Many of Perth’s shopping centres have gotten kids-friendly redevelopments (such as, playgrounds and more!) to help make trips to the malls a treat for families – especially on rainy and super hot days.
It's not easy bringing a child out shopping, but the temptation to do so is always there! Luckily for mummies (and daddies), many of Perth's shopping centre are pretty kids-friendly!
Here’s a roundup of the best shopping places in Perth to keep both the little - and big - kids happy!
1. Westfield Carousel
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Location: 1382 Albany Highway, Cannington
Located on Level 1 is the newly opened Rooftop Dining Precinct, which features a kids' play area. Here, there’s a popsicle stick house, slide, tunnel and boat set on soft synthetic grass and soft-fall rubber. There’s also iPlay, Clip 'n Climb, Holey Moley and Strike Bowling.
In addition to the big brand names such as, Coles, Kmart, Myer, Target, Woolworths and over 280 specialty stores, this recently redeveloped massive mall in Cannington also comes with a large cinema complex and a number of major restaurants. A number of family rooms are also available throughout the shopping centre.
2. Mandurah Forum
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Location: 330 Pinjarra Road, Mandurah
Deemed the biggest play area of all Perth shopping centres, Mandurah Forum’s beach-inspired playground sure makes shopping with kids a whole lot easier! Featuring two huge twisty slides, an 8-metre tall “crab pot” climbing rope structure, it’s the ideal place for parents to take a breather while the kids burn off some energy. There's also a designated pram parking area within the playground.
A spacious, one-storey indoor shopping centre with over 220 stores, Mandurah Forum also has an indoor kids' dining area with touch screens and alfresco dining alongside a beautiful water feature.
3. Cockburn Gateway
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Location: Beeliar Drive, Success
Located 30 minutes south of Perth, Cockburn Gateway Shopping Centre has over 170 stores with a strong mix of fashion, food, lifestyle, service retailers, as well as an alfresco dining precinct.
The playground is situated outside the mall (near Lone Star), and it features a fun soft-fall play area that is perfect for the energetic kiddos. There are two climbing structures, both covered by shade sails.
4. Westfield Whitford City
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Location: corner Marmion and Whitfords Avenue, Hillarys
With 290 specialty stores including major retailers Big W, Target, Woolworths and Coles, one of the key attractions of this redeveloped Whitford piazza is its central kids' play area (with features such as stepping stones, obstacles to crawl under and more). There are also many family-friendly dining options available nearby, as well as a cinema complex and iPlay (an arcade and bowling alley). Family rooms are widely available in the shopping centre as well.
What's more, there's also a fenced and gated toddler play area, Play World, located inside the mall (near Target). This soft-fall playground comes with a slide, tunnels and activities.
Location: Karrinyup Road, Karrinyup
Karrinyup Shopping Centre has Myer, David Jones, Big W, Woolworths, 170 specialty stores, and a public library. The mall also offers a number of parent rooms, free stroller and kiddy-car hire, as well as free Wi-Fi. There's also a gated play area located outside the shopping centre.
6. Coventry Village
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Location: 243-253 Walter Road, Morley
Coventry Village Morley is a global dining and shopping experience with a range of over 150 stores that offer a cultural experience. It’s also a handy place to shop for fresh produce or to simply grab a meal.
What's most appealing about Coventry Village is that it probably has the largest and FREE indoor play area in Perth! Designed for children under the ages of 6 only, the playground is fully fenced and comes with slides, trampolines, climbing frames and more. The playground is located at the Walter roadside of the centre (near to the cafe strip).
7. Joondalup Square
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Location: Corner of Joondalup Drive and Sundew Rise, Joondalup
Joondalup Square is home to Bunnings Warehouse and many other homemaker type stores. The open-air, gated, fenced and soft-fall children's playground is situated next to The Coffee Club, and is very ideal for toddlers and young children.
8. Floreat Forum
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Location: 1 Howtree Place, Floreat
Floreat Forum is a great smaller shopping centre with Coles and Woolworths, and around 70 specialty stores. It is on the same block as the Cambridge Public Library, and has a reasonably sized shaded outdoor soft-fall play area that's surrounded by eateries. Parents can sit outside these dining venues, and get a great view of their children playing.
9. Ikea Innaloo
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Location: 6 Sunray Drive, Innaloo.
Ikea Innaloo has an enormous undercover parking area, kid-sized trolleys, as well as a huge restaurant with reasonably priced kids meals (and TV and play area). The restaurant also provides bibs, bottle warmers, and high chairs.
Children who are between the ages of 3-8 years (and toilet-trained) are also welcome to play in IKEA Perth’s FREE supervised play area, Småland (for up to an hour). The play area also comes with a movie theatre, ball-pit, climbing walls, and more.
