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

Different ways to express your love

Different ways to express your love

Family is at the core of our values and we encourage people to remember the significance of showing your love, as love has the power to heal the world. There is no such thing as too much love and sometimes we don’t know how to express it, so here is a bit of inspiration to show people that you care.

 

Send them an “I appreciate you” message

An unsolicited appreciation message will always put a smile one someones face. Whether you speak to them daily, or once in a blue moon, sending your loved one a message to say “I’m thinking about you and appreciate you” will make their day, or even their week!

 

Spend a little quality time together

There is a big difference between spending time and spending quality time together. Give your loved one your undivided attention by putting your phone away and going for a beach walk. This gives us the opportunity to speak openly and appreciate the time we spend with one another.

 

Bake their favourites

Everyone loves a yummy treat, especially when it has been with love. Going out of your way to bake something for your loved one is bound to warm up their heart and their tummy. Whether its chocolate chip cookies for the kids, or a carrot cake for your grandparents, everything tastes better when it’s made with love.

 

Organise a spontaneous trip

You don’t have to spend a fortune on a spontaneous trip, surprise your mum by booking a staycation at Holiday Inn Perth or plan a camping trip with the family. Going away without the headache of having to organise anything is a dream come true and your loved one will feel spoilt rotten.

 

We know the love we share with our families is unconditional, however it is always nice to feel appreciated. Remember to be kind, show love and you’ll receive love back. So go on, get lovin’!

Perth’s Best Dessert Bars

Perth’s Best Dessert Bars

There’s always room for dessert! The best way to cap off a night is with something sweet.  For all the dessert lovers out there we have a special treat for you. Here is a list of some of our favourite dessert places in the Perth City and surrounds.

 

Chi Cho Gelato

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Did someone say… handmade gelato? Yes please! Chi Cho Gelato’s electric purple coloured store is located in Northbridge and is home to some seriously delicious gelato churned fresh every day. Using seasonal produce, there are some interesting flavours to choose from with 20 flavours available at one time that are on rotation.

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The Honey Cake

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The Honey Cake built its cult following in Perth with a small store at the Fremantle markets followed by its flagship store opening at the State Buildings. What is Honey Cake you might ask? Well to put it simply, the cake is comprised of lashings of caramel crème between thin layers of baked honey cake, topped with crushed walnuts and honey flavoured crumbs. YUM!

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Pretzel

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Pretzels are traditionally considered a savoury item, but this sweet little shop in a cute pink shipping container offers both sweet AND savoury flavours… WINNING! Why not try both? Pretzel hand rolls their own pretzels in store and is baked fresh to order.

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Superstar Waffles

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Superstar waffles in Northbridge shares its arcade with a couple of other favourite dining spots including Franco Forte and Is Donburi. This is the place to go for fluffy waffles made-to-order with a variety of decadent flavor combinations. Open till late most nights for some sweet treats and hot drinks.

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Ivy & Jack – Panna Cotta

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You don’t have to travel too far for a great dessert. Pop over to Ivy & Jack our restaurant next door to try the Passion fruit & Coconut Panna Cotta. It’s got the perfect amount of wobble – an important feature of all great panna cottas – served with refreshing caramelised pineapple and coconut tuile.

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Mary Street Bakery – Doughnuts

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The Mary Street Bakery dynasty has been a popular institution amongst Perth-ites for years. Serving their house made delectable doughnuts; it’s a winner for sure! Our favourite is the Lemon Maple Pecan doughnut. There are two locations within walking distance to the city centre to choose from – QV1 Plaza and Allendale.

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Koko Black – Belgian Hot Chocolate

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Koko Black is one of the heavy hitters in the chocolate game. If you’re after quality artisanal chocolate in the city this is the place. You can’t go past their signature Belgian Hot Chocolate. It’s a rich, it’s chocolatey and it’s everything you could want and more in a hot choccy. Best of all, Koko Black is a short 3-minute walk from the hotel.

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Shadow Wine Bar- Pear Tarte Tatin

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A special visit to Shadow Wine Bar, located in Northbridge, is a must to try their popular dessert Pear Tart Tartin. This classic French dessert is comprised of flakey pastry; warm caramelised spiced pear topped with tonka bean ice cream made fresh to order. Perfect for those colder nights.

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Stay Longer

With so many places to choose from, you can be sure to satisfy those sugar cravings. Stay with us at Holiday Inn Perth City Centre to explore more of what our great city has to offer!  Book our Weekend Getaway package which includes accommodation for one night, full buffet breakfast for two and late checkout 4pm (based on availability). Book directly with us to get the best rates!

 

What’s on this Christmas in Perth City

What’s on this Christmas in Perth City

Christmas 2019 is going to be better than ever! Expect amazing installations, kids’ workshops and live shows popping up in Perth City, for an unforgettable Christmas experience.

Give yourself the ultimate gift this Christmas with a Staycation! The best way to explore the festivities of Perth City, is when you’re staying right in the heart of it! Come and see what’s on this silly season in Perth City.

 

Christmas Lights Trail

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It’s not Christmas without lights! Explore Perth City and discover the amazing Christmas light installations; from Santa’s train, to a gingerbread house, children’s rides and more. The trail will be bigger than ever this year, with 26 new installations added to the route.

Dates: 15 November – 26 December.

 

Forrest Place Hub – Kids Activities!

