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Cool Things to do With Your Kids in October: The Secret List

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by Shannon Meyerkort (subscribe)
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Published September 22nd 2015
Don’t Get Caught Short During the School Holidays
School holidays, take a breath.

I personally feel like this has been the longest term on record. Everyone – kids and parents alike need a break, and this Secret List has plenty of fun, different and unusual things to do with your kids at home, and out and about. 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.

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Something for the little ones, image courtesy Karrinyup SC website

For the Little Ones
A lot of school holiday activities are directed at the older kids, but Karrinyup hasn't forgotten the little ones, with two weeks of free craft activities plus special stage shows featuring In The Night Garden in the second week of the holidays. There will even be meet and greet of your favourite ITNG characters (week days only).

When: Craft: Monday 28th Sept to Friday 9th October (9.30am-12.30pm)
Stage Shows Monday 5th to Friday 9th October, 9.30am and 11.30am
Where: Karrinyup Shopping Centre
Cost: Free
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The Show is in Town
Take a deep breath and hide the credit card as the Perth Royal Show breaks loose for the first week of the holidays. There are no free passes for kids between 4-12 this year, but you can still find plenty of free and cheap things to do at the show here.

When: Finishes Saturday 3rd October
Where: Claremont Showgrounds
Cost: adults from $25, children/students from $13
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The biggest show of the year

Awesome Dude!
With another mind-blowing line-up, the Awesome Festival for 'bright young things', is an extraordinary family event that runs over the school holidays. There is a smorgasbord of theatre, dance, music, sculpture, arts and animation and you may discover the next Stan Lee, Shaun Tan or Paul Mercurio in your very own family!

When: Saturday 3rd to Friday 16th October
Where: Perth Cultural Centre
Cost: Free and ticketed events, check website for more details
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Paper plane pilots
If your kids love making paper planes then bring them into the city these school holidays for a free daily event where kids can go to Pilot School, test their paper plane making skills, watch movies, learn about the Australian Air Force and go into the draw to win their own remote controlled plane (suitable for 3-12 year olds).

When: daily between Monday 28th Sept and Saturday 10th October, 10am-2pm
Where: Forrest Place, Perth City
Cost: Free
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Playground Pass
Every school holidays the City Playground Pass proves popular with kids of all ages as they enjoy free activities and events while parents enjoy discounts on food and parking. Pick up a pass at certain locations within the city, and plan your day to take full advantage of all the offers. Who said you needed to spend the big bucks for a full day out?

When: Monday 28th September to Saturday 10th October, 10am-2pm
Where: Murray Street Mall, Perth CBD
Cost: free
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Family fun on Barrack Street Jetty, image courtesy VisitPerth

Free family fun by the river
A joint effort between Perth City, the fabulous Perth Zoo and the Awesome Festival, this week of free family fun is suitable for all ages and kids can learn to play the ukulele, make paper boats, listen to Zoo stories and participate in the Vet Hospital, all down near the beautiful river.

When: daily between Monday 5th October and Friday 9th October, 10am42pm
Where: Barrack Street Jetty, Perth City
Cost: Free
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Calling Emmet. Calling UniKitty. Calling every kid born since 1934. This year Briktober is bigger and better than ever with displays of everything from Technic and Superheros to Friends and Disney Princess. Build in the giant pit, watch films, win prizes and more. A must for every Lego lover and the new timed entry system makes it easier and fairer.

When: Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th October, 9am-5.30pm
When: Cannington Exhibition Centre
Cost: from $8 each
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Playground Pass
Every school holidays the City Playground Pass proves popular with kids of all ages as they enjoy free activities and events while parents enjoy discounts on food and parking. Pick up a pass at certain locations within the city, and plan your day to take full advantage of all the offers. Who said you needed to spend the big bucks for a full day out?

When: Monday 28th September to Saturday 10th October, 10am-2pm
Where: Murray Street Mall, Perth CBD
Cost: free
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A Night at the Flicks
Attention all movie lovers. The next season of Free Flicks for Kids at the Northbridge Piazza starts this Saturday at 5.30pm. Running every Saturday until May, this is a wonderful FREE night for families to share a picnic and watch a great feature film together. Bring a blanket, bring some snacks and enjoy the Piazza beanbags.

The first part of the season is dedicated to all things creepy with movies such as Corpse Bride, Frankenweenie and Paranorman before moving into more traditional movies such as Home Alone and Penguins of Madagascar.

