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Boola Bardip – Perth Museum – Everything you need to know

Boola Bardip – Perth Museum – Everything you need to know


What is Boola Bardip?

The Western Australia Museum has recently announced that it will be re-named as the WA
Muesum Boola Bardip, meaning ‘many stories’ in the local Nyoongar language.

What has gone into the making of Boola Bardip?

After 4 years since closure and $396m worth of renovations, on Saturday the 21st of November, the highly anticipated re-opening of the Perth museum will be kicking off with a
nine day opening celebration.

What is in the museum?

With the latest scientific and cultural research promoting technology, science, engineering, mathematics and arts, through interactive and multi-media experiences, there is something to interest all audiences – making it the most exciting museum Perth has to offer.

What kind of exhibitions are there?

There are a number of fascinating and unique exhibitions on display at Boola Bardip, a few examples include:

Wild Life – Discover nature’s diversity

This multisensory exhibition contains rare specimens, live creatures and ancient fossils and explains the relationships between people, plants and animals. This exhibition also demonstrates how the communities are helping protect these ecosystems.

Origins – Land, water, sky

Explore the origins of the solar system, the foundations of life on earth and early human habitation. This exhibition explores the commonalities between Western world science and Aboriginal peoples’ knowledge and understanding of Western Australia’s land through rare objects, artwork and a multimedia sit.

Changes – Transforming landscapes

Explore the economic, social and cultural impacts of human activity on our world. How we have adapted to the landscape and how we have altered it to suit our needs. Share the knowledge of the Aboriginal people in the management and nurturing of the land and how the limitations of resources have shaped communities.



How to be one of the first to attend?

With the nine-day opening celebration beginning on Saturday 21 November, a free ballot will be in operation for people to visit the Perth museum.

The ballot has been open on WA museum’s website from the 7 September until 11.59pm on Wednesday 30 September. The tickets will then be randomly selected, with winners entitled up to 6 tickets each, they will enjoy a self-guided tour for 2 hours at the most exciting museum in Perth!

How much will it cost to enter?

The state government has announced that it will delay the $15 entry fee for the first 18 months. The state of the art museum contains 8 new galleries, 1,000m2 exhibition gallery, café and a function space.


Itinerary-Holiday Inn Perth City-The perfect place to relax after a big day 

Treat yourself to a Perth city staycation at Holiday Inn Perth City  which includes, accommodation for two adults, a la carte breakfast and secured self-parking.

Start your day by checking in to Holiday Inn Perth City , your go-to four star accommodation in the heart of Perth CBD, dropping off your bags – don’t forget your walking shoes.

Walk down to Elizabeth Quay, a leisurely 15-minute stroll from the hotel and admire the beautiful scenery of Perth. Whilst you are there, visit The Island kiosk and grab a portion of their fish and chips, sit in the sun and dig in.

Make your way back into the city and cross Yagan Square to visit the Boola Bardip museum. Give yourself a few hours to be sure that you get to experience all the exhibitions.

The museum is only a short 15-minute walk back to Holiday Inn Perth City . Now that you’ve worked up an appetite, conveniently located downstairs is Ivy & Jack – the perfect spot for dinner, drinks and people watching. Be sure to try their espresso martini’s. If there’s still room after dinner, stroll down to Gusti Gelato on Elizabeth Quay, you won’t regret it.

Perth Craft Beer Festival – Everything you need to know

Perth Craft Beer Festival – Everything you need to know


Perth Craft Beer Festival is back for the 6th year in a row and it’s bigger and better than ever. With warmer weather on the way we have reasons to celebrate

There will also be a range of activities to participate in such as bucking bull, carnival games, giant beer pong and a hot dog eating competition, to name a few.

When it comes to food trucks, your options will not be limited! With smoked meats, American BBQ, burgers, sliders and other surprises from around the globe – plus some vegatarian and vegan friendly options too.

Sounds like an adult’s only event, however on Saturday is family fun day giving you a weekend activity to enjoy with the whole family. Between 11am-3pm there will be live music, carnival games and rides on offer.

With our limited time offer breakfast and parking on us, why not make the Perth Craft Beer Festival a weekend to remember!

Stay in the heart of the city just a short walk to the train station to get to the Perth Craft Beer Festival. Forget the hassle of driving and head back to the hotel to rest on our comfortable hotels beds at the end of the day – sound good?


This event runs over 3 days from Friday the 4th to Sunday 6th. Indulge in a great range of craft beers, ciders, wines, spirits and cocktails, with something to please everyone.

How to get there?

Holiday Inn is a short walk from Perth Underground Station, so hop on a train on the Fremantle Line that stops at Claremont Station, a short walk to the showground.
Claremont Showgrounds is a short 14 minute Uber from Holiday Inn Perth.
You can also get on any of the following bus numbers 23, 24, 25, 27, 28, 98/99 (circle route), 102, 103 and 107.

Before the festival

Enjoy a pre-festival drink at Ivy & Jack located next door to Holiday Inn.

