Welcome back to the Secret List. A list of fun and unusual things to do with your kids each month. There is something for every family, no matter how old your kids are, where you live, and how much you have to spend.
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.
So much cooler than a butterfly or princess(copyright G. Dungate)
When: Friday 1st November, movie starts 8.30pm Where: Northbridge Piazza, corner James and Lake Street Cost: Free Click for more info.
My Favourite Colour, Red The master of all things funny and slightly… off, Roald Dahl has had his fabulous story about Red Riding Hood put to music by the immaculate West Australian Symphony Orchestra and performed with puppets for two shows only.
Even though it is designed for 6-12 years old, this will be laugh out loud funny even if you are 112 years old. If you have never heard Roald's wickedly funny take on traditional kids' stories then you really need to BOOK NOW.
When: Sunday 3rd November 1pm and 3pm Where: Pert Concert Hall
Show Us Your Frankenweenie
If your kids missed out on the real Halloween because it was past their bedtime, then bring them along to the all day celebrations at the Northbridge Piazza.
With free movies screening at 12 and 4pm, face painters, balloon artists and other entertainment, this is a very family-friendly way to be scared. Don't forget to dress up in your best Halloween outfit.
When: Sunday 3rd November, first movie starts at midday
Where: Northbridge Piazza, corner James and Lake Street
Cost: Free Click for more info.
Belmont, the Place to Be
Belmont is having a festival so big it needs an entire month. From a jazz evening in the park (Sun 10th), a free kids movie at Ascot (Fri 15th), and a huge free closing festival (Sat 30th).
The closing festival will be opened by the Scooby Circus, and will also have performances by tribal dancers, fire performers and Abbalicious. There will be rides, plenty of food stalls and then will close with a fireworks display. Phew, I'm already exhausted.
When: Various dates across November
Where: Various locations in Belmont
Cost: Free Click for more info.
If you look closely you will realise this isn't actually Fremantle
Get Down to Purple Town
The Fremantle Festival is Perth's longest running festival and this year has over a hundred events over two weeks. There are events for every taste and budget including a coffee festival, street parade, fireworks, jazz in the park, and an Aboriginal cultural festival.
The Children's Fiesta on Sunday 3rd at Samson Park is especially for kids aged under 12, with plenty of activities, music, free entertainment and a visit by the EcoFairies.
When: Finishes Sunday 10th November (starts Oct 25th), Children's Fiesta Sunday 3rd November, 10am-3pm
Where: venues across Fremantle
Cost: varies Click for more information
Back to School for the (Fete) Day
November is festival and fete month and many of the school are running their big annual celebrations. Perth College in Mt Lawley will have an enormous fun day, with over 120 stalls including gourmet food, games, face painting, rides, lucky dips, second hand stall, crafts, free entertainment and even a fairground.
There will be parking on the school oval or the nearby ECU campus on Central Avenue.
When: Sunday 3rd November, 10am-4pm
Where: Perth College, 31 Lawley Cres, Mount Lawley
Cost: free entry Click for more information.
If any of your children are able to grow a moustache I think you should take them to the doctor.
Of course you might want to give them a real typewriter if you want them to actually type something
Is the Next Tim Winton is Sitting at Your Kitchen Table
NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) may be known as a creative writing event for adults, but there is also a dedicated Young Writers Program for participants under 17 years.
Grown-ups are encouraged to write 50,000 words of a novel over the course of the month, but kids get to set their own individual goals based on their age. Tens of thousands of young novelists take part ever year. Who knows, maybe the key to your early retirement is playing in your back yard right now.
When: the month of November
Cost: Free Click for more information
The Melbourne Cups is not traditionally associated with kids, what with all the gambling and drinking and dangerously high heels. Four year olds also look kinda silly in fascinators. So avoid the event and do something else with your kids that day.
When: Tuesday 5th November
Where: everywhere (but especially Melbourne where they get a day off!)
The Lighter Side of Life
The Swan Festival of Lights is an annual event on the Perth foreshore which sets our beautiful city ablaze with colour, sounds and smells, and coincides with the Indian festival of Deepavali.
With a focus on multicultural harmony there will be nightly entertainment, a range of vegetarian cuisines and fireworks every night. Get the kids, pack a picnic, grab a jumper and enjoy the fireworks.
When: Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd November
Where: Supreme Court Gardens
Cost: Free Click for more information
Horses and Sausages and Bangs
Cryptic, yes. But don't worry, there are no horses in the sausages. This is the Italian Fireworks Night at Gloucester Park sponsored by Del Basso Small Goods, and yes there will be horse racing, but it's also a family night with plenty of Italian food stalls, free kids rides, plenty of entertainment and a fireworks display after the last race.
When: Friday 8th November
Where: Gloucester Park,
Cost: adults $20, kids free Click for more info.
Three little girls glued to the TV. Not literally though, don't worry
Love of My Life
Last year I suggested sending a thank you card to our favourite invention the TV on World Television Day? This year maybe we should go old-school and turn it off. Scandalous, I know.
Grab one of those big boxes your last flat screen came in, draw on the screen and some dials (I know, modern TVs don't have dials) and cut out a large square in the middle. Prop it up between two chairs, and presto! Your kids can be on TV.
The UN does point out that this day of recognition isn't so much of the technology itself, but rather the way the TV has become a symbol of globalisation and communication. In our house, the TV is a symbol of harmony and silence and I love it. Thank you TV.
When: Thursday 21st November Click for more information
Since Aussies seem to have adopted Halloween and various other American traditions, it will only be a matter of time before we start doing Thanksgiving here as well. It's best just to think about the most basic idea of being grateful and giving thanks. We shouldn't have to limit this to a single day every November though.
Leave the frozen turkey at the supermarket and instead make a picnic or a good Aussie BBQ, sit the kids down and get everyone to say what they are most thankful for.
When: Thursday 28th November Click for more information