Your kids run forward shouting with excitement at the sight of a Muttaburrasaurus dinosaur – well, a full-sized model, anyway – lying in the sun in front of them. A moment later, one child is clambering onto its head, while another is patting its scaly back. Then they’re off to explore their own little island, crossing a bridge, climbing a tower, whirling down a spiral slide, and squealing under jets of water that shoot up when they run past. Then they spot another huge replica, a Bullockornis, the largest bird ever to live on Earth, and they’re off again…
■ Lotterywest Federation Walkway, which takes you into the treetops.
■ The real guns used in famous wars, in Fraser Avenue Precinct. You’ll find a Krupp field gun captured in the Boer War (at the memorial to Western Australian soldiers killed in South Africa), and guns from Waterloo and the Crimea (at the Queen Victoria statue).
■ DNA Tower – kids love climbing the spiral stairs to the top.
■ The floral clock – listen for the recorded call of a rufous whistler (bird) that sounds on the half hour.
■ The wishing wells – one across the road from Fraser’s Restaurant on Fraser Avenue and one near Stickybeaks Cafe in the Lotterywest Family Area.
■ The Giant Boab, known as Gija Jumulu, in the Two Rivers Lookout at the end of Forrest Carpark.
The Giant Boab is about 750 years old, weighs 36 tonnes and has a massive, bulbous trunk measuring 2.5 metres in diameter. Incredibly, this tree was dug out of the ground 3200 kilometres north of Perth in the Kimberleys. It was brought here on the back of a truck, a journey that took six days. All along the way, people honked their horns and waved as it passed, and when it arrived, Perth’s Indigenous Nyoongar people welcomed it with a smoking ceremony.
■ The dinosaurs are located in the Synergy Parkland at the far end of Kings Park from the visitor centre. The equipment in Synergy Parkland is designed for children aged 7 years and over.
■ If you have under-7s, head for the Lotterywest Family Area near the visitor centre. The playground here is specially designed for younger ones, and has a big wooden ship, fort and drawbridge.
■ Kings Park is on a steep hill. To avoid lots of steps, enter by walking in from St Georges Terrace, or take the free Number 37 bus, which drops you inside the park.
■ Kings Park covers a vast area, and little legs are not likely to make it from one end to the other. You can travel around by car or public transport, or catch a ride on a replica vintage tram and listen to a commentary on the way; (08) 9322 2006; www.perthtram.com.au. There are bike paths, but there is no bike hire in Kings Park.
■ On the elevated section of the Lotterywest Federation Walkway, make sure you hold littlies by the hand as it is dangerous to carry them above the height of the handrail.
■ Check the website for concerts in the park during summer.
■ There are barbecues and various eateries around the park, including Stickybeaks Cafe.