9 Fun Things To Do With Kids In Scarborough, Western Australia

As I live close to Scarborough with two sons, this is a question I often ask myself so to help other parents out I thought I would put together a list of things to do with kids in Scarborough, Western Australia.

1. Go to the beach

Kids playing on the beach at Scarborough WA
My sons enjoying a game of frisbee at Scarborough Beach

Scarborough is known for its amazing beaches, with some of the best beaches on offer in Perth.

To be honest, Scarborough beaches are not really the most kid-friendly beaches as the waves and currents there can get quite large though if you pick the right conditions and your kids are fairly confident in the water then it definitely makes a fun morning.

When it comes to the best conditions for kids you want to look for low swell and light easterly (offshore) winds as such conditions will make the sea a lot calmer for swimming.

Also, Scarborough beach has excellent lifeguards, so for peace of mind ensure you take the kids swimming in between the flags.

One tip though, is the beaches get packed out in the summer, and parking is terrible so if you are keen then I’d definitely recommend getting up early and heading down.

2. Go to the skate park

skate park area at scarborough

The skate park setup at Scarborough is amazing, that’s one thing the local council has done well (I can’t say the same for the car parks).  If your kids are into skateboarding or enjoy riding their scooters then a trip to the skate park is definitely worthwhile.

In addition to the skating area, there is also a man-made rock climbing setup which is perfect for those active kids wanting to burn off some steam.

3. Shoot some hoops!

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A photo of the basketball court area at Scarborough foreshore

Next to the skate park is a small basketball area which is ideal for shooting some hoops with the young ones.  Note, this does get busy most evenings so always good to head down there at quieter times if this is something you’re interested in doing.

4. Check out the foreshore playground

If you have younger children then the playground is perfect for the little ones.  I’ve lost count of the number of hours that my two sons have spent playing together in the playground.  With slides, swings, ropes, and climbing structures, the kid’s playground on the foreshore is the perfect spot for the younger ones.

5. Ride along the foreshore

The stretch of coastline from Scarborough north, all the way up to Hillarys boat harbour is amazing and fortunately, there is a great bicycle path that runs all the way along it.  Therefore, if you’re keen on going for a ride with the family then take your bikes down and head on a coastal ride either north or south of Scarborough.  Personally, I prefer the north as I find this more scenic plus there are some great little coffee stopovers on the way;)

6. Take a dip in the Swimming Pool

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Front entrance of Scarborough Beach Pool

Awesome addition to Scarborough was the recreational swimming pool that boasts a massive lap pool and a heated kiddies pool.  With shallow water and being heated, the kiddies pool is perfect for young ones all year round.

Ice cream place at scarborough western australia
Zoie cafe at Scarborough, Western Australia

Oh, and if you feel like ice cream after you swim I’d recommend the Cafe near the pool area, they have a great selection of different flavours to choose from:)

7. Picnic on Sunset Hill

Sunset at Scarborough Beach
The view whilst we ate fish and chips from Sunset Hill in Scarborough

After you’ve had a skate, played, or perhaps gone for a swim there is a nice grass hill that is perfect for having a picnic with the kids.  We’ve often sat up there having an ice cream or fish n chips after a swim and a play.  Oh and if you’re there late arvo then hang around for the sunset…so nice on a summer’s evening.

8. High tea with a view!

If you feel like treating the kids to something fancy then the Rendezvous do a high tea on the weekends up on level 25.  I went there with my two sons, they enjoyed the food and couldn’t get over the amazing view where you can see for miles… all the way down to Freo and out to Rottnest Island.

9. Timezone and a movie

Watching a movie at event cinemas

Although it’s not right in Scarborough, another one of my favourite things to do with kids is go catch a movie at Event Cinemas (just up Scarborough beach road opposite the Westfield shops).  If you have time, there is a timezone nearby so if you’re planning a special day then a session at timezone before or after the movie is a great addition to a fun day out.

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