) is located in the Poolgarla Family Area.

May Drive Parkland in Kings Park. Photo: J. Thomas.Discover ancient wonders in May Drive Parkland

Follow the footprints of mega-fauna that roamed the earth millions of years ago. Run through the forests of the world’s first trees on Lycopod Island and discover the mysteries of stromatalites. Wander along the Windy Walk and see how birds evolved. May Drive Parkland also has expansive lawns and picnic facilities. So much to see and do, great for children aged 6–14 years. Zamia Cafe is located in May Drive Parkland.

Saw Avenue Picnic Area. Photo: J. Thomas.Search for ant trails in the Saw Avenue Picnic and Play Area

This quiet corner of the park is perfect for family gatherings and barbecues. Discover insects carved into the wooden furniture, balance on the logs like a lizard or simply relax in the shade. Variety Place is wonderful for kids to explore, with tunnels, bridges and fort for imaginative play. The area is great for all children to enjoy and has been designed with the needs of children with disabilities in mind. Electric barbecues, a pavilion and pathways are located in the Saw Avenue Picnic Area, with children’s theatre performed in summer at the Amphitheatre.

Kids love getting dirty at Rio Tinto Naturescape. Photo: J. D'Arcy.Explore Rio Tinto Naturescape Kings Park

Rio Tinto Naturescape Kings Park is a place for children to connect with nature and make their own fun. Explore, climb ropes, wade through creeks, build cubbies and get dirty! Kids can enjoy quality outdoor time and classic kids’ activities like making a leaf boat, mixing up a mud pie and looking for insects. Engaging, hands-on community programs are available during the school holiday periods.

Kings Park Education programs are educational and fun.Book a school excursion

Immerse students in nature with a Kings Park Education school program. Explore the inter-connected worlds of plants, animals and people with hands-on activities in the Western Australian Botanic GardenRio Tinto Naturescape Kings Park and the innovative, new Kings Park Education centre. Contact the Education Bookings Officer to find out more.

Picnic and play. Photo: J. Thomas.Picnic and play

There are so many perfect picnic spots in Kings Park, including the Pioneer Womens’ Memorial in the Western Australian Botanic Garden, which features sprawling lawn and plenty of shady trees. Play roly poly down the grass slopes, spot the birds among the trees and watch the Pioneer Womens' Memorial fountain erupt in a shower of water.

Explore the wa botanic garden along the Lotterywest Federation Walkway . Photo: J. Thomas.Explore the WA Botanic Garden

Admire panoramic views, learn about the diversity of Western Australian flora and discover our rich history along the Lotterywest Federation Walkway. Continue the journey through the Western Australian Botanic Garden and discover the treasures in the Water Garden, a celebration of the Darling Scarp stream system. Find the bronze sculpture depicting the lifecycle of the frog and listen carefully so you can hear them. Search a little more to find the bronze lizards sunning on the rocks and the Bookleaf Memorial. Admire the mighty boab tree Gija Jumulu, a 760 year old specimen that travelled 3,200 km from the Kimberley region of WA in 2009 to its new home in Kings Park.

Experience rich indigenous culture at Kings Park. Photo: A. Russell.Experience Aboriginal culture

Follow the Boodja Gnarning Walk trail and discover the plants and tools used for survival by the Aboriginal people of the South West; the Nyoongar people. For a more personal experience, book an Aboriginal Cultural Experiences to learn more about this fascinating culture.

Take a bush walk. Photo: J. Thomas.Take a bush walk

Enjoy the trees and abundant bird life that live in Kings Park and Botanic Garden. Ancient landscapes, colourful wildflowers and more than 70 species of birds are just some of nature’s wonders that might catch your eye. Stroll along the Bushland Nature Trail or follow our bushland tracks to see how many you can find. Call into the Visitor Information Centre for more information on other walks in the park appealing to children.

Kings Park Festival in September is the best time to visit the park with the whole family. Photo: J. Thomas.Celebrate spring with the Kings Park Festival

The beautiful Kings Park Festival is held each September to celebrate the wildflower season and beginning of spring. The program is full of many free family activities.

DNA towerClimb the DNA Tower

Climb all 101 steps of the spiralling DNA Tower for spectacular views around Kings Park and Botanic Garden, the Swan River and over to Rottnest Island. Stroll down the Broadwalk Vista to reach May Drive Parkland.

Enjoy our summer events season. Photo: J. Thomas.Enjoy outdoor summer events

Kings Park is host to a range of summer events from November to April each year. The outdoor Moonlight Cinema in May Drive Parkland includes a great selection of family movies and children’s theatre performs in Saw Avenue Amphitheatre in January.

Mounts Bay Road share path detours

The City of Perth will be undergoing works on the shared path along Mounts Bay Road from Thursday 23 March until Monday 8 May 2023. Detours through Kings Park will be in place.

Concert traffic interruptions

Road and carpark closures will occur in Kings Park and Botanic Garden on Saturday 25 March 2023 due to a concert event.

School Ball parking

Temporary parking on Fraser Avenue will not be provided for buses, limos and cars, and fines will apply.

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City of Perth E-Scooter Trial Expands through Kings Park

Visitors will be able to hire and ride e-scooters within Kings Park as part of City of Perth’s E-scooter Share Scheme from Saturday 25 March 2023.

Support for Noongar Boodja continues

Fugro has generously renewed their partnership with the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority (BGPA) to bring another three years of the very popular ‘Noongar Boodja’ education program to Kings Park.

Rare plants stolen from Kings Park

We're devastated to announce up to 900 of WA’s rarest orchids have been stolen from the Conservation Garden in Kings Park.

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