Article Updated 30 May 2019
School holidays are a chance to ease up on work commitments and enjoy some quality time as a family.
There's lots of action in Perth during school holidays to burn up energy, but where do you go to replenish that energy with a hearty meal?
Give yourself a break from cooking for kids and have a look at these family friendly restaurants in and around Perth. Eating out can be challenging with youngsters, but pick the right spot and it'll turn into one more fun thing to do in the Perth school holidays that will create memories to cherish.
Mediterranean countries love kids, and include them in every aspect of life, including dining out. The Italian and Greek influence in Fremantle has brought us lots of family friendly restaurants, while the fishing industry has resulted in a seafood culture matched by fresh sea air.
Fishing Boat Harbour is the place to go for fish n chips. Family friendly restaurants are spread along the boardwalk, serving up quality fresh fish in a relaxed setting overlooking the water.
Local families often head to Cicerello's in the school holidays. The grassy space outside is great for kids to let off a bit of steam, there are enough options on the menu to keep everyone satisfied, and the fish is top quality.
Another great choice is Kailis Fish Market, famous for its long history within the fishing industry in Perth. Their family friendly restaurant gives you a taste of a genuine seafood market, as well as the fresh fish they serve up on the harbour.
At the south end of the harbour is easygoing Little Creatures, where you can sample award winning brews in their cafeteria style dining area, or grab a table out the back next to the water. Food is delicious, with lots of options kids will love, including pizza and ice cream sandwiches.
Fremantle has a collection of family friendly Italian restaurants that have been threaded together in the Gusto Italiano Trail, all great choices for the sort of food children love to get their teeth into. Using the trail to order a taste at a few different restaurants is a fun thing to do in the school holidays in Perth's port city.
If you fancy some spicy food and the kids aren't so keen, an excellent family friendly restaurant is Saroor in South Fremantle. Out the back is Pizza Square, who will bring your order into the Indian restaurant. The idea is to offer both Indian street food and pizza for those who shy away from spice. Pizza lovers check this guide too: Seven of Perth's Best Pizza Joints.
The Greek experience couldn't be more authentic than at Eat Greek in East Fremantle. This family run, buffet style restaurant sits right on the river and is a fabulous way to try a variety of home-cooked cuisine. Mum is in charge of the kitchen and produces delicious dishes for the buffet. The kids might enjoy staying up late on a Friday or Saturday night in the school holidays, when they can experience Greek dancing and the traditional plate breaking!
Perth Burbs & Beaches
There are plenty of family friendly restaurants in Perth's surrounding suburbs and along the beaches. You just have to know where to look.
Tasty home-made wood-fired pizza is to be had at Monsterella in Wembley. The name came from the owners' little girl, who insisted on referring to mozzarella as monsterella - a cute story for your kids, and a word that's bound to catch on at home! The menu includes kid-sized portions, hand-made pasta and salads.
At Wembley Golf Course, 300 Acres Restaurant & Bar offers all-day dining overlooking the course. The playground and TV with a collection of movies will keep the kids busy and happy while you totally relax. Or ask about their hoard of board games for some family fun. Children's menus often list only three or four dishes, but this family friendly restaurant has a choice of eight.
Nearby Floreat Beach has one of the best family friendly oceanfront restaurants. The Kiosk welcomes children, there's a playground next door, and dogs are allowed at the external terrace tables. You'll find plenty of familiar dishes and light food, with a kids' menu listing things like toasties, fish n chips and burgers. Pick a warm day in the school holidays for this Perth family favourite, have fun on the beach and walk straight into the Kiosk for lunch or dinner.
Sorrento Quay at Hillarys Boat Harbour is another great spot for family friendly restaurants and a good option when you're looking for things to do around Perth in the school holidays. Apart from the many restaurants, don't miss The Honeycake for unique, mouth-watering treats!
California Pizza Kitchen on the Sorrento Quay boardwalk and 3 Sheets Restaurant next to the beach are both ideal for hungry families. The Pizza Kitchen serves up a lot more than delicious pizzas, listing share plates, small plates and pastas, as well as steak, fish and chicken mains.
3 Sheets has a large kids' menu with all their favourites and a combo deal. The main menu also covers all bases with wood-fired pizzas, pastas, steak, seafood, nachos and vegetarian / vegan options. You can enjoy a craft beer here too.
Further out from Perth is the family friendly restaurant and mini golf at Wanneroo Botanic Gardens. Leapfrogs restaurant is open seven days during the school holidays, delivering all-day dining, plus wood-fired pizzas from Thursday to Sunday. Spending a lazy day in this Perth haven is a great thing to do in the school holidays. Challenge the kids to a game of mini golf and explore the trees, rockeries and waterfalls of the gardens before recharging at Leapfrogs.
Perth Hills & the Swan Valley
Visiting the vineyards, orchards and beer gardens of the Swan Valley and Perth Hills needn't be just for grown-ups. There are plenty of family friendly restaurants in wineries and breweries with lots of space to play.
Elmars in the Valley is a German brewery and restaurant with open plan dining, beer garden and beautiful grounds. This is a little piece of Germany, so expect lots of meat on the menu and some excellent beers on tap. The thoughtful kids' menu offers a complimentary scoop of ice cream following each main.
Oakover Grounds welcomes families to its vast lawns and lake, where you can borrow a cricket set, take out a paddle boat or drop in a fishing line - all fabulous things to do in the school holidays in Perth's delightful Swan Valley. It also serves excellent coffee, Oakover wines, local beers and delicious lunches, either in the warehouse style cafe or on the outdoor terraced area.
Make sure you visit the Sticky Spoon Cafe at the House of Honey before leaving the Swan Valley. Learn all about bees and bee products before munching on honey cake or Devonshire tea.
Into the Perth Hills, the fabulous CORE Cider House welcomes families for meals and a tour of the orchards. The Cider Gardens is a casual, alfresco, family friendly restaurant, which opens only in dry weather, so pick your day carefully! It overlooks the children's playground and serves a few simple mains as well as delicious snacks.