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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

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

30 ways to keep the kids entertained during isolation | Part 1 of 3        

During these unprecedented times, everyone is doing their bit by self-isolating. If you or your partner have found yourselves working from home recently with kids who are bored and developing cabin fever, here is a bit of inspiration to keep the children entertained.


1. Have a pyjama pizza party

Everything is better when you put on your favourite PJ’s, have a DIY pizza station and watch family home videos. Make sure that you are stocked up on popcorn and snacks. Here is what you will need for your pizza party.


2. At home day spa

Prepare a salon in the living room with rolled up towels, burning incense, play relaxing music, dim the lighting and put on some home-made facials. Finish off the facial with some nail painting for the full day spa treatment. Here are some recipes for facials that you can make with household items.


3. Exercise session

You can do any form of exercise with a tutorial on YouTube that will get the whole family involved. Great way of burning energy, staying fit and having fun. Get the kids together and participate in this family friendly workout. 


4. Chalk art

Whether you want to use chalk on the driveway or on a chalkboard, there are lots of creative chalk illustrations that will keep your children busy. Chalk can be purchased cheaply at Officeworks, Big W or Spotlight.  Get inspired by some of the creative chalk art ideas here.


5. Backyard picnic

Put together a picnic list and assign each child an item that they will be responsible for bringing. Set up a picnic rug, have lunch outside and enjoy the warm whether while we still can. 


6. Nail art

Nail art can be quite tricky to manage, however practice makes perfect. If your child has an artistic flare, let them practice nail art on you. If not, here are some step by step instructions on nail designs for kids.


7. DIY flower arrangements

Give your home a touch of colour and get your children to put together flower arrangements with what you’ve got in the garden.  Flower arrangements can even make for a nice gift. Find out how to arrange flowers like a pro with this video.


8. Make a care package

Brainstorm with the kids on items that your elderly neighbour or grandparents would enjoy and put together a little care package that you can leave on their doorstep. Then go out and purchase or make the items. Some ideas of what you could include in your care package are; baked goods, something that is difficult to find at the shops (such as toilet paper/pasta/flour) and a nice handwritten note. Find some care package ideas here. 


9. Plant a herb garden

This is a great project to work on with the kids, having fresh herbs available is a game changer when it comes to cooking. Ask the kids to research what type of herbs they would like to grow and make it their responsibility to take care of. Find out how to design your herb garden here. 


10. Sock puppet show

Hand puppet’s making is a great way to re-purpose single socks and a great craft project for children. Once the puppets are made, get the kids to put on a show. Puppets can be easily made with basic supplies found at home. Follow these step-by-step instructions for how to make hand puppets.  


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 the next What to do Wednesday when we release 30 Ideas to keep the kids entertained during isolation | Part 2 of 3

Winter Bucket List for Sports Lovers

Winter Bucket List for Sports Lovers

Winter in Perth City means the return of all our favourite sports! Get yourself ready for a winter sport season better than any other – from your favourite teams to special sporting events held in Perth City for the first time – you’re going to love what we have in store for you. Check out our action packed guide to the best events for sport lovers in Perth City.

Explore for longer when you take advantage of our amazing Winter Escape Sale with rooms from $132 including free breakfast! Enjoy all that Perth has to offer from our centrally located hotel,  just a short walk away from all the action.


Australian Football League (AFL)

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Australia’s favourite sport – the footy – is not to be missed on a trip to Perth, especially not with the amazing new Optus Stadium. Western Australia has two home teams The West Coast Eagles and Fremantle Dockers, which means you can enjoy double the home football games! All you need to know about AFL and getting to the game can be found here.

Dates: current – August/September. Learn more.


Netball: West Coast Fever

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After a successful 2018 season, Perth’s home team West Coast Fever is fighting their way into the Suncorp Netball Grand Final for the second year in a row. Catch them at RAC Arena this season as they play to win the Grand Final title once and for all. Support WA’s Elite Team as they play from May – August.

Dates: 8 & 15 June, 13 & 27 July, 12 & 18 August. Learn more.


Holden State of Origin

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Rugby fans will be happy to hear that one of three State of Origin games is making its way to Optus Stadium this year. The State of Origin is an annual best-of-three rugby series and is hugely popular throughout the country – selling out stadiums. Watch as the New South Wales Blues and the Queensland Maroons go head to head for the title.

Dates: 23 June. Learn more.


Manchester United vs Perth Glory and vs Leeds United

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As part of the official pre-season tour, Manchester United and Leeds United are flying to Australia for promotional soccer games including a stopover at Optus Stadium. Watch as the rival teams verse each other on Perth soil on Wednesday 17 July. Perth’s very own A-League grand finalist’s Perth Glory will also be versing Manchester United on Saturday 13 July in a game you won’t want to miss.