The kids will love creating special Christmas gifts, like DIY Christmas gift tags and Christmas tree decorations, at Forrest Place. Best of all, the $10 ticket is redeemable anywhere in the city! Plus, do your Christmas shopping in the city on weekends and take advantage of a free gift-wrapping service!

Dates: Weekends 16 November – 22 December.

 

Santa Mailbox

Holiday Inn Perth City Centre - Perth Christmas 2019 - Santa MailboxDeliver your letters to Santa at our very special Santa Mailbox! Santa will even reply to you – just be sure to write a return address so Santa knows where to send your letter.

*All letters must be stamped, and addressed to Santa, North Pole, 9999.

Dates: 11 November – 15 December.

 

Alinta Energy Christmas Pageant

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The Perth City Christmas Pageant has been a tradition among Perth families for years, dating back to 1959. Travelling through the streets of Perth, you can expect to see dancers, Fat Cat, Perth celebrities and of course Santa himself! This is a free event but be sure to get there early with a picnic to nab a good spot.

Dates: 7 December. Learn more.

 

Christmas Nativity

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Watch as the traditional story of Christmas comes to life, with over 100 performers and live animals. The nativity will be hosted in the Supreme Court Gardens, for a magical Christmas evening.

Dates: 20 – 21 December.

 

Festive Flicks

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Free Christmas films are returning to Northbridge Piazza! Enjoy a range of family movies on the big screen, while you sit on one of the bean bags with some popcorn and snacks.

Dates: 16, 23, 30 November and 7, 14, 21 December. Learn more.

 

Cathedral Square Christmas Markets

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Take home a piece of WA at the Cathedral Square Christmas Markets. Offering stalls from purely local supplies, selling crafts, homewares, gourmet food and decorations. Enjoy the markets from 5pm Fridays, before enjoying late night shopping in the city.

Dates: 22 and 29 November, 6 and 13 December. Learn more.

 

WASO Christmas Symphony

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With more than 150 performers joining together on stage, you can be sure that the WASO Christmas Symphony will blow you away. Pack a picnic to enjoy at Langley Park from 5pm, the show will kick off at 7pm filled with classical and Christmas music, and a fireworks-filled finale under the stars.

Dates: 14 December. Learn more.

 


Stay longer

Banner_PerthCityExploring Perth City is easier when you stay in the centre of the city at Holiday Inn Perth. Easy access to all the best Perth tours, and walking distance to all public transport.

 

Cool ways to explore Perth City

Cool ways to explore Perth City

Whether you’re in Perth for a holiday, staycation or business trip – we’ve got the insider information on things to do in Perth and how to explore the City. Step outside of the box with a guided bar tour, Segway or even a hop-on hop-off bus. We’ve put together our Top 8 Perth tours in the CBD …with a difference.

 

Running tour

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Get your exercise fix and see the sights of Perth at the same time! Go Running Tours will take you on an adventure throughout Perth City, Elizabeth Quay or even along the Perth Coastline. Your running guide will point out highlights of Perth throughout your workout.

Plus, Holiday Inn Perth City Centre guests can enjoy 10% off!

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Activated ArtWalk

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See Perth from a new angle, with the Activated ArtWalk; download their app and make Perth street art come to life. The art trial walks to and from Optus Stadium, in celebration of the Matagarup Bridge. It’s a great way to explore East Perth and visit Perth’s iconic landmarks.

Learn more.

 

Walking Tours

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Oh Hey WA are the perfect tour guides for an adventure around Perth City – TripAdvisor even voted them #1 walking tour. Choose from The ULTIMATE Walking Tour, Perth Small Bar & Street Art Tour, or even an Eating Tour. You can also cater tours for private events and functions. With almost 400 5-star ratings on TripAdvisor, you can be sure to have a great time.

Learn more.

 

Perth Explorer

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Have you ever seen Perth from the top of a double decker bus? Now’s your chance. Perth Explorer is a Hop-on Hop-off bus, offering commentary in 8 different languages.

Thanks to our VIK Club, one child is free with every paying adult!

Learn more.

 

FREE Guided City Tours

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The Perth City Visitor Kiosk, located in Forrest Chase, offer free 90-minute tours by their team of volunteer tour guides. They offer a variety of tours weekly, including Icons of Influence, Art City, Convicts & Colonials and an Orientation Tour. In these tours you will learn about Perth CBD’s past and the development to current day. Be sure to wear comfy shoes, as this walking tour can take you all around Perth CBD.

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Perth CAT Services

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Travel around Perth CBD for FREE with the Perth CAT buses. Operating within the Central Business District, the CAT bus is a great way to explore Perth. Hop-on and Hop-off at the various stops. There’s even a CAT bus stop right outside Holiday Inn Perth City Centre! There are 4 different routes to explore different areas of Perth.

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Segway Tours

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Looking for a tour where you don’t have to walk? Here it is! Segway Tours WA is the perfect way to try a new gadget, while exploring a new city. They host tours in Perth, Kings Park, Fremantle and Rottnest Island.

Learn more.

 

Cruise

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Soak up the amazing Perth Weather, and cruise down the Swan River by boat. Captain Cook Cruises offer a variety of options, from scenic cruises to high tea cruises.

With our VIK Club, adults and children can enjoy 15% off Perth to Fremantle packages.

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Stay longer

Banner_PerthCityExploring Perth City is easier when you stay in the centre of the city at Holiday Inn Perth. Easy access to all the best Perth tours, and walking distance to all public transport.