With happy hour running from Thursday – Saturday between 5pm – 6pm enjoy $6 wines, $7 house spirits and $8 pints on selected items!

Are you with us for Father’s Day? Grab a bite to eat with dad before the festival at Ivy & Jack. Our Father’s Day feast includes delicious bourbon glazed ribs served with coleslaw, corn, chips and a pint for $28. Don’t miss out, book now!


Holiday Inn Perth City – the perfect place to relax after a big day

When you’ve spent all day on your feet it’s great to have a nice place to relax. Holiday Inn Perth City is perfectly located in the centre of the city, so you’ll have no trouble getting home from your festival. Settle down with a drink from Ivy and Jack, our restaurant bar, and enjoy a delicious dinner as you watch the world go by. Best of all, Kids Stay and Eat Free. Check out our current offer including free breakfast and parking!

What’s open in Perth City this weekend?

What’s open in Perth City this weekend?

This Saturday the 6th of June, phase 3 easing of government restrictions has enabled more restaurants and bars to open and start operating. Western Australia is the first state in the nation to implement the new 2 square metre per person capacity. You can stop worrying about what you are going to cook for dinner and enjoy a memorable family night out. We all know it can be expensive to eat out rather than stay home, so we’ve done all the hard work for you and compiled a list of restaurants you can take the family out to without breaking the bank.

Munchy Monk Dumpling House | Northbridge

This hidden gem is tucked in an alleyway in Northbridge and serves up some of the best handmade dumplings and wontons Perth has to offer. The correct way to eat a dumpling is to do so in one bite, so make that bite a big one and be sure to try their unique hamburger dumplings. A plate of these dumplings will only set you back by $13.  You can view their whole menu here.

Varsity Bar | Northbridge

This American themed sports bar offers all meals cheap and cheerful such as pizzas, hot dogs and loaded fries. However, Varsity Bar is renowned for their mouth-watering burgers which start from $13. The energy in Varsity is always high, a great place to enjoy a few drinks while the family tucks into a delicious meal. Find out more here.

Monsterella | Wembley

Who can say no to woodfired pizza? Especially when the restaurant been rated as one of the best pizzerias in Perth. What makes their pizzas stand out is that they are 100% handmade and risen for 48 hours. Pizza prices start from $18 and this restaurant is BYO, so don’t forget that bottle of red. Make sure you reserve a table as Monsterella is always pumping.

Gusto Gelato | Elizabeth Quay

Made with top quality ingredients, Gusto has perfected the art of gelato.  Handcrafted in small batches using traditional techniques that were learnt in the renowned town of Bologna, Italy. The only issue you will come across is deciding which flavour to choose from. Make sure you keep an eye out on their Instagram page to find out what the special flavour of the week is! Take home tubs start from $15. Find out more about Gusto’s philosophy here.

Ben and Jerry’s | Northbridge

With over 577 scoop shops around the world, Ben and Jerrys have name a name for themselves by having wild combinations that just work. Next time you are tossing between which flavour you should get, give Phish Food a try, chocolate ice cream with a caramel and marshmallow swirl and chunks of fudge shaped fish, for $4 a scoop. Read more about their flavours here.

Geláre | Perth

Geláre has been home to pancakes, waffles and ice cream for over 30 years. What makes their ice cream different to most is that it contains no air, whereas in the early days of manufacturing most places would pump the ice cream with 50% air to double their yield. Pick up a scoop of ice cream from $6.50. Find out about their story here.

With cinemas, zoos and arcades reopening on the 6th of June, why not take this opportunity to make a weekend out your family night and stay in the city centre with us at Holiday Inn Perth. The hotel is within walking distance to train stations and Elizabeth Quay, which means saving on not having to take Uber’s and being able to sit back and enjoy a drink and support local venues which need your patronage in the after-effects of COVID19 in WA. Jump on the free Red Cat at the hotel’s doorstep for easy transport to Perth Arena and many other attractions. Get the best deal on Perth accommodation at Holiday Inn Perth City Centre when you book direct.

30 ideas to keep the kids entertained during isolation | Part 3 of 3

30 ideas to keep the kids entertained during isolation | Part 3 of 3

Continuing on from our previous posts 30 Ideas to keep the kids entertained during isolation | Part 1 + 2 of 3 here are 10 new ideas to keep the kids busy.

20. Make lemonade

Lemons are known to have multiple health benefits such as; high levels of vitamin C, improving skin quality and promoting hydration just to name a few. Lemonade is a great way to incorporate lemons into your children’s diet and is simple to make, get your kids to follow this recipe.

21. Build a fort

Let your children have their own space they can get lost in their imagination. You’ll need some chairs for the frame, some blankets or sheets and lots of pillows. You can jazz it up if you have fairy lights laying around. Learn how to make the cosiest fort ever here. 

22. Have a virtual sleepover

Organise with another mum on which night suits and set up a zoom sleepover with your children’s friends. Get your kids into their pyjamas with some snacks and have a sleepover in the comfort of your own home.

