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Awesome Things To Do With Your Kids in June: The Secret List

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Some activities you may not have thought about
Welcome to the second year of the Secret List. A list of fun and unusual things to do with your kids each month. Free stuff. Paid stuff. Stuff to do at home. Stuff you never even thought of.

Why is it a secret? Because if you kids find out about all the things on this list: they will beg you to do everything on it.

Does your child pretend to be a scary zombie?

The Other Type of Mummy
Old. Decrepit. Scary. A bit whiffy. Is that how your kids describe mummies? Here's your chance to show them a thing or two with the British Museum's 'Secrets of the Afterlife' exhibition being displayed at the WA Museum.

Maybe not brilliant for the very young or those who suffer from an over-active imagination, this will be a great showcase for those with an interest in mummies and the afterlife.

When: the whole month of June
Where: WA Museum
Cost: Adults $20, kids $12.50, family $5, book online quickly as sessions are filling quickly

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I assure you, the REAL model train and Lego show will be so much better than this

Model Train Show
Back in all its miniature glory is the Model Train Show at the Claremont Showgrounds over the June long weekend. Held in conjunction with the WA Brick Society (the Lego Fan club) this is a show for kids both young and old. Lego displays will include fairy land and a retro 80s nightclub. Cool man!

When: Saturday 1st June to Monday 3rd June, 10am-5pm
Where: Gate 5, Claremont Showgrounds
Cost: Kids $5, Adults $10, Family $25

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Who You Callin' Old?
Once again the City of Fremantle is running a festival to celebrate its diverse cultural, social, natural and built heritage. Over the weekend, there will be a number of events that the kids will like, including the vintage prams display and motorbikes from every era.

Perhaps they will enjoy the Morris Dancers. Who knows, maybe it can become a new family tradition.

When: Saturday 1st June to Monday 3rd
Where: Prams in High Street Mall ( Sat 10am-4pm) motorbikes in Kings Square (Sat 11am-2pm), Morris Dancers Kings Square (Sat 1pm)
Cost: free

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Revolting, Dirty and Pooh
Bringing together Winnie the Pooh, Revolting Rhymes and Dirty Beasts by Roald Dahl, the Children's Concert at the Grove Library is a fun (and not at all dirty) way to introduce your kids to the wonders of music played by the experts.

In a world of cushions and rugs, kids and families will be entertained by storytellers and musicians including the piano and cello.

When: Sunday 2nd June
Where: Grove Library, 1 Leake St, Peppermint Grove
Cost: $15 or $55 for a family

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Show your love for WA

The Awesome Day of Free Stuff
As part of the 'Celebrate The Spirit of WA' long weekend celebration, WA Day (otherwise known as Monday) has a huge line up of free events in Perth city and across the 'burbs. This is kid central: we're talking books, bikes, animals, bouncy castles and sausages. Lots of sausages.

At four parks across Perth (Ellenbrook, Belmont, Subiaco and Perth City) there will be free sausage sizzles from 11am-2pm. So much fun, all the eastern states kids will be jealous.

When: Monday 3rd June
Where: Perth Cultural Centre, Urban Orchard and various parks
Cost: Free

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Putting Little Bums on Seats
The Kids Cushion Concerts courtesy of WASO and the Perth Concert Hall. Say that fast three times. For kids up to 8, these educational (shhh don't tell the kids) events are a rollicking good time of music, dancing and singing.

More importantly, our little maestros will get the chance to play some of the 15 instruments that take part in the concert.

When: Tuesday 4th June (9.45am and 11.15am) at the Perth Concert Hall, Monday 10th June at Kelmscott Town Hall and Tuesday 25th June at Beckenham Community Centre
Where: various locations, see website for more details
Cost: $12 per ticket (under 1 year = free)

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Lilo and Stitch, fabulous but very under-rated

The Month of Disney
June is the traditionally the biggest month for Disney releases, probably because it coincides with the start of the summer school holidays for our friends north of the equator. Back in June 1955 Lady and the Tramp was released, and 22 years later was followed by the Rescuers.

Starting in June 1994 Disney started releasing a new feature every June: Lion King in 1994, Pocohontas in June 1995, Hunchback of Notre Dame June 1996, Hercules June 1997, Mulan June 1998, and Tarzan in June 1999. My personal favourite, Lilo and Stitch premiered on June 16, 2002 and if you haven't seen it, it is a winner for all those larger thighed girls out there sick of cartoons with Barbie-like proportions.

This is the month for bundling the kids under a rug, pouring some (not-so) hot chocolate and enjoying some classic Disney tales. Or if you want something new, the new Disney/Pixar film 'Monsters University' is being released June 20.

