Say goodbye to winter and send the kids outside. September is the month of lengthening days and warmer weather. Bliss. There is plenty to do this month just check out the Secret List for some great ideas.
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.
If you want your kids to behave like angels for an entire month, remind them that the Royal Show starts at the end of September (Saturday 24th). It is a great time to get your kids doing jobs around the house, not (only) because you want to put your feet up and take a nap, but to encourage them to earn money for their showbags and rides. If you're organised, you won't have to wash dishes or sweep the floor for a month.
Click here for suggested age-appropriate jobs for kids.
Best Dad in the World Whether it's breakfast in bed, a round of golf, a free pass to the footy and simply dumping the kids on him and walking out (it's called father-and-child-time) Father's Day is all about telling your Dad/husband how much you love and appreciate him. Preferably with dad-jokes.
Check out your local Bunnings store to see if they have a free Father's Day Family Night or head to the free Fathers Day Market the day before in Craigie.
When: Sunday 4th September Where: your place
Cost: some shocking dad jokes Click here for one of my favourite 'dad' websites to find some awesome gifts
The Adorable Florables as part of the Kings Park Festival, image courtesy BGPA website
The Kings Park Festival The Kings Park Festival is a permanent fixture in the Perth calendar and every September we get a chance to enjoy one of the biggest and best public parks in the world. Not to mention our fabulous wildflowers.
Highlights include the Adorable Florables (Sunday September 11th), free gardening talks, guided walks, and native plant sales. There are activities almost every day and most of them are free.
Most events are free but require booking in advance, look at the website to see what's happening or get the full run down here.
When: Thursday 1st September – all month long (Sundays have the majority of events)
Where: King Park, various locations
Cost: many activities are free, gold coin donation for guided walks Click for more information.
Fun for everyone at the Highland Gathering, image courtesy perthkiltrun.com.au
While the thought of big men in kilt with nothing underneath might not initially seem all that family friendly, the annual Highland Gathering and Kilt Run is actually a fabulous family day out with the Highland Games, pipe bands and celtic music, highland dancing, Scottish food, market and craft stalls and plenty of free activities.
When: Sunday 18th September, 9am to 5pm
Where: Minnawarra Park, Armadale
Cost: most activities are free, registration fee for Kilt Run Click for more information.
There are plenty of markets on this month and many have free kids activities
The Month of Markets
September is market month – the weather is warmer and there are markets and festivals almost every weekend. From second-hand kids clothing to high-end handmade crafts, there is something to for everyone.
Fathers Day Market, Craigie (Saturday 3rd) More Info
Bedfordale Bush Markets, Bedfordale (Saturday 10th and 24th) More info
Griffin Festival Street Fair, Collie (Sunday 11th) More info
Kids Style Markets, Fremantle (Saturday 17th) More info
Perth Upmarket, UWA (Sunday 18th) More info
Kadidjiny Markets, Melville (Saturday 24th) More info
Local and General Markets, South Perth (Saturday 24th) More info
Inglewood Night Markets, Inglewood (every Monday) More info
Save the Koalas
September is Save the Koala month. In danger due to a loss of habitat and food sources, our fuzzy little national icon is under real threat. There are plenty of ways you can help these awesome Aussie creatures – even create your own fundraiser, with this year's theme of 'Love is in the Air'. Grab a copy of Blinky Bill the book, dig out a copy of Strictly Ballroom and watch it while eating koala cupcakes and remind your kids how precious these critters are.
Swab The Decks!
International Talk Like A Pirate Day is bloody good fun for kids of all ages. You get to swear like a mangy curr and spend the day 'ahoying' and 'ayyyyye-ing' and no one can do anything about it. Stomp around pretending you have a peg leg and talk to your shoulder like there's a parrot sitting on it. So much fun. Even better if you do it in public with a whole crew of little pirates.
Prepare your kids with your best pirate stories (Tinkerbell and the Pirate Fairy, anyone?) and don't forget to check out the website for tips on how to talk like a pirate, an English-to-Pirate translator and figure out your pirate name (mine is Scurvy Butt Juliana).
The Perth Royal Show
It's that time again, the Perth Royal Show. Unfortunately, there is no longer free entry for school aged kids this year, but little ones under four are free and there is more free stuff inside than ever. Get in now for the Earlybird tickets (before August 31st) and save a few dollars off the entry price or volunteer to work at the Show and get in for free!
This year the big ticket (free) events are Farmtech where you can learn about the latest drone technology and more, daily kids cooking classes in the IGA Pavilion, the National Photography Exhibition, the new 'Discover Dirt' interactive soil exhibition (probably more fun than it sounds) as well as the baby animal pavilion, IGA Yellow Brick Road and all your old favourites such as the milking station and nightly fireworks.
Stage Shows include Kung Fu Panda, Paw Patrol, Dr Hubble's Bubble Show and Hoot and Hootabelle plus meet'n'greets with Snoopy and Pinkie Pie from My Little Pony.
When: Saturday 24th September to 1st October, 9am-9pm
Where: Claremont Showgrounds
Cost: adults $23-$29, kids under 4 are FREE, kids 5 and secondary students $12-$15. If you buy online or early bird tickets you will save considerably over buying tickets at the gate. Click for more info