When: every Saturday from 3rd October, 5.30pm
Where: Northbridge Piazza, corner of James and Lake Streets, Northbridge
Cost: Free
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Kiss the Postie

Teach the Kids to Write a Letter
Step 1: Find a piece of paper that doesn't have a sudoku printed on it
Step 2: Find a pen or biro. Now go find one that actually works
Step 3. Herd the kids to the kitchen table and tie them to a chair
Step 4: Place paper and pen in front of them
Step 5: Make them write a letter to their grandparents, or a fan letter to the creator of Lego, or a letter of complaint to the Fun Police.
Step 6: Tell them to get rid of all the LOLs and ROTFLs. Make them use actual words and punctuation.
Step 7: Find an envelope, and even harder: a stamp. Click here if your kids have no idea what a stamp is
Step 8: Take them to the Post Office and post their letter because today is World Post Day. Remind kids that in the 'old days' we had to wait days or even weeks for information to arrive in the mail. Our birthday greetings came in coloured cards in the mail and not as a Facebook Greeting. I'm beginning to sound like my Grandma. Get in quick before the stamp prices go up.

When: Friday 9th October
Where: everywhere
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A Dog Day Out

Big Dog Day Out
For two and four legged friends alike, the Whiteman Park Doggie Day Out is a fun day for the whole family. There are stalls and pet products available as well as grooming and baths (for the pooches not the kids).The kids will get a Scooby Doo bouncy castle and balloon dogs. There will also be a fantastic raffles where 1,000 balls will be dropped from the sky with funds going to the RSPCA and Whiteman Park dog park.

When: Sunday 11th October, 10am-2pm
Where: Village West, opposite main playground, Whiteman Park
Cost: free
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Fair Go!
Getting the kids involved in Christmas is a simple matter of physics, politics and logistics. You want them to behave, they want great toys, and you need someone to carry your shopping.

Combine these three things and take them to one of many great school fetes and fairs that take place over the next few months.
With exciting events almost every weekend for the rest of the year, you will be able to find something near you, and there will be fun for the kids and great shopping for you.

When: from now until Christmas
Where: across Perth
Cost: usually free
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Peppa Pig at the Theatre
If your kids love Peppa Pig and you love sitting down, then these magical new shows at The Regal Theatre will be right up your alley. Tickets are selling fast but there are plenty of seats available for the daily shows which run at 10am, 12.30pm and 4pm. This is a new show 'The Big Splash' and are just the right length for little kids with short attention spans.

When: Wednesday 14th October to Friday 16th October, multiple daily shows
Where: Regal Theatre, Subiaco
Tickets: from $29.90 each
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Stay home
School holidays can be a real drag, especially when the weather is shocking and you spent all your money at the Royal Show. Can't afford to go out? How are you supposed to entertain the kids? Fret not, here is a guide to amusing the kids and you don't even need to get off the couch.

When: all school holidays
Where: your place

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Grandparents Day

Gorgeous Grandies
As a child, having sleepovers at Nanna's house was a highlight of my school holidays. I imagine my parents felt the same way.
It's time to celebrate the more mature members of our families.

Get the kids together and plan a special day for their Grandparents: make them breakfast, plan a picnic, let the oldies get the old photo albums out, head to the beach, bake them a cake, give them a hug. Encourage the kids to ask their grandparents questions and make them listen to their stories, and them get them to stay for a sleepover. Yay, Grandma!

When: Sunday 25th October
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A fun day for all the family

Wembley District Fair
The kids are back at school by now, so it's time to say thank you by taking them to the Wembley Downs District Fair. Getting bigger and better every year, this is a mini Royal Show for those who can't be bothered with big one. There are side show rides, a petting zoo, plenty of craft stalls, second hand stalls, music and all day entertainment and so much more. If you tire them out today, maybe they won't try and egg the house the tonight (it's Halloween after all).

When: Saturday 31st October, 8.30am-3pm
Where: Luita Street Reserve, Wembley Downs
Cost: free
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Make something scary for halloween

Hello Halloween
This year, Halloween falls on a Saturday! This means all the older kids and adults will be getting into the spirit of thing. I know, it's an American tradition, yada yada, but everyone loves seeing their kids dressing up as bumblebees and scary witches and even better – stuffing the neighbourhood kids full of sugar!

If you're the brave type, you can take the kids trick-or-treating or have a Halloween Party. Otherwise bake an enormous pile of cookies or cupcakes and stick green or red jelly frogs on top, and sit by the door wearing your best Edward Scissorhands outfit waiting for kids to knock on the door.

Carve a pumpkin and use it to make pumpkin soup and give it to the kids who don't say 'please' nicely.

When: Saturday 31st October
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When: October 2015
Where: Across Perth
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