As a stay at home mum to two toddlers I’m always on the look out for new things to keep them entertained, so when a friend invited us to join her and her almost 4 year old son at Kids Wonderland Perth we jumped at the chance to check out the event.
Somehow my 3.5 year old thought we were going to Disneyland (maybe the word ‘land’ in Wonderland?) so on the way there I was trying to manage his expectations that he wouldn’t be meeting Mickey Mouse! Disneyland was soon forgotten when we were greeted by a towering T-Rex, huge carnival-style clown entrance and circus big tops which contained all of the entertainment; guaranteed to keep us dry on what was turning out to be a very wet week.
Upon entering the big top we were given vouchers for free popcorn and a free go on the Laughing Clowns or Shooting Gallery; a nice touch to instantly receive something free! More huge life-like dinosaurs were the first thing to grab our attention, although scared the toddlers a bit (maybe due to looking so authentic!) so we carried on exploring what the place had to offer.
Our older two enjoyed the various fairground rides including a mini rollercoaster train ride, mini Ferris wheel and the spinning Wave Swinger…which took a while for my friend to recover from! The Fun Pad – a bus packed with soft play equipment, was also a huge hit with the kids.
It was made clear when booking that there wouldn’t be much suitable for the under 2s, however it turned out there was actually quite a bit for my 18 month old to enjoy including playing in the Bricks 4 Kidz Lego area, colouring in the Crayola Colour Castle, some bouncy castle action and drumming along to the African Oz Drum ’n’ Dance show which us mums enjoyed dancing along to too! There were also several other live shows including a magician and comedy act.
Another freebie the kids enjoyed was a bottle of Brownes Flavoured Milk which we were told contain no added sugar (big tick from us mums!) by Farmer Damian at the Brownes Dairy milking station where kids could experience milking a real cow!
Having worked in the events industry I know that these big events can sometimes be tainted with heavy traffic, congested car parking and lengthy queues to get in/go on rides/visit the toilet. However I was pleasantly surprised to experience none of the above at the 8-11am morning session that we opted for. All in all, a fun morning was had by all, the event was good value for money and a great family outing whatever the weather. I’d certainly recommend it to other families when the event returns to Perth next!
GUEST TRIBE ~ @pommuminperth
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