Stories, Exercise and Craft
Is this the holy trinity for parents? Storytelling, movement and craft? How about I add the word 'free' in front. Every Wednesday during school term, Rhonda Lopez from the Barking Gecko Theatre Company presents two free half hour sessions for little kids, based around a different popular book each week.

Parents need to hang around, and they recommend bringing a cushion for the kids, but I can't think of an easier way to entertain kids.

When: every Wednesday in June, starting 5th June, 9.30am-10am and 10.15am-10.45am
Where: Fresh Food Court, Karrinyup Shops
Cost: free, must register prior

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Ben and Jerry Scoop-a-thon
No, not Tom and Jerry (they are the cat and mouse). Ben and Jerry one of the world's most famous ice-creameries. Well, get ready for a brain freeze because the one and only Scoop Wagon is coming to Perth and will be celebrating with FREE icecream scoops at their inaugural scoop-a-thon.

Bring the kids and let them think you're the most awesome mum/dad/grandparent for getting them an icecream.

First Rockpool, then Nobu and now Ben and Jerry's. Wow, Perth must really be on the culinary map.

When: Thursday 6th June, midday to 8pm
Where: Ben and Jerry Scoop Wagon, located at the Perth Cultural Centre, Northbridge
Cost: Free

International Eat Your Vegetables Day
Yes folks, it's International Eat Your Vegetables Day

International Eat Your Vegetables Day
No really, there is a day for this. There is even a twitter hash tag for it #eatyourvegetablesday. Thinking about it, this probably doesn't belong on this list. Next.

When: Monday 17th June

Teach Them to Make Wombat Stew
Not literally, because that would be weird and probably illegal. Taste Budds Cooking School run junior cooking classes teaching kids (and their parents) to make a number of great recipes based around famous books.

In June, it's the classic Wombat Stew and you will learn to make Dingo Damper. Again, probably not with actual dingoes. Your kids will learn about healthy eating, safe food preparation and the wonderful benefits of books. Yum, books: the other white meat.

When: Saturday 22nd June, 10.30am-12noon
Where: Taste Budds, 305 Lord St, Highgate
Cost: $40pp

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Also check out the Taste Budds website for Budding Chef's cooking classes for kids aged 12-16 years and Kitchen Buddies for 8-12 years.

Eric Carle
Our well worn and much loved copy of Eric Carle's famous book

The Most Famous Caterpillar in the World
If you grabbed 100 little kids and asked them what their top five books were, chances are The Very Hungry Caterpillar would be one of them.

After you were done explaining to 100 angry parents why you had grabbed their kids, you could tell them that June 25th is author (and illustrator's) Eric Carle's birthday. While TVHC might be his most famous book, he also wrote (and illustrated in his very distinctive style) over 40 books. You have one on the shelf, grab it and read it to the kids this month.

When: Tuesday 25th June

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Your Comment
Great article; there are tons of exiting activities here.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12492) 2385 days ago
Hey Jenni!

How about a little bit of posivity Princess! The same goes for you Dcrom! Almost always these articles come out well before the event dates and they never fail to be worth a look. There's clearly an explanation there as to what caused the delay, illness!!! Maybe you guys don't get sick! Your making me sick though!!! This website is cost free, it gets sent to your e-mail address regularly, for nothing, not a cent and provides a very good service, especially to single Dads like me who are always on the look out for something new to do with the kids.

And here you whining because some of the events had already finished! Ohhh No! WHAT A DISASTER! It's people like you that ruin it for everyone else. If you don't like it, leave. Can you run your own website more effectively??? Nooo, I didn't think so.

If it were my website I'd boot the pair of you off..............I tell ya, some people
by Gary (score: 0|8) 2375 days ago
A great list of activities
by Oxford Explorer (score: 2|655) 2385 days ago
Shame I received this email Tuesday morning, I missed out on some great events over the long weekend
by jenni (score: 0|4) 2383 days ago
Sorry, but is that a typo or is it really only $5 for a family to see the British Museum's secrets of the afterlife thing? Good deal, seeing as it costs $20 for adults and $15 for kids! Typo methinks...maybe supposed to be $50?
by Maggie Szabo (score: 1|19) 2379 days ago
My apologies to everyone who didn't receive this before the long weekend. This was entirely my fault and not WeekendNotes. I was late submitting it as my kids and I have been sick. However, all the WA Day long weekend activities were published elsewhere on WeekendNotes. I will make sure the July list is out on time.
by Shannon Meyerkort (score: 3|1810) 2381 days ago
Why was this sent out AFTER most of the activities were already over???!!!
by dcrom (score: 0|2) 2382 days ago
Agree. Real shame this was sent so late.
by jenny (score: 0|2) 2382 days ago
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