23. Set up a scavenger hunt

What a great way to keep your kids out of your hair for a while. There are lots of scavenger hunt ideas that are printable, which will have your kids running around trying to find the items. Just make sure to tell them to put all the things back once they’re done with them. Find your scavenger hunt inspiration here.

24. Build something

Do you need something from Ikea? Get your kids to help you put it together. If not, you can build anything from Lego, meccano, or even build your own toys. Find out which toys you are able to build with kids here.

25. Karaoke

Bring karaoke to your living room. Move the table aside, get some microphones, find videos that have lyrics displayed and crank up the volume. Here are the best singalongs for the whole family.

26. Make a stained-glass window

This great craft activity will be loved by the kids when the sunshine comes through the windows in all different colours. All you need is cellophane, paper, scissors, tape and a pencil. Follow this YouTube video to learn how to make the Beauty and the Beast stained glass window here.

27. Tie dye

Tie dying isn’t as messy as it sounds and is currently trending. Buy cheap plain t-shirts or use old clothing and purchase a tie dye kit. It’s a great opportunity to get creative, follow this tutorial for some inspiration.

28. Origami

Origami derives from the Japanese word ori (“folding”) and kami (“paper”). Buy some origami paper which can be found at Dymocks and watch tutorials on how to make origami. Learn how to make a puffy origami heart here.

29. Play a family game

Pictionary or Monopoly will provide hours of entertainment and be a good bonding experience. If you don’t have board games on hand, there are lots of different games you can play with a deck of cards. Puzzles are another way to get your brain working and is a good project that can spread across days or even weeks depending on the level of difficulty.

30. Set up an obstacle course

Get your kids jumping, climbing, rolling and moving through setting up an indoor obstacle course. You can use household objects such as washing baskets, pool noodles and house baskets. Get some inspiration on how to set up your course below.


If you have captured images of any of these activities in action, tag us in your posts, we’d love to see you enjoying spending time together during self-isolation.

Stay safe and enjoy this opportunity to build and establish beautiful relationships with your family.

30 ideas to keep the kids entertained during isolation | Part 3 of 3

30 ways to keep the kids entertained during isolation | Part 2 of 3

Continuing on from our first post, 30 Ideas to keep the kids entertained during isolation | Part 1 of 3 here are 10 new ideas to keep the kids busy.


11. Create a short film

You can use your iPhone to film a short movie that the whole family can get involved in. Someone can be tasked with editing the film which can be easily done on the iMovie application. Once this is done present it to the whole family, there is sure to be a lot of laughter involved.


12. Baking

This is an activity for the whole family to enjoy, whether it is participating or indulging in the finished product. Not only is baking or cooking a form of entertainment, it is also a great time to teach your children important skills that they will remember forever. There are lots of YouTube videos on how to decorate cakes or cookies for beginners such as this one here.


13. Indoor camping

If you don’t have a tent to pitch out in the backyard, you can bring a mattress into the living room and build a fort. Use torches and play board games to set the camping scene and spend quality time with the family. Bonus points if you have a fire pit so you can toast some marshmallows. Here is some indoor camping inspiration.


14. Teach a dance

Get the kids up and moving by teaching them how to do the macarena or Nutbush. Dancing is a fun way to burn calories and sure to get some endorphins released. Watch a crash course online just in case you need to brush up on your skills here.


15. Have an around the world dinner

Assign a course and country to each child, e.g. entrée from France, main from Spain and dessert from Italy. Get them to research a dish, prepare it for dinner and learn a few fun facts of the country for them to recite before their course is served.


16. Do a spring clean

Go through rooms and decide what will be kept and what will be donated. This can be a good opportunity to get creative and re-purpose old clothes such as turning a dress into a top or making clothes for your children’s toys. Here are some creative ideas to re-purpose unwanted clothes.


17. Make pasta from scratch

We all love eating it, so instead of buying pasta from the shelf (which is already difficult to find) why not try your skills of making it at home. Join Jamie Oliver in learning how to make pasta here. 


18. Create a short story picture book

Writing aids in developing cognitive growth and is putting spare time to good use. Get the coloured pencil and some printing paper out and start creating a picture book. 


19. Candle making

Looking for something that is practical that will keep the kids occupied? Candle making is relatively inexpensive and makes for a great gift. You can experiment with different coloured wax and scents. Watch this beginners guide to making candles.


20. Make a scrapbook                   

Scrap-booking is a great way to reminisce on memories. Have a scrap-booking day and go through family photos, select the ones you want and get them printed at Kmart or from your home printer, then get creative and put together a beautiful family album. Draw some scrapbook inspiration from Pinterest here.

If you have captured images of any of these activities in action, tag us in your posts, we’d love to see you enjoying spending time together during self-isolation.

Stay tuned for next What to do Wednesday when we release 30 Ideas to keep the kids entertained during isolation | Part 3 of 3