10. Westfield Innaloo
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Location: Corner of Scarborough Beach Road and Ellen Stirling Boulevard, Innaloo
Westfield Innaloo is located near Ikea Innaloo, and has Kmart, Target, Coles, Woolworths, over 170 specialty stores, including a large court. The mall also offers free Wi-Fi and plenty of family rooms.
The soft-fall playground is situated near Target and is suitable for kids up to the age of 6. It’s fenced with netting, so parents can keep an eye on their children as they play. This play area features a soft padded obstacle course with steps and humps to climb over, as well as gaps and padded rollers to climb through.
11. Hawaiian’s Mezz
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Location: 148 Scarborough Beach Road, Mount Hawthorn
This newly-revamped outdoor playground is great for kids of all ages. The shaded spot now has more of a nature play feel with wooden play structure, slide, and balancing beams. The play area is also surrounded by cafes and restaurants.
12. Ocean Keys
Location: 36 Ocean Keys Boulevard, Clarkson
Oceans Keys has Kmart, Coles, Target and Woolworths, and 120 specialty stores.
The food court area at Ocean Keys features a kids' play area. The simple beach-themed play area has 4 structures to play on including a large sandcastle bucket to walk through and a gigantic shovel. Parents can sit behind the ocean feature wall to watch the little ones while enjoying a coffee and a meal from the food court.
There are also family rooms available, and they are equipped with full nappy change facilities, feeding cubicles, food preparation area, bottle warming facilities, children's toilets and a fenced play area with TV.
13. Banksia Grove Village Shopping Centre
Location: 1001 Joondalup Drive, Banksia Grove
Located near Woolworths and The Coffee Club, this big playground comes with colourful climbing crates, a twisty, see-through slide, cute wooden farmyard animals and musical instruments.
14. DFO Perth
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Location: Perth DFO at 11 High St, Perth Airport
The DFO Perth is located close to the Perth airport and is Perth’s newest one-stop premium outlet shopping destination with a huge variety of fashion, sporting, lifestyle, children’s and homeware retailers, as well as a food hall.
The centre also offers a brilliant sky-themed soft-fall kids playground, which features clouds and planes. The playground is also fully fenced and gated, which is great for young children.
The family room facilities are also deemed to be the best in Perth too!
15. Forrestfield Forum
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Location: 20 Strelitzia Avenue, Forrestfield
The Junction at Forrestfield Forum is a community space that features a nature playground and an alfresco dining precinct.
The mall also has about 52 specialty stores, including major retailers Woolworths and Coles.
16. Belmont Forum
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Location: 227 Belmont Ave, Perth WA 6105, Australia
With over 130 stores, Belmont Forum offers a strong mix of food, fashion, lifestyle and service retailers, as well as popular family retailers. The mall also comes with family rooms and a play space for the kids.
17. The Square Mirrabooka
Location: 43 Yirrigan Drive, Mirrabooka WA 6061, Australia
The Square Mirrabooka has over 100 speciality stores, including major retailers Aldi, Woolworths, Big W, Coles, and Kmart.
The play area is located outside Big W and alongside Jamaica Blue cafe.
18. Stockland Baldivis
Location: 20 Settlers Avenue, Baldivis WA 6171, Australia
The mall has about 100 specialty stores, including major retailers (such as Coles, Woolworths and Kmart), and a main street dining precinct. There's also a kids' play area and fully equipped family rooms within the shopping centre.
19. Lakeside Joondalup
Location: 420 Joondalup Drive, Joondalup WA 6027, Australia
Lakeside Joondalup is Perth’s largest shopping destination, and the only major shopping centre accessible by train. It has Perth’s only H&M, and many other major brands (such as Myer, Target, Kmart, Big W, Coles, Woolworths, Supa IGA and Aldi). It also has over 300 specialty retailers, a cinema, two food courts, free Wi-Fi and a number of outdoor restaurants.
The two family rooms in the mall include private feeding areas, change tables, child-friendly toilets and microwaves.
Playzone, a small fenced indoor play area is located on the top floor and is suitable for toddlers.
20. Garden City
Location: 125 Riseley Street, Booragoon
Garden City has Coles, David Jones, Kmart, Myer and Woolworths, and over 200 specialty stores (including a cinema complex and a public library). The mall also offers free Wi-Fi, as well as free stroller hire.
21. Halls Head Central
Location: 6 Guava Way, Halls Head
Halls Head Central in Mandurah has just undergone an extensive renovation and extension, and while it only has a Coles, Kmart and Aldi, there are also 50 specialty stores.
What's most attractive about the mall is its new alfresco restaurant area with a number of family-friendly restaurants, as well as the new enclosed "Kids Precinct" play area, which offers a variety of interesting play options for both the younger and older children.
So where is your favourite location to shop with the kids? Tell us in the comments below! Or if we missed out a "must-include", tell us about them too!