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Free Family Activities in Perth - July 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 June 24th 2017
The school holiday and beyond
Another school holiday is looming up, so be prepared and arm yourselves with this list of free family events to while away 2 weeks of winter with the kids at home.

Image: naidoc.org.au

Mirrabooka NAIDOC Cultural Celebration
Mon, 3 July, 10am-2pm
Stirling Leisure Centre-Herb Graham, 38 Ashbury Crescent, Mirrabooka.


Kick off your school holiday with NAIDOC Week celebration. The event promises a line-up of local indigenous acts including David Pigram, Candice Lloyd of the Merinda's, Hot Likwid and The Struggling Kings. Lunch is taken care of with a free sausage sizzle and kangaroo stew, and kids will be entertained with children's activities, bouncy castles and pony rides.

Underwater Craft
1-16 July, 10–2 pm
WA Maritime Museum, Victoria Quay, Fremantle


If you visit The WA Maritime Museum this school holiday, the kids can assemble and decorate an old-fashioned hard-hat diver helmet, craft a squiggly squid or bouncing octopus, and colour-in their own sea creature and bring it to life on the digital animation screen. Please note that although these activities for kids are free, WA Maritime Museum entry fees apply for accompanying adult(s).

Winter Arts Season
Various dates and locations in Perth, see below.

Winter Arts Season
Image: visitperthcity.com

Various activities happening in the city this winter, the main one we're excited about is The Winter Rollerland (1-16 July, 10.30am-3pm; Forrest Place, Perth), a school holiday roller skating activity in the city. You need to book online in advance, so get your thumbs ready at 10am on 26 June and 3 July to grab tickets for your kids (and yourselves too, adults are allowed in some sessions). If you can't be bothered with the hassle of online booking, there are other easier-to-get-to activities, for example:
  • Perth Pinwheels (Fri, 7 Jul, 9am-6pm; 27 St Georges Tce, Perth): The Perth Pinwheel is a colourful pinwheel installation located in the gardens outside of Council House. Children are encouraged to play and interact with the pinwheels, and each child is permitted to take one pinwheel home.

  • Brookfield Winter Lights Festival (19-29 July, 5-10pm; Brookfield Place, 125 St Georges Tce, Perth): Art and light work transform Brookfield Place, including projections on the heritage buildings along St Georges Terrace, a real-time 3D animated character, a stunning light totem which will illuminate Brookfield walkways, roving performers, and light trees.

Find the complete list at visitperthcity.com.

Mini Makers
Mon 3 Jul, Fri 7 Jul, Mon, 10 Jul, & Fri, 14 Jul; 11:30am- 1:30pm
BiblioTECH Creative Co-working Studio, Level 1, State Library of Western Australia, Perth Cultural Centre

Mini Makers
Image: slwa.wa.gov.au

If you have 7-17 year olds in your family who are interested in LEGO® Animation, book them into this two-hour interactive workshop exploring stop motion animation techniques using LEGO® and images from the State Library collections. Online reservation required.

See Subi on Sunday - Circling Subiaco
Sun, 9 Jul; 1.30-3pm
Start & finish outside Subiaco Museum, 239 Rokeby Rd, Subiaco.


See Subi on Sunday is a monthly free guided walk through Subiaco. This month is special as it's the 16th-anniversary walk. Be a tourist in your own town, enjoy history and heritage of Subiaco, and discover things you never knew about places you often pass. The walk will take approximately 1.5 hours and are suitable for all ages. You are invited to enjoy an ANZAC biscuit and 'billy tea' at the completion of the walk.

Kraken: A Mid-Winters Blaze
22 July, 3-9pm
Bathers Beach, Mews Rd, Fremantle


As proof that there's life beyond the school holiday, visit Bathers Beach in Fremantle on 22 July and join in the community bonfire organised by Blazing Swan, a not-for-profit organisation. The Kraken effigy will be set alight at sunset (around 5.30pm). Other than that, there will also be a market and food stalls, as well as music and art for the whole family.
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When: In the month of July 2017
Where: In and around Greater Perth
Cost: Free
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