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Family friendly fun in Bunbury

Young families living in Bunbury are spoiled for choice when it comes to activities and attractions to keep the tribe entertained.

The City of Bunbury is home to more than 40 parks and playgrounds with several receiving a makeover in the past 12 months.

Popular playgrounds at Queens Gardens and Kelly Park have received substantial upgrades while Sykes Foreshore was recently upgraded with a brand new playground, toilet and change facilities, shade and barbecues.

A new cycleway was also installed alongside the family-friendly area making it easily accessible on foot or by bike. Take a lap around the inlet and explore the Mangroves while you are there.

Across the road from Sykes is the popular Koombana Bay Foreshore precinct where families can spend an entire day enjoying its amenities such as the beach, playground, barbecues, grassed areas and Hello Summer Beach Kiosk when the inevitable requests for ice cream comes through.

Bunbury & Dolphin Discovery Centre

Koombana Bay is also home to wild bottlenose dolphins and the iconic Dolphin Discovery Centre which underwent a complete transformation in 2018.

Inside the centre the kids can gain an education in local marine life while outside in the interaction zone they may catch a glimpse of a wild dolphin.

The Bunbury Wildlife Park is another iconic family-friendly attraction and home to a variety of native animals including dingoes, kangaroos, wallabies and reptiles.

The park is also the perfect location to host a children’s birthday party with plenty of space and shade to run around in.

There is also a large playground next door including accessible play equipment, barbecue facilities and plenty of shade.

A fun game to play when the kids are eager to get out and about is to pretend to be tourists for the day.

Stop by all the lookouts – Boulters Heights, APEX lookout, Mangrove Cove, the Maidens – and pose for a cheesy family selfie. Visit locations you usually drive by – get to know Bunbury again.

Reading stories to kids

If you prefer to stay indoors did you know the Bunbury Museum and Heritage Centre runs programs for kids? Keep an eye on their Facebook page for details, however in the meantime bring the whole family and discover Bunbury’s rich history housed in the historic Paisley Centre building.

Another historic location specialising in children’s programs is the Bunbury Regional Art Gallery. BRAG – as it is affectionately referred to – runs a Creative Kids program during the school term.

Children are tutored by Bunbury ambassador and visual artist Charlotte White. However, you need to get in quick as spots fill up fast.

Our public libraries also have various workshops and activities on offer throughout the school term and also during school holidays as part of the City of Bunbury’s school holiday activities.

Coming to Bunbury these school holidays will be a series of events specifically catering for Bunbury’s younger demographic.

Family making soap bubbles

On 15 April Grandfamilies Fun Day returns to the Bunbury Wildlife Park – an all-day event celebrating the special relationship between grandparents and their grandchildren. This event is always popular and well attended.

To celebrate National Youth Week an outdoor cinema event will be held on 9 April and a scavenger hunt on 13 April. Check out the City’s Facebook for further details.

If you can’t wait for these events the inaugural Withers Wander Land will be happening on Wednesday 17 March from 9am at the Withers Community Library.

For more information on what’s happening in Bunbury for families visit the events calendar on the Bunbury Brighter homepage.

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