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Cool Things to do with Your Kids in November: The Secret List

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Bet you haven’t thought of some of these things to do
Welcome to the sixth edition of the Secret List. A list of fun, different and unusual things to do with your kids each month. It may not be exhaustive, but there should be 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.

kids, free, Fremantle festival
There will heaps of fun for kids at the Fremantle Festival

Get Fresh in Freo
The Fremantle Festival is Perth's longest running festival. Even your great-grandma probably went to one of these! With plenty of events from seafood to coffee, from theatre to parades, there are plenty of things to tickle your fancy. The Children's Fiesta on Sunday 4th at Samson Park is especially for kids aged under 12, with heaps of activities and things to get your hands dirty.

When: Finishes Sunday 11th November, Children's Fiesta 10am-3pm
Where: venues across Fremantle
Cost: varies
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girls, singing
Take your daughters for a big singalong

Boys Not Allowed
If you have a little singer, dancer or performer aged 5 to 8, then bring her along to the Australian Girls Choir open day. The AGC teaches confidence and skills and their graduates perform at national and international events and on TV. Even if you don't want to sign your future Mini-Minogue up for lessons, it promises to be a fun day. Dance Moms, unite!

When: Sunday 4th November
Where: Perth Modern School, Roberts Rd Subiaco
Cost: Free
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charity, walk, kids
Get your sneakers on for the John Hughes Big Walk

Walk This Way
The John Hughes Big Walk may not be for kids as such, but it is certainly *for* kids. Every year, thousands of walkers raise money for Princess Margaret Hospital and a range of Rotary charities. With a range of distances from 6km to 15km you can choose one that little legs can keep up with (or that you can manage with a pram).

When: Sunday 4th November, 8am
Where: Burswood Park
Cost: $20 adults, under 15 years $5, under 5 years free
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NaNoWriMo, junior program, writing
Sharpen your crayons, it's time to write

Write Right Now
Although NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) started out as a creative writing event for adults, there is now a dedicated Young Writers Program for participants under 17 years. Adults are expected to write 50,000 words over the course of the month, but kids can set their own individual goals. In 2012, over 60,000 young novelists are expected to take part.

Is your child the next J.K Rowlings or Andy Griffiths?

When: the month of November
Where: everywhere
Cost: Free
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Melbourne Cup craft, horses, kids
Make your kids welcome at the Melbourne Cup

Horsie horsie
Yeah, it's a horse race traditionally associated with gambling and drinking and people in woefully high heels falling over, but that's no reason you can't involve your kids. Or is it? While you probably shouldn't take your kids to the TAB with you, there are other ways to get your junior jockey involved.

Check out this website for some great kids activities for the Melbourne Cup. I especially like the one about making a horse from a toilet roll.

When: Tuesday 6th November
Where: everywhere (but especially Melbourne where they get a day off!)
Cost: Free
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lights, festival, happy
Don't worry - be happy, it's the Festival of Lights

Light of My Life
The Swan Festival of Lights is an annual event that sets the beautiful Perth foreshore ablaze with colour, sounds and smells. Showcasing the diversity of our city, the Festival includes Chinese and Cossack dancers plus a range of vegetarian cuisines.

Coinciding with the Indian festival of Deepavali, there are performances each night from 6.30pm. So if that's not too late for your kids, pack a picnic, grab a jumper and enjoy the fireworks.

When: Friday 9th to Tuesday 13th November
Where: Supreme Court Gardens
Cost: Free
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A Minute of Silence
Usually when the kids are quiet they're up to no good, but not today. At 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month, Aussies stop for a minute to remember all those who have given their lives in the defence of our country.

If you're planning on being at the shops (or anywhere public) around this time, take your littlies something to occupy their mouths (like a lovely sugary lollypop) so they don't choose that exact time to announce they've loaded their nappy or ask why boogers taste so weird.

When: Sunday 11th November

television, love
Yes, those are love hearts on my TV

Love of My Life
Can you believe the UN has decided there should be a World Television Day? Last time I checked the UN wasn't run by kids, but who knows. To be fair, TV has changed the world for mums too, and anyone who has turned on Playschool to stop the whining will know what I mean. How on earth did our Grandmas' manage without the Idiot Box/Babysitter?

In my house, my kids worship the TV every day, so I'm not quite sure how to celebrate World Television Day that would make it different from any other day. Maybe send it a card? Buy it some flowers?

When: Wednesday 21st November
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love, hugs, thanksgiving
What are you grateful for?

Start Your Own Thanksgiving Tradition
I know, Thanksgiving is an American tradition but if you take its most basic idea – of giving thanks – then it's something we Aussies could certainly take on board. Grab the kids, sit them down to a nice Aussie BBQ and ask everyone to say what they are most thankful for.

Start big and work small – we should be thankful we live in a beautiful, free country with freedoms and rights and opportunity; we should be thankful that our kids have free education and healthcare; and we should be thankful that for some reason kids like Vegemite.

When: Thursday 22nd November
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No We Can't Go to the Shops
Buy Nothing Day is an international day of protest against consumerism. Apparently instigated and observed by social activists, it probably fits right into the ideology of most mums, sick of being asked for toys and food and presents and treats.

So if you can't go to the shops, what else can you do? Go on a picnic; put on a show; design a game; paint a picture; weed the garden; or stare at the clock and wait until tomorrow. Then go shopping.

When: Saturday 24th November
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Why? The last month where you can still do stuff that isn't related to Christmas!
When: The month of November
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