Dates: 13 & 17 July. Learn more.


Bledisloe Cup

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The ultimate rivalry has touched down on Australian soil for the first and only time in 2019; watch as the Qantas Wallabies take on the All Blacks at Optus Stadium. This is a historic moment for Western Australia as the first time the cup has ever been played in WA. The Bledisloe Cup rugby union competition has been played between Australia and New Zealand since the 1930s and is spread across 2 games.

Dates: 10 August. Learn more.


Australian Boomers vs Canada Basketball

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As they prepare for the FIBA (Federation International Basketball Association) World Cup (otherwise known as the most important competition in basketball), the Aussie Boomers are taking on Canada Basketball in a preparation match at RAC Arena. This is your only chance to watch the Australian Boomers compete live in Perth – don’t miss out.

Dates: 16 & 17 August. Learn more.


Stay longer

Exploring Perth City in the winter just got easier; forget wandering around in the rain looking for your car, stay longer and enjoy more when you book a room in the centre of the city at Holiday Inn Perth. Receive up to 30% off, free breakfast and free wifi when you book with our Winter Sale!


Big Kids Bring Back Original Summer Fun

Big Kids Bring Back Original Summer Fun

Remember what life was like as a kid? You loved it. So why not do more of what you love?

The things that made you happy were small and inexpensive, playing chasey or swings at the park was the “best time ever” and a lady bug landing on your finger made your day. Life was simple, easy and most of all, it was fun!

So who’s to say the fun should stop for grown-ups?

Be done with adulting. Gather your children, friends or even your partner for some fun times and adventures, big kid style.



Back in the day cooking wasn’t such a chore. You didn’t have to be good at it. Making a mess was half the fun. And best of all you got to lick the bowl. So we hunted down some messy, gooey, colourful, sugar sweet recipe deliciousness and put the fun back into cooking.

You might want to start by trying your hand at some Unicorn Bark or a No-Bake Cocopops slice. Or, if you’re not really the cooking kind but still want to feel accomplished in the kitchen then give this chocolate fondue recipe a whirl. Not burning chocolate is about as close to becoming a Masterchef as some of us will ever get, so melt down that chocolate, cut up some fruit to dip and voila you’re done! If it’s adult only chocolatey good times, add a splash of Bailey’s for extra wow.


Slip n Slide

The good old Slip n Slide – oh the joy. Just a front lawn, sheet of plastic material, a running garden hose, squeeze of detergent and you’re slip sliding away!

The dishes can wait. Next to blowing bubbles, the Slip n Slide is the best use of detergent ever.

As big kids, you might want to think big. Take some inspiration from this amazing water slide or get a hold of this huge slide for inspo.

If the Slip n Slide isn’t for you, but you’re still up for something wet n wild, simply turn on the sprinklers. Add some water guns and there you have the perfect way to spend a Perth summer day.


Build a Cubby House


Not all of us were lucky enough to have a cubby house like this as a kid, but that doesn’t mean we couldn’t make do. There are so many cool cubbies out there but the best type is the one you invent yourself.

Behold the blanket fort!

The best way to build a cubby is to find existing household items like a desk, chair, umbrella or even the washing line (a personal favourite of ours), to use as the foundation for the cubby. Gather blankets, sheets and anything else that will work as a cover and peg them into place.

Once you’ve set up your fort it’s time to bring pillows, fairy lights and anything else you desire inside. If in doubt, Buzzfeed has every adult covered with all the stages of fort making in this guide.

Full of endless possibilities, your cubby can be the greatest place for chats, movies, games or relaxing. The fun is limited only by your imagination.


Play Dress Ups


Pull out the dinosaur costume and throw on those fairy wings, it’s time to play dress ups!

Kids love dress ups. And they love them more when adults get involved, so tap into your inner child; this is your time to play pretend. You may be stuck playing the ugly stepsister but it’s all worth it for the giggles.

Don’t underestimate the fun in doing more of what they love.

Now, when you get the hang of it, why not plan a dress up party with more big kids? Choose a theme with easy outfit options so everyone can join in, like “what I want to be when I grow up” or “best of the 80s”. With so many themes to choose from, you can easily make your party one they’ll never forget.


Have a Pillow Fight


Grab a pillow and bash it out. Run amuck!


Summer Hotel Deals


Make this summer about doing more of what you love with the ones you love!

Visit Perth and enjoy central accommodation in the heart of Perth CBD when you stay at Holiday Inn Perth City Centre. Our hotel is in the best location in the city, making it easy to get around Perth and explore all our favourite places.

Choose from outdoor adventures and discover the best of Perth’s attractions and events, or simply stay in your guest room for pillow fights and blanket forts.

Best of all Kids Stay and Eat Free at Holiday Inn and you always get the Best Price.