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Free Family Activities in Perth - April 2017

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by Judith W (subscribe)
I'm a freelance writer living in Perth. Having 2 young kids with endless energy, we are always on the lookout for new outdoor activities.
Published March 23rd 2017
Weekends, school holidays, and beyond
This coming April is a bit unusual with the Easter long weekend smack bang in the middle of the school holiday instead of the beginning as usual. Nevertheless, don't let that stop us from having fun, even if your budget doesn't allow you to do that long weekend getaway you've always wanted. Not to worry. There are plenty to do in and around Perth, so just enjoy the full house, the kids, and take them out somehere close within our beloved Perth and surrounds.

Funday Sunday
Image: visitperthcity.com
Sunday Funday for Kids
2 Apr, 2-6pm
Northbridge Piazza, cnr Lake & James Sts, Northbridge


They used to have Piazzarama, now they have Funday Sunday. Whatever it's called though, this is what it is: A Sunday afternoon of free entertainment for the kids followed by a movie. This April session has lots to do with food, glorious food: There's a Pizza Party Truck, the City Farm Pot a Plant workshop, and the Fresh Fruit Kabob workshop. The movie following that has of course something to do with yummy stuff to eat too: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. It's the 1971 version with Gene Wilder, not Johny Depp as Mr. Wonka.

Buddha's Birthday and Multicultural Festival
8 Apr, 11am-8.30pm & 9 Apr, 9am-5pm
Elizabeth Quay, The Esplanade, Perth


Buddha's Birthday & Multicultural Festival is organised by Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Temple in celebration of the birth of Sakyamuni Buddha, the founder of Buddhism. We can learn and experience new things while having fun in the activities that will suit the occasion, such as: traditional ceremonies (e.g. Bathing of the Buddha), meditation, tea & incense appreciation, Chinese calligraphy, children's art & craft, cooking demo, children's rides, multicultural performances including Chinese Lion & Dragon Dance, and to cap it all there will be fireworks display.

Sunflower Sunday
9 Apr, 10am-2pm
Point Walter Recreation Centre, cnr Stock Rd & Page St, Bicton

Sunflower Sunday
Image: therapyfocus.org.au

Sunflower Sunday is an annual community event hosted by Therapy Focus, one of Australia's providers of professional therapy services. The kids will, of course, be the focus for the day, and they are invited to join in the fun through entertainment such as silent disco, video game vault, virtual reality, fire truck rides, face painting, flying fox, and more.

Fremantle International Street Arts Festival
13-17 Apr
Streets in Fremantle including Market St, South Tce, High St, Esplanade Reserve, & Fremantle Prison

Fremantle Street Arts Festival
Image: streetartsfestival.com.au

What are your plans for the Easter long weekend? If you don't have one yet, spare one day at least to visit our beautiful port town of Fremantle, where the streets will be ablaze with buskers, street performers, circus people, and funny men and women. Just as an example to whet your appetite, 'What's Next' (pictured above, left) is a group of young blokes with high versatility and relentless energy who in their performance give you the power to decide what's next. whereas 'Hell's Cockies' (pictured above, right) are two hilarious self-confessed bogan bikies in cockies costumes who will wander around Freo disturbing innocent bystanders. There are of course more and really too many to enumerate here, so check out their full program here.

MiLi's Family Dayz
30 Apr, 10am-5pm
Novotel The Vines Resort & Country Club


MiLi Markets were born in 2014 to create a way of promoting small businesses over the quieter winter months. On this one Sunday in April, they are not only holding a usual pop-up market, but they combine it with a family day where there will be those extra things which make it more interesting for the whole family to attend. There will be market stalls, street food, live music, kids activities such as bouncy castle, and more.

Free Flicks For Kids
Saturdays 5.30-7pm
Northbridge Piazza, cnr Lake & James Sts, Northbridge


If you aim for a relaxing weekend, then this is for you. An evening of free family movie under the sky, titles in April as following:
  • 1 Apr - Monkey King: The Hero (2015, PG)

  • 8 Apr - Moshi Monsters: The Movie (2013, G)

  • 15 Apr - Oddball (2015, G)

  • 22 Apr - The Legend of Sarila (2013, PG)

  • 29 Apr - Molly Moon and the Incredible Book of Hypnotism (2015, PG)
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When: In the month of April 2017
Where: In and around Greater Perth
Cost: Free
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